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Evie's husband has died and left her almost penniless, but a mysterious note reveals that she may have inherited a hotel on a remote island off the coast of Cornwall. She and her sister decide to check it out, and it doesn't take long for a murder to rock the small community. I just love the way Hannah Dennison writes. Her Honeychurch Hall series was a favorite of mine, and I loved this one with its classic Golden Age mystery feel. - John
Jane has earned a reputation within her bridge club for being a fixer. Need to break up with your hairdresser? Need someone to vet your online dates? Jane can help you out! Her first paying gig as a Professional Busybody is working undercover to discover the source of conflict at a retirement community.
From dining room cliques, food fights, and tensions over tee times she can't decide if the residents are 16 or 60. When pranks turn to murder it's up to Jane to figure out what is going on! If you just need a hearty laugh, Jane Darrowfield can help you out with that too! I loved it. - John
Poppy Harmon's husband died recently, and she quickly finds out that he gambled all of their savings away. Prior to marriage, Poppy was an actress. She was best known for playing the secretary on a hit PI show. In desperate need of money she decides to get her own PI license and open an agency with the help of some friends.
Fans of Nancy Martin's Blackbird Sisters books will EAT THIS UP. There's lot of humor, plenty of misunderstandings, and lovable characters. - John
Everly Swan has moved back to her home town of Charm, North Carolina with hopes of opening up her own iced tea shop and cafe. She's bought her dream house that will allow her to live above her business, and things are off to a good start until a local man is found dead after patronizing her cafe.
If you removed the magic from Alice Hoffman's Practical Magic, but kept the family legends (Swan women never leave Charm, and the men they fall in love with tend to meet a premature end), and set it in North Carolina you'd end up with Bree Baker's series. They're wonderfully charming, and Southern in a way that doesn't feel too trite or stereotypical. - John
Probably my favorite "first in series" cozy I've read in a while! As with most cozies, Lana Lee is recovering from a breakup, and finds herself back at her family's Chinese restaurant. When the owner of their shopping center is found dead, suspicion falls of Lana since she delivered the meal that killed him. Instead of a small town, Chien creates a great sense of community in the Plaza of shops, where gossip spreads quickly and everyone has their secrets. - John
This book kicks off a charming cozy mystery series set in an ice cream shop—with a fabulous cast of quirky characters.
When historian Jaya Jones receives a mysterious package containing a jewel-encrusted artifact from India, sent by her ex-lover the same day he died in a supposed accident in the Highlands of Scotland, she discovers the secrets of a lost Indian treasure may be hidden in a Scottish legend from the days of the British Raj. But she's not the only one on the trail. Highly recommended by John!
Winner of the 2018 Anthony Award for Best First Novel
Winner of the 2017 Agatha Award for Best First Novel
Also a Lefty Award Winner and a Barry Award-Nominated Title
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And Then There Were Crumbs is the perfect blend of beach read and cozy mystery. Like all good cozies it's got a great cast of characters, and I loved the way the citizens of Coral Cay all worked together to solve the mystery. Calder has created a real sense of community in her book. Oliver, the dog, is adorable, and I'm looking forward to the 2nd book in the series. - John
"Julia Buckley's delightful new series debut... includes three generations of strong, intelligent women, craving-inducing discussions of food, and a fascinating background of Hungarian culture along with a dandy mystery." - Miranda James
Amy offers to buy a cafe, and the next day the owner is murdered. Full of Southern, small town charm and great characters. - John
What I loved most about this is how much of an amateur Jules is. She doesn't already have stellar investigation skills. Perfect for Joanne Fluke or Diane Mott Davidson fans! - John
After discovering her husband in the arms of another woman, Sloan leaves the family business to work for a new brewery in town. Did I mention that every building in town looks like it belongs in the German mountains, and the town is known as Beervaria? When Sloan's ex is accused of murder, it's up to her to clear his name. I wasn't sure that beer brewing was something I cared about when I started Death on Tap, but the characters immediately sold me. It's just quirky enough, but not enough to be silly. Which is exactly what I love in my cozies. I love when they walk that line of whimsy. - John
The first in Randall's Lobster Shack series starts with a death at a televised Lobster Roll Contest. Was it murder, or just a case of food poisoning? Allie has just returned to the small town of Mystic Bay to nurse an injury, help her aunt run her newly opened restaurant, The Lazy Mermaid, and solve a murder. A great start to a new series, and this one wins points for having one of the best cozy titles ever. - John
After Delaney loses her job, she wants an adventure. She gives up her life in Kansas to move to Scotland and work in a bookstore. It doesn't take too long to find adventure. On her first day she learns her boss also deals in not quite legal artifacts. The whole series is full of endearing, quirky characters, and a lot of heart. And really, who doesn't love a good cozy set in a bookstore in Scotland? - John