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New Release Mondays: No Rest for the Wicked by Martha Reed

Author Name: Martha Reed

Book Title: NO REST FOR THE WICKED – A John and Sarah Jarad Nantucket Mystery (Book 3)

Book Genre: Traditional Mystery

Release Date: February 23, 2017

Synopsis: When state archaeologists lift the lid on a suspicious steamer trunk buried in Nantucket’s landfill, Detective John Jarad’s world explodes. DNA holds the key to the island’s most notorious cold case crime, the Baby Alice Spenser kidnapping of 1921. Myriad family scandals emerge from the Spenser’s privileged and gilded past. Modern day events flare white-hot when a copycat kidnapper snatches a second child.

Excerpt: The fog had burned off at dawn, and the bright mid-morning sunlight streamed through the library’s mullioned windows. John was surprised to see that several of the cracked diamond-shaped panes had been mended with Scotch tape so old the vintage tape had yellowed. He resisted the urge to pick it off.

Moorhaven was a beehive of tension and forced inactivity. Jamison had cleared an antique partner’s desk to use as their command center. Extension cords snaked across the floor from every overburdened wall socket, powering their laptops, tablets, and phone chargers. A plastic drip coffeemaker sat on top of a mahogany lowboy chest of drawers pressed up against one wall. An hour ago, Jamison had glided in on silent feet to deposit a Nantucket basket filled with warm cranberry-orange muffins. Paper wrappers and buttery crumbs littered the desk. It seemed odd to John now, after learning about Moorhaven’s history that Jamison was the only staff member left in a house that used to hold dozens.

John felt wound up tighter than a clock. He shook out his hands to release the tension. The initial adrenaline rush from the kidnapper’s text message had evaporated, replaced by the steady hyper-awareness of a developing and active case. Addison had texted back confirmation that he had received the ransom message. Now they were waiting on a return response from Libby Spenser’s captors. John knew that suspense and delay were two psychological tactics criminals used in their toolkit, but knowing that didn’t help to curb his restlessness. He started to pace.

“Patience, Detective Jarad.” Chief Nunn looked up from her laptop. Her dark eyes glittered from under her half-closed lids. “I’ve been through this before, twice. It’s a waiting game. They’re working our nerves on purpose.”

About the author: Martha Reed is the author of the award-winning John and Sarah Jarad Nantucket Mystery series. Book 1, THE CHOKING GAME, was a 2015 Killer Nashville Silver Falchion nominee for Best Traditional Mystery. THE NATURE OF THE GRAVE, Book 2, won an Independent Publisher (IPPY) Honorable Mention for Mid-Atlantic Best Regional Fiction. Book 3, NO REST FOR THE WICKED launched in February of 2017. Martha recently completed a four-year term as the National Chapter Liaison for Sisters in Crime, Inc. Visit her web site www.reedmenow.com for more detail. You can also follow her antics on Facebook or on Twitter@ReedMartha.

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New Release Mondays: I Wish You Missed Me by Bonnie Hearn Hill

Author Name: Bonnie Hearn Hill

Book Title: I Wish You Missed Me

Book Genre: Suspense

Release Date: April 1, 2017

Synopsis: Farley Black, Kit Doyle’s former radio co-host, is missing. When Kit and her friend, former street person Virgie Logan, head north to California’s redwood country in search of the truth, a series of menacing incidents convinces Kit that she’s being watched. Someone is tracking her every move. As her unknown pursuer grows bolder and more reckless, Kit realizes she isn’t just looking for Farley – but running from a killer.

Excerpt: Megan puts on the large, white-framed sunglasses, even though it’s starting to get dark out. The dress Will insisted she wear is too low cut for an evening in a pub and too sexy, even for her. She ties his red bandana around her neck and makes a double knot, turning it into kind of a cowboy kerchief.

‘You ready yet?’ Will calls from outside the cabin. Then he walks inside and his boots squeak to a stop on the wood floor when he sees her. ‘Nice.’ He circles her slowly and then stops so they are eye to eye. ‘Very nice. But take your hair down, will you?’

‘I thought a ballerina bun would look better with this dress.’

‘You’re not paid to think.’ He grins and swats her on the ass. ‘Come on, beautiful. Time’s a-wasting.’

She shakes out her hair, pulls it behind her ears and over one shoulder. The cracked bathroom mirror makes her look as if she has five eyes. Megan blinks all of them and says, ‘Let’s go.’

He’s promised this will be the last one and she believes him. Will is many things but not a liar. Not to her, anyway.

They pause at the top of the stairs and the sound of the creek in back, combined with the redwood scent of the deck after a morning of rain, reminds her why she came here with him and why she stays. Not that she needs reminders.

‘What are you thinking?’ he asks.

Just like that, she remembers something. ‘I was supposed to help Priscilla and the other women make blueberry jam tonight.’

‘Like she will care if you don’t show up?’ He starts down the stairs. ‘Priscilla. Michael. I’ll never figure out these people.’

‘Good people,’ she reminds him. ‘They took us in with no questions.’

About the author: This is the third in the Kit Doyle series and Bonnie Hearn Hill’s seventeenth novel. A California native, Bonnie is passionate about how conflict changes us and both allows and forces us to discover new truths about ourselves. A mentor to numerous writers, Bonnie has appeared on a Central California television stations’s book segment for fourteen years. www.bonniehhill.com

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New Release Mondays: Edith Maxwell & Maddie Day

Today we have one very prolific author joining us for New Release Mondays. Welcome Edith Maxwell, aka Maddie Day, aka Tace Baker.

Book Title: When the Grits Hit the Fan (written as Maddie Day)

Book Genre: Cozy foodie

Release Date: March 28

Synopsis: When chef-carpenter Robbie Jordan and a friend go snowshoeing one morning in scenic South Lick, Indiana, and find a body frozen under the ice, police suspect her friend, who’d had a public tiff with the victim. To prove her friend’s innocence, Robbie absorbs local gossip about the victim’s past and slow-cooks her own ideas on the homicide—even if that means stirring up terrible danger for herself along the way . . .

Book Title: Called to Justice (written as Edith Maxwell)

Book Genre: Historical

Release Date: April 8

Synopsis: 1888 Quaker midwife Rose Carroll is enjoying Independence Day when a mill girl is killed. After a former slave is accused, Rose delves into the crime, convinced of the man’s innocence. A mill manager, an Irish immigrant, and the victim’s boyfriend come under suspicion. Rose delivers babies and hears secrets– only to be threatened by the murderer, with three lives at stake. Can she rescue herself, a baby, and her elderly midwifery teacher in time?

Book Title: Mulch Ado About Murder (written as Edith Maxwell)

Book Genre: Cozy foodie

Release Date: May 30

Synopsis: When a hydroponic farmer is found dead clutching rosary beads, organic farmer Cam Flaherty has a new murder to solve. There’s no shortage of suspects, including the dead woman’s embittered ex‑husband, the Other Man, and Cam’s own mother. Lucky for Cam, her father turns out to have a knack for sleuthing—not to mention dealing with chickens. Will he and Cam be able to clear her mom’s name before the killer strikes again?

About the author: Agatha-nominated and national best-selling author Edith Maxwell writes the Quaker Midwife Mysteries and the Local Foods Mysteries; as Maddie Day she writes the Country Store Mysteries and Cozy Capers Book Group Mysteries. She also writes award-winning short crime fiction and has stories in the 2016 Bouchercon anthology and the 2017 Malice Domestic anthology. Maxwell writes, cooks, and lives north of Boston with her beau and three cats, and blogs at WickedCozyAuthors.com, at Killer Characters, and with the Midnight Ink authors. Find her on Facebook, twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, and at www.edithmaxwell.com.

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New Release Mondays: Heavy Metal by Andrew Bourelle

Author Name: Andrew Bourelle

Book Title: Heavy Metal

Book Genre: Suspense/coming of age

Release Date: Feb. 7, 2017

Synopsis:  Danny is a high school freshman on the fringes of teenage society. While his peers are dating, playing sports, or hanging out with friends, Danny spends his time alone, taking solace in hard rock music. Danny’s mother is dead, his father is an alcoholic, and his older brother Craig is as damaged as he is. The book starts on a Saturday night as Danny and Craig sneak off with their father’s pistol, looking for trouble.

Excerpt: Craig kneels on the floor, like he’s going to pray, and pulls out a box of ammunition. He plugs a cartridge into each empty slot. He works slowly and deliberately, as if thinking about each bullet. He rises, takes the box of shells and tucks it into his jean jacket pocket. He sucks his stomach in and tries to tuck the pistol into his belt. It’s too big. He pulls it out, and holds it at his side, his finger outside the trigger guard.

The gun is fourteen inches long from grip to front sight, the barrel eight inches. Empty, the gun weighs four pounds. Loaded with six bullets, I imagine the weight increases exponentially. I imagine each bullet multiplies the weight by a power of two, as if they carry something else—the weight of the future.

Craig lifts the Magnum and gestures with it toward the door as if the gun weighs nothing at all.

About the author: Andrew Bourelle is the author of Heavy Metal, winner of the 2016 Autumn House Fiction Prize. He is the coauthor with James Patterson of the short thriller The Pretender, which can be found in Patterson’s collection Triple Threat. Bourelle’s short stories have been published widely, including in The Best American Mystery Stories. More information can be found at andrewbourelle.com.

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New Release Mondays: Barn Shadows by Laura Wolfe

Author Name: Laura Wolfe

Book Title: Barn Shadows (Dark Horse, Book Two)

Book Genre: Young Adult Mystery

Release Date: March 14, 2017

Synopsis: A year after her tumultuous exit from the prestigious Foxwoode Riding Academy, Brynlei returns determined to win Foxwoode’s Top Rider Award. When she accidentally unearths an antique doll, a series of inexplicable occurrences force her to question whether her condition as a “Highly-Sensitive Person” is to blame or if something more sinister is at play. Could a decades-old tragedy and the dangerous happenings at Foxwoode be more closely entwined than she ever imagined?

Excerpt: A jolt of anxiety rushed through her as she held the doll, her chest heavy. She gulped back a feeling of overwhelming sadness. Who used to love this doll? How long had it been buried underground? Surely it had been special to someone. The abandoned toy seemed to have an energy all its own. Although it was silly, Brynlei felt as if she had saved it from something. If she hadn’t tripped on its hand, the forgotten doll might have been lost forever under the cement foundation of the new barn.

“Looks like an antique.” Brynlei brushed more dirt off of the dress, the fabric so thin in spots that she could almost see through it. Rebecca had a knack for finding discarded items at garage sales and later selling them on eBay for hundreds of dollars. This doll could be worth something, especially if she restored it.

“Dolls creep me out.” Anna took a step back. “Get that thing away from me.”

“How old do you think it is?” Brynlei ran her fingers over the molded hair. “1920s or ‘30s?”

“Dude. I have no idea, but she looks like she’s seen better days.”

The sound of laughter and chattering erupted from around the bend. Brynlei hid the doll between her arm and her body, darting to the safe side of the construction tape. She didn’t want to explain her rare find to anyone else. Anna bolted after her and they resumed their journey toward Cabin 5. They passed the wiry construction foreman and the heavy-set driver of the bulldozer who now sat on a bench eating egg sandwiches, nodding at the girls as they passed.

“Don’t tell me you’re keeping that thing,” Anna said when they were a safe distance away.

“I’m going to fix it up when I get home and sell it on eBay.” Brynlei squeezed the doll against her chest. “Rebecca makes money selling antiques all the time.”

“Okay. As long as you don’t sleep with it—that’s where I draw the line.”

Brynlei laughed. “Relax. I’m going to hide her in my suitcase. You’ll never see her again.”

 About the author: Laura Wolfe is a lover of animals and nature. When she is not writing, she can be found playing games with her highly-energetic kids, riding horses, or spoiling her rescue dog. She lives in Michigan with her husband, son, and daughter. Laura’s YA mystery, Trail of Secrets (Dark Horse, Book 1), was named as a Finalist in the 2016 Next Generation Indie Book Awards—First Novel category. Laura holds a BA in English from the University of Michigan and a JD from DePaul University. She is an active member of multiple writing groups, including Sisters in Crime, International Thriller Writers, and the SCBWI. For more information, please visit: www.AuthorLauraWolfe.com.

 

 

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New Release Mondays: 50 Shades of Cabernet by Various Authors

Book Title: 50 Shades of Cabernet

Book Genre: A Mysterious Anthology

Release Date: March 20, 2017

Synopsis: Pour yourself a good mystery is the theme for this anthology of short stories, each blending a mystery and a glass or more of cabernet. When eighteen mystery writers combine their talents, the result is the perfect “flight” of stories that range from light-bodied puzzles to sparkling cozies and heavier tales of deceit and murder. While cabernet is the featured wine, this anthology will appeal to connoisseurs of all varietals–in both wine preference and mystery style.

Excerpt: From Love the Wine You’re With by Teresa Inge

“Get up, Em!” Jules Riley yelled at her sister passed out on the couch.

Em opened her eyes and rubbed her throbbing head. “What time is it?”

“Five o’ clock. You’ve been hungover all day.”

Em twisted her aching body into a vertical position. “How did you get in here anyway?”

“The door was unlocked… I’m serious, Em. You missed a big event today.” Jules was regretting hiring her sister to coordinate events for her event-planning business.

Em ran her hand through her long blonde hair.

Jules pushed a pair of stilettos, earrings, an empty bottle of cabernet and a Post-It note to the back of the couch and sat. She snatched the note, read it, then slapped it against Em’s arm.

Em grabbed the Post-It. “Jax broke up with me?”

“Yes, another boyfriend sick of your partying.”

Em slumped on the couch. “My life sucks! My boyfriend dumped me on a Post-It, and all I do is plan events that I don’t enjoy and book trips that I don’t take. Ugh!”

“That’s what we do. We plan events for our clients and not for us to party. Now listen up. You need to be at Virtually Yours by three o’clock tomorrow for the wine tasting.” Jules turned toward the door. “And clean this place up. It reeks of wine.”

About Teresa Inge: Teresa grew up reading Nancy Drew mysteries. Combining her love of reading mysteries and writing professional articles led to writing short fiction and a novel. Today, she doesn’t carry a rod like her idol but she loves hot rods. If she’s not signing books, she’s at a car show with her husband or serving as president of the Sisters in Crime, Mystery by the Sea chapter in Chesapeake, Virginia. Visit Teresa at www.teresainge.com

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New Release Mondays: Run Dog Run by Kathleen Kaska

Author Name: Kathleen Kaska

Book Title: Run Dog Run

Book Genre: Mystery

Release Date: March 11, 2017

Synopsis: Animal rights activist Kate Caraway travels to Texas for a much-needed rest. Before she has a chance to unpack, her friend’s daughter pleads for Kate’s assistance. She has become entangled in the ugly world of greyhound abuse. On the case for only a few hours, Kate discovers a body, complicating the investigation by adding murder to the puzzle. Now, she’s in a race against time to fine the killer before she becomes the next victim.

Excerpt: The rocks along the bottom of the creek bed seemed to disappear. Kate felt the ropy, gnarl of tree roots instead.

The cedar break. She was approaching the road and soon the water would pass through the culvert. She knew that she would not make it through the narrow tunnel alive. Her lungs screamed for air. With one final attempt, she grabbed hold of a long cedar root growing along the side of the creek bank and hung on. Miraculously, it held. She wedged her foot under the tangled growth and anchored herself against the current. Inching her way upward, she thrust her head above water and gulped for air. But debris in the current slapped her in the face, and leaves and twigs filled her mouth, choking her. Dizziness overcame her ability to think—exhaustion prevented her from pulling herself higher.

She must not give in. Fighting unconsciousness, Kate inched her way up a little farther, and at last was able to take a clear breath. Her right arm hung loosely by her side, the back of the shaft had broken off in the tumble through the current, but the arrow was lodged in her arm. Numb from cold water and exhaustion, she lay on the bank as the water swept over her, and then, as quickly as it had arrived, the flow subsided and the current slowed. If she could hang on a few moments longer, survival looked promising. As thoughts of hope entered her mind, Kate feared that her pursuer might not have given up the chase. Perfect, Kate Caraway, just perfect. You screwed up again, she chided herself as the lights went out.

About the author: Kathleen Kaska is the author of eight books and is an avid birder. It was her passion for birds that led to the publication The Man Who Saved the Whooping Crane: The Robert Porter Allen Story. Her Classic Triviography Mystery Series includes The Alfred Hitchcock Triviography and Quiz Book, The Sherlock Holmes Triviography and Quiz Book, and The Agatha Christie Triviography and Quiz Book. Kathleen also writes the award-winning Sydney Lockhart mystery series set in the 1950s.

Run Dog Run is Kathleen’s her first mystery in the new Kate Caraway animal rights series. Find out more about Kathleen at www.kathleenkaska.com. A percentage of the proceeds of the sale of Run Dog Run will be donated to the Greyhound Project, Inc.

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New Release Mondays: Bitter Harvest by Wendy Tyson

Author Name: Wendy Tyson

Book Title: Bitter Harvest

Book Genre: Cozy Mystery

Release Date: March 7, 2017

Synopsis: As summer slips into fall and Winsome prepares for its grand Oktoberfest celebration, beer isn’t the only thing brewing. When the town’s pub owner is killed in a freak accident, lawyer-turned-organic farmer Megan Sawyer suspects something sinister is afoot in Winsome—but no one is listening. Megan must plow through Winsome’s fixation with autumn festivities to harvest the truth—before another dead body marks the season.

Excerpt: CHAPTER ONE

The harvest moon glowed bright overhead, a burnt offering to the demons plaguing Megan’s peace of mind. The woods beyond Washington Acres felt inviting—until nightfall. It was early October, the start of fall foliage season, and by day the leaves on the oaks, birch, and mountain ash shone bright in a rainbow of reds, golds, and deep oranges. But once darkness hit, the ghosts emerged. Or so it seemed.

Halloween was just a few weeks away, and the pace on the farm had finally lulled to a more comfortable frenzy. Most of the summer crops had been picked and sold, and what was left had been canned, frozen, stored, or donated. The fields were being turned over and planted with cover crops like clover and daikon radish. The fall bounty was just coming in, and Megan had enough pumpkins to supply a dozen fall festivals. Autumn had been kinder than the previous spring, and the October air was cool but not cold, dry but not arid. The farm’s coffers, too, were full—well, at least not empty.

Megan should have felt content. Pleased, even.

Then why this feeling of unrest? Megan opened the door to the porch and stepped outside into the chilly night. Overhead, the stars were eclipsed by the reddish, eerie moon. Gunther and Sadie, her dogs, ran out behind her. Gunther, a Polish Tatra Sheepdog, took off for his nightly rounds, checking on the chickens and goats and monitoring the perimeter of the farm just as he’d been trained to do. Sadie stayed pressed to her side. Megan reached down to pat Sadie, taking comfort from the dog’s warm presence.

But she couldn’t shake the image of the chair.

Oh, she knew very well that it was just a chair. A battered red Adirondack, the kind you see at homes all across America. Nothing scary about that. Except this one wasn’t parked on a patio, or beside a pool in some suburban lot. It sat alone at the top of Potter Hill, in the woods—the same thick woods that bordered her property.

About the author: Wendy Tyson’s background in law and psychology has provided inspiration for her mysteries and thrillers. Originally from the Philadelphia area, Wendy has returned to her roots and lives there again on a micro-farm with her husband, three sons and three dogs. Wendy’s short fiction has appeared in literary journals, and she’s a contributing editor and columnist for The Big Thrill and The Thrill Begins, International Thriller Writers’ online magazines. Wendy is the author of the Allison Campbell Mystery Series and the Greenhouse Mystery Series. Find Wendy at http://www.WATyson.com.

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