Monday, December 20, 2021

Joy, the Little Girl from Hope: A Summer At The North Pole 2021

The Showcase is a special feature of the Author's Spotlight. It is designed to highlight Spotlight author's NEW releases and their soon to be released novels. 

The HBS Author's Spotlight SHOWCASES James Moushon's Christmas Short Story: Joy, the Little Girl from Hope. 
A Summer at The North Pole 

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Merry Christmas everyone.
James Moushon

Author James Moushon is a self-published Mystery Author of the Jonathon Stone Mysteries. Also, he is a Short Story writer and an Author Advocate. James is the creator of the industry blogs: The Indie Author's Corner, the HBS Author's Spotlight, the HBS Virtual Bookshelf and the HBS Mystery Reader's Circle.

Joy, the Little Girl from Hope

A Summer At The North Pole

Author: James Moushon

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We join Santa and Ms. Claus relaxing on the porch after a hard day’s work. It is summertime at the ranch as everyone prepares for Christmas Eve. Many things have changed over the years but the goal of bringing joy to the world is still the same. Things are just more modern now.

One of the tasks Ms. Claus oversees is the many letters received from children. Just as things seem to be going smoothly, they receive a heartbreaking letter that changes the mode of the day. Santa must take care of this problem immediately.

Author: James Moushon

Author Genre: Mystery & Thrillers, Satire

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Author Description: James Moushon is a Mystery writer and an Author Advocate. All his novels and short stories feature CIA Agent Jonathon Stone, The Jonathon Stone Mysteries.

James is currently wearing two Hats. He is a Mystery Writer and a Book Publishing Blogger. You can find his blogs at:

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The blog's purpose is to help authors get exposure in the book publishing industry. He has interviewed and showcased over 600 authors to date.

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The HBS Virtual Bookshelf is a collection of novels and short stories at discount prices from outstanding, best-selling authors. The Bookshelf gives you the book details and buy links plus the authors bio and contact information.

He has spent the majority of his adult life developing computer systems and thinking about writing mysteries.

For a Complete List of James’s Books, visit Amazon Author Profile.

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Friday, December 17, 2021

Dianne Harman – Murder in Africa is featured at the HBS Author's Spotlight Showcase

The Showcase is a special feature of the Author's Spotlight. It is designed to highlight Spotlight author's NEW releases and their soon to be released novels.

The HBS Author's Spotlight SHOWCASES Dianne Harman's New Book: Murder in Africa.

Author Dianne Harman is an Award-Winning Bestselling Mystery, Suspense and Romance author of The Teddy Saga, the Coyote Series, the Cedar Bay Cozy Mystery, the Liz Lucas Cozy Mystery and the Jack Trout Cozy Mystery series.

Murder in Africa

A Midwest Cozy Mystery

Author: Dianne Harman

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When Kat Denham decided it was to time to become a licensed private investigator, in addition to her successful career as an author, she never expected her first case to take her to South Africa to investigate the murder of a member of a U.S. Trade Commission.

Talk about trial by fire! Not only does she have to navigate language and living condition barriers, she has to walk a very fine line not to upstage the investigation by the local Cape Town police officials.

Ladies of the night, gamblers, old feuds, and jealousy make for a lot of suspects, but finding which one did it is the problem. It’s a good thing people like to talk to Kat. It sure makes solving murders a lot easier. And it might just make for a good book for one of her steamy romance novels that she writes under the pen name of Sexy Cissy!

Join Kat and her family as they look for the murderer and discover the beauty and allure of South Africa. Who knew elephants would let you pet them?

Author: Dianne Harman

Author Genre: Cozy Mystery, Romance and Literary Fiction

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Author Description: USA Today Bestselling Author and Amazon All-Star, Dianne Harman, draws her stories and characters from a diverse business and personal background. She owned a national antique and art appraisal business for many years, left that industry, and opened two yoga centers where she taught yoga and certified yoga instructors.

She's traveled extensively throughout the world and loves nothing more than cooking with her husband, Tom, and playing with their boxer dog, Kelly.

Being a dog lover and having attended numerous cooking schools, she couldn't resist writing about food and dogs. She’s the author of several cozy mystery series: Cedar Bay, Liz Lucas, High Desert, Midwest, Cottonwood Springs, and Chef Dani Rosetti. Most of these books contains recipes from her travels.

She is also the author of the award-winning suspenseful Coyote Series, Midlife Journey Series, Holly Lewis Mystery Series, Miranda Riley Paranormal Cozy Mystery Series, and the Maria Rodriguez Mystery Series.

She hopes you enjoy the reads as much as she enjoyed the writes!

Author's Book List

Holly & the Stolen Phone - The Holly Lewis Mystery Series Book 15
When her friend’s phone is stolen, Holly promises her that she will find it. But as the school year ends, and she hasn’t been able to find it, she’s certain she’s failed her friend and doesn’t deserve her nickname, Nancy Drew.

Teen years are filled with never-ending problems, from final exams to dealing with parents divorcing, realizing you probably can’t deliver on a solemn vow you’ve made, and trying to find the time to throw a surprise birthday party.

Holly finds out that she has no control over final exams and the reality of her friend Lydia’s parents’ divorce. But having to renege on a promise she was certain she could keep, not only destroys her self-confidence, it also makes her feel like a total failure.

Join Holly and her friends as they pass through several rites of passage during these difficult years. And with a little bit of a miracle, maybe, just maybe, she can fulfill that promise she made to Lydia

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Secrets in Savannah - Chef Dani Rosetti Cozy Mysteries Book 6
What could be better than being hired to cater a champagne celebration in Savannah, Georgia in honor of the 150th anniversary of the Daughters of the Confederacy? Well, maybe it’s not such a good thing if your life is threatened.

The Daughters were an exclusive group of women who owned Historic Registry homes in Savannah, plantations outside of town, and wielded a huge amount of influence over Savannah, and even the whole state of Georgia. But Dani Rosetti never expected to have her life threatened because she was a symbol of change that some of those women did not want.

But were they ready to do whatever they had to do in order to preserve the status quo of their community? Did that involve doing something harmful to Dani, because she wasn’t one of their preferred Savannah caterers? When Dani started receiving root bundles and mojo bags, her niece’s nanny, Briana, became concerned. Was Dani in danger? And according to Dr. Henry, a man who had spent his life working with the white magic and black magic of that region of the United States, she definitely was.

But what was the motive, and who was responsible? Arthur, Dani’s sous-chef and bodyguard, tries to make sense of it, but Dani thinks it is absolutely ridiculous, probably nothing more than an old wives’ tale. Whether or not she believes in it, Arthur is convinced the danger is real. Then Cosette, the Daughter who hired Dani for the event, starts to receive root bundles and mojo bags.

Anna, Dani’s niece, is her usual precocious self and quickly learns what “Bless you” really means in the South. Join Dani, Arthur, and Anna as they become involved in the light and dark side of what is commonly referred to as the “Hostess City of the South,” the mysterious and oh-so-beautiful city of Savannah, Georgia.

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Confusion at the Convention - Northwest Cozy Mystery Series Book 22
An old lover, technology knockoffs, a missing self-defense instructor, and a dead convention exhibitor. They must have something in common, but what?

When DeeDee, Jake, Al, and Cassie, from the Northwest Cozy Mystery Series, meet up with Brigid and Sheriff Davis, from the Cottonwood Springs Cozy Mystery Series, at a law enforcement convention in Denver, it’s almost a given there will be a mystery to solve. Or maybe two. So much for getaway vacations.

So just what happened to Marie, a self-defense expert who specializes in instructing women on how to protect themselves? Now she’s missing. And it would be nice to know what happened to Max, the man at the convention with the latest developments in law enforcement technology. Too bad he’s dead, but some people think he deserved it.

The characters from two cozy mystery series work together to find the answers, but sometimes a dog’s senses are a little more fine-tuned when it comes to solving mysteries. Camilla the coonhound’s certainly were! New friends, more mysteries, and a budding romance. Vacations are always interesting, but sometimes they certainly don’t go as planned!

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The Mysterious Detective - High Desert Cozy Mystery Series
It seemed like any other routine appraisal. But that was before Marty found out about the theft, the illegal gambling and other questionable activities, and then there was the note in the book. A note that resulted in twenty police officers putting their lives on the line to arrest those responsible.

When Marty’s hired to do an appraisal at a storage unit and the residence of the wife of a Palm Springs detective, she had no reason to think that there would be a problem with it.

The appraisal looked pretty run-of-mill with its small antique items and furniture, but that was before Marty discovered that all of the antiques she’d appraised in the storage unit had been stolen. And then several hours later her friend, Carl, who was appraising the antique books at the client’s residence, found the note. The note that caused an all-points bulletin to be issued for a man who was going to be murdered.

When Marty’s client decided to stay at a spa for a few days while the appraisal was taking place, a spa for a total mind, body, and spirit rejuvenation, who knew that meant she wouldn’t be able to be contacted. But when her husband is about to be murdered, rejuvenation is no longer an issue, locating him and saving his life takes precedence.

And Marty had no idea that Patron, her psychic boxer guard dog, would end up on the Palm Springs police force. But since he’d saved her husband Jeff’s life, she’d be the first to say that Patron deserved it!

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Murder on Jupiter Island - Chef Dani Rosetti Cozy Mysteries Book 5
The editor of Chic magazine, JoJo Morales, was a fashion icon. Too bad she was murdered at the meeting of the world’s leading fashionistas on Jupiter Island, Florida.

She had a lot of enemies, and they were all at the dinner Chef Dani catered at JoJo’s partner’s spectacular waterfront home. And how fitting she was poisoned using her grandmother’s antique atomizer, the very grandmother who had groomed her to rise to the top of the fashion industry.

The local police detective assigned to the case has to suddenly leave to handle another case. He asks Arthur, Dani’s catering sous-chef, to take over the case, since Arthur is the owner of a private investigation company. Cooking is his avocation, but finding murderers is his vocation.

It seems like everyone had a motive to murder JoJo, from her philandering husband, to the top fashion editors in the world. But when all of them have airtight alibis for where they were when the murder occurred, now what?

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Murder in Seychelles - A Midwest Cozy Mystery
Their vacation to a group of tropical paradise islands called Seychelles was a dream come true until the father of the bride was murdered moments before the beachside wedding!

When Kat and her friends took a vacation trip to Seychelles, they were planning on spending some time snorkeling in the Indian Ocean, enjoying the food of Seychelles, and exploring the island of Mahé.

What they weren’t planning on was becoming involved in solving the murder of the father of the bride. And nearly all of the members of the large, wealthy, Texas family, of which the victim was the patriarch, had a motive to commit murder.

When a man has an affair with a much younger woman and leaves his long-time wife and the mother of his four adult children for her, it’s bound to leave some scars. But which of the scarred people murdered the big Texas oil tycoon?

Join Kat, her friends, the police, and Harry, a three-legged dog, as they hurry to catch the suspect before the killer leaves the island!

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Mystery at the Groomers - Cottonwood Springs Cozy Mystery Series Book 16
There’s a new dog groomer in Cottonwood Springs, and Brigid’s delighted! No more taking her dogs, Jett and Lucky, to an out-of-town groomer.

But there are a few problems, like broken statues, dug-up plants, and a very bad word written on a window.

Joss, the owner of Happy Paws Grooming, thinks it's probably just the work of neighborhood kids and doesn’t want to pursue it. But what if it isn’t? What if someone has more sinister plans in store for the groomer?

Brigid becomes concerned not only for the safety of the groomer, but also for the neighbors, because the more she and Sheriff Davis discover, the more certain they are that someone intends to seriously harm the groomer. During their investigation, they uncover family feuds, revenge for a dog being too friendly, and a person seriously depressed from the death of her mother.

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The Dear Reverend - A Suspense-Filled Cozy Mystery
Bob Silva has a wonderful rags-to-riches story to tell.

The son of immigrant farmworker parents, he has become one of the most successful attorneys in Southern California.

He recently married the love of his life and adopted her two young sons. He’s devoted to his new ready-made family, and they adore him.

Then he’s asked to run for political office, with a promise that his election campaign will be fully funded by some deep-pocket donors. If elected, he would have the opportunity to represent his Latino heritage. He doesn’t think life could get any better when his wife, Nina, tells him he’s going to be the unexpected father of twin girls.

But that was before his election opponent, the Dear Reverend, began to make threats against his family. Bob’s newborns are kidnapped from the maternity ward of the hospital on the day he wins the election and now he’s faced with tough choices,

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Murder in Portland - Northwest Cozy Mystery Series Book 17
Al De Duco is a man with a not so pleasant past,
A Chicago past that included being a very high-profile figure in the mob.
But he left that all behind when his boss, a mob leader, was murdered.
Now he has a new life in Seattle that includes an adoring wife and being on the right side of the law as a private investigator.

Even if his methods for solving cases can be somewhat unorthodox at times, He’s the happiest he’s ever been, and then the call comes.
A friend from his mob days needs his help.
And will it cost him the new life he’s made?
Tough choice.
Sometimes it’s hard to make peace with the past.
But when murder is imminent, nice to know there’s a dog to watch your back!

Join Al, his old friends, and a dog named Hero, as they try to prevent another murder. Hopefully not Al’s.

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Holly & the Underage Party - The Holly Lewis Mystery Series Book 12
Parties where undereage teenagers are served alcohol are nothing new, And they’re often considered a right-of-passage for young people.
But when your car’s almost demolished
By a drunk high-school driver
It gets a little personal.

When Sheriff Davis asks Holly to help him find out who’s buying the alcohol for these parties, she doesn’t feel she has a choice. She’s compelled to find the person, if for no other reason than to try and get someone to pay for the repairs to her car.

Join Holly and her friends as they go “undercover” to hunt for the offending person. But as always in cases like this, there’s a lot more to it than what appears on the surface. Could she have gotten in over her head with this investigation? And what would Nancy Drew do?

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Mystery at the Chateau Madrigal - Chef Dani Rosetti Cozy Mysteries Book 4
Being hired to cater a wedding in Provence where the who's who of France will be attending is a dream come true. Even better that it's being held at the Chateau Madrigal, a winery just outside of Marseille.

Chef Dani assumes there will be plenty of time off to explore Michelin restaurants, where Van Gogh lived and painted, and Provence in all its beauty, with its flamingos, black bulls, and miles of Camargue salt flats. To say nothing of imbibing in the award-winning wines the chateau produces.

Sounds ideal, right? Not quite. Not when Amalie, the bride-to-be, goes missing hours before the wedding. Kidnapped for ransom is ruled out, but who would want to kidnap the bride-to-be? And why?

Perhaps the disgruntled maid of honor? Or the bride's jealous sister? Or even the man who wasn't chosen to be the new winemaker at Chateau Madrigal? Good thing the caterer's sous-chef is a private investigator! And have you ever heard of a dog being a maid of honor?

Join Chef Dani Rosetti, her sous-chef, Arthur, and Killer, a huge Mastiff dog, as they search the wine caves beneath the chateau for Amalie. Caves that are dark and frightening. But if the chateau's security force hasn't had any luck finding Amalie, how can they hope to find her in time for the wedding? The wedding the French tabloids are calling "The Wedding of the Year".

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Murder in England - A Midwest Cozy Mystery
A murder in the English pub where you're staying? Definitely not the way to start a vacation!

What could be better than going to Northern England to visit the places where famous authors such as Bram Stoker, Beatrix Potter, and Catherine Cookson lived and worked? If you're an author it's a dream come true and something Kat had always wanted to do.

But when the popular pub employee, Sam, is murdered the night Kat and her friends arrive at the pub, Kat feels she has to help. And even though she'd promised her husband she wouldn't become involved in any more murder investigations, she can't turn her back on the genial uncle of the murdered pub employee, who has no idea what to do. She can see that he desperately needs her help.

She never expected the local police to use her mystery solving talents, but Sergeant Nick Black realizes he needs some help from a civilian when there's a stakeout. And Kat can't get rid of the thought that Bailey, Sam's Belgian Malinois dog, must have known who the murderer was, because he hadn't tried to protect Sam from the killer.

After all, he'd come to Sam's rescue before, so why hadn't he protected Sam the night the murder took place? Had he recognized the murderer? Was it someone Sam knew and was on friendly terms with?

Join Kat and her friends as they explore the Northern England countryside while they help solve a murder.

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Murder in New Mexico - Cottonwood Springs Cozy Mystery Series Book 15
Cold case murder investigations are a lot harder to solve than current murder cases.

Particularly when the murder occurred over fifteen years ago.

But when a friend asks Brigid to investigate a cold case for her in New Mexico, Brigid feels she has to at least try.

What she hadn’t taken into consideration
Were old grudges,
A small town that kept secrets,
And people who were willing to commit hate crimes to keep those secrets.

Join Brigid and Jett, her 125-pound Newfoundland dog, as they try to find the long-ago killer. But not so long ago that the threat of her discovering the identity of the killer makes her a present-day target.

Dogs, recipes, and page-turning action all come together in Murder in New Mexico, the 15th book in the Cottonwood Springs Cozy Mystery Series by a USA Today Bestselling Author.

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Murder at the Spa - Cedar Bay Cozy Mystery Series Book 21
When a daughter that Kelly’s best friend gave up for adoption at birth
Is accused of murder,
Kelly has no choice but to see what she can do to help.
But there are several things that present major problems.
A sheriff who just wants a quick conviction,
A woman who has a history of embezzling,
An errant husband, looking for a way to escape from what life has dealt him,
A jealous competitor,
And a frustrated employee.
So just who was the murderer?
And what about that red-headed judge?

Could he inadvertently preside over a murder trial where his daughter is the accused killer? A daughter he didn’t even know he had?

Join Kelly, Liz, and a Belgian Malinois dog named Niko, as they hunt for the murderer, and redemption for an innocent young woman.

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The Troubled Tycoon - (Northwest Cozy Mystery Series Book 16
When you’re a tycoon
And you sit on top of the business mountain,
Seems like a lot of people want to see you fall.
And Cooper was at the top, but he’d made a lot of enemies
In order to get there.
Then there were the women in his life,
And he’d be the first to admit he’d wronged a few.
When it became clear that someone was out to destroy Cooper
By ruining his reputation and the companies he owned,
He hired Jake and Al, the retired ex-mobster, to find out who it was.
But sometimes there’s nothing better than a dog to save the day!

Follow Jake and Al throughout Seattle and Bainbridge Island as they search for the person who wants to destroy Cooper. With each passing day, the hunt becomes more intense, because now the person they are looking for is intent not only on destroying Cooper, but killing him as well.

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Holly & the Cyberbully - The Holly Lewis Mystery Series Book 11
If students are afraid to look at their phones when they receive a text message, it means one thing. There’s a cyberbully on the loose.

Do you remember the old playground bully from elementary school? The one you tried to avoid at all costs? Well, cyberbullying takes that kind of conduct to a whole new level. Holly’s afraid her friend, Levi, is being targeted by one, however, she can’t get him to admit it, even though it’s clear from his behavior that something is very wrong.

But Levi runs out of excuses when he, as well as several other students, have their cars vandalized and horrible things written on them while they’re parked in the school parking lot.

Once Levi admits what’s been happening, Holly has no choice. She has to find out who is threatening her friend and several other students. She’s certain it’s a student, but which one?

All of us well remember the angst that goes with being a teenager. That’s enough for anyone, but throw in cyberbullying, and it adds a new layer of difficulty in dealing with the teenage years.

This book is about bullying issues that your child, your grandchild, or even you may have had to deal with when you were a teenager, only on a very modern level. It’s a book for the young and the young-at-heart, written by a USA Today Bestselling Author.

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The Secret - High Desert Cozy Mystery Series Book 14
Telling someone that the antique
They paid a lot of money for is a fake
Isn’t always welcome news to the owner, or for that matter,
The dealer who sold it to them.
Is that why Carl, the owner of the Palm Springs Antique Shop,
Had his life threatened?
Or maybe someone thought dressing his dog in silks and jewels Was ridiculous?
Or maybe it was telling his adult daughter,
A daughter he didn’t know he had,
And who wanted to have a relationship with him,
That he wasn’t interested.
Our pasts have a way of catching up with us.
Maybe it was just Carl’s time.

Fortunately, his friend Marty has solved a lot of mysteries, and being married to a Palm Springs Police Detective, she hopes she can help him before it’s too late. And it sure is nice to have a guard dog who seems to have psychic powers help out!

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Murdered by Adultery - Cottonwood Springs Cozy Mystery Series Book 14
A young woman is murdered.
Her husband's charged with it.
Was it out of jealousy, rage, or even greed?
But things aren’t always what they seem.
Affairs, phony marriages, and people going missing.
And what’s up with some of the community leaders coming under scrutiny?
There must be a nexus, but what?

These are just a few of the things Brigid and Sheriff Davis have to figure out in this fast-paced page-turning murder mystery. And just when they think they’ve figured out whodunnit, they’re thrown another twist!

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Murder on the Beach - Chef Dani Rosetti Cozy Mysteries Book 3
Jackson Kelly may have been middle-aged
And the vice-president of the exclusive Oceana Resort Hotel,
But Jackson loved to surf
And he loved the ladies, who were mostly young women he referred to as his “diversions.”
When he dies on the beach while surfing with no apparent injuries, the question is: “What happened to him?”
Too bad he had an angry looking rash on his leg.

And Dani and Arthur were only at the resort to cater a dinner meeting for the resort’s stockholders! When the coroner says, yes, it was murder, they have their work cut out for them – another mystery to solve.

The owner of the resort and his family have a lot to gain financially if Jackson’s dead. But maybe it was a crime of passion. His wife or current “diversion” could have done it. A lot of interests to be protected. Greed, revenge, hatred – those are all possible motives.

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Murder After Dinner - Northwest Cozy Mystery Series Book 15
There’s just something about “bad boys”
That fascinates people.
But there’s a reason they’re called “bad boys.”
Is that why Kade, the one with the “bad boy” reputation, was murdered?
Of course, there were a lot of people who had a reason to want him dead.
Like Harper, his ex-girlfriend, whose parents
Told her no more partying with him and put her on a short financial leash.
And Kyran, who was supposed to run the company
When Kade’s father died unexpectedly.
But what about those rumors that Kade’s father had been murdered?
Was Kade involved?
Then there was Cooper.
He never thought Kade would steal business opportunities from him.
Particularly the ones Cooper had shared with him.
But that’s something else “bad boys” do.
And what about Jessica?
The roofie Kade gave her ruined her life.
All of them attended the dinner party hosted by Ivy,
The CEO of Rosie’s Seafood Company.
And Kade had made her look like a fool when she asked for a company loan.

Even though no one was all that sorry Kade was murdered, the killer still had to be found. Join DeeDee, Jake, Detective Murphy, and Georgie the cat, as they confront the possible killer – one of the guests at Ivy’s dinner party.

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Murdered Mayor - High Desert Cozy Mystery Series Book 13
The famous cowboy movie star,
Had become the dearly beloved mayor of Palm Springs.
Too bad he was murdered.
But who could have done it and what was their motive?
Greed? Political rival? An environmental extremist?
Son? Stepdaughter? Ex-wives?
And what about his present trophy wife?
Then there’s that pesky proposed desert windmill turbine project.
They kill a lot of birds,
And the Desert Bird Sanctuary members were certainly
Against the proposal.
The mayor’s vote was needed to approve it.
Maybe he was going to vote against it.
Was that why Monty Madsen was murdered?
And maybe Monty wasn’t the only person in Palm Springs
Who wanted to be the mayor!
There’s a colorful cast of characters,
But only one of them is a murderer.

Join Marty, her husband, Detective Jeff Combs, and their psychic boxer dog, Patron, as they determine not only who had the motive, but also who had the means.

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Holly & the Grand Opening - The Holly Lewis Mystery Series Book 10
The excitement is building for the grand opening
Of the long-awaited addition to the Read It Again bookstore
And Holly’s in charge of making sure everything is ready for it.
But when the books to be put on the shelves
Are stolen from a storage unit,
Her best-laid plans fall apart.
Obviously, someone has a grudge against
The bookstore, Holly, or the owner, Fiona.
But who and why?
And even worse,
Holly worries that her best friend may be the one responsible
And she, herself, is to blame.

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Murder in Kauai - A Chef Dani Rosetti Cozy Mystery
It seemed pretty simple.
Cater an event on the island of Kauai
For wealthy businessmen
And then spend some time surfing and sunbathing.
When the beautiful Asian talk show hostess,
The wife of their client,
Is targeted for murder,
There goes the Hawaiian vacation!

When Dani and Arthur agree to cater a special dinner party in Kauai, they plan on doing nothing afterward but show Anna, Dani’s ten-year-old niece, how to surf and snorkel. It didn’t quite work out that way.

They’re thrust into the investigation of the attempted murder of their host’s high-profile wife. His resort compound, where he and his wife live, is impenetrable, so who would have had access to her bedroom and her pillbox?

Sit back and take an armchair trip to Hawaii while Dani and Arthur search for a motive – and the person who wanted to kill the host’s beautiful wife!

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Book Club Blackmail - A Cottonwood Springs Cozy Mystery
Have you ever been blackmailed?
How would you feel if you were?
We all have secrets we don’t want others to know about.
Several members of the book club did.
But how did someone find out about those secrets?
The blackmailer demanded $3,000 from each of them,
Or the secrets they’d carefully kept would become public knowledge.

When several members of Brigid’s book club are threatened with blackmail and ask her to help them, she can’t refuse. Their secrets are too private to be exposed, so she tries to handle the case on her own, without any help from the sheriff.

Her family isn’t so sure she should get involved. The blackmailing case and her marriage are on a collision course, and she doesn’t know what the right thing is to do.

And then Brigid gets a demand from the blackmailer.

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The Deepest Dark - Miranda Riley Paranormal Cozy Mystery Series Book 6
Men going missing.
Talk of spiderwebs,
A beautiful temptress,
And a Jorogumo.
They’re rarely seen outside of Japan.
Surely there couldn’t be one in Little Feather, could there?

When men go missing, and the only clue is a purported spiderweb, Miranda has no choice but to consider that it’s the work of a Jorogumo, a huge, terrifying spider.

Life isn’t all that easy when you’re a Paranormal Private Investigator involved with a Police Chief who’s convinced the paranormal world doesn’t exist. When he sees it up close and first hand, Jack knows that Miranda hasn’t been entirely truthful about her profession. Not that great for a relationship in its early stages.

At times like this, Miranda’s glad she has Hank, a loveable little Corgi, to snuggle with!

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Murdered Mentor - Cedar Bay Cozy Mystery Series Book 20
Everyone looked up to the Senator,
And he mentored so many people.
A few knew about his mistress,
And even his illegitimate daughter.
But no one knew his ultimate secret.
A secret that would only be revealed when he died,
But death did come a little sooner than expected.

Kelly’s son, Cash, is running for the Oregon Senate with the blessing of Senator Johnson. But when the Senator dies, long held secrets come out, even some about people who were threatening to blackmail him. And was he really murder? Could it have been suicide?

Only his wife knows, but she’s become mentally incapacitated. Kelly and Mike never planned to get involved in this case, but sometimes, you just have to do the right thing.

An inspirational page-turning cozy mystery that will leave you with a smile on your face, a tear on your cheek, and a belief in your fellow man.

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A Mother's Love - Maria Rodriguez Mystery Series Book 1
This isn’t the way it was supposed to be
A 17-year-old boy murdered,
Gunned down for no reason
But when you live in a known gang area in Las Vegas,
There can be collateral damage.

The police always have the time and resources to look into murders of wealthy people,
But it seems different rules apply if you’re poor,
Even if you aren’t part of a gang.

When Maria got the call that her son had been murdered, her life fell apart. And when the police said they would try to find the murderer, but there was probably little they could do, she was devastated.

If the police couldn’t do it, Maria decided she would. She knew nothing about investigating a murder, but it seemed that people were more willing to talk to a woman with no experience than to a man in a uniform.

Revenge, hatred, and jealousy are powerful motives for murder. But which one was the reason that resulted in Christopher’s murder? And more importantly, who did it?

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Murdered Mogul - High Desert Cozy Mystery Series Book 12
Joe was born in poverty,
But he married well.
And he was smart.
Smart enough to become the darling of Wall Street.
But something was missing,
And the Desert Ashram, a spiritual refuge, provided it for him.
Too bad his wife didn’t agree.
Too bad his brother didn’t agree.
Too bad his father-in-law didn’t agree.
Too bad Joe was murdered.
Was it out of greed, revenge, or just plain jealousy?

Lots of players. Lots of suspects. And it’s up to Detective Jeff, with a little help from his wife, Marty, and their psychic dog, Patron, to figure it all out.

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Holly for President - (Holly Lewis Mystery Series Book 9
Election materials destroyed.
Graffiti and personal slurs posted.
Lockers vandalized.
A presidential campaign speech stolen.
Somebody definitely doesn’t want Holly to be elected!

Holly decides to run for Junior Class President to do something positive for her fellow students. What she hadn’t planned on was having someone hate her so much that they’d destroy everything she was trying to do.

Throw in an emergency trip to the vet when her dog, Lucky, is poisoned and a massive foul-up at work which she’d caused. Definitely not a good week for Holly.

When it’s clear the principal has too much on his plate to find out who did it, Holly has no choice but to take on the job. Fortunately, she has a little experience in solving mysteries.

There are plenty of twists and turns in this page-turning modern-day Nancy Drew style of cozy mystery. Whether you’re young, or young-at-heart, this book will leave you with a tear on your cheek and a smile on your face.

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Murder at the Carnival - Cottonwood Springs Cozy Mystery Series Book 12
There’s so much to see and do at a carnival!
There’s the smell of carnival treats like funnel cakes and cotton candy.
Games that give you a chance to dunk the sheriff or win a stuffed teddy bear.
Don’t forget the Ferris wheel ride.
And yes, there’s that unpleasant business about the murdered man lying on the ground in the parking lot.

When Linc and Brigid agree to host a chili booth at the Summer Carnival, they never thought the day would end in discovering one of their B & B guests, the popular host of the online travel show, “Take Five,” murdered in the parking lot.

But was Micha really all that popular? Someone, actually a lot of people, certainly didn’t think so, and it’s up to Brigid and Sheriff Davis to figure out which one them hated Micha enough to kill him.

And it never hurts to have a huge Newfoundland dog help you track down a murderer, particularly when they can’t be found!

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Murder at the St. Regis - Chef Dani Rosetti Cozy Mysteries Book 1
A celebrity television chef with a Fledgling VIP catering company. A 10-year-old niece she didn’t know she had. Mix those with poison, car bombs, and murderers And her carefully laid out plans for a future life become completely upended! Tragically, her parents died in a place crash, and Dani Rosetti leaves law school behind, heads to Paris, and becomes a chef. And not just any old chef – but a chef who goes on to become the darling of the celebrity chef world. When a rabid fan tries to kill her, she ends her television career as a celebrity chef to start a catering company for the VIPs of the world. What she never expected, after not speaking with her brother for years, is that he had a child, and when he unexpectedly dies, that she would become that child’s guardian. Suddenly she’s Auntie Dani to a ten-year-old. But someone wants to kill her. It takes all the resources her bodyguard, Arthur, who doubles as her sous-chef, has to keep Dani and her niece safe. Whipping up cream for chocolate mousses was a lot easier for both Dani and Arthur!

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Murder on the Train - Northwest Cozy Mystery Series Book 14
A luxury train tour in Europe.
A dysfunctional family.
A murdered matriarch.

When a long-awaited vacation ends in murder for one of the tour guests and passports are confiscated by the authorities, the dream trip turns into a nightmare.

DeeDee, Jake, Al, and Cassie find themselves stranded in a luxury hotel in Venice, Italy. Sounds great, but they can’t leave until the murderer is found. They have no choice but to help the local police, so they can return home to the United States.

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Kelly & the Dog Park - Cedar Bay Cozy Mystery Series Book 19
Revenge is a powerful motive for murder.
But then again, so is greed!

The combination of illegal drugs, children, and dogs Is not good for any living being.

Neither is cutting your honeymoon short when your loved one’s lives are threatened!

Join Kelly, Mike, and Cash along with their dogs, Wicked and Rebel, as they search for the people who are responsible for children having to go into a drug rehabilitation program, to say nothing of their plans to seriously harm Sheriff Mike and his family.

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Mystery at the Campground - Holly Lewis Mystery Series Book 8
likely to carry off to a hiding place, it looks like a human must be involved. But why would a human want to steal a glittery hairbrush, the first of a number of items stolen? Maybe a fetish?

Holly and several of her friends have gone on a summer camping trip before school starts. What seemed like an idyllic way to celebrate the end of summer soon turns into a hunt to find the thief.

It seems like it would be easy to find the culprit, but teenage emotions, such as jealousy and taking things out of context, threaten to upend the search.

Good thing Holly’s had some experience dealing with mysteries! This is another Nancy Drew style page-turner with plenty of twists, turns, and surprises.

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Mystery on Main Street - Cottonwood Springs Cozy Mystery Series Book 11
Secondhand Treasures.
Gino’s Pizza Parlor.
Barney’s Antiques.
Sure, everybody could use a little extra cash
But is stealing from a business worth the risk of getting caught?
Someone thought so.
Someone is going to prison.

When money is stolen from several businesses on Main Street in Cottonwood Springs, Brigid and Sheriff Davis work together to find the culprit, but are they too late? There’s a frustrating lack of suspects and the clock is ticking, or maybe time just ran out.

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