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The Art of Killing Well: A Pellegrino Artusi Mystery
By Marco Malvaldi. 2011
Nothing could please a chef more than a chance to learn the secrets of a Baron's castle kitchen. Having travelled…the length and breadth of the country compiling his masterpiece, The Science of Cooking and The Art of Eating Well, Pellegrino Artusi relishes the prospect of a few quiet days and a boar hunt in the Tuscan hills. But his peace is short-lived. A body is found in the castle cellar, and the local inspector finds himself baffled by an eccentric array of aristocratic suspects. When the baron himself becomes the target of a second murder attempt, Artusi realises he may need to follow his infallible nose to help find the culprit. Marco Malvaldi serves up an irresistible dish spiced with mischief and intrigue, and sweetened with classical elegance and wit. His stroke of genius is to bring Italy's first cookery writer to life in this most entertaining of murder mysteries.
Smile Beach Murder (Outer Banks Bookshop Mystery #1)
By Alicia Bessette. 2022
From author Alicia Bessette comes an all-new mystery series featuring Callie Padget, a former reporter turned bookshop clerk in the…Outer Banks who is pulled into a deadly web of secrets when a mysterious fall at a lighthouse echoes a tragedy from her past.When Callie is laid off from her reporting job, she returns to her hometown of Cattail Island and lands a gig at the local bookstore—the same one where she found comfort after her mother died. In fact, the anniversary of her mother&’s infamous death is approaching. Years ago, Teri Padget tumbled from the top of the lighthouse. As islanders are once again gossiping about the tragedy, devastating news strikes: the lighthouse has claimed another victim. Eva Meeks, of Meeks Hardware. The police are calling it suicide, but Callie does not believe Eva jumped any more than she believes her mother did—especially because Callie knows that before her death, Eva had dug up a long-forgotten treasure hunt that could have put a target on Eva&’s back. In Callie&’s search for answers, she enlists the help of some beloved books and several new friends, including the handsome local martial arts instructor, Toby Dodge. But when another death rocks Cattail Island, Callie must face her fears alone. As she earns enemies in pursuit of the truth, Callie knows she will either uncover the killer or become a victim herself.
Easter Bonnet Murder (A Lucy Stone Mystery #28)
By Leslie Meier. 2022
Part-time reporter Lucy Stone isn&’t about to put all her eggs in one basket during a frantic Easter in Tinker&’s…Cove—especially when it comes to cracking a deadly mystery . . . Known for its cheerful staff and elaborate annual Easter Bonnet Contest, the Heritage House senior center regularly attracts new residents and positive press. But once the town&’s retired librarian, Miss Julia Tilley, checks in to recover from an illness, Lucy sees a side of the facility that isn&’t quite so perfect and pristine. And the place may soon be making headlines for different reasons following an unexplained disappearance . . . Lucy can&’t fathom how Agnes Neal could go missing from assisted living over a silly Easter bonnet contest, or why few seem concerned as signs point to foul play. A retired journalist with an independent mind, Agnes had an eye for details and little interest in conforming to catty cliques or rules set by her caretakers—traits that threatened some and angered others . . . While police stall the investigation without answers, Lucy realizes backstabbing has no age limit when alarming parallels bloom between her daughter&’s college frenemies and social circles at Heritage House. Gathering clues as flimsy as a half-eaten milk chocolate bunny, Lucy must discover what happened to Agnes—before her own story becomes another springtime tragedy left unsolved.
Entertainment Weekly hails the Secret, Book, and Scone Society series by the beloved New York Times bestselling author as &“a…love letter to reading.&” In this entrancing new story, bookshop owner, bibliotherapist, and occasional sleuth Nora Pennington must enlist the help of her brilliant, brassy librarian friend to unravel the connection between The Scarlet Letter, an obscure 19th century writer, and a dead hiker… While January snow falls outside in Miracle Springs, North Carolina, Nora Pennington is encouraging customers to cozy up indoors with a good book. Even though the shop and her bibliotherapy sessions keep Nora busy during the day, her nights are a little too quiet—until Deputy Andrews pulls Nora into the sci-fi section and asks her to help him plan a wedding proposal. His bride-to-be, Hester, loves Little Women, and Nora sets to work arranging a special screening at the town&’s new movie theater. But right before the deputy pops the question, Nora makes an unsettling discovery—someone has mutilated all her store&’s copies of The Scarlet Letter, slicing angrily into the pages wherever Hester Prynne&’s name is mentioned. The coincidence disturbs Nora, who&’s one of the few in Miracle Springs who knows that Hester gave up a baby for adoption many years ago. Her family heaped shame on her, and Hester still feels so guilty that she hasn&’t even told her future husband. But when a dead man is found on a hiking trail just outside town, carrying a rare book, the members of the Secret, Book, and Scone Society unearth a connection to Hester&’s past. Someone is intent on bringing the past to light, and it&’s not just Hester&’s relationship at stake, but her life. . . &“Captivating…Bibliophilic cozy fans will be in heaven.&” – Publishers Weekly
Devil's Food Cake Murder (Hannah Swensen Mystery #15)
By Joanne Fluke. 2011
The USA Today Bestseller Guaranteed to Satisfy Your Sweet Tooth!Hannah Swensen has to admit life is pretty sweet. Things are…going well in the romance department and her bakery's delectable confections are selling as fast as she can bake them. Even her good friend Claire is head over heels with her new husband, Reverend Bob Knudson. If only they could find time to take their honeymoon! When Bob's childhood friend, Matthew Walters, comes to town, it seems like divine intervention. Matthew, like Bob, is a Lutheran minister with a stubborn sweet tooth. Since he's on sabbatical, Matthew is happy to fill in for Bob while he and Claire take that long-awaited honeymoon. It sounds like the perfect plan--until Hannah finds Matthew face-down in a plate full of Devil's Food Cake, a single bullet in his head. It will take some sleuthing to sift out the killer, but Hannah is sure of one thing: even the most half-baked murder plot can be oh so deadly. . .Features over Ten Cookie and Dessert Recipes from The Cookie Jar, Including Red Devil's Food Cake and Carrot Oatmeal Muffins!"Fans will be eagerly awaiting the next installment." --Booklist"Joanne Fluke is the doyenne of deadly desserts with her deliciously popular Hannah Swensen series." --Publishers Weekly
Show Me the Bunny (A Melanie Travis Mystery #29)
By Laurien Berenson. 2022
Melanie Travis is gifted at raising prize-winning Standard Poodles, not standing in as the Easter Bunny. But when March in…Connecticut brings daffodils and dead bodies, she&’ll need to hop into action—and fast . . . Aunt Rose already has a strike against her for not being too fond of dogs—or Aunt Peg. But Melanie still agrees to organize Easter festivities at Gallagher House, the new women&’s shelter opened by the stern former nun, even if it takes all the jellybeans in Greenwich to sweeten the arrangement. No sooner does Melanie arrive to dye multicolor eggs and stuff baskets, than she learns devasting news about Beatrice Gallagher, the respected benefactor of the estate. Beatrice has fallen to her death, and the circumstances are shocking . . . No one can say why or how charitable Beatrice got pushed into an early grave. Yet for a supposedly warm and generous philanthropist, rumors have her pinned as an overbearing manipulator who used money to control the unfortunate few trapped in her inner circle. Facing an uncertain future as danger lurks around Gallagher House, Melanie and Aunt Rose must tolerate each other&’s company long enough to discover the truth about Beatrice&’s true nature and identify a vengeful killer—before another person&’s idyllic spring break becomes a serious nightmare . . .
Murder at an Irish Bakery: An Enchanting Irish Mystery (An Irish Village Mystery #9)
By Carlene O'Connor. 2023
Set in a charming Irish village, the latest in this cozy mystery series by USA Today bestselling author Carlene O&’Connor…(&“queen of the cozy police procedural&”—Publishers Weekly) sees a reality baking show coming to Kilbane, only to find a killer turning up the heat. In Kilbane, opinions are plentiful and rarely in alignment. But there&’s one thing everyone does agree on—the bakery in the old flour mill, just outside town, is the best in County Cork, well worth the short drive and the long lines. No wonder they&’re about to be featured on a reality baking show. All six contestants in the show are coming to Kilbane to participate, and the town is simmering with excitement. Aside from munching on free samples, the locals—including Siobhan—get a chance to appear in the opening shots. As for the competitors themselves, not all are as sweet as their confections. There are shenanigans on the first day of filming that put everyone on edge, but that&’s nothing compared to day two, when the first round ends and the top contestant is found face-down in her signature pie. The producers decide to continue filming while Siobhan and her husband, Garda Macdara Flannery, sift through the suspects. Was this a case of rivalry turned lethal, or are their other motives hidden in the mix? And can they uncover the truth before another baker is eliminated—permanently . . .
Jake Tiptree and Ellie White are fired up for Eastport, Maine&’s Maine&’s annual cookie-baking contest, but when a cunning killer…and a devastating fire threaten to ravage the quaint island town, Jake and Ellie must dip into another homemade homicide investigation before all they love goes up in smoke . . . As co-owners of Eastport&’s beloved waterfront bakery, the Chocolate Moose, Jake and Ellie know their customers expect them to cream the competition. But they&’re really just in it for fun, hoping to get Jake&’s daughter-in-law baking again. Those plans collapse when fearsome local curmudgeon Alvin Carter is murdered, and every crumb of evidence points to Tiptree family friend—and all-around sweet guy—Billy Breyer. Billy&’s sisters beg Jake and Ellie to prove his innocence. After all, lots of folks had gone sour on Alvin, whose popularity ranked somewhere between a toothache and the plague. But just as the ladies begin sifting through the suspects, a series of grass fires blaze across the island, threatening catastrophe. Could someone be trying to hide the truth about Alvin&’s murder? Now, Jake and Ellie will need all their courage—and an extra dash of that downeast Maine stubbornness—to sniff out the real killer before anyone else gets burned . . . Includes a Recipe!
Hiss & Tell: A Mrs. Murphy Mystery (Mrs. Murphy #31)
By Rita Mae Brown. 2023
When a series of mysterious deaths spoil the Christmas season in Crozet, Virginia, Mary Minor &“Harry&” Harristeen and her beloved…cats and dogs lend the police a helping paw in this exciting holiday mystery from Rita Mae Brown and her feline co-author Sneaky Pie Brown.Christmas is coming and Harry&’s to-do list is a mile long. The days are filled with delivering holiday baskets to neighbors in need, chopping down the perfect tree with her best friend, Susan Tucker, and hunting for that elusive special gift for her beloved husband, Pharamond &“Fair&” Harristeen. Harry also decides to try her hand at dog showing, enrolling her handsome Irish Wolfhound puppy Pirate in classes to prepare for a future exhibition. Through it all, holiday cheer—and plenty of treats for Pirate—keep spirits high.But the holidays aren&’t cheerful for everyone. Harry&’s friend on the police force, Cynthia Cooper, warns that the season can bring an uptick in crime. Her words prove tragically prescient when Harry and Susan discover the body of a man by the side of the road, dead, without any clues to his identity. One suspicious death is bad enough, but when Cooper reports that two more bodies have been found, also unidentified, Harry knows trouble is afoot. The autopsies for all three bodies reveal the presence of a deadly drug. Could their deaths have been accidental, or is a devious killer on the prowl?With help from her feline sidekicks, Mrs. Murphy and Pewter, as well as Tee Tucker the corgi and Pirate, Harry vows to find the answers and stop the spate of deaths so that all of Crozet can have a very merry Christmas.
Four Parties and a Funeral (A Catering Hall Mystery #4)
By Maria DiRico. 2023
In this fresh and witty cozy mystery series set amid an extended Italian-American family in Astoria, Queens, catering hall owner…and amateur sleuth Mia Carina must solve a murder on the set of a reality show. The June events schedule at Belle View is busting out all over—proms, graduations, and of course, weddings. There are unexpected bookings too, including a casting call for the pilot of Dons of Ditmars Boulevard. But soon, Mia&’s fears about the cheesy reality show are confirmed . . . Belle View quickly becomes the site of a sea of wanna-be goombahs and phony girlfriends, and some of Mia&’s friends insist on getting in on the action. The production company owner and his executive producer ex-wife—who&’s also very minor British royalty—have assembled a motley crew that does as much infighting and backstabbing as the on-screen &“talent.&” Even so, it&’s a shock when a dead body is found in the pool house of a local mansion rented by the show . . . Murder might boost the ratings. But Mia intends to make sure the killer gets jail time, not airtime . . . Italian recipes included!
Four Charming Spells (Kitchen Witch Mysteries #4)
By Lynn Cahoon. 2023
In this spellbinding continuation of the Kitchen Witch Mystery series by New York Times bestselling author Lynn Cahoon, witchcraft trainee…Mia Malone summons tasty dishes and unearthly murder suspects . . . Before Mia Malone can sip tea at Time for a Cuppa, the charming new shop in Magic Springs, Idaho, her life changes course in downright supernatural ways. First her blossoming catering business and cooking school get a boost with the addition of an enchanting cake decorator. Then she catches the attention of the tea shop owner herself, local coven member Mahogany Medford, who&’s set on immersing Mia in a twisted mystery that appears all but unsolvable without a special kind of help . . . Still reeling from the recent loss of her mother and believing there was more to the abrupt death, Mahogany urges Mia to cast light on the truth. But old secrets might come back to haunt her in an investigation that demands conjuring up phantoms from the past on the property of Mia&’s Morsels. Now, wearing Gran&’s protective stone and empowered by a circle of trusted confidants, Mia must reveal who—or what—killed Ms. Medford as another deadly surprise brews! Includes Recipes! Praise for Lynn Cahoon&“One Poison Pie deliciously blends charm and magic with a dash of mystery and a sprinkle of romance.&” —Agatha Award–winner Daryl Wood Gerber
To Kill a Troubadour: A Bruno, Chief of Police Novel (Bruno, Chief of Police Series #15)
By Martin Walker. 2022
When a musician&’s new song hits a political nerve, he finds himself in the crosshairs of Spanish nationalists&’ ire, and…it&’s up to Bruno to track down the extremists who seem ready to take deadly measures, in another delightful installment of the internationally acclaimed series featuring Bruno, Chief of Police.Les Troubadours, a folk music group that Bruno has long supported, go viral with their new number, &“Song for Catalonia,&” when the Spanish government suddenly bans the song. The songwriter, Joel Martin, is a local enthusiast for the old Occitan language of Périgord and the medieval troubadours, and he sympathizes with the Catalan bid for independence. The success of his song provokes outrage among extreme Spanish nationalists. Then, in a stolen car found on a Périgord back road, police discover a distinctive bullet for a state-of-the-art sniper's rifle that can kill at three kilometers, and they fear that Joel might be the intended target. The French and Spanish governments agree to mount a joint operation to stop the assailants, and Bruno is the local man on the spot who mobilizes his resources to track them down. While Bruno tries to keep the peace, his friend Florence reaches out for help. Her abusive ex-husband is about to be paroled from prison and she fears he will return to reclaim their children. Will Bruno and Florence be able to prevent this unwanted visit? Despite the pressures, there is always time for Bruno to savor les plaisirs of the Dordogne around the table with friends.
Devil's Delight: An Agatha Raisin Mystery (Agatha Raisin Mysteries #33)
By M. C. Beaton, R. W. Green. 2022
Beloved New York Times bestseller M.C. Beaton's cranky, crafty Agatha Raisin—the star of her own hit T.V. series—is back on…the case again in Devil's Delight.Agatha and her assistant, Toni, are driving to their friend Bill Wong’s long-awaited wedding, thinking of nothing more than what the beautiful bride will be wearing when a terrified young man comes running down the country lane towards them wearing…nothing at all.The encounter leads them to become embroiled with a naturist group, a disappearing corpse, fantasy games, witchcraft, an ice cream empire, intrigue and murder. In the meantime, Agatha’s hectic life swirls along at dizzying pace, her private detective agency as busy as ever and her private affairs in turmoil, with old loves to contend with and a new suitor on the scene.But when she begins to close in on a suspected murderer, she finds herself in deadly peril, as the sinister nature of the ice cream business leads her to a chilling conclusion…
The Rocky Road to Ruin: An Ice Cream Shop Mystery (Ice Cream Shop Mysteries #1)
By Meri Allen. 2021
Justice will be swirled by amateur sleuth Riley Rhodes in the first in Meri Allen's brand-new mystery series, The Rocky…Road to Ruin!Riley Rhodes, travel food blogger and librarian at the CIA, makes a bittersweet return to her childhood home of Penniman, Connecticut – land of dairy farms and covered bridges - for a funeral. Despite the circumstances, Riley’s trip home is sprinkled with reunions with old friends, visits to her father’s cozy bookshop on the town green, and joyful hours behind the counter at the beloved Udderly Delicious Ice Cream Shop. It feels like a time to help her friend Caroline rebuild after her mother’s death, and for Riley to do a bit of her own reflecting after a botched undercover mission in Italy. After all, it’s always good to be home.But Caroline and her brother Mike have to decide what to do with the assets they’ve inherited – the ice cream shop as well as the farm they grew up on – and they’ve never seen eye to eye. Trouble begins to swirl as Riley is spooked by reports of a stranger camping behind the farm and by the odd behavior of the shop’s mascot, Caroline’s snooty Persian, Sprinkles. When Mike turns up dead in the barn the morning after the funeral, the peace and quiet of Penniman seems upended for good. Can Riley find the killer before another body gets scooped?
Kittens Cupcakes & Conspiracy (Magical Kitten Cozy Mysteries #3)
By Amity Allen. 2023
When aspiring entrepreneur Kelsie takes her cupcakes to the Watermelon Festival, she finds herself right in the middle of a…shocking murder. Elizabeth Bryan, the town's biggest socialite, has been found dead between the pig races and the pie eating contest–and her new friend Nell is the prime suspect. With no time to lose, Kelsie hires the dead woman's assistant in order to clear her friend's name and get back to business.Then one of their beloved kittens goes missing, and Kelsie suspects it must be connected to the investigation. Kelsie must set a trap to find the murderer and save her kitten before it's too late.Will Kelsie be able to solve the crime and find her missing furbaby?Find out in this delightfully gripping cozy mystery novel that will keep you guessing until the very end.
A Midsummer Night's Scheme (A Bookbinding Mystery #2)
By Harper Kincaid. 2023
All the world's a stage, but it may be curtains for bookbinder Quinn Caine&’s brother if she can't bring the…lights down on an actor's killer, in this mystery perfect for fans of Jenn McKinlay and Kate Carlisle.Just when everything is returning to the calm that Quinn Caine and her sidekicks, Ruff Barker Ginsburg and Sister Daria, are used to in their beloved town of Vienna, a Broadway star crash-lands into their peace and quiet. Former &‘player&’, Chad Frivole, is Vienna&’s prodigal son—the once notorious lothario has returned a Broadway star, ready to make a different kind of mark on his hometown.Not everyone is celebrating the Tony-award-winner&’s return. Chad&’s a triple threat—with a cast of characters lining up to seek their revenge on him. So, when he turns up dead in his car, trapped with a sack full of snakes, Quinn can&’t say she&’s surprised—but promises handsome detective Aiden Harrington that she&’s staying out of this local mystery.That is, until someone starts threatening her brother&’s life. It&’s true, Sebastian &‘Bash&’ Caine used to be a womanizer, just like Chad. And the killer doesn&’t seem to care that he&’s not that man anymore. Bash Caine is in the killer&’s sights, and unless Quinn and her crew can find the killer in time, whoever it is will drag her brother into his final act on this mortal coil.
Real Murders: An Aurora Teagarden Novel (Aurora Teagarden #1)
By Charlaine Harris. 1992
Aurora Teagarden, small town librarian and true crime buff, is looking forward to the monthly meeting of the Real Murders…Society, a group of fellow crime enthusiasts who share a unique interest in historical murders. The Society meetings are the highlight of Roe's social life in sleepy Lawrenceville, Georgia, and she's ready for a quiet night of discussion, coffee, and cookies. But after she finds the body of a Society member in a staged crime scene eerily similar to the one the group was supposed to discuss that very night, Roe finds herself at the center of a murderous story of her own.As the killer strikes again, it's obvious that members of the Real Murders Society have become targets of a knowledgeable copycat. With the help of handsome police detective Arthur Smith and the town's dashing new resident, mystery novelist Robin Crusoe, it's up to Roe to discover if the murderer is one of the group's own and to piece the perplexing puzzle together before another body appears.From #1 New York Times bestselling author Charlaine Harris, this first book in the Aurora Teagarden mystery series combines the excitement of solving the crime and the charm of Southern hospitality. Real Murders, A Bone to Pick, Three Bedrooms, One Corpse and the rest of the Aurora Teagarden mysteries have been adapted into film for Hallmark Movies & Mysteries.
Cold Clay: A Shady Hollow Mystery (A Shady Hollow Mystery #2)
By Juneau Black. 2017
The second book in the Shady Hollow series, in which some long-buried secrets come to light, throwing suspicion on a…beloved local denizen.It's autumn in Shady Hollow, and residents are looking forward to harvest feasts. But then a rabbit discovers a grisly crop: the bones of a moose. Soon, the owner of Joe's Mug is dragged out of the coffeeshop and questioned by the police about the night his wife walked out of his life—and Shady Hollow—forever. It seems like an open-and-shut case, but dogged reporter Vera Vixen doesn't believe gentle Joe is a killer. She'll do anything to prove his innocence ... even if it means digging into secrets her neighbors would rather leave buried. A VINTAGE CRIME/BLACK LIZARD ORIGINAL.
Mirror Lake (A Shady Hollow Mystery #3)
By Juneau Black. 2020
The third novel in the Shady Hollow mystery series, in which Vera Vixen takes on her most challenging case yet:…solving the murder of a rat who appears to still be alive.Change is afoot in Shady Hollow, with an unusually tense election shaping up between long-serving Chief of Police Theodore Meade and Vera's beau, Deputy Orville Braun. But the political tension takes a back seat when resident eccentric Dorothy Springfield becomes convinced her beloved husband, Edward, is dead, and that the rat claiming to be him is actually a fraud. While most of the town dismisses Dorothy's rants as nothing more than a delusion, Vera has her doubts. More than a few things don't add up in the Springfield household, but Vera will have to tread carefully, since, with Orville's attention on the election, she may be more exposed than ever. A VINTAGE CRIME/BLACK LIZARD ORIGINAL.
Shady Hollow: A Murder Mystery (A Shady Hollow Mystery #1)
By Juneau Black. 2015
The first book in the Shady Hollow series, in which we are introduced to the village of Shady Hollow, a…place where woodland creatures live together in harmony—until a curmudgeonly toad turns up dead and the local reporter has to solve the case.Reporter Vera Vixen is a relative newcomer to Shady Hollow. The fox has a nose for news, so when she catches wind that the death might be a murder, she resolves to get to the bottom of the case, no matter where it leads. As she stirs up still waters, the fox exposes more than one mystery, and discovers that additional lives are in jeopardy. Vera finds more to this town than she ever suspected. It seems someone in the Hollow will do anything to keep her from solving the murder, and soon it will take all of Vera&’s cunning and quickness to crack the case. A VINTAGE CRIME/BLACK LIZARD ORIGINAL