I love cozy mysteries! There is just something special about a interesting, smart story of intrigue set in a fun setting that just delights me! And over the years, I've developed a fondness for certain authors. So I was overjoyed to find out that three of my favorites had new books coming out this winter!
So, here is a bit about each book! I hope that you find something here that will tempt you to join the "Cozy Mystery" family!
First up is the latest in the Sweet Pepper Fire Brigade Mystery series by J.J. Cook (also known as Jim and Joyce Lavene). I love this series set in the mountains of Tennessee. The characters are close and a lot of fun, and the star of the show, Hero the Dalmatian fire dog, is just adorable. Here is some more about the book -
About The Book:
Fire chief Stella Griffin has been put in charge of judging the annual recipe contest, but Eric—her resident ghost and true culinary genius—has vanished. Before she can track down his latest haunt, she’s called in to investigate a local moonshine distillery that was set ablaze, making her realize there’s more than pies and cakes cooking in Sweet Pepper.
As rumors of a revived whiskey war ignite, Stella turns to the town’s elders to help her find answers. The past might have some clues as to what has sparked the present fires. But when following a lead lands her in buried rubble, Stella realizes she must extinguish this case fast or she might be going down in flames.
As the fourth book in the series, the characters continue to have surprises and secrets to share with the readers. I love the strong female lead character of Stella - she's a gal I'd like to be friends with! First time readers can get a feel for the series with this book, and hopefully will want to go back and read the first three! You won't be disappointed!
Next up is a new series from a favorite author! Paige Shelton is an old hand at cozy mysteries, having two popular series, The Farmers' Market Mysteries and The Country Cooking School Mysteries. Her new series promises to be a lot of fun as well. Here is more about it:
About The Book:
The New York Times bestselling author of the Farmers’ Market Mysteries and the Country Cooking School Mysteries introduces readers to Star City, Utah, and a little shop called the Rescued Word... Star City is known for its slopes and its powder. But nestled in the valley of this ski resort town is a side street full of shops that specialize in the simple charms of earlier eras. One of those shops is the Rescued Word, where Chester Henry and his adult granddaughter Clare lovingly repair old typewriters and restore old books. Who ever thought their quaint store would hold the key to some modern-day trouble?
When a stranger to town demands they turn over an antique Underwood typewriter they’re repairing for a customer, Clare fears she may need to be rescued. A call to the police scares the man off, but later Clare finds his dead body in the back alley. What about a dusty old typewriter could possibly be worth killing for?
I love old typewriters, so I was just delighted with the premise of this new series. Plus add in a quirky cast of characters and a charming little Utah town, and you've got me hooked. Paige brings her crack storytelling skills to this series and gives it her unique twist of mystery that makes reading her work so much fun. She makes your brain think! I highly recommend this first book, and I look forward to more in this series!
And last, but certainly not least, is a new installment in a great series. "Copy Cap Murder" is the fourth book in Jenn McKinlay's "A Hat Shop Mystery" series, and it's a real doozy!
About The Book:
For Scarlett Parker, part of the fun of living in London is celebrating the British holidays, and she’s excited to share her first Bonfire Night with her cousin Vivian Tremont. Invited to a posh party by their friend Harrison Wentworth, Scarlett and Viv decide to promote their hat shop, Mim’s Whims, by donning a few of their more outrageous creations. The hats prove to be quite the conversation starters as the girls mix and mingle with the guests—never suspecting that one of them is a killer.
It’s a cold, clear night, perfect for the British tradition of tossing a straw stuffed effigy of Guy Fawkes, traitor to the crown, onto the bonfire. But instead of a straw man, they realize in the heat of the moment that the would-be Guy Fawkes is actually Harrison’s office rival and he’s been murdered. Before the smoke has cleared, Harrison is the Metropolitan police’s prime suspect, and Scarlett and Vivian must find the real homicidal hothead before their dear friend’s life goes up in flames.
Author Jenn McKinlay carries on the fascinating situations that hat shop owners Scarlett and Vivian find themselves in on a regular basis in this latest edition. I just love this series for the detailed descriptions that Jenn includes in her stories, and her cast of intelligent characters. Jenn always makes sure there are plenty of twists and turns in her stories, and this installment was just a lot of fun to read. Plus I want to live in the hat shop - I truly do!
My thanks to Berkley Prime Crime Books/Penguin for providing the review copies of these books. I was not compensated for my opinion.