So far, this has been one of the coldest winters in Texas that I can remember. A blizzard on Christmas Eve, temperatures in the teens now…brrr!!! Luckily, I’ve got my books, my fireplace, and a good stock of hot cocoa to keep me toasty warm until Old Man Winter decides to take a hike!
Here are a few of the recent cozy mysteries I’ve read lately.
Stay warm, my bloggy friends!
DEAD AIR: A Talk Radio Mystery
By Mary Kennedy
Obsidian Mystery; $6.99
In a brand new series, author Mary Kennedy explores the scenes behind a popular radio talk show with her book, “DEAD AIR: A Talk Radio Mystery.”
Maggie Walsh left her practice as a psychologist in Manhattan to move to sunny Cypress Grove, Florida, where she became host of WYME's "On the Couch with Maggie Walsh." From co-dependent wives to fetish fiends, all the local crazies love her show. Then threats start pouring in against one of the station's special guests-self-styled new age prophet Guru Sanjay Gingii. When one of the threats becomes a deadly reality, Maggie's new roommate, Lark, is surprisingly the prime suspect. Now, Maggie has to prove Lark innocent while dealing with a killer who needs more than just a little therapy.
My Thoughts -
Think “Frasier” or “Dr. Phil” with a feminine twist. With the popularity of radio talk shows these days, Mary Kennedy’s new series looks to be promising!
EGGSECUTIVE ORDERS: A White House Chef Mystery
By Julie Hyzy
Berkley Prime Crime; $7.99
Realizing that we have just got finished with Christmas and New Years, are you ready for Easter? Author Julie Hyzy is already decorating Easter eggs with her new book, “EGGSECUTIVE ORDERS: A White House Chef Mystery.”
When NSA big shot Carl Minkus dies right after eating the dinner Chef Olivia Paras's staff had prepared, all forks point to them. Now the Secret Service is picking apart the kitchen-and scrutinizing the staff's every move. The timing couldn't be worse with the White House Lawn Easter Egg Roll to prep for without access to a kitchen. Olivia must find the real culprit-before she cracks under pressure.
WHO KILLED THE PINUP QUEEN: A Where Are They Now? Mystery
By Toni L.P. Kelner
Berkley Prime Crime; $6.99
I’ve been a freelance entertainment reporter for nearly fourteen years, so when I received Toni L.P. Kelner’s “WHO KILLED THE PINUP QUEEN: A Where Are They Now? Mystery,” that features freelance reporter Tilda Harper, I couldn’t pass it up!
TRAGEDY AT TWO: A Lois Meade Mystery
By Ann Purser
Berkley Prime Crime; $23.95
In “TRAGEDY AT TWO,” working mom/cleaner/amateur sleuth Lois Meade is having family woes. Her daughter Josie was admittedly considering leaving her partner, Rob, but she never expected him to be found badly beaten and left for dead in a ditch by the side of the road. When Rob tragically dies from his injuries without regaining consciousness, Inspector Hunter Cowgill has a murder investigation on his hands, and once again he engages the assistance of the woman he respects above all others - Lois.
“TRAGEDY AT TWO” is the ninth book in the “Lois Meade Mysteries,” which started with the days of the week (MURDER ON MONDAY, MURDER ON TUESDAY, etc.) and now continues with numbers (WARNING AT ONE, TRAGEDY AT TWO.) Very clever and very very British!