Sharon’s Cozy Corner – October
Ahhhh….feel that? It’s the cool breezes of Autumn! After the blistering
summer we experienced all across the country, it’s a pure joy to be able to
once again get outside and enjoy the gifts that Mother Nature bestows upon us
during the fall season!
LETTERS: A Scrapbooking Mystery #9 Laura
Childs Berkley Prime Crime; $25.95
Is nothing sacred? The last thing Carmela Bertrand and her friend Ava expected
to bear witness to in St. Tristan’s Church was a crime. But now a beloved
member of their scrapbooking circle lies lifeless next to a smashed statue of
St. Sebastien—and a mysterious hooded figure has absconded with an antique
As Carmela and Ava are drawn deeper into New Orleans’ French Quarter in search
of the missing crucifix, they may need the help of more than a few patron
saints. Because this is one killer they don’t want to cross...
(Laura Childs is one of
my go-to authors when I’m looking for a great book to read! Whether it is her
Scrapbooking mysteries, her Cackleberry mysteries or her Tea Shop Mysteries,
readers can be guaranteed that they will find a wonderful story to enjoy!)
ELVIS AND THE TROPICAL DOUBLE TROUBLE: Southern Cousins Mystery
#4 By Peggy Webb Kensington Books; $23.00
It's two times the turmoil for mayhem magnet Callie, her curvaceous cousin
Lovie, and Elvis, the King reincarnated as nothin' but a hound dog. This time
they're finding a lot more than relics on an archeological dig that could truly
be their ruin.
Forced to choose between one man who wants to marry her and another who already
did, Callie Valentine Jones can't think of a better way to check out of her
personal Heartbreak Hotel then to get way, way out of town. So when Lovie
invites the whole Valentine clan to visit her brainy new beau's worksite near
Cozumel, Callie packs up her crooning basset hound and heads straight for the
But the moment they arrive at the dig, Elvis sniffs out T-R-O-U-B-L-E, in the
form of a skeleton too fresh to be part of the research and too dead to spell
anything but homicide. Suspicious minds blame ghosts and gods, but Callie knows
the guilty party is all too human—and for once, she's determined not to get
That determination goes right out the window when Lovie and Elvis go missing.
It's now or never, if Callie wants to save her cousin and her canine from
someone who's got murder always on his mind. And when her sexy ex arrives to
save the day, she'll have to keep her head together, because her love won't
wait—but neither will a killer with something deadly to hide. (If you are
looking for a mystery to tickle your funny bone, Peggy Webb’s Southern
Cousins series is the one for you!)
JOANNE FLUKE’S LAKE EDEN COOKBOOK: Hannah
Swensen’s Recipes From The Cookie Jar By Joanne Fluke
Kensington Books; $18.95
It's a picture postcard December in Minnesota. Pristine white snow is
glistening in the winter sunlight, and Main Street is brimming with festive
holiday decorations. Best of all, it's the day Hannah's mother, Delores
Swensen, is holding her annual Holiday Cookie Exchange at the Community Centre -
catered by none other than The Cookie Jar!
The whole Swensen clan, their friends, and members of "The Lake Eden Gossip
Hotline", of which Delores is a founding member, have gathered for the
delicious event. And as they share their favourite juicy tales of Lake Eden and
its residents over coffee and dessert, they also share their favourite
scrumptious cookie recipes - plus a mouth-watering menu of luncheon
recipes...plus all the recipes from Chocolate Chip Cookie Murder to Carrot Cake Murder.
Whether this is your first taste of Lake Eden, or you're back for another
helping, you can now bring the irresistible flavours of The Cookie Jar into
your very own kitchen.
BLOOD RED INDIAN SUMMER: A Berger and Mitry Mystery #8 By David
Handler Minotaur Books; $24.99
This newest mystery featuring Mitch Berger and Connecticut State Trooper Des
Mitry presents Des with her first genuine racially charged case in the historic
New England village of Dorset, the gem of Connecticut’s Gold Coast.
Tyrone “Da Beast” Grantham, the famously volatile NFL superstar linebacker, has
just been suspended for “conduct detrimental to the integrity of and public
confidence in the league.” When Tyrone and his entourage decide to spend his
season in exile in bucolic Dorset---much to the dismay of his early-to-bed,
ultra-white neighbors---Des is put on the spot. And when Tyrone’s eighteen-year-
old sister-in-law, Kinitra, washes up on Mitch’s beach one morning, bloodied
and barely alive, Des is on the case. Especially when it turns out that Kinitra
is eight weeks pregnant. Good thing there’s nothing else serious going on in
our heroes’ lives right now. Like, say, Mitch’s parents arriving from Florida
at long last to meet the new woman of color in their nice Jewish boy’s life.
THE CHOCOLATE CASTLE CLUE: A Chocoholic Mystery #11 By JoAnna
Carl Berkley Prime Crime; $22.95 Lee McKinney Woodyard discovers a dusty
trophy inside TenHuis Chocolade that belongs to her aunt Nettie and her old
high school singing group, the Pier-O- Ettes. It’s a trophy that brings back
terrible memories of an unsolved murder years ago.
Before Lee takes aim at the past, someone is murdered in the here and now. Lee
needs to keep her eyes on the prize, hoping the trophy is a clue to finding the
killer—before she’s a target herself.
JULIUS HOUSE: An Aurora Teagarden Mystery #4 By Charlaine Harris Berkley Prime Crime; $22.95 (Reprint)
Wealthy businessman Martin Bartell gives Aurora exactly what she wants for
their wedding: Julius House. But both the house and Martin come with murky
pasts. And when Roe is attacked by an ax-wielding maniac, she realizes that the
secrets inside her four walls—and her brand-new marriage—could be deadly.
DEVIL’S PUZZLE: A Someday Quilts Mystery #4 By Clare O’Donohue Penguin Books; $14.00
Nell and the crafty Someday Quilters undertake their first cold case in the
latest addition to this bewitching series.
After their quilting retreat upstate, the Someday Quilts ladies return to
Archers Rest to prepare for the town's big anniversary celebration. But their
plans are unexpectedly derailed by the discovery of a human skeleton in Nell's
grandmother's backyard-making Eleanor the prime suspect in a murder. But a
skeleton isn't the only thing that's long been buried. When a wave of vandalism
raises fears that the town's bygone history of witchcraft has been reawakened,
secrets are unearthed that could change life in Archers Rest forever.
In addition to a thrilling mystery and the warm camaraderie of the ladies, The
Devil's Puzzle is full of the quilting lore and techniques that Clare
O'Donohue's readers adore.
SUP WITH THE
DEVIL: An Abigail Adams Mystery #3 By Barbara Hamilton Berkley Prime Crime; $14.00
After an attempt on the life of her young nephew Horace, Abigail Adams, wife of
attorney John Adams, travels to Harvard to investigate. A mysterious woman
hired Horace to translate some Arabic, then left him at the mercy of her
henchmen. He survived—with a tale of pirate treasure...
Meanwhile one of Horace’s fellow students—loyal to the King—is murdered. The
Sons of Liberty are desperate to find the rumored gold, but Abigail wants the
truth. For the Devil’s treasure comes with a curse that could bring down
anyone, regardless of where their allegiance lies.
LOUISA AND THE COUNTRY BACHELOR: A Louisa May Alcott Mystery #2
By Anna Maclean Berkley Prime Crime; $14.00
Louisa convinces her family to visit cousins in rural New Hampshire, only to
confront tragedy. A local bachelor is found dead in a ravine, the apparent
victim of an accidental fall while hiking. But Louisa suspects foul play and
sets out to uncover the vicious murderer hiding among her family’s new friends.
INDIA BLACK AND THE WIDOW OF WINSOR: A Madame of Espionage
Mystery #2 By Carol K. Carr Berkley Prime Crime; $14.00
When Queen Victoria attends a séance, the spirit of her departed husband,
Prince Albert, insists she spend Christmas at their Scottish home in Balmoral.
Prime Minister Disraeli suspects the Scottish nationalists plan to assassinate
the Queen—and sends the ever resourceful India and the handsome British spy,
French, to the Scottish highlands. French will take the high road, looking for
a traitor among the guests—and India will take the low road, disguised as a
servant in case an assassin is hiding among the household staff. India is
certain that someone at Balmoral is determined to make this Her Majesty’s last
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DEATH BY THE
DOZEN: A Cupcake Bakery Mystery #3 By Jenn
McKinlay Berkley Prime Crime; $6.99
Melanie and Angie are determined to win the Challenge to the Chef to promote
their Fairy Tale Cupcakes bakery. Mel’s mentor from culinary school, Vic
Mazzotta, may be one of the judges, but Mel and Angie will have to win fair and
square. But, when Vic’s dead body is found inside a freezer truck, Mel and
Angie will need to use their best judgment to find the cold-blooded killer or
they may lose more than the contest—they may lose their lives.
FLIPPED OUT: A
Do-It-Yourself Mystery #5 By Jennie Bentley Berkley Prime Crime; $7.99
Inheriting her aunt’s old Maine cottage has led Avery Baker down a new career
path—home renovation. Finding a property’s hidden potential has rewards and
challenges—not to mention certain unanticipated dangers. Like murder.
Avery and her hunky handyman boyfriend Derek Ellis are renovating another house
in Waterfield, Maine. But it’s not just any house. It belongs to local news
anchor Tony “the Tiger” Micelli—and it’s a quaint cottage with limitless
possibilities. Even more exciting is that the makeover is going to be filmed as
part of a home renovation TV show.
Unfortunately the road to cable TV fame is a bumpy one: this DIY spins into a
DOA when Tony’s corpse is found at the cottage, flat on his back and not from
natural causes. Turns out there were a few people who wanted Tony dead, and
that the murderer might have his sights set on a few more Waterfield residents.
That means it’s up to Avery to nail the killer. Before someone yells "Cut!" and
it's all over.
HOW TO PARTY WITH A KILLER VAMPIRE: A Party Planning Mystery #4
By Penny Warner Obsidian; $7.99
Mixing fun and fundraising seems like the perfect job for Presley Parker, which
is why she started her event-planning business to raise money for charities.
But when a film soiree goes awry, it could mean THE END for her business.
Presley Parker's event planning business is really rolling. Her newest gig is a
film wrap party for big-time producer Lucas Cruz. He's celebrating his latest
release—a vampire parody—by throwing a lavish party in a graveyard. It's a
pretty gloomy venue for Presley, but she's hoping to make it so much fun that
partygoers won't even notice there are more dead than living guests.
And the number of dead grows when an entertainment reporter crashes the party,
trying to dig up dirt on an actor, and literally digs his own grave. Presley's
reputation is seriously on the line if she doesn't unearth the killer soon. But
with a growing list of shady characters and crew members, someone has to match
the role of murderer, or it's going to be Presley who won't make the cut.
MURDER OF A CREPED SUZETTE: A Scumble River Mystery #14 By Denise
Swanson Obsidian; $7.99
When megamillionaire and imitation cowboy Rex Taylor proposes building a
country music theater in Scumble River, everyone’s ready to do the boot-
scootin’ boogie except school psychologist Skye Denison. She’s been asked by
Suzette Neal, Rex’s assistant and a rising country star, to investigate her
mother’s suspicious death twenty-seven years earlier. No sooner does Skye agree
to help than she finds Suzette literally flattened — and very dead. This has
fast become a case of two questionable deaths, and suspicion seems to be
hovering over Suzette’s inner circle: Rex’s jealous wife, a mysterious man in a
black pickup truck, and the sizzling-hot singer Flint James, who also happens
to have been Suzette’s bitter rival for country-western fame. With a honky-tonk
full of suspects and a tangled web of motives that stretches back two decades,
Skye has two options: Rise to the occasion or end up as flat as a crêpe.
SHOE DONE IT:
An Accessories Mystery (DEBUT SERIES) By Grace
Carroll Berkley Prime Crime; $6.99
Rita Jewel has a dream job selling fabulous clothes and accessories to the
socialites of San Francisco at Dolce’s Boutique. But when a pair of heels
becomes a clue in a murder, Rita finds herself engaged in a high-end crime of
LIVER LET DIE:
A Clueless Cook Mystery (DEBUT SERIES) By Liz
Lipperman Berkley Prime Crime; $7.99
Jordan McAllister can’t cook her way out of a macaroni & cheese box, but
filling in for the culinary reporter at The Ranchero Globe is better than
writing personal ads. Her first assignment to review the new steakhouse in town
is a disaster that ends with her waiter murdered outside her door—with her name
and number in his pocket. Now Jordan is the prime suspect, as well as the main
course on the murder menu.
THE TERRIER: A Pet Rescue Mystery #2 By Linda O. Johnston Berkley Prime Crime; $7.99
When shelter manager Lauren Vancouver finds out that her old mentor, Mamie
Spelling, is an animal hoarder, no one is more shocked, and she jumps in to
help re-home the cramped critters. But Mamie’s troubles don’t end there. She’s
accused of murder when the CEO of a pet shelter network is found dead. And
Lauren’s dogged determination to clear her former friend of murder may put a
killer on her tail.
There’s a little treat for everyone here! Happy Fall, Ya’ll, and as always,