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Last week, you learned about the first half the authors I met at The Poisoned Pen in Scottsdale, Arizona.  This week, I have the second group of fantastic books for you to check out. They are the perfect escape from the holiday bustle that seems to have started before Thanksgiving arrived!

Just for you, these authors have created fantasy worlds through loads of research. If you’d like to attend the annual Birding Expo with J.R. Ripley, pick up a copy of A Bird Lover’s Mystery , it’s sure to capture your attention. Book #8, A Birder’s Guide to Murder released this month!

If you want to travel to the wine country, JC Eaton has an intoxicating series, The Wine Lovers Mysteries. Book #2, Chardonnayed to Rest, released in October and is a perfect blend of warm-hearted community with secrets that will keep you guessing.

Cheryl Hollon’s Shattered at Sea, A Webb’s Glass Shop Mystery, will open your eyes to the art of glass blowing and cast your imagination out to sea with the beauty and intrigue that occurs when a passenger disappears on a cruise liner.

To round out my recommendations, a bit of historical noir will ground you with how much our society has changed, and how far we have to go to open our eyes to the sinister machinations hiding among some of the elite. Rosemary Simpson’s new release, Let the Dead Keep Their Secrets, A Gilded Age Mystery #3, is sure to captivate you through the last page.

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A BIRDER’S GUIDE TO MURDER by J.R. Ripley

A Birder’s Guide to 
Murder
A flying visit to the City of Brotherly Love takes a murderous turn for Amy Simms, owner of Birds & Bees.

Amy and her bird-loving crew are ducking out of Ruby Lake, North Carolina to attend the annual American Birding Expo in Philadelphia. The event will generate publicity for Birds & Bees, though assistant manager Esther is strangely reluctant to attend. Before she’s even set up their booth, Amy manages to insult JJ Fuller, famed bird photographer and the expo’s guest of honor. An inauspicious beginning, made worse when JJ is found dead as a dodo, his head caved in by a pair of binoculars.

The police suspect Esther is mixed up in murder, and her mysterious past starts coming to light. Amy isn’t sure what to believe. JJ boasted that he would be the first to locate a near-extinct woodpecker. Did a rival decide to beat him—literally—to the punch? With a ZombieFest convention taking place in the exhibit hall next door, there’s all kinds of creepiness to contend with. And somewhere among the birders and the walking dead there’s a killer hoping to fly the coop before justice is served . . .

Mystery Cozy [Lyrical Underground, On Sale: November 13, 2018, Paperback / e-Book, ISBN: 9781516106219 / ]

CHARDONNAYED TO REST by J.C. Eaton

The Wine Trail Mysteries Book 2
Chardonnayed to 
Rest
Finding a murderer requires 100% proof.

In Seneca Lake, New York, Norrie Ellington’s Two Witches Winery has been selected by the local vintner community to host the annual Federweisser, a celebration of the season’s first fermentation of white Chardonnay grapes. But the festivities are spoiled when Norrie learns that landowner Roy Wilkes has raised her neighbor Rosalee Marbleton’s rent so high, she may have to close her vineyard.

Before the rent hike could go into effect, Wilkes is found dead on Roslaee’s property—stabbed by a flowerpot stake—and she becomes the police’s number one suspect. To clear her friend’s name, Norrie conducts her own investigation. But as she gathers clues, Norrie finds herself targeted by a killer, and if she’s not careful, her desire to see justice done may die on the vine . . .

Mystery Cozy [Lyrical Underground, On Sale: September 25, 2018, Paperback / e-Book, ISBN: 9781516108022 / ]

SHATTERED AT SEA by Cheryl Hollon

Shattered at Sea
A Mediterranean cruise gives glass shop owner Savannah Webb a chance to demonstrate her expertise—and fire up her skills when it comes to foul play . . .

When Savannah signs on to perform glassblowing on a ship, part of the appeal is that she’ll get a chance to reconnect with her boyfriend Edward’s family. An added bonus is that Edward’s cousin, Ian, will be joining them on board. But when Ian disappears at the beginning of the cruise, the ship’s authorities initially consider it suicide.

Savannah tries to balance her growing suspicions with work on her shows, but her relationship with the other glass artists begins to crack. And she can’t let love color her judgment when Edward suddenly jumps to the top of the suspect list. His fate is in Savannah’s hands, and she’ll do everything she can—on land and sea—to clear his name . . .

Mystery Cozy [Kensington, On Sale: August 28, 2018, Mass Market Paperback / e-Book, ISBN: 9781496711779 / ]

LET THE DEAD KEEP THEIR SECRETS by Rosemary Simpson

Let the Dead Keep 
Their Secrets
In Gilded Age New York, heiress Prudence MacKenzie and ex-Pinkerton Geoffrey Hunter investigate crimes that take them from the slums of Five Points in lower Manhattan to the Fifth Avenue mansions of society's elite. In the late nineteenth century, women are particularly vulnerable . . .

Childbirth can be dangerous even for the wealthy. So when opera singer Claire Buchanan shows Prudence and Geoffrey a postmortem cabinet photograph of her deceased twin sister and newborn niece, they express sadness but not surprise. The popular black-bordered portraits are the era's way of coping with the devastating losses that plague every family. What makes this death different is that Claire is convinced Catherine and her child were murdered.

Prudence's friend is haunted by a sense of her sister's lingering presence, and by the conviction that her dead twin is demanding justice. Catherine's widower, Aaron Sorensen, is a cold, controlling man who swiftly remarried. Now his second wife is already pregnant and may be in terrible danger. In order to discover the truth and find evidence of Sorensen's guilt, Geoffrey will delve deep into his past while Prudence casts herself as his next victim—putting her own life at grave risk . . .

Mystery Historical [Kensington, On Sale: November 27, 2018, Hardcover / e-Book, ISBN: 9781496715739 / ]

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Until next week, get cozy and read on!

About Kym Roberts

Kym Roberts

Passion. Mystery. Suspense. Catch the Wave! Because a little PMS can change your world!

Kym’s love for action an adventure goes all the way back to her childhood when a special spy ring guided her and her young pack of sleuths to the henchmen hiding in their neighborhood. Armed with a badge and the best equipment a few pennies could buy, she’s carried that code of honor through adulthood and learned some juicy tricks along the way. ;) Although she retired her special shield that’s tattooed upon her heart, you might catch her wearing that ring when another secret mission calls her name!

Her humor is often raunchy, her jokes are often bad, but her hunger for a story keep the adventures coming fast. So Catch the Wave of passion, mystery, and suspense—with some stupid author tricks along the way.

You can listen to her new podcast Romance Book Chat with Kym and Misty on iTunes & Stitcher. Her Book Barn Mysteries #1-4 are specially priced through November and Killer Classics, Book Barn Mystery #5 is available for pre-order now!

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