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Can a fairy garden shop owner and her sleuth fairy sidekick solve this murder?

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Someone in London is cooking up murder …

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Sometimes the biggest emotional risk reaps the best romantic reward…

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A riveting new novel about family, secrets, and a woman ready to embrace who she really is by facing down her past.

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Now in paperback! New York Times bestseller Cleo Coyle's "delightfully twisty" Coffeehouse Mystery

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The Demon Hunters are about to face their biggest test, and they’ll need a lady to make the grade…


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A Distant Grave
by Sarah Stewart Taylor
"Maggie D'Arcy's second outing is every bit as exciting, complex, and moody as "The Mountains Wild.""
Posted July 29, 2021

Days before a much-anticipated trip to Ireland with her daughter, Lilly, to spend time with her long-distance love, Conor, and his own teenage son, Adrien, Long Island police detective Maggie D'Arcy and her partner, Dave Milich, catch the call of a dead body at a marina Read more...

The Boy in the Photo
by Nicole Trope
"An electric reading experience where all the emotions reach out to immerse the reader in the story."
Posted July 29, 2021

Daniel was six years old when his father, Megan Stanthorpe’s ex-husband, Greg, picked him up early from school and took off with him. Six years have since passed, and not a day has gone by that his mother hasn’t thought about him: how he Read more...

Pint of No Return
by Dana Mentink
"Pint of No Return is a fresh new take on the popular culinary-based cozy mystery genre."
Posted June 27, 2021

Trinidad Jones is at a crossroads in her life. In only a short time, her ex-husband, Gabe Bigley, left her for another woman, was then convicted of embezzlement, and sent to prison. Left her adrift in Oregon, far away from her close-knit Cuban family in Miami, she Read more...

China Room
by Sunjeev Sahota
"A young man, sent to his parents' former homeland in India, unravels a long-hidden family secret!"
Posted June 24, 2021

A young man from England is sent by his immigrant shopkeeper-parents to spend the summer after he turned 18 to stay with his uncle and his family, who still live in a rural village in Punjab, India. The young man is at a critical crossroads in his life Read more...

The Break-Up Book Club
by Wendy Wax
"Their shared love of books helps four different women through the most trying times of their lives."
Posted June 10, 2021

THE BREAK-UP BOOK CLUB is the story of four women, each at a different stage in life, yet all experiencing a “break-up” of a relationship. They are acquainted with each other through a monthly book club Read more...

Hope, Faith, and a Corpse
by Laura Jensen Walker
"Welcome to Apple Springs, a small town with quirky residents and big-time secrets!"
Posted May 23, 2021

Naturally, the new associate pastor, Hope Taylor, wants her new position at Faith Chapel Episcopal Church to go well. As the congregation’s first female priest (and there was some hearty dissension over her selection), she’s a bit nervous and wants to make a very good Read more...

The Bookstore on the Beach
by Brenda Novak
"Hidden secrets and heartbreaks of three generations of women climax during one unforgettable summer!"
Posted May 13, 2021

Autumn Divic's husband, Rick, had been missing for 18 months when that summer began. He'd left the house one morning on a business trip and had never returned and never heard from since, leaving behind in Tampa a desperate and grieving wife and two teenage children: a Read more...

The Roommate
by Rosie Danan
"Excellent performances make this a doubly-fun take on this unique "opposites-as-roommates" story!"
Posted May 13, 2021


When Connecticut socialite Clara Wheaton finds herself and her life at loose ends, she packs her bags and flies to Los Angeles to pursue a stalled 14-year long relationship with her childhood friend and crush, Everett. However, once on the ground, Everett greets her Read more...

Laying Bones
by Reavis Z. Wortham
"A totally satisfying return home and a long-overdue reunion with the Parkers of Lamar County, TX!"
Posted April 22, 2021

It's January 1969, and northeast Texas was experiencing record cold temperatures and snowfall. However, the new Starlite Bar, located just south of where the Red River had lately changed its course, was the hottest destination in the area for those looking for fun and excitement. It stood on Read more...

Dark Sky
by C.J. Box
"Dark Sky may be Joe’s greatest adventure yet!"
Posted April 8, 2021


On orders from the governor, Joe Pickett leads a Silicon Valley tech billionaire and creator of the wildly popular social media app, ConFab, up into the Big Horn Mountains to hunt elk. Steven “Steve-2” Price spent the months of the virus pandemic Read more...

The Lost Village
by Camilla Sten
"A fabulously eerie tale that kept me turning pages to find out what would happen next!"
Posted April 8, 2021

On August 19, 1959, the population of the village of Silvertjarn, Sweden, 887 people, disappeared without a trace. This was initially discovered when Margareta Kullman, heavily pregnant with her first child, hadn’t heard from her family there in over a month, had sent her worried husband to Read more...

The Chelsea Girls
by Fiona Davis
"An absorbing tale of two friends launching a play on Broadway during the Red Scare of the 1950s."
Posted February 11, 2021

Hazel Ripley met Maxine Mead in Naples, Italy, when she joined a USO tour during what was to be the final days of WWII and the war in Europe. Although both were actresses, they were complete opposites and did not 'click' at first. However, through shared experiences, they developed Read more...

Don't Look for Me
by Wendy Walker
"A first-class thriller and a tragic and complex mystery..."
Posted January 28, 2021

It was an accident. Molly Clarke, hurrying home from work to see why her teenage daughter, Nicole, wasn’t answering the phone, rounded the blind corner by her home when her youngest, Annie, burst out into the street directly in her path. She’d done all she Read more...

Once Two Sisters
by Sarah Warburton
"Tension-filled, a definite page-turner!"
Posted December 15, 2020

On the surface, it appeared Lizzie McPhee had a perfect life, but it was all based on a lie. Unbeknownst to her husband, Andrew, or her beautiful step-daughter, Emma, Lizzie’s name was really Zoe Hallett, and she was hiding from her past as the sister of Read more...

Silent Bite
by David Rosenfelt
"It's Christmas and friendship leads Andy to take on one of the toughest cases of his career!"
Posted November 19, 2020

Audiobook, Narrator: Grover Gardner

After agreeing to go on a family cruise to kick off the holiday festivities, Andy Carpenter is elated to get his feet back on dry land and go home. He missed watching sports, enjoying an evening at Charlie’s Sports Read more...

After All I've Done
by Mina Hardy
"I never saw the final revelation coming. It was stunning."
Posted November 5, 2020

One evening Diana Sparrow hits a deer while driving, totaling her beloved cherry-red Camaro, and breaking both her collarbones in the process. When she awakens in the hospital after surgery, she realizes she cannot remember the previous couple of months of her life and is diagnosed with short Read more...

Lucky's Beach
by Shelley Noble
"The sea, sun, sand, and second chances!"
Posted October 22, 2020

Summer had finally arrived, and "Teacher of the Year," Julie Barlow, had never been so glad because she was done. Something just wasn’t right in her heart about her future as a teacher. She’d tried to stave off her uncertainty and restlessness from doing something Read more...

The Tinderbox
by Lou Diamond Phillips
"With something for all, THE TINDERBOX is an exciting whirlwind of a fantasy!"
Posted October 22, 2020

Due to the deep tunnels burrowed through its core, the planet split into two pieces and became caught in a perpetual orbit of each other. But because there was ample warning of the impending schism, most of the populace was evacuated to large Astral Repatriation Communities (ARCs) and sent Read more...

Dark August
by Katie Tallo
"A cunning and intricate tale creating a satisfying reading experience!"
Posted October 15, 2020

Augusta “Gus” Monet’s life is going nowhere. Orphaned at eight, she was sent to live with her distant and uninvolved invalid great-grandmother, Rose, who promptly relegated her to the care and concern of a boarding school and left to spend holidays and breaks there Read more...

Christmas Charms
by Teri Wilson
"A charming holiday tale of magic and second chances!"
Posted October 13, 2020

Ashley James is living the dream: an apartment in Manhattan, a great roommate, a job with potential at the world-renowned jewelry store, Windsor’s, and a boyfriend of three years standing that “gets her.” But an embarrassing misunderstanding with Jeremy on the eve of their Read more...

Karen Siddall


Before retiring in 2019, I worked for over 40 years in the public sector as an educator, speaker, and researcher in criminal justice, environmental education, fire protection, groundwater, and water conservation. I live in North-Central Texas (Grand Prairie) with my husband, Jim; Princess, Ginger, and Smoky (the cats); and two basset hounds - Peaches and Stoli. I enjoy reading various genres, including mysteries, SciFi, contemporary and paranormal romance, and thrillers, but I have a real weakness for cozies, westerns, dystopian tales, and post-apocalyptic fiction. I just like to read, and I like to connect other readers with books that they might enjoy. I write a couple of blogs about books I’ve read and participate annually in the Ultimate PopSugar Reading Challenge, Goodreads Personal Reading Challenge, Book Riot’s Read Harder Challenge, and The Celebrity Readers’ Finishing the Series Challenge. All those reading prompts keep me motivated to read some of the many books I’ve bought over the years.

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