For Whom the Book Tolls by Laura Gail Black

With as many cozy mysteries as I’ve read, I sometimes feel that there are no more surprises. Poison in the tea? Read it. A man murdering his brother over a dirty land deal? Read it. The main character foolishly cornering the villain in an isolated place during the penultimate chapter? Yeah, definitely read it.

The Christmas Menagerie by Minna Howard

The most animals I have ever had responsibility for at one time has been five cats, and it wasn’t exactly the least stressful situation I’ve ever experienced. Five pairs of eyes following me around the house. Five different feline personalities ready for either a playful bat or a scratch at any moment. And heaven forbid you accidentally jostle their treat jar lest five sets of paws stampede you.

Hot to Trot by M.C. Beaton and R.W. Green

At the tail end of 2019 longtime mystery and romance author M.C. Beaton passed away. The outpouring from fans was immense, and the realization that her two most famous detectives, Agatha Raisin and Hamish Macbeth, had nabbed their last murderers hit me particularly hard—I was actually holding one of her books when I heard theContinue reading “Hot to Trot by M.C. Beaton and R.W. Green”

If Every Day Was Christmas by Donna Ashcroft

There comes a point—usually during the couple of days following Thanksgiving—when, fueled by turkey and sweet potatoes. Strands of lights start illuminating all the cracks and crevices. There’s a constant smell of cookies drifting from the oven. Yes, it’s all a big fuss for Christmas, but I can’t help it. Since it only comes onceContinue reading “If Every Day Was Christmas by Donna Ashcroft”

Hope, Faith, and a Corpse by Laura Jensen Walker

One of the greatest challenges an author faces when writing a cozy mystery is crafting a main character who other people—sometimes complete strangers—actually want to talk to. It’s not enough that the sleuth finds themself stumbling through a mystery. If they actually want to solve anything, people have to talk to them. There’s all sortsContinue reading “Hope, Faith, and a Corpse by Laura Jensen Walker”

Love at the Little Wedding Shop by the Sea by Jane Linfoot

Is there anything worse than working with a best friend who’s betrayed you? Well, yes. Definitely. But it certainly doesn’t feel that way at the time, which is why Milla, Jane Linfoot’s worn but charming heroine in Love at the Little Wedding Shop by the Sea, whisks herself back where she grew up in Cornwall.Continue reading “Love at the Little Wedding Shop by the Sea by Jane Linfoot”

The Cottage of New Beginnings by Suzanne Snow

Some books open with a bang, plopping the reader down into the height of drama. Others open with a whimper, showcasing the normal and rosy lives of their characters. The Cottage of New Beginnings, author Suzanne Snow’s debut novel, opens with an illegally parked car and some miscommunication. It’s somewhere between the two extremes and,Continue reading “The Cottage of New Beginnings by Suzanne Snow”

Christmas at Carly’s Cupcakes by Jessica Redland

Christmas is always a busy time for Carly’s Cupcakes, and no one knows that better than Carly herself. But this year, the stress is really piling on. Her sister and coworker, Bethany, feels like a failure, and the strain is having a disastrous effect on their decadent desserts. And while she wishes she could helpContinue reading “Christmas at Carly’s Cupcakes by Jessica Redland”

The Gift of Family by Mary Monroe

Rosemary and Eugene Johnson seem to have the perfect life, but the Christmas season serves as a stark reminder that their house is empty of the children they’ve always wanted. This year, their world is further rocked by news that Rosemary will have to undergo emergency surgery. Eugene just wishes he could do something—anything—to makeContinue reading “The Gift of Family by Mary Monroe”

A Very Merry Match by Melinda Curtis

Kindergarten teacher Mary Margaret Sneed always liked to dance, but she never thought she’d be dancing in a burlesque show. However, after the death of her husband leaves her responsible for his severe gambling debt, she doesn’t have a lot of options. So when night falls, she dons her wig, her mask, and struts acrossContinue reading “A Very Merry Match by Melinda Curtis”