Hospitality and Homicide by Lynn Cahoon

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Jill is the owner of a bookstore/coffee shop in a California coastal tourist town. When a famous author comes to her store for a book signing, a murder occurs which mirrors a scene he just wrote for his new book. Running her business, taking classes and wrestling with her commitment issues in her relationship with her boyfriend should keep Jill busy, but she still manages to investigate the murder of the local B&B owner. Motives abound, but none seem strong enough to lead to murder. This latest Tourist Trap Mystery is a great addition to the series…good relationships, supporting characters are evolving and deepening, and the mystery had me guessing right up to te end. If you enjoy cozy mysteries, be sure to add this to your reading list!

A Hiss before Dying by Rita Mae Brown & Sneaky Pie Brown

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A Hiss Before Dying continues alternating stories of present day and post-Revolutionary war days in Virginia. The stories tie together across the years with events of the past affecting events of the present. Both story lines are compelling, and the mystery is well done. The ending solved the mystery, but left questions that will need to be answered in the next installment!

Tightening the Threads by Lea Wait

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Angie’s friend, Sarah, moved to Maine from Australia. Now we find that it wasn’t simply chance that brought her to this small Maine town. Sarah was looking for family and traced her connections to Maine. An uncle welcomes her to the family, but his children are not happy to know their new cousin. When their father announces he is changing his will to include Sarah…and that he is dying, no one is happy. When he dies during a clambake, is it murder or a tragic accident? Angie investigates and more surprises are unearthed. The needlepoint friends gather to help Sarah and show that family may be more than blood relatives.

Dying Breath by Heather Graham

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Ever since the night Vickie was almost killed by a serial killer when she was a teenager, she has seen Dylan’s ghost. Now another sick killer is burying women alive and sending clues to the newspaper so there is a chance of rescue. Soon, Vickie is drawn into the investigation when she is named directly in the clues. The Krew of Hunters is on the case and Vickie learns they, too, can see ghosts. Who is the Undertaker? Is it someone Vickie knows? There is a great twist at the end that I didn’t see coming! An exciting paranormal mystery that is a great addition to the Krew of Hunters series.

Trumpet of Death By Cynthia Riggs

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Victoria Trumbull may be 92 years old, but that doesn’t slow her down as she assists the police, writes a column and poetry, and generally keeps involved in everything on Martha’s Vineyard. A manipulative young woman is found dead and Victoria’s boarder is a suspect. Just before her death, a boy’s body is found in the remains of a suspicious fire. Victoria is determined to help her boarder and find the real killer. A very good cozy mystery set on wonderful Martha’s Vineyard.

Devil’s Breath By G. M. M

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Max Tudor is sent by MI5 to help DC Cotton investigate the death of an aging actress. He leaves Awena and baby Owen at home and is off to solve an almost “locked room” mystery. Margot, the murdered actress, was thrown off a yacht and everyone involved is suspect. Is it related to drug smuggling, jealousy, or something else altogether? Once again, G.M. Mallet has written an enjoyable mystery with wonderful characters and a cozy setting. I look forward to the next in this series (and hope it will be in his home town with his parishioners and Awena and Owen).

Of Books and Bagpipes by Paige Shelton

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In this 2nd book in the Scottish Bookshop Mystery series, Delaney (from Kansas) is settling in quite nicely in Scotland. She enjoys working at the bookshop and she’s made great friends with her landlords, coworkers, and the handsome Scot who owns the pub just down the street. Then her boss, Edwin, asks her to meet a reenactor at the top of an abandoned castle at night to collect a special comic book. She arrives only to find a body and no book. Delaney, with the help and care of her friends, becomes involved in solving the murder, finding ties to a mysterious incident in Edwin’s past. The setting is perfect, the characters wonderful and the mystery kept me reading past my bedtime! (Just one more chapter…I have to see what happens next!). This is a great cozy mystery and I only wish the next book was ready to read!

The Skeletons of Scarborough House by Kitty French

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Light-hearted, fun, and full of quirky characters, The Skeletons of Scarborough House was an enjoyable read. Melody Bittersweet sees dead people. But that’s OK because all the women in her family are able to see and talk to ghosts. In fact, they make their living by helping people get in touch with their deceased friends and family. Melody wants to start her own business, helping ghosts move on. Soon she is in business with her best friend (a feisty Sicilian girl) and a young man recommended by his dead father. On her first case, she must solve an old murder to help three ghostly brothers move on. Her rival on the case is also her ex-boyfriend and then there’s the handsome, but skeptical reporter, snooping around for a story. Complications and hilarity abound. I liked the characters and though the mystery was somewhat predictable, the story was great fun.

The Devil’s Triangle by Catherine Coulter

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In The Devil’s Triangle, the genius of DaVinci and Tessa is tied together with the Ark of the Covenant and a family’s obsessive search for the Ark…and limitless power. The Koaths are descended from the people of the Ark and search for it for generations. They discover a DaVince invention, which with Tesla’s electricity knowledge, combines to give them control over the weather. The Covert Eye team is on the case, trying to save the world and rescue Kitsune (a master thief) and her husband. A rollicking good adventure!

Whale of a Crime by Karen MacInerney

img_0093In Whale of a Crime, Natalie (owner of the Gray Whale Inn) has a tour group staying at her inn and no empty rooms, but that doesn’t mean everything is going smoothly. The captain and first mate of the tour boat are arguing, the naturalist aboard is upset at the captain for getting too close to the whales, and someone is sabotaging the inn! Then Natalie’s sister shows up without warning, upset about the direction her daughter’s life is taking. Soon there’s a murder and Natalie is busy investigating while running the inn and easing tensions between her sister and her niece. Once again Karen MacInerney has written a wonderfully fun story with a good mystery. I didn’t guess the solution, but when the murderer was revealed, it all made sense and tied together beautifully!