EAVES OF DESTRUCTION: A Fixer-Upper Mystery
by Kate Carlisle (978-0-399-58646-0; November 7, 2017; $7.99)
Lighthouse Cove’s annual Victorian Home and Garden Tour is only six weeks away, and handywoman Shannon Hammer has been busy with preparations. While Shannon juggles her tour responsibilities, her business is booming. She hires three new crew members, including Amanda, an expert carpenter who specializes in delicate decorative woodwork. When a snarly building inspector is murdered, Shannon and Amanda must work together to catch a killer.
POTIONS AND PASTRIES: A Magical Bakery Mystery
by Bailey Cates (978-0-399-58699-6; November 7, 2017; $7.99)
It’s been two years since witch Katie Lightfoot opened the Honeybee Bakery with her aunt and uncle. After a dinner celebrating the bakery’s anniversary, they all take a stroll along the waterfront and meet Aunt Lucy’s friend Molly Black. Molly is one of the town’s most colorful characters, and she’s been telling the fortunes of locals and tourists alike for decades – and her talent with the tarot is as real as Katie’s own power. The next day, Molly meets with a terrible accident, but Katie’s witchy intuition tells her it was something more sinister. Together with her trustworthy coven and her firefighter boyfriend, she’ll race to find out what happened to the unfortunate fortune-teller, before the piping hot trail goes cold.
A LATE FROST: An Orchard Mystery
by Sheila Connolly (978-0-425-27583-2; November 7, 2017; $7.99)
The quiet town of Granford, Massachusetts, is in for a jolt when dynamo Monica Whitman moves in. Orchard owner Meg Corey Chapman is intrigued by the new arrival, who has already sold the town board on a new way to spice up the cold winter months. But tragedy strikes when Monica falls ill and dies. It looks like a case of food poisoning, but after all the food on the premises has been tested, including Meg’s apples, it becomes clear that there’s a more sinister explanation to the older woman’s demise. Meg’s investigation of the crime leads to some unlikely suspects, including a rival apple-grower, but the biggest mystery of all may involve the dead woman’s husband.
NOT A CREATURE WAS PURRING: A Paws & Claws Mystery
by Krista Davis (978-1-101-98858-9; November 7, 2017; $7.99)
Inspired by her German heritage, Holly’s grandmother, Oma, has arranged for her town to have a Christkindl Market featuring adorable booths selling goodies, beautiful decorations, and visitors from out of town. But Holly’s Christmas joy is nearly stolen when she learns that her old flame and childhood friend Holmes Richardson has brought his fiancée home for the holidays. A love triangle becomes the last thing on Holly’s mind, however, when her nose for trouble leads to the corpse of a beloved, pet-clothing business tycoon. It’s up to Holly and her dedicated detectives – Trixie the Jack Russell and Twinkletoes the cat – to snoop for the killer.
ASSAULT AND BUTTERY: A Popcorn Shop Mystery
by Kristi Abbott (978-0-425-28093-5; November 7, 2017; $7.99)
Rebecca Anderson is surprised to discover an old diary in the wall of her popcorn shop. With the shop’s kitchen under repair and production of her treats on temporary hold, Rebecca hopes that the diary will be a welcome distraction. She’s surprised when the writer seemingly disappears under concerning circumstances – but that’s not the only mystery that Rebecca is involved in. When Lloyd McLaughlin is found dead, the police believed he was poisoned by Rebecca’s popcorn. There’s only one batch of popcorn Rebecca has made recently – and it wasn’t intended for Lloyd. Nothing about Lloyd’s death makes sense – until Rebecca discovers a startling connection between the diary writer and the murdered man.
THE CHOCOLATE BUNNY BROUHAHA: A Chocoholic Mystery
by JoAnna Carl (978-0-451-47383-7; November 7, 2017; $7.99)
The approach of Easter means a rush of business at TenHuis Chocolade, and Lee and her aunt Nettie need all the help they can get to make their famous chocolate bunnies. New hire Bunny Birdsong is klutzy – dropping everything she picks up. To Lee’s surprise, she’s a whiz with computers and fixing the store’s website, so Lee decides to keep her on. But Bunny’s bad luck continues when she receives visitors that the team could do without. Bunny’s soon-to-be ex- husband, Beau, his wealthy aunt Abigail, and his new girlfriend all descend on the shop in a fit of anger. When Abigail’s body is discovered in the vacant store next door, it’s clear to Lee that a bad egg is in their midst.
BETTER LATE THAN NEVER: A Library Lover’s Mystery
by Jenn McKinlay (978-0-451-48864-0; November 7, 2017; $7.99)
When the Briar Creek Public Library holds its first overdue book amnesty day – no fines for late returns – one tardy tome catches director Lindsey Norris’s attention: a copy of J. D.
Salinger’s The Catcher in the Rye, twenty years past due. When Lindsey looks up the borrower, she’s shocked to discover it was a murdered schoolteacher named Candice Whitley, whose killer was never found. Candice checked out the novel on the day she was murdered. Now Lindsey wonders if it could provide a clue to the decades-old cold case.
Two new Hardcovers
CITY OF LIES by Victoria Thompson
Berkley Hardcover November 7, 2017 – Soft Cover November 7, 2018
An exciting new series featuring woman-on-the-run Elizabeth Miles—from the author of the Gaslight Mysteries.
Every woman plays a part—but some are more dangerous than others…
Like most women, Elizabeth Miles assumes many roles; unlike most, hers have made her a woman on the run. Living on the edge of society, Elizabeth uses her guile to relieve so-called respectable men of their ill-gotten gains. But brutal and greedy entrepreneur Oscar Thornton is out for blood. He’s lost a great deal of money and is not going to forgive a woman for outwitting him. With his thugs hot on her trail, Elizabeth seizes the moment to blend in with a group of women who have an agenda of their own.
She never expects to like or understand these privileged women, but she soon comes to respect their intentions, forming an unlikely bond with the wealthy matriarch of the group whose son, Gideon, is the rarest of species—an honest man in a dishonest world. Elizabeth knows she’s playing a risky game, and her deception could be revealed at any moment, possibly even by sharp-eyed Gideon. Nor has she been forgotten by Thornton, who’s biding his time, waiting to strike. Elizabeth must draw on her wits and every last ounce of courage she possesses to keep her new life from being cut short by this vicious shadow from her past.
DEATH IN THE STACKS: A LIBRARY LOVERS MYSTERY
By Jenn McKinlay (978-0-399-58375-9; November 14, 2017; $25.00)
In the latest Library Lover’s Mystery from the author of Better Late Than Never, the library’s big fundraiser leaves director Lindsey Norris booked for trouble.
Lindsey Norris and her staff are gearing up for the Briar Creek Library’s annual Dinner in the Stacks fundraiser. The night of dinner and dancing is not only a booklover’s dream—it’s the library’s biggest moneymaker of the year. But instead of raising funds, the new library board president is busy raising a stink and making the staff miserable.
Although Olive Boyle acts like a storybook villain, Lindsey is determined to work with her and make the event a success. But when Olive publicly threatens the library’s newest hire, Paula, Lindsey cracks like an old book spine and throws Olive out of the library.
The night of the fundraiser, Lindsey dreads another altercation with Olive—but instead finds Paula crouched over Olive’s dead body. Paula may have secrets, but Lindsey and the rest of the crafternooners know she’s not the one who took Olive out of circulation. As the plot thickens, Lindsey must catch the real killer before the book closes on Paula’s future . . .