Peachy Scream by Anna Gerard

Nina Fleet is happy to welcome a troupe of Shakespearean performers into her bed and breakfast—mostly because she didn’t realize Harry Westcott, her sometimes enemy, serves as their director. As the campy group settles in, though, Harry quickly becomes the least of her worries. Backstage drama, personal squabbles, and a series of pranks regularly derail rehearsals. However, the production is stopped cold when the lead actor is found murdered. But the show must go on, and it’s up to Nina to find the killer among a reticent cast before she’s forced to make an untimely exit herself.

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Little Bookshop of Murder by Maggie Blackburn

Summer Merriweather thought she was done with Brigid’s Island, North Carolina. Embarrassed by her mom’s beach-read themed bookstore, she’s spent her adult life toiling in real literature and building up her reputation as a Shakespeare scholar. However, when her mother, Hildy, dies of a suspected heart attack, Summer rushes back to the island for the funeral with plans to leave as soon as possible. But while looking through her inherited bookshop with thoughts of selling, Summer comes across a note: “Sell the bookstore or die.” Could Hildy have actually been murdered? Summer quickly discovers there are more than a few possible suspects, and she’ll have to crack the case unless she wants to become the starring character in a tragedy of Shakespearean proportions.

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Murder Most Sweet by Laura Jensen Walker

Everyone in Lake Potawatomi knows Teddie St. John. Though to be fair, everyone knows everyone in tiny Lake Potawatomi. However, as a cozy mystery author and expert baker with a penchant for stylish scarves, Teddie has certainly found her own way to stand out. Unfortunately, after losing one of those scarves at a book signing for famed author Tavish Bentley, she soon finds it wrapped around the strangled neck of Tavish’s fiancée. With no other immediate evidence, Teddie’s name goes right to the top of the list of suspects. Unless she wants to end up as the mistaken villain in her own story, she’ll have to draw investigative inspiration from her novels, clear her name, and catch the real killer.

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Chili Cauldron Curse by Lynn Cahoon

When her grandmother, affectionately known as Grans, needs help getting a local food bank in working order, Mia Malone jumps at the chance to return to return to Magic Springs, Idaho. While the trip’s worth it to just be part of something worthwhile, Mia also has to admit it’s nice spending time in a community full of magic. A place where she can be around others who share her abilities. However, after she uncovers the body of a powerful warlock, Dorian Alexander, while stocking produce, Mia is going to have to use more than a spell to find the killer. And she’ll need to be quick, because Grans is the prime suspect.

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Midsummer Dreams at Mill Grange by Jenny Kane

When Thea Thomas needs an escape, she finds the perfect opportunity: leading the restoration of a Victorian manor, Mill Grange. And while she’s more than capable of taking on the job, the volunteer team and their leader, Mable Hastings, don’t seem keen on relinquishing any control. But with time running out, Thea and Mable will have to team up—and nab a number of new volunteers—if they ever hope to return the estate to its former glory. However, when a televised appeal for more help leads to Thea’s troubled former boyfriend showing up along with a handsome TV host, there might be more than just dust flying before the cleanup is over.

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A Sprinkling of Murder by Daryl Wood Gerber

Courtney has always been interested in magic, even when life hasn’t felt so magical. And after starting her own fairy garden and tea shop, every day is brimming with magic, mostly thanks to a fairy or two who like to drop in. Serving up delicious teas, offering garden design classes, and even hosting a book club—yup, Open Your Imagination is just the kind of business she always wanted. However, after her someone is found murdered on her premises, Courtney is a prime suspect, and it just might take a little magic to sort the real killer out.

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A Deadly Inside Scoop by Abby Collette

Brownwyn “Win” Crewse has done everything to make her family’s ice cream shop a success, starting with a completely renovated space and a new menu courtesy of her grandmother’s favorite recipes. Unfortunately, after unexpected delays extend past the bustling summer season, she’s forced to reopen during an early snow. And while she knows ice cream is the perfect treat no matter the weather, potential customers don’t have the same mindset. Things only go from bad to worse when she discovers a dead body near her shop—a man with a rocky history with her family. When police begin to suspect her father, Win must clear his name by scooping up the real killer … and some new customers.

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Better Watch Out by Christina Freeburn

If Merry Winters can just finish organizing the annual Christmas parade, she’ll be able to cross off the biggest headache on her list. Unfortunately, the town’s biggest grouch, Jenna Wilcox, is holding everything up with her float dedicated to the ‘naughty’ denizens of Season’s Greetings. However, just when Merry thinks she’s got everything under control, Jenna’s body is found in Santa’s sleigh. Ho ho uh-oh. For Merry, finding out who’s truly been naughty might prove to be a deadly task.

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Can’t Judge a Book By Its Murder by Amy Lillard

Arlo Stanley has been juggling preparations for her high school reunion with a book-signing event for a famous local writer. However, her plans are derailed when the bestselling author, Wally Harrison, is found dead in front of her bookstore. The police suspect foul play and all evidence points to one person: Arlo’s best friend and coworker, Chloe. But Arlo knows better and soon she and the other members of the Friday Night Book Club are off on their own investigation to unmask the real killer.

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Apple Cider Slaying by Julie Anne Lindsey

After the death of her Grampy, Winnie Montgomery has been even more committed to the success of the business she runs with her Granny Smythe. Still, there’s no denying that the orchard is in financial trouble, and unless things turn around—well, she doesn’t even want to consider what would happen. Fortunately, Winnie and Granny have a plan: the First Annual Christmas at the Orchard, a massive festival centered around the pair’s apple-centric products. But after Granny’s sworn enemy is found dead in their apple press and she becomes the number one suspect, Winnie turns sleuth to clear her name.

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