Cozy Mysteries and a Cup of Tea

Once in a while I will take a break from all of the books I am required to read and just have a nice little mystery with a cup of tea. Today it’s English Breakfast.

Wedding Cake Murder (Hannah Swensen) by [Fluke, Joanne] Everyone in Lake Eden, Minnesota, may have had their doubts, but at long last, Hannah Swensen is getting married!

Hannah is thrilled to be marrying Ross Barton, her college crush. And her excitement only grows when she learns he’ll be able to join her on her trip to New York City for the Food Channel’s dessert chef contest. They get a taste of the Big Apple before Hannah wins the Hometown Challenge and the producers bring all the contestants to Lake Eden to tape the remainder of the show. It’s nerve-wracking enough being judged by Alain Duquesne, a celebrity chef with a nasty reputation. But it’s even more chilling to find him stabbed to death in the Lake Eden Inn’s walk-in cooler—before he’s even had a chance to taste Hannah’s Butterscotch Sugar Cookies! Now Hannah has not only lost her advantage, she’ll have to solve a mystery with more layers than a five-tiered wedding cake…

All of Joanne’s books have lots of yummy recipes!

Grace Sees Red (A Manor House Mystery) by [Hyzy, Julie] The New York Times bestselling author of the Manor House Mysteries and the White House Chef Mysteries is back with another nail-biting murder mystery for curator Grace Wheaton.

Grace Wheaton, curator and manager of Marshfield Manor, and her benefactor, Bennett Marshfield, are discussing how to help her roommates Bruce and Scott with their wine shop troubles when Grace’s trusted—if testy—assistant, Frances, calls, saying she needs some assistance of her own. Arriving at the address Frances has given them, they find a coroner’s van and police cars parked outside an upscale assisted-living facility called Indwell.

One of the elderly residents has been found dead under suspicious circumstances, and Frances, seen arguing with the man earlier that day, is now a person of interest. It’s up to Grace to clear her assistant’s name and find the real killer—before another Indwell resident checks out early…

Devonshire Scream (Tea Shop Mysteries Book 17) by [Childs, Laura] The New York Times bestselling author of Ming Tea Murder serves up heists, homicides, and herbal blends in the latest in the Tea Shop mysteries.
 
Catering a high-class trunk show at Heart’s Desire Jewelry is a shining achievement for Theodosia and the Indigo Tea Shop. After all, a slew of jewelers, museum curators, and private collectors will be there to showcase their wares and sip some of Theo’s best blends. But just as Theo settles in to enjoy the fruits of her labor, the party is crashed by a gang of masked muggers who steal the precious gems and jewels on display. The thieves disappear almost as quickly as they arrived, leaving shattered glass, scattered gemstones, and a dead body in their wake.

Although the last thing Theo wants is to get involved, she can’t help but intercede when her dear friend Brooke, aunt of the victim and owner of Heart’s Desire, begs for help in figuring out who committed the brutal burglary. Though the FBI believes this daring “smash and grab” is the work of an international gang of jewel thieves, Theo is convinced that the felon is someone much closer to home…

INCLUDES RECIPES AND TEA TIME TIPS!

Die, Die Birdie (A Bird Lover's Mystery) by [Ripley, J.R.]

For Amy Simms, hatching a birding shop in her hometown of Ruby Lake, North Carolina, hasn’t exactly been a breeze. But could a deadly discovery clip her wings for good?

It’s just days before Amy plans to open Birds & Bees on the first floor of her creaky Victorian house, but delayed seed shipments have prevented the fledging owner from stocking her shelves. And it doesn’t help that Amy’s best friend and business partner is out of town indefinitely. With locals skeptical about the niche shop taking flight, the last thing Amy needs now is a dead man in her storeroom—or for a crotchety tenant to catch her holding a bloody birdfeeder hook over his body . . .

Pigeonholed as a leading murder suspect by police and lacking a solid alibi, Amy’s delving into the victim’s ugly past and buzzing around Ruby Lake for clues on his killer . . . before she ends up like so many of her beloved feathery friends—trapped behind bars!

These were mine for July and I thoroughly enjoyed each one!

Have a great first day of August!  xxP

 

Die, Die Birdie by J.R.Ripley

Die, Die Birdie by J.R. Ripley

The first book in the Bird Lover’s Mysteries finds Amy Simms getting ready to open her store, Birds & Bees, on the ground level of an old Victorian house that has seen better days.

With her mother and best friend, Kim, helping her finance this new adventure, Amy has a cantankerous tenant on the second floor, along with an empty apartment and she and her mother have taken over the third floor.

But when the old lady upstairs finds Amy in the dark of night standing over a dead man holding a bloody bird feeder hook,things get bad fast.

It seems like everyone in the town of Ruby Lake is up to something. Strange noises, secret meetings and now Amy and her best friend are on the suspect list.

Will Amy be able to open her store or will she be the next victim?

A very well written cozy mystery. It had a good plot, the pace was just right and the characters were well developed and engaging.

I look forward to more of this series!

I received a copy of this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

About the Author

Glenn Meganck is the author of more than 20 novels. He currently pens 3 mystery series. As J.R. Ripley, he writes the Maggie Miller Mysteries including Buried In Beignets and Beignets, Brides and Bodies. As Marie Celine, he authors the Gourmet Pet Chef Mysteries including Dishing Up Death, Lights, Camera, Murder! and Pet In Peril. And, as J.R. Ripley, he pens the Bird Lover’s Mystery Series including Die Die Birdie, Towhee Get Your Gun and The Woodpecker Always Pecks Twice. Visit www.glennmeganck.com