Sunday, December 1, 2013

December Releases for Killer Characters!

December is a wonderful time to sit down with a good book and let it take you away from the holiday stress. It's also a wonderful time to buy that special someone a book you know they'll treasure! And don't forget our holiday giveaways!

One person who leaves a comment today will receive a copy of Murder, She Barked by Krista Davis! 


Title: Sketcher in the Rye
Author: Sharon Pape
Publisher: Berkley InterMix
Book 4 in the Portrait of Crime Mysteries

In Sketcher in the Rye, the fourth book in the Portrait of Crime series, sketch artist and private investigator Rory McCain and her ghost partner from the Old West, federal marshal Zeke Drummond, are hired to find out who's behind the sabotage at Harper Farms. But when Rory finds the body of the farm's accountant in the corn maze, they're soon looking for his killer too. As if that's not enough, Rory and Zeke are forced to face some startling information about the past.

Title: Hero’s Journey
Author: J.J. Cook
Publisher: Berkley Prime Crime
An E-novella in the Sweet Pepper Fire Brigade Mysteries

The Sweet Pepper Fire Brigade’s newly adopted Dalmatian puppy, Hero, is missing. Stella believes he just wandered away from her cabin and got lost. But despite posters and searches by the fire brigade and spotty sightings by locals, there are no leads, and the furry fire fighter has yet to return.
Stella is already worried with a series of progressively dangerous arson fires plaguing Sweet Pepper. And oddly enough, Hero’s appearances are coinciding with the fires. Now with the help of the ghost of Sweet Pepper’s former fire chief, Stella will have to dig up some clues if she hopes to find the pup before he’s lost for good—and find the arsonist before someone loses a life.
Includes a preview of the January 2014 release, Playing with Fire.

Title: The Sayers Swindle
Author:  Victoria Abbott
Publisher:  Berkley Prime Crime
ISBN:  978-0425255292
Book 2 in the Book Collector Mysteries

Jordan Kelly is delighted to make money tracking down rare mystery novels for her employer, Vera Van Alst, an avid collector and the most hated woman in Harrison Falls, New York. But now Vera’s complete set of Dorothy Sayers is missing, and finding them leads Jordan to a murder suitable for Sayers’ esteemed sleuth, Lord Peter Wimsey.Using all her sleuthing skills, Jordan manages to locate Vera’s missing books, in the possession of Randolph Adams, an elderly man in a nearby town. Offering a valuable Hemingway first edition as an incentive, Jordan thinks she’s about to seal the deal—but some of Randolph’s relatives think he should hold out for more. Jordan suspects their motives and their intentions toward Randolph.Before she can hatch a plan, the entire family disappears—and a dead body shows up.  Is it Randolph? Or someone closer to Jordan? It’s up to Jordan to make sure a killer gets booked, before the body count rises. To do so, she puts her own life in the line of fire - in every sense.

Author: Kylie Logan
Title:  Buttoned Up
Publisher: Berkley Prime Crime
ISBN: 978-0-425-26594-9
Book 4 in the Button Box mysteries

Eccentric artist Forbis Parmenter has invited button expert Josie Giancola to a showing of his latest exhibit of voodoo-inspired works.  He plans to make a show of completing the centerpiece--a button-encrusted statue--when Josie arrives with the final button.  But just as the big moment comes, Forbis bolts out of the gallery.  Is this another one of his publicity stunts?  Or is something more sinister afoot?

 Josie gets the answer when the artist is found dead--his body in the arms of the statue and his eyes and lips sealed shut with buttons.  Now she's using her expert eye to solve the mystery before a crafty killer slips through her fingers.

Author: Krista Davis
Title:  Murder, She Barked
Publisher: Berkley Prime Crime
ISBN: 9780425262559
Book 1 in the Paws & Claws Mysteries

The Sugar Maple Inn in Wagtail, Virginia, is the country's premiere vacation hot spot for pet owners who can’t bear to leave their furry friends behind.  But this tourist town smells trouble when a killer goes on the prowl….

Holly Miller's life has gone to the dogs. She has no job, her boyfriend's former flame is sniffing around, and a scruffy but loveable Jack Russell Terrier is scattering crumbs all over her borrowed car. Just when she thought things couldn't get worse, a troubling phone call about her grandmother sends her rushing home to the family inn on Wagtail Mountain.

The staff—and a frisky Calico kitten named Twinkletoes—adopts Holly and her new dog on arrival.  But someone in this friendly town is bad to the bone. One of the employees at the inn has been killed in a hit-and-run accident—which is looking anything but accidental. Now Holly and her furry companions will have to nose out the murderer before someone else gets muzzled.

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