by Sunny Frazier
It’s June and here come the brides! Three of this month’s cozies have a wedding theme. There’s also a new series by Sheila Connolly. Enjoy your summer!
In addition to her four other series, Sheila Connolly has started a new one. The first in the Victorian Village Mysteries is Murder at the Mansion. Escaping her small town of Asheford, Maryland, Kate Hamilton headed to Baltimore. She got a great job at a boutique hotel until it became a chain and she’s laid off. She’s been asked to come back to her hometown to talk to the leaders and discovers the town is going bankrupt. With her degree in hospitality management, she is the perfect person to run the Victorian mansion the town just bought. But a high school nemesis has an alternate plan. When Kate finds the woman dead in the mansion, she needs to clear her name and discover the mysteries the old house holds.
A pie-eating contest is on The Brook Ridge Falls Senior Center Book Club’s agenda until their president is found dead face down in a pie. Lexy calls up her posse of iPad toting grandmas to find the killer. Was it the crusty old author? The flaky antique dealer? Or the cheating husband with his half-baked grief act? They all had means, motive, opportunity and secrets. It’s Never Say Pie in the fourteenth Lexy Baker Mystery by Leighann Dobbs.
Book restoration expert Brooklyn Wainwright is getting married in the thirteenth book of Kate Carlisle’s Bibliophile Mystery Series. She’s caught off-guard when two feuding college friends come to San Francisco for a library convention and show up at her bridal shower. They gift her with two rare books. When one of the friends is found dead and one book turns out to be a forgery, Brooklyn is Buried in Books juggling her nuptials with murder and fraud.
It’s Till Death Do Us Tart in Ellie Alexander’s Bakeshop Mystery Series. Jules Capshaw, owner of Torte bakery in Ashland, Oregon, is secretly planning an Elizabethan-themed wedding for her mother. Along with hiding racks of wedding sweets, there is remodeling going on at Torte and her ex unexpectedly shows up. When a guest drops dead from a glass of poisoned wine, Jules discovers the poison was intended for her. Now she’s determined to give the killer a taste of his own medicine.
Yet another wedding is taking place in Michigan. Food-and-lifestyle blogger Shelby McDonald is transforming Love Blossom Farm for a country-style reception for her friend. But when the widely disliked lead singer of the wedding band is drowned in a trough of rainwater and strung up like a scarecrow, the police round up a barnful of suspects. Finding the killer turns out to be more difficult than finding a needle in a haystack. Bought the Farm is the third Farmer’s Daughter Mystery penned by Peg Cochran. Includes Delicious Recipes!
Laurel Inwood is the owner of Terminal at the Tracks restaurant in Hubbard, Ohio. When she decides to feature Italian cuisine, she knows she has to stock up the shelves, fridge and freezer with delicacies. But the freezer is already full—with the body of one of her former employers who’s a Hollywood’s superstar. The question is not who would want her dead but who DOESN’T want her dead! Italian Ice is third in An Ethnic Eats series by Kylie Logan.
New Yorker Gia Morelli is adjusting to life in Florida when she finds out the town government wants to shut down her All Day Breakfast Café. A zoning law means the café was opened illegally. Gia is ready to head back to NY until the town council president is found dead in a swamp. Now she’s going to stick around and save her café as well as solve a murder. Murder Made to Order is the second in Lena Gregory’s All Day Breakfast Café mysteries.
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