Cuddly Companions – Solving Crimes!

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Cozy pet mysteries are all the rage right now – so we’ve put together a selection of the best for you to peruse with the furry companion of your choice. Enjoy!

The White Shepherd by Annie Dalton

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Available in the UK now, in US & eBook Oct 1. ISBN 9780727885210

First in the brand-new Anna Hopkins dogwalking mystery series: an intriguing new departure for award-winning YA writer Annie Dalton.

Anna Hopkins’ daily walk through Oxford’s picturesque Port Meadow is rudely interrupted one autumn morning when her white German Shepherd, Bonnie, unearths a bloodsoaked body in the undergrowth. For Anna it’s a double shock: she’d met the victim before. Naomi Evans was a professional researcher who had told Anna she was working on a book about a famous Welsh poet, and who offered to help Anna trace Bonnie’s original owner.

From her conversations with Naomi, Anna is convinced that she was not the random victim of a psychopathic serial killer, as the police believe. She was targeted because of what she knew. With the official investigation heading in the wrong direction entirely, Anna teams up with fellow dog walkers Isadora and Tansy to discover the truth.

“Dalton is a YA writer branching out into adult mysteries. I hope she writes more. Her world is tightly-woven and the characters are well-developed and vivid . . . The White Shepherd really is an object lesson in how to juggle a fairly large cast with ease and to ensure that each one of them is a three-dimensional person. It should be required reading on all Creative Writing courses!” – Sharon Wheeler, Crime Review

Purebred Dead by Kathleen Delaney

Available 30th April (UK) and August 1st (US & eBook)

Available in hardback and eBook now.

First in a California-set canine cozy series.

Pillar of the community, Mary McGill has a finger in every pie, a place on every committee. She’s the one the townsfolk can count on when they need help. Everything Mary organizes runs smoothly – apart, that is, from the town’s traditional Christmas pageant. For the festivities are rudely interrupted by the discovery of a blood-stained corpse lying in the manger. Cowering beside the body is a small black-and-white puppy.

Two local children report seeing a shadowy figure fleeing from the scene – but there are no clues as to the murderer’s identity. If Mary could only find out what the puppy was doing there, she would be one step closer to finding the killer. As someone who knows nothing about dogs, purebred or otherwise, Mary had better learn – and fast – before she and the children become the next victims.

“Delaney’s intelligent mystery has no lack of red herrings and suspects. Fans of Laurien Berenson may especially enjoy this well-crafted canine holiday mystery”Booklist

Faux Pas by Shannon Esposito

Introducing ‘doggie-yoga’ instructor Elle Pressley, in the first Paws & Pose Mystery – featuring canine cuties, Florida sunshine, a sexy Irish PI . . . and murder most horrid

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Available in the UK 28th August, in US & eBook December 1. ISBN 9780727885395

Doggie-yoga instructor Elle Pressley just wants to teach her classes at Moon Key’s Pampered Pet Spa & Resort in peace and save money to move out of her crazy mother’s house. But when her deceased childhood dog, Angel, shows up, she knows she’s about to be in danger. Sure enough, one of her clients winds up dead, and Elle is pulled head first into the investigation. For the prime suspect is Dr Ira Craft . . . the husband of Elle’s best friend, Hope.

Elle is determined to clear Ira’s name, for Hope’s sake, and she enlists the help of Irish private investigator Devon Burke. But someone is determined to stop Elle from uncovering the truth. And now that Devon’s involved, it’s not just Elle’s life that’s in danger: her heart is too . . .

“Will Elle find a way to help before the killer gets to her first? Or will someone get away with murder on Moon Key? . . . I can’t wait till the next book in this series. I love how the author ended this one, now I want more.” – P. Marks, reviewer

And for all you cat lovers…

Code Grey by Clea Simon

Did a down on his luck former student steal a priceless book? Grad student and cat lover Dulcie Schwartz thinks not – and she sets out to prove it

Available now in the UK, and in the US and eBook from August 1.

Available in hardback and eBook now.

It’s spring break, and Dulcie Schwartz has stayed behind in almost-deserted Cambridge, Massachusetts to concentrate on her thesis. But when a former student turned vagrant, Jeremy Mumbles, is found injured, with a valuable missing book clutched in his arms, Dulcie can’t seem to let it go. What was he doing with the book? And why has it turned up after all these years?

With Jeremy now the prime suspect for a series of break-ins in the area, Dulcie is determined to clear the unfortunate former scholar’s name. But when she finds a connection between the book he was carrying and her own research into an anonymous Gothic author, the search for clues takes on a new intensity – and a new menace.

“This unusual and intelligent series continues to surprise, with additional backstory on some of the characters adding layers of interest. Readers will not want Dulcie to finish her dissertation anytime soon” – Booklist

Heads will Roll…Historical Mysteries from Severn House

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Available now in the UK, in US & eBook from October 1. ISBN 9781780290768

A Perilous Alliance by Fiona Buckley

Widow Ursula Blanchard is urged to remarry for the sake of Queen and Country in this latest enthralling Elizabethan adventure

January, 1576. Widow Ursula Blanchard is in no position to refuse when Sir Francis Walsingham decides she must wed Count Gilbert Renard in order to build a strategic alliance with the French. Soon after the count arrives at her country home to pay court, one of Ursula’s household staff is found dead. An accident – or something more sinister?

“Murder, espionage and pirates! All the makings of another excellent mystery in this series. I have loved each and every installment in this series. I cannot recommend this series highly enough and I can’t wait for the next one!”G. Bitker, reviewer

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Available now in the UK, in the US & eBook from Sept 1. ISBN 9780727885111

A Shameful Murder by Cora Harrison

Introducing the Reverend Mother Aquinas in the first of a brand-new historical mystery series.

Cork, Ireland, 1923. When Reverend Mother Aquinas discovers a body at the gate of the convent chapel, she immediately sends for her former pupil, Police Sergeant Patrick Cashman, to investigate. Dead bodies are not unusual in the poverty-stricken slums, but this one is dressed in a sumptuous evening gown.

“Harrison combines a savvy detective and a setting fraught with intrigue and tension for another winner” – Publishers Weekly Starred Review

Heirs and Assigns by Marjorie Eccles

Introducing Detective Inspector Herbert Reardon in a new mystery series, set in the Downton Abbey period.

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Available now in the UK, US & eBook from Nov 1. ISBN 9780727885289

1928. Family and friends have gathered at the Shropshire country home of wealthy retired businessman Penrose Llewellyn to celebrate his 60th birthday. But when the host is found dead in his bed, DI Herbert Reardon discovers that there are several longstanding secrets lurking amongst the Llewellyn clan – and among them hides a ruthless killer.

“Set against the backdrop of post WWI England, Heirs and Assigns is a captivating mystery featuring a perceptive and compassionate Detective Inspector.”S. Sasse, reviewer

Murder in the Merchant’s Hall by Kathy Lynn Emerson

The intriguing new mystery featuring Tudor sleuth, Mistress Rosamond Jaffrey.

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Available 28th August (UK), US & eBook from Dec 1. ISBN 9780727885388

When Lina Walkenden is found clutching a bloody knife over the dead body of her brother-in-law and guardian, there’s only one person she can turn to for help: her childhood friend, Rosamond Jaffrey. Rosamond must do all she can to save her friend – and keep herself and her family safe from a desperate killer.

“The author’s detailed knowledge of the time period is evident as she interweaves historical figures with her fictional characters . . . Rosamond is a feisty, fiercely independent, and very likable protagonist. Recommended for fans of Emerson’s previous series as well as for readers of Fiona Buckley, Karen Harper, and Amanda Carmack.” – Library Journal

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Available in the UK from August 28, US & eBook from Dec 1. ISBN 9780727885418

The Chessman by Dolores Gordon-Smith

The wickedly entertaining new Jack Haldean mystery.

When a mutilated corpse is discovered in the sleepy English village of Croxton Ferriers, Jack Haldean finds an odd clue at the scene of the crime: a black marble chess knight with crystal eyes. Is murder just a game? It could be – to a killer who calls himself The Chessman.

“Very much written in the Golden Age style, this was an absolute treat.”Puzzle Doctor

Secret World by M. J. Trow

Christopher Marlowe tackles his most baffling case yet.

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Available in the UK, and in the US & eBook Sept 1. ISBN 9781780290751

June, 1589. Now a famous playwright, Kit Marlowe is visiting his family in Canterbury. But it’s not the happy homecoming he had anticipated. A long-standing family friend has been found dead in her bed, killed by several blows to the head. Convinced the wrong person has been found guilty of the crime, Marlowe determines to uncover the truth.

“Trow once again delivers an engaging tale filled with a tangible sense of the history, culture, and customs of sixteenth-century England; laced with danger and humor; and featuring a brave, witty, and good-hearted hero. A top-notch read” – Booklist

Editor’s Pick – Out Comes the Evil

This month’s Editor’s Pick is OUT COMES THE EVIL by romance novelist turned crime writer Stella Cameron.

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OUT COMES THE EVIL is the second in Stella Cameron’s atmospheric new English village mystery series featuring rural pub owner Alex Duggins and her veterinarian friend Tony Harrison, and marks an intriguing departure for this bestselling romance author. From the dramatic opening scene, which drew me in right away, this pacy and gripping mystery, peppered with red herrings, credible suspects, cleverly planted clues and cliffhanger chapter endings, kept me guessing to the end; the cunningly-crafted plot underpinned by the glorious Cotswolds backdrop, and ably supported by the cast of colourful characters who inhabit the picturesque village of Folly-on-Weir. Highly recommended!”

The first in the series, FOLLY, is available now in hardback, paperback and eBook.

                        Buy now (Amazon UK)                      Buy now (Amazon US)

Cover Reveal & Giveaway

Cozy canine mystery author Shannon Esposito has something to show you – the jacket of her brand-new novel, Faux Pas.

Head over to Shannon’s website for the cover reveal, and the chance to win an exclusive tote bag.

Be sure to check out Shannon’s Pinterest board to catch a glimpse of some of the inspiration for her characters. (Psst – if you like Gerard Butler, you don’t want to miss this!)

About the book:

Doggie-yoga instructor Elle Pressley just wants to teach her classes at Moon Key’s Pampered Pet Spa & Resort in peace. But when her deceased childhood dog, Angel, shows up, she knows she’s about to be in danger. Sure enough, one of her clients winds up dead, and Elle, accompanied by sexy PI Devon Burke, is pulled head first into the investigation.

Margery Allingham – BBC Radio 4’s Woman’s Hour

Fans of Margery Allingham and the Golden Age of crime fiction should catch up with today’s Woman’s Hour on BBC Radio 4. Mike Ripley, author of two Campion

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Jenni Murray with Mike Ripley (on his best behaviour)

mysteries and Julia Jones, Allingham’s biography, were both on the show today, talking about Allingham’s life and legacy. It’s a great show throughout, but hop to 30.31 to hear Mike and Julia: listen now.

To read an extract of the latest Albert Campion mystery from Mike Ripley, click on the jacket below:

 

 

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