Depending on where you live, you might be getting some snow today. What goes better with a cozy snow day than a cozy mystery? Here are three that are definitely going on my TBR (To be read) list.
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Brownies, bribes and a body on the beach.
Suburban mom Jill Andrews has two young kids and a husband who travels more than he’s home. Her biggest worry is the decision to re-enter the workforce until she trips over the body of her neighbor, Samuel Westen, who’d been feuding with Jill’s sister-in-law Desi.
When the stress of being the police’s top suspect lands Desi in the hospital with pregnancy complications, Jill must navigate her own mom-life crisis, sift through a tangled web of secrets and lies, and discover the identity of the real killer before it’s too late.
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Annie Hudson is busy. Really busy.
With her petsitting client, Ralph the pug, at her side, Annie is running around town walking dogs, training greyhounds, organizing puppy classes, and taking energetic Vizlas for runs. And it’s all to save money for and build interest in her not-yet-named dog store, the business she’s dreamed of for years.
But Annie’s plans change when she finds out that the death of local pawn shop owner, George Appleby, has been ruled a suicide. She knows that there’s at least one person in town who will benefit from Appleby’s death: Chet West, the real estate mogul who’s trying to buy up all the small businesses in her little town and replace them with chain stores and tourist destinations.
And one day soon the small store going out of business might be her own.
Now Annie’s determined to figure out what happened to Appleby and how Chet West is involved – even if the police don’t care. And the more she and Ralph run around chasing down leads and sniffing out suspects, the more Annie realizes that Little Nectar, Connecticut, is not the wholesome little town she thought it was.
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A sheepdog in training. A flock under threat. Can he find a killer before the case unravels?
Beau dreams of being a champion sheepdog just like his aunt. With the help of new livestock friends and a kind-hearted farmer, he vows to lead the herd proudly through the lush valleys of South Wales. But when one of the sheep goes missing, Beau never expected a woolly crime scene…
While his aunt warns him not to get too friendly with the flock, his connection with the sheep gets him both respect and a target on his back. As the brave pup frantically sniffs for clues, he’s got one chance to solve the mystery before the farm starts counting sheep for all the wrong reasons.
Will Beau learn the ropes in time to protect his friends from a flock fatality?
Baa’d to the Bone is the first book in an animal-themed cozy mystery series. If you like plucky creatures, authentic Welsh settings, and home-baked suspense, then you’ll love Sarah Jane Weldon’s shaggy dog tale.
That’s all for now! I’m off to bake cookies with the kids.