Murder in the Merchants Hall by Kathy Lynn Emerson. Published by Severn House

Things look very, very bad for Lina Walkend after she’s discovered holding a bloody knife over the body of her brother in law. Desperate, she turns to her friend Rosamund Jaffrey, who agrees to help her old friend. But it soon becomes obvious that Lina is actually in love with her fiancĂ©’s ner’do well nephew and she hardly seems a paragon of virtue. Rosamond needs help and turns to the Queen’s spy master, Sir Francis Walsingham himself. An enjoyable Tudor mystery


Out Comes the Evil by Stella Cameron. Published by Severn House

When a body is found in an old well on the grounds of the ruins of a 700 year old estate, the motive is anybody’s guess. The only thing that’s sure is that the body is no where near as old as the estate. The victim led  low risk lifestyle, she was a widow, who’d lived a very quiet life in the area for a decade. Who and why would want to kill such a seemingly innocent woman? Alex Duggins wants those answers, especially after another woman is killed and it seems as if Alex is herself, now in the sights of the killer

Scrapbook of the Dead by Mollie Cox. Published by Kensington

Halloween is right around the corner and the Cumberland Creek Croppers can’t wait to create some spooky designs. But things in town are a little…..unsettled. A woman’s body has been found in the freezer at Pamela’s Pie Palace, with another body turning up the next day. Annie Chamowitz is a reporter who uncovers the fact that the dead women were sisters, making the deaths almost certainly linked. And both women were found grasping pieces of scrapbook pages. The Croppers have got their work cut out for them.  A fun cozy with a great cast of characters

A Beeline to Murder by Meets Lester. Published by Kensington

Abigail MacKenzie was a cop once upon a time, but an injury forced her to find another career and she started over as a small town farmer. She loves raising her chickens and bees and vegetables. Life us great until, during a delivery of honey to local pastry chef. Abigail finds Jean-Louis dead inside his shop and her police training kicks in. She doesn’t buy the suicide theory and joins forces with the deceased chef’s hunky brother to uncover the truth. I really liked the CSA type background of this book. Abigail is a kick ass heroine

Pane and Suffering by Cheryl Hollon. Published by Kensington

After her father dies of an apparent heart attack, Savannah heads home to St. Petersburg to help settle his estate and appoint someone to take over the family owned glass business. Unfortunately, the man she wanted to take the reigns, her father’s assistant, Hugh is also dead, also of an apparent heart attack. After finding an ominous note from his father warning her of impending danger. The authorities think she’s barking up the wrong tree, leaving Savannah to try to put the pieces together herself. I really loved the setting of this delightful cozy

Home and Away by Dean Hughes. Published by Shadow Mountain

Christmas has always tried to make Christmas special for her family, but this year, the celebration will be subdued. In 1944, not only are so many things rationed, her oldest son is off fighting the war. But Dennis her younger son is bound and determined to make this Christmas an unforgettable one for his beloved mother by buying her a beautiful new blue dress. A heart warming Christmas family story

The Hundred Year Walk by Dawn Anahid Mackeen. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

In this incredible and breathtaking memoir, Mackeen explores the truth behind the stories she has heard since she was a child. She heard the horror stories of her grandfather Stepan’s life during the mass deportation of Armenian’s during World War I and how we managed to escape. With a thirst to know more, Mackeen travels by herself to Syria and Turkey, using her grandfather’s journals as guides, she tries to reconstruct his harrowing journey and on the way, encounters both the best and worst of humanity. Mackeen sheds light on this little known, tragic period of human history