Mystery writer and host of the Agatha Christie focused podcast, All About Agatha, Kemper Donovan presents readers with a true whodunit treat in his new novel, The Busy Body.
& Larissa Reinhart
Maizie Albright may no longer be the teen actress star of Julia Pinkerton Teen Detective, nor a celebrity who spiraled her way into a scandal, but her acting skills still come in handy. A private investigator working as a honey trap for Albright Security Solutions (the acronym is regrettable but often appropriate), Maizie is testing out her client’s fears that her husband is a cheater.
When people ask where I get the plot for a new book, I generally say, quite honestly, that I don’t know. As far as I can tell, stand-alones like Aunt Marge come out of the air. Series books are different, because as I write an entry, e.g., Raining Cats and Cats, the second of my (Maggie Pill’s) current cozy mystery series, additional stories are suggested by events or character traits.
This new Beans & Barks mystery starts with a home and garden tour gone wrong when siblings Macy and Bo Hatfield come upon more than just dead leaves by the hostas in the memorial shade garden. If you are unfamiliar with the Barks & Beans series, that’s okay because Ms. Gilbert does a great job of giving enough backstory to get you into the loop without making you dizzy.
& Devon Delaney
In book 8 of the Cook-Off Mystery series, it seems that strife and cold weather have come to the town of Augustin, Connecticut in the way of an age-old argument about progress versus tradition. As with all Sally Oliveri books, there is a new cooking contest for Sally to participate in when she isn’t solving the mystery, and wonderful recipes are shared at the conclusion of the mystery.
My sleuth, Evelyn Murphy, has always loved fashion. I can’t say the same for myself. I spent most of my preteen and teenage years stealing clothes from my brother’s closet and shopping in the men’s section at clothing stores, preferring only to wear baggy clothes and dark colors and really, to do whatever I could to bring as little attention to myself as possible.
& Jeri Westerson
I have been a big fan of Jeri Westerson’s writing ever since I picked up my first Crispin Guest book many years ago, and she has never disappointed me. She always tells a great story with complex and interesting characters and goes all out with her research for her historical mysteries.
Welcome to the town of Starport Cove and the Bluffington Hills suburb, where Tarsey Quinston, an empathic sleuth, is getting ready for Christmas. Having taken time off from her nonprofit job, she looks forward to decorating her new home with her husband Steve and their fur baby Silver the fluffy feline. This second installment in the Pet Momma Cozy Mystery series is a cute Christmas cozy that comes complete with a spirit from the past and a Scrooge-like business magnate.
This edgy cozy wastes no time with the body drop. Butch Oldham, CEO of Mermaid Swimwear, has left a multitude of disgruntled people in his wake, including our sleuth, Holly “Swimsuit” Schlivnick, president of the private label division of Mermaid Swimwear. Butch’s murder is both personal and unusual, as he was wearing lacy black panties and pinned to a table, like the butterflies he collected. Holly’s BFF Queenie Levine is the “lucky” person who found the victim.
Images reminiscent of stepping back in time to a golden age of luxurious travel were floating through my mind when I wrote one of my favorite scenes in Murder by the Seashore, the first book in the California Bookshop Mysteries. My amateur sleuth, Scarlett Gardner, follows a trail of clues that leads her to the Five Palms Resort and Casino.