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By Stephen Krensky, Marc Brown. 1998
Arthur's friend Buster is searching for a crime to solve. When the quarters Arthur has collected for Mrs. MacGrady's charity… drive mysteriously disappear, Buster is committed to cracking the case. Will Buster be able to prove Arthur's innocence so that he can attend the class picnic? For beginning readers, this suspenseful adventure will surely be a hit.
By Evangelos Georgiou. 1946
A boy has just left his friend’s house and is walking the short distance to his home. His birthday is… in two days. He is turning 13, the start of teens. Halfway home, and as he is typing a message to another friend, he is bundled into a van and left unconscious. From that moment onwards, his life is in the hands of his captor. Would he survive or be killed? Would he be found by the police or would it be too late?
By Heather Gilbert. 2019
When exotic pet-sitter Belinda Blake moves into a carriage house in tony Greenwich, Connecticut, she’s hoping to find some new… clients. Instead she discovers a corpse in the garden—and a knack for solving murders . . . Pet-sitter Belinda Blake doesn’t rattle easily, but move-in day has been eventful, to say the least. The python in her care tried to slither to freedom—just as she met Stone Carrington V, her landlords’ disarmingly handsome son. With the constrictor back in its cage, she heads out to the garden, only to discover a designer shoe poking out of the boxwood hedge—attached to a woman’s dead body. The victim, Margo Fenton, was a Carrington family friend, and no one in their circle seems above suspicion. Between client trips to Manhattan and visits to her family in upstate New York, Belinda begins to put the pieces together. But though she’s falling for Stone’s numerous charms, Belinda wonders if she’s cozying up to a killer. And soon, daily contact with a deadly reptile might be the least dangerous part of her life . . . “A humorous series debut with exotic pets and a zany cast of characters. Gilbert’s cozy will make you smile.” —Amanda Flower, USA Today bestselling author of Premeditated Peppermint “Cozy fans will root for pet-sitter Belinda Blake as she unravels this cleverly-crafted mystery in a delightfully-deadly new series by Heather Day Gilbert.” —Elizabeth Spann Craig, author of the bestselling Myrtle Clover Mysteries “Smart and fresh, with a compelling mystery at its heart, Belinda Blake and the Snake in the Grass is an enchanting cozy that will hook you from page one. As will amateur sleuth Belinda Blake, a delightfully original heroine you’ll want to meet again and again.” —Karin Kaufman, author of the bestselling Juniper Grove Cozy Mystery Series “Snakes rank only slightly more favorably with me than spiders, leeches, and ticks. So you can imagine my surprise when, by the end of this book, the snake was my second favorite character after Belinda herself. On top of being a great book for animal-lovers (trust me, you’ll love even the snake), this was a fun read with a smart sleuth. I can’t wait to see what Belinda does next, where both pets and perps are concerned.” —Emily James, award-winning and bestselling cozy mystery author
By Catie Murphy. 2020
Escape to Ireland with this charming whodunnit… Cozy fans will be entranced by the beautiful setting, the pair of adorable… Jack Russell puppies, and of course—the deadly mystery at the heart of it all! In Dublin&’s fair city, where the girls are so pretty, murder occurs at the feet of sweet Molly Malone . . . Ferrying tourists around Dublin for the Leprechaun Limo Service makes quite a change after years in the military. Still, Megan Malone is enjoying her life in Ireland. She likes the scenery, the easy pace, the quirky, quick-witted locals. Everything—except having one of her clients drop dead at the statue of fabled fishmonger, Molly Malone. Most restaurant critics notch up their share of enemies. Elizabeth Darr, however, was a well-loved international star. She and her husband, Simon, had just had dinner when Elizabeth collapsed, and spoiled seafood is the first suspect. The restaurant&’s owner, worried her business is doomed, begs Megan to look into it. Between her irate boss and a handsome Garda who&’s both amused and annoyed by her persistence, Megan has her hands full even before she&’s cajoled into taking care of two adorable Jack Russell puppies (which she is almost definitely not keeping). But if cockles and mussels aren&’t to blame, can Megan find the real culprit . . .before another fishy death occurs?
By G. A. McKevett. 2019
The roots of the Moonlight Magnolia Detective Agency reach back to the 1980s in the little town of McGill, Georgia—where… Stella Reid and her seven grandkids enjoy some spooky Halloween fun and stumble into murder . . . Even if she has to stick to a budget, Stella Reid always makes holidays like Halloween memorable for twelve-year-old Savannah and the rest of her grandchildren. After joining trick-or-treating and the annual parade down Main Street, Granny Reid and the kids head to Judge Patterson&’s antebellum mansion, where a corn maze awaits. Most of the youngsters are too terrified to make it all the way to the middle. It&’s lucky for them, because when Savannah and Granny get there, it proves to be even scarier than they expected—half buried in the mud at the center of the maze lies a human skull. The grisly discovery uncovers a mystery that stretches back decades—and seems to be related to the long-unsolved murder of Granny Reid&’s own part-Cherokee mother. After all this time, the culprit may be long gone . . . or still hiding among them. It&’ll be up to Granny to dig into this Southern town&’s history and a mess of old family secrets . . .
By Ginger Bolton. 2020
Halloween in the small town of Fallingbrook, Wisconsin, is the perfect season for Deputy Donut owner Emily Westhill to unmask… a killer. October 31 is just around the corner and Emily Westhill&’s Boston cream donuts, carved with a scream, have made an indelible impression on local eccentric Rich Royalson. So much so that he&’s ordered three dozen, with no screaming faces and twice the fudge frosting, for his seventieth birthday—a special event in more ways than one. It&’s to be held on fog-shrouded Lake Fleekom where, twenty years ago, his wife mysteriously drowned. But the next day, when Emily arrives with her Boston cream donuts, she stumbles upon Rich&’s corpse. The poor guy wanted a unique birthday bash—just not one to the side of his skull. With a guest list of possible perpetrators left at the scene, Emily soon discovers that the Royalson closet is rattling with skeletons. As the fog thickens, motives mount, and the tricks outnumber the treats, Emily fears that Rich may not be the last one in Fallingbrook to go out screaming. Praise for Jealousy Filled Donuts &“Charming . . . Yummy donut recipes round out a whodunit (or is it a whodonut?) sure to please cozy fans.&” —Publishers Weekly
By Anna Lee Huber. 2019
England, 1919. In Anna Lee Huber&’s latest mystery, former Secret Service agent Verity Kent is finding that life after wartime offers… its own share of danger . . . The Great War may be over, but for many, there are still obstacles on the home front. Reconciling with her estranged husband makes Verity sympathetic to her friend Ada&’s marital difficulties. Bourgeois-bred Ada, recently married to the Marquess of Rockham, is overwhelmed trying to navigate the ways of the aristocracy. And when Lord Rockham is discovered shot through the heart with a bullet from Ada&’s revolver, Verity fears her friend has made a fatal blunder. While striving to prove Ada&’s innocence, Verity is called upon for another favor. The sister of a former Secret Service colleague has been killed in what authorities believe was a home invasion gone wrong. The victim&’s war work—censoring letters sent by soldiers from the front—exposed her to sensitive, disturbing material. Verity begins to suspect these two unlikely cases may be linked. But as the connections deepen, the consequences—not just for Verity, but for Britain—grow more menacing than she could have imagined. Praise for Anna Lee Huber&’s Treacherous Is the Night &“A thrilling mystery that supplies its gutsy heroine with plenty of angst-ridden romance.&”—Kirkus Reviews &“A splendid sequel. . . . Huber combines intricate puzzles with affecting human drama.&” —Publishers Weekly &“Masterful. . . . Just when you think the plot will zig, it zags. . . . Deeply enjoyable.&”—Criminal Element
By Laurien Berenson. 2019
It&’s the most wonderful time of the year in Connecticut, but Melanie Travis finds surviving this December may take a… real Christmas miracle when a yuletide murderer comes to town . . . As Melanie attempts to deck the halls in a house overrun by pampered Poodles, her event planner friend, Claire, is busy playing Santa for the wealthiest clientele on Connecticut&’s Gold Coast. A personal shopper gig in the affluent town of New Canaan seems like business as usual. Except Claire&’s stylish stint comes at a higher price than she bargains for when she stumbles over her newest customer&’s dead body. Named a prime suspect for murder, she begs for Melanie&’s help, then vanishes like cookies and milk on Christmas Eve . . . Determined to track down Claire, Melanie and her nosy Aunt Peg dash into a dizzying investigation. But with a grinchy New Canaan detective on their case and disturbing clues piling up like presents beneath the tree, the crime-solving duo must hurry to rein in a sinister Kris Kringle before they&’re the next ones on someone&’s deadly wish list . . .
By Misty Simon. 2020
Her number is up . . . This Christmas, Tallie Graver would like to take a break from running… her cleaning business to be with her boyfriend, Max, and enjoy their first holiday together--alone. Instead, she&’s stuck keeping her mother and grandmother from duking it out during the town&’s annual Christmas Eve bingo game. As for festive spirit, she&’ll have to settle for her mean-spirited Aunt Ronda, whose mouth could use some soap. The night only gets worse after Tallie discovers Ronda&’s body. It seems someone cleaned her clock with a can of varnish. While all the evidence points to Ronda&’s husband, Tallie doesn&’t believe her beloved Uncle Hoagie could do such a dirty deed. Of course, his sudden disappearance doesn&’t help his case. If Tallie hopes to clear his name, she&’ll need to dig up some dirt to locate the real killer. Otherwise, someone else could get rubbed out . . . Praise for Cremains of the Day &“Simon kicks off a new series that combines a bit of humor and romance with a heroine who knows no boundaries while searching for the truth that will keep her out of jail.&”–Kirkus Reviews &“An amusing new series with an engaging, spirited sleuth.&” —Library Journal &“You&’ll be cheering as the clues pile up in this creative cozy mystery.&”—New York Times bestselling author Lynn Cahoon Visit us at www.kensingtonbooks.com
By Joseph Souza. 2020
With The Neighbor and Pray for the Girl, Joseph Souza proved himself a master of twisty and unpredictable psychological suspense.… In this riveting new novel, a mother is unwittingly drawn into the dark underbelly of her picture-perfect Maine town . . . Shepherd&’s Bay has been home to generations of lobstermen and their families. Lately, affluent newcomers have been buying up waterfront property and mingling uneasily with the locals. Tensions are high, especially since Dakota James, a teenage boy from the wealthier side of town, disappeared weeks ago. But another disturbing incident soon follows. When high school junior Katie Eaves and her friend, Willow Briggs, fail to come home after a night out, Katie&’s mother, Isla, is frantic. Two agonizing days go by before Katie is found, bruised and bloodied, yet alive. Isla is grateful. But Willow, a wealthy newcomer from Los Angeles, is still missing. And Katie can&’t remember anything about the night of their disappearance. Isla tries to help her daughter sort through her hazy recollections, and to recall the truth of her tangled friendship with privileged, beautiful Willow. At the hair salon she owns, Isla hears dark whispers about wild parties, drug deals, and love triangles gone wrong. How much truth is in the gossip? Is Dakota&’s disappearance linked to the others? And what other shocking secrets lie at the heart of Shepherd&’s Bay—and of the family Isla is struggling to hold together?
By De'Nesha Diamond. 2020
Within D.C.&’s ruthless halls of power, the conspiracies are killer—and the endgame is anything but fake news . . . … With her name finally cleared of a murder charge, Abrianna Parker can at last marry her partner, Kadir Kahlifa. But the two have barely shared the news with their team of street rebels and digital revolutionaries when a disturbing disappearance throws everything off course. A reporter is missing, but not just any reporter—Tomi Lehane, whose articles exposed Abrianna&’s parents and the shadow group behind the experiments that changed her life. Now Abrianna must decide if she will put aside her plans in order to save the woman who nearly cost her everything. With the government one step behind, the mission to rescues Tomi goes off the rails. Another team has been there first, one with more firepower than even the US Government. With more players on the scene and no idea who to trust, Abrianna, Kadir, and the rest of the team are flying blind—and all of their special skills combined might not be enough to protect them from the fallout. With enemies all around and nowhere to turn, the only way out may be to burn it all down. Praise for Collusion &“Diamond writes a novel full of despair, violence, dirty politics and illegal human experimentation. This first story in the Parker Crime series believably takes readers from seedy streets to strip clubs and all the way to the White House with aplomb. Excitement abounds for the next book in the series!&” —RT Book Reviews
By Traci Wilton. 2020
Halloween is the biggest holiday of the year in Salem, Massachusetts—but when B&B owner Charlene Morris finds the dead body… of a witch, it spells trouble . . . Charlene, recently widowed, has renovated her historic mansion just in time to greet guests arriving for the town&’s annual Halloween festivities. She&’s lucky to have a helpful staff to provide support—as well as a handsome ghost named Jack standing invisibly by her side. Unfortunately, while the revelers head out on haunted tours, have their fortunes told, or grab a drink at Brews and Broomsticks, a killer walks among them. When Charlene discovers Morganna, a local Wiccan, dead in her shop, she starts getting cozy with the local coven, looking for clues to locate the crafty culprit. Salem may be famous for the false accusations of witchery in centuries past, but this time someone is genuinely guilty—of murder . . . Visit us at www.kensingtonbooks.com
By Barbara Ross. 2019
Jane Darrowfield is a year into her retirement, and she&’s already traveled and planted a garden. She&’s organized her photos,… her recipes, and her spices. The statistics suggest she has at least a few more decades ahead of her, so she better find something to do . . . JANE DARROWFIELD, PROFESSIONAL BUSYBODY After Jane helps a friend with a sticky personal problem, word starts to spread around her bridge club—and then around all of West Cambridge, Massachusetts—that she&’s the go-to girl for situations that need discreet fixing. Soon she has her first paid assignment—the director of a 55-and-over condo community needs her to de-escalate hostilities among the residents. As Jane discovers after moving in for her undercover assignment, the mature set can be as immature as any high schoolers, and war is breaking out between cliques. It seems she might make some progress—until one of the aging &“popular kids&” is bludgeoned to death with a golf club. And though the automatic sprinklers have washed away much of the evidence, Jane&’s on course to find out whodunit . . .
By Devon Delaney. 2019
Sherry Oliveri has attained celebrity status after winning the America’s Good Taste Recipe Contest with her delectable New England Crab… Cake Sliders. But now that she’s back home in Connecticut, she’s got to deal with something else fishy . . . Sherry’s making a guest appearance on a local radio show when the news comes in: Poppy Robinson has been found dead in the town’s community garden. Sherry was supposed to be taking questions about her win in the national cooking competition, but instead the callers start dishing dirt. Poppy and Sherry were both involved in the vegetable garden, and while Poppy may have been a bit priggish, it wasn’t anything that called for a shovel to the back of the head. There was already trouble brewing, with the owner of the land threatening to renege on their agreement, and this murder has taken tensions to a new level. Now while Sherry’s organizing a Fourth of July cook-off event, she’s also got a murder investigation on her plate . . . Includes Recipes from Sherry’s Kitchen!
By Daryl Wood Gerber. 2020
Fairy garden store owner Courtney Kelly believes in inviting magic into your life. But when uninvited trouble enters her shop,… she&’ll need more than a sprinkling of her imagination to solve a murder . . . Since childhood, Courtney has loved fairies. After her mother died when Courtney was ten, she lost touch with that feeling of magic. A year ago, at age twenty-nine, she rediscovered it when she left her father's landscaping business to spread her wings and start a fairy garden business and teashop in beautiful Carmel, California. At Open Your Imagination, she teaches garden design and sells everything from fairy figurines to tinkling wind chimes. Now she's starting a book club tea. But the light of the magical world she's created inside her shop is darkened one night when she discovers neighboring dog-grooming business owner Mick Watkins dead beside her patio fountain. To make matters worse, the police suspect Courtney of the crime. To clear her name and find the real killer, Courtney will have to wing it. But she&’s about to get a little help from an unexpected source . . . Visit us at www.kensingtonbooks.com
By Maya Corrigan. 2020
When Santa is sleighed by a poison gingerbread cookie at a holiday party, Val Deniston's reputation is on the line… . . . This holiday season Bayport, Maryland, is a dead ringer for Victorian London. Val and her grandfather are taking part in the Dickens of a Holiday festival. Val is hosting a private tea party serving the festival's costumed volunteers, who range from Dickens divas like Madame Defarge and Miss Havisham to Ebenezer Scrooge and old St. Nick himself. But one costumed reveler may have gotten the holidays mixed up. The winner of the creepiest outfit, robed in black with a gift bag covering the head—okay, Ghost of Christmas Present, Val gets it—hands out gingerbread men with white icing skeleton bones. This year's sour Santa has none of the big fellow's mirth but plenty of his appetite, and it's no secret Santa loves cookies. But when the man in red turns blue, Val and Granddad have a cookie-cutter killer to catch before the New Year . . . Includes delicious five-ingredient recipes! PRAISE FOR CRYPT SUZETTE "Grandad is a hoot and his jobs as a food reviewer and part-time detective provide endless possibilities for fun and murder . . . Charming." —Kirkus Reviews
By A. L. Herbert. 2020
As the owner of Mahalia&’s Sweet Tea, Halia Watkins is famous in Maryland&’s Prince George&’s County for her down-home cuisine.… But when she has the chance to showcase her talents on national TV, she becomes the star of a murder mystery that&’s too hot to handle! When Halia is invited to serve as a guest judge on the popular cooking competition show Elite Chef, she&’s delighted to add some extra flavor to the mix. But as filming ramps up in Washington D.C., there are too many fiery personalities in the kitchen. Halia discovers that pulling off her small screen debut unscathed means contending with a longtime competing restaurant owner, an infamously crass hospitality mogul, and a group of cutthroat contestants vying for culinary glory . . . The competition sizzles with only a few finalists left standing—and goes cold when the gorgeous young frontrunner is found dead. As murder accusations are slathered over a recently eliminated contestant, Halia, with some bungling assistance from her wise-cracking cousin Wavonne slides into an investigation of their own. A little snooping reveals the victim burned lots of bridges, leaving a slew of alleged affairs and stolen recipes in her wake. With a fast-rising list of potential suspects, Halia must sort through mindboggling clues to fry the flaky culprit before someone else gets baked to a crisp . . .
By Meg Macy. 2019
This holiday season, teddy bear shop manager Sasha Silverman must solve the slaying of Santa Bear . . . Sasha… and her sister Maddie are thrilled that the Silver Bear Shop and Factory has won the Teddy Bear Keepsake Contest, which means they get to produce a holiday specialty toy, a wizard bear named “Beary Potter.” Promising to be just as magical is Silver Hollow’s annual tree-lighting ceremony and village parade. Only one hitch: the parade’s mascot, Santa Bear—played by Mayor Cal Bloom—is missing. After a frantic search among the floats, Bloom is found dead. When the outfit is removed, it’s clear the mayor’s been electrocuted. Who zapped hizzoner and then stuffed him into his Santa Bear suit? While the police investigate the grisly crime, Sasha attempts to track down the murderer herself, with some help from the Guilty Pleasures Gossip Club. Can they wrap up this case in time for Christmas—or will Sasha meet her own shocking end? Praise for BEARLY DEPARTED “You’ll fall in love with this delightful debut mystery.”—Victoria Thompson, bestselling author of Murder in Morningside Heights “The first in a new series features a complex plot awash in red herrings, a perky heroine . . . and everything you ever wanted to know about teddy bears.”—Kirkus Reviews “The appealing, impulsive amateur sleuth, dedicated to the family business, will appeal to fans of character-driven cozies.”—Library Journal “Entertaining . . . inhabited by quirky, fully developed characters and good dogs and cats.”—Publishers Weekly
By Sarah Fox. 2020
There's some shady business in Shady Creek, Vermont, this spring—in the third mystery by USA Today bestselling author Sarah Fox… featuring pub owner and amateur sleuth Sadie Coleman . . . Sadie is delighted to have booked famous romantic suspense novelist Linnea Bliss for an event at The Inkwell, her literary-themed pub, housed in a renovated grist mill. The author and her personal assistant Marcie are staying at Shady Creek Manor, a grand historical hotel that was once a private mansion and is rumored to still hold hidden treasure somewhere within its walls. But the hotel's storied past is nothing compared to its tragic present when Marcie plummets to her death from an open window on the third floor. After Sadie discovers signs of a struggle in the room, it's clear that someone assisted the assistant out the window. But Marcie is new in town—who would have a motive to kill her? In between pulling pints and naming literary-themed cocktails, Sadie takes it on herself to solve the case, wondering if the crime is connected to the vandalized vehicles of a film crew in town to do a feature on local brewer Grayson Blake, with whom Sadie shares a strong flirtation. Or could the poor woman's defenestration have anything to do with the legendary treasure? As Shady Creek Manor prepares for a May Day masquerade ball, Sadie is determined to unmask the killer—but when she uncorks a whole lot of trouble, will she meet a bitter end?
By Amanda Flower. 2020
Matchmaking can be murder . . . When widowed Millie Fisher moves back to her childhood home of Harvest, Ohio,… she notices one thing right away—the young Amish are bungling their courtships and marrying the wrong people! A quiltmaker by trade, Millie has nevertheless stitched together a few lives in her time, with truly romantic results. Her first mission? Her own niece, widowed gardener Edith Hochstetler, recently engaged to rude, greedy Zeke Miller. Anyone can see he’s not right for such a gentle young woman—except Edith herself. Pleased when she convinces the bride-to-be to leave her betrothed before the wedding, Millie is later panicked to find Zeke in Edith’s greenhouse—as dead as a tulip in the middle of winter. To keep her niece out of prison—and to protect her own reputation—Millie will have to piece together a patchwork of clues to find a killer, before she becomes the next name on his list . . . Praise for Amanda Flower and her Amish cozies “As it turns out, Amanda Flower may have just written the first Amish rom com.” —USA Today “Flower has hit it out of the ballpark . . . and continues to amaze with her knowledge of the Amish way of life.” —RT Book Reviews “At turns playful and engaging . . . a satisfyingly complex cozy.” —Library Journal