Saturday, January 31, 2015

Nominees for the 2014 Agatha Awards Announced by Malice Domestic

Mystery, Suspense and Thriller Book Awards

The nominees for the 2014 Agatha Awards recognizing the best traditional mystery has been announced by the organizers of Malice Domestic. The winners, chosen by attendees to this year's conference, will be announced on May 2nd, 2015.

The nominees are …

Best Contemporary Mystery Novel:

The Good, The Bad and The Emus by Donna Andrews (Minotaur Books)
A Demon Summer by G. M. Malliet (Minotaur Books)
Truth Be Told by Hank Phillippi Ryan (Forge Books)
The Long Way Home by Louise Penny (Minotaur Books)
Designated Daughters by Margaret Maron (Grand Central Publishing)

Best First Mystery Novel:

Circle of Influence by Annette Riggle Dashofy (Henery Press)
Tagged for Death by Sherry Novinger Harris (Kensington Publishing)
Finding Sky by Susan O'Brien (Henery Press)
Well Read, Then Dead by Terrie Farley Moran (Berkley Prime Crime)
Murder Strikes a Pose by Tracy Weber (Midnight Ink)

Best Non-Fiction:

400 Things Cops Know: Street Smart Lessons from a Veteran Patrolman by Adam Plantinga (Quill Driver Books)
Writes of Passage: Adventures on the Writer's Journey by Hank Phillippi Ryan, editor (Henery Press)
Death Dealer: How Cops and Cadaver Dogs Brought a Killer to Justice by Kate Flora (New Horizon Press)
The Art of the English Murder by Lucy Worsley (Pegasus Books)
The Poisoner: The Life and Crimes of Victorian England's Most Notorious Doctor by Stephen Bates (Overlook Hardcover)

Best Short Story:

• "The Odds are Against Us" by Art Taylor (Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine)
• "Premonition" by Art Taylor (Chesapeake Crimes Homicidal Holidays, Wildside Press)
• "The Shadow Knows" by Barb Goffman (Chesapeake Crimes Homicidal Holidays, Wildside Press)
• "Just Desserts for Johnny" by Edith Maxwell (Kings River Life Magazine)
• "The Blessing Witch" by Kathy Lynn Emerson (Best New England Crime Stories 2015: Rogue Wave, Level Best Books)

Best Children's/Young Adult:

And Under Pressure by Amanda Flower (ZonderKidz)
Greenglass House by Kate Milford (Clarion Books)
Uncertain Glory by Lea Wait (Islandport Press)
The Code Buster's Club, Case #4, The Mummy's Curse by Penny Warner (Egmont USA)
Found by Harlan Coben (Putnam Juvenile)

Best Historical Novel:

Hunting Shadows by Charles Todd (William Morrow)
An Unwilling Accomplice by Charles Todd (William Morrow)
Wouldn't It Be Deadly by D. E. Ireland (Minotaur Books)
Queen of Hearts by Rhys Bowen (Berkley)
Murder in Murray Hill by Victoria Thompson (Berkley)

New This Week: A Pair of Mysteries in the Two Sisters and a Journalist Series by Maddie Cochere

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Murder Is Where the Heart Is by Maddie Cochere

Murder Is Where the Heart Is by Maddie Cochere

A Two Sisters and a Journalist Mystery (2nd in series)

Publisher: Breezy Books

Price: $2.99 (as of 01/31/2015 at 6:30 PM ET).

Murder Is Where the Heart Is by Maddie Cochere, Amazon Kindle format

Amateur private investigator Jo Ravens is the only common link in the murder of three people and the abduction of a cab driver.

While police are busy building a case against her, Jo races to prove her innocence. Her sister Pepper and journalist friend Jackie are on hand to assist in catching the real killer.

Murder Is Where the Heart Is by Maddie Cochere

Murder Welcomes You To Buxley by Maddie Cochere

Murder Welcomes You To Buxley by Maddie Cochere

A Two Sisters and a Journalist Mystery (3rd in series)

Publisher: Breezy Books

Price: $2.99 (as of 01/31/2015 at 6:30 PM ET).

Murder Welcomes You To Buxley by Maddie Cochere, Amazon Kindle format

Jo Ravens is busy trying to locate a stolen car, find a missing teen, and catch a philandering husband in the act. She already has more work than she can handle when she finds a murdered girl leaning against a dumpster. Has the girl really been strangled for stealing a cell phone?

Jo also meets Susan Hunter when Susan comes to town to assist in the opening of a Slimmers Weight Loss center. Their interaction adds to the continued antics of Jo's madcap family.

Murder Welcomes You To Buxley by Maddie Cochere

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Tanzi's Heat, A Vince Tanzi Mystery by C. I. Dennis, Now Available at a Special Price

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Tanzi's Heat by C. I. Dennis

Tanzi's Heat by C. I. Dennis

A Vince Tanzi Mystery (1st in series)

Publisher: C. I. Dennis

Price: $0.99 (as of 01/31/2015 at 6:00 PM ET).

Tanzi's Heat by C. I. Dennis, Amazon Kindle format

August is the hottest time of the year in Florida, and Vince Tanzi would just as soon sweat it out in his study chair with a few beers. He's had enough of the world after losing his wife, and spending nine months in jail. He's at the bottom of a downward spiral that began when he "retired" from the Indian River County Sheriff's Department in Vero Beach, and began a second career as a P.I., which has been on hold since he got out.

He gets a call from his dead wife's friend, who has been shot at twice. She doesn't want to call the police. He takes the case, and follows her husband through the groves, beaches, golf courses,cities and restaurants of the Sunshine State. In the process he turns up a secret that changes everything.

Tanzi's Heat by C. I. Dennis

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The Visitor, A Crime Thriller by Jane R. Goodall, New This Week from Endeavour Press

Endeavour Press is the UK's leading independent digital publisher, promoting and selling ebook editions of works by new authors as well as bringing out ebook editions of out of print books.

We've selected one of their recently published mystery, suspense, thriller or crime titles to feature here today …

The Visitor by Jane R. Goodall

The Visitor by Jane R. Goodall

A Crime Thriller

Publisher: Endeavour Press

Price: $3.99 (as of 01/31/2015 at 5:30 PM ET).

The Visitor by Jane R. Goodall, Amazon Kindle format

1974. Oxford. Detective Briony Williams, starting a new job with the Thames Valley police in Oxford, is called to investigate the murder of a seventeen-year-old girl. Convinced that the girl's murder is no ordinary domestic crime, Briony delves into the world of the supernatural when she finds a stone carved with an ancient cryptic message clutched in the victim's hand. The police need solid scientific evidence that will stand up in court, but in order to solve the case Briony must ally herself with a psychic girl and a druid leader.

As Briony investigates, the danger deepens, setting her directly in the path of a killer bent on eliminating anyone getting close to the truth. Undeterred, Briony must steer a course between the rational and the supernatural in her search for the visitor.

The Visitor by Jane R. Goodall

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Burglar, A Coconut Chronicles, Almost Tropical Mystery by Cam Larson, Now Available at a Special Price

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Burglar by Cam Larson

Burglar by Cam Larson

A Coconut Chronicles, Almost Tropical Mystery (1st in series)

Publisher: EscapeInk.com

Price: $0.99 (as of 01/31/2015 at 5:00 PM ET).

Burglar by Cam Larson, Amazon Kindle format

In the quaint little beach town named Coconut Grove, all was going so well. Sam McNeil, 30 and perpetually single, finally has a girl friend and a nice relaxing life near the beach. His good neighbor Walter, 50 and widowed, is finally dating again, too. Life doesn't get much better than this.

But suddenly, this quiet little neighborhood is plagued with burglaries and some strange goings-on.

Walter suggests they do a stake out. What?! It's the last thing on Sam's mind, but Walter won't let it go. Hiding in the dark like a couple of rookies, they catch the burglar in action — they've solved the case. But have they? Within minutes, the suspect is dead and Sam and Walter need to figure out what to do next and who or what killed the burglar, without being implicated in the whole mess.

And when the burglaries haven't stopped, Sam and Walter slip into the night and concoct a plan that involves a little breaking and entering themselves, another stake out, and a foot race to justice.

Burglar by Cam Larson

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New This Week: The Secret of the Old Mill, A Murder Mystery by Roxanne Hunter

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The Secret of the Old Mill by Roxanne Hunter

The Secret of the Old Mill by Roxanne Hunter

A Murder Mystery

Publisher: Roxanne Hunter

Price: $2.99 (as of 01/31/2015 at 4:30 PM ET).

The Secret of the Old Mill by Roxanne Hunter, Amazon Kindle format

When Alice and Barry Connell are murdered in their quiet suburban mansion, all fingers point to Barry's daughter, Maggie, who was known to often argue with her stepmother and father. As the police and public opinion incessantly hound Maggie for answers, she finds herself slipping into depression and questioning her sanity. In desperation her fiancé Zach asks his old friend Adam O'Reilly to head up Maggie's defense.

As Adam investigates the murders, he finds plenty to suggest that the real murderer carefully framed Maggie in an attempt to cover up illegal activities that may have involved her father. His biggest obstacle is that the police are concentrating on proving Maggie guilty and not looking for the real murderer. Clearing Maggie's name will require Adam to find the real killer and along the way, expose criminal conspiracies operating in the quiet country town.

The Secret of the Old Mill by Roxanne Hunter

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The Chalice, A Novel of Suspense by Nancy Bilyeau, Now Available at a Special Price

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The Chalice by Nancy Bilyeau

The Chalice by Nancy Bilyeau

A Novel of Suspense

Publisher: Touchstone

Price: $1.99 (as of 01/31/2015 at 4:00 PM ET).

The Chalice by Nancy Bilyeau, Amazon Kindle format

In the midst of England's Reformation, a young novice will risk everything to defy the most powerful men of her era …

In 1538, England's bloody power struggle between crown and cross threatens to tear the country apart. Novice Joanna Stafford has tasted the wrath of the royal court, discovered what lies within the king's torture rooms, and escaped death at the hands of those desperate to possess the power of an ancient relic.

Even with all she has experienced, the quiet life is not for Joanna. Despite the possibilities of arrest and imprisonment, she becomes caught up in a shadowy international plot targeting Henry VIII himself. As the power plays turn vicious, Joanna realizes her role is more critical than she'd ever imagined. She must choose between those she loves most and assuming her part in a prophecy foretold by three seers. Repelled by violence, Joanna seizes a future with a man who loves her. But no matter how hard she tries, she cannot escape the spreading darkness of her destiny.

To learn the final, sinister piece of the prophecy, she flees across Europe with a corrupt spy sent by Spain. As she completes the puzzle in the dungeon of a twelfth-century Belgian fortress, Joanna realizes the life of Henry VIII as well as the future of Christendom are in her hands — hands that must someday hold the chalice that lies at the center of these deadly prophecies …

The Chalice by Nancy Bilyeau

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Everything Burns by Vincent Zandri, New on the Mystery Bookshelf during February 2015

New on the Mystery Bookshelf during January 2015 …

Everything Burns by Vincent Zandri

Everything Burns by Vincent Zandri, A Suspense Thriller

Publisher: Thomas & Mercer

Everything Burns by Vincent Zandri, Amazon Kindle format

When Reece Johnston was a boy, a fire destroyed his home, killing his mother and brothers while leaving him scarred for life. It also kindled something dark inside him: an irresistible attraction to flames in all their terrifying, tantalizing power. But after two failed arson attempts — and two trips to the mental ward — he was finally able to put down the matches and pick up the pieces.

With a career as a bestselling crime writer going strong, Reece is working to fix his broken marriage to Lisa and be there for their preteen daughter, Anna. He's not just dealing with his own demons; there's a world of deadly hurt bearing down on him in the form of the jealous rival he's bested in literature and love, who's determined to see Reece crash … and burn. But a guy like Reece knows how to take the heat. And thanks to his lifelong friendship with fire, he also knows how to bring it.

Everything Burns by Vincent Zandri

To see more new paperback titles scheduled to be published this month, visit The Mystery Bookshelf for January 2015. For new hardcover mysteries, visit New Mysteries where for a list of January 2015 mysteries, novels of suspense, and thrillers is provided.

Frozen Assets, A Gunnhildur Gísladóttir Mystery by Quentin Bates, Now Available at a Special Price

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Today, we're pleased to present the following title, now available at a special price courtesy of the publisher, Soho Crime …

Frozen Assets by Quentin Bates

Frozen Assets by Quentin Bates

A Gunnhildur Gísladóttir Mystery (1st in series)

Publisher: Soho Crime

Price: $1.99 (as of 01/31/2015 at 3:00 PM ET).

Frozen Assets by Quentin Bates, Amazon Kindle format

Read our review of Frozen Assets by Quentin Bates on Mysterious Reviews.

A body is found floating in the harbor of a rural Icelandic fishing village. Was it an accident, or something more sinister? It's up to Officer Gunnhildur, a sardonic female cop, to find out.

Her investigation uncovers a web of corruption connected to Iceland's business and banking communities. Meanwhile, a rookie crime journalist latches onto her, looking for a scoop, and an anonymous blogger is stirring up trouble. The complications increase, as do the stakes, when a second murder is committed.

Frozen Assets by Quentin Bates

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The Kings of London by William Shaw, New in Bookstores during January 2015

Today's featured new hardcover mystery, suspense, or thriller title scheduled to be published during January 2015 is …

The Kings of London by William Shaw

The Kings of London by William Shaw, a Cathal Breen and Helen Tozer Mystery (2nd in series)

Publisher: Mulholland Books

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London, November 1968. Detective Sergeant Breen has a death threat in his inbox and a mutilated body on his hands. The dead man was the wayward son of a rising politician and everywhere Breen turns to investigate, he finds himself obstructed and increasingly alienated. Breen begins to see that the abuse of power is at every level of society. And when his actions endanger those at the top, he becomes their target. Out in the cold, banished from a corrupt and fracturing system, Breen is finally forced to fight fire with fire.

The Kings of London by William Shaw

For a list of more new hardcover titles to be published this month, visit our New Mysteries page for January 2015. For new paperback mysteries, visit The Mystery Bookshelf where a selection of January 2015 mysteries, novels of suspense, and thrillers are shelved.

Whited Sepulchres by C. B. Hanley, New on the Mystery Bookshelf during February 2015

New on the Mystery Bookshelf during January 2015 …

Whited Sepulchres by C. B. Hanley

Whited Sepulchres by C. B. Hanley, An Edwin Weaver, Medieval Mystery (3rd in series)

Publisher: The History Press

Whited Sepulchres by C. B. Hanley, Amazon Kindle format

1217: Edwin Weaver has returned to Conisbrough from his blood-soaked adventure in Lincoln, but he has no chance to rest: preparations are underway for a noble wedding and the earl's sisters and their families have arrived at the castle.

When the household marshal is murdered and a violent band of outlaws begins terrorizing the area, the earl asks Edwin to resolve the situation so that the wedding plans aren't disrupted. But Edwin is convinced that there's more to the situation than meets the eye and, with growing horror, he realizes that the real target might be someone much closer to the earl.

With few likely to believe his theory, can he risk public ridicule and humiliation? If he's wrong, he'll have to leave his home to avoid the repercussions; but if he's right and says nothing, many of those he knows and loves could die.

Whited Sepulchres by C. B. Hanley

To see more new paperback titles scheduled to be published this month, visit The Mystery Bookshelf for January 2015. For new hardcover mysteries, visit New Mysteries where for a list of January 2015 mysteries, novels of suspense, and thrillers is provided.

Detective Inspector Huss, An Irene Huss Mystery by Helene Tursten, Now Available at a Special Price

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Detective Inspector Huss by Helene Tursten

Detective Inspector Huss by Helene Tursten

An Irene Huss Mystery (1st in series)

Publisher: Soho Crime

Price: $1.99 (as of 01/31/2015 at 1:00 PM ET).

Detective Inspector Huss by Helene Tursten, Amazon Kindle format

Inspector Irene Huss, stationed in Göteborg, is called through the rain-drenched wintry streets to the scene of an apparent suicide. The dead man landed on the sidewalk in front of his luxurious duplex apartment. He was a wealthy financier connected, through an old-boys' network, with the first families of Sweden.

But the "Society Suicide" turns out to have been a carefully plotted murder. As more murders ensue, she tangles with street gang members, skinheads, immigrants and neo-Nazis — a cross-section of Sweden's disaffected — in order to catch the killer.

Detective Inspector Huss by Helene Tursten

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New This Week: Murder in Tropical Breeze, A Tropical Breeze Cozy Mystery by Mary Bowers

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Murder in Tropical Breeze by Mary Bowers

Murder in Tropical Breeze by Mary Bowers

A Tropical Breeze Cozy Mystery (1st in series)

Publisher: Mary Bowers

Price: $2.99 (as of 01/31/2015 at 12:30 PM ET).

Murder in Tropical Breeze by Mary Bowers, Amazon Kindle format

Strange winds are blowing in Tropical Breeze, Florida …

When Vesta Cadbury Huntington, one of its oldest, wealthiest and most eccentric citizens, dies in her sleep, nobody is surprised except for Vesta herself. It wasn't her time, and she didn't appreciate being bumped off into the Land of the Dead prematurely. The granddaughter of an archaeologist, she calls upon an Egyptian goddess for help.

Bastet, the protective cat goddess, responds, and Taylor Verone, Tropical Breeze's modern-day cat rescuer, is going to help — whether she wants to or not.

Murder in Tropical Breeze by Mary Bowers

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New Poster, Trailer for Secrets and Lies, Premiering March 1st on ABC

Secrets and Lies (ABC 2015)

ABC has released a new poster for its upcoming crime drama, Secrets and Lies (right; click for larger image). The tagline: "Did he or didn't he?"

Ben Crawford (Ryan Phillippe) is about to go from Good Samaritan to murder suspect, after he discovers the body of his neighbor's young son in the woods. As Detective Andrea Cornell (Juliette Lewis) digs for the truth, the secrets and lies of this town come to the surface and no one is above suspicion.

Secrets and Lies premieres on Sunday, March 1st, 2015 at 9 PM ET/PT. Watch a trailer for the series, below:

The Diamond Connection by Shimrit Hilel is Today's First Featured Free MystereBook

Omnimystery News is pleased to feature one of today's Free MystereBooks …

The Diamond Connection by Shimrit Hilel

The Diamond Connection by Shimrit Hilel

A Romantic Mystery

Publisher: Shimrit Hilel

The Diamond Connection by Shimrit Hilel, Amazon Kindle format

This title was listed for free as of January 31, 2015 at 7:00 AM ET.

Ella Cohen simply couldn't figure out how she had become a suspect in the biggest diamond robbery of the past few years.

However, the Israeli police and the Scotland Yard were certain beyond doubt that she had stolen 40 million pounds worth of diamonds, which disappear with only one trace, an envelope with her name on it.

Many nightmarish events that she couldn't explain preceded the arrest, she was kidnapped in the middle of London's busy Oxford Street in the middle of the day, her car blew up moments after she walked out of it, a large sum of money was transferred to her account from an unknown source, and two thugs with a foreign accent were stalking her around the city, eventually attacking her in a dark parking lot in Tel Aviv.

Could all these events be connected to her affair with her handsome, rich, successful and very married boss?

Left with no choice but to attempt to prove her innocence, she is out to discover the truth, even if that means having to break the law in the process.

The Diamond Connection by Shimrit Hilel

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The Sins of the Father, The Clifton Chronicles by Jeffrey Archer, is Today's Kobo Daily Deal

Omnimystery News is pleased to feature The Sins of the Father by Jeffrey Archer as today's Kobo Daily Deal. The deal price of $2.99 is valid only for today, Saturday, January 31, 2015, and has been price-matched by Amazon.

The Sins of the Father by Jeffrey Archer

The Sins of the Father by Jeffrey Archer

The Clifton Chronicles (2nd in series)

Publisher: St. Martin's Press

Price: $2.99 (as of 01/31/2015 at 6:40 AM ET).

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Only days before Britain declares war on Germany, Harry Clifton, hoping to escape the consequences of long-buried family secrets, and forced to accept that his desire to marry Emma Barrington will never be fulfilled, has joined the Merchant Navy. But his ship is sunk in the Atlantic by a German U-boat, drowning almost the entire crew. An American cruise liner, the SS Kansas Star, rescues a handful of sailors, among them Harry and the third officer, an American named Tom Bradshaw. When Bradshaw dies in the night, Harry seizes on the chance to escape his tangled past and assumes his identity.

But on landing in America, he quickly learns the mistake he has made, when he discovers what is awaiting Bradshaw in New York. Without any way of proving his true identity, Harry Clifton is now chained to a past that could be far worse than the one he had hoped to escape.

The Sins of the Father by Jeffrey Archer

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The Tourist, A Milo Weaver Thriller by Olen Steinhauer, is Today's Nook Daily Find

Omnimystery News is pleased to feature The Tourist by Olen Steinhauer as today's Nook Daily Find. The deal price of $2.99 is valid only for today, Saturday, January 31, 2015, and has been price-matched by Amazon.

The Tourist by Olen Steinhauer

The Tourist by Olen Steinhauer

A Milo Weaver Thriller (1st in series)

Publisher: Minotaur Books

Price: $2.99 (as of 01/31/2015 at 6:30 AM ET).

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Milo Weaver used to be a "tourist" for the CIA — an undercover agent with no home, no identity — but he's since retired from the field to become a middle-level manager at the CIA's New York headquarters. He's acquired a wife, a daughter, and a brownstone in Brooklyn, and he's tried to leave his old life of secrets and lies behind.

However, when the arrest of a long-sought-after assassin sets off an investigation into one of Milo's oldest colleagues and exposes new layers of intrigue in his old cases, he has no choice but to go back undercover and find out who's holding the strings once and for all.

The Tourist by Olen Steinhauer

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Friday, January 30, 2015

New This Week: A Death in Tuscany, A Sarah Woods Mystery by Jennifer L. Jennings

Omnimystery News is pleased to present a mystery, suspense, or thriller ebook that we recently found by sleuthing (as it were) through new or recently reissued titles from independent publishers during January 2015 and priced $4.99 or less …

A Death in Tuscany by Jennifer L. Jennings

A Death in Tuscany by Jennifer L. Jennings

A Sarah Woods Mystery (13th in series)

Publisher: Jennifer L. Jennings

Price: $2.99 (as of 01/30/2015 at 7:30 PM ET).

A Death in Tuscany by Jennifer L. Jennings, Amazon Kindle format

When Carter comes in to a small fortune, he decides to take Sarah on a trip to Italy for two weeks. A little wine and a lot of romance is just what the doctor ordered.

However, on the second day of their vacation, Sarah and Carter discover a dead body floating in the hot springs on the resort property. The death appears to be an accidental drowning until questions arise, causing suspicion and chaos among the guests at the resort.

A Death in Tuscany by Jennifer L. Jennings

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Review: Martini Regrets by Phyllis Smallman

Mysterious Reviews: Reviews of New Mysteries, Novels of Suspense, and Thrillers

A Mysterious Review of Martini Regrets by Phyllis Smallman. A Sherri Travis Mystery.

Review summary: The author does tension and suspense very well here, and despite the near constant activity of the lead character, the time spent between the thrilling opening and closing scenes feels too long with not much going on. Overall, a solid effort but one that could have used a little more punch midway through. (Click here for text of full review.)

Our rating: 4 of 5 stars

Martini Regrets Phyllis Smallman

Martini Regrets
Phyllis Smallman
A Sherri Travis Mystery
TouchWood Editions (September 2014)

Publisher synopsis: It's nearly midnight when Sherri Travis turns onto Last Chance Road and into a run-down gas station. Instead of the routine stop she expects, her pickup is stolen, and she is left stranded in the Everglades. Sherri is desperate for help, but the men who show up are just as dangerous as the swamp she is forced to flee into. When she stumbles upon a gruesome murder, she must depend on her wits to escape the Glades and the evil men who are stalking her.

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New This Week: Cool Cache, A Tucker Sinclair Mystery by Patricia Smiley

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Cool Cache by Patricia Smiley

Cool Cache by Patricia Smiley

A Tucker Sinclair Mystery (4th in series)

Publisher: Patricia Smiley

Price: $2.99 (as of 01/30/2015 at 6:30 PM ET).

Cool Cache by Patricia Smiley, Amazon Kindle format

Originally published in 2008 by NAL Hardcover.

Bonbons, Apricot truffles, Bourbon balls. Helen Taggart's new chocolate shop, Nectar, boasts them all, thanks to her Belgian great-grandfather's secret recipes. To help it flourish, the gourmand has hired Tucker Sinclair and Associates — although Tucker will admit that by "Associates," she means Eugene Barstok, her fragile secretary-cum-Dick Tracy wannabe.

One night, Tucker finds the shop open, truffles strewn across the floor — and the body of cleaning woman Lupe Ortiz lying next to a bloody green feather. Was someone trying to steal the recipes — perhaps a wounded chocoholic dressed like Robin Hood?

Although Tucker's warned him not to, Eugene starts investigating. So when he fails to show up for work, she has to follow the kid's unorthodox train of thought and the trail of clues, including the fabled quetzal bird and a priceless chocolate pot. With a murderer on the loose, Tucker must find Eugene before a killer exacts his sweet revenge.

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