Friday, 14 January 2022

NEW RELEASE: MURDER IN THE COTTAGE BY ROY LEWIS

Good afternoon, I hope you're having a great week so far. It may be cold in London, but the skies are clear and we have a brilliant new crime mystery to brighten your day. How is the weather in your area? 

The wild, windswept moorlands of Ravenstone Fell contain a deadly secret . . .

It was once a ancient burial ground, but now local developers have it in their sights, to the outrage of every local archeologist. Professor Cate Nicholas is determined to scupper the developers plans, and has put a target on her back.

Local history buff turned amateur sleuth Arnold Landon is called in to try to keep the peace, but devious plans are already underfoot — can Arnold stop them before Cate pays the ultimate price?

Find out in the latest Arnold Landon mystery, MURDER IN THE COTTAGE, out now for $1.99 | $2.99 and perfect reading for fans of Elly Griffiths, Peter James, Damien Boyd and Peter Robinson.

We can't wait to hear what you think about the gripping new Arnold Landon mystery!

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Are you seeking an enticing new mystery series, filled with first-rate characters, and breathtaking twists and turns?

Then meet Arnold Landon, mild-mannered history buff turned amateur sleuth.

“The skilful Mr Lewis has made Arnold Landon an unforgettable character.” New York Times

Originally published as Suddenly as a Shadow.

Wild, windswept Ravenstone Fell has a secret.

It was once an ancient burial ground. Now, the developers have it in their sights — to the outrage of every local archaeologist.

Professor Cate Nicholas is on a mission to scupper the developers’ plans. She even goes on live TV to badmouth them.

As usual, Arnold is sent in to keep the peace. But it’s too late for that.

Cate’s car is pushed into the river. And she is certain she’s being followed.

Rattled, Cate retreats to her country cottage. The place is miles from anywhere and it’s always been her safe haven.

Until now?

As the row over Ravenstone intensifies, is Cate about to pay the ultimate price?

Fans of Elly Griffiths, Peter James, P.D. James, Damien Boyd, Helen H. Durrant, J.D. Kirk, Bill Kitson and Peter Robinson will devour this intriguing mystery.

What everyone is saying about the Arnold Landon mysteries:

“Assembling layer upon layer of details . . . Lewis brings an insidious cleverness to his latest offering . . . canny enough to keep us enthralled.” Publishers Weekly

“A pleasure to pick up.” Irish Times

“Right atmosphere of menace in this highly charged mystery.” Booklist

“This intelligent, nicely textured mystery gathers speed and races to a thrilling conclusion.” Kirkus

Good Northern atmosphere and neatly satisfying plot.” Times Literary Supplement

“Always a good read.” Berys

THE DETECTIVE
Planning Officer Arnold Landon is inhibited and painfully aware of his lack of academic credentials. He lives in the North East of England and as self-taught archaeologist he confounds academic experts with his detailed knowledge, which involves him in a local murder. His expertise brings him promotion to the Archaeology Department where he meets frustration, which he nevertheless overcomes by making important discoveries of ancient artefacts while playing a leading role in solving local crimes. A succession of opportunities for further promotion pass him by because of his desire to remain in touch with the detailed history of sites in Northumberland and this leads to more conflict, first with his inadequate superior and then with the stunningly beautiful Karen Stannard and, later in his career, the Italian archaeologist Carmela Cacciatore.

ARNOLD LANDON SERIES
Book 1: MURDER IN THE BARN
Book 2: MURDER IN THE MANOR
Book 3: MURDER IN THE FARMHOUSE
Book 4: MURDER IN THE STABLEYARD
Book 5: MURDER IN THE CHURCH
Book 6: MURDER IN THE HOUSE
Book 7: MURDER IN THE TOWER
Book 8: MURDER UNDER THE BRIDGE
Book 9: MURDER BY THE QUAY
Book 10: MURDER AT THE FOLLY
Book 11: MURDER IN THE FIELD
Book 12: MURDER IN THE COTTAGE

Thursday, 13 January 2022

NEW RELEASE: MURDER AT THE PUB BY JANE ADAMS

Good afternoon from Joffe Books. I hope you're having a nice week. 

Today, we are absolutely thrilled to be launching MURDER AT THE PUB, a new cozy crime mystery full of twists from bestselling author Jane Adams, essential reading for fans of Agatha Christie, Agatha Raisin, Jeanne M. Dams and The Thursday Murder Club.

On a lazy summer’s day in Frampton, what could be better than a refreshing pint in a country pub? 

Too bad Rina’s local just became a crime scene. A man is stabbed to death on the pub doorstep. And that’s not the worst of it . . .

If you love cozy crime with an atmospheric setting, brilliant characters, and a gripping edge, then we know you'll love the latest Rina Martin mystery! 

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ “Adams at her absolute best!” Carmen, Goodreads

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ “Edge-of-the-seat reading all the way. Very Agatha Christie.” Amanda, Goodreads

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Originally published as Cause of Death.

Meet Rina Martin, a retired actress with a taste for tea, gardening and crime solving.

She played a TV sleuth for years, but now she has to do it for real.

On a lazy summer’s day in Frampton, what could be better than a refreshing pint in a country pub?

Too bad Rina’s local just became a crime scene.

A man is stabbed to death on the pub doorstep. And that’s not the worst of it.

The skeleton of a mystery woman is uncovered during excavations at a local airfield. Forensics say she’s been dead twenty years at most, and she didn’t die on site — leaving Detective ‘Mac’ MacGregor with not one but two baffling murder cases on his hands.

He needs Rina’s help like never before. But his timing couldn’t be worse.

Rina thought her acting days were behind her, but now the TV execs want her back onscreen.

As much as she’d love to oblige, her instincts tell her this is no time to be leaving town.

Storm clouds are gathering over Frampton, and Rina and Mac are about to be swept up in the maelstrom . . .

If you love Agatha Christie, Jeanne M. Dams, The Thursday Murder Club, Glenda Young, Stella Cameron, Frances Evesham or Ann Cleeves, prepare to be hooked by this enchanting character-driven mystery!

WHAT READERS ARE SAYING ABOUT THE RINA MARTIN MYSTERIES:

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ “Cool little multi-layered mystery about a quaint seaside town. Intriguing.” Mamatufy

“Miss Marple fans will find a lot to like.” Publishers Weekly

“Rina’s kickoff emphasizes people and place, letting the reader in on secrets early and relying on psychological conflict to drive the appealing plot.” Kirkus

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ “A new and better Miss Marple . . . she is intelligent, observant and a most welcome to the DI . . . you’ll fall in love with the characters. This reads like a good movie . . . I heartily give this a big thumbs-up.” Vicki

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ “Three cheers for Jane Adams!” Linda

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ “This is my first book by this author and I will eagerly await more!” Nancy

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ “Murder She Wrote is an apt comparison — Rina Martin is sharp and no-nonsense. She knows a bit about law, a bit about murder — and a lot about human nature.” Carmen

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ “If you like Agatha Christie and Patricia Wentworth, give these books a try.” Pamela

THE DETECTIVE
Determined and compassionate, Rina Martin on a mission is an unstoppable force. When Rina retired from acting, she bought a B & B in Frantham on Sea. There, she has a quirky cast of full-time boarders, including wannabe magician Tim. She only wanted a quiet life. Instead, events propel Rina into full investigation mode, and she gets a taste for sleuthing. Can she help it if crimes just keep turning up on her doorstep?

THE SETTING
Tucked away in a charming little bay on the Jurassic coast, Frantham on Sea is a typical Victorian seaside town, with a picture-perfect promenade, B & Bs, and a grand hotel perched atop the headland. At the end of the promenade is the police station, where the officers’ days have always been short and uneventful — until Rina comes to town, and things take a turn for the sinister.

ALSO BY JANE ADAMS
RINA MARTIN MYSTERY SERIES
Book 1: MURDER ON SEA
Book 2: MURDER ON THE CLIFF
Book 3: MURDER ON THE BOAT
Book 4: MURDER ON THE BEACH
Book 5: MURDER AT THE COUNTRY HOUSE
Book 6: MURDER AT THE PUB

Wednesday, 12 January 2022

NEW RELEASE: THE BRIGHTSEA SPA KILLER BY FRANCES LLOYD

Good morning on a bracing morning in Shoreditch, London. Christmas may be an all-too-distant memory, but Joffe Books are here with some great crime fiction bargains to keep you gripped and entertained until warmer weather returns. 

Are you looking for an enthralling new murder mystery with a twist you'll never see coming? Then look no further because THE BRIGHTSEA SPA KILLER, by bestselling author Frances Lloyd, is out today for the special launch price of 99p | 99c!

Detective Jack Dawson is looking forward to a nice, quiet holiday with his wife, Corrie, at the Now to Zen Hotel & Spa. Corrie even registers his occupation as ‘electrician’ so no one will know he’s a detective while they’re there. But on their way for a romantic dip, Jack and Corrie discover the body of a dead woman in one of the twilight whirlpools.

It's up to Corrie to clear Jack's name. But will the truth come out before it's too late?

This entertaining and absorbing mystery is perfect for fans of Agatha Christie, L.J. Ross, Brian Battison, J.R. Ellis, Roger Silverwood, Frances Evesham or Faith Martin.

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AN ENTHRALLING MURDER MYSTERY WITH A SHOCKING TWIST FROM A BESTSELLING AUTHOR.

Detective Jack Dawson is looking forward to a nice, quiet holiday with his wife, Corrie. And the seaside resort Now to Zen Hotel & Spa promises ‘a calming Zen environment’.

Perfect.

Corrie even registers his occupation as ‘electrician’ so no one will know he’s a detective while they’re there.

But on their way for a romantic dip, Jack and Corrie discover the body of a dead woman in one of the twilight whirlpools.

The spiritual oasis of pampering and relaxation turns into a nightmare. Jack is swiftly thrown into a police cell by a zealous local copper, who is convinced he’s the murderer.

It’s up to Corrie to clear Jack’s name. But will the truth come out before it’s too late?

DETECTIVE JACK DAWES MUST STOP A DASTARDLY KILLER BEFORE THE BODY COUNT RISES AGAIN.

WHAT READERS ARE SAYING ABOUT FRANCES LLOYD:

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ “A really enjoyable read . . . it was exciting and mysterious but not too gruesome . . . A great mystery with a few laugh out loud moments which I couldn't put down . . . I can't wait to read the rest of the series.” Kate B.

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ “A clever, entertaining and thought-provoking read. ” Misfits farm

⭐⭐⭐⭐ “I really enjoyed this book . . . I would happily read more from this author.” Lorraine W.

This book held my attention from the first few pages. The book was well written, and had a good plot . . . If you like fast-paced, engaging stories, then you'll like this book.” Paula C.

MEET THE DETECTIVE
Detective Inspector Jack Dawes, tall and handsome, looks like the fuzz even when he’s off-duty. He rose up through the ranks at Scotland Yard and now is a well-respected detective in the murder squad. A career copper, he was married to the job until he met Coriander during a money laundering investigation, the case which earned him his promotion to DI. He has logical analytical skills. She has intuitive people skills. So he bounces ideas off her. They make a formidable and funny couple whose skills combine to solve crimes.

DETECTIVE INSPECTOR JACK DAWES MYSTERY SERIES
Book 1: THE GREEK ISLAND KILLER
Book 2: THE BLUEBELL KILLER
Book 3: THE SHETLAND KILLER
Book 4: THE GALLOWS GREEN KILLER
Book 5: THE MOON KILLER
Book 6: THE KINGS MARKET KILLER
Book 7: THE DEMON KILLER
Book 8: THE VALE VINEYARD KILLER
Book 9: THE BRIGHTSEA SPA KILLER

Tuesday, 11 January 2022

NEW RELEASE: AT CLOSE RANGE BY ELIZABETH GUNN

Good afternoon from Shoreditch, London, I hope your week has started well. 

Joffe Books is here to make it better, with a brilliant offer on AT CLOSE RANGE, the simmering new detective mystery from legendary crime fiction writer, Elizabeth Gunn, out today for the special launch price of 99p | 99c.

After a horrific double murder in a wealthy neighbourhood, Detective Sarah Burke must unravel the tragic destiny of a rich and troubled family, while also dealing with family troubles of her own. She’s looking after her substance-abusing sister’s daughter. Sarah wants to become the girl’s legal guardian, but her sister’s not playing ball.

It isn't easy being the only female homicide detective in Tucson, Arizona.

With the pressure on, can Sarah break the case, even though the prime suspect has a watertight alibi?

We can't wait to hear what you think of the new Detective Sarah Burke mystery — let us know on our FacebookTwitter or Instagram pages. 

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⭐⭐⭐⭐ “The only female homicide detective in Tucson is likeable and believable.” Kristen

AN ADDICTIVE THRILLER AND MYSTERY NOVEL FROM ONE OF THE MOST BELOVED AUTHORS IN CRIME.

Please note this book was previously published as New River Blues.

A horrific double murder in a high-dollar neighborhood. Detective Sarah Burke unravels the tragic destiny of a rich and troubled family.

Tucson police detective Sarah Burke is called out to a double homicide in a wealthy neighborhood. While the property developer husband is away on business, his party-loving wife winds up dead in their king-size bed along with her latest boy-toy. They were clearly shot at close range.

As the crime scene investigators get to work, the victim’s teenage daughter sneaks into the house and is confronted by the horrifying scene.

Where’s her father? Why isn’t he answering his cell phone?

While Sarah is trying to get answers, she’s dealing with a lot in her personal life. She’s looking after her substance-abusing sister’s daughter. Sarah wants to become the girl’s legal guardian, but her sister’s not playing ball. The man Sarah loves is definitely a keeper, yet her niece won’t let down her guard around him. Sarah’s mother is usually her rock, but now even she’s cracking.

With the pressure on, can Sarah break the case, even though the prime suspect has a watertight alibi?

WHEN THE PEOPLE SHE LOVES ARE IN DANGER, SHE’LL STOP AT NOTHING TO PROTECT THEM.

The perfect detective mystery for fans of Lisa Regan, Gregg Olsen, Rita Herron, Sara Paretsky, Elmore Leonard, Sue Grafton, Marcia Muller, J.A. Jance, Mary Burton, Melinda Leigh, Kendra Elliott, Robert Dugoni and Isabella Maldonado.

Readers love this gripping mystery thriller from the author of the Jake Hines series:

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ “Always enjoy books by this author!” Becky

⭐⭐⭐⭐ “This series is definitely one to be savored for its Tucson setting, its fully fleshed characters, and its engrossing plots.” Cathy

⭐⭐⭐⭐ “I enjoyed this book — good story and interesting sympathetic characters.” A reader in Australia

⭐⭐⭐⭐ “The plot and character development are excellent.” Shirley

“Very good procedural — interesting characters (both good and bad), and nice twisty plot.” Jane

Fans of Cool in Tucson will enjoy catching up with Sarah’s earnest efforts to make a real family for Denny, the daughter of her drug-addicted sister, and her relationship with fellow cop Will Dietz.” Publishers Weekly

MEET THE DETECTIVE
Seasoned thirty-five-year-old Sarah Burke replaced her youthful bloom with burnished fitness and a put-together look that said to her friends, ‘Trust me,’ and to the bad guys, ‘Don’t even think about it.’ Occasionally some fool thought about it anyway, and for those times she wears a Glock nine in a paddle holster on her belt. Thirteen years in the department had fixed her attitude — wary and seldom surprised. She had transferred into Homicide a little over a year ago because she was ready for bigger challenges. More ambitious than ever now that she’s single again, Sarah wants to work with the best people, hone her skills, keep moving up.

THE SETTING
Tucson, Arizona, eighty miles from the Mexican border, is a city with ancient roots and a panoply of modern problems. Sprawled in a beautiful valley in the Southwest, Tucson struggles with border issues, shrinking water resources, and a booming drug trade, but its prosperity relies on the steady flow of tourists and retirees attracted to its wonderful weather, where, as the locals say, it’s ‘too hot to spit’.

ALSO BY ELIZABETH GUNN
DETECTIVE SARAH BURKE MYSTERIES
Book 1: CLOSE TO HER
Book 2: AT CLOSE RANGE

Sunday, 9 January 2022

NEW RELEASE: TWICE ROYAL LADY BY HILARY GREEN

Good morning from Joffe Books. I hope you're having a lovely weekend so far, and are looking forward to unwinding with a good book. 

Today, we are delighted to be launching TWICE ROYAL LADY, a gripping,  immersive and utterly compelling medieval historical novel by bestselling author Hilary Green, out now for the special launch price of just 99p | 99c.

England, 1100s.

Meet Matilda of England.

Betrothed at eight.
Married at twelve.
And crowned Empress in her late teens.

Fans of Philippa Gregory, Sandra Heath Wilson, K.M. Ashman, Candace Robb and Clare Marchant will be gripped by this captivating historical novel.

OUT NOW

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ “A very good read with a lot of historical detail. A very touching story of one person’s struggle with being a member of the Royal Family and the obligations she was put under.” Wendy L.

DISCOVER A COMPELLING AND GRIPPING HISTORICAL FICTION NOVEL YOU WON’T WANT TO PUT DOWN.

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England, 1100s.

Meet Matilda of England.

Betrothed at eight.
Married at twelve.
And crowned Empress in her late teens.

Matilda is the only legitimate daughter of Henry I of England.

She’s also the granddaughter of William the Conqueror and is a descendent — through her mother — from the ancient line of Anglo-Saxon kings.

She is made a widow in her early twenties and is the only surviving heir to the throne of England.

Now she must marry Geoffrey of Anjou, a boy ten years younger, and share the task of leading an often rebellious state.

Before long she gives birth to three sons and provides her father with the male heirs he’s longed for.

But when Henry I suddenly dies, the throne is usurped by Matilda’s cousin, Stephen.

Now Matilda is forced to choose between her husband and her rights as her father’s heir. Intelligent, determined and courageous, she follows her heart. But at what cost?
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PRAISE FOR TWICE ROYAL LADY:

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ “Loved this book!” Amazon customer

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ “A good read.” Brookes

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ “An interesting read . . . this novel makes it fun to see the history unfold as if you are witnessing it first-hand.” Mo

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ “A very good read with a lot of historical detail.” W. Lazar

⭐⭐⭐⭐ “Hilary Green has done a good job in bringing the medieval world to life in a very readable way. Both time and place feel authentic.” Jaffareadstoo

⭐⭐⭐⭐ “An engrossing read.” Lyn

ALSO BY HILARY GREEN
OPERATION KINGFISHER
TWICE ROYAL LADY
APHRODITE’S ISLAND 

Saturday, 8 January 2022

NEW RELEASE: STORM CLOUDS OVER BYLAND CRESCENT BY BILL KITSON

Good morning from Shoreditch, London. 

The weekend is finally here, and we're celebrating with the release of the enthralling second installment of bestselling author Bill Kitson's Cowgill Family Saga series — STORM CLOUDS OVER BYLAND CRESCENT is out now for the special launch price of just 99p | 99c.

Fans of Downton AbbeyThe Forsyte Saga, and readers of Sheila Riley, Pam Howes, Lizzie Lane and Tania Crosse will adore this exquisitely written, impeccably researched, and utterly compelling new historical saga.

Yorkshire, 1923.

Sonny Cowgill is slowly regaining his memory. He was declared missing in action in the First World War, presumed dead. 

As he rebuilds his relationship with his wife, memories begin to resurface. Sonny remembers something that the Cowgill family thought lost forever — the whereabouts of his eldest brother.

Can the family finally be reunited?

OUT NOW

A HEARTWARMING AND HEART-WRENCHING NEW SAGA SERIES FROM BESTSELLING AUTHOR BILL KITSON.

Please note this book was previously published as Renaissance.

From humble origins, the Cowgill family have bettered their lot. Through love and loss, hope and heartbreak, they work hard and face their troubles together, no matter what life throws at them.

Yorkshire, 1923.

Sonny Cowgill is slowly regaining his memory. He was declared missing in action in the First World War, presumed dead. But Sonny’s beloved wife Rachel found him and brought him home.

As he rebuilds his relationship with his wife and learns how to be a father to the son he never knew he had, memories begin to resurface. Sonny remembers something that the Cowgill family thought lost forever — the whereabouts of his eldest brother. James was disowned by their father and never seen again after he ran off with the housemaid. Can the family finally be reunited?

Sonny also discovers that the family’s business is in ruins. His cousin Clarence was left in charge after the war, but has just been charged with embezzlement, and even worse, murder.

Not for the first time, the Cowgill family must rebuild their reputation — and their business. But before long, tragedy strikes again as Europe is pulled toward another devastating war.

Discover the trials and tribulations of a Yorkshire family through the decades.

Readers of Sheila Riley, Pam Howes, Lizzie Lane, Tania Crosse, Dilly Court, Dinah Jeffries, Suzanne Goldring and all fans of Downton Abbey and The Forsyte Saga will devour this touching saga series.

WHAT READERS ARE SAYING ABOUT BILL KITSON’S CAPTIVATING SAGA:

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ “I love this author whichever guise he is in. This is a real swerve away from his usual crime thrillers (DI Mike Nash series) but, being a real devout Downton Abbey fan, I decided to give it a whirl. It is a very moving story of hardship, good times and tragedy in a very close-knit family.” JanBee

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ “A literary masterpiece which possessed each trait determined for a master work. The author had an effective, subtle way in his style of writing.” Mary Crocco

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ “If you liked Downton Abbey, you should enjoy this series too.” Aegeanjan

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ “An excellent and interesting read. Looking forward to the next book. Highly Recommended!!” G. Lee

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ “Brilliant. Looking forward to reading the sequel. Very intriguing and such a compelling story incorporating the First World War and its history.” Ann

“The author keeps the story moving with his fine drawing of the characters and their reactions to each other and to the circumstances of their lives.” Gazette & Herald

“A brilliant opener to Bill’s saga series, with attention to detail and a strongly character-driven narrative . . . Faultless historical detail and superb dialogue make this a hugely enjoyable family drama.” Books Monthly