Cozy with a side of crime

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Berkley Prime Crime has a lot going on in March, with the release of several cozy mysteries. They’re light on blood, and heavy on charm. Plus the imprint just turned 20! Here are BookTrib’s recommendations for readers who prefer the lighter side of crime.

At the top of the must-read list is Pearls and Poison, the third entry in the Consignment Shop series by Duffy Brown. What’s a once-rich ex-wife to do in Savannah, Georgia, after she’s left with little more than her stunning wardrobe after a divorce? She opens a consignment shop with her aunt, of course, which is exactly what heroine Regan Summerside does. Although that keeps her busy, she still has time to discover who murdered her mother’s opponent in a judicial race.

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What’s almost as good as eating or cooking food? Answer: reading mysteries involving food! Berkley Prime Crime is serving up three delicious books this month.

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Laura Childs has several series going, including ones with scrapbooking and egg-loving sleuths. Sweet Tea Revenge is part of her Tea Shop series, featuring the clever Theodosia Browning. Theodosia must solve the problem of a groom unable to make it to the wedding in time…because he’s dead.

The third book in Peg Cochran’s Gourmet De-Lite series, with gourmet diet caterer Gigi Fitzgerald, is Iced to Death. It’s not good for business when the host of the party Gigi is catering is found dead. Read a fun mystery AND get some delicious and healthy recipes as well!

There are a lot of O’s in the tongue-twisting Cookbook Nook, the new series by Daryl Wood Gerber. Inherit the Word is the second book in this series, featuring Jenna Hart, the owner of a culinary bookstore and café. When a “friendly” local cooking competition results in murder, there will be more that gets grilled than just a cheese sandwich.

For those of you who prefer, say, the Amish, gardening, cats, and ghosts, Berkley Prime Crime has you covered, too!

Laura Bradford’s third mystery in her Amish series is Shunned and Dangerous. Shop owner Claire Weatherly enjoys living in an Amish community. Unfortunately, what Claire finds at the end of a local farmer’s corn maze is the dead body of another farmer. She must help her friend, Detective Jakob Fisher, solve the murder. After all, the maze belongs to Jakob’s father, Mose, a prime suspect in the murder.

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Keeping Mum is the third entry in Alyse Carlson’s Garden Society series. It is Cam Harris’s job to promote the beautiful gardens of Roanoke, Virginia. Too bad the murder mystery event she planned, set amidst beautiful flowers and plants, also features a not-so-beautiful corpse.

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Rebecca M. Hale’s fifth book in her Cats and Curios series is How to Paint a Cat. Antique shop owner Rebecca is searching for her missing Uncle Oscar in the fascinating city of San Francisco. She is helped by her cats, Rupert and Isabella, who are smarter than the average feline, of course.

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The best kinds of ghosts are friendly ones. How about two of them? In Dummy of a Ghost, the fifth book in Sue Ann Jaffarian’s Granny Apples series, Kelly Whitecastle is anxious to see an old friend, a ventriloquist. Kelly thinks she’s imagining things when she finds that her friend’s dummies are inhabited by the ghosts of his grandparents. They’re there to warn Kelly about a danger to their grandson.

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What’s your favorite cozy mystery? Let us know in the comments!

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worked for Murder by the Book in Portland, Oregon, for over twenty years. She enjoyed helping people discover great books. Even though she no longer has to read crime fiction for work, 99% of the books she now reads for pleasure are mysteries. When not reading, she enjoys hiking and drinking single malt Scotch.

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  1. My favorite cozy mystery centers around books, tea, knitting and/or quilting. Since I love those things I like to see them incorporated in the theme somehow.

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