Cozy Mysteries

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Mysteries to read in a cozy corner
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It is 2009; the auto industry is imploding. Charlotte Kirby and car manufacturer customer Bill Arnold's romance gets hopelessly caught up in the intrigue and in-fighting over her new urethane foam. Can it save her company and his career? Who is bent on ruining the project, violently if necessary? Charlotte loses an important player to a suspicious accident, and another defects to a rock band. Bill’s bosses and co-workers at his struggling employer launch selfish agendas. A friend dumps one key co-worker for another. The lovers are challenged by thefts, assaults, kidnapping, and a laboratory disaster. Time is running out, can they unmask the villain and learn the true secret of the foam?
Foam, Robert Baker
Robert Baker
Foam
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Jane Marsh wants to shake off the empty nest syndrome, plus the notoriety of the death of her first and second husbands, by starting over in a new place. She sells her family home to move to a far northern suburb of Denver. At the same time, Jane's dinner club is undergoing a transformation, and a new man—a gourmet chef—enters her life. But, things turn sour when, on the day Jane moves into her new home, she discovers a dead body. She cannot feel at home in this town where she’s surrounded by cowboys, horse pastures, and suspects. Not to mention where a murder was committed practically on her doorstep. How can she focus on romance and dinner clubs when one of her new friends—or maybe even her old ones—might be a murderer?
Not According to Flan, Karen C. Whalen
Karen C. Whalen
Not According to Flan
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Ivy Morris' best friend, Bella Landry, is in trouble, thanks to a surprise she finds in the walk-in freezer at her hair salon. Calling amateur sleuth Ivy is a no-brainer for Bella. She can't trust her policeman boyfriend—he's the one who cuffed her and booked her, and not in a sexy kind of way.

Ivy might be in over her head this time, with Bella's ex showing up wanting to help and only making things worse. Who is he secretly promising to pay? And does it have anything to do with the person stealing picture frames but leaving the pictures around town?

Ivy's got a convoluted mess on her hands—secret lives, secret agendas, and a lot of unexplained money. To top it off, the decidedly delicious Ben Fallon has turned gourmet cook and chief bottle washer in her house…while stealthily taking over a few of Ivy's drawers.

What's a girl to do?
Frame and Fortune, Misty Simon
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Mel Hargrove, eighties enthusiast, is the protector of much more than random cars and broken washing machines. Each piece in her precious junkyard has a ghost attached to it. No one in Frysville is aware of the secret that’s just down the road from them, and she wants to keep it that way. But when she finds naked statues of aging townspeople in the main square, she must figure out if someone, or something, is missing from her junkyard and out causing havoc. With a host of ghosts behind her and her new boyfriend beside her, Mel is ready to take on almost anything. Almost being the operative word…
Desperately Seeking Salvage, Misty Simon
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It's a recipe for disaster…
Take one incurable womanizer
Mix in one pregnant mistress and one delusional fiancée
Add a dash of chef gone haywire
Stir in one newly assertive shop assistant
Toss with an amateur sleuth who doesn't want to get involved and the love of her life who is in up to the tips of his spiky hair
And garnish with a couple of detectives who are not amused.
Serves one crazy, homicidal maniac. Ivy is back and she's stellar, except for trying to kick a nagging cold and the bad habit of being in the middle of every Martha's Point murder. Unfortunately, they're both kicking her as she is harangued by her favorite chef to find out who torched his restaurant and one of his waiters along with it. Ivy knows what she should do, but when has that ever stopped her from wading in? Only this time she could very well sacrifice everything…for love and cheesecake.
For Love and Cheesecake, Misty Simon
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After catching her fiancé and a bridesmaid in a tete-a-crotch, Jessie Maynard vowed to renounce men forever. Or at least until Christmas. She figured she'd hole up for the holiday in her late Aunt Blanche's sleepy southern town. But the residents of Mystic Hollow weren't so much sleeping as dying and her aunt's witch hat house was already occupied by a sexy, green-eyed sorcerer who knew just how to make a girl change her mind.

Luke Tanner's ex-wife had turned his heart to ice, so spending five days with a feisty runaway bride was no threat, at least not until Jessie entangled him in a murder investigation of a philandering minister and locked him in a coffin. Luke's plans for a hot little affair with Jessie did not include marriage, until his ex-wife showed up gift wrapped, and he had to make a choice: the past or the future?
That Voodoo That You Do, Ann Yost
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Monty is a struggling, unknown artist, living in a loft in Soho. From his third floor walkup, he watches his beautiful neighbor as she comes and goes. Too shy and reclusive to ask her out, he paints her again and again. Suddenly, the police are at his door. His goddess, his dream woman, is dead, and the police like him for the crime. Detectives O’Roarke and Garcia sift through the forensics, motives, and physical evidence and, at first glance, it seems all the evidence points to the strange, young artist who is obsessed with the beautiful actress. As the detectives immerse themselves in her life, it turns out the victim has more than one secret.
Art of Murder, Trisha Sugarek
Trisha Sugarek
Art of Murder
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With the Tasty Tomato Tournament just days away, the small town of Martha’s Point is all abuzz. This is the first year without a sure winner, and the competition is fierce to gain the judges’ approval, even before the tournament starts.

But when Ivy finds one of those judges dead in a shed across the street, things go from bad to worse. All she wanted was seven glorious, kid-free days of messing around with her husband. Instead, she’s going to be tracking down a killer, staying out of the way of a pickle-obsessed farmer, and dodging the new cop who seems out for her blood.
Hoedown Showdown, Misty Simon
Misty Simon
Hoedown Showdown
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here’s no harmony in Nashville when a renowned sound engineer comes up missing and a record label exec’s home is firebombed.
Cafton Merriepennie’s record label is in chaos, his top act is on tour, and an unidentified psychopath has him in his sights.
When the cops start sniffing up the wrong tree, Cafton has to take charge and become a sleuth to save himself and the people he loves. But it’s too late for someone close to him, and others are perilously close to the brink of disaster.
High Strung, Jacki Moss
Jacki Moss
High Strung
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Culinary Cozy!
Karen C. Whalen is the author of the Dinner Club Murder Mystery series. She worked as a paralegal at a law firm in Denver, Colorado. She has been a columnist and regular contributor to The National Paralegal Reporter magazine and has hosted dinner club events for a number of years.

"Jane is getting ready for a dinner party and she wants everything perfect. She’s made special dishes, has laid out the table and is going down her list checking off everything that needs to be done. When she finds that she forgot the creamer, she asks her girlfriend to go pick it up for her. She’s worried about her house cleaner who hasn’t arrived on time. It’s her first visit, and Jane is hoping she’s good at what she does. She was recommended by her girlfriend who assures her she’ll be there in time to get the work done and she’ll be happy with it. She’s pleased to see her show up and start on her job and she tells her to finish up by a certain time and that she will be back with her Bundt cake in a bit. She leaves and returns to an empty house. Empty except for the body in the basement…

This is a cozy mystery and, of course, Jane becomes a suspect. When the police aren’t finding the killer and the dinner club won’t approve her membership until the killer is found, Jane has a new mission: Find the killer herself." — from an Amazon review
Everything Bundt the Truth, Karen C. Whalen
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Thea Barlow has quit her Chicago job and returned to Wyoming—and her fiancé Max Holman—to work as a freelance writer.

In Hog Heaven to investigate the ruins of an old rural whorehouse, Thea stumbles upon a woman's body and is fingered for murder.

Now, Thea and Max must ferret out Hog Heaven's secrets and expose the person attempting to frame Thea before she and Max become the next victims… if the town's mean-spirited chicken doesn't get them first.
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hea Barlow, intrepid editor for Chicago's Western True Adventures magazine, returns to Wyoming to vacation with old flame Max Holman and to interview the 82 year old Kid Corcoran, last of the old time bandits and newly released from prison after 40 years.

Corcoran claims his thieving days are over and he wants to live out his remaining years, peacefully. But Thea is quickly caught up in a maelstrom of greed, murder and revenge when a local reporter is found knifed to death in Thea's room

.Now Thea and Max must unravel Corcoran's connection to baffling wildfires, missing Tarot cards and stolen jade before they end up with knives in their own backs.
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Thea Barlow, Chicago native and newly minted editor for the city's Western True Adventures magazine, is on her first assignment: prove her worth by getting the story of Halfway Halt, a defunct whorehouse in Hijax, Wyoming.

Upon arrival in Hijax, Thea is met with hostility. Assuming Thea is the “new girl” for the whorehouse, the townsfolk do not want the old days revived or their secrets revealed.

Then a local woman is murdered and the present owner of Halfway Halt is found unconscious in an old building. Now Thea must dig deep to unravel the mysteries of Halfway Halt if she's to get the story… and survive.
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Stormy the Cat, rescued by journalist Quinn Armstrong, is not what he seems.
Young mother, Christy Jamieson, just learned her husband, Frank, embezzled his trust fund, sold their Vancouver mansion, and ran off with a socialite. Worse, Frank's trustees are telling Christy to let them handle it. But they aren't doing anything, and Frank's enemies are coming after her and her daughter.
Desperate to find Frank and fend off his enemies, Christy asks Quinn for help. His price: the dirt on Frank. But the closer Christy and Quinn get to the dangerous truth, the more convinced they become that the only one who knows where Frank is at, is Stormy the Cat.
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Like bananas, Sheriff Cas Larkin’s troubles are ripening in bunches.

A fully dressed woman is found drowned in the lake. He has a citizen no one can find, but hasn’t been reported as missing and all of her known acquaintances are standing in the way of Cas’s investigation.
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Cookbook author Mattie Carrington, Pine County's one and only celebrity, narrowly escapes being burned to a crisp when her kitchen explodes. Then someone tries to poison her.

Luckily, Sheriff Cas Larkin is on the case...
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Sheriff Cas Larkin has his hands full running for office again when two homicides, more than 100 years apart, surface. Cas believes the two deaths are connected and his wife, Connie, an amateur local historian and ever the romantic, wants in on the action.

While Cas investigates the fresh murder, Connie digs into Maryvale's founding family's records kept in the Library's basement and encounters a classic haunting requiring more than a séance to unravel.

As the pair chase hot clues and follow cold trails, the truth behind two murders and a 100-year old love triangle hangs in the balance.
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When a local girl's body is found brutally stabbed in Maryvale's woods, Sheriff Cas Larkin suspects members of a high-school “club” that smacks of devil worship.

Then livestock goes missing, the county judge begins standing in Cas's way at every turn, and local students report being coerced into dark ceremonies.

Now Cas must pick up the pace and dig deep before Maryvale gets any stranger… or there may be the devil to pay.
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Pamela Barnes Acoustic Mystery #1!

SOUNDS OF MURDER tells a tale of academic intrigue and death. At Grace University, a small southern college, no one in the Psychology Department likes Charlotte Clark, so no one is particularly upset when she is found murdered in the department’s million-dollar computer lab. But because she discovered the body, Associate Professor Pamela Barnes feels obligated to find Charlotte’s killer. When she discovers a recording of the murder that was accidentally produced during Charlotte’s struggle with the killer, she begins her own investigation.
Along the way, Pamela agonizes with her own conscience as she fights her growing fear. She attempts to understand her mysterious Department Chair, keep her curious colleagues informed, placate her protective husband, and avoid antagonizing a local rube detective who belittles her efforts—all while she struggles to make sense of the sounds on the recording.
As she gets deeper and deeper into her analysis—trying to connect what she hears in the recording with sounds from people (and potential killers) around her—she gets closer and closer to the killer. However, the killer is observing Pamela’s efforts and resolving to stop her.
Sounds of Murder, Patricia Rockwell
Patricia Rockwell
Sounds of Murder
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Pamela Barnes Acoustic Mystery #2!

Sex! Knives! Voice Mail Messages!

Who stabbed the philandering football coach in the back? Was it one of the three women who left romantic voice mail messages on the cell phone found next to his body in the motel room?

The police don’t have a clue. None of the coach’s family, friends, or colleagues recognize the voices of the unidentified women--and probable mistresses. Who could they be? This sounds like a case for Pamela Barnes, local Psychology professor, acoustics expert, and sometimes amateur sleuth. Can she identify the three women (and potential murder suspects) from just the sound of their voices on the voice mail?

Who are these mystery women and how did the popular coach manage to conduct affairs with all of them unbeknownst to everyone around him? And how did he keep his trio of lovers from finding out about each other—or did he? It’s a tangled romantic web that ultimately led to murder and Pamela Barnes is determined to figure it out.
Voice Mail Murder, Patricia Rockwell
Patricia Rockwell
Voice Mail Murder
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