New Release: Into the City of Light by Theresa Crater

Into the City of Light by Theresa Crater

The fourth book in the Power Places series was released on Solstice, December 21, 2020.

These legendary mystics want a peaceful life. But with the fate of humanity hanging in the balance, a new mission brings them too close to darkness.

Anne Le Clair and Michael Levy prefer the mundane joys of parenthood to any more world-saving. But when all the crystal key holders are summoned to Peru, they must once more answer the call of duty. For there in the Andes lies a mystical doorway that can usher in a new golden age.

Preparing for an ancient ritual to open the gate for the Old Ones to return, the couple is trailed by a sinister magician. And after the dark sorcerer steals all the known crystals for himself, Anne and Michael must prevent him from sealing the portal forever and seizing control of humankind’s consciousness.

Can the Anne and Michael rescue Earth’s future one more time?

Into the City of Light is the extraordinary fourth book in the Power Places urban fantasy series. If you like archaeological adventures, spiritual teachings, and international exploration, then you’ll love Theresa Crater’s visionary tale.

Buy Into the City of Light to delve into Incan mysteries today!

For more information about this series and Theresa’s other books, visit https://theresalcrater.com/.

Publication Deal: Patricia Raybon

Patricia Raybon Gets 3-Book Offer from Tyndale

Talk about an early Christmas present. Patricia Raybon got a 3-book offer from Tyndale House Publishers for her first fiction — a historical mystery romance series, with Book One due to be published next fall.

The story follows a young Black theologian who becomes an amateur detective when her father is murdered and the police won’t solve the crime. Set in the 1920s in Colorado when the Klan ruled the state, the story finds Patricia’s young protagonist battling mostly with herself. Who is she? Where’s she headed in life? Why was her estranged dad murdered? Why is high society part of the complex answer? Her questions drive the plot in a story offering crime, love, self-discovery and theological wrestling in a time of social challenge and change.

Patricia’s agent, Greg Johnson of WordServe Literary, brokered the deal with Tyndale, putting Patricia on the fiction side of a house that published three of her nonfiction books, two of them best-sellers. A former journalist at the Denver Post and Rocky Mountain News, Patricia taught newspaper journalism at the University of Colorado at Boulder for 15 years and now writes full-time. Join her on the journey at patriciaraybon.com.

New Release: Shear Holiday Mayhem by Rhonda Blackhurst

A joyous Christmas Festival. Two best friends. What could go wrong?

Melanie Hogan, owner of A Cut Above hair salon, finds out precisely what can go wrong when she’s gifted with a dead body at the plaza festival. When salon co-owner and best friend, Claire Davis, lands herself as a suspect, Melanie is determined to give Claire the best Christmas present ever–her freedom. Along the way, Melanie unwraps secrets of some unsavory townsfolk, and finds herself in a bit of a quandary.

Shear Holiday Mayhem is book 5 in the Melanie Hogan mysteries. Information on the others in the series can be found at www.rhondablackhurst.com.

New Release: Concealed Cargo By Jodi Burnett

Jodi Burnett is thrilled to announce the release of Concealed Cargo – Children for Sale the third book in her FBI-K9 Series.

When Special Agent Clay Jennings and his K9 partner, Ranger, take to the streets of Denver to fight human trafficking, he is shocked by the inordinate number of stolen innocents who’ve been forced into the sex trade. With each new face, his resolve to help these children escape their personal horror grows stronger.

El Clark, a social worker who dedicates her life to rescuing exploited kids from the streets, works valiantly to locate their families or find them a safe place to live while they recuperate. She understands the plight of these young victims more than anyone knows.

When these two champions of enslaved children team up, they discover a web of deviant corruption that reaches into the upper echelons of US politics and society. Adding to the nightmare, a vicious serial killer focused on murdering female prostitutes threatens to pull Clay and El away from unearthing the man behind the treacherous, Colorado-based, child prostitution ring.

For Clay, working to solve these crimes is like taking one step forward and three back until El shares her story with him. Inspired by her bravery and fortitude, he is re-committed to the fight for justice. Clay and El battle against a mountain of power and money the height of which they’d never conceived, and end up building a powerful bond with one another along the way. El teaches Clay that every life they change matters—that they must do what they can, even when it’s only one child at a time.

For more information about this series and her other books, visit Jodi at her website @ Jodi-Burnett.com

New Release: Hanging Falls By Margaret Mizushima

Margaret Mizushima is pleased to announce the September 8th release of Hanging Falls, the sixth Timber Creek K-9 Mystery.

In this episode, a deluge floods the high ground near Hanging Falls, but heavy rains aren’t the only menace in Timber Creek. After Deputy Mattie Cobb and her K-9 Robo find a body floating at the edge of a lake, she delays her trip to meet long lost family. As a list of suspects grows, Mattie’s relatives visit, shedding light on her childhood abduction—but darkness threatens another victim before Mattie and Robo can track down the killers.

For more information about the series, visit Margaret on her website at https://margaretmizushima.com/.

New Release: Midnight at the Barclay Hotel By Fleur Bradley

Midnight at Barclay HotelPublication date: Aug. 25, 2020
(Viking Books for Young Readers)

Midnight at the Barclay Hotel by Fleur Bradley

Hunting ghosts and solving the case before checkout? All in a weekend’s work.

When JJ Jacobson convinced his mom to accept a surprise invitation to an all-expenses-paid weekend getaway at the illustrious Barclay Hotel, he never imagined that he’d find himself in the midst of a murder mystery. He thought he was in for a run-of-the-mill weekend ghost hunting at the most haunted spot in town, but when he arrives at the Barclay Hotel and his mother is blamed for the hotel owner’s death, he realizes his weekend is going to be anything but ordinary.

Now, with the help of his new friends, Penny and Emma, JJ has to track down a killer, clear his mother’s name, and maybe even meet a ghost or two along the way.

“Agatha Christie references abound, and the hotel setting shines. A quirky, kid-friendly introduction to the murder mystery.” –Kirkus Reviews on Midnight at the Barclay Hotel.

Find out more about Fleur Bradley and her books at http://www.ftbradley.com/.

New Release: Body Count By Jodi Burnett

Body Count by Jodi BurnettBody Count (Book 2 in the FBI-K9 Thriller Series)

Abducted and hidden away deep in the Rocky Mountains, Susan Bell is frantic to escape her murderous captor.

Freshman Special Agent Burke Cameron is straight laced, traditionally minded, and comes with a hefty set of old-fashioned values. Burke doesn’t know what to do with the free spirited, progressive woman he’s falling for. He and Susan don’t want any of the same things and he knows he should move on, but he can’t seem to resist her.

Burke and Susan’s world views are polar opposites and a lasting future together is impossible to imagine. But when a group of six women, including Susan, goes missing in the Colorado Rockies, their differences fall away, and all that matters to Burke is finding her. He enlists the help of his friend, Agent Kendra Dean and her FBI-K9 partner, Annie. As soon as they are on the trail, they realize they’re not simply searching for lost women—they are tracking a killer. They discover one body after another. Desperate to rescue Susan, Burke prays that the next body they find isn’t hers.

To read more of Jodi’s work, please visit her website: https://jodi-burnett.com/

New Release: Gone to Darkness by Barbara Nickless

Gone to Darkness by Barbara NicklessGone to Darkness (Book 4 in the Sydney Parnell Crime Series)

Newly minted homicide detective Sydney Parnell faces a savage killer whose endgame is to capture her. And keep her.

Iraqi war vet and former railway cop Sydney Parnell is now the youngest homicide detective in Denver’s Major Crimes Unit. In the past, gut instinct has served her and her K9 partner well. But it’s not a trait Len Bandoni, her old nemesis turned reluctant mentor, admires. Not until Sydney’s instincts lead to their first case: a man tortured and beaten to death, then left in a refrigerated train car with cryptic messages carved into his body.

The victim is a well-liked member of an elite club called the Superior Gentlemen. At first glance, the club appears harmless. But beneath its refined surface swim darker currents.

As Sydney; her K9 partner, Clyde; and Bandoni investigate the grisly murder, the three develop a bond that carries them through a shocking series of crimes and a horrifying conspiracy that threatens the detectives’ lives and promises to bring their beloved city to its knees.

“Barbara Nickless creates characters who matter—to each other and to the reader, who is fortunate to journey with them. With Gone to Darkness, Nickless expertly crafts a dark tale brightened with heart, humor, and humanity. It’s a tightly woven, always escalating, keeps-you-up-past-your-bedtime novel. And Sydney Parnell is my favorite kind of detective: a relentless empath on a mission to solve herself as well as the crime, navigating her demons to ensure justice for the victims of evil.” —Matt Goldman, Emmy Award winner and New York Times bestselling author of the Nils Shapiro series

For more about the Sydney Parnell novels, visit Barbara at www.barbaranickless.com

New Release: Killer Chardonnay by Kate Lansing

Publication date: May 26, 2020 from Berkley

Killer Chardonnay (A Colorado Wine Mystery Book 1) by Kate Lansing

A young winery owner won’t let one sour grape ruin the bunch in the first installment of this exciting cozy mystery series.

Parker Valentine has always dreamed of opening her own winery in her hometown of Boulder, Colorado. But she gets more than she bargained for when a food and wine critic unexpectedly shows up at Vino Valentine on opening day. A negative review could be fatal for her business, and not only does he seem to hate her chardonnay, he also collapses and dies shortly after drinking it.

Although Parker hoped that the attendees would put a cork in it, soon her winery is at the center of a social media firestorm. With #killerchardonnay trending online, Parker’s business is in danger of closing, and she has no choice but to investigate the murder herself.

To restore her reputation, catch a killer, and keep her struggling business open, Parker needs only one thing: some good proof.

“Lansing’s brisk style and her heroine’s efficient approach make her debut a treat.” —Kirkus

Please join Kate May 26th for a Facebook party (https://www.facebook.com/events/1270643249787820/) and/or May 30th from 4-4:30 MT on Instagram Live (@kmlansing) to celebrate her book launch!

Her website is: Kate Lansing

New Release: The Study of Secrets by Cynthia Kuhn

Publication date: May 26, 2020 from Henery Press

The Study of Secrets (Lila Maclean Academic Mystery #5)

There could be nowhere more fitting for English professor Lila Maclean to spend her sabbatical than in a proper Victorian mansion. The whimsical Callahan House seems to have materialized from the pages of the mystery novels she is researching, with its enchanting towers, cozy nooks, and charming library. Unfortunately, it also features a body in the study.

Residents of Larkston have long believed that the Callahan family is cursed—the murder on the estate sets the town buzzing. Wild rumors are fueled by a gossipy blogger who delights in speculation, and further crimes only intensify the whispers and suspicions. A newly discovered manuscript, however, appears to expose startling facts beneath the fictions. When Lila steps in to sort the truth from the lies, it may cost her everything, as someone wants to make dead certain that their secrets stay hidden.

“In The Study of Secrets, award-winning author Cynthia Kuhn once again offers mystery lovers what they crave most: a smart, thoughtful, and fiercely-determined heroine; an intriguing puzzle; an idyllic setting, and a cast of suspects worthy of Agatha Christie–with a charming side of humor.” — Lisa Q. Mathews, author of The Ladies Smythe & Westin Mysteries

Please join us on Facebook May 27 for the launch party of The Study of Secrets and Read or Alive by Nora Page! https://www.facebook.com/events/211758516533192/

For more information on the Lila Maclean Academic Mysteries, please visit cynthiakuhn.net.