Cozy Mysteries

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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.

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