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Coming Attractions: Sweet Treats Edition

IN THE January 30 ISSUE

FROM THE 2021 Articles,
andComing Attractions!,
andMysteryrat's Maze,
andSunny Frazier

by Sunny Frazier

This week we have a giveaway of a $20 Amazon gift card provided by mystery author Valerie Burns. Her book A Tourist’s Guide to Murder was featured in last month’s Coming Attractions. by Details on how to enter below.

Chocolate bonbons go with books, and February offers these reading confections. Why are so many set in Maine? Also, Amanda Flower starts a new series for us to enjoy. Sweet!

Shiloh Bellamy returned home to Michigan to turn Bellamy Farms organic. Her father was against it, so when her investor is found dead at the farmers market, suspicion falls on her family. Now Shiloh has to track down a killer before her dreams wilt. Farm to Trouble is the first in Amanda Flower’s Farm to Table Mysteries.

In Queens, New York, Mia Carina runs the Belle View Banquet Manor, where her friend plans to hold her baby shower at the catering hall. But there’s also a shower her rich stepmother, Tina, is throwing at an upscale venue. Mia tags along to snoop on a competitor. However, when the Belle View shower happens, a fight breaks out. While unwrapping presents, a valuable stolen painting is uncovered. Tina is shocked to see it, but not as shocked as Mia when a body of a party guest is found floating in the marina. Maria DiRico adds Italian recipes to her second Catering Hall mystery, Long Island Iced Tina.

Meanwhile, over at the Country Cottage Inn in Cider Cove, Maine, Bizzy Baker has the ability to read minds, including those of animals. To “celebrate” Valentine’s Day, two podcasters and their fans decide to symbolically hold a funeral for all the bad relationships they’ve had. Things get real when two bodies are found on the grounds. With the help of her kitten Fish and dog Sherlock Bones, the trio sets out to solve the mystery. Sealed with a Hiss is the unlucky thirteenth Country Cottage mystery by Addison Moore and Bellamy Bloom. Recipes included.

Also set in Maine on the island town of Eastport, bakers Jake Tiptree and Ellie White are gearing up for the Great Downeast Snickerdoodle Bake-Off. Their bakery, The Chocolate Moose, is expected to beat the competition. Then a local curmudgeon is murdered, not that he didn’t deserve it after swindling widows and orphans, but evidence points to a member of the Tiptree family. When a series of fires cuts off access to the mainland, Jake and Ellie wonder if someone is trying to burn the truth. Death by Chocolate Snickerdoodle is book four in Sarah Graves’ Death by Chocolate mysteries.

In Shucked Apart, someone has stolen two buckets of oyster seed worth $35,000. The victim contacts Julia Snowden, pseudo-sleuth of Busman’s Harbor, Maine. Suspects include a rival oyster farmer, a former employee, a summer resident who hates the ugly oyster cages, a lobsterman protecting his territory, and an ex-partner. Before the case gets going, the pearl farmer is found stabbed with a shucking knife. This is the ninth Maine Clambake mystery from Barbara Ross.

There are sightings of a woman and a mountain lion near Lockleer Mountain. She only shows up at the moments of crisis. Deputy Nate Darling thinks it’s his sister who has been missing for three months. The people on the reservation believe she’s the Spirit Woman sent to protect the community against a big box store, housing development, and secret facility being built close by. The Spirit Woman of Lockleer Mountain is a stand-alone by Elaine Faber.


J.A. Jance—Missing and Endangered (Joanna Brady #6)

Sara Bourgeois—Honeymoon Magic (Familiar Kitten #10)

Krista Davis—Big Little Spies (Paws & Claws #7)

Helena Dixon—Murder in the Belltower (A Miss Underhay Mystery #5)

Lily Harper Hart—All the Pretty Witches (A Hannah Hickok Witchy Mystery #6)

Lorraine Bartlett & Gayle Leeson—Dead Man’s Hand (Victoria Square Mystery #8)

To enter to win a $20 Amazon gift card, simply email KRL at krlcontests@gmail[dot]com by replacing the [dot] with a period, and with the subject line “february” or comment on this article. A winner will be chosen February 6, 2021. U.S. residents only, and you must be 18 or older to enter.You can read our privacy statement here if you like.

Check out other mystery articles, reviews, book giveaways & mystery short stories in our mystery section. And join our mystery Facebook group to keep up with everything mystery we post, and have a chance at some extra giveaways. Be sure to check out our new mystery podcast too with mystery short stories, and first chapters read by local actors. A new episode went up this week.

Or click on this link to take you to Mysterious Galaxy’s website where you can purchase any of these books & a portion will go to help support KRL:

Sunny Frazier worked with an undercover narcotics team in Fresno County for 17 years before turning her energies to writing the Christy Bristol Astrology Mysteries. Based in the San Joaquin Valley of California, the novels are inspired by real cases and 35 years of casting horoscopes.

Disclosure: This post contains links to an affiliate program, for which we receive a few cents if you make purchases.

{ 23 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Jaime Minter
Twitter: @schnappy2
January 30, 2021 at 8:55am

These all look like great reads! Thanks for the chance to win this giftcard! JL_Minter(at)hotmail(dot)com


2 Nancy January 30, 2021 at 9:34am

I love to discover new to me cozy authors and new cozy mysteries. Cozy mysteries are always so much fun to read!


3 Glen Davis January 30, 2021 at 10:21am

A great collection of books! Maine seems to be undergoing a sort of cozy mystery renaissance. Count me in the drawing!


4 Jill White January 30, 2021 at 2:35pm

So many great books to read!


5 Donamae January 30, 2021 at 2:48pm

Wow! They sound interesting and fun to read.. Thank you for the chance I can’t wait to read them. My kind of books ? thank you for writing about them.


6 Brenda Ellis
Twitter: @Brenda
January 30, 2021 at 2:51pm

So many wonderful authors. Some are old familiar friends and some are new-to-me. I would love to read them all. Thank you for the opportunity!


7 Taylor R Williams January 30, 2021 at 3:46pm

You are the coolest – thanks for all the giveaways – on behalf of those that don’t have a budget for buying books, thank you.


8 Alicia January 30, 2021 at 5:05pm

Adding to my wishlist! So many books to read!


9 Judy Weaver January 31, 2021 at 8:35am

So many great books that we just have to make time for!! jawdance@yahoo.com


10 Debbie Erickson
Twitter: @debbi_erickson
January 31, 2021 at 8:50am

This is an amazing listing of cozy books – adding to my list!


11 Teresa Warner January 31, 2021 at 11:38am

Nice list of books, the gift card would go towards more book! tWarner491(at)aol(dot)com


12 Julie McDonough January 31, 2021 at 1:27pm

These all sound so good, I can’t wait to read them!


13 Dianne Casey January 31, 2021 at 2:11pm

A great collection of culinary mysteries. Looking forward to reading all of them. Thanks for the chance.


14 Lily-Ann Gill January 31, 2021 at 3:27pm

These all sound amazing! Thank you so much for the chance.


15 Kara Marks January 31, 2021 at 4:02pm
16 Elaine M Faber January 31, 2021 at 4:23pm

Thanks for an opportunity to share The Spirit Woman of Lockleer Mountain with your readers. This paranormal mystery is fun from cover to cover. And of course, there is a cat… a very large cat!


17 Sharon Whaley January 31, 2021 at 5:14pm

Wow! So many good books


18 Sherry Brown February 1, 2021 at 11:19am

All of these look so good!!!
Thank you for the wonderful giveaway and the chance to win!!!


19 Sherry Brown February 1, 2021 at 11:21am

Wonderful books! Wonderful giveaway!!!!
Thank you for the chance to win!!!


20 Wyla D Goodman D Goodman February 3, 2021 at 12:44am

would love to win all of these books to read


21 Mary Holshouser February 4, 2021 at 8:44am

These lists always give me more
series that I need to catch up on.
Love it. thanks for sharing


22 Tammy Harley February 4, 2021 at 12:42pm

So many great books to read! Thanks for a chance!


23 Lorie
Twitter: @mysteryrat
February 15, 2021 at 10:28am

We have a winner!


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