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Sprinkle with Murder (Cupcake Bakery Mystery Series #1) by Jenn McKinlay

It may be summertime, but sales at Fairy Tale Cupcakes are below zero—and owners Melanie Cooper and Angie DeLaura are willing to try anything to heat things up. So when local legend Slim Hazard offers them the chance to sell cupcakes at the annual Juniper Pass rodeo, they're determined to rope...

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...

Still Life in Brunswick Stew (Cherry Tucker Mystery Series #2) by Larissa Reinhart

Cherry Tucker's in a stew. Art commissions dried up after her nemesis became president of the County Arts Council. Desperate and broke, Cherry and her friend, Eloise, spend a sultry summer weekend hawking their art at the Sidewinder Annual Brunswick Stew Cook-Off. When a bad case of food...

Sunflower Street (Rose Hill Mystery #8)

When one of Rose Hill’s most popular socialites is found dead under mysterious circumstances, nosy amateur detectives and cousins, Maggie, Hannah, and Claire are determined to find the killer and prove her son’s innocence.

In a twist of fate, Police Chief Scott Gordon finds himself in the...

Tall Tail:  Mrs. Murphy Mystery by Rita Mae Brown

At any moment a perfect summer day in Crozet, Virginia—nestled within the Blue Ridge Mountains—might turn stormy and tempestuous, as Harry knows too well when a squall suddenly sweeps in. In a blink, Harry’s pickup nearly collides with a careening red car that then swerves into a ditch. Harry...

The Alpine Recluse Series #18 by Mary Daheim

In the middle of a hot midsummer night, Emma is awakened by fire trucks rushing to a blaze at the nearby home of newlyweds Tim and Tiffany Rafferty. At daybreak, Tiffany and her unborn child are safe, but Tim, never blessed with good luck in all his thirty-plus years, has perished in the fierce...

The Alpine Zen (Emma Lord Series #26)  by Mary Daheim

The picturesque town of Alpine in the foothills of Washington state’s Cascade Mountains—home to Emma Lord and her weekly newspaper The Alpine Advocate—has long charmed and enthralled mystery lovers. Now, with The Alpine Zen, Mary Daheim has at last reached the anticipated letter of Z. Her legion...

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 Body in the Lighthouse (Faith Fairchild Series #13) by Katherine Hall Page

Something was very wrong on Sanpere this summer . . .

To escape the misery of a sweltering August in Aleford, Massachusetts, caterer and minister's wife Faith Fairchild and her family head for their cottage on Maine's peaceful Sanpere Island in Penobscot Bay. But things have changed since...

The Cats that Watched the Woods (The Cats That Mystery #5) Karen Anne Golden

What have the extraordinary cats of millionaire Katherine “Katz” Kendall surfed up now? “Idyllic vacation cabin by a pond stocked with catfish.” It’s July in Erie, Indiana, and steamy weather fuels the tension between Katz and her fiancé, Jake. Katz rents the cabin for a private getaway, though...

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.

The Diva Steals a Chocolate Kiss (Domestic Diva Series #9) by Krista Davis

Domestic Diva Sophie Winston is in charge of the sweetest event in Old Town this summer. Amore Chocolates is celebrating its fiftieth anniversary with a chocolate tasting at the mansion of the company’s CEO, Joe Merano—and Sophie is running the show. With cookies, candy, and five kinds of...

The Great Chili Kill-Off (Fresh-Baked Mystery Series #12)

The chili in Texas is red-hot . . . and so is murder!

Phyllis, Sam, Carolyn, and Eve head for West Texas to compete in a Fourth of July chili cookoff. Thousands of people have descended on a sleepy little ghost town, turning it into a boomtown for chili mavens, gamblers, musicians, and...

Thin Air (Shetland Island Mystery Series #6) by Ann Cleeves

A group of old university friends leave the bright lights of London and travel to Shetland to celebrate the marriage of one of their friends. But, one of them, Eleanor, disappears—apparently into thin air. It's mid-summer, a time of light nights and unexpected mists. And then Eleanor's body is...

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...

Tiger's Eye (Stacy Justice Mystery #3) by Barbara Annino

The anonymous call derails Stacy Justice’s plans for a lazy summer: hot dogs and beer, swims in the lake with her Great Dane, Thor, and hanging with her rekindled old flame, Chance. For years she’s blamed herself for her father’s death — a blame that drove her away from witchcraft and her...

Till Death Do Us Bark (Dog Walker Mystery Series #5) by Judi McCoy

Professional dog walker Ellie Engleman may have a psychic connection with dogs, but she was hoping she would not get roped into dealing with the wet-nosed guests at the Hamptons wedding she's been invited to. But soon she's chasing her tail over trouble of the two-legged variety. Before the...

Tippy Toe Murder (Lucy Stone Series #2) by Leslie Meier

With three kids underfoot, a fourth on the way, and an oppressive heat wave bearing down, homemaker Lucy Stone is hardly enjoying an idyllic summer. But her preoccupation with swelling ankles, Bavarian creme doughnut cravings, and sewing endless sequins on ballet recital tutus gives way to dread...

To Fudge or Not to Fudge (Candy-Coated Mystery Series #2) by Nancy Coco

Life is sweet for Allie McMurphy, proud owner of Historic McMurphy Hotel and Fudge Shop on Mackinac Island--until murder and deception leave a bitter taste. . .

Mulch Ado About Murder

With summer in bloom and tourists afoot, Allie is out walking her pup, Mal, when the curious...

Town in a Lobster Stew (Candy Holliday Series #2) by B. B. Haywood

When elderly Wilma Mae Wendell commissions Candy to find a missing—and award-winning—lobster stew recipe, Candy quickly finds herself in hot water with the town’s busy-body, Wanda Boyle, because Wanda’s after the recipe herself, so she can use it to win Cape Willington’s prestigious Lobster Stew...

Town in a Strawberry Swirl (Candy Holliday Series #5) by B. B. Haywood

In the quaint seaside village of Cape Willington, Maine, Candy Holliday has a mostly idyllic life, tending to the Blueberry Acres farm she runs with her father and occasionally stepping in to solve a murder or two…

Summer has arrived! But as the community gears up for another festive...

Trouble in the Tarot (Fortune Teller Mystery Series #3) by Kari Lee Townsend

For psychic Sunshine Meadows, sometimes fortunes can be deceiving . . .

Lately Sunny has been experiencing a period of big opportunity: her business in Divinity, New York, is thriving, and Detective Mitch Stone has finally agreed to take Sunny on a date. But thanks to her clairvoyant...

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...

Yarn Over Murder (Knitting Mystery Series #12) by Maggie Sefton

It’s early summer in Fort Connor, Colorado, and a herd of alpacas requires rescuing from a raging wildfire. Kelly Flynn and the House of Lambspun knitters may be able to save the helpless animals, but not the unexpected victim of a cold-blooded murder.

Kelly and her knitting pals were...

You Only Witch Once (Wicked Witches of the Midwest Short) Amanda M Lee

NOTE: This short is set back in time so they can be read whenever:

It’s the summer of 2002, and Winnie Winchester is a normal mother. She has the same highs, the same lows, and the same fears as any other mother of a fourteen-year-old girl. Of course, since she’s a witch – and her...

Zapped (Regan Reilly Mystery #11) by Carol Higgins Clark

It's a hot, humid July night in New York City. Where were you when the lights went out?

A New York City resident for many years, Carol Higgins Clark was there during the blackout of 2003. Not surprisingly, she felt that Regan and Jack Reilly should one day share the experience!

As...

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