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A sidesplitting, enemies-to-lovers 101 Dalmatians-inspired romantic comedy

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Cowboys live by their word, their wits, and their loyalty.

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How much will she risk to keep her perfect life?

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Garrett will use every tender weapon to seduce her—and prove she’s worthy of true love.

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The Albertini family has no intention of letting a possible romance fizzle out

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Lady Mary's traveling companion has disappeared and only one man believes she ever existed.


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Forgotten in Death
by J.D. Robb
"Two murders test the sleuthing skills of Dallas and Roarke..."
Posted September 4, 2021

Two murder victims, only a few blocks apart yet separated by almost 40 years, confront Detective Eve Dallas on the same day.  One case involves Dallas’ husband Roarke as the construction site owner where the crew discovers the long ago buried body. Police recognize the second victim Read more...

Hooked on a Feline
by Sofie Kelly
"Magical cats with special "skills" deliver entertaining and enchanting mystery..."
Posted September 4, 2021

As the title suggests, it’s easy to get hooked on the two sleuthing felines featured in Sofie Kelly’s Magical Cats Mysteries. Owen and Hercules may be two of the friskiest characters appearing in the cozy Read more...

What the Cat Dragged In
by Miranda James
"Charlie and Diesel explore family history and help identify the skeleton Diesel uncovers..."
Posted September 1, 2021

An unexpected inheritance surprises Charlie Harris and introduces him to new information about his family along with a couple of new relatives. In WHAT THE CAT DRAGGED IN by Miranda James, the 14th Read more...

A Deadly Deletion
by Lorna Barrett
"A strong entry in the Booktown Mystery series..."
Posted July 18, 2021

Lorna Barrett stirs things up quite a bit in this 15th Booktown Mystery. The story opens as Tricia Miles and Police Chief Grant Baker witness a big white pickup truck run down Marshall Cambridge after both men propose to Read more...

The Moonshine Shack Murder
by Diane Kelly
"New Diane Kelly series starts with 100 proof story line..."
Posted June 28, 2021

Diane Kelly’s new series introduces Hattie Hayes, a legal Moonshiner, as she opens her new venture, Moonshine Shack, where she offers various Moonshine flavors for sale.

At her shop’s successful private opening, Hattie hands out mason jars of her Firefly Brand Moonshine, and Read more...

Synchronized Sorcery
by Juliet Blackwell
"Fine plotting makes this paranormal mystery a standout..."
Posted June 11, 2021

In the 11th entry of Juliet Blackwell’s Witchcraft Mysteries, SYNCHRONIZED SORCERY, Lily and Sailor return home from their European honeymoon and search for Oscar’s mother. Oscar is Lily’s familiar, a shape Read more...

Faithless in Death
by J.D. Robb
"Multi-layered thriller ups the ante for Eve Dallas and her team..."
Posted June 11, 2021

In the 52nd In Death novel, J. D. Robb rachets up the scale of crime New York City Detective Eve Dallas confronts as she deals with the death of Ariel Byrd, a West Village artist.

Dallas and

The Kobalt Dossier
by Eric Van Lustbader
"Lustbader takes Evan Ryder on another gripping confrontation in the international arena..."
Posted June 2, 2021

Eric Van Lustbader combines international espionage with family dynamics in this second Evan Ryder novel that relates a compelling story while providing context and background.

After completing a successful assignment, Evan Ryder returns to D. C. and finds her secret Read more...

Little Black Book
by Kate Carlisle
"Character driven mystery delivers absorbing read..."
Posted June 2, 2021

LITTLE BLACK BOOK is Kate Carlisle’s 15th Bibliophile Mystery, and it is an intriguing adventure with a group of characters that makes the visit worthwhile.

After visiting Dharma, Brooklyn and Derek return home to San Read more...

Death on the Night of Lost Lizards
by Julia Buckley
"Julia Buckley scores with captivating series entry..."
Posted May 23, 2021

DEATH ON THE NIGHT OF LOST LIZARDS is Julia Buckley’s third entry in her Hungarian Tea House Mystery series, and the stories keep getting better and delightfully steeped in Hungarian ambiance.

A complex tale, Ms. Buckley blends family

Find You First
by Linwood Barclay
"Exceptionally original thriller won't let you put it down..."
Posted April 29, 2021

Reading FIND YOU FIRST is an amazing experience. Linwood Barclay crafts an unsettling yet original thriller that he renders at a relentless pace.

His doctor informs tech millionaire Miles Cookson that he is dying from a terminal disease Read more...

Checking Out Crime
by Laurie Cass
"Minnie and Eddie find a surprising new sleuthing partner..."
Posted March 18, 2021

Minnie and Eddie find themselves at a crossroads, both professionally and personally. Then they miss hitting a dead body in the middle of the road with the bookmobile, and things get a little more complicated in CHECKING OUT CRIME by Read more...

by Harlan Coben
"Fascinating character, page-turning mystery begins new Coben series..."
Posted March 11, 2021

Harlan Coben introduces Windsor Horne Lockwood III, or WIN, known in his newest novel as the wealthy, intelligent protagonist in a new series. Readers get to know Win as he narrates the intriguing story of how he figures out the Read more...

A Matter of Life and Death
by Phillip Margolin
"Riveting courtroom suspense presented at a non-stop pace..."
Posted February 23, 2021

Philip Margolin’s fourth Robin Lockwood novel, a MATTER OF LIFE AND DEATH, follows the lawyer's handling of three cases, demonstrating her analytical strength and uncompromising courtroom presence.

Ms. Lockwood easily bests Ian Hennessey’s

Never Far Away
by Michael Koryta
"Suspense master Koryta stimulates heart rates with story of a woman on the run..."
Posted February 23, 2021

NEVER FAR AWAY begins with two professionals discussing how to kill a woman sitting in her car, watching them discuss her fate while waiting for the end. In this first chapter, the two assassins create enough evidence to convince their client that Nina Morgan is dead. The chapter ends Read more...

Undercover Kitty
by Sofie Ryan
"This clever plot follows a cat going undercover on the cat show circuit..."
Posted January 19, 2021

In UNDERCOVER KITTY, Charlotte’s Angels recruit Elvis to go undercover for their new case involving recent sabotage at cat shows. Elvis is Sarah’s small black cat with an “adorable head tilt and scarred nose” along with a ‘purrfect’ personality.


The Broken Spine
by Dorothy St. James
"Does the prospect of a bookless library drive someone to murder?"
Posted January 14, 2021

Trudell Becket is the assistant librarian in the small town of Cypress, where the Mayor announces a significant transformation to the library as a money-saving move: no more books and, as soon as new equipment arrives, the library is all digital.

The story begins with Tru

Savage Road
by Chris Hauty
"Edgy story makes this a compelling and intriguing read"
Posted December 31, 2020

White House intern Hayley Chill is back, serving two masters in this edgy, new adventure, SAVAGE ROAD. For saving President Richard Monroe's life in Deep State, Hayley now serves as Chief of Staff for presidential advisor Kyle Rodgers. And then, there is Publius, an organization of past presidents Read more...

Shadows in Death
by J.D. Robb
"J. D. Robb writes another riveting adventure for Eve and Roarke...."
Posted December 17, 2020

J.D. Robb’s In Death series continues to break new ground with this 51st adventure featuring Eve Dallas with her crime-fighting colleagues, including her wealthy husband, Roarke. SHADOWS IN DEATH Read more...

Mimi Lee Reads Between the Lines
by Jennifer J. Chow
"Well conceived mystery features telepathic feline sleuth"
Posted November 25, 2020

Mimi Lee and her school teacher sister Alice discover Alice’s colleague, Helen Reed, in her car in the Roosevelt Elementary School parking lot--dead.

The second Sassy Cat Mystery, MIMI LEE READS BETWEEN THE LINESRead 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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