An Open Book


Sheila Connolly - 2012
    After part-time librarian Sarabeth Dodson discovers elderly Edith Hathaway dead in a snowdrift in small-town Strathmere, Pennsylvania, she enlists the help of Police Chief Vanessa Hutchins to get to the bottom of the mystery. With no footprints around the body and no purse, what was the retired school teacher doing out in the middle of nowhere in the snow? The answer may have something to do with the library book Edith failed to return... Includes a preview of the first book in Sheila Connolly's brand-new County Cork Mystery series--"Buried in a Bog." Also includes excerpts from the first book in the Orchard Mystery series--"One Bad Apple"--and the first book in the Museum Mystery series--"Fundraising the Dead."

An Unthymely Death and Other Garden Mysteries


Susan Wittig Albert - 2003
    Now you can join China in ten puzzling cases——and get a taste of her world...This delightful collection also serves to please with loads of wonderful herbal tidbits on everything from rosemary to feverfew to catnip. You'll find such to-die-for dishes as a Deadly Chocolate Valentine, Ruby's Applesauce-Mint Bread, China's Five-Spice Chicken and Veggie Stir-Fry, and McQuaid's Tex-Mex——and a host of creative ideas for your garden and home. It's a one-of-a-kind collection featuring a one-of-a-kind sleuth——who's worth spending some "quality thyme" with!

Bloodlust Blonde


Steve Higgs - 2019
    Oh, and she’s a boy. When a name from her past suddenly surfaces, Jane knows that she is the only one that could solve the case. With the detectives unavailable and a tearfully desperate client, there is no choice but to pretend she knows what she is doing and answer the cry for help, but is she really dressed for fighting vampires? Her client has a time-sensitive problem – she was bitten by a vampire last night and swears she can feel her canines growing. With no time to lose and a boyfriend at home making dinner, Jane begins a race against time to save the client and stop the transformation, but does the client even know what she wants? Cross-dressing isn’t always glamorous. This book is part is a long-running series that follows the cases undertaken by the Blue Moon Investigation agency. The stories do not contain cussing or graphic descriptions of sex or violence but do allude to both. There is nothing R rated but I would not let my nine-year-old niece read them.

Murder by the Bay


Tonya Kappes - 2016
    The Blossom Bay Short Series is a series of short stories based on the characters of Blossom Bay. Some of the short stories will be mystery, some will be romance, while others will be woman's fiction. One thing is for sure, each short story with have the fun and charm of the Tonya Kappes novels you are use to reading. Murder By The BayJulia France has had a reoccurring dream of the same house for years. On her way to meet up with a group of friends for a get-away weekend, the dream house appeared right before her eyes. Lucky her! The house was not only a bed and breakfast for the quaint community, it was for sale! Julia knew it had to be fate and bought the house. Blossom Bay Inn is open for business and Julia's dream come true has come to a halt when someone is found dead at the Inn. Is Julia's dream over before it even started?

The Cat Who... Omnibus 03 (Books 7-9): The Cat Who Knew Shakespeare / The Cat Who Sniffed Glue / The Cat Who Went Underground


Lilian Jackson Braun - 1994
    Qwilleran and his feline sleuths investigate three baffling mysteries, in an omnibus edition containing The Cat Who Knew Shakespeare, The Cat Who Sniffed Glue, and The Cat Who Went Underground.

Coke with a Twist


A.W. Hartoin - 2012
    father ropes her into another investigation, this time to find the truth behind a young woman's rape. The case takes her from a dive bar to sorority row to the gutter, and unless she solves it fast, the case will be her last.

Red Tape


Michele Lynn Seigfried - 2013
    He has been harassing the employees in the small, Jersey shore town where she works and becomes the prime suspect when multiple attempts to sabotage the municipal building are made. Chelsey begins to piece it all together and finds herself framed for a crime she did not commit. She narrowly escapes several attempts at her demise, only to find herself in a much more precarious situation. Will she make it out alive or end up a tragic victim at the hands of a madman?

Murdered by Words


Dianne Harman - 2016
     Kat is the one who finds her murdered editor and she and several others are worried that she'll be the next one to be murdered. She has to find the murderer to save her reputation and her life, but who did it? Was it her editor's husband? Was it the woman who had become obsessed with any book she considered to be morally objectionable? Or was it the "trophy wife" of the local banker?

God Save the Queen!


Dorothy Cannell - 1997
    After hours of unexplained penance on his knees in the chapel, he has announced to his unwitting relatives that he has written a new will...bequeathing everything to his devoted butler, Hutchins. Not since the days of George III, when roguish Sir Rowland Gossinger was accused of stealing the queen's silver tea strainer, has such a scandal threatened the family honor. But worse is yet to come.For Hutchins is missing, and it soon becomes apparent that the only thing the distinguished butler will inherit is a place in the cemetery. Found head down in the principle fixture of the twelfth-century privy, he may have been the victim of foul play. And what could Hutchins have meant by his dying words, "God save the Queen"?To Flora, the deceased's sweet young granddaughter, Hutchins' death is a tragic loss. Raised by him in Gossinger Hall, she remembers her grandfather's dedication to the noble Gossingers--including Sir Henry's social climbing wife--and all the stately legends he told her over the silver polish. Only a new life in London, and the kindness of Vivian Gossinger, nephew and former heir to Sir Henry, can ease her pain.Yet soon Gossinger Hall's history of treachery and intrigue--topped by the ongoing rift with the Royal Family regarding the long-lost tea strainer--casts its shadow over Flora. And suddenly she finds herself caught in a murderously tangled web, where even a familiar face could hide the heart of a cold-blooded killer.

The Mystery of the Missing Crystal Golf Ball: A Canterbury Golf Club Mini-Mystery


Jessa Archer - 2019
    Accusing the prospective members of stealing the priceless golf relic will surely insult them and they will stomp out, thus helping the thief escape and putting the New England small town club in yet more desperate financial straits. Word might get around. No new members might apply. The club might close. Because everyone in the clubhouse’s dining room is a suspect, amateur sleuth Beatrice is going to need all the help she can get to solve the mystery, find the thief, and recover the club’s precious crystal golf ball before lunch is over. This closed-door, short cozy mini-mystery is just the beginning of Canterbury Golf Club’s problems, but it’s certainly not the last. Enjoy this quick, bite-sized nugget of mystery and the series of golf-related mayhem starring Beatrice Yates, who is a retired kindergarten teacher and the Lady Captain at the Canterbury Golf Club!

The Stolen Blue


Judith Van Gieson - 2000
    But her new direction in life -- at a New Mexico university -- becomes a detour to murder when an old friend and mentor is found dead.

Tagged, You're It!


Jamie Lee Scott - 2013
    When there's a murder at the party, Mimi can't believe it's happening again. She's done with dead bodies, right?

Not a Monster of a Chance


Denise Swanson - 2012
    It is set during her summer vacation where she has taken a job as a lifeguard to supplement her income and a drowning victim disappears. What happened to the woman? Is she a victim of the Scumble River Monster?Originally published June 2001 from the anthology "...And the Dying is Easy"

Classic Revenge


Mitzi Kelly - 2010
    Then why is her husband being charged with her murder? The very thought is ludicrous. But Chief of Police Henry Espinoza doesn't agree, refusing to listen to arguments that Sam's neighbors, Trish Anderson, Edna Radcliff and Millie Morrow present regarding his character and the relationship he had with his wife. Angry at being dismissed so easily, the women resolve to prove Sam's innocence, not only to help their friend, but to show Henry they are not ready for a nursing home just yet. Using the experience, determination, and pigheadedness their combined ages of 193 years afford them, they rush headlong into danger and intrigue, learning something about themselves during the process. They seem to have a knack for this detective stuff!

The Agatha Christie Collection


Agatha Christie - 2019
    The Agatha Christie Collection by Steppenwolf Press brings together the early works of one of the greatest mystery writers to ever live!Featuring:The Mysterious Affair at StylesThe Secret AdversaryThe Affair At The Victory BallThe Adventure Of The Clapham CookThe Cornish MysteryThe Adventure Of Johnnie WaverlyThe Double ClueThe King Of ClubsThe Lemesurier InheritanceThe Lost MineThe Plymouth ExpressThe Chocolate BoxThe Veiled LadyThe Submarine PlansThe Market Basing MysteryandThe Murder on the Links