A Messy Affair The only way is murder… Lena Szarka, a Hungarian cleaner working in London, is forced to brush up on her detective skills for a third time when her cousin Sarika is plunged into danger. Sarika and her reality TV star boyfriend Terry both receive threatening notes. When Terry stops calling, Lena assumes… Continue reading A Messy Affair by Elizabeth Mundy
Synopsis Pawpaw County, Indiana, is all atwitter about Ma and Peepaw Horton’s annual Chickenlandia Festival. The mood turns dark though when the Horton’s prize-winning rooster, Dewey, and his best laying hen, Ginger, vanish, leaving behind no clues except for a trail of tail feathers. Also missing: Gertie Wineagar, local sourpuss, and BBQ chicken cook-off queen.… Continue reading Chickenlandia Mystery by Daisy Pettles: just brilliant!
When a young woman comes forward saying she’s the reincarnation of Riya Kaur, a wife and mother who vanished during the bloody 1984 anti-Sikh riots, Vish Puri is dismissive. He’s busy enough dealing with an irate matrimonial client whose daughter is complaining about her groom’s thunderous snoring. Puri’s indomitable Mummy-ji however is adamant the client… Continue reading The Case of the Reincarnated Client by Tarquin Hall
Synopsis In this Austen-tatious debut, antiquarian bookstore proprietor Erin Coleridge uses her sense and sensibility to deduce who killed the president of the local Jane Austen Society. Erin Coleridge’s used bookstore in Kirkbymoorside, North Yorkshire, England is a meeting place for the villagers and, in particular, for the local Jane Austen Society. At the Society’s… Continue reading Pride, Prejudice and Poison by Elizabeth Blake: a clever, understated cosy mystery
Synopsis When chemist Grace O’Leary finds a book of magic spells hidden in her Aunt Lucy’s run-down magic shop, the scientist in her itches to try them out. She mixes up a batch of love potions as a joke, and has to face the consequences when they actually seem to work. Her dream of becoming… Continue reading The Hocus Pocus Magic Shop by Abigail Drake: a sparkly romp-com!
Synopsis It’s Spring in Pawpaw County, Indiana. Everybody has a bad case of hanky-panky pants. Senior sleuths Ruby Jane Waskom and Veenie Goens are on the run, chasing down cheating heart Jezebels and shaking child support out of deadbeat baby daddies. Everybody in the small town of Knobby Waters knows Avonelle Ollis, cantankerous President of… Continue reading Baby Daddy Mystery by Daisy Pettles: just brilliant!
Synopsis They say every dog has his day. Well, today I’ve certainly had mine. Hey, I’m Albertus Eagle and it turns out I’m an unwitting pet detective. I haven’t always been such a successful legal beagle, but when I’m confronted with a case that is so personal I can’t ignore it, I discover I… Continue reading Every Dog Has His Day by Chloe Grace: an imaginative escapade
Synopsis Mina Scarletti is invited to ancient Hollow House to investigate reports of ghostly occurrences. A determined sceptic, Mina’s main concern is for Kitty, whose health appears to be dramatically sinking under the strain of all that is going on. With the help of her trusted adviser, Dr Hamid, and her lively friend, Nell, Mina… Continue reading The Ghost of Hollow House by Linda Stratmann: entertaining and enjoyable
Rough And Deadly Everyone knows Abe Compton’s Headbender cider is as rough as a cider can get. But is it deadly? When self-styled ‘lady of the manor’, Margot Duckett-Trimble, announces she wouldn’t be seen dead drinking the stuff, who could have foreseen that, only a few days later, she’d be found, face down, in a… Continue reading Rough and Deadly by Paula Williams: a lively, clever mystery with a hint of menace
Synopsis Crime always leaves a stain… Lena Szarka, a Hungarian cleaner, dusts off her detective skills when a masterpiece is stolen from a gallery she cleans with her cousin Sarika. When Sarika goes missing too, accusations start to fly. Convinced her cousin is innocent, Lena sweeps her way through the secrets of the London… Continue reading A clean Canvas by Elizabeth Mundy: a masterpiece of a cosy mystery!