RMMWA recent releases
The newest installment of Terry Odell’s Mapleton Mystery series, Deadly Options. arrives February 24th.
All Mapleton Police Chief Gordon Hepler wants is to enjoy a rare quiet moment and have a peaceful lunch. Before he can finish his sandwich, Angie, his wife, calls to say her business partner is going to be arrested at a wedding reception they’re catering. Seems her partner stumbled upon the body of one of the guests—the mother of the groom. Was it a natural death? Suicide? Homicide? A death at an event could mean the end of Angie’s catering business. What will happen to their plans to move out of Angie’s cramped apartment and into a house they can call their own?
Gordon and his officers deal with questioning guests, including a self-centered bride and her new husband who doesn’t seem upset that his mother has died unexpectedly. Or was it unexpected? They’re eager to get off on their honeymoon.
So much for quiet. On top of a homicide investigation, the mayor’s making demands again. The crime lull is over. Angie and Gordon’s house-hunting brings an unpleasant surprise. Then there’s the matter of an unexpected letter from the mayor of Pine Hills, Oregon.
Is it time for Gordon to rethink his career?
Lise McClendon is in the midst of her second trilogy spinoff of the Bennett Sisters Mysteries. Following last year’s Dead Flat series featuring wine fraud detective Pascal d’Onscon, this year sees the release of a new series Birds of a Feather.
The first installment, Swan & Peacock, is set in Wales at a country house owned by the new boyfriend of the youngest Bennett, Elise. When things get a little weird with some of the relatives Elise calls in her sisters for support.
The second novel, Crazy as a Loon, releases February 8 and explores a new arrival on the scene, a loony French cousin who arrives uninvited to prepare the elaborate New Year’s Eve dinner, the réveillon. The final part of the series will release in March.
The Tattoo Artist, the 3rd book in Lori Lacefield’s Women of Redemption suspense series, has been released.
Nine years after her mother’s still unsolved murder, former homeless teen Zoë Cruse has found stability with a husband, child, and a career as a tattoo artist. But when a biker comes in and asks for new ink, Zoë can’t help but draw comparisons between one of the images on his back and her mother’s death. Worse, his other ink appears to represent a deadly pattern, one that may indicate he’s a serial offender.
It’s fall in Boulder, Colorado, and the leaves aren’t the only things changing. Parker Valentine, owner of Vino Valentine, is finally settling in to her winery and her new relationship with Reid Wallace, a local chef. But their delicate pairing is endangered when Reid’s estranged family comes into town to celebrate the opening of his new restaurant.
Reid and his family are immediately at loggerheads, given their often acidic temperaments, but Parker still wants to make a good first impression. However, her efforts might be in vain when Reid’s sous chef is found dead in the alley behind the restaurant, and Reid is implicated in the murder. In order to save Reid, Parker will have to find the real killer, even if the truth is difficult to swallow.
Leslie Budewitz’s third “Stagecoach Mary” Fields story, “Coming Clean,” appears in the January-February 2021 issue of Alfred Hitchcock’s Mystery Magazine.
In 1885, at St. Peter’s Mission in Montana Territory, Mary Fields untangles a web of secrets that surface when a young nun find her vows in conflict with her new life.
Leslie’s first “Stagecoach Mary” story won the 2018 Agatha Award for Best Short Story and the second was nominated for a Derringer.