Pie Town Mystery Number Five
This Halloween, pie shop proprietor Val Harris must patch together clues to solve a murder by pumpkin . . .
You read that correctly. Murder by pumpkin.
Pie Town is back and Val and her quirky band of bakers are gearing up for the annual pumpkin festival. Val is a judge for the pie-making contest and it looks like her boyfriend is entering the contest. Could get sticky.
As Val and Charlene stroll through the booths and the pumpkin patch they find a dead body under a huge pumpkin with a forklift standing by it. The woman was a contestant in the pie contest and the pumpkin belongs to the father of Val’s assistant.
Mazes, curses, pumpkin shenanigans, and a feud with the next town all combine with the colorful and hilarious staff of Pie Town to give us another great installment in the series.
Always well done!
NetGalley Review/August 25th, 2020 by Kensington Publishing Corporation
BAKESHOP MYSTERY #12
It is Springtime in Ashland, Oregon, and we are back at Torte with Jules and gang.
Juliet and staff are preparing for the Shakespeare Festival, Jules is moving back home and things are hectic in a good way.
But when Jules finds an old journal written by her father, she is suddenly thrust into an old murder from the ’80s and wondering what in the world her father was working on something called The Pastry Case?
With the help of the Professor, she learns more than she ever knew about her parents and her town. While the entire crew jumps in to try and solve the old case, they had better keep an eye out for the people who don’t want to dredge up old business.
Between the food and the hilarious antics of the characters, the author has skillfully put together a series that I am pretty sure will keep going.
This is one series I can not pass up because the characters are so great. I want to hang out with them.
NetGalley/ June 30th, 2020 by St. Martin’s Paperbacks
Anderson and Costello #11
Called to investigate the bloodstained aftermath of an eventful Christmas party, detectives Anderson & Costello discover that the holiday season can be anything but merry.
The good detectives are back! Everything is crowded during the Christmas Ice Show. And when a seemingly random husband and father is stabbed in a crowded food court, there are no witnesses, no clues, and no idea who would do such a thing.
When a week later they are called out to a holiday cottage in a fairly remote glen in the highlands, they find two bodies. One inside and one outside. Whoever the killer was, there is no evidence of them. Not even a snowprint.
Anderson is glad enough to jump in as he has more problems than a man should have at home. And his partner has her own issues.
Full of superstition and family squabbles, the characters are really well done and the old tale of greed, superstitious nonsense, and stone-cold murder was very well done!
NetGalley/ June 2nd, 2020 by Severn House Publishers
A Miss Underhay Mystery #2
It’s the summer of 1933 and Kitty Underhay is still reeling from all of the things that happened at The Dolphin. Where her long-absent and a very criminal father has come and gone in a cloud of suspicion.
But the one good thing to come out of it all is finding out she has family! Hoping it may bring her more information on her mother, who went missing in 1916, Kitty happily accepts her cousin’s request to come to Enderley Hall and stay a bit. Get to know the aunt and uncle and maybe have a bit of fun.
Kitty and her maid, Alice, feel something is off the minute they enter the home. Everyone is twitchy and no one seems to know anything about her mother or the visit she paid them just before she disappeared. Nanny Thoms remembers though and she gives Kitty just a snippet here and there before she is found at the bottom of the kitchen stairs.
Important papers are missing, people are being murdered and thank goodness Matt arrives to help investigate what is going on.
This is the second in the series and I enjoyed it just as much! Matt and Kitty are such strong characters and I can’t wait for more of their adventures!
NetGalley/ March 19th, 2020 by Bookoture
A Pie Town Mystery #4 ( With Recipes)
Val Harris, the owner of Pie Town, is not quite sure a poetry slam in a bakery is a thing. But Abril is excited enough for both of them. Does that have something to do with her professor, Michael Starke, a poet or is she a little starstruck?
Val would much rather spend time with her newfound half-brother but this could be good for the shop and she goes along. But the night ends abruptly when several of the professors begin to threaten each other and toss around the dreaded plagiarism accusation.
When later that night Starke is found dead, the Baker Street Bakers are determined to figure out who is guilty. And my goodness there were enough despicable people, right there in the English Department.
Everyone is keeping secrets. Everyone looks guilty. Even Abril! But with some help from her friends, especially the formidable Charlene, they are determined to find the guilty party without losing their heads.
I love this series!! I mean, PIE. And Charlene and her crazy UFO theories had me laughing the entire book. What a great cast of characters that Weiss has invented for us! And don’t forget…recipes!
Kensington February 25th, 2020
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
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
When a firecracker becomes a murder weapon, Emily Westhill pursues a killer with a short fuse …
This is the third book in the Deputy Donut Series and it just keeps getting better!
Like it or not, Cops and Donuts go together like peanut butter and jelly. And Emily Westhill should know. Her own husband was a detective and her father-in-law, Tom, is the retired police chief in Fallingbrook, Wisconsin. Tom is also her partner in the shop.
The best thing is the Donut car. Emily has turned an old police cruiser into a mascot for the donut shop and it sounds really fun. This time Emily is making donuts for the annual Fourth of July celebration in town, with red, white and blue jelly-filled donuts.
She is also transporting the King and Queen in her car. Or she was supposed to. The Queen is a real piece of work and refuses to ride in a donut car, she then proceeds to annoy and anger everyone there.
Everyone is enjoying the fireworks when one explodes from a pile of donuts and lodges itself in the Queen’s back, shutting her up for good.
But more than one someone is trying to make Emily look guilty and no matter what she is going to stick her nose into this mystery. But when things get sticky will her friends be able to figure out where she is and get there in time to save her from becoming the next victim?
I love this series. It’s smart, funny, and the characters are so real. And the donuts. And coffee. By the time finished this one all I wanted was a raspberry filled donut! I could smell them. Then Boom! There’s a recipe and now I’m making a donut. I will now wait patiently (not) for the next one.
A Tourist Trap Mystery #11
Fall has come to South Cove, the lovely town that is home to Coffee, Books, and More, owned by our coffee making, crime-solving Jill Gardner.
While we are all still reeling from Aunt Jackie’s abrupt break up with the man who worships her. Aunt Jackie isn’t talking about it. She is, however, acting very odd!
Love is in the air all over South Cove and Amy has Jill helping her with her wedding. The mayor is doing his best to get information on Greg running for mayor this year and is being very persistent.
When Jill hosts a talk at the shop on elder abuse, given by Paula, from the Senior Project, she isn’t really listening. But when she finds out Aunt Jackie is receiving strange phone calls from a man claiming to be her dead husband, Jill is suspicious. Is he a con man?
While Jill chases down leads on the mystery man, Greg is busy with murder. Paula’s boyfriend is dead, and she is looking good for murder. But Jill doesn’t believe it. Proving it may get her killed!
I have been with this series since the beginning. Jill has grown into a confident and strong woman. That is one thing I love about Lynn’s books, you can see the growth in each character and that is a hard thing to do.
This author has proven once again that she is one of the best in the Cozy Genre.
NetGalley/ November 12th, 2019 by Lyrical Underground
A Mystery With Recipes
Bernie and Libby are always a treat! Even their Dad. The entire family cut ties to their mothers Sinclair relatives after years of them borrowing money and never bothering to pay it back, so it’s a shock when one of the cousins shows up asking Bernie and Libby to cater her New Year’s Eve party in an attempt to lure out whoever killed Ada Sinclair’s father.
Intrigued, but cautious, the ladies hear her out. Her father and his business partner both died within hours of each other and both were ruled accidents. But Ava passionately believes otherwise.
Their father warns them not to get involved, but you know they will, so he helps behind the scenes.
Showing up at the event, they are met with hostility and some seriously weird family members. Ada has asked them to be there when she reads the journal she found in her father’s thing. Believing it will flush out the guilty party. Unfortunately for Ada, it just leaves one person dead and Ada in the wind.
They truly believe Ada and are going to find out the truth. Even if it kills them, Which it may!
I love the sisters. This one was a bit wordy in the middle, but the ending was quite satisfying.
NetGalley/October 29th, 2019 by Kensington