Summer Themed Cozy Mystery Books

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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 Demon Summer (Max Tudor Series #4) by G. M. Malliet

In this new mystery, someone has been trying to poison the 15th Earl of Lislelivet. Since Lord Lislelivet has a gift for making enemies, no one—particularly his wife—finds this too surprising. What is surprising is that the poison was discovered in a fruitcake made and sold by the Handmaids of...

A Dish Best Served Cold (Italian Kitchen Mystery #3) by Rosie Genova

At the Casa Lido, the end of summer means a party, and hit whodunit writer Victoria “Vic” Rienzi and her family are cooking like crazy for the restaurant’s seventieth anniversary celebration. As they chop onions and garlic, old family friend Pete Petrocelli stops by, saying he knows something...

A Fatal Fleece (Seaside Knitters Mystery Series #6) by Sally Goldenbaum

This summer in Sea Harbor, Massachusetts, one of the Seaside Knitters gets tangled up with a precocious granddaughter, and another stands accused of sending a local resident on a permanent vacation…

As Izzy and the Seaside Knitters prepare her yarn studio for the tourist season, fellow...

A Sense of Entitlement (Hattie Davish Series #3) by Anna Loan-Wilsey

Traveling secretary and dilettante detective Hattie Davish is bringing her talents to a small New England town whose wealthy residents have more secrets than they do money. . .

When Hattie Davish's job takes her to Newport, Rhode Island, she welcomes the opportunity for a semi-vacation,...

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 Stitch in Crime (Crochet Mystery Series #4) by Betty Hechtman

Molly's been handed the reins for this year's creative retreat-an exhilarating weekend out on the Monterey Peninsula, complete with crochet classes. Unfortunately for one teacher, though, the breathtaking scenery is where she'll take her last breath. Now Molly will have to find a new instructor...

A Tale of Two Biddies (League of Literary Ladies #2) by Kylie Logan

Summer can be the best of times or the worst of times for the resort town of Put-in-Bay on Lake Erie. For Bea Cartwright, business is booming as guests storm her B and B for the Bastille Day celebration. In honor of the holiday, the League of Literary Ladies is reading the Charles Dickens’...

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...

All You Need is Fudge (Candy Coated Mystery #5)

Fudge shop owner Allie McMurphy is making fudgie treats for the annual yacht race--but a killer's stirring up a batch of trouble. . .

Sailing Into Murder

The annual yacht race off the coast of Mackinac Island, Michigan, is a highlight of the summer season, and Allie is pulling out...

Angora Alibi (Seaside Knitters Mystery Series #7) by Sally Goldenbaum

The sun is shining in Sea Harbor and a group of friends, the Seaside Knitters, are spending Thursday evenings knitting the sweetest of gifts—a baby blanket. But as the due date draws near, they find they must take time away from their needles and yarn to confront a murder and untangle a mystery...

Apple Turnover Murder (Hannah Swensen Series #13) by Joanne Fluke

Early summer brings plenty of work for baker Hannah Swensen, even before Mayor Bascomb's wife drops by The Cookie Jar to place an order for her charity event...for eleven-hundred cookies! And Hannah almost flips when her business partner, Lisa, suggests setting up an apple turnover stand. But...

August Moon ((Murder-by-Month Mystery Series #4) by Jess Lourey

Maybe it's time for me to leave this crazy town, hightail it back to Minneapolis, and become a cat-collecting, fist-shaking, asexual English professor...

Furious after being stood up by local hottie Johnny Leeson, Mira decides to abandon Battle Lake, Minnesota, where the women are...

Barkley's Treasure (Tj Jensen Southern Seashore #1)

Barkley's Treasure is a spinoff of the popular Tj Jensen Paradise Lake Series. In the book, Tj packs up four cats, three dogs, two sisters, and good friends Kyle Donovan and Stan Griffin, for a trip cross country after she decides to spend the summer helping a friend of the family renovate the...

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...

Beach Blanket Barbie (Zoe Donovan Mystery #6) by Kathi Daley

Zoe suspects that something is up when Levi’s ex-girlfriend Barbie comes to town unexpectedly. When she ends up floating face down in the lake Zoe and the gang shift into full sleuth mode to find a killer. As they delve into Barbie’s life since she left Ashton Falls, they find a complex puzzle...

Berried to the Hilt (Gray Whale Inn Series #4) by Karen MacInerney

When a lobsterman discovers a sunken ship, Cranberry Island is abuzz with excitement. Is the wreck the remains of the Myra Barton, the missing ship of island sea captain Jonah Selfridge? Or the elusive Black Marguerite, which belonged to one of the most notorious pirates of the 17th century and...

Bikinis in Paradise (Tj Jensen Pardise Lake Mystery Series #3) by Kathi Daley

When the Tropical Tan Corporation descends on Maggie's Hideaway, the lakeside resort where Tj Jensen lives, she must juggle a bikini contest, BBQ cookoff, missing model, and dead chaperone while her father is out of town. Lead deputy Dylan Caine is on vacation while his sister is in town leaving...

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...

Blackberry Pie Murder (Hannah Swensen Series #17) by Joanne Fluke

It's been a sleepy summer for the folks of Lake Eden, Minnesota. In fact, it's been a whole four months since anyone in the Swensen family has come across a dead body—a detail that just made the front page of the local paper. And that means Hannah Swensen can finally focus on her bakery. . .or...

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...

Board Stiff (Dead-End Job Series #12) by Elaine Viets

Husband and wife PI team Helen Hawthorne and Phil Sagemont won’t be sparing the sunscreen on their latest assignment, but they’re about to find out murder is no day at the beach….

Will the Real Paddleboard Killer Please Stand Up?

There’s a dark cloud over Sunny Jim’s Safety First...

Boiled Over (Maine Clambake Mystery Series #2) by Barbara Ross

For Julia Snowden, the Founder’s Day summer celebration in Busman’s Harbor, Maine, means helping her family’s clambake company to prepare an authentic taste of New England seafood. Any Mainer will tell you that a real clambake needs wood for the fire . . . so why is there a foot sticking out of...

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...

Braking for Bodies (Cycle Path Mystery #2) Duffy Brown

Moving from Los Angeles to small, picturesque Mackinac Island to work in a bike shop might seem crazy, but Evie knows it’s the best decision she’s ever made. That’s not to say she’s gotten rid of all her stress; after all, the upcoming Lilac Festival has everyone in town riding in circles.

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Bushel Full of Murder (Farmers' Market Mystery Series #6) by Paige Shelton

This summer, Becca is looking forward to selling her delicious jams and preserves, but things are changing fast at the farmers’ market. A fleet of food trucks has arrived for a two week visit, peddling cupcakes, tacos, chicken wings, and more—including a gourmet hot dog truck operated by Becca’...

Calamity @ the Carwash (Parson's Cove Cozy Mysteries #3) by Sharon Rose

A marital spat at a carwash turns deadly - and Mabel Wickles, Parson's Cove's amateur sleuth, isn't buying the claim that the victim's wife bashed him over the head with a brick. However, when the woman confesses to the murder, Mabel decides to investigate the crime herself - along with help...

Camp Carter (Zoe Donovan Mystery #25)

Zoe struggles with a secret as the Zimmerman clan sets out for a week of fun in the sun at Camp Carter, where they find the cook dead in the pantry on the very first day of their family vacation. Not only was Zoe the only person other than the victim in a blocked room, but when the police arrive...

Carrot Cake Murder (Hannah Swensen Series #10) by Joanne Fluke

Between baking up a storm for The Cookie Jar and unraveling the mystery of her cat Moishe's recent strange behavior, Hannah Swensen has a lot on her plate. But she'll always make time for her business partner, Lisa, who's in the midst of preparing for a big family reunion. Everyone is delighted...

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