Monday, February 11, 2019

Past Due for Murder by Victoria Gilbert | Blog Tour with Guest Post and Giveaway

The Blurb

Has a curse fallen on the small town of Taylorsford, Virginia? After a young woman goes missing during a spring bonfire, library director Amy Webber must wade through the web of lies only to find a truth that she may not want to untangle.

Spring has sprung in quaint Taylorsford, Virginia, and the mayor has revived the town’s long-defunct May Day celebration to boost tourism. As part of the festivities, library director Amy Webber is helping to organize a research project and presentation by a local folklore expert. All seems well at first — but spring takes on a sudden chill when a university student inexplicably vanishes during a bonfire.

The local police cast a wide net to find the missing woman, but in a shocking turn of events, Amy’s swoon-worthy neighbor Richard Muir becomes a person of interest in the case. Not only is Richard the woman’s dance instructor, he also doesn’t have an alibi for the night the student vanished — or at least not one he’ll divulge, even to Amy.

When the missing student is finally discovered lost in the mountains, with no memory of recent events — and a dead body lying nearby — an already disturbing mystery takes on a sinister new hue. Blessed with her innate curiosity and a librarian’s gift for research, Amy may be the only one who can learn the truth in Past Due for Murder, Victoria Gilbert’s third charming Blue Ridge Library mystery.

Past Due for Murder by Victoria Gilbert
Series: A Blue Ridge Library Mystery, #3
Genre: Cozy Mystery
Publication Date: February 12, 2019
Publisher: Crooked Lane Books
Hardcover: 304 pages

ISBN-10: 1683318749
ISBN-13: 978-1683318743
Kindle ASIN: B07D2GYM25
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Wednesday, February 6, 2019

The Novel Art of Murder by V.M. Burns | Blog Tour with Guest Post and Giveaway

The Blurb

Mystery bookstore owner Samantha Washington is trying to keep her grandmother from spending her golden years in an orange jumpsuit . . .

The small town of North Harbor, Michigan, is just not big enough for the two of them: flamboyant phony Maria Romanov and feisty Nana Jo. The insufferable Maria claims she's descended from Russian royalty and even had a fling with King Edward VIII back in the day. She’s not just a lousy liar, she's a bad actress, so when she nabs the lead in the Shady Acres Senior Follies — a part Nana Jo plays every year in their retirement village production — Nana Jo blows a gasket and reads her the riot act in front of everyone.

Of course, when Maria is silenced with a bullet to the head, Nana Jo lands the leading role on the suspects list. Sam’s been writing her newest mystery, set in England between the wars, with her intrepid heroine Lady Daphne drawn into murder and scandal in the household of Winston Churchill. But now she has to prove that Nana Jo’s been framed. With help from her grandmother's posse of rambunctious retirees, Sam shines a spotlight on Maria’s secrets, hoping to draw the real killer out of the shadow

The Novel Art of Murder by V. M. Burns
Series: A Mystery Bookshop Mystery, #3
Genre: Cozy Mystery
Publication Date: November 27, 2018
Publisher: Kensington
Paperback: 256 pages

ISBN-10: 1496711858
ISBN-13: 978-1496711854
Kindle ASIN: B07B7B4C8Q
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Friday, February 1, 2019

A Murderous Marriage by Alyssa Maxwell | Blog Tour with Guest Post and Giveaway

The Blurb

Lady Phoebe Renshaw and her lady’s maid, Eva Huntford, are preparing for a wedding, but it may not be the happy occasion everyone hopes for . . .

Since the Great War, some family fortunes have suffered, including those of the Renshaws. Despite being the granddaughter of an earl, Julia Renshaw is under pressure to marry for money — and has settled for Gilbert Townsend, a viscount and a wealthy industrialist. He is decades older than Julia, and it’s clear to her sister Phoebe — and to Eva, who has been like a surrogate mother to the girls — that this is not a love match. Nevertheless, the wedding takes place — and in a hurry.

At the reception aboard the groom’s yacht, there appears to be tension between Gil and several guests: his best man, a fellow veteran of the Boer War; his grouchy spinster sister; and his current heir, a nervous young cousin named Ernest. The bride is also less than pleased when she discovers that her honeymoon will be more crowded than expected — with Gil’s pretty secretary, among others, coming along.

That very night, Julia pounds on her sister’s door, brandishing a bandaged hand and reporting a hot-tempered outburst on her new husband’s part. Julia is feeling doubt and regret about her hasty decision, but returns to the boat. Then the next morning, before the yacht can depart the harbor, Gil’s body is found in the water below — and Phoebe and Eva must discover who pushed him over . . . before the Renshaws’ social standing is irreparably stained by Julia’s arrest for his murder . . .

A Murderous Marriage by Alyssa Maxwell
Series: A Lady and Lady’s Maid Mystery, #4
Genre: Cozy Mystery, Historical Mystery
Publication Date: January 29, 2019
Publisher: Kensington
Hardcover: 304 pages

ISBN-10: 1496717392
ISBN-13: 978-1496717399
Kindle ASIN: B07CWDMR33
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Thursday, January 24, 2019

Broken Heart Attack by James J. Cudney | Blog Tour w/ Review, Character Guest Post, Giveaway

The Blurb

Who killed Gwendolyn Paddington?

When an extra ticket becomes available to see the dress rehearsal of King Lear, Kellan tags along with Nana D and her buddies.

When one of them dies of an apparent heart attack in the middle of the second act, Nana D raises her suspicions and asks Kellan to investigate the death. With family members suddenly in debt and a secret rendezvous between an unlikely pair, Kellan learns that the Paddingtons might not be as clean-cut as everyone thinks.

But can Kellan find the killer, or will he get caught up his own stage fright?

Broken Heart Attack by James J. Cudney
Series: Braxton Campus Mystery, #2
Genre: Cozy Mystery, Academic Mystery
Publication Date: November 25, 2018
Independently Published
Paperback: 270 pages
ISBN-10: 1731310501
ISBN-13: 978-1731310507
Digital ASIN: B07KGGJX1T
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The Review

Thursday, January 10, 2019

Academic Curveball by James J. Cudney | Blog Tour with Review and Giveaway

The Blurb

Who killed Professor Abby Monroe?

When Kellan Ayrwick returns home for his father’s retirement, he finds a dead body in Diamond Hall’s stairwell. Unfortunately, Kellan has a connection to the victim, and so do several members of his family. 

Soon after, the college's athletic program receives mysterious donations, a nasty blog denounces his father and someone attempts to change students' grades.

Someone is playing games on campus, but none of the facts add up.

With the help of his eccentric and trouble-making nana, Kellan tries to stay out of the sheriff’s way. But who is behind the murder?

Academic Curveball by James J. Cudney
Series: Braxton Campus Mystery, #1
Genre: Cozy Mystery, Academic Mystery
Publication Date: October 14, 2018
Independently Published
Paperback: 281 pages
ISBN-10: 172877876X
ISBN-13: 978-1728778761
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The Review