by Sunny Frazier
It’s Christmas in Holiday Bay, Maine. Abby Sullivan, the owner of a mansion turned into an inn, is busy checking in guests. Among them is a Santa with a secret, a social worker with an orphan in tow, a new widow, and a scrooge of a travel writer. Ho-Ho-Hmm, what could possibly go wrong? Find a Secret in the Santa in Kathi Daley’s twenty-first Inn at Holiday Bay mystery.
Another nasty reviewer turns up in North Harbor, Michigan. After the library is flooded in a storm, Samantha Washington offers her Market Street Mystery Bookstore for meetings of the Mystery Mavens Book Club. But she immediately butts heads with the leader, a book reviewer. The next morning, Sam opens her shop to find the woman dead on the floor, bashed with the Complete Works of Agatha Christie. As a suspect, Sam turns to her friends at the Shady Acres Retirement Village for help. They discover every one of the Mavens had a motive for murder. Bookclubbed to Death is V.M. Burns eighth Mystery Bookshop novel. One bad deed deserves another.
A wealthy doctor invites friends to spend a week at a luxurious ski villa. Private eye Darby Piper and her partner are hired by the doctor’s wife to go undercover as a couple. There have been threats against her husband’s life. Instead, the team is soon investigating a murder done with a bow and arrow. Frozen Detective is the second in the Piper and Porter mysteries by Amanda Flower. A recipe for Goat Cheese Phyllo Puffs included.
Are you ready for 4 Sleuths and a Burlesque Dancer? Four authors bring four distinct characters together again in the second Killer Foursome mystery. Meet Valentine Beaumont, Boston sleuth and beautician; Kate Connolly, San Francisco crime-solver; Merry Wrath, Iowa ex-CIA and Girl Scout Leader; and Franki Amato, New Orleans PI dodging a match-making grandma. Looking for fun, the ladies decide to go to New Orleans. But, they discover nothing’s simple in the Big Easy when they stumble across the body of a famous and elderly burlesque dancer. As their investigation leads them to the seedier side of the French Quarter, they dodge strippers, mud wrestlers, all-you-can-eat buffets, cranky Cajuns, Spanish dignitaries, and a bizarre running of the bulls. Authors Diana Orgain, Traci Andrighetti, Leslie Langtry, and Arlene McFarlane let the good times roll.
BEST OF THE REST
Kathi Daley—A Christmas Memory: Cottage on Gooseberry Bay #11
Paige Shelton—Winter’s End: Alaska Wild #4
Victoria Gilbert—Death in the Margins: Blue Ridge Library Mystery #7
Victoria Thompson—City of Fortune: Counterfeit Lady #6
Jenn McKinlay—It Happened One Christmas Eve: A Museum of Literature Romance #3
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