Better Dead by Pamela Kopfler. Published by Kensington

What’s worse than a two timing husband? His ghost. Holly Davis is less than thrilled when her sleazy husband, Burls’ ghost shows up at her Louisiana inn and family plantation, Holly Grove. The family home that she’s now in danger of losing thanks to her dead husband. Has he sown up to make amends before he can “go into the light”? Not exactly. It turns out that Burl was involved with some pretty nasty characters and now he wants her help to break up a drug ring. While she doesn’t really want to get involved, Holly knows that people love a good ghost story and agrees to help if Burl continues to haunt the inn, thus drawing in more guests. What a fun read! Loved the old plantation , the new flame and the fact that Holly’s hubby got what was coming to him


Beignets and Broomsticks by J.R. Published by Severn House

What could be better than a warm beignet? How about a pumpkin flavored one? Maggie Millers little seasonal donuts are flying off the shelves of her cafe. But when one of her customers, Nancy Alverson is found dead, strangled to death, Maggie trades her chef’s toque for a deerstalker. Halloween is fast approaching, is that the reason Nancy was reading so many books about witchcraft, or is there a more sinister connotation? What an enjoyable cozy read! The story is told around Halloween, but readers will enjoy this story any time of the year

Island of Sweet Pies and Soldiers by Sara Ackerman. Published by Harlequin

In the midst of World War II, tensions are high in Hawaii. Violet’s husband has been lost somewhere in the Pacific, and as if the horror of that situation isn’t bad enough, there are those who question whether he had been loyal to his country or not. Violet and her friends try to pass the time by making pies for the soldiers that are stationed on the island. All the women know is that the soldiers are on a top-secret mission. In the midst of all this, racism rears its ugly head, and the Japanese residents of the island begin to be discriminated. Violet takes a stand for them and is accused of spying for the enemy. She’s saved by a tough marine sergeant, a man she might be able to learn to love, but as he prepare to ship off to Iwo Jima, she question whether she can risk her heart being broken again. A lovely historical novel that demonstrates that while ignorance and prejudice can destroy, love and knowledge can redeem

Let Me In by Clare Mackintosh. Published by Berkley

Imagine your father committing suicide. Then imagine your mother committing suicide in the same way and in the same place seven months later. Their daughter, Anna, is still trying to come to terms with it all two years on. Now a mom to an infant daughter, Anna believes she can feel her mother there with her, and she begins to question the validity of the suicide verdicts. Why would her parents, two people who had everything to live for, kill themselves. It becomes imperative to Anna that she uncover the truth, for herself, her daughter and her parents. Mackintosh has taken the publishing world by storm with her incredibly twisted plots and shocking endings. Readers won’t be disappointed by her newest entry, which, I believe may be her best to date

A Whisper of Bones by Ellen Hart. Published by St. Martins

Badass PI Jane Lawless is back. This time she’s hired by Brett Ickels who wants Jane to look into the disappearance of her cousin, Timmy, who her aunts tell her now never existed. But Brett remembers Timmy from childhood and a nasty family argument. When the family garage burns to the ground, bones are found buried beneath it, is this the long-lost Timmy? Before Jane can get the answers she needs from the aunts, one of them dies a suspicious death. Accident? Or something more sinister. And you thought your family was bad? This is a great series with a strong intelligent female lead and a mystery that will keep readers guessing

Things to Do When It’s Raining by Marissa Stapley. Published by Harlequin

What do you do when everything you know and believe turns out to be false? After Mae’s fiancĂ©e, Peter, disappears, leaving only an incomprehensible note, she heads home to the small town where she grew up and her grandparents. She’s shocked to discover her grandparents have separated and that her grandmother is losing her mental faculties. It seems everything in Mae’s life is in tatters. Even her teenage love, Gabe is struggling with his own demons. This was a beautiful story about finding a new normal, about learning to forgive and to love the people in our lives just as they are

Let’s No One Get Hurt by Jon Pineda. Published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux

In the swamps of the Deep South, a young teenaged girl, Pearl is being raised by her father and two other men, who teach her all she needs to know about surviving off the grid in the wilderness. Her life isn’t easy, but she’s content. Then she meets Main Boy, a rich kid with an attitude who tells Pearl his father owns the land where she and her makeshift family live. Terrified of losing all she knows and loves, Pearl is willing to let herself be drawn into Main Boy’s twisted life. This is a Southern Gothic with a dark, moody and eventually explosive ending. Poetic, beautiful and disturbing