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Country Cottage Mysteries: Books 1-3


Addison Moore - 2019
    An ornery detective. And a trail of bodies. Cider Cove is the premiere destination for murder. THREE BOOKS* INCLUDES RECIPES! Includes: Kittyzen’s Arrest (Country Cottage Mysteries 1), Dog Days of Murder (Country Cottage Mysteries 2), Santa Claws Calamity (Country Cottage Mysteries 3) My name is Bizzy Baker, and I can read minds—not every mind, not every time but most of the time and believe me when I say it’s not all it’s cracked up to be. Bizzy Baker runs the Country Cottage Inn, has the ability to pry into the darkest recesses of both the human and animal mind, and has just stumbled upon a body. With the help of her kitten, Fish, a mutt named Sherlock Bones and an ornery yet dangerously good looking homicide detective, Bizzy is determined to find the killer. The Country Cottage Inn is known for its hospitality. Leaving can be murder. A laugh out loud cozy mystery by New York Times Bestseller Addison Moore and her partner in cozy crime, USA TODAY Bestseller Bellamy Bloom. Cider Cove, Maine is the premiere destination for fun and relaxation. But when a body turns up, it’s the premiere destination for murder. Kittyzen’s Arrest (Country Cottage Mysteries 1) Bizzy Baker runs the Country Cottage Inn, has the ability to pry into the darkest recesses of both the human and animal mind, and has just stumbled upon a body. With the help of her kitten, Fish, a mutt named Sherlock Bones and an ornery yet dangerously good looking homicide detective, Bizzy is determined to find the killer. Dog Days of Murder (Country Cottage Mysteries 2) A seminar on how to catch the perfect man is being held at the Country Cottage Inn—but with a killer on the loose, the only thing in store for the guests is a lesson on murder. Not only do I have another homicide on my hands but Jasper’s ex is in town and she’s looking to take back what once belonged to her. It’s October in Cider Cove. There’s a fright around every corner—and a killer closer than I'm willing to believe. Santa Claws Calamity (Country Cottage Mysteries 3) It’s Christmas in Cider Cove and it’s time for the annual house decorating competition. But on the night set to determine the winner, the residents of Candy Cane Lane get more than they bargained for. They don’t just get an award—they get murder.

Get Up and Ghost


Carolyn Ridder Aspenson - 2020
    Desperate to get away from Birmingham and her ex-husband, she took her pre-teen son and high-tailed it straight to her childhood home in Castleberry, Georgia, and the echoes of her recently deceased parents. A tumble down a flight of stairs and causing a bump on the head hasn't hindered Chantilly from rehabbing the historical presence in town, but finding the dead body of the town's BBQ king just days before the annual BBQ competition puts her right in the local detective's hot seat. When the spirit rumored to be haunting the dead man's restaurant appears, Chantilly's not sure which is worse, being accused of murder, or claiming a spirit might have had something to do with it. Now Chantilly must save herself from a life behind bars or a stay in the psychiatric ward, and still get the competition going on time.

In the Dog House


V.M. Burns - 2018
    . . Lilly may be losing a husband but she's gaining a toy poodle. That could be seen as a win-win, since her new adopted pooch Aggie (named after Agatha Christie) is cute and adorable, and Lilly's dirty dog of a spouse is cheating on her with a blond bimbo—except for one problem: Albert Echosby’s just been murdered, and Lilly is the number-one suspect. With the cops barking up the wrong tree, it's a good thing her best friend Scarlett "Dixie" Jefferson from Chattanooga, Tennessee, decided to take a break from the dog club circuit to pay a visit, along with her own prize pair of poodles. With help from Dixie, her defense attorney daughter, and a blue-eyed man in blue with a K-9 partner, Lilly is determined to collar the real killer. But when a second murder occurs, it's clear they're dealing with one sick puppy . . .

Ghostly Manners


K.E. O'Connor - 2016
    A haunted house. A ghost with a problem.Lorna Shadow wants to be the best personal assistant she can be to the rich and aristocratic. The trouble is, the ghosts she sees have other plans for her.Gifted with a rare ability to see restless spirits, Lorna treads a thin line between offering the ghosts help and not getting caught talking to thin air!When the sad, lonely ghost of Beatrice Galbraith appears in Lorna's new place of work and reveals she was murdered, Lorna is determined to get justice for her.To do that, she must hunt for the truth, question numerous suspects, and make sure her employer doesn’t figure out the one ability she never puts on her resume.With the help of her ghost-sensing dog, Flipper, and her ditzy best friend, Helen, she’s determined to get to the truth.If Lorna fails to help Beatrice she’ll be trapped forever and a killer will go free. But if she uses her gift to right a wrong, Lorna could lose her job and potentially her life.Enjoy reading this fun cozy ghost mystery, which involves close friendships, tasty treats over a mug of tea, the cute antics of a ghost-sensing dog, and just a hint of a future romance and a dash of magical realism.What readers have to say about the book:“A fun, fast and cute read.” Amazon review.“I can't wait to read another book by this talented author.” Amazon review.“I really enjoyed this book. It was funny and serious and it was very hard to put down. I will be excited to get the next book of the series. Great reading.” Amazon review.“Recommend these books to everyone.” Amazon review.“Loved this book. Couldn't put it down till I finished it then bought the next one. It was a lot of fun.” Amazon review.This is the first book in the Lorna Shadow cozy ghost paranormal series. Other books include:Ghostly SecretsGhostly GamesGhostly AffairsGhostly BusinessGhostly RulesGhostly WavesGhostly PlayGhostly ProposalGhostly VowsGhostly FrightGhostly Hunt

Haunted Hardbodies


Julia Derek
    So, when the opportunity arises to buy Six-Packs for peanuts, she's thrilled. The fact that the previous owner claims the place is haunted doesn't bother her one bit--she doesn't believe in ghosts. With all her experience, she'll revive floundering Six-Packs!Unfortunately, Celeste soon discovers that the gym IS haunted by a feisty ghost named Lennie. Lennie used to own the building that houses Six-Packs, and he was a slumlord. Lennie approaches Celeste and tells her he must solve five crimes before he can enter the next world to atone for being a terrible person in life.At first, Celeste ignores Lennie's badgering ways. But then one of the gym members suffers a mysterious death--and only Lennie seems to know who's behind it. Celeste has no choice but to help Lennie solve his first crime or it's over for Six-Packs, leaving not only Celeste broke, but her employees without a job.NOTE: Haunted Hardbodies is a cozy murder mystery for people who like to laugh.

Witch or Treat


ReGina WellingAmanda A. Allen - 2017
     Whether it's a trick or a treat, these witchy tales will surely get you in a spooky state of mind! The Case of the Exploding Luck Pumpkin by Nikki HaverstockCats, Bats, and Talking Hats by Danielle GarrettOne Spell of a Night by ReGina Welling and Erin Lynn‘Tis the Season to be Creepy by Sonia ParinThe Supernatural Life of a Superhero Wife by Joynell SchultzThe Mystery of the Halloween Mask by Ani GonzalezHow to Date a Witch by Cate LawleyHexing the Ex by Ruby BlaylockCostumes and Cauldrons by Amanda A. AllenHarper Grant and the Poisoned Pumpkin Pie by D.S. ButlerWitches & Stitches by Ava MalloryGoB (Game of Bones) by Pearl GoodfellowHowling Ian by Karny McFlynnBubble, Bubble, Here Comes Trouble by Tegan MaherA Dark Root Samhain by April Aasheim

Murder Strikes a Pose


Tracy Weber - 2014
    Instead, the three strike up an unlikely friendship.Then Kate finds George's dead body. The police dismiss it as a drug-related street crime, but Kate knows he was no drug dealer. Now she must solve George's murder and find someone willing to adopt his intimidating companion before Bella is sent to the big dog park in the sky. With the murderer on her trail, Kate has to work fast or her next Corpse Pose may be for real.

A Timely Vision


Joyce Lavene - 2010
    Dae O'Donnell is the mayor of Duck, North Carolina-and the person everyone turns to when they've lost something. One touch and Dae can find it, and missing pieces seem to find their way to her, whether she wants them to or not. When Miss Mildred asks Dae to find her missing watch, Dae finds herself looking for more than mislaid jewelry-she must prove the town matriarch isn't a cold-blooded killer.

Empaths and Paws


Penny Brooke - 2020
    Together with some old friends, Fiona converts the aged mansion into a boarding house, but not all the guests who come to stay are alive.How does a dead body find its way into a bedroom wall? And will Fiona find her Aunt Mable’s missing ferret, Sherlock Holmes? It’s only one read away.

Killer Unleashed


Beth Prentice - 2015
    And when Theo pulls out his big puppy dog eyes, Chloe reluctantly gains a dog. And that’s when the trouble starts.An attempted dog snatching, a break in, a masked attacker, and a hit and run all add up to big problems. Everybody seems to be looking for something. If only Chloe knew what that something was. And with a sexy new neighbor named Brody, a creepy new neighbor named Rick, and her ex-boyfriend Jack snooping around, the men in Chloe's life seem to be multiplying. With the help of her new neighbor, Chloe may just be able to figure out what key Theo holds to the whole mess...if she can keep them both alive!Note: This book was previously published under the title "It Started with Theo.""Who knew one little dog could cause so much trouble? This was a thoroughly enjoyable read that had me laughing out loud from start to finish!"—Gemma Halliday, New York Times bestselling mystery author

Murder Can Mess Up Your Masterpiece


Rose Pressey - 2019
    . . Artist Celeste Cabot welcomes the chance to show her paintings at a craft fair in her hometown of Gatlinburg, Tennessee, where she and her Chihuahua, Van Gogh, can park her vintage Shasta trailer and sell her creations, too.Unfortunately, her sales take a hit when a customer returns a painting, claiming it's haunted. When a fellow vendor discovers images hidden in Celeste's artwork--and a ghost pays her a late-night visit--she's shocked to realize she has psychic abilities. After the grumpy manager of the craft fair is found with a knife in his neck, Celeste's brushes with the paranormal may help fill in the picture--and make sure the wrong person doesn't get framed . . . Praise for Rose Pressey and the Haunted Vintage Mysteries"Rose Pressey's books are fun!" --Janet Evanovich "Chock full of ghosts, cats possessed by spirits, a handsome police officer boyfriend, and tips on the afterlife and vintage shopping." -- Kirkus Reviews "An appealing protagonist who is as sweet as a Southern accent." -- Library Journal "A sheer delight."--Kate Carlisle

Murder at Pooch Park


Cindy Bell - 2018
    A detective barking up the wrong tree. It’s a race against time to follow the scent and find the murderer before someone else ends up dead. Nikki Green thought muddy paws and furry scuffles were the worst troubles she’d encounter at the local dog park. So, she’s shocked when her client’s German Shepherd sniffs out her friend’s dead body. And her confusion only grows when the hunky detective who helped her through a life-changing experience years ago treats her like a total stranger. But with her friend’s killer on the loose, she has little time to ponder the mystery of his baffling behavior. Side-by-side with her canine companions, she searches for the killer and discovers her detective pal wasn’t the only one acting strangely. To find her friend’s murderer, Nikki must dig through a web of secrets and suspects before the killer strikes again. Murder at Pooch Park is the first novel in the Wagging Tail Cozy Mystery series. The prequel to the series, Murder at Pawprint Creek is available as part of the Summer Snoops and Cozy Crimes: 12 Mysteries for the Dog Days of Summer anthology. The stories can be read in any order. If you like quirky characters, crafty canines, and twists and turns that will keep you glued to the page, then you’ll love Cindy Bell’s heartwarming, tail wagging whodunits. Buy Murder at Pooch Park to unleash a twisty mystery today!

Haunting Me (Haunting Me #1)


Nikki LeClair - 2016
    Getting engaged is just the honey in her tea! Then she gets run over by a hot dog cart, wakes up with a concussion and the ability to see ghosts. Well, one ghost. A loud, obnoxious woman who claims to have been murdered for her vast fortune. Soon, Phoebe is solving a mystery that not only threatens her relationships, but her career as well. As she begins to battle feelings for the ghost’s handsome nephew, she realizes quite a few people in her life are not as they seem. Slowly, Phoebe uncovers the secrets and lies around her, learning that in order to solve this mystery and be free of the ghost, she must lie herself. The only catch? The secrets Phoebe has kept from the people in her life could ruin everything for her, and her ghostly companion, in the end.

Karma's A Bitch


Shannon Esposito - 2011
    So she strikes out on her own and opens up a new pet boutique in St. Pete, Florida. When a local homeless man she befriends is found dead, and the police assume it’s a suicide, Darwin has no choice but to use her gift to help collar the killer. She adopts his grieving mastiff, Karma—and with the dog’s help—tries to piece together the events of that fatal night. Accepting the visions is one thing, but can she solve the mystery without revealing her powers to the jaded, yet drool-worthy, detective in charge of the case? Or will the killer put an end to her psychic sleuthing and bury the truth for good?

Claws of Justice


Emmie Lyn - 2020
    Now I’m struggling to figure out which problem to solve first!My business partner seems to want to share more than our lease, but I have to take that step very slowly. Of course, I can’t in good conscience leave the kittens to wander the streets. Then again no business means no money.