Kernel of Truth

Today’s Featured Author is Kristi Abbott.

The setting for this Cozy Mystery is in Grand Lake, Ohio.

After a difficult child hood and a failed marriage, Rebecca, decided to move back to her former home in Grand Lake to start a new life.  Her mentor, the fudge lady, offered to help her open a Pop Corn Shop near her chocolate shop.

In a robbery gone wrong her friend, part time assistant, and owner of the chocolate shop next door was murdered.  Rebecca’s brother-in-law, the local sheriff, thinks she may have had some involvement in the murder. Rebecca along with Sprocket, her poodle, are determined to find her killer before she lands in jail.

A great light read with a few gourmet popcorn recipes at the end of the book.  Just in time for Christmas 😊

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The Cats that Played the Market

Todays Featured Author is Karen Anne Golden.

The setting for this story is Erie, Indiana.

Katherine became an overnight multi-millionaire after inheriting her great Aunt Orvenia’s estate.  In addition to the money she received from the estate, she also inherited her Aunt’s pink Victorian mansion and her cat.

Shortly after Katherine moved into her new home in Erie, a dead body shows up in town and she tries to clear her friend of murder.  While searching for clues, all five of her mischievous, curious, and compelling cats try help her solve the mystery.

If you love cats, you’ll love this book.

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Murder Is Binding

Today’s Featured Author is Lorna Barrett.

The setting for this story is Stoneham, New Hampshire.

A local developer initiated a campaign to invite new entrepreneurs to open multiple one-of-a-kind specialty bookstores to stimulate the economy and increase tourist traffic in the ‘Safest Town in New Hampshire.’

Looking for a change of scenery, Tricia moved to Stoneham to open a Mystery Bookstore.  While taking her sister on a tour of the new revitalization effort, Tricia finds her new next-door neighbor dead.

This is one of those books that you will either love or hate almost immediately.  If you get excited when you see a bookstore, then I think you will enjoy this read.  The draw for me was the one of a kind Mystery Book Store, I would LOVE to find just one of those 😊

Did I also mention that the protagonist in this story also has a Cat named Miss Marple?

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Demise in Denim

Today’s Featured Author is Duffy Brown. 

The setting for this story is in Savannah, Georgia.

Reagan Summerside owns the Prissy Fox Consignment shop that she operates from the first floor of her well-loved Victorian home.  Reagan unexpectedly finds herself trying to clear her ex-husbands lawyer from being prosecuted for murdering his father that was found dead in his bathtub.  While trying to exonerate the ex’s lawyer, she surprisingly gains a new house guest in the attic.

This is one of those books that you just won’t be able to put down until you finish it.  There are more twists and turns in this book than a back road in the country.  I will be surprised if you can guess who the murderer was before the very end of the book.

A crazy, laughable, cast, a brilliant Southern setting, an iconic ’57 Chevy, a pink scooter named Princess, and a hot dog loving dog named Bruce Willis.  Now, if that doesn’t peak your interest in this book, then you might not be a Cozy Mystery lover after all 😊

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Lights, Camera, Murder

Todays Featured Author is Nikki Haverstock.

The setting for this book is in Fishcreek Falls in the Rocky Mountains.

Having never watched a reality show, as they don’t appeal to me, this book sparked my curiosity enough to pick it up.  That being said, the basis for this cozy mystery is a reality TV show.

Melissa McBallister, the daughter of an acclaimed author, has a dream of being just like her mom.  Frustrated with doing ghostwriting for other writers, she unexpectedly gets an offer to join a reality show.

While filming the show at her family’s ranch, Melissa was found with a co-worker’s dead body and then targeted for her murder.  Will her short-term stint on the reality show kill her fledgling writing career?

An adorable coffee loving dog, a unique backdrop for a cozy mystery, and just a little romance makes this book a fun read.

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Murder at Catmmanndo Mountain

Today’s Featured Author is Anna Celeste Burke.

The setting for this story is in Orange County, California.

Georgie Shaw, after working for the Arcadia Theme Park for 25 years, was recently promoted to the position of Assistant Director of Public Relations for Catmanndo Tom the cartoon cat.

On Valentine’s day the Food and Beverage director of the Arcadia theme park was found dead near one of the rides.  Having previously worked in the food and beverage department, Georgie was the first to be accused of the murder of her old boss.

This cozy mystery not only has a fun and unique theme, but also has a good-looking detective, a well adored Siamese cat that rules the house, and recipes.

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Murder On A Girls Night Out

Today’s Featured Author is Anne George.

The setting for this story is in Birmingham, Alabama.

Alice had been having such a fun time with her new beau at a local bar, she decided to purchase the place.

The day after she bought her neighborhood bar, the Scoot ‘N Boot, she took her sister to show off her new acquisition. Upon their arrival, the 60ish year old southern sisters, find the previous owner dead. 
The two sisters then team up to solve the murder.

If you’re looking for a mood changing, laugh out loud read, this is the perfect book for you!

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Chocolate Chip Cooke Murder

Todays Featured Author is Joanna Fluke.

If you love the Murder She Baked series on the Hallmark channel, you will love this book as the movie is a derivative of this book with just a few changes.

The setting for this book is in Lake Eden, Minnesota.

Hannah moved back home to help her mother after her father passed away. Soon after her arrival, Hanna’s sister encouraged her to consider taking up baking for a living.  Hannah decided to open a small coffee and bakery shop that specializes in cookies, appropriately named The Cookie Jar.
After finding one of her favorite delivery drivers dead in his truck behind her bakery, Hannah decided to help her Police Detective brother in law track down the murderer.

Great read for an escape from all the holiday chaos.  You might consider starting with the recipes at the back of the book, cook some of those yummy cookie recipes, and then read the book while eating the cookies 😊

Lots of cuddly characters, fun, light, entertaining read, with recipes that have just a smidgen of different ingredients to keep you on your toes.

Irregardless Of Murder

Today’s Featured Author is E E Kennedy.

The setting for this story in Adirondack New York.

Special Note: Don’t let the cover fool you into thinking this is not going to be a real Cozy Mystery.  This is one of those books where you just have to ignore the cover and the title of the book. Just give it a chance.  It’s extremely well written and an incredibly worthy read.

Amelia had no idea when she took a trip to the library that she would soon become a murder suspect.

As an English teacher on a routine trip to the library she unexpectedly tripped over one of her former students in the copy room. Turns out, his death was ruled a homicide and not an accident.  Soon after her return to the classroom she discovers that she’s the number one suspect in his murder.

A splash of suspense, a dash of intrigue, and a sprinkle of conspiracy, oh, and…drum roll please...a lake monster.  Now how’s that for a plot  twist?

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Sew Deadly

Todays Featured Author is Elizabeth Lynn Casey.

The setting for this story is in Sweet Briar, South Carolina.

Tori moved from Chicago to start a new job as the head librarian at the Sweet Briar Library.  In a classic encounter of north meets south, Victoria soon found several culture shocks, the first of which is that life in the south is lived at a much slower pace than in Chicago.

Soon after her arrival she finds a dead body in the dumpster behind the library.  Since she’s considered an outsider, not a born and raised local, she finds herself the first to be accused of murder.

Lot’s of gossip, small town politics, and banter with the sewing circle women.

This is light, entertaining, cozy mystery read that also has sewing tips at the end of the book. I should probably mention that I can’t sew a stitch, so that means I can’t comment on how effective the sewing tips are 😊

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Books Can Be Deceiving

Todays’ Featured Author is Jenn McKinlay.

The setting for this story is Briar Creek, Connecticut.

Shortly after losing her job, Lindsey took a new job as the library director of the Briar Creek Public Library where her former roommate from college works as the children’s librarian.

Shortly after assuming her new position, her friend, Beth, admits that she’s finally ready to submit her manuscript to an editor for review and consideration for publishing. The following day after her proclamation to her boyfriend, an award-winning author who was never supportive of her endeavor, her boyfriend is unexpectedly found dead.

Turns out that her boyfriend had a secret that put will Beth at the top of the suspect list and Lindsey diligently trying to prove her innocence.

A great cozy mystery to read with a hot cup of cocoa and a roaring fire in the fireplace.

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Dying for a Daiquiri

Today’s Featured Author is Cindy Sample.

The setting for this story is in the beautiful tropical setting of Big Island of Hawaii.

Laurel, takes a trip to Hawaii with her family to attend a friend’s wedding.  Shortly after the wedding reception, that was held at her brother’s restaurant, one of the hula dancers from the reception was found dead near the restaurant.

Laurel’s brother is taken in for questioning, and suddenly Laurel finds herself in jeopardy while trying to prove her brother’s innocence.

The descriptions and detail of the area are accurate and just as beautiful as described.

If you’re looking for a fast paced, fun, laugh out loud cozy mystery this is it!

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Clammed Up

Today’s Feature Author is Barbara Ross.

The setting for this story is set on Busman’s Harbor Maine.

Julia left her Manhattan job as a venture capitalist and moved back home to help her family’s Clambake catering business avoid bankruptcy.  Shortly after booking a wedding for a Manhattan couple, the best man is found murdered in the family mansion on Morrow Island.  

The murder not only puts the family’s economic future in jeopardy, but also the family mansion. The descriptions of the coastal resort town are accurately defined and well detailed.

A cozy mystery on a private island, a lighthouse with seagulls soaring above, wafts of salt mist along with the roaring tide, what else do you need for a quick escape?  Recipes you say? Yep, got those too 😊

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The Christie Curse

Todays Featured Author is Victoria Abbott

The setting for this story is in Harrison Falls, New York.

Jordan moved back home to take a job as a researcher for wealthy recluse.  As someone that loves all things vintage, she was delighted to move into her new employer's mansion and take on the challenge of tracking down the one crown jewel that is of particular interest to her new employer, a play that was reportedly written by Agatha Christie in 1926. 

Brilliant cast of characters including her two Irish, not always law-abiding, uncles that are willing to do whatever they can to keep their niece safe and sound.

This is a book that you will likely not be able to put down until you finish it.

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Guilty As Cinnamon

Today’s Featured Author is Leslie Budewitz.

The setting for this story in the Seattle Washington.

Pepper, the owner of Spice Shop, provides herbs, spices, , and tea to a variety of restaurants as well as local shoppers in the Pikes Place Market area. 

A former boyfriend is suddenly accused of killing a sous chef.  Pepper and her dog Arf decide to try and prove his innocence and pursue the real murderer.

The details and description of the Seattle area are so compelling you’ll want to go there just to experience it.  Also, if you’re in the market for a great recipe for CrΓ¨me BrΓ»lΓ©e, this book for you as recipes are included 😊 

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Death of a Chocoholic

Todays Featured Author is Lee Hollis.

The setting for this story is in Bar Harbor, Maine. Haley is a single mom that’s responsible for writing a food and beverage column for the local newspaper.

 After ordering a custom-made box of chocolates, the confectioner dies from natural causes. Was it really a heart attack or could it be murder?

Anyone that believes there could never be enough chocolate in the world will really enjoy this book. By the way, there are recipes scattered thoughout the book as opposed to being at the end of the book. Guess you’ll just have to keep reading while eating more chocolate 😊

Charming, enjoyable, and amusing. Can't think of a better way to start to the weekend.

Bless Her Dead Little Heart

Todays featured author is Miranda James.

The setting for this book in Athena, Mississippi.

While two southern 80-year-old sisters were pet sitting for Diesel the cat, an old college friend, Rosabelle, shows up on their doorstep.

Their sorority sister tells them her children are trying to kill her. In effort to try and help her, the sisters invite her to stay with them until they could find out who or why someone would want to kill her.

Shortly after her arrival, Rosabelle's family members begin to show up on their doorstep. To try to prevent her murder, the sisters invite her family to stay with them too. Of course, shortly after the family arrives, murder begins.

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Depawsit Slip

Todays Featured Author is Nancy C Davis.

The setting for this story is in Caspar Crossing.

The female protagonist in this story is the President and only member of a cat rescue center called Hamilton County Cat Protection League.

Vanessa runs the rescue center from her small thrift store named Opportunity Shop.  The cats roam the store during the day and after the store closes, they all move to the Vanessa’s apartment over the Opportunity Shop.

Vanessa goes to make her daily bank deposit and finds the local barber dead in front of the night depository.

This is a fun, clean cozy mystery that will leave you smiling all day.  Vanessa’s conversations with her adopted four-legged fur babies, and her one permanent resident named Henry, are priceless.

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Murder Most Howl

Today’s Featured Author is Krista Davis.

The setting for this story is in Wagtail Mountain in West Virginia.

The protagonist in this story is running her grandmother’s resort, Wagtail Inn, while she is on vacation. The city of Wagtail is having a Murder Mystery weekend contest and has brought people in from far and wide. Of course, you can’t have a murder mystery weekend with an actual dead body showing up can you?

This book has it all, loveable characters, pets, beautiful scenery, Norman Rockwell type town, and a murder mystery to solve!

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Fat Cat At Large

Today’s Featured Author is Janet Cantrell.

The setting for this book is a small college town in Minnesota.

The amateur sleuth in this cozy mystery, Charity Oliver, is a co-owner in a bakery named Bar None that specializes in desserts. After being put on a diet, Quincy, Charity’s overweight cat, discovers there is real food, not diet food, outside the bakery.  Quincy becomes a Houdini escape artist that ends up leading Charity, the owner, to a freshly cooked meatloaf and a dead body.

This is one of those books that you will either love or hate.  I loved it, but I also fell in love with Quincy the loveable cat. 

As a bonus, this book also has a couple of recipes for humans and for cats 😊

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A Sticky Inheritance

Today's Sixth Featured Author is Emily James.

This book is set in small town Fair Haven Michigan.

The protagonist in this story is a criminal defense lawyer that goes to Fairhaven to make funeral arrangements for her Uncle who passed away.  Nicole is sure that her uncle didn’t commit suicide, but rather was murdered.

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Gunpowder and Chowder

The setting for this story is a small coastal town named Hooks Harbor Maine. 

Gracie inherited her Aunt’s cafΓ© and cottages in Hooks Harbor.  In just a few hours after hiring a local carpenter to do some renovations on the cottages, a dead body appears.

Lots of suspect, just a little romance, and a precious golden retriever puppy. Great, fun, read.

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Beaches and Bodies

Today's Fourth Featured Author is Nic Roberts.

This story is set in a beautiful, small country village of Westford bay on the English seaside in the United Kingdom.

The protagonist in this book left her job in London to take over her grandfather’s Bed and Breakfast after his passing.   Shortly after her arrival, while reminiscing with a local friend about old times, a dead body washes up on the beach. 

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