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By Gina Kirkham. 2022
It&’s a quiet English village—except for one crazed murderer—in this delightful romp by the author of the Constable Mavis Upton…series. Librarian Prunella Pearce has left heartbreak behind to start a new life in the village of Winterbottom, where there&’s little social life to be had aside from the meetings of The Winterbottom Women&’s Institute at the parish hall. But a bit of excitement ensues when the group is about to elect a new president—and the nominees for the position begin dropping like flies. One is found facedown in a lemon drizzle cake, stabbed with a crochet needle. Another nearly dies spectacularly in the revolving doors of a Harrogate hotel. When Pru and her friend Bree agree to do some undercover snooping to help the police, little do they know that one of the Winterbottom women is hiding a scandalous secret . . .
By Shelly Frome. 2015
In this crime novel, a wayward handyman grapples with the suspicious death of his employer, a fragile choreographer who secluded…herself in the Litchfield Hills. As the fallout mounts, the reader is taken to various locales in and around Manhattan, an escapade in Miami Springs and back again to the hills of Connecticut until this twisty conundrum is finally laid to rest.
By Jeanne Glidewell. 2022
Road-Trip Assault Entangles Seniors in No Big Rip, A Cozy Mystery Adventure from Jeanne Glidewell-- Rockdale, Missouri --When ex-lawman and…senior citizen, Rip Ripple, is assaulted by a strung-out young man at a rest area outside Rockdale, Missouri, he assures his wife, Rapella, it’s “no big rip.” Aboard their travel-trailer, the “Chartreuse Caboose,” the couple is destined to see their friends Lexie Starr and Stone Van Patten at their bed and breakfast, The Alexandria Inn.Pressed by Rapella to report the crime, Rip meets with Det. Wyatt Johnson, who dutifully documents the details with a promise to investigate.When the attacker turns out to be the son of Lexie’s recently deceased neighbor, Lillian Sparrow, the two amateur sleuths are compelled to investigate the truth behind her death. Before long, Rapella and Lexie find themselves in a life-or-death situation.Retirement can be dangerous!From The Publisher: The Ripple Effect series will be enjoyed by fans of Joanne Fluke, Madison Johns, Ceecee James, and readers of cozy mysteries who enjoy light-hearted, clean & wholesome, mysteries featuring female amateur sleuths and senior citizens.“Glidewell succeeds in maintaining a rapidly paced storyline that dramatically builds suspense, while her tongue-in-cheek sense of humor provides plenty of laugh-out-loud moments.” ~Booklist on Leave No Stone Unturned“Jeanne Glidewell’s mysteries are fast-paced, complex, and has just the right hint of romance.” ~Jill Churchill, author of the Jane Jeffry and Grace and Favor Mysteries“I hope this series continues. Being Rip and Rapellas’ age I am happy to see them featured in adventures. I can recommend this book to anyone who likes mysteries, cozy or not.” ~Anna, ReviewerTHE RIPPLE EFFECT MYSTERIES, in series orderA Rip Roaring Good TimeRip TideRipped to ShredsRip Your Heart OutRipped ApartRipped OffNo Big RipThe Grim RipperTHE LEXIE STARR MYSTERIES, in series orderLeave No Stone UnturnedThe Extinguished GuestHauntedWith This RingJust DuckyThe Spirit of the Season - a holiday novellaCozy CampingMarriage & Mayhem
By Tamara Berry. 2022
"A mystery writer finds solace and murder in rural Oregon...Whimsy meets woodsy"— Kirkus ReviewsDon't miss the first book in a…brand-new gripping and hilarious bookish cozy mystery series by author Tamara Berry!Bestselling thriller writer Tess Harrow is almost at the end of her rope when she arrives with her teenage daughter at her grandfather's rustic cabin in the woods. She hopes this will be a time for them to heal and bond after Tess's recent divorce, but they've barely made it through the door when an explosion shakes the cabin. Suddenly it's raining fish guts and...is that a human arm?Tess was hardly convincing Gertie that a summer without Wi-Fi and running water would be an adventure. Now she's thrust into a murder investigation, neighbors are saying they've spotted Bigfoot in the woods near her cabin, and the local sheriff is the spitting image of her character Detective Gabriel Gonzales—something he's less than thrilled about. With so much more than her daughter's summer plans at stake, it's up to Tess to solve this case before anyone else gets hurt.Put your sleuthing hat on—Buried in a Good Book features:A thriller writer who knows way more than anyone should about death and dismembermentHer young daughter who's more intrigued by dead bodies than she probably should beAn isolated cabin in the woods that's probably—definitely—hiding somethingThe tiny mountain town that seems less than troubled by a sudden abundance of murders
By Dana Mentink. 2022
"The first shake shop mystery delivers all the delectable ingredients cozy mystery fans crave. This terrific series debut is certain…to tempt the reading palates of fans of Cleo Coyle, Sarah Graves, and the much-missed Diane Mott Davidson."—Library Journal, STARRED Review for Pint of No ReturnThe second book in the Shake Shop Mysteries—a new murder in town has Trinidad Jones thrown for a scoop!It's Alpenfest in Upper Sprocket! Yodelers are congregating in the square, tourists flocking to the town, and Trinidad Jones is scooping up some fall flavors at her Shimmy and Shake Shop.The cherry on the sundae is her upcoming feature in The Scoop magazine. She's determined to serve up the perfect interview, but it won't be easy, thanks in part to her meddling Cuban grandfather Papa Luis who has decided to make Sprocket his home for the foreseeable future. Papa Luis has set himself up as a taxi driver in his classic 1951 Buick.But things take a turn when Papa Luis tells her he's found a corpse in his trunk. Upon closer investigation, they realize the body has disappeared. With the assistance of Juliette and Bonnie (her sisterhood of exes) and the way too handsome nut farmer Quinn Logan, Trinidad must solve the mystery of the disappearing corpse, before her father is up to his neck in a murderous mess.Praise for Pint of No Return, Book 1 of the Shake Shop Mysteries:"Murder offers the heroine a surprisingly fresh start in this charming series kickoff"—Kirkus Reviews"A delicious charmer featuring a triple scoop of murder"—Library Journal
By Karen Rose Smith. 2022
Daisy&’s Tea Garden is one of the many attractions in Pennsylvania&’s Amish country—and when Daisy herself isn&’t serving tea, she&’s…making sure justice is served . . . When Daisy Swanson arrives at Rumple&’s Statuary shopping for a birthday present for her beau Jonas, Wilhelm Rumple&’s cottage looks like something out of a fairy tale, reminding her of the Storybook Tea family event she&’s planning. Even the man himself—short and stumpy in overalls with bare feet—seems like a storybook character. But as a businessman, Rumple is rumored to be as cold and hard as the statues he sells. Maybe that&’s why, following a break-in at his cottage, Rumple is found dead in a dog run behind Four Paws Animal Shelter, bashed in the head. Now it&’s up to Daisy to get the residents of Willow Creek to spill the tea on a little man who may have had some big secrets, so she can find a stone-cold killer . . . Includes delicious recipes!
By Nancy Coco. 2022
USA Today bestselling author After a summer celebration on Michigan&’s Mackinac Island ends in murder, hotel and fudge shop owner…Allie McMurphy puts on her sleuthing hat . . . THERE&’S NO SUGARCOATING A KILLER&’S SCHEME During the Midsummer Night&’s Festival, Allie decides to take her bichonpoo, Mal, home to spare her furry little ears from the sounds of fireworks. But on her way back, Allie spots a body in the lake. Just minutes ago, Winona Higer was crowning the event&’s Queen—could the competition have really been that deadly? While she ponders the mystery the next morning, Allie prepares her favorite dark chocolate cherry fudge recipe. But she&’s soon recruited to sub for the late Winona and serve as parade float judge, among other duties. As she hears rumors and gossip, and learns of mean pranks and threatening notes, her instincts kick in—despite her boyfriend the cop&’s disapproval. Now, between managing a new hire and keeping the tourists filled with fudge, she&’s dealing with a case that&’s boiling over . . .Praise for Nancy Coco and the Candy-Coated Mysteries&“Fun characters, quaint setting, mouth-watering recipes.&” —RT Book Reviews&“Full of disguises, danger, and one determined amateur sleuth.&” —Fresh Fiction&“A charming cozy.&” —Suspense Magazine Help support pet adoption—see details inside.
By Richard Osman. 2020
"A little beacon of pleasure in the midst of the gloom...SUCH FUN!"--Kate Atkinson, #1 New York Times bestselling author of…Big SkyFour septuagenarians with a few tricks up their sleevesA female cop with her first big caseA brutal murderWelcome to...THE THURSDAY MURDER CLUBIn a peaceful retirement village, four unlikely friends meet weekly in the Jigsaw Room to discuss unsolved crimes; together they call themselves The Thursday Murder Club. When a local developer is found dead with a mysterious photograph left next to the body, the Thursday Murder Club suddenly find themselves in the middle of their first live case. As the bodies begin to pile up, can our unorthodox but brilliant gang catch the killer, before it's too late?
In this scrumptious new read in the blockbuster series packed with delightful recipes from a beloved New York Times bestselling…author, baker Hannah Swensen is tempted by a high-profile tournament in Lake Eden that quickly turns deadly…&“A good puzzle, lots of delicious recipes…Fluke reinforces her place as the queen of culinary cozies.&” —Publishers Weekly Embracing a sweet escape from her usual routine at The Cookie Jar, Hannah gets asked for her help in baking pastries at the local inn for a flashy fishing competition with big prizes and even bigger names. But the fun stops when she spots a runway boat on the water and, on board, the lifeless body of the event&’s renowned celebrity spokesperson… Famed TV show host Sonny Bowman wasn&’t humble about his ability to reel in winning catches, and no one knew that better than his tragically overworked sidekick, Joey. Did Joey finally take bloody revenge on his pompous boss—or was Sonny killed by a jealous contestant? With goodies to bake and a mess of fresh challenges mixed into her personal life, it&’s either sink or swim as Hannah joins forces with her sister, Andrea, to catch a clever culprit before another unsuspecting victim goes belly up…Features Over a Dozen Cookie and Dessert Recipes from The Cookie Jar!
By Mary Stewart. 1956
The pioneer of romantic suspense, Mary Stewart leads listeners on a thrilling journey through a dangerous and deadly Provence in…this tale perfect for fans of Agatha Christie and Barbara Pym. It sounds idyllic: a leisurely drive through the sun-drenched landscape of Provence. But Charity's dream holiday turns into a nightmare when she becomes embroiled in a sinister plot to kidnap a young boy. She soon finds herself in a deadly pursuit and must uncover who to trust . . . and who to fall for. Whenever I look back now on the strange and terrifying events of that holiday in Southern France, I remember the minutes I spent gazing at the golden arches of the Roman aqueduct over the Gardon... the last brief lull before the thunder.(P)2018 Hodder & Stoughton Ltd
By Caroline Dunford. 2021
The second Hope Stapleford adventure is an exciting spy thriller in which secret agent Hope embarks on a dangerous mission…to save her country...It is 1939 - war has been declared and spymaster Fitzroy wastes no time in preparing his goddaughter, Hope, for a secret mission. As Euphemia Martins' daughter, Hope has the potential to be one of British Intelligence's greatest agents, but when she is ousted from an all-male think tank and relegated to the typing pool, even she starts to doubt herself. Meanwhile, Hope's rebellious friend, Bernie, announces her engagement to a man Hope does not trust; Harvey, Hope's only asset, has vanished; and, most awful of all, Hope fears that her father is dying. Then comes Dunkirk and the threat of invasion intensifies. To her surprise, Hope is sent to a secret base, where she joins a group of auxiliary units that are expected to fight to the death should invasion occur. Fearing for her life, she must confront Nazi sympathizers among the country's elite secret service before she can learn who to trust...(P) 2021 Headline Publishing Group Ltd
First in a series of twenty murder mysteries featuring middle-aged actress come investigator, Libby Sarjeant.THERE'S A BAFFLING MYSTERY IN THE…VILLAGE OF STEEPLE MARTIN...BUT ACTRESS AND AMATEUR SLEUTH LIBBY SARJEANT IS ON THE CASE! 'The characters are so likeable. I would love to visit the mythical Steeple Martin!' ***** GoodReads review Libby Sarjeant, former actress and artist, loves life in the idyllic English countryside. She's busy with her friends preparing a play for the pretty new Oast House Theatre in Steeple Martin when there's suddenly news of a baffling mystery - the murder of a cast member. Written by Libby's friend Peter, the play is based on real events from his family's history, and it seems that these events still cast a long shadow in Steeple Martin. From the Pink Geranium restaurant to the Manor Farm, Libby risks causing a scene as she uncovers secrets hidden in the village. Can Libby, with best friend Fran and Sidney the cat in tow, find the culprit and get her show on the road?The first book in Lesley Cookman's bestselling series featuring amateur sleuth Libby Sarjeant, this unputdownable cozy crime novel is perfect for fans of Betty Rowlands, Faith Martin, J.R. Ellis, LJ Ross, Miss Marple and Midsummer Murders._________________________________________________________________ Praise for the bestselling series:'Cozy village mystery with an amateur theater and links to the past. What's not to love?' ***** Goodreads reviewer 'Absolutely fabulous read. I couldn't put it down and had to finish it, reading through bath, breakfast and getting dressed' ***** Goodreads review 'I'm surprised this is not a BBC series... it's that good and I for one intend to read more of Libby's adventures' ***** Goodreads review(P) 2007 Soundings
By Elizabeth Mundy. 2019
'A deliciously light and amusing soufflé of a book' Irish Independent Lena Szarka, a Hungarian cleaner, dusts off her detective…skills when a masterpiece is stolen from a gallery she cleans with her cousin Sarika. But when Sarika goes missing too, accusations start to fly. Convinced her cousin is innocent, Lena sweeps her way through the secrets of the London art scene. With the evidence mounting against Sarika and the police on her trail, Lena needs to track down the missing painting if she is to clear her cousin. Embroiling herself in the sketchy world of thwarted talents, unpaid debts and elegant fraudsters, Lena finds that there's more to this gallery than meets the eye.What did other readers have to say about A Clean Canvas?'Witty and warm but with an unsentimental core of steel in its chronicling of London's guest-workers, this looks set to become a highly popular series' Morning Star'Formidable and funny' Sunday Independent'Terrific and heartwarming; a charming debut' Daisy Waugh'A warmly-crafted crime debut, perfect for our multicultural age' Vaseem Khan'I loved In Strangers' Houses - poignant, funny and races effortlessly along. Lena is a wonderfully unusual heroine and I can't wait for her next adventure' Elodie Harper'Lena's tenacity and common sense illuminate this engaging story' Daily Mail'Beautiful writing, a fine debut' The Sun'A deliciously light and amusing souffle of a book, the second in a series that is bound to run and run' Irish Independent
By Mairi Chong. 2022
Is it grief—or guilt? A doctor investigates a colleague in mourning in this addictive mystery by the author of Deadly…Diagnosis. When she pays a condolence call to medical secretary Sara Wiseman, Dr. Cathy Moreland is a bit taken aback to find Sara more upset about the recent suspicious death of her colleague at the hospital than the loss of her own mother. But Cathy is far more surprised when Sara&’s husband later confides that he suspects Sara was having an affair with the dead doctor—and that he fears it was the least of her transgressions. Could she have had something to do with not only his demise but with her own mother&’s? When the postmortem reveals the doctor had a chemical in his system that was stored in the pathology lab—and it becomes apparent that a large amount of the toxin has gone missing—Cathy agrees to assist her friend and fellow doctor Suzalinna in the investigation. She can only hope she doesn&’t wind up in the mortuary herself . . .Praise for the Dr. Cathy Moreland Mysteries &“Fabulous . . . well plotted story and great characters.&” —Peter Boon, author of Who Killed Miss Finch?
By Rita Mae Brown. 2022
A blackmailer targeting wealthy members of &“Sister&” Jane Arnold&’s club has turned the hunters into the hunted in this thrilling mystery from New York…Times bestselling author Rita Mae Brown. &“Cunning foxes, sensible hounds, and sweet-tempered horses are among the sparkling conversationalists in this charming series.&”—The New York Times Book Review It&’s the start of fox-hunting season and Sister is training a new generation of hounds in eager anticipation of Opening Hunt. But before they make it to that exciting day, several members of the hunt club receive ominous videos in which they appear to be doing scandalous, career-ending deeds. The videos are doctored, but does it matter? The unknown blackmailer promises to publish the clips if they don&’t get paid, and even the most upstanding citizen can be brought down by the court of public opinion. While Sister and her friends try to unmask the dastardly mind behind the videos, mysteries abound in their beautiful Blue Ridge Mountain town home. Two men die, apparently by suicide, shocking a community that never saw their deaths coming. And rumors abound that Old Paradise, the estate being lovingly restored by Crawford Howard, houses a secret stash of gold from its original owner. Does someone want the treasure badly enough to kill for? Sister and her fellow Jefferson Hunt Club members, including friends both two- and four-legged, are on the case—and with any luck, they&’ll catch the criminals before the first horn sounds on opening day.
By Jessica Fletcher, Terrie Farley Moran. 2022
Jessica Fletcher&’s sunny beach vacation with her nephew&’s family takes a dark turn in this new installment in the USA…Today bestselling series.Jessica is delighted when her nephew Grady invites her to spend a few days with his family in an oceanside New York bungalow. She packs her bags and heads down to the city, ready to spend some quality time with Grady, his wife, Donna, and their young son, Frank. But the morning after Jessica&’s arrival, Donna finds her boss dead on a tennis court, and Jessica&’s dreams of a relaxing visit are quashed. Everyone in the small beachside community is a suspect, and the local authorities—headed by an old colleague of Cabot Cove sheriff Mort Metzger—have asked that no one leave town. Will Jessica be able find a killer and salvage the rest of her trip?
'Has a charm, and mystery, all of its own' THE TIMES'Frances Brody has made it to the top rank of…crime writers' DAILY MAILThe first historical mystery in a new classic crime series from bestselling author Frances Brody. This is the perfect locked room page-turner for fans of Agatha Christie and Jacqueline Winspear.___________1969. A job in the Prison Service is not for everyone. The training is hard, the cells are bleak and a thick skin is needed. But for Nell Lewis, helping prisoners is something she cares about deeply, and when she's promoted into a new post as governor of HMP Brackerley in Yorkshire, she's tasked with transforming the renowned run-down facility into a modern, open prison for women.Just as Nell is settling into her new role, events take a dark turn when a man's body is discovered in the prison grounds. The mystery deepens still when one of their female inmates goes missing, ensuing a search across the country.Can Nell resolve the sinister happenings at HMP Brackerley, before anyone else is put in danger?___________What readers are saying about Frances Brody:'Witty, acerbic and very, very perceptive' Ann Cleeves'A splendid heroine' Ann Granger'An engagingly forthright and indefatigable investigator' Irish Times'Frances Brody matches a heroine of free and independent spirit with a vivid evocation of time and place . . . a novel to cherish' Barry Turner, Daily Mail'The series is right up there with Miss Marple' Sunday Sport'Delightful' People's Friend'Kate Shackleton joins Jacqueline Winspear's Maisie Dobbs in a subgroup of young, female amateur detectives who survived and were matured by their wartime experiences' Literary Review'Brody's excellent mystery splendidly captures the conflicts and attitudes of the time with well-developed characters' RT Book Reviews'In Yorkshire we are proud to have such a first-rate crime novelist in our county' Yorkshire Gazette & Herald
By C J Farrington. 2021
'Quirky and colourful' Times Crime Club'An absolute delight' L C Tyler'This intriguing but charming murder mystery is packed with psychological…depth and wonderfully-drawn characters' Eleanor RayWelcome to Roslazny - a sleepy Russian town where intrigue and murder combine to disturb the icy silence...Olga Pushkin, Railway Engineer (Third Class) and would-be bestselling author, spends her days in a little rail-side hut with only Dmitri the hedgehog for company. While tourists and travellers clatter by on the Trans-Siberian Express, Olga dreams of studying literature at Tomsk State University - the Oxford of West Siberia - and escaping the sleepy, snow-clad village of Roslazny.But Roslazny doesn't stay sleepy for long. Poison-pen letters, a small-town crime wave, and persistent rumours of a Baba Yaga - a murderous witch hiding in the frozen depths of the Russian taiga - combine to disturb the icy silence. And one day Olga arrives at her hut only to be knocked unconscious by a man falling from the Trans-Siberian, an American tourist with his throat cut from ear to ear and his mouth stuffed with 10-ruble coins. Another death soon follows, and Sergeant Vassily Marushkin, the brooding, enigmatic policeman who takes on the case, finds himself falsely imprisoned by his Machiavellian superior, Chief-Inspector Babikov.Olga resolves to help Vassily by proving his innocence. But with no leads to follow and time running out, has Olga bitten off more than she can chew?Praise for Death on the Trans-Siberian Express'The book is an absolute delight, evocative equally of the frozen steppes, bad vodka and worse sausage, and full of larger than life characters. Olga Pushkin is an endearing protagonist, who is hopefully set for a series as long as the Trans Siberian Railway.' L C Tyler 'Written with a warmth that would thaw Siberia, this intriguing but charming murder mystery is packed with psychological depth and wonderfully-drawn characters. It also features the best hedgehog I've met in a novel.' Eleanor Ray
The Last Supper: The irresistible debut novel where cosy crime and cookery collide! (Prudence Bulstrode)
By Rosemary Shrager. 2022
'A great yarn - Shrager knows her food and she's cooked up a storm. . . Rosie can write and…Prudence Bulstrode is here to stay' Miriam Margolyes'Think bolshy Mrs Beeton meets Miss Marple, our rambunctious heroine, Prudence, hilariously stomps her way through a riotous and unpredictable plot. Witty, warm and so enjoyable' Jo Brand 'A Golden Age classic for the modern era - Rosemary Shrager has come up with a recipe to die for' Anton Du Beke 'True to form, this recipe is a real killer!' Alan Titchmarsh'Rosemary is one of the most positive and resilient people I know. I love her spirit as I love her cooking. Now, I have to admire her writing too' Pierre KoffmanThe irresistible debut novel from celebrity TV chef Rosemary Shrager where cosy crime and cookery collide!When an old television rival, Deirdre Shaw, is found dead at the Cotswolds manor house where she was catering for a prestigious shooting weekend, Prudence is asked to step into the breach. Prudence is only too happy to take up the position and soon she is working in the kitchens of Farleigh Manor.But Farleigh Manor is the home to secrets, both old and new. The site of a famous unsolved murder from the nineteenth century, Farleigh Manor has never quite shaken off its sensationalist past. It's about to get a sensational present too. Because, the more she scratches beneath the surface of this manor and its guests, the more Prudence becomes certain that Deirdre Shaw's death was no accident. She's staring in the face of a very modern murder. . .Praise for The Last Supper'A great yarn - Shrager knows her food and she's cooked up a storm. Murder is the main course but the side dishes fascinate. A fascinating conclusion - Rosie can write and Prudence Bulstrode is here to stay. I look forward to more in this series.' Miriam Margolyes'I've long admired Rosemary as a woman of many talents. I just hadn't realized that writing is one of them. The Last Supper has pace and style and a very interesting cast of characters' Richard Vines'Rosemary Shrager has created a welcome addition to the ranks of female amateur sleuths. The Last Supper is a witty, light-hearted mystery, in which the author has served up a tasty treat' Simon Brett'The Last Supper is a charming, hugely entertaining book. Retired chef Prudence Bulstrode is cranky, stubborn and insightful; an utterly brilliant creation. I can't wait to see what she gets up to next' M W Craven'Discover how a Michelin-starred Miss Marple displays the skills of a bloodhound as she sniffs out the scent of a killer in this thriller that rises to a conclusion like a perfect souffle.' Nick Ferrari'A light-hearted, fun mystery, combining cookery and crime - what's not to love?' Woman's Weekly'Shrager, herself a kitchen whizz on TV, has a natural talent and deft touch for exactly this kind of gentle fun' The Sun
By Alexander McCall Smith. 2010
Mma Ramotswe and Mma Makutsi are called to a safari lodge in Botswana's Okavango Delta to carry out a delicate…mission on behalf of a former guest. The Okavango makes Precious appreciate once again the beauty of her homeland: it is a paradise of teeming wildlife, majestic grasslands and sparkling water. However, it is also home to rival safari operators, fearsome crocodiles and disgruntled hippopotamuses. What's more, Mma Makutsi still does not have a date for her wedding to Phuti Radiphuti and is feeling rather tetchy herself. But Precious knows that with a little patience, just as the wide river will gently make its way round any obstacle, so will everything work out for the best in the end . . .