Mud season takes on a whole new meaning in the coastal town of Busman’s Harbor, Maine, when local business owners sling dirt at one another in a heated feud over a proposed pedestrian mall. Vandalism is one thing, but murder means Julia Snowden of the Snowden Family Clambake steps in to clean up the case . . .
Julia and her family are back with another mystery and murder. This one begins with Julia seeing police cars in front of the shop Livvie works in, Lupine Design, a successful pottery store. While Livvie is safe the shop is trashed.
Lupine’s owner, Zoey, is out digging mud for more projects when the police arrive to tell her the bad news. She is shocked. Who in the world would do this to her? And why? While she and many others in town are all for a pedestrian mall to bring in more tourists and revenue there is one troublemaker. And he is in the shop next to Lupine. In an odd turn, they both share a basement.
Surely the fuss over a pedestrian mall isn’t enough to destroy property, but when the neighbor turns up dead in the basement, Zoey has some explaining to do.
This one was a bit more twisty than usual. So many secrets people are keeping. For decades, old slights fester and the more she digs, the more she finds herself in the line of fire.
Spring has come to Ashland, Oregon and flowers are blooming along with love for Juliet and her team at Tort, as they cater the wedding of Thomas and Kerry at the park. It’s a beautiful day and everyone is on the green watching the bride come down.
But when an uninvited guest pops up it’s a shock for everyone. Including the bride. And why is Kerry’s father here? He is supposed to be living in a gated community as a guest of the state! What is going on?
As if things couldn’t get any worse, the bass player for the band is found dead by his own instrument. What next? We all know Jules is going to jump in with both feet to find out what is going on and hopefully before she’s next on the killers’ invite list!
Always a pleasure to see one of Alexander’s mysteries!
We’re back in Mississippi with Sara Booth, Tinkie, and Jitty! It’s Halloween time and the entire gang is gathering to admire Tinkie’s new baby, Maylin, and do a bit of decorating too! But you know a good time here usually gets interrupted by a disaster.
This time it is Sara Booth’s mother’s dear friend, Frankie. Frankie is distraught and wants to hire the detectives to find her missing daughter in New Orleans. Christa is trying to when a journalism scholarship and is on to a hot story about cults. Soon after her roommate goes missing and two days later so does Christa.
So the team heads to New Orleans to find answers. Who is behind this mysterious cult that promises eternal life and youth? And what are they doing over in the Garden District talking about sacrificing women?
People of Eternity are wealthy and connected. Maybe even the police. But the ladies are determined and with the hunky detective on board, they try to stay alive long enough to find the missing girls and figure out who this mysterious Rhianna is.
It’s always a good time with Sara Booth and Jitty! That ghost kills me! Suspense, murder, and laughs make this a good read!
Magdalena Yoder is accused of murdering her ex-husband in this delightfully quirky cozy mystery set among Pennsylvania’s Amish-Mennonite community.
On page one and I’m already laughing. Magdalena Yoder is not only the mayor of her town, she is it’s the richest resident. And she is funny! Oh does she make you laugh.
When her kind of ex-husband shows up planning to build a giant theme park based on the book of Revelations, Magdalena is incensed. They are a quiet community and don’t want some Disney version of the Bible bringing thousands of people to their quiet community.
Aaron Miller is not a good man. Not even close. But he owns the land and this could be ugly.
As he is showing his plans to the public community he bites into a tart and that’s the last thing he does. Obviously he’s been poisoned, but by who? Who baked the tart? Who would want him dead?
Suspicions fall on Magdalena of course and she isn’t going to stand for that. She is going to solve this murder and clear her name. But will the secrets bubbling below the town’s perfect facade mean the end of her?
Magdalena is one of the funniest characters in the cozy world. I could listen to her all day.
Another really good read.
NetGalley/May 3rd, 2022 by Severn House Publishers
Welcome to Miracle Springs, NC. The snow is falling, a new year has begun, and Nora Pennington is still inviting people in for a good book and some treats. Nora runs her shop and also does bibliotherapy sessions. So she’s a busy lady. But she always has time for friends so when Deputy Andrews asks Nora to help her plan a surprise wedding proposal for Hester, she knows just what to do.
Right before the question is popped, Nora finds all her copies of The Scarlet Letter have been damaged by an angry someone who has dug out the name Hester on all the pages.
Nora doesn’t think this is a coincidence as she is one of only a few people, fiance’ not included, who know that Hester has a painful secret. The guilt of which is overwhelming. As if that weren’t enough a body of a hiker is found with a rare book in his pocket. Nothing about any of it makes sense. But Hester is spooked.
The Secret, Book, and Scone Society has taken on the case. Trying to find out how the man is connected to Hester. Someone is determined to get Hester’s attention and they are not above killing to get it.
Always a pleasure to read about Nora and the adventures of the Society.
The first in a new series! Hope and Summer Bailey are sisters who run Bailey’s Boutique, a shop in Asheville that sells crystals and tinctures as well as doing palm readings and the Tarot. Hope hasn’t done a Tarot reading in a long time. And she doesn’t want to discuss it.
As she is doing a palm reading for a regular customer, an irate man bursts through the door carrying a vial and accusing them of poisoning his patient with one of Summer’s tinctures. While he says he is a doctor, they have no idea who he is since their grandmother is dating the town doctor.
Things go from bad to worse when a woman dies in what looks like an allergic reaction. They also find a tarot card on her body. The Fool. And when another of her Grandmother’s friends dies in a similar way, also with a Fool card they realize it isn’t just a coincidence.
Then they find out their Gram is part of a tontine and things really heat up. To find a killer they need Hope to engage the tarot again. Can she do it?
There were some really good characters in this new series. Summer and her husband had their own thing going on as did a few of the other characters. Plenty of people to suspect!
NetGalley/April 5th, 2022 by Severn House Publishers
We’re back in Emerald Cove, Florida with Chloe and friends. Chloe is mixing drinks when she looks up to see a plane and a banner. The banner reads I LOVE YOU CHLOE JACKSON! What in the world? She and her guy are not even at that point yet. So what does this mean?
The question continues when she finds a bouquet of lilacs and a not-so-cheap bottle of her favorite wine. Does she have a secret admirer?
Surely her ex-fiance in Chicago hasn’t decided that after all this time he wants her back. She is not interested in going back and can’t figure out what he could be doing. But, yes, he has come to town for a convention for accountants and is determined to win her back, or so it seems. And when he is found floating in the lake with her photo in his hand, suspicious minds want to know.
None of this makes any sense to her. And when Rip becomes a suspect, she is determined to find out who is behind this. But with all the sketchy people in this story, she may end up dead herself.
Ready for your new read? Ellie Alexander brings us a brand new book!
Welcome to the town of Cascata on California’s Lost Coast. And meet book editor Emily Bryant who is still confused as to why she is there. Her grandmother has left her entire Victorian mansion and her book collection to Emily. But Emily is confused. She has memories of her grandmother and her mother that are good. But for some reason, after her mother got cancer and they moved, Emily’s father would never take her back or mention the past. Something awful must have happened between the adults.
The stipulation in the will means that Emily will have to edit a box of old manuscripts in order to inherit.
She isn’t thrilled, to say the least. But as she reads the manuscripts she finds they are different from what she is used to seeing.
Whenever she makes a change in the manuscript it happens in real life! Yes, there is magic here! For a short bit, this is great. She can fix everyone’s problems with a red pen. Only something goes wrong and now her edits are having the opposite effect.
And now her family’s past is coming out and unfortunately, she can’t edit that.
Things are going crazy but her saving grace may be the last manuscript. Can she right some wrongs without ruining everything?
I am a fan of Ellie Alexander and this is definitely a series I could read! I hope there is a number two coming up!
NetGalley/March 29th, 2022 by Sweet Lemon Press LLC
The Fourth Book in the House-Flipper Mystery Series
Whitney Whitaker and her cousin, Buck, are flipping real estate in Nashville. So far they are doing pretty good. In this adventure, the two have purchased a property with a church and a parsonage on it. They have decided to turn it into an entertainment venue with the parsonage serving as a bar/restaurant.
Fresh from closing the deal, they arrive to find horses living on the land around the church and even one inside! And this is where we meet the neighbor. A real charmer, this one. He carries a cattle prod with him if that tells you what type of man he is. Telling them the land is his and sending them to court where the issue will be settled.
In the meantime, they get to work. The demo is in full swing and the stained glass windows are delivered. As Buck and Whitney haul them to the parsonage for safekeeping, Sawdust, who also narrates the story, is witness to a violent encounter inside the belfry! Oh to be a talking cat. Just as we were sure who did the deed, we are very wrong.
I love this series. Sawdust is a very good narrator and very observant. If you are an HGTV lover, this series is for you. There is a lot of friendship, family, good design, and a murder or two. What more could you ask for?
We are back in South Lick, Indiana at Pans ‘N Pancakes. Robbie sells both at her country store.
She and her new husband, Abe, are out with the entire town enjoying a nice summer evening with fireworks. Even the folks from the assisted living center are there including Buck’s dad, Roy, and his lady friend Vi. Even with his blindness Roy can still knit with the ladies and let his other senses wander.
When the fireworks end, Vi is found dead in her chair. Murdered with what looks like a knitting needle maybe. Buck’s father is devastated not just for Vi but for his own wife who was murdered long ago. The killer was never caught.
Robbie is going to have to run her business and solve a murder. And she is good at both. Snooping and feeding people is what she does best. But someone out there wants her to mind her own business. But we know she isn’t going to do that.
This is a favorite series of mine. The food descriptions are to die for. And the recipes are included!