Warm up this winter with some cozy mysteries
Compiled by Forbes Library Staff. Summaries from ContentCafe. October 2010
- Aunt Dimity and the Deep Blue Sea
by Nancy Atherton
Sent with her twin five-year-old sons to a Scottish island after her high-profile attorney husband receives death threats, Lori Shepherd begins to suspect local foul play upon her discovery of a skull on the beach.
- Cat in a Topaz Tango
by Carole Nelson Douglas
Feline gumshoe, Midnight Louie, has his paws full when a killer strikes the set of a week-long Las Vegas charity dance event, and Temple Barr must resurrect her teen persona to ensure the safety of her fiancé and future step-daughter.
- The Cat Who Brought Down the House
by Lillian Jackson Braun
Reluctant millionaire and small town reporter Jim Qwilleran and his cats, Koko and Yum Yum, confront a new mystery when octogenarian Thelma Thackerary returns to Moose County to turn the old opera house into a film club.
- Chocolate Chip Cookie Murder
by Joanne Fluke
Cookie-baking sleuth Hannah Swenson must protect her reputation when a popular delivery man is found murdered behind her bakery with Hannah's cookies scattered around him.
- Death of a Valentine
by M.C. Beaton
Announcing his engagement to associate Josie McSween, police sergeant and once-confirmed bachelor Hamish Macbeth struggles with prenuptial jitters while investigating the murder of a woman whose increasingly complicated case introduced him to his fiancée.
- Death of a Gossip
by M.C. Beaton
Police Constable Hamish Macbeth is called in to investigate the death of the unpopular Lady Jane, a malicious gossip and student at the Lochdubh School of Casting, Salmon and Trout Fishing, set in the Scottish Highlands.
- Face Down Among the Winchester Geese
by Kathy Lynn Emerson
Lady Susanna Appleton would be content to tend to the medicinal herbs in the garden of her London townhouse, but a mysterious murder prompts her to investigate and reveals that even her own husband is not above suspicion, in a mystery set in Elizabethan England.
- A Groom With a View
by Jill Churchill
Caterers Jane and Shelley are pleased as punch to host a lavish wedding in the old monastery, but when a sudden thunderstorm knocks out the electricity, murder breaks the guests' nuptial spell, and Jane steps in to investigate.
- Stork Raving Mad
by Donna Andrews
Hosting a Spanish playwright during a graduate student's production of his play, Meg, eight-and-a-half months pregnant with twins, is on the case when the department dean cancels the play and is promptly found murdered.
- Sweet Revenge
by Diane Mott Davidson
Catering a holiday breakfast for the local library staff, Goldy Schultz is shocked to see a supposedly dead woman who is believed to be Goldy's ex-husband's killer, an encounter that precedes the murder of a high-end map dealer.
- The Tale of the Oat Cake Crag
by Susan Wittig Albert
Trying not to arouse village gossip, Beatrix Potter quietly investigates the arrival of anonymous letters that threaten the good name of her friend, Grace Lythecoe, all the while considering a second chance at love.
- Whisker of Evil
by Rita Mae Brown
With rabies on the rise and a new post office threatening her position, Harry Haristeen and her trio of feline detective friends find themselves in even more trouble when they start snooping around an irresistible mystery.