16 May 2012

Recently received

Dead Man Waltzing (Ballroom Dance #2) by Ella Barrick (Obsidian mass market, 5 June 2012).

Champion dancer Stacy Graysin is looking forward to focusing solely on dance classes at Graysin Motion.  But when the grande dame of American ballroom dancing is poisoned at a function, Stacy is thrown into another investigation.

Hearse and Buggy (Amish mystery #1) by Laura Bradford (Berkley Prime Crime mass market 5 June 2012).
Claire Weatherly has fled a high-stress lifestyle for a slower pace—in Amish country: Heavenly, Pennsylvania. She only planned a short visit but instead found herself opening an Amish specialty shop, Heavenly Treasures, and settling in.Claire loves her new home, and she’s slowly making friends among the locals, including Esther, a young Amish woman who works in the shop. So when the store’s former owner,the unlikable Walter Snow, is murdered, and the man Esther is sweet on becomes a suspect, Claire can’t help but get involved.
Newly returned Detective Jakob Fisher, who left Heavenly—and his Amish upbringing—as a teenager, is on the case. But his investigation is stalled by the fact that none of his former community will speak with him. Claire’s connections make her the perfect go-between. As Claire investigates, she uncovers more than she wanted to know about her neighbors. And suddenly, everything she had hoped to find in this peaceful refuge is at risk . . .

The Azalea Assault (Garden Society #1) by Alyse Carlson (Berkley Prime Crime Mass Market, 5 June 2012).
Camellia Harris has achieved a coup in the PR world. The premier national magazine for garden lovers has agreed to feature one of Roanoke’s most spectacular gardens in its pages—and world-famous photographer Jean-Jacques Georges is going to shoot the spread. But at the welcoming party, Jean-Jacques insults several guests, complains that flowers are boring, and gooses almost every woman in the room. When a body is found the next morning, sprawled across the azaleas, it’s almost no surprise that the victim is Jean-Jacques.
With Cam’s brother-in-law blamed for the crime—and her reporter boyfriend, Rob, wanting the scoop—Cam decides to use her skills to solve the murder. Luckily a PR pro like Cam knows how to be nosy…

Quilt or Innocence (Southern Quilting #1) by Elizabeth Craig ( Obsidian mass market 5 June 2012).

Beatrice Coleman, a retired folk art curator, is the newest member of the Village Quilters Guild.  She is enjoying the lush fabrics, beautiful designs, and friendly faces until one of the quilters becomes a suspect in a crime.

Grace Among Thieves  (Manor House #3)  by Julie Hyzy (Berkley Prime Crime mass market, 5 June 2012).
When Grace’s former professor calls to warn her that there have been a rash of thefts at various historical sites, Grace isn’t surprised—because Marshfield Manor has been targeted, too. She wonders if it has something to do with the film crew roaming the grounds, digitally immortalizing the manor, but then she gets distracted by an incident much more dire: the shooting of one guest and the murder of another.
Grace does her best not to go looking for trouble, but with a murderer on the loose, she can’t seem to leave the dirty work to the cops—especially since the killer still seems to be lurking around town, waiting to finish the job of making Grace history…

Don't Die Under the Apple Tree  (Rosie the Riveter #1) by Amy Patricia Meade (Kensington mass market, 1 May 2012).
Life is definitely not easy for 32-year old Rosie O’Doyle Keefe, but she can handle working in New York City’s World War II shipyards—until her foreman winds up dead—right after she rebuffed his “requirements” for a promotion...
Never one to sit back and hope for the best, Rosie discovers that everyone who knew the foreman had good reasons to kill him off. She also finds that she has a surprise ally in the darkly handsome police lieutenant Jack Riordan. But Jack also has to produce a viable suspect for his captain in five days—even if it has to be 
Before long, the mystery spirals onto the streets of wartime New York. With the clock ticking and her freedom on the line, Rosie and Lieutenant Riordan will need to join forces to find the truth and catch the now very desperate killer…who may be much closer then they think!

Corpse in the Crystal Ball (Fortune Teller #2) by Kari Lee Townsend (Berkley Prime Crime mass market, 5 June 2012).
After clearing her name as the prime suspect in a murder, Sunny Meadows hopes she can finally enjoy some serenity in the idyllic town of Divinity in upstate New York. She’d also like a second chance with Detective Mitch Stone. But when Mitch’s gorgeous ex-girlfriend Isabel Gonzales shows up, Sunny’s not sure she can compete. Then Isabel mysteriously disappears.
When the police turn to Sunny for help, her visions lead to the discovery of Isabel’s corpse in the woods. Before she died, Isabel scrawled a message in the dirt implicating Mitch in her murder. Now Sunny must help the man she’s falling in love with as she sets out to find the real killer. But this time Sunny’s clairvoyant abilities might not save her—as what she doesn’t see can hurt her…

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