Mystery

B
Acts of Violets

The Flower Shop mystery series is written by a former romance writer and deliciously mixes a fun on-going romance with a cozy mystery and more than a mere soupçon of humor. Abby Knight owns a flower shop and fancies herself an amateur detective. After being accosted and threatened by Snuggles ...

B
Glossed and Found

This is the third romantic mystery in the Bath and Body mystery series, and after having gobbled up all three in one week, I hate to wait months for another one. Persia Vanderbilt mixes personal scents for Venus Envy, the beauty spa she co-owns with her Aunt Florence. Persia has her hands full b ...

A-
The Snow Dogs of Lost Lake

Although Foxglove Corners may be covered in snow, school-teaching sleuth Jennet Greenway’s mind is focused on spring and her upcoming marriage. And, with Christmas only a few weeks away, Jennet looks forward to spending time with her fiancée, Crane, as well as friends and family. But her perfect ...

A+
The Thirteenth Tale

The Thirteenth Tale, Diane Setterfield's debut novel, is without reservation the best book I have read all year. It's complex, engrossing, improbable and yet appealing, especially to my fellow bibliophiles. Although it's not overly long, it took me several weeks to read for I found it so intense tha ...

B+
Grave Surprise

Grave Surprise follows Grave Sight in Charlaine Harris's new series about the adventures of Harper Connelly, a lightning-strike victim who can now see the dead, at least as long as she's touching their graves. But seeing the dead isn't Harper's only talent. She can also experience their last ...

B
The Cameo Clue

Although designated a Mystery on its spine, The Cameo Clue reads as a romantic suspense novel and will keep romance readers happy as the heroine chooses between two very different heroes and solves a dandy mystery in the bargain. After a few years floating around the world teaching English on ar ...

C-
Twelve Sharp

Twelve Sharp, Janet Evanovich’s twelfth Stephanie Plum novel, is light, funny, and peopled with memorable, lovable characters. Readers new to the bounty-hunting world of Plum, Morelli, and the delectable Ranger will be amused and charmed by this novel. Readers like me, however, the loyal readers o ...

B
Unplugged

Fans of Stephanie Plum will love Lois Greiman’s Christina McMullin, the sleuth heroine of Unplugged. Christina is bright and sassy, with an internal monologue that kept me in stitches. As this light-hearted mystery opens, Chrissy is battling a defective septic tank and an attraction to Lt. Jack ...

C+
May Day

May Day is a mystery, the first in a series of them set in a small town in Minnesota, featuring a librarian heroine. I was drawn in by the catchy title (apparently all of them will have a month in the title) and the cute packaging. The book to be a decent read, if not a true stand-out. Mira James ...

C-
Chamomile Mourning

Chamomile Mourning is the sixth book in the Tea Shop Mysteries series featuring Theodosia Browning, who runs a tea shop and sleuthes on the side. Until this point I've enjoyed this series and found the details of running a tea shop particularly interesting. The author's habit of including some of ...