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“Intense, steamy, suspenseful, emotional and romantic.” 5-STAR Goodreads review.

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“A fresh rom-com with small-town charm and sparkling main characters.” -Kirkus

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Growing up on Aphrodite Lane taught these sisters some life lessons: Revenge is best served with redemption on top.

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Will love be on their Christmas Lists?

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The blockbuster conclusion to the bestselling Sunshine Vicram trilogy

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She isn’t the only one looking for a fresh start…


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The Choice
by Nora Roberts
"Nora Roberts brings the Dragon Heart Legacy to a character driven conclusion..."
Posted November 22, 2022

The Dragon Heart Legacy ends with THE CHOICE, Nora Roberts’ final book in her trilogy, and an extremely well-done story that wraps up the various subplots and offers a few surprises to keep things interesting. After the raging Read more...

A Book Club to Die For
by Dorothy St. James
"Feline sleuth Dewey helps assistant librarian Tru investigate murder of local book club leader..."
Posted October 28, 2022

The Cypress Arete Society, the town’s oldest and most exclusive book club, invites assistant librarian, Tru Beckett, to speak about the library’s conversion to digital while eliminating printed books altogether in A BOOK CLUB TO DIE FOR, Tru’s third adventure. An essential feature Read more...

The Plot and the Pendulum
by Jenn McKinlay
"Hidden room with 30 year-old skeleton makes library donation an intriguing proposition..."
Posted October 10, 2022

In the Library Lover’s 13th adventure, THE PLOT AND THE PENDULUM, William Dorchester offers the impressive family library, including rare first editions along with shelves of books, to the Briar Creek Public Library when he decides to Read more...

The Crime that Binds
by Laurie Cass
"Bookmobile Cat supports librarian in sleuthing activities..."
Posted October 5, 2022

The bookmobile cat, Eddie, and librarian Minnie Hamilton decide to help patron Ryan Anderson when police identify Ryan as the primary suspect that robbed a bank and shot the security guard.  In THE CRIME THAT BINDS, as the two amateur detectives Read more...

Whiskers and Lies
by Sofie Kelly
"Feline sleuths, Hercules and Owen, assist Kathleen's investigation into murder"
Posted September 17, 2022

Each entry in Sofie Kelly’s Magical Cats Mysteries invites readers for an enchanting visit with Hercules, the feline who walks through solid objects, and his brother Owen, who disappears at will. Ms. Kelly perfectly captures the cats&rsquo Read more...

Desperation in Death
by J.D. Robb
"Dallas and Peabody target sex trafficking when they discover signs of a huge ring operating in NYC.."
Posted September 13, 2022

DESPERATION IN DEATH begins by describing how the Pleasure Academy grooms 12 to 13-year-old girls to perform sexual favors and other activities to please their masters. The girls are well cared for – clothed and fed – in a multi-story building that two of the girls Read more...

Bayou Book Thief
by Ellen Byron
"Captivating new mystery features New Orleans..."
Posted August 26, 2022

Ellen Bryon’s new series is set in the Bon Vee Culinary House Museum, the “former Garden District home of late bon vivant Genevieve ‘Vee’ Charbonnet,” legendary New Orleans restauranteur. BAYOU BOOK THIEF blends the rich ambiance Read more...

Clause of Death
by Lorna Barrett
"Well developed bridge for an established cozy series..."
Posted August 26, 2022

CAUSE OF DEATH, the 16th entry in Lorna Barrett's Booktown Mysteries, brings a mixed bag of emotional elements to this cozy series.

The novel begins with Tricia and Angelica co

The Paper Caper
by Kate Carlisle
"Kate Carlisle spins another intriguing Bibliophile Mystery..."
Posted August 26, 2022

In THE PAPER CAPER, the 16th Bibliophile Mystery, Brooklyn Wainwright plans to rebind a first edition of The Prince and the Pauper over four days as part of a working exhibit during the Covington Library's first annual Mark Twain Read more...

Abandoned in Death
by J.D. Robb
"An intense visit with Dallas, Roark and the 'In Death' characters..."
Posted July 16, 2022

The first chapter of ABANDONED IN DEATH is a gruesome introduction to J. D. Robb’s 54th In Death book.  Then, there’s the fact that the dead woman is found on a playground bench with Read more...

The Cartographers
by Peng Shepherd
"Page turning thriller that relies on mapmaking secret to activate magic..."
Posted June 19, 2022

In THE CARTOGRAPHERS, Peng Shepherd writes a compelling story that almost reads as an homage to the craft of cartography. Upon her father's death, legendary cartographer Dr. Daniel Young, Nell Young discovers the map that destroyed her career in his portfolio Read more...

The Proof Is in the Poison
by Diane Kelly
"Engaging mystery combine model trains and homebrew..."
Posted June 19, 2022

THE PROOF IS IN THE POISON finds Hattie Hayes and her Moonshine Shack on the verge of disaster when a model train conventioneer dies after drinking her moonshine brew.

During the Choo-Choo Model Train Convention, Hattie plans a Monday Read more...

Smile Beach Murder
by Alicia Bessette
"Suspense driven mystery begins new series..."
Posted May 20, 2022

SMILE BEACH MURDER kicks off a new cozy series by Alicia Bessette featuring laid-off reporter Callie Padget who moves home from Charlotte to Cattail Island. The island is only accessible by ferry. A barrier Read more...

Claws for Suspicion
by Deborah Blake
"A greedy ex-husband threatens Catskills Pet Rescue..."
Posted April 29, 2022

In CLAWS FOR SUSPICION, Kari Stuart finds herself the primary suspect in the murder of her ex-husband, Charlie Smith. Deborah Blake builds an intriguing mystery around lost paperwork and a greedy ex-husband.

After four years, Kari’s ex-husband turns up in Lakeview, eager Read more...

Spirits and Sourdough
by Bailey Cates
"Spellbinding mystery in Magical Bakery series..."
Posted January 21, 2022

In this 10th Magical Bakery Mystery, SPIRITS AND SOURDOUGH, Baker Katie Lightfoot deals with two supernatural challenges: recovering her husband’s missing guardian spirit and solving the murder of Read more...

Mimi Lee Cracks the Code
by Jennifer J. Chow
"Follow Mimi and Marshmallow as they investigate another mystery..."
Posted December 2, 2021

In MIMI LEE CRACKS THE CODE, the third book in Jennifer J. Chow’s third Sassy Cat Mystery, Mimi Lee deals with murder, her mother and sister’s matchmaking antics, and figuring out her relationship with Read more...

The Becoming
by Nora Roberts
"As her magick grows, Breen prepares to meet the god who wants to steal her powers..."
Posted November 23, 2021

THE BECOMING gets a fast start--Bree is grabbed by her best friend Marco just as she and Keegan are entering the portal to Talamh, the distant world of her late father. But, as Marco explains, he would not let Read more...

Killer Research
by Jenn McKinlay
"Politics and greed prove deadly in Briar Creek..."
Posted October 30, 2021

When library colleague Ms. Cole finds a dead body hidden by political yard signs in her car’s trunk, Library Director Lindsey Norris begins searching for clues in Jenn McKinlay’s KILLER RESEARCH, the latest Library Lover’s Mystery.Read more...

Doggone Deadly
by Deborah Blake
"Does a cat find clue that solves murders at the dog show?"
Posted October 30, 2021

Kari Stuart returns in the second Catskills Pet Rescue Mystery, DOGGONE DEADLY, and embarks on finding who is committing murder at the Tri-County Kennel Club Show.

Suz (short for Suzanne) Holden, coordinator for the show, bribes Kari Read more...

A Perfect Bind
by Dorothy St. James
"The secret bookroom librarian truly tempts fate this time..."
Posted October 3, 2021

In the Beloved Bookroom Mystery series debut, librarian Tru Beckett pulls a fast one when she rescues the discarded library books and sets up a secret bookroom, hidden in the building’s basement, for trustworthy patrons who want to Read more...

Ruth Castleberry

Ruth Castleberry has worked as an investigator for Pinkerton’s, city desk assistant on the Charlotte News, free- lance writer, marketing/business strategy consultant, competitive intelligence practitioner and digital marketing consultant.

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