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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...

Magic and Macaroons (Magical Bakery Mystery Series #5) by Bailey Cates

For magical baker Katie Lightfoot, the only way to beat the Savannah summer heat is to whip up some cool treats for the Honeybee Bakery’s patrons. But when a meeting of the spellbook club is interrupted by a stranger collapsing on the floor of her shop, mumbling something about a voodoo talisman...

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...

Mayhem in Christmas River (Christmas River Mystery #2) Meg Muldoon

It’s July in Christmas River, and the temperature isn't the only thing flaring out of control. After a fire destroys her best friend’s ornament shop, pie baker extraordinaire Cinnamon Peters soon discovers that the blaze was no accident. Just days before the annual Christmas River in July Parade...

Meet Your Baker  (A Bakeshop Mystery #1) by Ellie Alexander

Welcome to Torte—a friendly, small-town family bake shop where the treats are so good that, sometimes, it’s criminal…

After graduating from culinary school, Juliet Capshaw returns to her quaint hometown of Ashland, Oregon, to heal a broken heart and help her mom at the family bakery. The...

Mint Juleps, Mayhem, and Murder (Ellie Avery Series #5) by Sara Rosett

For Ellie Avery, the hardest thing about hosting a reunion of her husband Mitch's extended Southern family is remembering everyone's name. But this summer, the festivities are cut short by news that Mitch's Air Force squadron commander has been strangled. Then Mitch's look-alike cousin narrowly...

Mrs. Bundle's Dog Days of Summer: A Case of Artful Arson (#2) by Allison Cesario Paton

In this second novel in the Mrs. Bundle Mystery Series, it appears that Detective Lettie Bundle may have bitten off much more than she can chew! With the historic Pillson Public Library's problems at crisis level and while she is in the midst of planning Pillson's most monumental fundraising...

Murder at Beechwood (Gilded Newport Mystery #3) by Alyssa Maxwell

For Newport, Rhode Island’s high society, the summer of 1896 brings lawn parties, sailboat races…and murder.

Having turned down the proposal of Derrick Andrews, Emma Cross has no imminent plans for matrimony—let alone motherhood. But when she discovers an infant left on her doorstep, she...

Murder at Honeysuckle Hotel (Trash to Treasure Crafting Mystery Series #1) by Rose Pressey

It’s summertime in Honeysuckle, and everyone is lazing in the shade with a tall glass of lemonade. Everyone except Raelynn Pendleton. She’s stuck working at the local store to make the rent while her no-good ex-husband lives it up with a floozy.

When she inherits a Victorian house,...

Murder at Lambswool Farm: A Seaside Knitters Mystery by Sally Goldenbaum

Seaside Knitter Birdie Favazza has long loved knitting, but lately she’s taken on a new challenge—making a family farm operational again. With help from friends, Lambswool Farm is now up and running, with thriving crops and grazing sheep. In addition, the farm will host rustic, six-course prix...

Murder At Wrightsville Beach (Magnolia Mystery Series #4) by Ellen Elizabeth Hunter

With temperatures in the nineties, Ashley Wilkes, historic preservationist, heads for Wrightsville Beach where sister Melanie has rented an oceanfront sleeps-14 "cottage." But murder never takes a vacation and as the body count escalates, Ashley realizes there is more to beach life than sunblock...

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 in the Past Tense (Miss Prentice Mystery #3) Ellen Kennedy

It’s summer, and Amelia is a lady in waiting. When she happens on a familiar face in a tabloid newspaper, she and Gil reminisce about another summer, long, long ago when they were teens, working with a summer stock company. There was drama that summer, along with romance. And danger. Though much...

Murder Most Finicky (Pawsitively Organic Mystery) Liz Mugavero

The dog days of summer have arrived in the small town of Frog Ledge, Connecticut, and business is booming for Kristan “Stan” Connor. Her Pawsitively Organic pet food has even caught the attention of celebrity pastry chef Sheldon Allyn, who helps Stan open a fancy pet pastry shop in Frog Ledge. A...

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...

Murder on the Hoof (Colleen McCabe Mystery Series #2) by Kathryn O'Sullivan

It’s mid-August in the Outer Banks village of Corolla and Fire Chief Colleen McCabe is conducting rookie training and spending increasingly more time with her best friend, Sheriff Bill Dorman. The wild horses have been relocated to the sanctuary, and the town is occupied with the upcoming local...

 Murder on the Rocks by Karen MacInerney

Trading in Texas heat for Maine's tangy salt air, Natalie Barnes risked it all to buy the Gray Whale Inn, a quaint bed and breakfast on Cranberry Island. She adores whipping up buttery muffins and other rich breakfast treats for her guests until Bernard Katz checks in. The overbearing land...

Murder Sends a Postcard (Haunted Souvenir Shop Mystery Series #3) by Christy Fifield

It’s the height of summer tourist season and Glory Martine is busier than ever running her souvenir shop, Southern Treasures. The shop’s parrot, Bluebeard, is becoming quite the celebrity among tourists—little do they realize he’s the bird-host to a ghost.

Residents of Keyhole Bay,...

Neighing with Fire (Colleen McCabe Mystery Series #3) by Kathryn O'Sullivan

Fire Chief Colleen McCabe is enjoying a quiet summer and her budding romance with Sheriff Bill Dorman. However, her peaceful start to the tourist season is shattered when a tropical storm blows through Corolla and unearths a body buried under a vacation home boardwalk. When callous land...

Never Say Pie (Pie Shop Mystery Series #2) by Carol Culver

It’s summertime in Crystal Cove, California, and sales are brisk at the outdoor Food Fair. There’s fresh bread, artisan cheese, gourmet cupcakes, plus Hanna’s delicious pies. When despised local food critic Heath Barr is found stabbed to death, no one is sorry to hear the news—except perhaps...

Oh Fudge! (Candy Coated Mystery #6)

After Allie inherited her family’s McMurphy Hotel and Fudge Shop, cousin Tori moved off to California in a bitter huff, and the two haven’t spoken since. So to have her cousin reappear on Mackinac Island without warning is a big surprise—but not as surprising as finding her standing over a dead...

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...

One Hot Murder (Victoria Square Series #3) by Lorraine Bartlett

Katie Bonner, the reluctant manager of Artisans Alley in the quaint shopping district of Victoria Square, is no stranger to ambivalence. Things have been going hot and heavy with pizza maker Andy Rust—so much so that Katie has moved in over his pizza parlor. But now that summer’s ushered in a...

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...

Purl Up and Die (Knitting Mystery Series #13) by Maggie Sefton

Kelly Flynn’s summer in Fort Connor, Colorado, is off to a great start with romantic celebrations with her boyfriend, Steve, and enjoyable—albeit challenging—knitting classes taught by her friend Barb at the House of Lambspun. But while Barb’s advanced stitches are giving Kelly the slip, a more...

Red Velvet Cupcake Murder (Hannah Swensen Series #16) by Joanne Fluke

It's a hot summer evening in Lake Eden, Minnesota - and the Grand Opening of the refurbished Albion Hotel. Hannah Swensen's famous Red Velvet cupcakes are being served in the new Red Velvet lounge. The party starts off with a bang with the arrival of Doctor Bev, who left town in shame after she...

Remodeled to Death (Susan Henshaw Mystery Series #9) by Valerie Wolzien

OH, THOSE LAZY DAYS OF SUMMER IN SUBURBIA, WHEN THERE'S ALWAYS TIME FOR A MURDER OR TWO.
With the kids away, Susan and Jed Henshaw are in the mood for a lazy, romantic August. Then the pipes in an upstairs bathroom burst and water inundates the floors below. Suddenly their cozy twosome is...

Rockets' Dead Glare (Tourist Trap Mystery #10)

As sunny South Cove, California, gears up for their annual Fourth of July celebrations, a local murder threatens to kill the fireworks . . .

South Cove’s local businesses are up in arms after volunteer fire chief Barry Gleason threatens to shut down anyone who doesn’t comply with the fire...

Royal Flush (Royal Spyness Series #3) by Rhys Bowen

A Royal Spyness mystery starring Lady Georgiana, thirty-fourth in line for the throne—and the mystery world’s favorite penniless heiress.

With its posh clientele in the country for the summer, Georgie’s housecleaning business has fizzled. So she tries hiring herself out as a dinner and...

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