Monday, December 1, 2014

December Releases!

Picking up books for a friend - or yourself - this holiday? 

Try these! And enjoy our great December giveaway!!

Second book in the Paws and Claws Mysteries

Krista Davis
The Ghost and Mrs. Mewer
Book 2 in the Paws and Claws Mysteries
Berkley Prime Crime
ISBN: 978-0425262566

The spirited sequel to the New York Times bestseller, Murder, She Barked

Wagtail, Virginia, the top pet-friendly getaway in the United States, is gearing up for a howling good Halloween—until a spooky murder shakes the town to its core . . .

Holly Miller doesn’t believe in spirits, but the Sugar Maple Inn is filled with guests who do. The TV series in development, Apparition Apprehenders, has descended on Wagtail’s annual Halloween festivities to investigate supernatural local legends, and Holly has her hands full showing the ghost hunters a scary-fun time.

But the frights turn real when Holly’s Jack Russell, Trixie, and kitten, Twinkletoes, find a young woman drowned in the Wagtail Springs Hotel’s bathhouse—the spot of the town’s most infamous haunting. The crime scene is eerily similar to the creepy legend, convincing Holly that the death wasn’t just accidental. Now she’ll have to race to catch a flesh-and-blood killer—before someone else in town gives up the ghost . . .

First book in a new series!

Joyce and Jim Lavene
Spell Booked
Berkley Prime Crime
ISBN: 9780425268254

The national bestselling authors of the Missing Pieces Mysteries summon up the first Retired Witches Mystery in a brand new supernatural series.

Once upon a time in Wilmington, North Carolina, three witches ran a curio shop named Smuggler’s Arcane. But as the years passed, their magical powers started to fade—leaving them no choice but to conjure up a retirement package…

Before they could blink their eyes or twitch their noses, Molly, Elsie, and Olivia somehow became eligible for AARP. But they can’t fly off to Boca Raton just yet. First they must give up their magic, recruit and train three new witches, and pass on their cherished spell book.

They’ve barely begun to consider potential practitioners when Olivia winds up dead and their spell book is stolen. To honor their friend and reclaim their spells, Molly and Elsie are about to go wand-to-wand with a dangerous young witch more powerful than the trio was in their prime. And this time they’re going to need more than magic up their sleeves…

“The authors of the "Missing Pieces" mysteries launch a new supernatural series that features a delightful premise, a couple of enchanting protagonists, and cats as essential familiars.” ~ Library Journal

Book 5 in the Key West Food Critic Mysteries

Lucy Burdette
Death with all the Trimmings
Key West Food Critic Mysteries
ISBN:  9780451465900

It may be Christmastime, but thoughts of peace on earth, good will toward men, don’t seem to extend to the restaurant business. Food critic Hayley Snow has been assigned to interview Edel Waugh, chef/owner of Key West’s hottest new restaurant. But off the record, Edel reveals that there’s been sabotage in the kitchen and asks Hayley to investigate. Things heat up fast when the restaurant is set on fire—and a body is discovered in the charred wreckage. Is someone out to destroy the chef’s business—or actually kill her? Amid holiday festivities like the lighted boat parade, and visiting relatives who stir up mixed emotions, Hayley needs to smoke out an arsonist and a killer before they turn up the heat again…on her!

First Book in a new series!

Duffy Brown
Geared for the Grave
A Cycle Path Mystery
Berkley Prime Crime
ISBN: 9780425268942


First book in Cycle Path mysteries. Where biking takes a deadly turn
Shakedowns, cover-ups, and big fat lies, keep bodies hidden on Mackinac Island and a bike-riding tourist oblivious to it all.

Isabella Alan
Murder, Served Simply
An Amish Quilt Shop Mystery
ISBN: 978-0451413659

Amish quilt shop owner Angie Braddock has a lot on her plate this Christmas. But things only get worse after someone develops a taste for murder…

Angie’s parents are visiting Rolling Brook for Christmas—but unfortunately, her ex is joining them. Luckily, Angie has no time to dwell on her romantic troubles as she prepares her store, Running Stitch, for the town’s traditional progressive dinner, featuring a sleigh ride stopping at each shop for a different course of the meal.

The meal ends with an Amish-themed Christmas play at the Swiss Valley Hotel and Barn. But the performance is cut short when an actress falls from the scaffolding to her death. After the sheriff suspects foul play, tensions between the Amish and Englisch heat up, as do rivalries among the acting troupe. Now Angie and her quilting circle must stitch together clues before they’re the ones running for cover…


  1. Looking forward to reading all of these!

  2. All four books look wonderful and I can't wait to read them!

  3. So many great books to read this month. Hope I'm able to get the opportunity to own them. Thanks for the great giveaway.

  4. I'm so excited about these - I loved the first Paws & Claws (so I know the next one will be great) and I'm always ready to check out a new series.

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  5. Looking forward to all the new December books. I Lois Rotella enjoy all these authors. Email is

  6. With all these great books coming out soon all I want for Christmas is a bookstore gift card! lol

  7. All the books seem to be great books to read over the holiday season.


  8. So many good books---so little time.

  9. I will have to check out these authors at my local library:-)

  10. I would love any if them. They all sound so exciting. Hugs

  11. Perfect timing! Want to read them all!!!

  12. I have several books on my wish list. If I am lucky I will get all of these books for Christmas.

  13. Thanks for including me in this great list of December reads. So many books…so little time esp this time of year. LOL.

  14. Glad to see so many new titles and just in time for Santa!

  15. All of these are enticing. We all need a break from the frenzy of the holidays, and books are my escape.