As the weather gets cooler, curl up with a fun cozy mystery.
(our fireplace area might be a fun place to read some of the bibliophile-themed series!)
Manansala, Mia P., author
When Lila Macapagal moves back home to recover from a horrible breakup, a notoriously nasty food critic (who happens to be her ex-boyfriend) drops dead moments after a confrontation with Lila, her life quickly swerves from a Nora Ephron romp to an Agatha Christie case. With the cops treating her like she's the one and only suspect, Lila's left with no choice but to conduct her own investigation. Armed with the nosy auntie network, her barista best bud, and her trusted Dachshund, Longanisa, Lila takes on this tasty, twisted case and soon finds her own neck on the chopping block.
Barrett, Lorna, author
Tricia has just received a second marriage proposal within fifteen minutes. The first was from her friend with benefits, Marshall Chambers, and the second from her ex-lover, police chief Grant Baker. She's still weighing her options when she hears the sound of an engine roaring down Main Street. It's a big white pickup truck that aims for and hits Marshall. Tragically, he's killed, leaving Tricia feeling bereft and guilty. Tricia takes Angelica's dog out for a comfort call behind the building, and the same white pickup roars up the alley and just misses hitting Tricia. Shaken, Tricia is met by federal marshal Kirby, who tells her that Marshall had been in the Federal Witness Protection Program. Everything Marshall told Tricia was a lie-in particular, that he was a widower. Was his death an act of revenge?
Chien, Vivien, author
Lana Lee runs her family's Chinese restaurant in Cleveland's Asia Village like nobody's business. When it comes to actual cooking, however, she's known to be about a step up from boiling rice. So Lana decides to go to culinary school on the sly--and prove that she has what it takes in the kitchen after all. But when course instructor Margo Chan turns up dead after class, Lana suddenly finds herself on the case, frying pan in hand. Since she was the one who discovered the body, Lana must do double duty in finding the killer and clearing her name. Now, with or without the help of her boyfriend Detective Adam Trudeau, Lana launches her own investigation into Margo's life and mysterious death. Doing so leads her on a wild goose chase to and from the culinary school--and all the way back to the Ho-Lee noodle shop, where the guilty party may be closer than Lana thinks.
Freeman, Dianne, 1958- author
As she and her fiancé, George Hazleton, are socializing with visiting members of the Russian royal family a scandal comes calling when a young French woman, Irena, claims she is Mrs. George Hazelton. Then, Irena is found strangled in Frances' garden. To uncover a killer - and clear their own names - Frances and George must determine which of Irena's outlandish stories were based in fact, and who stood to benefit from her death. And as the search reaches a shocking conclusion, they may find that villainy lurks all too close to home
McKinlay, Jenn, author
Life is sweet and business is booming at the Fairy Tale Cupcakes bakery--and the fact that Mel and Joe are getting married is the icing on the cake. Their reception will be held at the swanky resort where Oz works as the pastry chef. The wedding planning is all fun-fetti and games until Mel and Joe meet the head chef at the resort who has been making Oz's life miserable. When the eccentric chef insults Mel's bakery, Oz gets into a blowout argument with the culinary prima donna. Things turn extra sour when the chef is murdered, and Oz is the police's main suspect. As the countdown to the wedding day begins, Mel, Joe, and the rest of the Fairy Tale Cupcake crew must sift through clues to catch the real killer and clear Oz's name before their wedding plans are totally battered and baked.
Carlisle, Kate, 1951- author
Brooklyn has been happily settling into married life with her hunky husband, security expert Derek Stone, when a little black book arrives in the mail. The book is a rare British first edition of Rebecca, and inside, Brooklyn finds a note from her old friend Claire Quinn, asking her to restore it to its former luster. The day after the book arrives, Claire shows up at Brooklyn and Derek's home - in disguise. She believes her life is in danger. She's afraid that her past is catching up to her. Can Brooklyn page through the clues to keep her friend's past from destroying their future?
Schellman, Katharine, author
Regency widow Lily Adler must earn the trust of her father to help her solve the murder of an old family friend who had secrets worth killing for - and who had family with a lot to gain from his death.
Fluke, Joanne, 1943- author
Hannah Swensen'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 she's the prime suspect. Hannah must spring into investigation mode and identify the real killer - before another murder happens.
Cates, Bailey, author
Magical baker Katie Lightfoot's hopes of getting married without a hitch are dashed when her fiancés youngest sister is accused of murdering her ex-husband--a con man with many enemies--and calls on her witchy friends to help her solve this crime.