by: Judy Penz Sheluk
Barking Rain Press
Hoping to promote the Glass Dolphin antiques shop, co-owners Arabella Carpenter and Emily Garland agree to sponsor a hole on contest at a charity golf tournament. The publicity turns out to be anything but positive, however, when Arabella’s errant tee shot lands in the woods next to a corpse.
They soon learn that the victim is closely related to Arabella’s ex-husband, who had been acting as Course Marshal. With means, opportunity, and more than enough motive, he soon becomes the police department’s prime suspect, leaving Arabella and Emily determined to clear his name–even if they’re not entirely convinced of his innocence.
Sub-Genre: Amateur Sleuth, Cozy
Other Characteristics: Antiques shop, Golf, Canada, Small Town, Present Day
by Jennifer Young
For archaeologist Maxine ‘Max’ Falkland, life in early-50s London is difficult enough as she tries to move on from the death of her brother, an RAF pilot shot down over Korea. But, when she meets John Knox things get more complicated — before they get outright dangerous.
Mystery Sub-Genres: Historical, Suspense & Thriller
Other Characteristics: Female Protagonist, London, Mull, Scotland, 1950s
by Kristina Stanley
A year after her Uncle Bobby mysteriously disappears in the turquoise waters surrounding the Bahamas, Shannon Payne joins her grieving aunt to trace Bobby’s last voyage. Shannon hopes the serenity of the sea might help her recover from a devastating breakup with her fiancé.
Mystery Sub-Genres: Adventure & Explorer, Romance
Other Characteristics: Contemporary, Female Protagonist, Sailing, Bahamas