The summer months are full of new treats from fresh fruit at the local market to
new flavors of ice cream, all of them mouth-wateringly delicious. But I’m here
to address the treats for your mind. The mysteries that catch you with the cozy
warmth of small town love thy neighbor attitudes and humor to make you
smile. Enjoy my four new picks this week!
The Silver Bear Shop and Factory might be the cutest place around, but
there’s nothing warm and fuzzy about murder . . .
As manager of the family teddy bear shop and factory, thirty-one-year-old
Sasha Silverman leads a charmed life. Well, except for the part about being a
single divorcée with a ticking biological clock in small-town Silver Hollow. And
that’s just kid’s stuff compared to Will Taylor, the sales rep who’s set on
making drastic changes to the business her parents built from scratch—with or
without Sasha’s approval . . .
But before Will digs his claws in, someone pulls the stuffing out of his plan
. . . and leaves his dead body inside the factory. Reeling from shock, Sasha’s
hit with more bad news—police suspect her hot-tempered Uncle Ross may have
murdered him. Sasha knows her uncle would never do such a thing, and she’s
launching her own little investigation to expose the truth. As she tracks Will’s
biggest rivals and enemies for clues, Sasha can’t get too comfy—or she’ll become
the next plaything for a killer . . .
Mystery [Kensington, On Sale: May 30, 2017, Trade Size / e-Book,
ISBN: 9781496709639 / eISBN: 9781496709646]
Flower shop owner Abby Knight is out to help a friend in need but soon
finds herself in the weeds…
The Spring of Abby’s Discontent
It’s April in New Chapel, and Abby and her husband, Marco, are off to buy shrubs
for their new house. But the owner of the local landscaping company is nowhere
to be found. Abby’s best friend, Nikki, meanwhile, believes she unwittingly
helped a group of her hospital coworkers conspire to kill the man.
After the police get involved, Nikki becomes a suspect. Abby digs deeper for
clues to save her friend only to discover bushels of folks bearing a deep-rooted
hatred for the two-faced business owner. Marco attempts to help Abby with the
case but soon falls critically ill. Now Abby must find the real culprit on her
own before everything goes to pot…
Mystery Cozy [Berkley Prime Crime, On Sale: May 30, 2017, Mass Market
Paperback / e-Book, ISBN: 9780451473455 / eISBN: 9780698185104]
Poison’s on the menu in the second book in the national bestselling Ethnic
Eats series featuring Laurel Inwood and the quirky residents of Hubbard, Ohio.
The Statue of Liberty is 130 years old, and for the struggling residents of
Hubbard, Ohio, any opportunity to bring in tourists is reason enough for a
celebration. Laurel Inwood and her aunt, Sophie, are pitching in. Sophie’s
Terminal at the Tracks, a former greasy spoon turned charming ethnic eatery,
will be offering French cuisine for the entire week.
For expert help with their quiche and escargot, the ladies turn to Raquel
“Rocky” Arnaud, a former French chef and friend of Sophie. What looks like a
match made in heaven turns rank as quickly as buttermilk on a summer’s day.
Rocky turns up dead and when her nightly red wine shows notes of oak, cinnamon,
and poison, Laurel turns from soufflé to sleuth.
INCLUDES A RECIPE
Mystery Cozy | Mystery Culinary
[Berkley Prime Crime, On Sale: June 6, 2017, Mass
Market Paperback / e-Book, ISBN: 9780425274897 / eISBN: 9780698159211]
It’s been a hot, dry spring in Westbury, Massachusetts. As organic farmer
Cam Flaherty waits for much-needed rain, storm clouds of mystery begin to
gather. Once again, it’s time to put away her sun hat and put on her sleuthing
cap . . .
May has been anything but merry for Cam so far. Her parents have arrived
unexpectedly and her crops are in danger of withering away. But all of that’s
nothing compared to the grim fate that lies in store for one of her neighbors.
Nicole Kingsbury is the proud owner of the town’s new hydroponic greenhouse. She
claims the process will be 100% organic, but she uses chemicals to feed her
crops. To Cam’s surprise, her mother embarrasses her by organizing a series of
loud public protests against Nicole’s operation.
When Nicole is found dead in a vat of hydroponic slurry—clutching another set of
rosary beads—Detective Pete Pappas has a new murder to solve. Showers may be
scarce this spring, but there’s no shortage of suspects, including the dead
woman’s embittered ex‑husband, the Other Man whose affair ruined their marriage,
and Cam’s own mother. Lucky for Cam, her father turns out to have a knack for
sleuthing—not to mention dealing with chickens. Will he and Cam be able to clear
Mrs. Flaherty’s name before the killer strikes again?
Mystery Cozy [Kensington, On Sale: May 30, 2017, Hardcover / e-Book,
ISBN: 9781496700292 / eISBN: 9781496700308]
Until next time, get cozy and read on and watch for my free beach read download
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