Fourth of July-Themed Cozy Mysteries

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A Catered Fourth of July (Mystery With Recipes #10) by Isis Crawford

High noon on July Fourth in the quiet town of Longley, New York, and it's got to be one hundred degrees. Thankfully, sisters Bernie and Libby are setting up their yummy catering out of the sun in the gazebo for the reenactment of The Battle of Meadow Creek--and not baking in those Revolutionary...

A Star-Spangled Murder (Susan Henshaw Mystery Series #6) by Valerie Wolzien

Susan Henshaw and her family have been coming to their summerhouse in Maine for years, but when neighbor Humphrey Taylor is found bludgeoned to death in her living room, Susan's relaxing holiday goes out with the tide as she searches to find the killer before he or she strikes again. But the...

A Timely Vision Series #1 by Joyce & Jim Lavene

A seaside-set paranormal mystery-from the authors of the Renaissance Faire mystery Ghastly Glass

Meet Dae O'Donnell, a woman with a gift for finding lost things-and the stories behind lost lives...

Dae O'Donnell is the mayor of Duck, North Carolina-and the person everyone turns to...

A Watery Death (Missing Pieces Mystery #7) Joyce & Jim Lavene

It’s the Fourth of July weekend in Duck, North Carolina and twenty-thousand visitors are on hand to enjoy the parade, the festivities – and learn about the murder of Captain Bill Lucky.
Lucky is the captain of the new gambling ship, Andalusia II, which is modeled after the famous ghost...

Bats and Bones (Frannie Shoemaker Campground Mysteries #1) by Karen Musser Nortman

Frannie and Larry Shoemaker are retirees who enjoy weekend camping with their friends in state parks in this new cozy mystery series. They anticipate the usual hiking, campfires, good food, and interesting side trips among the bluffs of beautiful Bat Cave State Park for the long Fourth of July...

Blackberry Burial (Berry Basket Mystery #2)

As owner of The Berry Basket, Marlee Jacob has learned a thing or two about surviving the summer tourist season in Oriole Point. So she gladly agrees to help run the annual road rally in honor of the local Blackberry Art School’s centenary celebration. While alumni arrive from around the country...

BlackBuried Pie (Black Cat Cafe #3) by Lyndsey Cole

The Fourth of July weekend promises lots of excitement for the cozy town of Catfish Cove. A dog parade, bonfire, barbecue and fireworks are sure to bring in the crowds and give a boost to all businesses, including the Black Cat Café.

To prepare for the onslaught of customers, Annie Fisher...

Bowled Over (Vintage Kitchen Mysteries Series #2) by Victoria Hamilton

Vintage kitchenware and cookbook collector Jaymie Leighton has been estranged from her high school best friend Kathy Cooper since they were teenagers, but she never knew what turned Kathy against her. After fireworks at a Fourth of July picnic, Jaymie discovers the body of her former friend in...

Dead, White, and Blue (Death on Demand Series #23) by Carolyn Hart

Summer is a hectic time of the year for Annie Darling. Sun and scorching temperatures never fail to bring swarms of tourists to her mystery bookstore, Death on Demand, for the latest beach reads. But Annie still finds time to enjoy herself. The Broward’s Rock Fourth of July dance is just around...

Death by Chocolate Cherry Cheesecake (A Death by Chocolate Mystery #1)

Life just got a little sweeter in the island fishing village of Eastport, Maine. Jacobia “Jake” Tiptree and her best friend Ellie are opening a waterfront bake shop, The Chocolate Moose, where their tasty treats pair perfectly with the salty ocean breeze. But while Jake has moved on from fixing...

Death of a Cookbook Author (Hayley Powell Mystery Series #10)

When Hayley's idol, cookbook author and TV personality Penelope Janice, invites her to participate in a Fourth of July celebrity cook-off at her seaside estate in Seal Harbor, Maine, Hayley couldn't be more flattered. She just hopes she can measure up. With a who's who of famous chefs whipping...

Foul Play (Colleen McCabe Mystery Series #1) by Kathryn O'Sullivan

Colleen McCabe is enjoying an uneventful summer in North Carolina's Outer Banks supervising her firefighters, making rounds with her Border collie, Sparky, and keeping an eye on the wild horses escaped from the local sanctuary. But when a dead body washes up on shore, she knows trouble has...

Four Dog's Sake (Mae December Mystery #4)  Lia Farrell

On a hot, humid July 4th evening in Rosedale, Tennessee, a young man is dead on arrival at the hospital where Dr. Lucy Ingram works. Lucy recalls the affable young man, Chester Willis, from an earlier visit. The death is pronounced a suicide from an overdose of the insulin used to treat his...

Independence Slay (Celebration Bay Mystery Series #3) by Shelley Freydont

On the Fourth of July, Old Glory is flying high in Celebration Bay—until someone raises a red flag.

With Independence Day fast approaching, Liv Montgomery is swamped coordinating one of the town’s biggest festivals. In addition to the traditional July fourth events, the town stages a...

Knee High by the 4th of July (Murder-by-Month Mystery Series #3) by Jess Lourey

What's so wrong with admiring from a distance? Mira's quirky puppy love for Chief Wenonga, a well-muscled fiberglass statue in her Minnesota small town, might be a safer love pursuit than online dating. But when the 23-foot Chief goes missing from his cement base, Mira's not the only citizen to...

Knockdown (Home Repair Is Homicide Series #14) by Sarah Graves

Jacobia “Jake” Tiptree is deep in her latest home improvement project—repainting the porch of her lovingly restored house in Eastport, Maine—when she notices the man repeatedly biking past her house. His face is unsettlingly familiar, but his chilling message seems inexplicable: Blood shows up...

Left Hanging (Caught Dead in Wyoming Mystery #2) Patricia McLinn

A rodeo producer dead in the bull pen. Accident or Murder?

From the deadly tip of the rodeo queen's tiara to toxic "agricultural byproducts" ground into the arena dust, TV reporter Elizabeth, E.M., Danniher receives a murderous introduction to the world of rodeo.

The exiled big-...

Lemon Meringue Pie Murder (Hannah Swensen Series #4) by Joanne Fluke

Hannah Swensen thought she'd finally discovered the recipe for a perfect life. But her sometime beau Norman Rhodes tosses a surprise ingredient into the mix when he phones to tell her he's just bought a house from local drugstore clerk Rhonda Scharf—which he plans to tear down in order to build...

Manic in Christmas River (Christmas River Mystery #6)  Meg Muldoon

It’s the Fourth of July weekend in Christmas River, and this year’s celebration promises to be more explosive than any other for pie baker extraordinaire Cinnamon Peters.
In addition to juggling massive crowds at her booming pie shop this July, Cinnamon is also helping her beloved...

Murder By Fireworks (Kay Driscoll Mystery Series #3) Susan Bernhardt

Wedding bells are in the air, and so is murder.

Kay Driscoll's son's wedding reception for two hundred guests is in her backyard. As if that wasn't enough, a precocious and troubled twelve-year-old is foisted on her two days before the wedding. When the happy day arrives, one of the...

Murder Most Frothy (Coffeehouse Mystery Series #4) by Cleo Coyle

Clare Cosi’s new friend, millionaire David Mintzer, has an offer no New York barista could turn down: an all-expenses-paid summer away from the sticky city. At his Hamptons mansion, she’ll relax, soak up the sun, and, oh yes, train the staff of his new restaurant. So Clare packs up her daughter...

Oh Say Can You Fudge (Candy Coated Mystery Series #3) by Nancy Coco

Allie McMurphy is busy making yummy fudge for the summer holiday—until murder gives her something else to chew on. . .

Red, White, And Boom

It's not Fourth of July on Mackinac Island without fireworks and fudge. The Historic McMurphy Hotel and Fudge Shop is supplying the treats—and...

One Fete in the Grave (Liv And Di In Dixie Mystery #3)

Party planner Liv McKay has outdone herself this time. She’s put together an unforgettable Fourth of July celebration for the town of Dixie, Tennessee—including breathtaking fireworks and an exciting Miss Dixie Beauty Pageant. Maybe a little too exciting.

As the party is winding down, Liv...

Plot Boiler (Black Cat Bookshop Mystery #5) Ali Brandon

It’s almost Fourth of July, and to boost customer traffic in their Brooklyn neighborhood, bookseller Darla Pettistone decides to throw a block party. All the local shop owners are thrilled—except the proprietor of Perky’s Coffee Shop, who thinks Darla is trying to poach his customers by selling...

Star Spangled Murder (Lucy Stone Series #11) by Leslie Meier

Lucy Stone is in the doghouse—with her next-door neighbor, Mrs. Prudence Pratt. It seems that Kudo, the Stones' misbehaving mutt, has developed a taste for Mrs. Pratt's blue-ribbon winning chickens, as well an escape artist's talent for sneaking out. With the Fourth of July coming up, Lucy doesn...

The Body in the Birches (Faith Fairchild Series #22) by Katherine Hall Page

At home on Sanpere Island, Maine, caterer and amateur sleuth Faith Fairchild discovers that real estate can be murder, especially when it’s all in the family, in this twenty-third book in the popular mystery series.

The Fourth of July is one of the hottest on record and even the breeze...

The Chocolate Frog Frame-Up (Chocoholic Series #3) by Joanna Carl

For the Fourth of July, Lee McKinney and her aunt debut their latest confections-chocolate frogs-at TenHuis Chocolade. The first customer to buy a croaker is the town crank. But when he later disappears and police suspect foul play, it's a chocolate clue that leads Lee to the killer.

Thread and Gone (Mainely Needlepoint Mystery #3)

When a priceless antique is stolen, murder unravels the peaceful seaside town of Haven Harbor, Maine…

Angie Curtis and her fellow Mainely Needlepointers know how to enjoy their holidays. But nothing grabs their attention like tying up loose threads. So when Mary Clough drops in on the...

Twanged (Regan Reilly Mystery #4) by Carol Higgins Clark

A Week in The Hamptons can be Murder Sleuth Regan Reilly is hired as a bodyguard for singer Brigid O'Neill, a rising country star who has been receiving threatening "love notes." Brigid also possesses a "magical" Irish fiddle said to be cursed-whoever takes it out of Ireland will have an...

Yankee Doodle Dead (Death on Demand Series #10) by Carolyn Hart

The folks on the Broward's Rock library board want to declare their independence from new member, retired Brigadier General Charlton "Bud" Hatch. A man accustomed to being in charge, Hatch has commandeered the Fourth of July Festival, a benefit for the library, and has maneuvered it away from...