Cozy mysteries with a sweetheart

There are several new cozy mysteries with sweets and cats at the center.

A gourmet pet store owner prepares for her wedding but finds her bachelorette party derailed by murder in “Murder, She Meowed” by Liz Mugavero.

Kristan “Stan” Connor doesn’t really want a bachelorette party before her low-key wedding to Irish pub owner Jake McGee. But her sister insists, so Stan finds herself staring down a male stripper popping out of a cake — until he doesn’t. The moonlighting deliveryman ends up dead stuffed in the cake, and Stan is now in the center of a murder investigation. Any one of the women attending her bachelorette could be a killer, but Stan doesn’t want to believe one of her friends could be guilty. Can she solve the crime?

With cats, a relatable heroine and plenty of fun, cozy fans will enjoy this one.

“Murder, She Meowed” is published by Kensington. It is $7.99 and 357 pages long.

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Ice cream and murder take center stage in “Hot Fudge Murder” by Cynthia Baxter, the next part in her “Lickety Splits Ice Cream Shoppe” series.

Kate, the owner of the ice cream shoppe, has been hired to create sundaes for a gala for fashion designer Omar DeVane. While everyone seems a bit chilly, Kate can’t overlook an opportunity, and takes the job. But then Omar ends up dead at his party, the small town is invaded by investigating journalists and no one wants to come to her store. Can Kate save her business and the day by finding a cold-blooded killer?

There’s sweets, celebrities and a delicious murder in the center of this cozy story.

“Hot Fudge Murder” is published by Kensington. It is $26 and 248 pages long.

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Chocolate gets a side of murder in Sarah Graves “Death by Chocolate Malted Milkshake” in her “Death by Chocolate” mysteries.

Jacobia “Jake” Tiptree and her best friend, Ellie, run their small town’s bake shop, Chocolate Moose, with all things chocolate. When the town’s two sweethearts, a local kindergarten teacher and a Coast Guard captain, are getting married, they are commissioned to bake a wedding-cake whoopie pie. But then the bride’s ex is found poisoned by a chocolate malted milkshake that the store just started selling. The groom is jailed as the prime suspect and Jake and Ellie want to save the day — and save their jobs — before its too late.

With beloved characters and a treat of a mystery, this will tickle cozy fans’ fancy.

“Death by Chocolate Malted Milkshake” is published by Kensington. It is $26 and 281 pages long.

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Contact Amy Phelps at aphelps@newsandsentinel.com.

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