Romance in the face of danger and supernatural thrills are heading your way in these mysteries


Welcome to Texas Reads Mysteries, where I get to share my love of books. 


Trouble is brewing in Texas. Here are two page-turning tales that I have added to my TBR list. The type of book to settle into a chair with, add a favorite brew, and get ready for intrigue, murder, suspense, and magic. 


Frozen in Jeopardy by USA Today bestselling author Melanie D. Snitker had my attention with the title, which I found intriguing, and her characters, including a cop and K-9 partner. How could I resist? 


With one of my favorite months, October, just around the corner, I’m getting ready for my Halloween reads. Tessa Bryant gets things off to a great start with Magic, Mayhem and Murder. Witches, werewolves, vampires, and a talking cat. Could it get any more perfect? 




Frozen in Jeopardy 

By Melanie D. Snitker 

Christian Romantic Suspense (Danger in Destiny Book 2) 


Her routine night turns terrifying. 

As the storm of the century howls through Destiny, Texas, Dr. Paige Wade remains at her clinic to care for any animals that might need assistance. Her quiet night is disrupted when a man dumps an injured dog on the doorstep just hours before Paige is attacked in the parking lot. 


He’s uncovering deadly connections. 


A call from the local animal hospital where his friend works sends Police Officer Gabe Harrison hastening to respond. The crime seems random until someone starts stalking Paige. When Gabe and his K-9 partner, Loki, discover the man who dropped off the injured dog is now a murder victim, Gabe uncovers a link between the deceased and whoever is threatening Paige. 


They are running out of time. 


For years, Paige has ignored her feelings for Gabe. Working closely with him means gambling with her heart. As another winter storm approaches and the murderer becomes desperate, will the risks they take not only save her life, but give them hope for a future together? 


About the Author 


Melanie D. Snitker is a USA Today bestselling author who writes inspirational romance and romantic suspense. She and her husband live in Texas with their two children. They share their home with three dogs and a variety of small animals. In her spare time, Melanie enjoys photography, reading, training her dog, playing computer games, and hanging out with family and friends. 



Magic, Mayhem & Murder 

By Tessa Bryant 

A Paranormal Women’s Fiction Cozy Mystery (Bad Omen Investigations Series Book 1) 


In the blink of an eye, Mallory Thorne’s world fell apart. She was fired from her job, found her boyfriend in bed with their neighbor, and, as if that wasn’t bad enough, a phone call from her estranged sister came next, telling her that their beloved grandmother had been murdered.


With a heavy heart, Mallory heads home to Tempest, Texas, the small hometown she never planned to revisit. Only, the moment she steps foot in town strange things start happening all around her and she realizes Tempest isn’t the place she thought she remembered at all. Vampires run the local bar, werewolves are on the police force and there’s a talking cat in the bookstore! 


Turns out, Tempest is a refuge for the supernatural and Mallory is descended from a powerful coven of witches. Her grandmother bound her magic and hid her memories before she left town but with Nana gone, it’s all coming back to her. And nobody is more surprised than Mallory when she realizes those memories might be the key to solving her grandmother’s murder. 


It’ll take all of Mallory’s newfound magic, some seriously powerful old friends, and one high school crush turned handsome Sheriff, to discover the secrets hidden in her mind and navigate the dangers lurking just out of sight. Can Mallory confront the mysteries of her past and claim her true power, or will the killer claim another victim before she can stop them? 


Find out in this cozy paranormal mystery with a touch of romance, a dash of humor, and enough intrigue to keep you guessing until the very end. 


About the Author 


Despite what her Google search history might suggest, Tessa Bryant is an author, not a serial killer. She enjoys true crime content in all its many forms and came to writing her own fictional version after years of publishing in the romance genre. Tessa loves books, black cats and Buffy the Vampire Slayer. She’s combined these interests by creating the supernatural world of Tempest, Texas, a small town with more secrets than Marge Simpson’s hair could ever hold. She hopes you fall in love with her magical, murderous, cozy mysteries so she can quit her day job, but in the meantime, she’ll be writing and researching late into the night and hoping a handsome werewolf or vampire shows up on her doorstep to claim she’s his long-awaited mate. 


My kind of books! 

Award-Winning author Anita Dickason writes crime thrillers and cozy mysteries. Twenty-two years with the Dallas Police Department provides an unending source of inspiration for her plots and characters.