by Sunny Frazier
This month we have a giveaway of ‘Til Death by Carol Perry, featured in a past Coming Attractions column. Details on how to enter below.
This month I highlight the start of a new series by Kirsten Weiss, two throw-back series (one set in Victorian times, one in the 1980s), fudge, cupcakes and flowers. Enjoy!
As if eight ongoing series aren’t enough, Kirsten Weiss has started the Big Murder Mystery series with Big Shot. Alice, a bodyguard, heads home to Nowhere after a public disaster ruins her career. She discovers her brother lives in a treehouse, the town is trying to attract tourists with the world’s largest pizza cutter, lawn flamingo, and ball of yarn. She also discovers a body and her brother is the main suspect. Included is a mystery game at the back of the book.
Speaking of blooms, Sierra Ravenswood’s Flower House has caught the attention of the mayor’s daughter in Aerieville, Tennessee. She’s getting married and wants Sierra to do the flowers. She’s not a bridezilla, but her wedding planner is an intimidating man. Is he irritating enough for someone to push him down the stairs? His last words were “It was the snake.” Fatal Flowers is the third in the Flower House series by Jess Dylan.
Newly wed Mel Cooper and husband are taking time to smell the “flours” in their Fairy Tale Cupcakes bakery. When a gunman takes a shot at Mel, the bullets miss the mark but left everyone wondering—who would want her dead? Things turn fatal as more business owners are attacked. It’s not going to be a piece of cake to catch the killer. Strawberried Alive is the fourteenth Cupcake Bakery Mystery by Jenn McKinlay.
Another sweet read is A Midsummer Night’s Fudge, the tenth book in the Candy-Coated Mysteries by Nancy Coco. Mackinac Islanders in Michigan are celebrating with a MIdsummer’s Festival. Allie McMurphy and her bichonpoo are there celebrating, but like a good dog mother, she heads home before the fireworks start. That’s when she spots a body in the lake and discovers it’s the girl who just passed off the crown to the new festival queen. Since Allie has been recruited to be the parade float judge, she is privy to gossip, rumors, threats, and pranks the victim had to endure. That’s when her sleuthing instincts kick in.
It’s the Gilded Age and Sarah and Frank Malloy are enjoying married life in the twenty-fifth Gaslight Mystery by Victoria Thompson. A woman comes to Frank and needs his detective services to catch her husband in adultery, the only legal grounds for divorce in New York City, but Frank turns her away because she wants him to manufacture evidence. A week later the couple meets the husband at an auto show. Soon, the newspapers report the man was found dead under the wheels of a motor car. Who was the driver? It’s Murder on Madison Square.
Fast forward to the 1980s. In McGill, Georgia, Stella “Granny” Reid has found life seriously predictable. That all changes when a gravedigger discovers an unsavory local man dead on the steps of a crypt. A second murder occurs and now Stella and the local sheriff must find the killer. Murder Most Grave is the fourth in the Granny Reid Mystery by G.A. McKevett.
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