Whole lot of mysteries to be reading

There are a lot of new mystery books to be enjoying right now, from Sherlock Holmes adventures to cozies!

First is Bonnie Macbird’s original Holmes tales in “Unquiet Spirits” (HarperCollins, $25.99, 497 pages.)

Holmes and Watson are visited by Isla McLaren who claims that the family castle is haunted or that someone is kidnapping and harassing her maid. Holmes doesn’t seem that interested and quickly moves on to doing a favor for Mycroft traveling to the South of France.

But once there, they quickly find that case and McLaren’s are tied together and Holmes may have to go investigate the old castle after all. Are there more than just alcoholic spirits roaming the halls?

For fans of the T.V. show or the classic detective stories, this is a new reimagining that will entertain.

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A timely cozy mystery comes in New York Times bestselling author Leslie Meier’s “Turkey Trot Murder” (Kensington, $25, 247 pages.)

Part-time reporter Lucy thinks the only that will be exciting this Thanksgiving will be the Turkey Trot 5K in town. But then she stumbles upon the body of Alison Franklin frozen in the local pond. Because of her drug addiction, police believe she has had an accidental overdose, but Lucy isn’t going to just assume that.

At the funeral, the much younger and pregnant new wife of Alison’s wealthy investor father claims she just loved her stepdaughter, but there are also whispers that she was turning him against his child. Was Alison made to disappear? Was it a tragic accident? Or is something else going on?

With a Thanksgiving background and an intriguing mystery, this is a good seasonal read.

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A pie shop ends up becoming the scene of a murder in “The Quiche and the Dead” by Kirsten Weiss (Kensington, $7.99, 288 pages.)

Valentine moved to small California town to start a new life after her ended engagement and opens a pie shop.

But the new gym owner is trying to chase away customers by talking about how unhealthy it is and turns down Valentine’s peace offering of a quiche, things are off to a rocky start. But when the owner of the comic shop next door drops dead after eating the quiche, things go from bad to worse. Pie Town is shut down and everyone seems to be eying Val as the killer. Now with the help of her 70-something pie crust maker as her Watson, she must uncover the truth before it costs her more than business, but her life as well.

With a cast full of colorful characters, this is a story that will bring laughs as well as thrills.

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A woman goes from a lavish home to cleaning them in “Cremains of the Day” by Misty Simon (Kensington, $7.99, 293 pages.)

Tallulah married Waldo as a means of escaping the family funeral home and get into high society. And she did — until her marriage falls apart. Now she has to clean the very houses she used to socialize in. If that isn’t enough, she shows up for work at a house to find the owner dead in a closet. Adding to the weird experiences of the town, including her ex getting stun gunned, is someone gunning for her or has she walked in to something she shouldn’t have seen? Tallulah better find out before she ends up back at the funeral home as a client!

With a quirky heroine and a series of strange events, this will keep readers guessing.

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Contact Amy Phelps at aphelps@newsandsentinel.com

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