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Meet Me In London by Georgia Toffolo

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 Release Date - September 28, 2021 What a joy Meet Me In London was on a rainy day. A "bomb cyclone" has hit New England, so cold, rainy weather is sticking around. I needed a cozy story to cheer me up. Georgia Toffolo did exactly that and I appreciate it.  Victoria Scott works in a bar and teaches young adults about fashion design when she's not working. Her students are everything to her. Despite her ex, her dreams of opening up her own fashion boutique are still on her mind. But, a trendy new department store threatens to destroy her dreams. Enter Oliver Russell. His family's store needs to be a success for his dad's sake. He's doing everything possible to get the grand opening to go without any hiccups. His mom's meddling in his love life isn't helping, That he tells her he has a steady girlfriend doesn't help anything. His mom plans to meet this woman for the grand opening. Oliver has no idea how to make an imaginary woman magically appear.

Mango, Mamba, and Murder by Raquel V. Reyes

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 Release Date - October 12, 2021 Meet Miriam Quinones-Smith, a happily married food anthropologist who finds herself uprooted from NYC to her husband's Floridian hometown. While Miriam's determined to make the best of the challenges of moving to a new community with a four-year-old, her mother-in-law is not making it easy. Nor is her husband's high school girlfriend who is back in his life and making it clear she was part of the family first. One of her first outings brings Miriam to a Women's Club luncheon with her best friend, Alma. Alma is a local realtor and loves to network. When a woman at the luncheon drops dead during the meal, everyone is questioned. When a second person dies, it's hard to ignore that something is going on. Miriam suspects it has something to do with a local herbologist's tea blends.   At the same time, a local channel wants to hire Miriam to do a cooking segment that focuses on recipes and stories that share Miriam's Cuban heritage

No Memes of Escape by Olivia Blacke

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 Release Date - October 4, 2021 This is the second book in the Brooklyn Murder Mystery series. I hadn't read the first, but this one stands alone without issue. I was quickly caught up in Odessa and Izzy's growing friendship and sleuthing, and that makes me eager to go back and read the first book in the series. Odessa is adjusting to her new life in New York City. Originally from Louisiana, she's getting used to city life and making plenty of friends. It's going to be hard to leave once her aunt returns and no longer needs a housesitter.  When she and her BFF/co-worker Izzy are out, Izzy bumps into former schoolmates. They agree to join the other women for an escape room adventure. It turns into one incredible mystery when one of the classmates is killed in one of the escape room's areas while the others are in another section. Both Izzy and Odessa are prime suspects as their cornhole trophy is the murder weapon. Eager to clear their names, Izzy and Odessa start

Home for Christmas: Stories for Young and Old by Various Authors

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 Release Date - October 4, 2021 The original paperback was released several years ago. Now, you can get Home for Christmas in hardcover, e-book, and audiobook, too. This collection of Christmas stories is an easy read, and each story shares a tale of the magic of Christmas, the power in giving over receiving, and family. There are so many short stories in Home for Christmas. One that I loved was Katherine Paterson's "No Room at the Inn." It's set in Vermont, so it already appeals to me for that reason. It's about the son of innkeepers who go away and he has the inn to himself for the holidays. There are no guests to take care of, so he's looking forward to the relaxation ahead and knows he will refuse anyone who comes knocking, and then a family in need approaches him looking for a safe place to stay.  Here's where it gets tricky. There were other stories that also tugged at my heart, but I didn't take notes this time. I can't recall the authors

The Last House on Needless Street by Catronia Ward

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 Release Date - September 28, 2021 One of the last homes on Needless Street has been empty for years. That's exactly how Ted likes it. He lives alone in the final home on the street with his teenage daughter and cat. His daughter and cat are not allowed outside. It's too dangerous. When someone moves in next door, he's alarmed. This person's arrival threatens to shake up their quiet neighborhood. Dee is that new neighbor. Eleven years ago, her six-year-old sister Lulu disappeared at a nearby lake. Dee has never stopped searching for Lulu, and she's certain that detectives made a mistake when they searched the neighborhood. In fact, it's Ted she's come to suspect. If she can get through the terror she feels every time she's in the woods that Ted spends time in, she might be able to unravel the truth. This is such a complex novel. Things you believe must be true soon have you questioning your instincts. Other aspects of the story, especially the cat, hav

Never Saw Me Coming by Vera Kurian

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 Release Date - September 7, 2021 Chloe Sevre isn't the young woman you'd expect. She's an honor student and newly arrived college, but she's also one of seven young adults with psychopathic tendencies who agree to be part of a secret college-run study. What no one knows is that Chloe chose this school to get closer to Will, a former friend she's planning to kill. Before she can take the steps needed to murder Will, a college student is murdered. Then, a second student is murdered. Someone is killing the teens in the study, and Chloe needs to stay on her toes if she's to avoid being next. Never Saw Me Coming keeps you on your toes. While I was addicted and needed to know the outcome, there were also things that bothered me. The story jumps from Chloe to other members of the study. There's the addition of romance, which adds a break from the suspense and mystery. The bounces from Chloe to the others ended up being somewhat distracting, but I had to keep readi

The Santa Suit by Mary Kay Andrews

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 Release Date - September 28, 2021 After her husband leaves her for their client, Ivy Perkins packs up everything and leaves Atlanta for an old North Carolina farmhouse she buys online. The Four Roses seems to be the perfect setting for starting over, even if it is more rundown than she expected. Things start off with a bit of a hitch when Ivy finds the house is draftier than expected and the heating system isn't working, but her realtor/new neighbor helps her get things fixed and soon she's finding her home in this small town. It all starts with a mystery that she feels compelled to solve.  The former homeowners were the town's Santa and Mrs. Claus. Tucked in the pocket of the Santa suit is a letter from a little girl asking Santa to make sure her dad gets home safely from the war. Ivy has no idea how to track down this little girl who would now be a grown woman, but she has to know if the girl's dad came home for Christmas. By trying to uncover the girl's identi