THE VAMPIRE KNITTING CLUB by Nancy Warren
Book 1 in The Vampire Knitting Club series
Vampires who knit
A troublemaking witch
Who killed Granny — and is she really dead?
At a crossroads between a cringe-worthy past (Todd the Toad) and an uncertain future (she’s not exactly homeless, but it’s close), Lucy Swift travels to Oxford to visit her grandmother. With Gran’s undying love to count on and Cardinal Woolsey’s, Gran’s knitting shop, to keep her busy, Lucy can catch her breath and figure out what she’s going to do.
Except it turns out that Gran is the undying. Or at least, the undead. But there’s a death certificate. And a will, leaving the knitting shop to Lucy. And a lot of people going in and out who never use the door—including Gran, who is just as loving as ever, and prone to knitting sweaters at warp speed, late at night. What exactly is going on?
When Lucy discovers that Gran did not die peacefully in her sleep, but was murdered, she has to bring the killer to justice without tipping off the law that there’s no body in the grave. Between a hot 600-year-old vampire and a dishy detective inspector, both of whom always seem to be there for her, Lucy finds her life getting more complicated than a triple cable cardigan.
The only one who seems to know what’s going on is her cat … or is it … her familiar?
MURDER FOR CHRISTMAS by Jo-Ann Carson
Agatha Christie meets The House of Usher
When code-breaker Madison Rathborne gets an all-expense paid trip to a remote island in the Pacific Northwest the week before Christmas, she expects a peaceful getaway from the fake Santas in the city and the drama of her family’s turkey feast, but Deadman’s Island offers no such sanctuary. Trapped in a maze of secrets, scandals and murder, with a side of ghost, Maddy struggles to make sense of it all. Macabre stories of gruesome deaths on the estate go back centuries. Her logical mind refuses to believe in legends, but there’s no reasonable explanation for what’s going on around her.
Twelve strangers invited to the gathering discover turkey is not the only thing on the menu, as one by one they meet their maker.
Will Mad Rath’s superior logician skills crack the mystery before the killer gets her? Or is there a supernatural force at work that cannot be conquered?
BEHIND THE KITCHEN DOORS by Marion Ann Berry
If you liked, Kitchen Confidential and the Grand Budapest Hotel, you will enjoy this eye-opening life experience of one employee’s journey of working for a luxury hotel in the heart of the Canadian Rockies.
When Marion Ann stepped on the plane for Alberta to work for a luxury hotel in the heart of the Canadian Rockies, she never thought her life would change. Sure, her first job was in the food service industry at McDonald’s, but the Golden Arches had nothing on the Chateau Lake Louise. A mountain resort where employees came to either experience a good time away from home, or to hide from secrets. Marion Ann was living both lives. She needed some time to heal from a broken love triangle and the secret of her not being the shy little girl she was labeled by her family.
When she was faced with a platter of cocaine during her first few weeks of working at the resort that essentially started her hospitality career, she knew life wasn’t going to be the same.
Intimate and truthful, Behind The Kitchen Doors is a coming of age for one employee who found out that working atop of a beautiful mountain came with a price.
SECRET VINTAGE by Rachel Goldsworthy
Book 1 in the Corsair’s Cove Orchard series
Does the key to their future lie in a secret past?
Historian Joe Johanssen’s roots are a century deep in Corsair’s Cove and that suits him down to the ground. By contrast, statistician Siena Panati is fascinated by the future, both in her data models and in her life, and she has plans that make it all add up perfectly–in a whole other country. But when Siena gambles on a weekend at the Cove, she finds herself tempted by the unexpected possibilities she finds in Joe.
Because, like so many things in Corsair’s Cove, the key to the future is hidden in the long-ago. When Joe and Siena dig into the past on a project that might just change his life, stories of rumrunners, Prohibition, and turf wars tantalize them with hints that his great-grandma had a secret. One that got the attention of local gangsters. One that might lead to prosperity and happiness in the present day … or to a tug-of-war that could divide Joe from his lifelong friends … and Siena.
A TRAIL OF EMBERS by C.A. Kinnee
A girl, a dragon’s egg & a dark Mage
Winter’s gloom spreads and spring fails to arrive. The people of the walled city of Vendonne grow hungry. Whispers of omens flourish. Anyone different stands out . . .
That’s not new to the outcast, Meara. In a city of blonde, blue-eyed inhabitants, her dark hair and gray eyes put a target on her back. Meara has no memory of where she came from, nor does she remember life outside the great walls. She does what she must to survive.
When she stumbles on a mysterious orb, she thinks it’s treasure. But Meara’s wealth is a dragon’s egg stolen from its nest. Its hatching will bring harmony between the people of Helligon and the dragon, Shakala.
On the egg’s trail is the tracker, Kieran. It was his mistake that let the egg be taken.
There is another hunting the egg, someone more powerful than a street girl, a tracker and an unhatched egg. The Mage of Remarne believes that the blood of the egg will strengthen his magic and grant him immortality.
Can Meara, Kieran, and the egg stay ahead of the Mage? To do so, they must follow the trail of embers leading to Meara’s past.
Will the Prophecy of the Egg be fulfilled?
THE BRIDE WORE CONSTANT WHITE: A Steampunk Mystery Novel by Shelley Adina
A bride in search of safety. Young ladies in search of their father. A man in search of self-respect. But in the Wild West, you always find more than you’re looking for…
Margrethe Amelia Linden (Daisy to her friends) is a young woman of gentle upbringing, some talent as a watercolorist, and firm opinions that often get her into trouble. Determined to find her missing father, in the summer of 1895 she sets out for the last place he was seen: the Wild West. It’s a rude shock when her younger sister stows away on the airship—such behavior no doubt the result of her unsuitable friendship with Maggie Polgarth and the Carrick House set.
On the journey, friendship blooms between Daisy and Miss Emma Makepeace, who is traveling to the Texican Territories as a mail-order bride. When Emma begs the girls to delay their search by a day or two in order to stand with her at the altar, Daisy is delighted to accept.
But the wedding day dawns on a dreadful discovery. Within hours the Texican Rangers have their man—but even in her grief, Daisy is convinced he cannot have killed her friend. She must right this terrible mistake before he hangs … and before the real culprit realizes that two very observant young ladies are not going to allow him to get away with murder …
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