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Title: A Witch of a Scandal
Author: Kathryn Mykel, Rune Stroud, Elle Hartford, Diane Bator, Tessa Bryant, Cassandra Slaughter, PJ Tremblay, Patty Joy, Clare Lockhart
Series: A Cozy Mystery Tribe Anthology, Book 12
Release Date: October 17, 2023
Kindle Unlimited: Yes

It’s Halloween night and a flicker across the moon catches her eye,
was it a witch or a bat? Why did this faithful sleuth leave the party so late?

Follow along as these mystery solvers find themselves in witchy tangles.
Not all of these tales are paranormal, but they will leave you in the mood for candy!

Title: Murder in the Stacks
Author: Verena DeLuca
Series: Firedrakes Investigations, Prequel
Release Date: October 13, 2023
Kindle Unlimited: No

I may own one of the most notorious private investigation agencies in the Dallas/Fort Worth area, but it’s not every day I get a case that takes a page straight from a murder mystery novel.

Following around a renowned indie author proves to show me a new side of fame and fortune, not that it’s all fawning girls, and autographs for a heart throb that can’t stay faithful-or can he?

Discover the shocking truth to his prowess infidelity along side me as this case explodes on me. Right as I’m about to give him a not guilty verdict my assistant and I are blindsided by a murder.

New Releases by our Patreon Authors

Title: Jingle Bell Justice
Author: Nancy Basile
Series: N/A
Release Date: October 18, 2023
Kindle Unlimited: Yes

Christmas chaos is at an all-time high for Robin Pearce, having moved back to the small town of River Sutton, bought a shabby farmhouse, started a new business and a new relationship with handsome Sheriff Chris Payne.

Living in a money pit isn’t a great idea. She’s broke and bills are coming due. With no income and no prospects, Robin agrees to attend her sister Jenn’s Christmas party to welcome socialite guests to her new bed-and-breakfast, Cardinal Cottage, thinking she can drum up leads.

But when a dead body is discovered at the B and B the next morning, her sister’s sugar-plum dream of becoming a travel destination turns into a lump of coal. Robin is reluctant to meddle in the investigation and ruin her relationship with the sheriff.

Until Chris arrests Jenn’s wife for the murder!

Robin must act fast to discover the real killer and prove her sister-in-law’s innocence. With an old nemesis making a reappearance and her relationship with the sheriff at stake, will Robin be able to find the killer before it’s too late?

If you enjoyed the suspenseful novels of Agatha Christie, you’ll love this thrilling holiday mystery from award-winning author Nancy Basile.

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Title: Purr & Poison
Author: Elle Wren Burke
Series: Chatty Cat Mysteries, Book 1
Release Date: October 31, 2023
Kindle Unlimited: No

This talking cat’s about to find himself in fur deep when one of the first humans to hear him becomes a murder suspect, and the cat’s his only alibi. You’ve got to be kitten me.

Brighton finally has a cushy home with the purrfect sunny spot and a human family who can hear him. But all that’s threatened when one of them is found standing over their poisoned landlord, the town’s beloved ice cream maker and one of Brighton’s favorite humans. With Brighton being his human’s only alibi, he must use his superior feline stealth and intellect to clear their name—and avenge his friend’s death.

His only clue is a cryptic note declaring revenge. Brighton can’t believe anyone would want revenge against a woman as sweet as the frozen treats she was well-loved for…until he discovers that she was scooping startling secrets alongside her ice cream.

Soon the killer realizes the cat and his humans are investigating, and it’s clear they’ll stop at nothing tokeep Brighton from poking his paws into their business. Can Brighton sniff out the killer before they snuff out him and his family?

If you like snarky cats, humorous adventures, and charming characters, then you’ll love Elle Wren Burke’s whisker-raising mystery.

Buy Purrs & Poison to find out if curiosity can kill this cat

Title: Death on the Doorstep
Author: Alisha K
Series: The Accidental Psychic, Book 1
Release Date: October 7, 2023
Kindle Unlimited: Yes

When a bewitching spell goes wrong…

Almost thirty, almost divorced, and about to sell her last pair of Jimmy Choos to make rent, Sitara Singhal thinks she has hit rock bottom. And then she finds out her mother is coming to visit her in London. Which would have been lovely, except that her overbearing mother doesn’t know she’s getting divorced and Sitara would like to keep it that way until she’s ready to tell her.

When her estranged husband, Blake, refuses to pretend they are still married, Sitara’s best friend convinces her to cast a spell on him. But, can someone who doesn’t believe in mumbo jumbo perform actual magic with a spell found in a spell book of questionable origin? As it turns out, she can. With disastrous results!

When the spell backfires and accidentally turns her psychic, Sitara sees her first ghost, and it is the last person she’d ever want to see – Blake’s awful girlfriend, Shazia, who has just been killed. To make things worse, Sitara is the prime suspect in the murder.

Now, she’s stuck with a vindictive ghost, a grieving ex, and the very bossy DI Richard Collins who is investigating the murder. Can Sitara find the real killer and prove her innocence?

To find out, read Death on the Doorstep, the first book in The Accidental Psychic series.
It is a funny, paranormal cozy mystery set in London.

Title: A Novel Thief
Author: Jessica Baker
Series: A Winter Falls Mystery
Release Date: October 31, 2023
Kindle Unlimited: No

Growing up in her family’s bookstore, Lenore Ellis always dreamed about becoming an author. Her picturesque hometown, Winter Falls, Florida, was the perfect place to plot a story.

While in the midst of writing her first full-length novel, she discovers some strange occurrences around her quiet town. A missing necklace, a cat that’s following her everywhere, and town newcomer Sean Ryan are only the beginning and it’s up to Lenore to figure out what’s going on before time runs out.

A Novel Thief is a paranormal cozy mystery that was originally part of A Bookworm of a Suspect Anthology. The story has been expanded and details have changed.

Title: With Sugar on Roundtop
Author: Virginia K. Bennett
Series: A Newfound Lake Cozy Mystery, Book 5
Release Date: October 11, 2023
Kindle Unlimited: Yes

When the town librarian is an avid mystery and true-crime reader, the local law enforcement must need a book-smart assistant like her, right?

Roundtop Mountain in Bristol, New Hampshire, is the site of Rebecca Ramsey’s favorite childhood Halloween memory – The Haunted Hike. As the town’s current librarian, she decides to bring all of those ghoulish and gruesome memories back to life for the children of the Newfound region. Local businesses sponsor spine-tingling stops along the trail to haunt and horrify, prank and petrify. Sweet treats and spooky scenes are the highlight of the event.

On her first outing with her boyfriend, Chief Kenny Towne, and his daughters and his ex-wife, not everything goes according to Rebecca’s plans. After the last hikers finish, a terrifying discovery is made that leaves one business owner beheaded for the hills.

Without a witness or so much as a fingerprint, how will she help end this nightmare of a case?

Title: Magic, Movies, and Murder
Author: Emily Fluke
Series: Bewitcher’s Beach Paranormal Cozy Mystery, Book 1
Release Date: October 3, 2023
Kindle Unlimited: Yes

Despite the rumors, she’s definitely not a witch, her VHS tapes are not cursed, and renting one absolutely will not hurt anyone – unless they forget to return it on time. Late fees are killer.

Pumpkin spice, buttery popcorn, and gasoline. One of these scents is not like the other and Noema’s nose knows.
As a werewolf who can smell emotions, Noema always finds herself tangled in small-town gossip. Gossip that explodes when superstitious locals cry wolf after a visitor winds up dead in front of Noema’s video rental shop. Can she sniff out the suspects before the rumors put her out of business?

Step into a simpler time in 1990s coastal California where the only complications are cozy mysteries, video rental late fees, and gossiping ghosts. Meet the sassiest vampire, a brooding gargoyle, and a pack of cuddly werewolves.

The Bewitcher’s Beach Paranormal Cozy Mysteries is a series about magical people dealing with small-town drama and finding family through it all. Take a blast into the paranormal past and enjoy the 1990s nostalgia in this cozy combination of THE GOOD WITCH meets THE SOOKIE STACKHOUSE SERIES.

Title: Lady Fingers and Lies
Author: Sue Hollowell
Series: A Belle Harbor Cozy Mystery, Book 14
Release Date: October 5, 2023
Kindle Unlimited: Yes

Rival gardeners, long-held secrets, and floral facade…

Fourteenth in the Belle Harbor Cozy Mystery series!

The annual Parade of Patios is the highlight of the spring season in Belle Harbor, showcasing the residents’ green thumbs and creative flair. As the parade reaches the grand home of the esteemed town council president, the atmosphere turns chilling when a blood-curdling scream pierces the air.

In the council president’s backyard, amidst a tapestry of flowers, the crowd stumbles upon a lifeless body.

As the danger grows like a stubborn weed, Tilly must unearth the truth before she becomes the next victim ensnared in this deadly flower bed. Will her keen eye for detail and unwavering determination be enough to expose the twisted roots of this mystery? Or will Belle Harbor’s charming gardens forever hide the secrets of a killer?

Ladyfingers and Lies is Book 14 in the Belle Harbor Cozy Mystery series. A light, cozy mystery in a quaint beach town with a fun loving, amateur female sleuth, her quirky uncle, and enough antiques and pastries to fill your home and your belly. No gore, swearing or cliffhangers. Can be read as a standalone.

Title: Morbid Monday
Author: Denise Jaden
Series: A Tabitha Chase Days of the Week Mystery, Book 6
Release Date: October 19, 2023
Kindle Unlimited: Yes

Tabby has inadvertently invited her estranged father, the State Senator Conrad Chase, for a visit to Crystal Cove to help her plan Detective Aaron Thom’s mayoral campaign. Unfortunately, the visit comes on the heels of another tragedy in Crystal Cove, one that Tabby can’t help but investigate.

Her parents were never going to be in favor of her involving herself in dangerous investigations, but even more so now that they are seeing it with their own eyes. But this tragedy concerns a friend of Tabby’s, and more importantly, she has a distraught teenager counting on her for answers.

However, as more and more information comes to light, Tabby wonders if she’s only going to give the girl more questions than closure, especially because all details are leading to another murder in Crystal Cove.

Join Tabby, Jay, and Sherlock as they team up once again, despite all road blocks, to get to the truth.

Title: Eggnog and Evil
Author: Sue Hollowell
Series: A Belle Harbor Cozy Mystery
Release Date: October 19, 2023
Kindle Unlimited: Yes

is the season for hot cocoa, twinkling lights, and… murder?

At Belle Mountain Lodge, Tilly is excited to rub elbows with glamorous actress Victoria Van Der Woodsen at a holiday gala. But the celebration chills when Victoria is found lifeless in her room, sparking a yuletide mystery.

As Tilly delves into the lavish lodge’s secret corners—from the ice-glazed pond to the relaxing outdoor hot tub—she uncovers a naughty list of suspects. Yet, the icing on this mystery is the shocking revelation of an unexpected suspect, hiding like a forgotten present under the lodge’s towering Christmas tree.

With another victim frosting over the holiday cheer and the countdown to Christmas swiftly ticking away, can Tilly stir up the truth from this potent brew of deception and suspicion? Will she crack the case before the last drop of eggnog is drunk and the final notes of carols fade into the frosty night air?

Title: Now Serving: Truffles & Poison
Author: Peyton Stone
Series: A New Zealand North Island Cozy Mystery
Release Date: October 25, 2023
Kindle Unlimited: No

Why did Chelsea have to die on the most important night of Dani Sites’ culinary career?

If her gown weren’t enough to die for, the truffles would surely do the trick.

Working for the most affluent family in Raglan, New Zealand, Dani was about to make a name for herself in the community as the most prestigious chef on the North Shore.

On the night of the highly anticipated Spring Equinox Soirée, fate would have it that the moment billionaire Bennett Bowing emerged from the shadows, breaking his silence since his late wife’s passing almost a decade ago, Chelsea, who may have become his next wife, is murdered.

Dani not only needs to save her reputation as a top chef and clear her name, but she also needs to keep her eyes off of the billionaire’s son, who just happens to adore her runt Kunekune pig, Potts, so she can solve Chelsea’s untimely death that is keeping her out of the kitchen.

With a strong cuppa flat made by her best friend, Oaklee, too many tator tots to count, and her fellow co-workers, Sue, who thinks all rich people are incorrigible members of society, and the house-keeping twins who want to nab some local millionaires, Dani learns that she’s got a knack for dishing out clues.

The only thing stopping her is the tantalizing allure of the coveted truffles that Inspector Kooe confiscated, claiming they poisoned poor Chelsea.

Dani will do anything to get the black diamond back for the ultimate trufflized gourmet dish as she listens to her favorite crime podcast: Criminal Conundrums, Deadly Deeds, & Killer Khronicles.

Title: This Book Was Made For Spellin’
Author: Scarlett Moss
Series: Magnolia Bay Cozy Mystery, Book 1
Release Date: October 17, 2023
Kindle Unlimited: Yes

Cassie’s got the beachy life down in Magnolia Bay, but quicker than you can say “hot cornbread,” she’s juggling a threatened home, a magical inheritance, and some deep, dark family secrets. Oh, and there’s the tiny issue of a murder rap thanks to her police-chief ex-husband.

With the whole town whispering, her only hope lies in the mystical books she’s inherited and her feline partner-in-crime, Elvis. Can Cassie find her witchy mojo, clear her name, and deliver some much-needed justice before she gets a one-way ticket to the graveyard?

Dive into the first book in the Magnolia Bay Cozy Mysteries for a spellbinding adventure!

Title: Marigolds & Mayhem
Author: L.C. Turner
Series: A Petal Pushers Flower Shop, Book 3
Release Date: October 24, 2023
Kindle Unlimited: Yes

Presley and Susan Merriweather are eagerly preparing for the upcoming Fall Harvest Festival flower arranging contest, a cherished event in Hunter’s Hollow. As the excitement builds, tragedy strikes with a chilling twist—Susan is discovered locked in the flower shop’s cooler, lifeless.

Presley’s hunches and her loyal companions lead her to delve into the mystery. From rival florists to jealous competitors, everyone’s a potential culprit.

Can Presley navigate the garden of secrets to uncover the truth behind Susan’s untimely demise?

Title: The Case of the Deceitful Dognapper
Author: Kate Jach
Series: A Mayhem Village Cozy Mystery
Release Date: October 16, 2023
Kindle Unlimited: No

Old bones speak from the grave as a curse descends on Saltaire in acclaimed author Frances Brody’s thirteenth Kate Shackleton mystery, perfect for fans of Rhys Bowen and Jacqueline Winspear.

When Kate Shackleton disembarks at Saltaire station, in the West Riding of Yorkshire, she has no idea what to expect. A stranger, Ronnie Creswell, has written to say that he has urgent information about the past that will interest her, and he persuades her to make the journey to Milner Field, the grand house that is said to be cursed. But moments after Kate arrives at the lodge, a messenger brings devastating news to Ronnie’s parents: he has been found drowned in the mill reservoir.

Ronnie’s father suspects that this was no accident, and the post-mortem proves him right. Ronnie was murdered. Terrified and distraught, Mrs. Creswell refuses to stay at the Lodge a moment longer. But events take an even more shocking turn when ten-year-old Nancy Creswell, eyes and ears for her blind Uncle Nick, goes missing. An account of the fateful Saturday of Ronnie’s death arouses Kate’s suspicions, and furhter investigations could prove her right. But truth is never so straightforward at Milner Field. Uncle Nick spins an old story that could hold the key to finding Nancy alive—though the fabled curse may not have claimed its last victim yet. And only a set of old bones buried on the grounds will finally reveal the horrifying truth.

Title: Dead by Design
Author: Kat Bellemore
Series: A Maddie Swallows Mystery, Book 5
Release Date: October 22, 2023
Kindle Unlimited: No

It wasn’t a life or death situation until someone found a body.

Maddie Swallows had always thought of her hometown as unremarkable, until space tourism set up shop nearby. Now, real estate developers have set their sights on the small town, determined to have a piece of the lucrative pie. Too bad the residents of Amor want nothing to do with the fancy hotels and high-priced restaurants, and they are ready to fight back.

Maddie is determined to keep her family out of the drama, but when one overzealous developer gets in over his head, he shows up on her doorstep asking for help. Reluctant, she agrees to meet with him the following day. Just to talk, mind you. No promises.

Unfortunately, it wasn’t soon enough.

When his body is discovered the next morning, Maddie finds herself in the middle of another murder investigation. And she isn’t completely convinced her neighbors are innocent.

Dead by Design is the fifth book in the Maddie Swallows mystery series. If you like small town drama, intriguing plots, and humorous whodunits, you’ll love this cozy mystery.

Pick up Dead by Design and be swept up in this New Mexican mystery today!

Title: Dead and Wedding Cake
Author: Nova Walsh
Series: Sugar Creek Mystery, Book 1
Release Date: October 18, 2023
Kindle Unlimited: Yes

A small town with big secrets. A caterer turned amateur detective. A wedding weekend plagued by murder and mystery.

Home is where the heart is for Abby Hirsch, a chef returning to her small Texas hometown to cater a wedding at her aunt’s charming bed and breakfast. But homecoming turns deadly when Abby finds the body of the bride’s rival dumped on the grounds.

With the wedding in jeopardy, a killer on the loose, and sparks flying with the new sheriff in town, Abby teams up with her best friend Cassie and dives into amateur sleuthing to get to the bottom of the murder before the big day. Her investigation soon reveals secret affairs, shady business deals, and more bodies in this quaint small town.

Can Abby cater the perfect wedding feast while narrowing down the suspect list? Or will the killer crash the wedding cake before Abby can serve justice?

This book features:

  • Charming small-town setting
  • Best friend sidekick
  • A Bridezilla’s wedding on the line
  • Caterer turned amateur sleuth
  • Clean slow burn romance

Filled with mouth-watering cooking scenes, longtime friendships, and a dash of humor, Death and Wedding Cake is a delicious cozy mystery that will leave you hungry for more. Pick up this captivating first book in the Sugar Creek Mystery Series today! Fans of Joanne Fluke and Diane Mott Davidson won’t want to miss Abby’s tasty adventures.

Title: Scares & Dares
Author: Lucinda Race
Series: A Book Store Cozy Mystery, Book 4
Release Date: October 1, 2023
Kindle Unlimited: No

Enjoy this clean, small town, paranormal cozy mystery by award winning and bestselling author, Lucinda Race.

Welcome to Pembroke Cove, where witches and murders are multiplying.

It’s Halloween in Pembroke Cove, Maine, and witch-in-training Lily Michaels, with the help from her magical and non-magical friends, is determined to give the town a haunted house event they’ll never forget. There’s an extra reason to celebrate too, the engagement of Lily’s best friends, Nikki and Steve.

Of course, Lily’s boyfriend, Gage Erikson—a.k.a. Detective Cutie—will be helping, too. A few weeks earlier they finally went on their first date, it only took fifteen years after they graduated college to admit they were more than just friends. They’re not ready to jump into the marriage pool, but working together on the haunted house will be a great change of pace from solving murders.

But scares and dares don’t always add up to fun. With cauldrons, and potions, and vampires popping out of coffins, everyone thinks the dead clown on the floor is just part of the haunted house festivities. Until it turns out he’s really dead. With so many people in disguise, and magic and spells abounding on All Hallows’ Eve, no one is above suspicion. Lily, with her clue chalkboard, is always ready to solve a puzzle, but Gage is worried about her safety. As Lily and Gage race to unmask the murderer, will the clown-killer get the last laugh?
Scares and Dares is the fourth novel in A Book Store Cozy Mystery Series, although each book can be read as standalone. A sweet and clean cozy mystery with a guarantee the culprit is caught. Happy reading!

Title: Unearthing the Truth
Author: Patsy Collins
Series: An Amelia Watson Mini Mystery
Release Date: October 19, 2023
Kindle Unlimited: No

An Amelia Watson mini mystery

Amelia Watson loves to solve mysteries and hates it when she’s unable to dig up the answers. That latter’s been the case recently, so it might be better if she didn’t try at all. That way she’d avoid the embarrassment of calling out the police when no crime had been committed.

But a man carried… OK, probably not the dead body it looked like, but definitely something, into the woods. His excuse for being there was a lie. It can’t really hurt to take her dog Bongo for another walk there and take a look – can it?

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