Two New Releases for the Wickeds!

Hi. It’s Barb and Liz here today with two releases: the brand new Witch Trial by Cate Conte (Liz) and the wide release of Jane Darrowfield and the Madwoman Next Door by Barbara Ross.

Witch Trial

Here’s the blurb

In the second installment of Cate Conte’s charming new series featuring crystal shop owner and witch Violet Mooney, the murder of one of her customers launches her into a case that conjures up both supernatural and mortal enemies…

Double, double toil and trouble,
A witch’s life is quite a muddle.
 
The Full Moon crystal shop in North Harbor, Connecticut, offers healing stones for all sorts of ailments. Unfortunately, there’s nothing among the gems that can help owner Violet Mooney learn how to wield the magick she inherited from both sides of her family—the legendary Ravenstar and Moonstone clans. As if being an apprentice witch weren’t difficult enough, Violet’s tutors are her estranged mother Fiona, a sister she never knew she had named Zoe, and a familiar in the form of a black cat, Xander.
 
Between learning spells, Violet is being investigated by the Magickal Council. A reporter out to debunk spiritualists was “genied”—her soul imprisoned inside a bottle—in Violet’s shop, and she can’t prove she didn’t do it. Meanwhile, her non-magickal life has become complicated when one of her crystal shop customers, Nicole St. James, goes missing and turns up dead, a victim of murder.
 
Determined to solve both crimes, Violet taps into powers she doesn’t understand, much less control—and finds herself conjuring up both supernatural and mortal enemies…

Cate says…

I’m so happy this book is finally out! It’s been a while since Witch Hunt debuted, and I’m so excited for this next installment to be out in the world. Violet is knee-deep in both mortal and non-mortal mysteries in this one, and it’s been so much fun to write. I hope you all enjoy!

Jane Darrowfield and the Madwoman Next Door

The blurb

Jane Darrowfield is using her retirement years to work as a professional busybody, with most of her business coming from her West Cambridge, Massachusetts, community. This time her client is right next door . . .

Megan, who’s purchased the house next to Jane’s, needs some help from her snooping neighbor. Megan’s been having blackouts, hearing voices—and feeling like someone’s following her. Are these symptoms of an illness—or signs that she’s in danger?

Considering the extensive security system in Megan’s house, it seems like she should be safe—yet she soon vanishes into thin air. Some think she’s run away, but would this ambitious young lawyer on the partner track really miss a meeting with an important client? And where’s Megan’s cat?

The mystery is about to deepen when the cat is finally located in a hidden panic room—and as Jane and the police look into Megan’s friends, family, and past, it may be time to sound the alarm . .

Barb says

Jane Darrowfield began the professional busybody phase of her life as a Barnes & Noble exclusive, available only in the U.S. and only in print. I am so excited that Jane will now reach a wider audience. I’ve loved writing these books and hope you enjoy Jane’s adventures.

Readers: Thank you to all the faithful readers of the Wicked Authors. We hope you had a great year in reading. Is there a book you’re particularly excited about digging into in the new year?

29 Thoughts

  1. Cate and Barbara, congratulations on the new release and wide release of the books!

    There are many books that I’m looking forward to for 2022. BATTER OFF DEAD for sure. Though the new C.J. Box thriller SHADOWS REEL isn’t due out until March 8th, I got to read an advance copy and I liked it. Other books I am looking forward to include LAST SEEN ALIVE by Joanna Schaffhausen, BYE BYE BABY by Ace Atkins and SURVIVOR’S GUILT by Robyn Gigl.

  2. Congratulations Cate and Barb on two fabulous sounding books that have been on my TBR list since first talked about! Can’t wait to read them.

    What books am I looking forward to – ALL of them! Let the reading begin. 🙂
    2clowns at arkansas dot net

  3. HAPPY NEEW YEEAR Wickeds!! What a question…I want to read all your new books, but if you twist my arm and wrestle me to the ground so I can make a decision: Of all the wonderful books that you are all going to be allowing us to enjoy, I must pick Barbara Ross’ MUDDLED THROUGH…I was responsible for selecting this series for our book club, and everyone is anxiously awaiting the arrival of another Julia Snowden adventure…and all of us are rootin’ for Chris! Thank you on and all for your amazing writing talents. Abundant blessings to you and your loved ones.

  4. Congratulations to you both on the new releases for two great series! I’ve read Barb’s, and am looking forward to Cate’s. 🙂
    A while back I attended a conference where we bid on a chance to join the cast of characters in Marni Graff’s upcoming book, as yet unnamed. I won the bid! The book (“The Evening’s Amethyst”) arrived in my mailbox, and I am cast as an Exeter College undergrad, (Oxford) leggy, and blond. Marni let me have some input as to my character’s appearance and I let my dreams take over. LOLOL I am neither leggy nor blond in real life, but have walked around the Oxford campus. That book is next up on my TBR pile.

  5. I was lucky enough to win arcs of both Witch Hunt (the first Full Moon mystery) and Jane Darrowfield and the Madwoman Next Door. I am eager to begin Witch Trial (got my glitter ready) and looking forward to Jane’s next adventure – will it be released in 2022?

  6. Congratulations on the book releases! and congratulations to us readers for being able to get them!! Thank you!

  7. Congratulations on your new releases. I am always thrilled to jump into a new book. There are so many, I am not sure where to begin. I hope you have a marvelous New Year. God bless you.

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