Publication 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/.
Body 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/
Gone 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
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
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.
EIGHT WEEKS TO A COMPLETE NOVEL—WRITE FASTER, WRITE BETTER, BE MORE ORGANIZED is available now!
Want to speed up your writing process and complete a top-notch novel in just two months?
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• Become the prolific career novelist you’ve always dreamed of!
I’ve read a LOT of books on craft. This book combines a complete structure with a lot of options on how to work around the typical roadblocks that pop up for most writers. ~ Kim Olgren
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You offered a ton of information, and because of your humor, it all made sense to me. You’ve inspired me to get serious about my writing. ~ Seth Pooler
I always have this thought that there just isn’t any time, but really the problem is I have not actively chosen time for all my endeavors. I was surprised at how thorough and actionable the content was. LOTS of concrete steps are provided to help anyone find a plan that suits them. Extremely relatable and helpful. ~ Lindsay Maroney
Buy this book! It takes all the confusion out of writing a novel. Becky breaks down how to go about it from start to finish. ~ Norma Thomas
Buy the book on Amazon: Eight Weeks to a Complete Novel: Write Faster, Write Better, Be More Organized
To learn more about Becky and her books, go to: BeckyClarkBooks.com
Released March 10th:
Avenging Adam by Jodi Burnett – first book in a new FBI-K9 Thriller Series.
“Couldn’t put it down! This is Jodi Burnett’s first installment in a brand new series of romantic mysteries, and she’s hit it out of the park again!” Five Star Amazon Review
Sparks fly between hotshot FBI Agent Rick Sanchez and no-holds-barred, FBI-K9 Handler Kendra Dean, as they race to stop a serial killer.
While hiking in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains, FBI Special Agent Kendra Dean and her K9 partner, Baxter, stumble upon a dead body stashed in the woods. The discovery changes both of their lives forever.
Special Agent Rick Sanchez hunts a serial murderer who is targeting women on a multi-state killing spree. Kendra Dean, an agent Rick met on a joint mission six months ago, has found the most recent victim. Rick and Kendra once shared a tempting chemistry but time and miles made their spark a distant memory.
Now, thrust together to solve a deadly case, Rick and Kendra rekindle their attraction only to find their personal demons are even greater obstacles than their geography. It’s hard for Kendra to see around the chip she carries on her shoulder as she works to prove herself in a man’s world. Rick harbors a debilitating guilt over a past failure that holds his heart prisoner and he’s terrified to love again.
The serial killer sets his sights on Kendra. With her life in the balance, she and Rick must deal with their issues. Will they be able to admit their feelings and embrace their growing intimacy before it’s too late?
You can buy Avenging Adam on Amazon: Avenging Adam
You can visit Jodi at Jodi-Burnett.com.
Author Helen Starbuck will debut her new romantic suspense novel, Legacy of Secrets, on March 25, 2020.
Set in Eastern Colorado, Kirkus Reviews called Legacy of Secrets, “An altogether satisfying romance and whodunit.” IndieReader said, “Starbuck has created memorable characters and writes in a way that shows the reader’s enjoyment is always foremost in her mind.”
There will be a Facebook Live launch party on March 25, 2020 at 5 P.M. MST. Please join her at https://www.facebook.com/helensstarbuck/.
Her website is at https://helenstarbuck.com/.
Revelation, Book One of the Makah Island Mysteries, by Amy Drayer is available now!
Pulitzer Prize winning investigative reporter Joanna Ford abandons a twenty-year career and moves to rural Makah Island in the Pacific Northwest to care for her ailing wife. She takes a job at the weekly local paper to pay the bills and it’s as mind-numbing as the endless overcast days – she’d trade all the coffee in Seattle for one more shot at a real story.
But when she finally gets that break, she discovers that gravel back roads lead to dark places and devastating secrets. A small community and a way of life forgotten by most lies tangled in a hidden web of deception, drug abuse, and murder. The effects of what she discovers will change the way she thinks about herself and her world. To crack the case and save Makah, Joanna will first have to save herself – to learn from her storied past, and then let it go.
Learn more and buy in all formats at Amazon or Smashwords – https://www.makahislandmysteries.com/
New book release!
Abby’s Redemption by Rhonda Blackhurst
Abby’s Redemption, book two in the Whispering Pines Mysteries duology, is scheduled for release on March 21, 2020.
Last summer Abigail Sinclair narrowly escaped her abusive ex-husband, who was bent on revenge. Finally, victim turned survivor, she is free from a life of watching over her shoulder at every turn and learning to trust again while growing a relationship with new love, Gabe Coleman. She’s living her dream until she finds the body of a woman who endured the same horrors that she once did. The demons of Abby’s past reel her back into the nightmare she thought she’d put to bed.
To learn more about Rhonda and her books, go to: https://rhondablackhurst.com/