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April Coming Attractions: Bunnies and Yummies Edition

IN THE March 27 ISSUE

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

by Sunny Frazier

This week we have a giveaway of ebook copies of Tall Tails Secret Book Club by CeeCee James and Greed In Little Leaf Creek by Cindy Bell, which were both featured in a past Coming Attractions. Details on how to enter below.

This month I pull a few rabbits out of the hat and offer six cozies with recipes. What’s in your Easter Basket? (some were released in March and some in April)

Hop ‘Til You Drop over to Juliette (Jules) Bridges Fur Bridge Farm rabbit rescue in New Hampshire. She and her telepathic bunny, Bun, have agreed to hide Easter eggs at a town event. It becomes hare-raising when the unpleasant supervisor is found dead surrounded by Easter eggs. The hunt is on for the killer in J.M. Griffin’s third Jules & Bun Mysteries.

It’s time to make hot cross buns at The Cookie Jar in Lake Eden, Minnesota. Hannah Swensen is up to her ears in Easter orders in this twenty-seventh Hannah Swensen mystery by Joanne Fluke. However, when her sister calls to say she is the prime suspect in the murder of the mayor, Hannah drops her mixer and gets mixed up in find the real killer. Triple Chocolate Cheesecake Murder features over a dozen cookie and dessert recipes from The Cookie Jar.

Everyone in Harvest, Ohio, has gathered at the town gazebo for a baby shower. Although it’s not an Amish tradition, Emily is the assistant at Bailey King’s Swissmen Sweets and Bailey wants to be supportive. But an Amish woman confronts Emily and claims she was pregnant as a teen and gave the baby up for adoption, and later, the woman is found dead in Esh Family Pretzels. Lemon Drop Dead is the sixth Amish Candy Ship Mystery by Amanda Flower. Recipes included.

Take time for a little Wining and Dying at the Cookbook Nook in Crystal Cove, California. Books and food are a fine pairing, as is an Art and Wine Festival. Jenna Hart has a painting to enter, but when an artist is murdered, her excitement is gone. Evidence points to a good friend, so Jenna is on the hunt for a killer. It might be a tech guru, the Mayor’s son or an older art teacher. This is the tenth Cookbook Nook mystery by Daryl Wood Gerber, who also includes recipes.

It’s all sugar and spice at the Cookie House in Coral Cay, Florida. Pastry chef Kate McGuire is enjoying her sweet life, which only gets better when a friend wants her to bake a wedding cake. But the cookie crumbles as a reality show is set to film on the island and the groom goes missing. Cold feet? Kate doesn’t think so in A Tale of Two Cookies, the third Cookie House mystery by Eve Calder.

Meanwhile at Melbourne Beach, another island in Florida, Liz Holt is busy running the family’s Indialantic by the Sea Hotel. Archaeologists are staying there to study Spanish explorers. When they stumble across a valuable find at the site, but before they can unearth is, one of the scientists is found buried in the sand, pierced with a diving spear tipped with poison. With the help of her P.I. boyfriend and two parrots, Liz has to solve the mystery. Buried by the Sea is the fifth By the Sea Mystery by Kathleen Bridge. Recipes included.

Why not do a murder mystery-themed wedding reception? That’s what caterer Marygene Brown thinks in the third in a series by Kate Young. What’s worse, the groom is her childhood sweetheart. But the Peach Diner in Peach Cove, Georgia, needs the business. While Marygene has to swallow her pride, her mother’s ghost has no such restrictions. The bride was disliked by the town. When she’s found beside the wedding cake, dead and buried in batter, the game is over. Then the bride’s body simply vanishes. It’s all Southern Sass and a Battered Bride, plus seven recipes.

It’s Murder 101 in this Kitchen Witch novella by Lynn Cahoon. Mia Malone has opened a catering business in Magic Springs, Idaho. She’s landed a job catering a class reunion. It’s being held in an old school purported to be haunted. No problem since Mia has inherited the magic that runs in the family. The party planning goes south when the head of the reunion committee is found murdered in one of the classrooms. Turns out she was a mean girl—could someone be harboring a grudge? With magic wits and her family, Mia must solve the mystery. Recipes included.

BEST OF THE REST
Mildred Abbott—Jaded Jewels: Cozy Corgi Mysteries #21
Kathi Daley—Charmed Summer: Cottage on Gooseberry Bay #5
Anna Celeste Burke—The Vintner’s Other Daughter: Calla Lily Mystery #4
Cleo Coyle—The Ghost & the Haunted Portrait: Haunted Bookshop Mystery #7
Sara Bourgeois—Potion Magic: Familiar Kitten Mystery #11
Jenn McKinlay—For Batter or Worse: Cupcake Bakery Mystery #13
Amy Patricia Meade—The Curse of the Cherry Pie: Tish Tarragon Mystery #4
Ellery Adams—Murder in the Cookbook Nook: A Book Retreat Mystery #7

To enter to win ebook copies of Tall Tails Secret Book Club by CeeCee James & Greed In Little Leaf Creek by Cindy Bell, simply email KRL at krlcontests@gmail[dot]com by replacing the [dot] with a period, and with the subject line “april attractions” or comment on this article. A winner will be chosen April 3, 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 goes up next 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:
mysteriousgalaxylogo

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.

{ 9 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Glen Davis March 27, 2021 at 11:31am

Looks like a lot of great books coming out in April!

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2 Emily Catan March 29, 2021 at 10:31pm

I’m glad that I have discovered this site by accident, and I am thrilled to discover so many awesome authors of interesting mystery!

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3 Sherry Brown March 27, 2021 at 7:27pm

These look like great books!!! Thank you for the chance to win!!

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4 Nicole
Twitter: @steelergrrl43
March 28, 2021 at 4:23am

April is going to be a great month for books.

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5 Dianne Casey March 28, 2021 at 11:31am

Lots of great reads for the Spring! Thanks for the heads up.

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6 bobbi makuch March 30, 2021 at 4:45pm

Books look fantastic, thanks for the opportunity to read them.

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7 Karen Y March 30, 2021 at 9:12pm

Would enjoy winning one of these books. they sound fun!

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8 Lorie
Twitter: @mysteryrat
April 5, 2021 at 10:39am

We have a winner!

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9 Amy Hueston
Twitter: @amyhueston
April 5, 2021 at 5:13pm

Fabulous books!

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