New Release: Shear Fear by Rhonda Blackhurst

shearfearEBOOKShear Fear, book six in the Melanie Hogan mystery series, will release September 10, 2021.

Melanie Hogan discovers the evils that lurk beneath one’s thirst for power and money. Will her murder be one of them?

Just when salon owner Melanie Hogan thinks her world is back on solid ground, she finds a dead body on her doorstep, and the entire foundation on which she’s built her life begins to crumble. Everything she’s ever known to be true disintegrates as fast as over-processed hair in bleach.

As Melanie’s life unravels and she discovers truths that bring her worst nightmare to life, she finds that sometimes the most beautiful light shines through the cracks of something broken. But can Melanie sort things out and solve the murder before the murderer breaks her?

Available on Amazon.

For more information about Rhonda and her books, visit her online home at www.rhondablackhurst.com.

New Release: Striking Range by Margaret Mizushima

clb-bookcovers-strikingrange-jktcovStriking Range, book seven in Margaret Mizushima’s Timber Creek K-9 Mysteries, will release September 7, 2021.

In this episode, the past and present collide when Deputy Mattie Cobb and her K-9 partner Robo are torn between investigating her father’s cold case and the death of a young mother.

An ice storm batters the area, taking its toll on the investigative team, while Mattie and Robo search for the woman’s missing infant. 

Striking Range can be found and ordered wherever books are sold.

For more information about Margaret and her Timber Creek K-9 Mystery series, please visit https://margaretmizushima.com/.

New Release: The Bone Field by Debra Bokur

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Publication date: May 25, 2021 from Kensington Books

The Bone Field (Dark Paradise Mystery #2)

Kali Māhoe, Hawaiian cultural expert and detective with the Maui Police Department, has been called to a bizarre crime scene. In the recesses of a deep trench on Lana’i Island, a derelict refrigerator has been unearthed. Entombed inside are the skeletal remains of someone buried decades ago. Identification is a challenge. The body is headless, the skull replaced with a chilling adornment: a large, ornately carved wooden pineapple.

The old field soon yields more long-buried secrets, and Kali is led along an increasingly winding path that brings to light an unlikely suspect, an illegal cock-fighting organization, and a strange symbol connected to a long-disbanded religious cult. Her task is to dispel the dark shadows lingering over the Palawai Basin plains, and to solve a puzzle that no one wants exposed by the bright, hot tropical light.

 

To discover the answer, Kali will be drawn deeper in the mysteries of the island’s ancient legends—stories that tell of an enraged rooster god and man-eating monsters. For Kali, a detective of sound logic and reason, it’s not easy to consider the unknown for explanations for what appears to be a series of illogical links in a twisting chain of deadly events. Or safe. Because the dormant pineapple fields of Lana’i have yet to give up their darkest and most terrifying secrets.

Please join Debra for the outdoor launch party for THE BONE FIELD on June 5 from 7:30 to 9:00 pm at the Dairy Arts Center in Boulder, co-hosted by Boulder Bookstore. Live ukulele music, plus a performance of hula dancing, Polynesian drumming, and a Fire Knife Dance by the Kalama Polynesian Dancers. Books for sale, Hawaiian-themed giveaways, cash bar. To comply with Boulder County Covid tracking, guests must pre-register at the Dairy Arts Center website at https://thedairy.org/events/launch-event-for-the-bone-field-by-debra-bokur/

“Wonderfully atmospheric…immersive, thoroughly researched tale of mystery and mythology that will enlighten as well as entertain.” – Criminal Element

“Nimbly contrasts the Hawaii of sun and golden beaches with its less well-known underbelly of poverty, discrimination, and crime. Fans of strong female cops will look forward to Kali’s further adventures.” —Publishers Weekly

For more information the Dark Paradise Mystery series, please visit debrabokur.com

New Release: Punning with Scissors by Becky Clark

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Publication date: May 11, 2021 from Kensington

Punning with Scissors (A Crossword Puzzle Mystery Book 2) by Becky Clark

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Quinn Carr has been quietly creating crosswords for the Chestnut Station Chronicle in her small Colorado town since she was in high school, but she has yet to solve the puzzle of how to make a living from her passion. So she lives with her parents and works at the local diner, catering to regulars like The Retireds, a charming if cantankerous crew of elderly men. The most recent member to join the group is a recently retired tailor, the unfortunately named Hugh Pugh.
 
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But Hugh’s misfortune dramatically increases when he’s arrested for stabbing his husband with a pair of fabric shears. With a cryptic crossword clue left at the crime scene, Quinn seems tailor-made for solving this murder. The local police may be determined to pin the crime on the kindly tailor, but Quinn will use her penchant for puzzles and what her therapist calls her “obsessive coping mechanism” to get the clues to line up and catch the real culprit—before the killer boxes her in. . . .

Includes original crossword puzzles!

What people are saying…

• Was already a fan of Becky Clark’s Mystery Writer Series and now I’m a fan of the Crossword Puzzle Mysteries too! Highly engaging characters, setting, and plot with LOTS of humor and heart.

• In a year full of heaviness, I think cozy mysteries are a great escape. Puzzling Ink is a fun escape for a few hours, and I’m looking forward to seeing what Quinn is up to in her next crossword puzzle adventure.

• I love the Mystery Writer’s Mystery series from this writer, and this series is starting off a winner just like that series. It was so funny, and I did find myself laughing out loud in parts. There’s just something so fun about her writing style!

Punning With Scissorshttps://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B08FXTDJST

Puzzling Ink on sale for $1.99 — https://www.amazon.com/Puzzling-Ink-Crossword-Puzzle-Mystery-ebook/dp/B085LTVY49

More info— https://beckyclarkbooks.com/

New Release: Renegade by Jodi Burnett

RENEGADE book coverPublication date: April 22, 2021

RENEGADE ~ Tin Star K9 Series – Book 1

Caitlyn Reed and her dog, Renegade, are thrown into the midst of murder and intrigue when they discover a dead body while on a trail ride in the black hills of Wyoming.

The local sheriff is hell bent on a conviction, and Caitlyn’s brother, Dylan, is in his crosshairs. Desperate to prove his innocence, Caitlyn turns to Deputy Colt Branson for help, but she must grapple with their rocky romantic past to gain his aid.

As Caitlyn and Renegade pursue the killer, the investigation catapults their lives in a dangerous new direction, one with mysterious strangers, convoluted clues, and deadly violence. In a whip-cracking turn of events, Caitlyn finds herself under suspicion. When all the chips fall, Caitlyn uncovers shocking evidence that rocks their small-town community to its core.

Purchase at: Amazon.com

For more information, visit Jodi-Burnett.com.

New Release: Blood Kills by Nanci Rathbun

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Blood Kills (Angelina Bonaparte Mysteries, Book 4) by Nanci Rathbun

A murdered metal sculptor. A mafia mystery. Can a talented PI outsmart a vindictive killer before she sleeps with the fishes?

Private investigator Angelina Bonaparte can barely contain her excitement. Thrilled to reunite with her detective boyfriend after an obligatory embargo of several years, she’s preparing every detail for his return. But she’s forced to put passion on the backburner when she discovers a local artist brutally slain.

When the dead man’s own last will and testament shockingly predicts his death, the seasoned sleuth ignores her lover’s warnings and digs into the victim’s treacherous links with the Russian mob. But with the culprit still on the loose and the evidence not matching up, Angelina’s life could be snuffed out the ultimate criminal mastermind.

Is Angelina’s romantic reunion in danger of being fatally cut short?

Blood Kills is the spine-tingling fourth tale in the Angelina Bonaparte Mysteries thriller series. If you like riveting twists, blossoming love affairs, and pulse-pounding close calls, then you’ll adore Nanci Rathbun’s high-octane story.

Finalist in the 2021 Book Excellence Awards for Mystery/Thriller.

For more information about the PI Angelina Bonaparte Crime Thrillers series and Nanci, visit https://nancirathbun.com.

New Release: Complicit by Amy Rivers

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Publication date: April 20, 2021 by Compathy Press

Complicit (A Legacy of Silence Book 1) by Amy Rivers

A tangled web of deception and duplicity where predators are shielded by respectability and no one is safe.

Kate Medina had been working as a forensic psychologist and loving every minute until a violent attack left her shaken to the core. Retreating to her hometown where it’s safe, she accepts a job where the prospect of violence is slim to none. As a high school psychologist, Kate tends to the emotional needs of the students. It’s not the career she envisioned for herself.

Five years later, a student disappears, leaving the school in crisis and Kate at the helm of another traumatic event. Roman Aguilar, the lead detective, reaches out to Kate for assistance. Kate’s position at the school and her training make her an ideal ally, but her complicated relationship with Roman puts them at odds.

When the girl’s body is found, changing the focus of the investigation to homicide, Kate finds herself in the middle of a situation she never anticipated. What started as her desire to help puts Kate directly in the crosshairs of an enemy who remains largely in shadows. As her past and present collide, Kate is dragged into the middle of a dangerous game where only one thing is clear-no one can be trusted.

For more information, visit http://www.amyrivers.com.

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New Release: The Mermaid Broker by Sue Hinkin

Publication date: April 1, 2021 from Literary Wanderlust

The Mermaid Broker (A Vega and Middleton Novel Book 4) by Sue Hinkin

Last seen heading out of Ventura Harbor with a SCUBA group bound for the Channel Islands, Santa Monica High School Marine Biology teacher, Isabelle Abbott, has vanished.

She finds herself prisoner in the dark bowels of an underground aquarium complex. Once used by the military for marine mammal research, dolphins are no longer denizens of the big tanks. Instead, a menagerie of freaky razor-toothed predators including Piscum Auratus, a genetically engineered gold shark the size of an SUV, swims in psychotic circles.

To her horror, Isabelle discovers that she and a group of traumatized young women have been trafficked to become mermaids for an international sex tourism ring working out of Southern California. They are only days away from being raped by men willing to pay huge sums for the mermaid experience. Worst of all, to eliminate her as a witness, when the tourists have had their sick fun, more obscenity follows. Isabelle will be tossed to the ravenous monsters in a snuff finale.

Tenacious news reporter Bea Middleton and savvy photographer Lucy Vega, team with Ventura Detective Macintosh Wu. Can they stop the insanity before Isabelle and the others become nothing more than blood in the water?

For more information about this series and Sue, visit https://www.suehinkin.com/.

New Release: One of Her Own by Shawn McGuire

One of Her Own (A Gemi Kittredge Mystery, Book 1) by Shawn McGuire

Gemi Kittredge was thirteen years old when an assault changed her life. That night, she vowed to never be a victim again. She earned a black belt in taekwondo, became the top ranked MMA fighter on Maui, and made it her life’s mission to help vulnerable women and children. Now, armed with ability and the satisfaction that comes from making a difference in people’s lives, Gemi is ready for any challenge.

Then, during an early morning run along the ocean, Gemi finds the body of a young woman. She knows her. Heleena was a fighter at her gym.

Gemi calls 911, but she doesn’t trust cops. They failed to get justice for her in the past, so even though they assure her they’re on the case, Gemi goes hunting for Heleena’s killer on her own. And as she gets closer to the truth, her deepest fears rise to the surface. If she’s right about who the killer is, nowhere is safe.

Reader Quotes:

“A strong female protagonist and a storyline that is refreshing along with characters that have depth and intriguing backstories kept me turning the pages.”

“Gemi is a wonderfully complex character, and this story plunges us into a tropical paradise filled with friendship, suspense, and a glimpse into the world of mixed martial arts competition.”

“From the first page I was drawn in with Gemi’s back story, and the love between two sisters.”

“The mystery that followed had me staying up far too late to finish the book!”

Get your copy here: https://smarturl.it/OneofHerOwn

To learn more about Shawn and her books, visit www.Shawn-McGuire.com

New Release: A Pairing to Die For by Kate Lansing

Publication date: January 26, 2021 from Berkley

A Pairing to Die For (A Colorado Wine Mystery Book 2) by Kate Lansing

A young winemaker is over a barrel when her new boyfriend is accused of murder in this delightful cozy mystery.

It’s fall in Boulder, Colorado, and the leaves aren’t the only things changing. Parker Valentine, owner of Vino Valentine, is finally settling in to her winery and her new relationship with Reid Wallace, a local chef. But their delicate pairing is endangered when Reid’s estranged family comes into town to celebrate the opening of his new restaurant.

Reid and his family are immediately at loggerheads, given their often acidic temperaments, but Parker still wants to make a good first impression. However, her efforts might be in vain when Reid’s sous chef is found dead in the alley behind the restaurant, and Reid is implicated in the murder. In order to save Reid, Parker will have to find the real killer, even if the truth is difficult to swallow.

“In A Pairing to Die For, author Kate Lansing blends murder with wine-making, a town full of quirky characters, and a breathtaking setting for a delightful cozy read that goes down a treat.” –Marty Wingate

For more information about this series and Kate, visit https://katelansing.com/.