March 2023 New Releases, Part One – WorldNewsEra

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A Sinister Revenge Veronica must find and stop a devious killer when a group of old friends is targeted for death in this new adventure from the New York Times bestselling and Edgar Award–nominated author Deanna Raybourn.Veronica’s natural-historian beau, Stoker, has been away in Bavaria for months and their relationship is at an impasse.
But when Veronica shows up before him with his brother, Tiberius, Lord Templeton-Vane, he is lured back home by an intriguing job offer: preparing an iguanodon for a very special dinner party.
Tiberius has received a cryptic message—along with the obituaries of two recently deceased members of his old group of friends, the Seven Sinners—that he too should get his affairs in order.
Realizing he is in grave danger but not knowing why, he plans a reunion party for the remaining Sinners at his family estate to lure the killer out while Veronica and Stoker investigate.
As the guests arrive and settle in, the evening’s events turn deadly.
More clues come to light, leading Veronica, Stoker, and Tiberius to uncover a shared past among the Sinners that has led to the fatal present.
But the truth might be far more sinister than what they were prepared for.
Sarah: Every book is coming out March 7, especially this one!
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The Foxglove King When Lore was thirteen, she escaped a cult in the catacombs beneath the city of Dellaire.
And in the ten years since, she’s lived by one rule: don’t let them find you.
Easier said than done, when her death magic ties her to the city.
Mortem, the magic born from death, is a high-priced and illicit commodity in Dellaire, and Lore’s job running poisons keeps her in food, shelter, and relative security.
But when a run goes wrong and Lore’s power is revealed, she’s taken by the Presque Mort, a group of warrior-monks sanctioned to use Mortem working for the Sainted King.
Lore fully expects a pyre, but King August has a different plan.
Entire villages on the outskirts of the country have been dying overnight, seemingly at random.
Lore can either use her magic to find out what’s happening and who in the King’s court is responsible, or die.
Lore is thrust into the Sainted King’s glittering court, where no one can be believed and even fewer can be trusted.
Guarded by Gabriel, a duke-turned-monk, and continually running up against Bastian, August’s ne’er-do-well heir, Lore tangles in politics, religion, and forbidden romance as she attempts to navigate a debauched and opulent society.
But the life she left behind in the catacombs is catching up with her.
And even as Lore makes her way through the Sainted court above, they might be drawing closer than she thinks.
Amanda: I enjoyed Whitten’s Wilderwood series and am excited for more fantasy romances.
Sarah: A fantasy with death magic?
Interesting!
Elyse: I’m jumping on the Foxglove train!
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The Golden Spoon Author: Jessa Maxwell Released: March 7, 2023 by Atria Books Genre: Mystery/Thriller A killer is on the loose when someone turns up dead on the set of a hit TV baking competition in this darkly beguiling debut mystery that is perfect for fans of Lucy Foley, Nita Prose, and Anthony Horowitz.
Soon to be a limited series on Hulu.
Production for the tenth season of Bake Week is ready to begin at the gothic estate of host and celebrity chef Betsy Martin, and everything seems perfect.
The tent is up, the top-tier ingredients are aligned, and the crew has their cameras at the ready.
The six contestants work to prove their culinary talents over the course of five days, while Betsy is less than thrilled to share the spotlight with a new cohost—the brash and unpredictable Archie Morris.
But as the baking competition commences, things begin to go awry.
At first, it’s merely sabotage—sugar replaced with salt, a burner turned to high—but when a body is discovered, everyone is a suspect.
A deliciously suspenseful thriller for murder mystery buffs and avid bakers alike, The Golden Spoon will keep you guessing until the very last page.
Amanda: A GBBO themed cozy mystery!
Elyse: This is described as GBBO meets Clue!
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The London Seance Society May mercy be upon the man who finds himself the enemy of a vengeful medium… 1873.
At an abandoned château on the outskirts of Paris, a dark séance is about to take place, led by acclaimed spiritualist Vaudeline D’Allaire.
Known worldwide for her talent in conjuring the spirits of murder victims to ascertain the identities of the people who killed them, she is highly sought after by widows and investigators alike.
Lenna Wickes has come to Paris to find answers about her sister’s death, but to do so, she must embrace the unknown and overcome her own logic-driven bias against the occult.
When Vaudeline is beckoned to England to solve a high-profile murder, Lenna accompanies her as an understudy.
But as the women team up with the powerful men of London’s exclusive Séance Society to solve the mystery, they begin to suspect that they are not merely out to solve a crime, but perhaps entangled in one themselves… Penner’s The Lost Apothecary was a big hit when it came out and I’m sure readers are eager for what’s next.
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The Mimicking of Known Successes The Mimicking of Known Successes presents a cozy Holmesian murder mystery and sapphic romance, set on Jupiter, by Malka Older, author of the critically-acclaimed Centenal Cycle.
On a remote, gas-wreathed outpost of a human colony on Jupiter, a man goes missing.
The enigmatic Investigator Mossa follows his trail to Valdegeld, home to the colony’s erudite university—and Mossa’s former girlfriend, a scholar of Earth’s pre-collapse ecosystems.
Pleiti has dedicated her research and her career to aiding the larger effort towards a possible return to Earth.
When Mossa unexpectedly arrives and requests Pleiti’s assistance in her latest investigation, the two of them embark on a twisting path in which the future of life on Earth is at stake—and, perhaps, their futures, together.
Amanda: A sapphic romance and Holmesian mystery set in Jupiter!
More cozy sci-fi!
Susan: A cozy scifi mystery with sapphic leads?
I’m there, I’m ready, Tor please take my money.
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The Portrait of a Duchess The scandalous women of the Society of Sirens are back with an explosive secret…their ranks include a duchess in disguise.
Once upon a time she married in secret… An activist painter of radicals and harlots, Cornelia Ludgate dismisses love and marriage as threats to freedom.
But when an inheritance gives her the chance to fund the cause of women’s rights—on the condition she must wed—she is forced to reveal a secret: she’s already married.
To a man she hasn’t seen for twenty years.
Oh…and her husband is a duke.
A horse breeder with a clandestine taste for revolution, Rafe Goodwood never expected to become a duke.
But now that the title is his, he is plotting to shock the ruling class with ambitions of reform—and reveal the infamous Cornelia is his duchess.
That just presents one problem: he must not fall in love with her—again.
Now they must resist the temptation to rekindle an affair… Although determined not to sacrifice her principles for passion, Cornelia is still drawn to the man whose very being threatens her independence.
Hurt too many times, Rafe can’t risk love again—especially with the woman who once shattered his heart.
But a conspiracy to upend the inequalities of the aristocracy bring Cornelia and Rafe closer, forcing them to finally decide what—and who—they hold dear.
Shana: One of my most anticipated books of the year!
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The Quarantine Princess Diaries Mia Thermopolis knows just what to do in a crisis: Rule.
During the Covid-19 pandemic, a section of the diary of Princess Mia Thermopolis of Genovia fell into the hands of Meg Cabot, the Princess’s royal biographer.
As reported in media outlets such as Entertainment Weekly, The Mary Sue, Refinery 29, Bustle, and more, from March until June of 2020, sixteen entries of the princess’s diary were leaked onto Ms.
Cabot’s blog, to the delight of over a million fans.
In these entries, titled The Coronavirus Princess Diaries, the princess recorded her most heartfelt emotions while dealing with her husband’s quarantine after exposure to the virus; her personal (and political) battles while imposing health restrictions on her small European nation; life during lockdown (even in as idyllic a location as a palace on the Riviera); and of course, dealing with her demanding royal family, especially her grandmother.
Since then, readers have been clamoring for more chapters of Mia’s coronavirus diary .
.
. and here they are at last: The Quarantine Princess Diaries include not only the previously released entries (now edited and updated with new content), but two hundred more pages of entirely original, never-before-seen entries, including the princess’s worries over a possible royal affair; a showdown between Mia and Grandmère over the latter’s intended nuptials; the eventual development and distribution of a groundbreaking intranasal vaccine for every citizen in Genovia; and, as always, a royally happy ending.
After all we’ve been through, what could be more comforting for any lover of royal romance than snuggling up with a brand new installment of the diary of Mia Thermopolis, the princess who started it all?
Aarya: One of my most anticipated books of the year!Not sure I want to read about early quarantine times, but I do miss Mia Thermopolis.
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The Secret Lives of Country Gentlemen Abandoned by his father, Gareth Inglis grew up lonely, prickly, and well-used to disappointment.
Still, he longs for a connection.
When he meets a charming stranger, he falls head over heels—until everything goes wrong and he’s left alone again.
Then Gareth’s father dies, turning the shabby London clerk into Sir Gareth, with a grand house on the remote Romney Marsh and a family he doesn’t know.
The Marsh is another world, a strange, empty place notorious for its ruthless gangs of smugglers.
And one of them is dangerously familiar… Joss Doomsday has run the Doomsday smuggling clan since he was a boy.
When the new baronet—his old lover—agrees to testify against Joss’s sister, Joss acts fast to stop him.
Their reunion is anything but happy, yet after the dust settles, neither can stay away.
Soon, all Joss and Gareth want is the chance to be together.
But the bleak, bare Marsh holds deadly secrets.
And when Gareth finds himself threatened from every side, the gentleman and the smuggler must trust one another not just with their hearts, but with their lives.
Claudia: I’m always, always excited about a KJ Charles book, and this one is no exception — bonus points for a great cover.
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Something Wild and Wonderful From the author of Love & Other Disasters comes a sparkling grumpy-meets-sunshine rom-com featuring two men’s sweeping journey across the Northwestern wilderness.
When Alexei Lebedev finally comes out to his conservative community, it does not go well.
That’s how he ended up on the rugged Pacific Crest Trail, hoping he can figure out a new life plan in the thousands of miles it’ll take to walk the famed hike.
He’s prepared for rattlesnakes, blisters, and months of solitude.
What he’s not prepared for is the ray of sunshine named Ben Caravalho.
Charismatic and outgoing, Ben’s personality and infectious laughter is a stark opposite to Alexei’s quiet, reserved demeanor.
But no matter how determined Alexei is to hike the trail alone, it seems he and Ben can’t avoid being drawn to each other.
Through snow crossings and close calls with coyotes, Alexei inches closer to letting Ben in.
As Alexei learns of Ben’s loving family and supportive friends, he begins to get a taste of what found family and belonging could truly feel like.
But just as Alexei starts to let down his defenses, a sudden change in plans reawakens his fears—and he must discover if he has the courage to face something even scarier than the trail less traveled: letting himself fall.
Aarya: My idea of hiking is a three-hour exercise with frequent breaks, but I’m willing to put aside my prejudices in fiction.
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Weyward Three women.
Five centuries.
One secret.
‘I had nature in my heart, she said.
Like she did, and her mother before her.
There was something about us – the Weyward women – that bonded us more tightly with the natural world.We can feel it, she said, the same way we feel rage, sorrow or joy.’ In 2019, Kate flees an abusive relationship in London for Crows Beck, a remote Cumbrian village.
Her destination is Weyward Cottage, inherited from her great Aunt Violet, an eccentric entomologist.
As Kate struggles with the trauma of her past, she uncovers a secret about the women in her family.
A secret dating back to 1619, when her ancestor Altha Weyward was put on trial for witchcraft… Weyward is a stunning debut novel about gender and control – about the long echoes of male violence through the centuries.
But more than that, it is a celebration of nature, female power and breaking free.
Amanda: Always on board for witchy historical fiction and I love the cover.
Elyse: This historical story of witchcraft sounds like it has a mystery element to it.
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The Playing Game NHL veteran player Kieran Marsh has had more relationships than trips to the sin bin, making him a player on and off the ice.
And two years ago, I had a one night stand with him when I thought I would forever stay the anonymous girl in the hockey jersey.
But now my city has an expansion team, and guess who’s one of their star players?
Of course I accept an offer to go see the opening night game.
I can’t stay away, even though hockey destroyed my family, and so much about Kieran reminds me of the worst things my father ever did to my mother.
And when Kieran sees me in the stands?
I know nothing is going to be the same again.
This is his game, and he knows how to win.
Aarya: Can’t wait for a new series from Ainsley (erotic romance pen name for Zoe York).
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A Tempest at Sea Charlotte Holmes’s brilliant mind and deductive skills are pulled into a dangerous investigation at sea in the new mystery in the bestselling Lady Sherlock series.
After feigning her own death in Cornwall to escape from Moriarty’s perilous attention, Charlotte Holmes goes into hiding.
But then she receives a tempting offer: Find a dossier the crown is desperately seeking to recover, and she might be able to go back to a normal life.
Her search leads her aboard the RMS Provence, sailing from Southampton for the eastern hemisphere.
But on the night Charlotte makes her move to retrieve the dossier, in the midst of a terrifying storm in the Bay of Biscay, a brutal murder also takes place on the ship.
Instead of solving the crime, as she is accustomed to doing, Charlotte must take care not to be embroiled in this investigation, lest it become known to those who harbor ill intentions that Sherlock Holmes is abroad and still very much alive.
Aarya: Excited for the next installment in my favorite historical mystery series.
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Bitter Medicine In this xianxia-inspired contemporary fantasy, a Chinese immortal and a French elf navigate romance, family loyalty, and workplace demands.
In her debut novel, Mia Tsai has created a paranormal adventure that is full of humor, passion, and depth.
As a descendant of the Chinese god of medicine, ignored middle child Elle was destined to be a doctor.
Instead, she is underemployed as a mediocre magical calligrapher at the fairy temp agency, paranoid that her murderous younger brother will find her and their elder brother.
Using her full abilities will expose Elle’s location.
Nevertheless, she challenges herself by covertly outfitting Luc, her client and crush, with high-powered glyphs.
Half-elf Luc, the agency’s top security expert, has his own secret: he’s responsible for a curse laid on two children from an old assignment.
To heal them, he’ll need to perform his job duties with unrelenting excellence and earn time off from his tyrannical boss.
When Elle saves Luc’s life on a mission, he brings her a gift and a request for stronger magic to ensure success on the next job—except the next job is hunting down Elle’s younger brother.
As Luc and Elle collaborate, their chemistry blooms.
Happiness, for once, is an option for them both.
But Elle is loyal to her family, and Luc is bound by his true name.
To win freedom from duty, they must make unexpected sacrifices.
Aarya: This has received rave reviews and author blurbs (including Courtney Milan and Rebecca Roanhorse).
I hope it lives up to expectations!
Susan: I’m intrigued by magic through writing and complicated sibling relationships, so Bitter Medicine sounds great.
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Flowerheart Perfect for fans of Margaret Rogerson and Tamora Pierce, this standalone YA debut is a stunning cottagecore fantasy romance about a girl with powerful and violent magic, which she must learn to control—or lose everything she loves.
Clara’s magic has always been wild.
But it’s never been dangerous.
Then a simple touch causes poisonous flowers to bloom in her father’s chest.
The only way to heal him is to cast an extremely difficult spell that requires perfect control.
And the only person willing to help is her former best friend, Xavier, who’s grown from a sweet, shy child into a mysterious and distant young man.
Xavier names a terrible price in return, knowing Clara will give anything to save her father.
As she struggles to reconcile the new Xavier with the boy she once loved, she discovers their bargain is only one of the heavy secrets he’s hiding.
And as she hunts for the truth, she instead finds the root of a terrible darkness that’s taken hold in the queendom—a darkness only Clara’s magic is powerful enough to stop.
Susan: I’m a simple soul: I see a comparison to Tamora Pierce, I immediately want to read it.
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Love and Other Flight Delays Love takes flight in a collection of sexy, fun novellas all set at the airport from the acclaimed author of The Fastest Way to Fall.
The Love ConnectionAn airport pet groomer meets her frequent-flier crush and finds herself in a fake-dating situation with a professional risk assessor who moonlights as a romance author.
The Missed ConnectionTwo strangers share a romantic night only to discover months later that they’re professional rivals about to embark on an extended business trip together in this grumpy-meets-sunshine romance.
The Sweetest ConnectionTwo best friends have one week to return a lost love letter found in a candy store at the airport—and work up the courage to confess the deep feelings between them—before one of them leaves the country.
Shana: I’ve read a couple of the novellas in this collection, and they were great if you like travel-related stories.
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Lucky in Lace Juliette Jennings lives her life like a tightly laced corset—not that she’d ever wear one.
As a business owner of a stationery store, structure is her favorite.
But when her best friend and her ex fall head over heels for each other, everything unravels and leaves her exposed.
Even worse, a scandalous lingerie shop has moved in next door, and its tantalizing window displays will drive away her conservative customers.
If only the owner would turn off the charm, Juliette is sure she could stop imagining her in nothing but the shop’s lacy best sellers.
Peyton Lane loves a clean slate.
In fact, she desperately needs one after a series of bad choices.
She also likes sexy things, and uptight Juliette next door would be a fun bow to untie.
But when Peyton’s feelings enter new territory, she realizes the world might be scarier than she’d planned.
Juliette has Peyton longing for forever on one hand and lacing up her running shoes with the other.
What’re a structured stationery store owner and a sexy lingerie peddler to do?
Tara: I do love a good opposites attract romance.
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Off the Menu In less than 48 hours, reality TV sensation Restaurant Redo and its gorgeous host will arrive to film in chef Taylor Mobley’s kitchen…and she just found out.
Fixer Erin Rasmussen has a reputation for saving failing restaurants with her take-no-crap attitude.
She gets the job done on time, under budget, and millions of viewers tune in to watch her do it.
The fine dining restaurant Taylor works for has some serious problems and management doesn’t want her input.
It’s time to leave.
But how is she supposed to find a new position when a TV host with delusions of grandeur keeps painting her as a problem chef?
Taylor refuses to play nice with Erin, especially on camera.
They make each other’s blood boil, which is why it’s even more annoying that they can’t manage to keep their hands off each other.
Erin only cares about entertaining viewers.
Taylor is unprofessional and immature.
Or at least that’s what they each think.
As the cameras roll and their careers hang in the balance, will Erin and Taylor make the jump from enemies to lovers?
Tara: I adore cooking reality show romances, so I’m hoping the enemies-to-lovers aspect will work too.
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Thousand Autumns: Qian Qiu Vol.
1 Shen Qiao is a devout Daoist priest who has spent his life honing his skills and spirit, leading his sect with martial talent, beauty beyond measure, and an earnest heart.
His polar opposite, Yan Wushi, leads one of the most powerful demonic sects and is said to be unrivaled in his strength and cunning.
Yan Wushi believes in the inherently selfish nature of all people—himself included—and that nobody is above committing dark deeds for their own benefit.
When a fight leaves Shen Qiao injured, blind, and with hazy memories, Yan Wushi takes in the defeated sect leader with a dark plan: test the limits of the man’s patience and faith in others to lure him onto the demonic path.
Little does he know that he is about to meet the first immovable force of his life, and that two hearts can connect in unexpected ways.
With the passing of a thousand autumns, who can stay eternal?
Susan: My friends have PROMISED that Thousand Autumns is exactly the sort of thing I love, so I’m excited to find out if they’re right!
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Vera Wong’s Unsolicited Advice for Murderers Author: Jesse Sutanto Released: March 14, 2023 by Berkley Genre: Mystery/Thriller A lonely shopkeeper takes it upon herself to solve a murder in the most peculiar way in this captivating mystery by Jesse Q.
Sutanto, bestselling author of Dial A for Aunties.
Vera Wong is a lonely little old lady–ah, lady of a certain age–who lives above her forgotten tea shop in the middle of San Francisco’s Chinatown.
Despite living alone, Vera is not needy, oh no.
She likes nothing more than sipping on a good cup of Wulong and doing some healthy detective work on the Internet about what her Gen-Z son is up to.
Then one morning, Vera trudges downstairs to find a curious thing–a dead man in the middle of her tea shop.
In his outstretched hand, a flash drive.
Vera doesn’t know what comes over her, but after calling the cops like any good citizen would, she sort of .
.
. swipes the flash drive from the body and tucks it safely into the pocket of her apron.
Why?
Because Vera is sure she would do a better job than the police possibly could, because nobody sniffs out a wrongdoing quite like a suspicious Chinese mother with time on her hands.
Vera knows the killer will be back for the flash drive; all she has to do is watch the increasing number of customers at her shop and figure out which one among them is the killer.
What Vera does not expect is to form friendships with her customers and start to care for each and every one of them.
As a protective mother hen, will she end up having to give one of her newfound chicks to the police?
Another book for the senior sleuth trend!
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