RMMWA recent releases
COVER REVEAL : Coming May 26, 2020 from Berkley
A young winery owner won’t let one sour grape ruin the bunch in the first installment of this exciting cozy mystery series.
Parker Valentine has always dreamed of opening her own winery in her hometown of Boulder, Colorado. But she gets more than she bargained for when a food and wine critic unexpectedly shows up at Vino Valentine on opening day. A negative review could be fatal for her business, and not only does he seem to hate her chardonnay, he also collapses and dies shortly after drinking it.
Although Parker hoped that the attendees would put a cork in it, soon her winery is at the center of a social media firestorm. With #killerchardonnay trending online, Parker’s business is in danger of closing, and she has no choice but to investigate the murder herself.
To restore her reputation, catch a killer, and keep her struggling business open, Parker needs only one thing: some good proof.
The Ancient Ones walk among the sacred rocks at Petroglyphs National Monument. But are they responsible for the body discovered there one night during the full moon?
Multiple jurisdictions of law enforcement are at a loss to find the identity of the dead man. The FBI, National Park Service, and Albuquerque Police wait for answers from the Office of the Medical Examiner (OMI), but they’re stupid too. The CIA, lurking in the background, seems no better at finding solutions.
Enter Harrie McKinsey, a dreamer of prophetic reams, wife of FBI agent DJ Scott, co-owner of Southwest Editing Services, and the consistent fly-in-the-ointment for all the above. But Harrie’s dreams always lead to answers, so what’s a law enforcement agency to do?
Join the guessing game to solve Murder at the Petroglyphs. Will Harrie come through again, or will this be her last hurrah?
When a dinner party turns deadly, the feisty Lady Cecilia Bates and intuitive cat Jack are on the case, in this first entry to an exciting new historical-mystery series. Released November 26 by Berkley
England 1912. Danby Hall is the only home Lady Cecilia Bates has ever known. Despite the rigid rules of etiquette and her mother the Countess of Avebury’s fervent desire to see her married off, Lady Cecilia can’t imagine life anywhere else. But now, with an agricultural depression sweeping the countryside, the Bates family’s possession of the hall is suddenly in peril.
A possible solution arrives in the form of the imperious American heiress Annabel Clarke. The Earl and Countess of Avebury are determined that Cecilia’s brother, Patrick, will win Annabel’s hand in marriage—and her fortune along with it. To help the lackluster Patrick in this pursuit, the Bates and their staff arrange a grand house party upon the heiress’s arrival.
When a guest dies after sipping from a glass meant for Annabel, it’s clear the Bates have a more poisonous problem on their hands than a lack of chemistry. As the scandal seizes Danby, Cecilia sets out to find the culprit, with help from Annabel’s maid, Jane, and Jane’s curiously intelligent cat, Jack.
After the poison that someone had stashed away inside the manor is discovered, Cecilia is left with two possibilities: Either a resident of Danby snapped and tried to kill the arrogant heiress, or the threat is coming from one of their guests, who would love to see the Bates family’s decline become permanent.
Lethal Fetish, the third in Jeff Lockwood’s mystery series is now available through Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Pen-L Books. In this twisted tale, Riley the exterminator is thrust in the kinky corners of 1980s San Francisco. This ex-cop’s
journey begins at a bizarre death scene with flea-collared, naked corpses. Following a twisted track through sex shops and six-legged playmates, Riley is soon over his head in terms of the human mind. He joins forces with a brilliant, beautiful psychologist to track a chain of blackmail and extortion into the depths of the human psyche. Riley must infiltrate a secret cell devoted to a bizarre fetish involving insects which has been driven underground by a holier-than-thou district attorney. The group’s charismatic leader is building toward grisly murder to consummate their deviant desires. A gruesome climax is coming, unless Riley and his trusted gang of misfits from Goat Hill Extermination can achieve homicide interruptus.
Burning Candles, by Sue Star and Bill Beatty
An American woman hides from her past by running to Brazil, only to find that the Brazilian cop she’s married has secrets far darker than hers. She struggles with her new identity and a culture of cults and illegal abortions, while a series of murders link her new husband’s secrets to hers. Will she become the next victim?
Donnell Bell is pleased to announce that Black Pearl, is available for preorder and will be released on November 8, 2019. Black Pearl takes place in all of her favorite places, Denver, Colorado Springs and Montrose, and is the first in a series.
A cold case heats up when a 9-1-1 call puts police at a Denver murder scene pointing investigators to the abduction of a Colorado teenager fourteen years before. The connection? A calling card—a single black pearl—is found on the newest victim. Is the murder a copycat? Or has a twisted serial killer, thought dead or in prison, returned to kill again?
The hunt for a multi-state killer is on and brings together an unexpected team: a Denver Major Crimes police lieutenant; an FBI special agent who investigated the previous murders, a rookie FBI agent with a specialty in psychology; and the only living victim of the Black Pearl Killer is now a cop.
For Special Agent Brian DiPietro, the case is an opportunity to find answers. For Officer Allison Shannon, the case will force her to face down the town that blamed her for surviving when another did not. And for both DiPietro and Shannon, it’s a chance to find closure to questions that have tormented them both for years. www.donnellannbell.com