A DEATH AT THE YOGA CAFE / A Keeley Carpenter Mystery #2 by Michelle Kelly / Cosy Mystery / Released Jan 31, 2017 by Minotaur Books
Keeley Carpenter has found her center. After returning to Befrey, the traditional English village she called home ten years ago, she’s opened her dream yoga cafe, which doubles as both a yoga studio and a delicious vegetarian cafe. Even better, Keeley is dating handsome Detective Ben Taylor, and things are beginning to look serious.
Too bad things never seem to run smoothly for long. Eager to get involved with the local community, Keeley sets up a booth at the annual Belfrey Arts Festival, along with her nemesis, fellow small business owner Raquel. Preparing herself to play nice, she’s shocked when Raquel’s boyfriend, Town Mayor Gerald, is found dead after a public spat. Despite Ben’s strict warning to stay out of it, Keeley isn’t going to let an innocent women take the blame for the murder – even if it is glamorous, spoiled Raquel.
Now Keeley must balance a precarious murder investigation with the demands of her growing business and now-strained relationship. But when the killer takes a personal interest in Keeley, can she find the culprit before she gets bent out of shape?
MICHELLE KELLY is a writers living in Coventry, UK. Her recent Harlequin crime novel WHEN I WASN’T WATCHING went to number on in the UK and Australian crime charts. She is a passionate yoga practitioner and finds that, as the mother of two teenagers, her yoga practice keeps hr sane. The Keeley Carpenter stories marry her three great loves: yoga, food, and murder mysteries.
GLOW OF DEATH by Jane K. Cleland / A Josie Prescott Antiques Mystery / Released Nov 29, 2016 by Minotaur Books
Josie Prescott visits the house of a wealthy local couple, Edwin and Ava Belcher. She’s been called in to appraise their Tiffany lamp, which everyone is delighted to find is genuine.
Josie’s good friend, Police Chief Ellis Hunter, is helping Josie prepare for her annual Fourth of July barbecue when he gets a call that Ava has been murdered. Unable to reach Edwin, Ellis asks Josie to identify the body. Josie is stunned to discover that the dead woman lying on the Belcher kitchen flow is not the women she knew as Ava. Shock turns to perplexity when Josie discovers that everything she thought she knew about the Tiffany lamp and the Belchers is built on lies.
In this cunning mystery riddles with envy, greed, and revenge, Josie uses her knowledge of antiques to learn the truth about the priceless Tiffany lamp and to discover Ava’s killer.
JANE K. CLELAND once owned a New Hampshire-based antiques and rare books business. She is the author of ten previous Josie Prescott Antiques mysteries, has been a finalist for the Macavity, Anthony, and Agatha awards and has twice won the David Award for Best Novel. Jane is the former president of the New York chapter of the Mystery Writers of America and chairs the Wolfe Pack’s Black Orchid Novella Award. She is part of the English faculty at Lehman College and lives in New York City.
PUMPKIN PICKING WITH MURDER by Auralee Wallace / An Otter Lake Mystery / Cosy Mystery / Released Aug 30, 2016 by St. Martin’s Press
For a small town like Otter Lake, New Hampshire, the annual Fall Festival is a big deal: a Ferris wheel, corn maze, caramel apples and pumpkin pies – even a Tunnel of Love. Back in her hometown, Erica Bloom is trying to enjoy herself, which includes getting better acquainted with Sheriff Grady Forrester. But when a swan boat sails out of the heart-shaped exit of the tunnel with a dead man slumped over a wing, her romance will have to take a backseat.
Speaking of love affairs, the other passenger in the boat – and only witness to the elderly Mr. Masterson’s swan song – is not his wife. It’s Erica’s beloved and feisty “aunt” Tweedy, who quickly becomes the prime suspect.
Vowing to clear Tweety, Erica teams up with her sassy BFF and self-appointed security expert Freddie Ng to solve the murder – despite the objections of Grady, who’s convinced the amateurs are going overboard in their investigation. And he just may be right. But as Erican and Freddie start to dredge up long-kept small-town secrets, will they head straight into troubled waters?
AURALEE WALLACE has played many roles in her life, including college professor, balloon seller, and collections agent. When this semi-natural blonde mother of three children (and psychiatric nurse to two rescue cats) isn’t writing humorous novels about quirky characters, she can often be found pontificating about the Golden Age of soap operas or warring with a family of peregrine falcons for the rights to her backyard.
Bye, Bye Love by K. J. Larsen
Poisoned Pen Press Cozy Mystery
K. J. Larsen—aka as sisters Julianne, Kristen, and Kari Larsen—have struck gold with their Pants on Fire Detective Agency series and the irrepressible PI Cat DeLuca. Bye, Bye Love is the fourth in this series and promises more mysteries that will keep us laughing and guessing. How many PIs call the bad guy “potty mouth” when he curses at her? Look out V I Warshawski (Sara Paretsky), there is a new gal in Chicago, and she can get into as much trouble as Stephanie Plum (Janet Evanovich) in New Jersey.
Often ridiculed by her family members who are active duty and retired policemen, PI DeLuca shows them who’s boss and not always in a gentle way. Larsen has created a memorable cast of characters and a well-developed mystery plot in Bye, Bye Love and is to be applauded for a fast moving pace that would keep James Patterson hopping. Throw in a dog with “soulful brown eyes and an ever-joyful tail” who rivals Sara Booth Delaney (Carolyn Haines) in Mississippi and some bad guys who like to kill people, and Cat DeLuca is on the move, her colorful family hot on her trail.
Review provided by Mahala Church for her column Barefoot Book Reviews in the August 2015 issue of The Book Breeze.