If you like Prohibition era capers full of outrageous antics, hilarious dialogue and plenty of fun, look no further than Maia Chance’s Naughty on Ice.
The Discreet Retrieval Agency doesn’t normally take anonymous commissions, but when a strange greeting card summons them to Vermont, they jump at the chance of a picturesque holiday vacation. Still - it doesn’t look good for Lola and Berta to be in the process of removing an antique ring from Great Aunt Cressida’s sausagelike finger when Mrs Goddard passes from a poisoned Negroni cocktail. But being under suspicion doesn’t stop the intrepid duo from working to clear their names. Needless to say hilarious hijinks follow, as the ladies of the Discreet Retrieval Agency, work to uncover the secrets of suspects - and in Lola’s case be fashionable doing so.
Lola and her pup are adorable, if naive about the...
A Kate Turner, DVM, Mystery #4
by Eileen Brady
Poisoned Pen Press
Mystery & Thrillers
Pub Date 09 Oct 2018
As an animal lover, I always enjoy Eileen Brady’s Kate Turner DVM mysteries. For one, they are packed with quirky animal lovers and their pets. There are always plenty of laugh out loud moments. I absolutely love Little Man and his mom who dress in a coordinated fashion, and they are only the tip of the iceberg. I also enjoy the mystery aspect, as Kate’s involvement is always believable.
Penned starts with an intriguing concept. What can you do when a witness who may not be reliable sees something or someone important. 80 year old Gloria LaGuardia has dementia, but in some aspects, she is still sharp. When she sees someone she doesn’t expect, someone evil - noone believes her. Even Kate has her doubts. But after Gloria dies soon afterward, Kate begins to wonder, particularly when an author who was working with Gloria approaches Kate at the funeral. Gloria a...
Nobody's Sweetheart Now The First Lady Adelaide Mystery
by Maggie Robinson
Poisoned Pen Press
Historical Fiction , Mystery & Thrillers
Pub Date 13 Nov 2018
What is more embarrassing than a cheating husband who dies while speeding along with his mistress? - one who comes back as a ghost, showing up at inopportune times providing irritating commentary and making you look quite mad. Not only does Lady Adelaide Compton have to deal with a corpse that inconveniently appears in her barn during a weekend dinner party, she also has to cope with the appearance of her charming ne’er do well husband’s ghost. Who amongst her guests (all with links to the victim) committed the crime? Scotland Yard sends Inspector Dev Hunter to investigate. Half Indian, all English and entirely handsome, Dev knows he has challenges ahead, including keeping his mind off the beautiful, if slightly peculiar Lady Adelaide.
Nobody’s Sweetheart Now is a charming throwback to the screwball mysteries pop...
Support Your Local Pug by Lane Stone
Mystery & Thrillers
Pub Date 28 Aug 2018
Fresh, fun and never formulaic, Lane Stone’s Buckingham Pet Palace mysteries are always a delightful read. Sue Patrick and Lady Anthea Fitzwalter are well matched, easily up to the task whether it be running their business or tracking down a murderer. And their newest case may be the most complex yet.
Support Your Local Pug begins with a Gordian knot of events occurring one after the other. There is a break- in at Buckingham Pet Palace. A pug is discovered at an uninhabited lighthouse. While Sue is rescuing the pug from the lighthouse, someone attempts to break into her home. The driver of the car escapes, leaving a dead body on Sue’s driveway. That is before Howard Fourie, a wealthy businessman and philanthropist starts making waves.
Dogs play a vital role, but there are plenty of interesting people as well. Support Your Local Pug has a complex plot that works...
The Manton Rempville Murders by Julian Worker
General Fiction (Adult) , Mystery & Thrillers
Pub Date 23 Oct 2014
Ok I admit it the tagline of “how many bodies can one dog find” drew my immediate attention to this light British police procedural. The Manton Rempville Murders will readily appeal to fans of Midsomer Murders. It is a puzzling whodunnit full of quirky characters and humorous touches. As in the popular Midsomer Murders series, DI Colin Knowles is competent and easy going with a wry sense of humor. Knowles and his DS Barnes exchange ideas and easy banter throughout. While the beginning chapters are a touch awkward, by the end of the first quarter The Manton Rempville Murders has found its sweet spot.
Bingo the retriever has found another body - this time the former under gardener of Manton Rempville Hall, skewered by a ceremonial sword. Despite the lord and lady of the manor’s insistence that no one of their standing could be involved in murd...
Are you mad for mod? If not, Diane Vallere’s newest cozy will have you taking a fresh look at retro fashion. Vallere’s heroine, Madison Night, is a 40 something decorator with a flair for all that is vintage modern - from her unique taste in clothing to her interior design. While many would label her quirky for her Doris Day aesthetic, it would be a mistake to underestimate her investigative abilities.
In The Pajama Frame, Madison Night is drawn into a complex web of long hidden secrets, lies, and murder when she inherits a long closed pajama factory linked to the mysterious death of a young woman. It swiftly becomes clear that something odd is going on when Madison discovers a body, and receives keys to a storage unit filled with files and a gun. The plot is complex, but definitely believable, as are the interactions between the...
I absolutely adore Bethany Blake’s animal cozies. She has such an amazing way of bringing the various furred characters to life. As an animal lover and pet parent I’m well aware of the quirks our beloved friends have and the ways we happily bend over backwards to make them happy. That is at the core of Pawprints and Predicaments. Sylvan Creek is famously pet friendly, so much so that it is the topic of a television series. But not everyone is enamoured with the quirky tourist town. Tv producer Lauren Savidge has other ideas - ideas that get her murdered. Once again Daphne Templeton, pet sitter extraordinaire is lured into investigating. This charming mystery has plenty of wonderful pets, unusual characters, quirky customs, humorous hijinks and just the right dose of romance.
Pawprints and Predicaments is fun, festive and funny - making for a fabulous cosy read.
Take a rather ordinary cozy, add a magnificent scene-stealing German Shepherd and you end up with an extraordinary story. I'm a sucker for dogs, but this one is more than just window dressing, and has an appeal even those not fond of dogs would have difficulty denying.
Kate Davidson receives an unexpected shock when an expected proposal is replaced with an unexpected confession. Her boyfriend Michael is married, and his wife won't accept a divorce unless he pays her off. Kate, Michael and Company travel to see her, but hopes of an amicable settlement are quickly dispersed when Kate and her dog Bella find his wife’s body and Michael becomes the police’s chief suspect. Once again Kate and Rene have their hands full investigating a murder.
Pre-Meditated Murder is a cute cozy that will appeal to dog lovers and mystery love...
Till Death do us Bark by Stella St. Claire
Mystery & Thrillers , Women's Fiction
Pub Date 22 Jun 2017
I tried Till Death do us Bark for two reasons - I love animals and the first novel showed promise. I have mixed feelings about Till Death do us Bark. Olivia (Stella St Claire’s lead) is frustrating. She is a stubborn commitment-phobe with an inability to listen to others, but Stella St Claire manages to make her antics somewhat entertaining. While I would cringe at meeting someone like Olivia in real life, I was willing to give the fictional Olivia a chance.
After using a murder investigation to delay a proposal in the first novel, Olivia is finally moving forward with her wedding plans (and using that to avoid other commitments) - at least until she discovers the dead body of her wedding planner. Now everyone thinks she is cursed and refuses to work with her. Intent on proving otherwise and determined to steamroll her wedding forwar...
A Study in Gold A contemporary British mystery set in Oxford by Annie Dalton
Mystery & Thrillers
Pub Date 01 Sep 2017
Annie Dalton is an amazing writer. I’ve enjoyed her entire Dog Walking Detectives series, and feel that A Study in Gold in particular is exceptional. The introduction puts the readers off guard. Initially I didn’t know that the murder was present day. The flavor was entirely 1940s. Into the first chapter, the reader discovers that Anna, Isadora and Tansy have agreed to take part in a 1940s mystery weekend -culminating in a celebration and an actual dead body.
Initially Anna, Isadora and Tansy have no plans to investigate the murder. It is only a series of coincidences beginning with a witnessed argument at the art auction house previously owned by Anna’s father that causes the trio to be drawn into two mysteries. An elderly Jewish man claims that an unknown masterpiece A Study in Gold was stolen from his family during...