June Coming Attractions: Beach Reads and Fun Feeds Edition

May 27, 2023 | 2023 Articles, Coming Attractions!, Mysteryrat's Maze, Sunny Frazier

by Sunny Frazier

Details at the end of this post on how to enter to win a copy of The Diva Delivers on a Promise by Krista Davis, mentioned in a past Coming Attractions column.

You’ve dieted since Christmas to get that beach bod, so now it’s time to laze around, munch on cookies and clams, and dive into a fun mystery. Bring on the sunscreen!

Mentored by Sherlock Holmes, Timothy Badger and Benjamin Watson are taking on their first case. It’s Victorian London, 1895, and a man is brutally stabbed during a séance. Sherlock recommends the team find out why the victim was desperately trying to contact his dead business partner. Turns out many in the man’s household had reason to see him dead. The Isolated Séance is the first in Jeri Westerson’s Irregular Detectives Mysteries.

Get out your oven mitts for Debra Sennefelder’s hot, new Cookie Shop mysteries. Wingate, Connecticut, is one of the top ten shopping destinations in the state. It’s also the home of Mallory Monroe’s Cookie Shop. But all is not well in the kitchen. Her two employees are a disaster, she caught her boyfriend cheating, and she was seen having a fight with a food blogger. To top it off, the blogger is found dead with a flour outline of her body and a bloody rolling pin nearby. The title says it all: How the Murder Crumbles.

A Misfortune Cookie also crumbles when manager Lana Lee and her sister head to a restaurant convention in Irvine, California. They are representing Ho-Lee Noodle House, the family restaurant. Their aunt invites them to stay in her posh rental. At the convention, Lana witnesses a catfight between a fortune cookie vendor and a journalist. Later, at her aunt’s cocktail party, the journalist mysteriously plunges from the hotel roof. This is the ninth Noodle Shop mystery by Vivien Chien.

Another family-owned business, the Snowden Family Clambake Company, is an institution in Busman’s Harbor, Maine. But it’s not business as usual when Julia Snowden and her mother attend a memorial service of a friend who disappeared five years ago and is now officially declared dead. But they smell something fishy and aren’t about to clam up. Hidden Beneath is the eleventh Clambake Mystery by Barbara Ross.

Best of the Rest
Cindy Bell—Secrets in Little Leaf Creek: Little Leaf Creek series #19
Eva Gates—Death Knells and Wedding Bells: Lighthouse Library Mystery #10
Diane Vallere—Please Don’t Push Up the Daisies: Madison Night Mystery #11
Miranda James—Hiss Me Deadly: Cat in the Stacks #15
Fiona Leitch—A Cornish Seaside Murder: A Nosy Parker Cozy Mystery #6
Tonya Kappes—Fourth of July Forger: Holiday Cozy Mystery #6
M. A. Comley—Where Did She Go?: DI Sally Parker #9
J.M. Hall—A Pen Dipped in Poison: Liz, Pat, and Thelma #2

Check out KRL’s Crime Writers of Color Coming Attractions column, and our Queer Mystery Coming Attractions column in the Coming Attractions section.

To enter to win a copy of The Diva Delivers on a Promise by Krista Davis, simply email KRL at krlcontests@gmail[dot]com by replacing the [dot] with a period, and with the subject line “June” or comment on this article. A winner will be chosen June 3, 2023. U.S. residents only, and you must be 18 or older to enter. If entering via email please include your mailing address in case you win. You can read our privacy statement here if you like.

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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.

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  1. the library hates to see these lists – I always
    find lots of things to order. thanks for
    the update.

  2. Love this series

  3. Lots of books to look forward to next month. Count me in!

    • I love the Diva! Can’t wait to read “The Diva Delivers On A Promise”.

  4. So many great cozies!?

  5. I would love to win a copy of The Diva Delivers on a Promise by Krista Davis. Love her books!!

  6. So many choices from the authors I love! I am not sure how my bank account is going to handle my summer reading list. I love Krista Davis, thank you for the chance to win “The Diva Delivers on a Promise”!

  7. Thank you for the tips—I love finding new series through recommendations like these!

  8. We have a winner!


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