Boy on Hold by JD Spero

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Boy on Hold by JD Spero
Genre – Thriller
Page Count – 274 pages
Cover Designer – Immortal Works

Cabbage Night, 1991. The traditional night of pranks takes a disturbing turn when a violent crime rocks a small Adirondack town. Even more so when the only witness is a seven-year-old boy. Hen Trout, who had hoped to catch a pet hedgehog that night, instead sees his beloved Miss Sally become a victim.

Single mom Marcella Trout is blindsided when Tyler, her seventeen-year-old, is arrested for the very crime Hen witnessed. Now Tyler’s eerie mood swings seem dark and frightening and rooted in a family history Marcella has desperately tried to bury. As the criminal investigation churns on, the tenuous fabric of the Trout family begins to unravel…and even Hen begins to question the truth.

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Johannah Davies (JD) Spero’s writing career took off when her first release, Catcher’s Keeper, was a finalist in the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award in 2013. Since then, she’s found similar success with her young adult fantasy Forte series, winning recognition from National Indie Excellence Award (2014, 2016), Adirondack Literary Award (2015). Her newest release, Boy on Hold, a winner in the 2020 Book Excellence Award and 2020 IPPY Gold winner for Best Mystery/Thriller. With a Masters in Education, Spero leverages her years as a high school English teacher in author presentations across the country, most notably at DFW Writers Conference in 2014. Having lived in various cities from St. Petersburg (Russia) to Boston, she’s settled with her husband and three sons in the Adirondack Mountains, where she was born and raised.

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Death of a Coupon Queen (Sophie Parker Mystery Series) by Jenna Harte

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Death of a Coupon Queen (Sophie Parker Mystery Series) by Jenna Harte
Genre – cozy mystery, mystery
Things are looking up for Sophie Parker who has settled into her new, poorer life in her small Blue Ridge town. She’s still working at the pirate-themed sports bar, the Booty Burgo, but also, she works a few hours a week doing children’s programming at the library, allowing her to tap into her Folklore degree and love of fairy tales. She and her curmudgeonly great aunt are getting along, for the most part, and her love life with airplane repo pilot AJ Devlin is on a good flight path. Her biggest challenge is learning the ins and outs of extreme couponing, but even that is improving as coupon group member and Powerball winner, Marla Naylor, is tutoring her. Sophie’s new normal is cut to bits when she arrives at Marla’s house to learn about using phone apps for shopping savings and finds her stabbed in the neck with her coupon sheers and her coupon binders missing.
When Marla’s coupon binders are discovered in Sophie’s nemesis, Vivie Danner’s car, the case seems solved, although Sophie has a hard time thinking Vivie would murder in such a messy fashion. With help from Marla’s neighbor, Ellie who is homebound taking care of her ill husband, Sophie and Vivie piece together the goings ons in the neighborhood. As it turns out, there were many people who might want Marla dead. But as Sophie uncovers secrets about the victim and other residents of town, someone is lurking close by, ready to cut her life short.

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Jenna Harte is a die-hard romantic, writing about characters who are passionate about and committed to each other, and frequently getting into trouble. She is the author of the Valentine Mysteries, the first of which, “Deadly Valentine,” reached the quarter-finals in Amazon’s Breakthrough Novel Award in 2013. She penned the Southern Heat contemporary romance series and the Sophie Parker Coupon Mystery series, the second book of which, Death of a Coupon Queen, released in July 2021. When she’s not telling stories, she works by day as a ghost writer, podcaster, and runs two online communities; one for romance readers and one for romance writers. Keep up on the murder and mayhem at http://www.jennaharte.com

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Lake of Flowers (The Lord Hani Mysteries, book 5) by N.L. Holmes

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Lake of Flowers (The Lord Hani Mysteries, book 5) by N.L. Holmes
Genre – Historical mystery, cozy mystery, political intrigue
Page Count – 347 pages
Hani is set to investigate thefts from the king’s household that turn out to be related to a more sinister attempt on the king’s life. Meanwhile, witnesses to the crown prince’s dodgy birth begin to die, and Hani fears for his daughter and her friend, who were also present. More secrets emerge about the prince’s identity, and Hani finds himself caught between the government and the radical revolutionaries who want to restore Amun-Ra by civil war, among them the queen, whom Hani has sworn to serve. Can Hani reconcile his desire for peace with his devotion to the King of the Gods?

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N.L. Holmes is the pen name of a professional archaeologist who received her doctorate from Bryn Mawr College. She has excavated in Greece and in Israel, and taught ancient history and humanities at the university level for many years. She has always had a passion for books, and in childhood, she and her cousin (also a writer today) used to write stories for fun.

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Betrayal at the Beach (Dangerous Curves Book 1) by K.L. Montgomery

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Betrayal at the Beach (Dangerous Curves Book 1) by KL Montgomery Author
Genre – Cozy mystery, Christian mystery/suspense, clean/wholesome
Despite having no prior sleuthing experience, Sunshine feels uniquely qualified due to her ninja YA librarian skills and all those Nancy Drew books she read as a kid. With the help of children’s librarian Molly Simmons and cataloguer Evangeline Dupree, Sunshine and her colleagues scour Bryce Beach for suspects, clues, and the stolen treasure.
Can she and her squad recover the proceeds from the library’s annual fundraising gala and Bryce Beach’s most priceless historical artifact, the Bible with the town’s founding fathers’ signatures?
But here’s the most vexing question of all: could one of Sunshine’s colleagues be a backstabbing traitor out to destroy the library? As Sunshine always says, “Jesus, take the wheel!”
Join Sunshine and her fellow librarians on their adventure to find the stolen treasure and save the Bryce Beach Public Library. Scroll up and one-click this cozy Christian mystery today!
Betrayal at the Beach is the first book in the Dangerous Curves cozy Christian mystery series, set in the fictional small town of Bryce Beach. YA librarian and amateur sleuth Sunshine Baker, who hates her name and can’t even bake an edible muffin, always manages to put the puzzle together just in time to avoid disaster! Join this curvy redheaded librarian on her quest to keep Bryce Beach safe…and well-read, of course.

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K.L. Montgomery writes #bodypositive sweet romance, romcom and cozy mystery. A librarian in a former life, she now works as an editor and runs the 5000-member Indie Author Support group on Facebook in addition to publishing under two names.

 

Though she remains a Hoosier at heart, K.L. shares her coastal Delaware home with some furry creatures and her husband, who is on the furry side as well. She has an undying love for her three sons, Broadway musicals, the beach, Seinfeld, the color teal, IU basketball, paisleys, and dark chocolate.

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A Tennis Pro To Die For (Cozy Mysteries To Die For Book 3) by Judy Moore

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A Tennis Pro To Die For (Cozy Mysteries To Die For Book 3) by Judy Moore
Genre – Cozy Mystery, Mystery
Beck O’Rourke’s younger sister Lizzie has cajoled her into taking tennis lessons at a ritzy racquet club in the middle of the summer in South Florida. Beck not only suffers from the heat but from her snooty classmates who are more interested in the handsome tennis pros than learning how to hit a backhand. But things get serious when one of the racquet club’s pros is killed by a hit-and-run driver. Beck takes advantage of her inside knowledge of the tennis club to try to help handsome police detective Devon Mathis catch the killer.
A Tennis Pro To Die For is the third standalone mystery in the Cozy Mysteries To Die For series. The series follows Beck O’Rourke and her grandmother, Miss Alice, who own Beach Reads bookstore and coffee shop, a gathering place for locals and tourists a block off the ocean in Manatee Beach, Florida. They live above the bookstore with Beck’s feisty younger sister, Lizzie, a lifeguard.
Beck is determined to follow her lifelong dream of being a detective, but the amateur sleuth keeps butting heads with handsome Manatee Beach Police Department detective Devon Mathis. Will she have to give up one passion for the other?

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Judy Moore is the author of the popular thriller, The Mother-in-Law, described by Kirkus Reviews as “A sharply written, suspenseful, domestic thriller.”  She is also the author of three traditional mystery novels: Somebody in the Neighborhood, Murder in Vail, and Murder at the Country Club.

Her latest book is a cozy mystery, A Book Signing to Die For, the first of three standalone cozy mysteries in the Beach Reads bookstore series. The second book, A Beach Wedding to Die For, will be released in the fall of 2020.

She has also written numerous novellas, including the Christmas anthology Christmas Interrupted, which contains three novellas: Airport Christmas, The Holiday House Sitter, and The Hitchhiker on Christmas Eve. Her two thriller novellas Pecking Order and Accidents Do Happen are offered perma-free on Amazon.com. Football Blues is also available on Amazon.

Ms. Moore has a master’s degree in journalism from the University of Florida and worked as a newspaper reporter, magazine feature writer, and publications editor for several years. A former tennis pro, Ms. Moore’s writing background also includes sports writing, and athletes from various sports are sprinkled throughout some of her novels. A lifelong resident of Florida, she currently resides in Vero Beach.

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Murder at Lolly Beach (Eve Sawyer mystery series Book 2) by Jane Suen

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Murder at Lolly Beach (Eve Sawyer mystery series Book 2) by Jane Suen Author
Genre – Mystery, Crime fiction
Eve Sawyer is expecting a fun summer vacation until the chef at a popular food truck is attacked. But he’s not the only victim … Chef Blake Conway has been stirring up the locals with his campaign for a plastics ban on the quaint town’s littered beach. When Eve’s friend Cassie takes her to visit Blake’s crêpe food truck and they discover he’s being rushed to the hospital, the college journalism student can’t just stand by, especially after Cassie’s beach house is burglarized. Beach Beat reporter Jake Thorne, who takes Eve on as an intern, mentors her while they race to find the answers. The fuse is running short on suspects who oppose Blake’s proposed ordinance. And a killer is lurking at the small town’s quiet beach, where murders are practically unheard of. As more suspects are embroiled in this web of mystery and crime, what dark secrets will come to light? Murder at Lolly Beach is the second book in the Eve Sawyer Mystery series. It can be read as a standalone.

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Jane Suen is an award-winning author who writes mysteries, sci-fi thrillers, contemporary

                     fiction, sweet romance, and short stories.

 

Jane is a transplant to the South who has taken a liking to grits, iced tea, and snow cones – so she’s there to stay.

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Sweets and Santa (The Matchmaking Baker Book 2) by Rosie Pease

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Sweets and Santa (The Matchmaking Baker Book 2) by Rosie Pease
Genre – Cozy mystery; Witches, Ghosts, Vampires, Werewolves etc.; Sweet (paranormal) Romance
It’s Joanie’s first Christmas as a bakery owner, and although her recipes are perfect, her holiday window decorating skills leave something to be desired.
As items around town disappear, the spirit of the season gets overshadowed. Rumors swirl as residents speculate whodunnit. And when one of the missing pieces is an engagement ring last seen in her shop, Joanie’s reputation as a baker and matchmaker is put in jeopardy.
Joanie thought her new town was safe, but is it? Is it all a prank, or tied to the Christmas gnomes that get moved each night, or is something more sinister going on?
Will Christmas magic be on her side, allowing Joanie to find the ring and win over Heartwood Hollow with her cookies? Or will her efforts for a sweet holiday season for all turn sour?
Sweets and Santa is a paranormal Christmas cozy mystery novella. It and the rest of The Matchmaking Baker series can be read in any order before, during, or after reading The Matchmaker’s Grimoire series.

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 Rosie Pease is a native Rhode Islander but has lived in Vermont, New York, and Ohio. She uses the places she’s traveled to as inspiration for the settings of her cozy mysteries, pulling the theater from one, the cider mill from another, the river from another to create a fictitious town that feels familiar.

She collects Funko Pops of the Harry Potter, Hunger Games, Doctor Who, DC TV, and Marvel variety, with a few others thrown in for fun. Her desk is a mess, but she can find everything on it, so it works for her.

When she’s not writing, she’s playing with her daughter, hanging out with her husband, or being amused by her two crazy cats.

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Murder Makes Waves (Jack and Frances mysteries Book 3) by Carmen Radtke

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Murder Makes Waves (Jack and Frances mysteries Book 3) by Carmen Radtke
Genre – Cozy mystery, historical mystery, historical fiction
Masquerades, Mimosas … and murder
It’s a dream come true for Frances Palmer: A voyage from Australia to England on the “Empress of the Sea”, together with her fiancé Jack Sullivan and her Uncle Sal, aka “Salvatore the Magnificent”. They’ve been hired to entertain the passengers with magic tricks and daring stunts.
But all is not well below deck, with jealousy and larceny ruffling the cheerful atmosphere.
Frances and Jack soon find themselves in stormy seas, together with newfound allies. When a passenger is found dead after a costume ball and one of Frances’s new friends is accused of murder, they decide to secretly dive into the case.
Nothing is plain sailing, though, against a cunning murderer. Will Jack and Frances and their friends get to the bottom of the truth, or will they sink in the sea of deception?

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Carmen Radtke has spent most of her life with ink on her fingers and a dangerously high pile of books by her side.

She has worked as a newspaper reporter on two continents and always dreamt of becoming a novelist.

She’s the author of the cozy historical mysteries “The Case of the Missing Bride”, “Glittering Death”, both featuring Alyssa Chalmers, the Jack Sullivan quick read “False Play at the Christmas Party” and the Jack and Frances historical cozies,  “A Matter of Love and Death”, “Murder at the Races” and “Murder Makes Waves”. She’s busy writing the next Jack and Frances adventure. 

When Carmen is not writing, reading or dreaming of travel, she is busy acting as resident cat servant or tap-dancing (badly).

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A Beach Wedding To Die For (Cozy Mysteries To Die For Book 2) by Judy Moore

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A Beach Wedding To Die For (Cozy Mysteries To Die For Book 2) by Judy Moore
Genre – Cozy Mystery, Mystery
A bride with three grooms? What could possibly go wrong?
When jilted grooms from the bride’s first two weddings show up at her beach wedding to groom number three, there’s definitely trouble on the horizon. Someone won’t be leaving the wedding alive.
A Beach Wedding To Die For is the second standalone mystery in the Cozy Mysteries To Die For series. The series follows Beck O’Rourke and her grandmother, Miss Alice, who own Beach Reads bookstore and coffee shop, a gathering place for locals and tourists a block off the ocean in Manatee Beach, Florida. They live above the bookstore with Beck’s feisty younger sister, Lizzie, a lifeguard.
Beck is determined to follow her lifelong dream of being a detective, but the amateur sleuth keeps butting heads with handsome Manatee Beach Police Department detective Devon Mathis. Will she have to give up one passion for the other?
The third mystery in the Cozy Mysteries To Die For series will be out in January, 2021, A Tennis Pro To Die For.

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Judy Moore is the author of the popular thriller, The Mother-in-Law, described by Kirkus Reviews as “A sharply written, suspenseful, domestic thriller.”  She is also the author of three traditional mystery novels: Somebody in the Neighborhood, Murder in Vail, and Murder at the Country Club.

Her latest book is a cozy mystery, A Book Signing to Die For, the first of three standalone cozy mysteries in the Beach Reads bookstore series. The second book, A Beach Wedding to Die For, will be released in the fall of 2020.

She has also written numerous novellas, including the Christmas anthology Christmas Interrupted, which contains three novellas: Airport Christmas, The Holiday House Sitter, and The Hitchhiker on Christmas Eve. Her two thriller novellas Pecking Order and Accidents Do Happen are offered perma-free on Amazon.com. Football Blues is also available on Amazon.

Ms. Moore has a master’s degree in journalism from the University of Florida and worked as a newspaper reporter, magazine feature writer, and publications editor for several years. A former tennis pro, Ms. Moore’s writing background also includes sports writing, and athletes from various sports are sprinkled throughout some of her novels. A lifelong resident of Florida, she currently resides in Vero Beach.

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Rose by Any Other Name (The Sisters, Texas Series, Book 10) by Becki Willis

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Rose by Any Other Name (The Sisters, Texas Series, Book 10) by Becki Willis
It’s summertime in Texas, when temperatures—and tempers—soar.
A mysterious woman moves to The Sisters, and the tongues start wagging. Who is this Rose Belvedere? Why did she move here, of all places? Was that a body the movers stuffed into the van?
Calls flood into the police department, but without probable cause, Chief Brash deCordova can’t do much more than make an inquiry. When Madison (dead-body magnet that she is) stumbles upon a gruesome discovery, all that changes. Now there’s a body and a suspect, but no probable cause. Will the husband and wife duo discover the truth before the killer strikes again?
Saving up to buy his first truck, sixteen-year-old Blake has a summer job at Marvin Gardens. He’s prepared for hard work and long hours, but he isn’t prepared for a mystery of his own. Recruiting help from his sisters, the teenagers may just form a junior division of would-be sleuths for In a Pinch Professional Services.
The heat is on for another great adventure in The Sisters!
Book Ten in the best-selling The Sisters, Texas Mystery Series.

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Best-selling author Becki Willis loves crafting stories with believable characters in believable situations—the quirkier, the better! Many of her stories stem from her own travels and personal experiences. (No worries; she’s never actually murdered anyone.)

When she’s not plotting danger and adventure for her imaginary friends, Becki enjoys reading, antiquing (aka junking), unraveling a good mystery (real or imagined), dark chocolate, and a good cup of coffee. A professed history geek, Becki often weaves pieces of the past into her novels. Family is a central theme in her stories and in her life. She and her husband enjoy traveling, but believe coming home to their Texas ranch is the best part of any trip.

Becki has won numerous awards, but the real compliments come from her readers. Drop in for an e-visit anytime at beckiwillis.ccp@gmail.com, or www.beckiwillis.com.   

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