I know most people adore summertime, but after nearly 100 straight days of over
100 degree temperatures here in Texas, I, for one, am glad to see the return of
nice, cool, fall days!
And lucky for book lovers, Fall seems to be the time for the release of shelf
after shelf of wonderful new books to enjoy. Cozy Mystery fans, in particular,
are sure to be ecstatic over the selections that are available this month!
Here are a few you might like to check out! And as always, Happy Reading,
TRUTH: A Bess Crawford Mystery #3
By Charles Todd
William Morrow; $24.99
Trying to help a woman in distress, World War I nurse and accidental sleuth
Bess Crawford learns that no good deed goes unpunished.
When battlefield nurse Bess Crawford returns from France for a well-earned
Christmas leave, she finds a bruised and shivering woman huddled in the doorway
of her London residence. The woman has nowhere to turn, and propelled by a firm
sense of duty, Bess takes her in.
Once inside Bess’s flat, the woman reveals that a quarrel with her husband
erupted into violence, yet she wants to return home—if Bess will go with
her to Sussex. Realizing that the woman is suffering from a concussion, Bess
gives up a few precious days of leave to travel with her. But she soon
discovers that this is a good deed with unforeseeable consequences.
What Bess finds at Vixen Hill is a house of mourning. The woman’s family has
gathered for a memorial service for the elder son, who died of war wounds. Her
husband, home on compassionate leave, is tense, tormented by jealousy and his
own guilty conscience.
Then, when a troubled houseguest is found dead, Bess herself becomes a prime
suspect in the case. This murder will lead her to a dangerous quest in war-torn
France, an unexpected ally, and a startling revelation that puts her in
jeopardy before a vicious killer can be exposed.
(Set during WWI, this series is fascinating, and one of my favorites.)
TALE OF CASTLE COTTAGE: The Cottage Tales of Beatrix Potter #8
By Susan Wittig Albert
Berkley Prime Crime; $24.95
It’s the heart of summer in 1913, and Beatrix is eager to marry her fiancé,
solicitor William Heelis. But there are a few obstacles blocking the happy
couple’s path to the altar, like the troubled remodeling of Castle Cottage -
Will and Beatrix’s future home — going so slowly, Beatrix’s frustration
increases even more when her carpenter, Mr. Adcock, is fired for an alleged
theft. Will is tasked with investigating thefts at construction sites, but his
inquiries are halted when Mr. Adcock is found dead.
Aside from the construction complications, Beatrix and Will still have to
overcome the fact that the Potters have yet to give their blessing for the
(This is the last book in Albert’s charming "The Cottage Tales of Beatrix
Potter" series, and I am sad to see its conclusion. They are a delightful way
to introduce young readers to the cozy mystery genre.)
NICE: A Royal Spyness Mystery
Berkley Prime Crime: $24.95
The national bestselling author of Royal Blood whisks her heroine away to the
French Riviera for fun—and danger.
Lady Georgiana Rannoch has once again been called into service by Her Majesty
the Queen. This time she’s sent to Nice on a secret assignment that’s nothing
to sneeze at—recover the Queen’s stolen snuff box.
As much of an honor as it is to be trusted by Her Majesty, an even greater
honor awaits Georgie in ice—as Coco Chanel herself asks Georgie to model
her latest fashion. But when a necklace belonging to the Queen is stolen on the
catwalk, Georgie has to find two priceless items—and solve a murder.
How’s a girl to find any time to go to the casino?
A RATHER REMARKABLE HOMECOMING
By C.A. Belmond
New American Library; $15.00
Join the fun and frolic with American heiress Penny Nichols and her English
hero Jeremy Laidley, as the adventurous couple sets off for more elegant travel
and delightful sleuthing together!
Penny and Jeremy are just returning from their honeymoon, only to be greeted by
eccentric friends of Prince Charles bearing a rather royal request: to rescue a
historical village on the coast of Cornwall, England. A property developer is
bulldozing his way across the countryside to build a monstrous new development,
and he's heading straight for Grandmother Beryl's old homestead where the
newlyweds first met long ago as kids. Can Penny and Jeremy solve an ancient
puzzle in time to save Grandma's house-and the entire village-from total
JANE AND THE CANTERBURY TALE: Being A Jane Austen Mystery #11
By Stephanie Barron
Bantam Books; $15.00
Three years after news of her scandalous husband’s death, Adelaide Fiske is at
the altar again, her groom a soldier on the Marquis of Wellington’s staff. The
prospects seem bright for one of the most notorious women in Kent—until
Jane Austen discovers a corpse on the ancient Pilgrim’s Way that runs through
her brother Edward’s estate.
As First Magistrate for Canterbury, Edward is forced to investigate, with Jane
as his reluctant assistant. But she rises to the challenge and leaves no stone
unturned, discovering mysteries deeper than she could have anticipated. It
seems that Adelaide’s previous husband has returned for the new couple’s
nuptials—only this time, genuinely, profoundly dead. But when a second
corpse appears beside the ancient Pilgrim’s Way, Jane has no choice but to
confront a murderer, lest the next corpse be her own.
STARS: A Mace Bauer Mystery
By Deborah Sharp
Midnight Ink Books; $14.95
My stars and garters—Hollywood has descended on little ol' Himmarshee,
Florida. As animal wrangler for a cowboy film, Mace is on the set when she
discovers the arrogant executive producer shot dead, his body on display in the
horse corral. With everyone from spoiled starlets to conniving crew members
cursing the man's name, who in blue blazes didn't want to kill Norman Sydney?
As Mama's head swells to diva proportions, thanks to her miniscule movie role,
Mace shines an unwelcome spotlight on the big-city film folk to reveal a
Sharp’s "Mama" series is one of the funniest cozy mystery series I’ve had
the pleasure to review! If you haven’t met Mama, you need to!!!)
RECKONING: An Embroidery Mystery #3
By Amanda Lee
Cupid’s arrow is making its way to Tallulah Falls, Oregon, bringing lots of
business to Marcy Singer’s embroidery specialty shop—like the bride who
wants her mother’s dress embellished with jewels. But someone wants to squash
all the romance—and in this case they’ll go as far as murder.
MURDER: A Ballroom Dancing Mystery (DEBUT SERIES)
By Ella Barrick
What if your dance partner, business partner, and fiancé was stepping out with
another woman? That’s exactly what happens to Stacy Graysin, who shares
ownership of a ballroom dance studio with the man who broke her heart, Rafe
But when Stacy discovers Rafe’s dead body in the studio one dark night, the
police suspect her of killing him. To clear her name and save her studio,
Stacey teams up with Rafe’s estranged cousin from Argentina, Tav, to find the
real killer. And if Stacy doesn’t watch her step, the killer may make this
dance her last.
PAW: A Magical Cats Mystery #2
By Sofie Kelly
Small-town librarian Kathleen Paulson never wanted to be the crazy cat lady.
But after Owen and Hercules followed her home, she realized her mind wasn’t
playing tricks on her—her cats have magical abilities.
When the body of elderly do-gooder Agatha Shepherd is found near Kath’s
favorite local café, she knows Owen’s talent for turning invisible and
Hercules’s ability to walk through walls will give the felines access to clues
Kath couldn’t get without arousing suspicion. Someone is hiding some dark
secrets—and it will take a bit of furtive investigating to catch the cold-
MURDER: A Raven’s Nest Bookstore Mystery (DEBUT SERIES)
By Allison Kingsley
Berkley Prime Crime; $7.99
Cousins and best friends, Clara and Stephanie Quinn run The Raven’s Nest
Bookstore, where people go to find their most coveted reads. But they have no
idea it’s the psychically-gifted Clara who’s reading them.
The bookstore has made an enemy of the town crier, Ana Jordon, who claims that
the store’s occult collection is "poisoning" the town’s youth. Meanwhile, the
store’s number-one employee, Molly, has made no secret of her anger over Ana’s
antics. So when Ana is found dead, killed by the bust of Edgar Allen Poe
sculpted by Molly, the evidence is stacked against her. And Clara must rely on
her gift to make sense of this senseless murder.
DEATH IN A DIFFICULT POSITION: A Mantra For Murder Mystery #4
By Diana Killian
Berkley Prime Crime; $7.99
At Sacred Balance yoga studio, owner A.J. Alexander tries to help her clients
feel heavenly. But a seriously inflexible preacher claims she’s sending them
straight to hell...until he ends up dead, and A.J. has to stretch her sleuthing
skills to the limit.
DIVA HAUNTS THE HOUSE: A DOMESTIC DIVA MYSTERY#5
Berkley Prime Crime; $7.99
Domestic diva Sophie Winston is getting into the Halloween spirit—her
decorations for a community haunted house are so good, it’s scary. Not to be
outdone, rival domestic diva Natasha is throwing a spooktacular Halloween party
at her house. But when Sophie arrives, she discovers one of Natasha’s guests
dead in a Halloween display, and a pale, fanged partygoer fleeing the scene.
Could the killer be a real vampire—the same one rumored to have lived in
Sophie’s haunted house back when it was a boardinghouse? Good thing a domestic
diva never runs out of garlic.
(Just in time for Halloween!)
HOLED: A Button Box Mystery (DEBUT SERIES)
By Kylie Logan
Berkley Prime Crime; $7.99
Working out of her button shop in a Chicago brownstone, Josie Giancola has
become one of the country’s leading experts on buttons. Her reputation draws a
Hollywood starlet to the Button Box to shop for one-of-a-kind buttons to adorn
her made-to-order wedding gown.
But after the Button Box is ransacked and the actress murdered, Josie’s cozy
world is thrown into chaos—and a killer is out to keep Josie’s lips
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When the body of elderly do-gooder Agatha Shepherd is found near Kath’s favorite local café, she knows Owen’s talent for turning invisible and Hercules’s ability to walk through walls will give the felines access to clues Kath couldn’t get without arousing suspicion.-The Balancing Act Lifetime
(Liezel Jandayan 9:24am April 20, 2012)