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By Carol Dean Jones. 2020
Senior sleuth Sarah Miller takes center stage when quilting, country music, and murder combine in a crafty mystery that includes…a bonus quilting pattern.When sixty-eight-year-old Sarah Miller moves into the Cunningham Village retirement community, she is mourning the loss of her husband and the place that has been home for forty-two years. But Sarah is a survivor. As she reaches out into the retirement community that is to become home, she finds friends, activities, new hobbies, and a love interest. The highly anticipated eleventh installment of this series of cozy mysteries begins with an appearance from Austin Bailey, renowned country singer—but before his concert can get off the ground, a young girl is murdered, and Sarah and her feisty cohort are hot on the case!
By Carol Dean Jones. 2019
A new neighbor and her suspicious foster son keep a senior sleuth on her toes in this mystery by the…author of Tattered & Torn. Quilt pattern included!When sixty-eight-year-old Sarah Miller moves into the Cunningham Village retirement community, she is mourning the loss of her husband, her young grandson, and the place that has been home for forty-two years. But Sarah is a survivor. As she reaches out into the retirement community that is to become home, she finds friends, activities, new hobbies, and a possible love interest. The tenth installment of this fun, friendly series of cozy mysteries contains a new friend, trunks full of vintage fabric, credit card fraud, a budding romance, and murder—and Sarah and her friends are at the center of it all.
By Carol Dean Jones. 2019
An antique quilt entangles a senior sleuth in foul play in this mystery from the author of Missing Memories. Bonus…quilt pattern included! When sixty-eight-year-old Sarah Miller moves into the Cunningham Village retirement community, she is mourning the loss of her husband, her young grandson, and the place that has been home for forty-two years. But Sarah is a survivor. As she reaches out into the retirement community that is to become home, she finds friends, activities, new hobbies, and a possible love interest. The ninth installment of this fun, friendly series of cozy mysteries draws together a tattered quilt, an exhaustive search through the past, a murder suspect, and a grand jury hearing into a compelling mystery.
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?
By Joanne Fluke. 2008
Summertime has finally arrived in Lake Eden, Minnesota, and Hannah Swensen, owner of The Cookie Jar bakery, is looking forward…to warm, lazy days, eating ice cream, and sharing picnics with friends. But when a family reunion takes a deadly turn, it's up to Hannah to find a killer. . .Between baking up a storm for The Cookie Jar and unraveling the mystery of her cat Moishe's recent strange behavior, Hannah Swensen has a lot on her plate. But she'll always make time for her business partner, Lisa, who's in the midst of preparing for a big family reunion. Everyone is delighted when Lisa's long-lost uncle makes a surprise appearance. No one has heard from Gus in twenty-five years--and his arrival has everyone buzzing with excitement. Uncle Gus is immediately the hit of the reunion, telling tales of his great success and flashing money for all to see. He's almost as popular as Hannah's scrumptious carrot cake, which is also Gus's favorite dessert. But the next morning, as the whole family gathers for the group photo, one person is missing. Hannah offers to track down Uncle Gus, but her search leads to a shocking find. Over by the bar at the pavilion, she spots two slices of her infamous carrot cake, frosting-side down on the floor--and Gus's corpse with an ice pick jutting out of his chest! A little snooping reveals that not everyone was celebrating Gus's return. And when Hannah unearths more secrets from Gus's past, she discovers even more people with an axe to grind. Now Hannah's got to sift through a long list of suspects to find a killer--even if it could mean a recipe for her own demise. . .Includes 12 original dessert recipes for you to try!
By Marsali Taylor. 2021
'This series is a must-read for anyone who loves the sea, or islands, or joyous, intricate story-telling.' ANN CLEEVESMarsali Taylor…returns with the ninth gripping mystery in her Shetland Sailing Mystery series.While onboard her last chartered sailing trip of the season, Cass Lynch is awoken in the middle of the night by a Mayday call to the Shetland coastguard. A fishing vessel has become trapped on the rocks off the coast of one of the islands.In the days that follow, there's both a shocking murder and a baffling death. On the surface there's no link, but when Cass becomes involved it is soon clear that her life is also in danger.Convinced that someone sinister is at work in these Shetland waters, Cass is determined to find and stop them. But uncovering the truth could prove to be deadly . . .Readers LOVE the Shetland Sailing Mysteries:'Definitely the best of the Cass Lynch series yet!' 5* Reader Review'The beautiful descriptions of Shetland life, traditions, it's landscape and even language bring everything to life.' 5* Reader Review'This series gets better and better' 5* Reader Review'A beautifully written story, with descriptions so vivid you can smell the sea and beautiful countryside.' 5* Reader Review'The perfect lockdown read for anyone who longs to be back on the sea.' 5* Reader Review
An Anishinaabe child and her grandmother explore the natural wonders of each season in this lyrical, bilingual story-poem. In this…lyrical story-poem, written in Anishinaabemowin and English, a child and grandmother explore their surroundings, taking pleasure in the familiar sights that each new season brings. We accompany them through warm summer days full of wildflowers, bees and blueberries, then fall, when bears feast before hibernation and forest mushrooms are ripe for harvest. Winter mornings begin in darkness as deer, mice and other animals search for food, while spring brings green shoots poking through melting snow and the chirping of peepers. Brittany Luby and Joshua Mangeshig Pawis-Steckley have created a book inspired by childhood memories of time spent with Knowledge Keepers, observing and living in relationship with the natural world in the place they call home — the northern reaches of Anishinaabewaking, around the Great Lakes. Correlates to the Common Core State Standards in English Language Arts: CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.1.4 Identify words and phrases in stories or poems that suggest feelings or appeal to the senses. CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.2.1 Ask and answer such questions as who, what, where, when, why, and how to demonstrate understanding of key details in a text. CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.2.5 Describe the overall structure of a story, including describing how the beginning introduces the story and the ending concludes the action.
By Dorothy St. James. 2021
When small-town assistant librarian Tru Beckett sets up a secret book room in her newly modernized library, she discovers that…protecting the printed word is harder than she&’d ever imagined. In fact, it&’s murder.Trudell Becket, known to her friends as Tru, finds herself in a bind when her library in lovely Cypress, South Carolina, is turned into a state-of-the-art bookless &“technological center.&” A library with no books breaks Tru&’s book-loving heart so she decides to rescue hundreds of beloved tomes slated for the town dump. Under the cover of darkness, Tru, along with her best friends—coffee shop owner Tori Green and mysterious bestselling author Flossie Finnegan-Baker—set up a secret bookroom in the library&’s basement and prepare to open it to their most loyal, trustworthy patrons.But as Tru and her crew are putting the finishing touches on their new book room, the town manager, who was behind the big push for the library&’s transformation, is crushed by an overturned shelf of DVDs. Tru becomes the prime suspect as she hadn&’t hid the fact that she hated having all of those wonderful books replaced by tablets and computers. But if she gives the police her alibi, she&’ll have to explain about the secret book room and risk losing the books.Tru knows she&’s in a heap of trouble, and it doesn&’t help that the officer in charge of the case is her old crush from high school, who broke her teenaged heart. To keep herself out of jail and her beloved bookroom up and running, Tru—with the help of Tori, Flossie, and a brown tabby stray cat named Dewey Decimal—decides to investigate. And faster than you can say &“Shhhh!&” Tru quickly finds herself on the same page with a killer who would love to write her final chapter. . . .
By Karen Rose Smith. 2021
In Pennsylvania&’s Amish country, Daisy Swanson finds herself going back to school expecting to serve tea—only to get a crash…course in criminal justice . . . The faculty of Willow Creek High School are having a get-together after the spring concert with refreshments provided, courtesy of Daisy&’s Tea Garden. Oolong tea and chocolate biscuits are just what the staff needs to help them unwind from Althea Higgins&’ demanding curriculum. Her lessons on such controversial subjects as school uniforms and underqualified substitute teachers are earning her an F from her colleagues. But a failing grade was preferable to Althea falling victim to foul play. Daisy was there when her body was discovered in the school swimming pool, murdered by strangulation. Althea was certainly a strict, opinionated taskmaster, unliked by both teachers and students, but would any of them actually want to kill her? As Daisy starts asking questions, she gets a real education in Althea&’s history, discovering more than enough enemies with more than enough motives to cancel her classes permanently . . . Includes delicious recipes!
By Lynn Cahoon. 2021
Mia Malone conjures up delicacies while casting about for clues in New York Times bestselling author Lynn Cahoon&’s Two Wicked…Desserts, continuing her Kitchen Witch Mystery series . . . Magic Springs, Idaho, may be a small town, but Mia Malone is living an enchanted life running her own catering business and cooking school. And while she&’s teaching the locals culinary craft, her grandmother is teaching her witchcraft for the day she inherits the family magical spells that have been passed down for generations. Unfortunately, all that knowledge is not helping Mia or her grandmother in removing the spirit of warlock Dorian Alexander from Mia&’s cat Mr. Darcy. But even though Dorian hasn&’t yet left this earthly plane, his spells have already been transferred to his daughter Cindy&’s grimoire. An actress looking for her big Hollywood break, Cindy is hoping there&’s something in her father&’s bag of tricks to make her a star. But playing with magic has only resulted in a trip to Idaho where Cindy finds herself the number one suspect in the murder of a hitman whose body was found in the garden of Mia&’s Morsels. Now it&’s up to Mia to conjure up a killer before everything she&’s worked so hard for vanishes with a poof! Includes Recipes! Praise for Lynn Cahoon &“A cozy lover&’s dream come true.&” —Susan McBride, author of The Debutante Dropout Mysteries on The Tourist Trap Mysteries
By Traci Wilton. 2021
It&’s Fourth of July in Salem, Massachusetts—and B&B owner Charlene Morris is about to witness the shot heard &’round the…town . . . Madison Boswell, a beauty recently transplanted from Boston, is starring in the Independence Day play in this New England town full of colonial history—and, of course, witchcraft. Madison may not be a Wiccan, but she does seem to have certain hypnotic powers. And she&’s left some angry people in her wake, from a fellow actress beaten out for a role to a jealous betrayed wife. Now, as Charlene films the performance for her housemate, Jack—a handsome ghost who shares the Victorian bed-and-breakfast with her and her Persian cat—the drama queen takes a deadly bullet from what was supposed to be a prop gun. With a long list of suspects and lots of backstage whispers, it looks like the investigation by Charlene and Detective Sam Holden could set off some fireworks . . .
This fun new story from the Queen of Culinary Cozies is just the indulgence you need this winter! Cozy mystery…fans know that a trip to The Cookie Jar—Hannah Swensen’s famous bakery—will always result in a delightfully page-turning whodunit… <P><P>Spring has sprung in Lake Eden, Minnesota, but Hannah Swensen doesn’t have time to stop and smell the roses—not with hot cross buns to make, treats to bake, and a sister to exonerate! Hannah’s up to her ears with Easter orders rushing in at The Cookie Jar, plus a festive meal to prepare for a dinner party at her mother’s penthouse. But everything comes crashing to a halt when Hannah receives a panicked call from her sister Andrea—Mayor Richard Bascomb has been murdered . . . and Andrea is the prime suspect. Even with his reputation for being a bully, Mayor Bascomb—or “Ricky Ticky,” as Hannah’s mother likes to call him—had been unusually testy in the days leading up to his death, leaving Hannah to wonder if he knew he was in danger. <P><P>Meanwhile, folks with a motive for mayoral murder are popping up in Lake Eden. Was it a beleaguered colleague? A political rival? A jealous wife? Or a scorned mistress? As orders pile up at The Cookie Jar—and children line up for Easter egg hunts—Hannah must spring into investigation mode and identify the real killer . . . before another murder happens! Features Over a Dozen Cookie and Dessert Recipes from The Cookie Jar! <P><P><b>A New York Times Bestseller</b>
By Angela M. Sanders. 2021
&“Zippy and fun, with just enough ambiance to satisfy readers seeking spooks and humor.&” —Kirkus Reviews Librarian Josie Way moved to…small-town Oregon to lay low. Instead, thanks to newfound magic abilities—and a killer on the loose—she&’s leapt out of the frying pan and into a cauldron of trouble . . . Josie Way loved working among the Library of Congress&’s leather-scented stacks—until she uncovered corruption and made herself a target. As Wilfred, Oregon&’s new librarian, Josie can stay undercover until the case goes to court. But life in this little town isn&’t as subdued as she expected. The library, housed in a a Victorian mansion, is slated to be bulldozed. Still digesting the news that her safe haven is about to become scrap lumber, Josie discovers a body in the woods . . . Almost as shocking, Josie learns that she&’s descended from a long line of witches—and her powers have suddenly sprung to life. With help from a spoiled alley cat who just may be her familiar, Josie&’s thumbing through a catalog of suspects, hoping she can conjure a way to save her library—and her life . . .
By Carlene O'Connor. 2020
The bestselling author of the Irish Village mysteries sets her new series in Galway County, where former New York interior…designer Tara Meehan finds murder in the ruins. Former New Yorker and interior designer Tara Meehan is eagerly anticipating the grand opening of her architectural salvage shop Renewals in her newly adopted home of Galway. She's in the midst of preparations when heiress Veronica O'Farrell bursts in to announce she&’s ready for some renewal of her own. To celebrate one year of sobriety, she&’s invited seven people she wronged in her drinking days to historic Ballynahinch Castle Hotel in neighboring Connemara to make amends in style. But perhaps one among them is not so eager to pardon her past misdeeds. Veronica is found lying in the ruins of manor house Clifden Castle with an antique Tara Brooch buried in her heart—the same brooch Tara Meehan admired in her shop the day before, posting a photo with the caption: #Killerbrooch. Now she&’s a prime suspect, along with Veronica&’s guests, all of whom had motives to stab the heiress. It&’s up to Tara to pin down the guilty party . . .
By Julie Anne Lindsey. 2021
Autumn in Blossom Valley means pumpkin patches are ripe and Winona Mae Montgomery and her Granny Smythe&’s cider shop is…flourishing. But with this season comes . . . A FATAL HARVEST The Fall Festival is in full swing. Civil War reenactors from three counties are partaking in Blossom Valley&’s tribute to John Brown. Blue Ridge Mountain foliage is in full bloom. And best of all is Jacob Potter&’s pumpkin farm where his hay rides, piglet races, pumpkin picking and corn maze are time-honored draws for locals and tourists alike. That&’s why it&’s such a shock when Mr. Potter is found dead, hidden under a tarp in the back of Winnie&’s pickup truck. This certainly betrays Potter&’s reputation as one of the town&’s most popular citizens. Fortunately, when it comes to solving a murder, no one has a patch on Winnie. Now, all eyes are on her to do it. Unfortunately, that includes those of the killer who&’ll do anything to keep an orchard full of secrets buried.
By Mary Marks. 2021
The ninth installment in the hit Quilting Mystery series by Mary Marks finds sleuth Martha searching for her fiancé&’s ex-wife.…One loose thread threatens to unravel Martha&’s wedding plans: the groom-to-be married a pregnant teen to save her from scandal thirty years ago—and the marriage was never annulled. Now Crusher&’s wife Hadas is coming to LA, along with his sister Fanya. But soon after she arrives, their houseguest goes missing, with her room ransacked and a chloroform-soaked cloth left behind. Could her apparent abduction be connected to her brother&’s unsolved death from a hit-and-run six months ago? Martha and her quilting cohorts must find the pattern to solve the twin mysteries and determine if Crusher is still married—or now a widower . . . Praise for Mary Marks and Knot of this World &“Framed by details of quilting, tarot-card reading, and Rose&’s Jewish faith, this satisfying cozy, replete with full-bodied characters, will be relished by quilters.&”—Booklist
By Sherry Harris. 2021
Bestselling author Sherry Harris gives us the second in a new cozy mystery series featuring a bartender sleuth in the…tiny town of Emerald Cove, Florida. BAD TO THE BONE Chloe loves her new life pouring beers and mixing cocktails at the Sea Glass Saloon in the Florida Panhandle town of Emerald Cove. But on the job, the only exercise she gets is walking from one end of the bar to the other, so in the mornings she loves to run on the beach. On this morning&’s foggy run, she spots a sailboat washed up on a sandbar. Hearing a cry, she climbs aboard the beached vessel to investigate and finds not only a mewling kitten—but a human skeleton in the cabin. The skeleton is tied back to Chloe&’s friend Ralph, whose wife disappeared on a sailboat with three other people twelve years ago. Believing his wife was lost at sea, Ralph remarried. Now he finds himself a murder suspect. Chloe is determined to find out who&’s been up to some skulduggery, but her sleuthing will lead her into some rough waters and some bone-chilling revelations… &“Entertaining…a pleasantly appealing debut series.&”—Dru&’s Books Musings
By Denise Swanson. 2021
Love is deadlyStupid Cupid is making School psychologist Skye Denison-Boyd regret returning to work after her maternity leave. It starts…with an emergency school lockdown, continues with her godfather's arrest by the state police, and ends with a dead body!It's every teacher and administrator's worst nightmare—a school shooter lockdown. And even worse for Skye because she's trapped in a tiny room with the district's creepy superintendent, Dr. Wraige while they wait for the all-clear.When Dr. Wraige turns up dead in his home just a short time later, is it a coincidence, or something more?Skye joins her police chief husband, Wally, in an investigation that becomes more complicated by the minute. With a dead boss and a mysterious killer on the loose, Skye is caught between a rock and a heart place—but she won't give up until Scumble River is safe once again.
By Vicki Delany. 2021
National bestselling author Vicki Delany&’s delightful Tea by the Sea mystery series continues, as Cape Cod tearoom proprietress and part-time…sleuth, Lily Roberts, stirs up trouble when she unwittingly serves one of her grandmother&’s B&B guests a deadly cup of tea . . . Lily has her work cut out for her when a visit from her grandmother Rose&’s dear friend, Sandra McHenry, turns into an unexpected—and unpleasant—McHenry family reunion. The squabbling boils over and soon Tea by the Sea&’s serene afternoon service resembles the proverbial tempest in a teapot. Somehow, Lily and her tearoom survive the storm, and Sandra&’s bickering brethren finally retreat to Rose&’s B&B. But later that evening, a member of their party—curmudgeonly Ed French—dies from an apparent poisoning and suddenly Tea by the Sea is both scene and suspect in a murder investigation! Mercifully, none of the other guests fall ill. They all ate the same food, but Ed always insisted on bringing his own special blend of herbal teas. So it seems, amid the whining and dining, someone snuck up to one of Lily&’s cherished teapots and fatally spiked Ed&’s bespoke brew, but who? Was it Ed&’s long-estranged sister-in-law? Did teenage troublemaker Tyler take a prank too far? Or perhaps the family&’s feuds have been steeping for longer than anyone realizes? It&’s up to Lily, Rose, and their friends to get to the bottom of the poisoned pot and bag the real culprit behind the kettle murder plot.
By G. A. McKevett. 2021
Plus-sized PI Savannah Reid doesn&’t shy away from high-profile cases with the Moonlight Magnolia Detective Agency. But when an upscale…party ends with murder, drawing clues from famous guests may prove trickier than squeezing into an old pair of jeans . . . For the first time in recent memory, Savannah has no guilt about indulging in personal interests before her career. Between being a mom to her new foster son and arranging a lavish wedding for her sister, things are messy, unpredictable, and delightfully fulfilling. She even gains an impressive friend: Dr. Carolyn Erling, a caring veterinarian with a deeper story than her down-to-earth nature suggests . . . When Savannah attends a birthday bash for Dr. Carolyn&’s husband, she&’s astonished to find that her no-frills acquaintance resides in a pristine hilltop mansion with Dr. Stephen Erling, a jet-setter brain surgeon boasting throngs of A-list patients around the globe. Before Savannah can get a headcount on the mingling celebrities, Dr. Stephen has one too many champagne toasts and drops dead. With a poisonous residue found inside Dr. Stephen&’s glass, the search is on for the killer who spiked his drink. Motivated to set things right for a devastated Dr. Carolyn, Savannah must infiltrate the elite world of foreign dignitaries and Oscar-winning stars to identify the guilty culprit—or prepare to kiss this happy chapter in her life goodbye.