Book One of A Victorian Book Club Mystery
Lady Amy Lovell writes mysteries. In England. In the 1890s. Her father isn’t happy about that and wishes she would use a different name at least.
The tale begins in Bath, England where Amy has received a letter from a mystery person telling her that her fiance’, Ronald St. Vincent, has been engaging in some disturbing and illegal activities. She immediately breaks off the engagement.
A few days later as Amy is awaiting the arrival of a fellow book club member, Lord William, who should show up at her door but the recently ex-fiance’. She has him sent to the library but when she enters all she sees is his dead body with a knife in it.
As Lord William arrives to find a screaming Amy, the police also arrive and promptly suspect her of murder.
Now she and her friend will have to try and find out who did the deed before Amy goes to the gallows!
I enjoyed this first book in what I hope will be a series. It started slow but was soon going well. The characters were well done. Historical Fiction Cozy Mysteries are the best! You learn so much while you try and solve the mystery.
NetGalley/ May 12th, 2020 by Crooked Lane Books
A Handcrafted Mystery #3
Community Craft proprietor Sammy Kane must piece together a patchwork of clues when a “live” mannequin ends up stone-cold dead.
In snow-covered Heartsford, Wisconsin, folks are snuggled in quilts trying to stay warm. But with the annual Fire and Ice event the next day, even the brutal weather won’t keep everyone in town from participating.
Samantha Kane is hoping to boost business at her store, Community Crafts.
Wanting to stand out, Sammy has a brainstorm for her front window display. Living mannequins with their crafts! So far Wanda is looking the part. Sitting in the front window with her quilt square in her lap, she hasn’t moved a muscle.
That could have something to do with the fact that she is dead. Yes, dead, right in the front window of Sammy’s store. Much to the chagrin of Detective Lam, Sammy and her sister and cousin have reformed the S.H.E. club. No case too cold or too dangerous for them to stick their little noses in.
With clues all around them, and bad things bubbling under the surface, this may be the one time they can’t craft a happy ending!
NetGalley/ February 11th, 2020 by Crooked Lane Books
A Tea and Read Mystery #3
Callie Aspen and her Great-Aunt Iphy run the delightful shop Book Tea, with her aunt’s mouth-watering treats and the best tea and coffee in town. Although Heart’s Harbor, Maine is not exactly a huge place.
Callie is still working to save Haywood Hall and with Valentine’s Day approaching it’s the perfect time for a different type of party. Turning the Hall into a place full of hearts and special books, music and even a book appraiser who has volunteered his time to come.
But from the start, there is a lot of tension. People are acting oddly. One of their singers backed out and the replacement has caused Iphy quite a bit of anxiety.
When the book appraiser is found dead, everyone is under suspicion and while she can’t explain it to Callie, she has to prove that the man accused is innocent. With Ace already reminding Callie she can not get involved, we know she will.
This is the third in this series and was not my favorite. Callie seemed wimpy and her aunt came off as really rather mean. For me, this one fell flat.
NetGalley/ February 11th, 2020 by Crooked Lane Books
A Secret, Bone, and Scone Society Novel #3
Nora Pennington is beginning to wonder if this rain is ever going to end. Owner of Miracle Books, Nora isn’t complaining about the business packing the towns inns and her bookstore but it would be nice to have a dry day here and there.
Along with the new shoppers, she makes a new friend. Sheldon is like a fairy godmother who swoops in and makes everything interesting and as long as he is stranded at the inn, Nora intends to make full use of his talents!
And rain or not she needs some things for the shop so it’s off to the flea market. Nora finds local artisan, Danny, and falls in love with one of his bowls she believes her sweetie would love.
When the next day finds rain and floods and a body, Nora smells a mystery! When she believes she has found a clue in of all places The Inn of Mist and Roses. What does Danny have to do with the legend of the inn?
And now there is a second body and Nora knows it’s time to call on the Secret, Bone and Scone Society to help find out who did what and why!
Another hit for Ellery!
NetGalley/ January 28th, 2020 by Kensington
The Highland Bookshop Mystery Series Book 3
Back to Scotland at Yon Bonnie Books with Janet and friends.
Janet is out for a bike ride by Inversgail when she sees tracks and finds Dr. Murray and his bike down a very steep slope. Calling the Police Scotland emergency number, she is struck by what look like tire tracks. If this was an accident why in the world didn’t they stop? And if it wasn’t an accident who in the world would want to kill a much loved and already retired doctor?
In the next few days, Janet finds a box of vintage first editions on her bookstore doorstep. The note tells her to look after them. But she and her team aren’t sure what that even means. There are mysterious writings in the books and they all agree that they must have belonged to the doctor. And off they go to find Gerald, the brother.
First calling the doctor’s home they get his sister. And boy is she angry and from the looks of things the house has been robbed. Moving on to the reclusive Gerald, they instead find a dead body killed with a dagger. Now both brothers are dead and things are starting to look sketchy.
The police are investigating the deaths for connections but are also looking askance at Janet and her team. They just want to find out how the books got to the shop and why.
And so the mystery begins. But will Janet and her team end up in jail?
The third book in the series is really good. The characters are so real and the descriptions of the area make you feel like you are right there in bonny Scotland!
Very Well Done!!’
NetGalley/ January 7th, 2020 by Pegasus Books
Resale Boutique Mystery #2
Former Manhattan fashion buyer Kelly Quinn is turning her grandmother’s outdated consignment shop into her quaint hometown’s hot spot for upscale style—until her second-hand couture makes the scene of an ice-cold crime . . .
Kelly is still determined to make her inheritance, the Lucky Cove Resale Boutique, her grandmother’s store, a success. With Black Friday coming up she is giving it her all to turn a profit. And when one of the Long Island Ladies (Reality Show) Wendy, stops by to consign some of her designer duds.
Unbeknownst to Kelly, her shop assistant sold one of the gowns to another LIL! The diva Diana Delacourt. You just know with a name like that she is going to be a diva. But when Diana shows up at an event wearing the dress, Wendy humiliates her and Diana runs out.
The next morning Kelly stops by to check on her only to find her lying in the snow dead. With Wendy being the prime suspect, she demands that Kelly help clear her name or Kelly’s step-mother may not get the open slot on the show.
Although she’s been warned by police to stay out of this, she isn’t going to do that. No, she’s going to go digging around and putting a big old target on her own back!
Debra Sennefelder is one of my favorite authors. This one is perfect to kick off the new year!
NetGalley/January 7th, 2020 by Lyrical Underground
A Blue Ridge Library Mystery #4
Blue Ridge library director Amy Webber learns it wasn’t all peace and love among the “flower children” when a corpse is unearthed on the grounds of a 1960s commune.
Welcome back to Taylorsford! In particular, the library and its director, Amy Webber and her dear friend Sunny, the only two actual employees of the small library.
Amy is actively not planning her future wedding to Richard and Sunny is running for mayor. As Amy is listening to more unsolicited advice about her nuptials, Sunny receives a phone call from her grandparents, Carla and P.J., telling her a digging company has found a full skeleton on their farm! Carla and her husband have an organic farm and in the ’60s for a short while had a commune.
Amy knows this kind of publicity will ruin her friends’ chances at the mayor’s job, so of course, she does what Amy does best. Research. Snooping. Asking questions that could put them all in danger. Because someone wasn’t so hippy happy back then it would seem!
We definitely found out some things we did not know about some of the flower children from the old commune, who are living right there in town! Not all of them, but the main players it would seem.
There are a lot of surprises in this one and I most definitely did not finger the correct suspect! Did you?
NetGalley/ January 7th, 2020 by Crooked Lane Books
A Maine Clambake Mystery #8
In Sealed Off, we are back in Busman’s Harbor, Maine visiting with the Snowden family and their Clambake Business. It’s October and they are finishing up for the year with only six bakes left.
Julia has hired her boyfriends’ brother, recently released from prison, to help with the fires. Lately, she has been noticing that there is a bit of tension in their close-knit group. Not one but two men are vying for Emmy’s attention and it’s beginning to feel awkward.
When Julia and Sonny find one of the interested parties dead in the woodpile, it’s not looking good for the ex-con.
At the same time work is continuing on the family manor although that turns up more mystery. A secret room, a secret diary and enough curiosity to kill several cats! Julia and friends get down to solving both mysteries, sad as they both may be.
I love this series. Barbara Ross is a wonderful storyteller alone or with her writing partners in crime! About the only thing, I love more than murder and mayhem is a good historical mystery! Secret rooms? Diaries from the 1800s? Sign me up!
NetGalley/ December 31st, 2019 by Kensington Publishing Corporation
Book 13 in A Booktown Mystery Series
Stoneham is the town I want to live in. Tricia and her sister are deeply embedded in the town with her sister owning most of the shops and Tricia owning her mystery bookstore while playing amateur detective.
Now that Pixie is taking on more responsibility in the store, Tricia finds herself with quite a bit of extra time. She really wants to join the board of the local animal shelter/rescue, but that looks like a longshot. Maybe she’ll enter the Great Stoneham Bake-Off, but that looks daunting as well.
Looking to mix things up she wanders into Joyce’s Romance Bookstore, hoping for a little romance herself. What she finds is Joyce and Vera in an awkward argument where Vera is yelling angrily and Joyce is being polite but firm. It would seem there is some bad blood between these two neighbors, but who is telling the truth. And why is the new policewoman holding hands with Joyce?
Things heat up when Tricia stops by Joyce’s house for some veggies and instead, they find poor Vera run through with a pitchfork in Joyce’s backyard. Is Joyce a killer?
There were quite a few subplots going on here and I loved them all! Especially the snarky celebrity Chef! I should warn you that the food descriptions in this book will leave you drooling! I have already made the Walnut Cupcakes and the Lemon ones.
Great Series! August 13th, 2019 by Berkley
An Amish Matchmaker Mystery #1
A brand new series from Amanda Flower! And if you enjoy a little bit of crossover in your cozy series, this is the one for you!
Our main character, Millie, lives in Harvest, where the author’s Candy Shop Series is set, so you’ll see a few familiar faces.
Millie is a widow who has recently moved back to her childhood home in Harvest, Ohio. She is a quiltmaker and also a matchmaker. She’s quite good at knowing which person should be with the other.
The one person who she really wants to help is her niece, Edith. Edith is a widow with small children and a huge greenhouse business. Edith is engaged to Zeke, who is not a likable fellow and may have ulterior motives for wooing Edith.
When Edith tells Millie she has decided to not marry Zeke, Millie is thrilled. Everyone else? Not so much. So when Zeke turns up dead in the greenhouse Millie is sure Edith will be a suspect. Edith isn’t going to prison on her watch! But will poking around needle the wrong person?
I have read a few Amish Cozy Mysteries and these are different. The characters are flawed and very funny! Is there such a thing as an Amish Romantic Comedy/Mystery? It seems there is and this is it!
Looking forward to more of Millie!
NetGalley/ December 31st, 2019 by Kensington