Murder, mayhem and mystery! The best new books of the week are here!
Double Fudge Brownie Murder by Joanne Fluke
The Hannah Swensen mystery series is one fun, frothy concoction (it even includes recipes!). Bakery owner Hannah may be in trouble but an upcoming trial is a chance to clear her name—until the judge is found dead, apparently murdered with his own gavel.
Public domain image of St. John’s Church. Wikimedia Commons.
They say that every moment gives writers an opportunity to explore character development, and this month I found mine in a graveyard.
I had been in an all-day meeting with about 20 other writers, in a hall on the historic grounds of St. John’s Church in Richmond, Virginia. A few of our attendees had never been there before. In this church–perched on a hill with the grounds and old graveyard fenced in–is where Patrick Henry said his famous words, “Give me liberty or give me death.”
In honor of Valentine’s Day, we asked several of our favorite authors to choose the fictional character they’d love to go out with on a dream date. Enjoy their answers…and then share your own in the comments!
Rachael Herron, author of Splinters of Light:
“Even though I write straight romance, I’m gay married, which definitely isn’t the norm. My wife always teases me that I get to have both an awesome wife and still date perfect men as I write them.
February is the month of love, romance, and gushiness. Or is it? Is red the color of flowers, or sacrificial blood?
February is also Women in Horror Month.
I’m a woman. I like romance. And I like horror. Sounds like an oxymoron. Can the two genres go hand in hand?
Consider this; Saint Valentine was a priest sentenced to a three part execution—beating, stoning, and decapitation. Legends vary on how his name became associated with love. One account states Valentine performed marriages for soldiers against the wishes of the Roman emperor. Another states he was a persecuted Christian, and had written a farewell letter to his jailer’s daughter, signing it, “Your Valentine”.
A domestic drama, a family saga, and a spellbinding thriller are the new releases that we’re clamoring for this week.
The Secrets of Midwives by Sally Hepworth
Floss is a retired midwife who has been holding on to a secret for many years. But when her granddaughter Neva, a third-generation midwife, is pregnant and alone, Floss sees the similarities to her own tumultuous past.
Auntie M is also known as Marni Graff, mystery author of The Nora Tierney Mysteries set in England. The first in her Manhattan Mysteries featuring nurse Trudy Genova premieres this year. Auntie M reads between 2 and 3 books a week for her crime review blog and last year reviewed 86. Out of those, these 16 authors were her top picks. In no particular order: