Hello! Read and Buried by Eva Gates, Christmas Angels by Nancy Naigle, and The Painted Castle by Kristy Cambron are out today. Christmas Sweets by Joanne Fluke, Laura Levine and Leslie Meier releases October 29 along with Apple Cider Slaying by Julie Anne Lindsey. Pretty Little Fliers by Erin Johnson premieres on October 25. It is the first tale in Magic Market Mysteries. A witchy story is perfect to read at this time of year.
Haunted House Murder by Leslie Meier, Lee Hollis and Barbara Ross contains three haunted house themed cozy mystery novellas. Haunted House Murder by Leslie Meier returns readers to Tinker’s Cove, Maine where Lucy Stone is watching her grandson, Patrick for a couple of months. Ty & Heather Moon have bought a dilapidated home near the elementary school and residents are looking forward to them restoring the old home. People are disappointed with the Moo’s unfriendliness and lack of fixing up. Instead, there are screams, flickering lights and other odd noises coming from the home at all hours. It is unusual but it is not criminal. But then a dare escalates the problem and sends Lucy into a panic. What is happening at the haunted house?
Death by Haunted House by Lee Hollis gives Hayley Powell new neighbors. Damien Salinger and his family move into the home next to Hayley after it has sat empty for years. There are numerous rumors surrounding the mysterious home which Hayley’s husband is happy to share with his kids. Hayley sees Damien arguing with his realtor and then she goes missing. Danny points the finger at Damien and enlists the kids in his investigation. When Hayley stumbles upon the body, she soon finds herself doing a little digging into her new neighbors.
Hallowed Out by Barbara Ross welcomes us back to Busman’s Harbor, Maine. Harley Prendergast has started a Halloween Haunted House Tours to go along with the towns weeklong Halloween celebration. A reenactment of a Prohibition-era shootout at Gus’s restaurant leads to the death of the actor playing rumrunner, Ned Calhoun. Julia Snowden dives into the case to find the man’s killer while dealing with ghostly problem at her mother’s home.
Haunted House Murder contains three entertaining Halloween themed cozy mysteries that are all set in Maine. They are well-written and engaging with developed characters. You can read one or all three. They can be read as standalone for those unfamiliar with the series. Death by Haunted House takes readers back to October 29, 2009 with Hayley Powell and her family. I do not know how Hayley put up with her husband, Danny. He is more of a child than her kids, but Danny was certainly entertaining. Lucy Stone is busy with work plus taking care of her house, hubby and daughter who is still at home. Then she agrees to watch Patrick. Lucy finds it challenging to keep up with a child under ten who goes to soccer and has homework. I could relate when she was trying to teach Patrick fractions (my father sat with me for hours trying to teach me). Julia gets roped into helping with a reenactment and finds herself in the middle of a real gunfire. When not looking for the killer, she is curious about the unusual problem at her mother’s house. She refuses to believe a ghost has suddenly appeared. I enjoyed all three cozy mysteries with the haunted house theme. They put me in the mood for Halloween which is such a fun time of year with the decorations and costumes. There are recipes included as well. Be prepared for a hauntingly good time with our three female sleuths in Haunted House Murder.
Haunted House Murder is available through Amazon, Barnes & Noble, iTunes and other major booksellers. Barbara Ross writes A Maine Clambake Mystery series and you can find a list of the books in the series here. Nogged Off will be out on October 29. Lee Hollis is the author of A Hayley Powell Mystery series which you can find here. Death of a Blueberry Tart comes out March 31. Leslie Meier is the creator of of A Lucy Stone Mystery series. You can find a complete list of A Lucy Stone Mysteries here. Invitation Only Murder will be out on November 26 and it is the 26th A Lucy Stone Mystery. Thank you for visiting today. Tomorrow I am participating in the Celebrate Lit Tour for The Painted Castle by Kristy Cambron. It is the third A Lost Castle Novel. I hope that you have a spooktacular day. Take care and Happy Reading!
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