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No Saving Throw is a fun, tight mystery that perfectly encapsulates the difficulties gamers face at being taken seriously

Wednesday, June 5th, 2019

No
Saving Throw
by
Kristin McFarland
Genre:
Cozy Mystery
 
A
supremely geeky murder mystery perfect for Whovians, gamers, and
Muggles alike.

 

 

“A
cozy shop, a tricky murder, geek humor, and gaming lore galore―what’s
not to love in 
No
Saving Throw
?
This book is a winner, and I can’t wait to take another turn!”
–Leigh Perry, author of The Family Skeleton Mysteries

 

 

“Enjoyable
debut….Readers will hope to see a lot more of the plucky Autumn.”
–
Publisher’s
Weekly

 

 

Autumn
has everything she could possibly want: Loving friends, a successful
business, and a gaggle of gamers in her store every day.

 

 

Welcome
to Ten Again, a tabletop gaming store that attracts nerds of every
kind and fosters a community Autumn’s pretty proud of―a community
that also keeps business afloat. And now that Autumn’s in the running
for a grant, Ten Again’s future is looking bright.

 

 

That
is, until one of Autumn’s gamers is mysteriously murdered. With
everyone in the mall as a suspect and accusations flying, Autumn is
going to have to do some sleuthing of her own to save her shop and
her gamers from a fate more dangerous than having no saving
throw.

 

 

“A
nat 20! 
No
Saving Throw
 is
a fun, tight mystery that perfectly encapsulates the difficulties
gamers face at being taken seriously. Protagonist Autumn Sinclair
will stop at nothing to save not only her store, but also the geeky
community it fosters.” ―Alex Erickson, author of the Bookstore
Café Mysteries

 

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Kristin
McFarland has a Master of Arts in Journalism from Indiana University,
which launched her on a short-lived but very exciting career as a
newspaper reporter. After graduate school, she worked for five
different newspapers around the country, writing about politics,
crime, arts, environmental issues, crack addicts, prostitutes, and
parades. She eventually wised up and decided that making up political
fights and crime scenes would be a lot more fun than reporting on
real ones. Today, she lives in southern Indiana, where she spends
most of her time daydreaming about fictional lives and/or thinking
about wool.
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When her blackmailer is found stabbed to death in his hotel room, Her Majesty is the prime suspect

Tuesday, February 26th, 2019
Sportsman’s
Bet
Ian
Dodge Mysteries Book 1
by
Judy Nichols
Genre:
Mystery
 
Velma
Saunders, the town clerk of Tobias, North Carolina never had a kind
word to say to anyone. In fact, most people were afraid of her,
including her boss, Mayor Mike Ellis.

 

 

Still,
the whole town is shocked when Velma’s body is found in the Municipal
Building’s old bomb shelter. The only clue to her murderer is a copy
of a cryptic message from a Nigerian email scammer.

 

 

All
the evidence points to Mayor Mike, who’s charged with killing Velma.
Investigator Ian Dodge, a British transplant who’s never quite taken
root in the Deep South,sets out to find out who else hated Velma
enough to kill her.

 

 

In
the course of his investigation, Ian discovers the dark secrets Velma
has been hiding all these years, and exactly why she was so mean.

 

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Trouble
and Strife
Ian
Dodge Mysteries Book 2
 
Lorrie
Mattingly has it all.

 

 

Young
and beautiful, married to the richest man in town, she spends her
time driving fast cars, riding horses and keeping herself pretty. And
yet, she’s down to earth, and sweet, devoted to her handicapped twin
sister Linnie. Everyone loves her.

 

 

Maybe
not everyone.

 

 

When
she suffers from a severe allergic reaction during a tanning session,
private investigator Ian Dodge is called in by the owners of the
salon, since they’re getting sued big time. It doesn’t take long for
Ian to figure out Lorrie’s attack wasn’t an accident, or negligence
but attempted murder. Or to learn that there were plenty of people
who wanted this sweet girl dead.

 

 

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Pork
Pies
Ian
Dodge Mysteries Book 3
 
Crusty
British transplant Ian Dodge is back on the beat, this time in the
service of Her Majesty, otherwise known as Laura Lane, the Food
Queen, star of a popular TV cooking show. A blackmailer has
threatened to expose her sordid past as a con artist, so she turns to
Ian Dodge to get it sorted.

 

 

When
her blackmailer is found stabbed to death in his hotel room, Her
Majesty is the prime suspect. It’s Ian’s job to untangle the web of
deception and pork pies (lies) to find the culprit, all the while
dealing with the antics of his twin sons, Jesse and Mac.

 

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Judy
Nichols lives in Wilmington, North Carolina, but she is by no means a
“Southern writer.” Born in Cincinnati, Ohio and raised in
the nearby town of Batavia, she still is a no-nonsense midwesterner.
Although she does find true southerners quite charming.

 

 

Judy
holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Kent State University.
She has been a newspaper reporter, a teacher, a temporary office
worker, a customer service representative, a stay-at-home mom, a
volunteer, and a proud organizer of the now defunct Cape Fear Crime
Festival mystery writers’ conference.

 

 

Judy
started her first novel “Caviar Dreams” while her daughter
was napping one day. Five years later it was finished. The biggest
challenge arrived once her daughter stopped taking naps and
eventually lost interest in watching the “Toy Story”
video.

 

 

Since
then she has gone on to write several more books, including the Ian
Dodge Mysteries inspired by her UK born husband Nigel. Ian Dodge is a
persnickety private investigator, living in coastal North Carolina,
who refuses to be assimilated and instead hangs on to every shred of
his Britishness.

 

 

Now
that her daughter is grown up and gone, she spends lots of quality
time with her husband and Bailey the Wonder Dog. Also, reading and
writing good books.

 

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Their Elvis-impersonating minister has been murder

Tuesday, April 24th, 2018
Til
Death Do Us Party
A
Liv and Di in Dixie Mystery #4
by
Vickie Fee
Genre:
Cozy Mystery
 
Las
Vegas knows how to party, and for once, event planner Liv McKay won’t
be entirely behind the scenes. The Dixie gang is in Sin City to
celebrate Mama and Earl’s rockin’ Elvis-themed wedding. And
between juggling the botched bachelorette party and a problem-plagued
soirée back home, Liv’s ready to double down on some fun. 

 

 

 

Mama
& Earl’s happily-ever-after seems like a sure thing, but all
bets (and nuptials) are off when they get to the Burning Love Wedding
Chapel. Their Elvis-impersonating minister has left the building . .
. permanently. And even worse, Liv’s cousin, Little Junior, is
suspected of his murder.

 

 

With
Mama’s happy ending on the table and Little Junior about to lose it
all, the stakes are higher than ever. Liv and her best friend, Di,
must hit the Strip to find the real killer before he finally plays
his ace…

 

 

“High
energy, dead bodies and exposed lies. . . . A must read.”

 

—RT
Book Reviews
,
4 Stars, on 
Death
Crashes the Party

 

 

“A
wonderful cozy mystery.”

 

—Suspense
Magazine 
on It’s
Your Party, Die If You Want To

 

 

“Readers
should welcome this look at a very Southern lifestyle, complete with
appended party plans.”

 

—Kirkus
Reviews 
on One
Fete in the Grave

 

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Vickie
Fee is a past president of the Malice in Memphis chapter of
Sisters in Crime and current member of the Wisconsin Sisters in
Crime. She has a degree in journalism and spent many years as a
newspaper reporter, covering small Southern towns populated with
colorful characters, much like those in the fictional town of Dixie.
She now lives in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula with her husband, John.
She grew up in the South on a steady diet of Nancy Drew and iced tea,
and when she’s not writing, Vickie enjoys reading mysteries and
watching B movies from the 1930s and ‘40s.
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No one at Puddling-on-the-Wold ever expected to see Sarah Marchmain enter through its doors

Friday, July 7th, 2017
SEDUCING MR. SYKES
by
Maggie Robinson
Genre: Historical Romance

 

Pub
Date: 6/20/17

 

 

In Maggie Robinson’s sparkling new
series, the quaint village in Gloucestershire is where the wayward
sons and daughters of Great Britain’s finest families come for some
R&R—and good old-fashioned “rehab.” But sometimes they find
much more…
No one at Puddling-on-the-Wold ever
expected to see Sarah Marchmain enter through its doors. But after
the legendary Lady’s eleventh-hour rejection of the man she was
slated to marry, she was sent here to restore her reputation . . .
and change her mind. It amused Sadie that her father, a duke, would
use the last of his funds to lock her up in this fancy facility—she
couldn’t be happier to be away from her loathsome family and have
some time to herself. The last thing she needs is more romantic
distraction…
As a local baronet’s son, Tristan
Sykes is all too familiar with the spoiled, socialite residents of
the Puddling Rehabilitation Foundation—no matter how real their
problems may be. But all that changes when he encounters Sadie, a
brave and brazen beauty who wants nothing more than to escape the
life that’s been prescribed for her. If only Tristan could find a
way to convince the Puddling powers-that-be that Sadie is unfit for
release, he’d have a chance to explore the intense attraction that
simmers between them—and prove himself fit to make her his bride…
Maggie Robinson didn’t know she
wanted to write until she woke up in the middle of the night once
really annoyed with her husband. Instead of smothering him with a
pillow, she decided to get up and write—to create the perfect
man—at least on a computer screen. Only to discover that fictional
males can be just as resistant to direction as her husband. The
upside is that she’s finally using her English degree and is still
married to her original, imperfect hero. Since she’s imperfect,
too, that makes them a perfect match. Until her midnight keyboarding,
she had been a teacher, librarian, newspaper reporter, administrative
assistant to two non-profits, community volunteer, and mother of four
in seven different states. Now Maggie can call herself a romance
writer in Maine. There’s nothing she likes better than writing
about people who make mistakes, but don’t let the mistakes make
them.
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