by Sunny Frazier
Relax in the sun with a glass of sweet tea (or something stronger) and enjoy these fun mysteries.
The start of summer is a great time to start a new series. Prolific Lynn Cahoon introduces us to The Tuesday Night Survivors Club, a book club for people who have fought or are fighting cancer. Friends and books are what got Rarity Jones through her own treatments, and now she’s devoted herself to helping others heal. In Sedona, New Mexico, her new-age bookstore, The Next Chapter, carries books on Eastern and Western medicine, the power of meditation, and food. It offers a support group. However, when one of their members disappears, the Survivors become sleuths.
Ellen Byron sweeps you away to New Orleans with Bayou Book Thief. Only twenty-eight, Ricki James becomes a widow after her husband does a stupid Internet stunt. She decides to leave Los Angeles and head for home. There she joins the staff of the Bon Vee Culinary House Museum in the Garden District.
Because she collects vintage cookbooks, she decides to open a gift shop. But a donated box of books also contains the body of a recently fired employed. Will the gift shop be a success—or a recipe for disaster???Don’t be afraid to take Death by Beach Read with you to the coast. Lisa Richardson and her fiancé have moved into a historic cottage on Nags Head Beach in North Carolina. Lucy is busy working in the Bodie Island Lighthouse Library, planning her wedding and decorating the new home. The house is supposedly haunted, so is it any surprise that Lucy, her beau, and Charles the cat find a body in the kitchen? This is ninth in the Lighthouse Library Mysteries by Eva Gates (aka Vicki Delaney).
The North Carolina coast seems to be a great vacation spot. That’s where Victoria Gilbert sets her Booklover’s B&B mysteries. In Beaumont, Charlotte Reed books guests for a book club retreat. The theme is fairy tales and children’s classics. But when a guest is poisoned at the Mad Hatter’s tea party, Charlotte realizes she’s fallen down the rabbit hole. The victim was a woman who sold questionable, possibly stolen, items at her jewelry store. Many of the other guests had a motive to close the book on the lady. Can there be a happy ending? A Fatal Booking is the third in the series.
BEST OF THE REST
Deborah Crombie—A Killing of Innocents: Duncan Kincaid & Gemma James Novels, #19
Cassie Miles/Julie Anne Lindsey—High-Stakes Mountain Refuge: Omnibus
Diane Kelly—The Proof Is in the Poison: A Southern Homebrew Mystery #2
Kirsten Weiss—Big Bad: Big Murder Mystery #2
Carolyn Haines—Lady of Bones: Sarah Booth Delaney #24
Barbara Ross—Muddled Through: A Maine Clambake Mystery #10
Amy Pershing—Murder Is No Picnic: A Cape Cod Foodie Mystery #3
Ellie Alexander—Donut Disturb: A Bakeshop Mystery #15
Elizabeth Varadan—Deadly Verse
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