Cozies for spring

Spring has sprung and it’s time for some new cozy mysteries!

First from J.D. Griffo’s Ferrara Family series is “Murder in Tranquility Park.”

Alberta has been living in her aunt’s Cape Cod cottage in the small town of Tranquility with her cat and spending time with her granddaughter, Jinx, who wants her to get healthy. While Alberta doesn’t mind the morning jogs she draws the line at tofu and gluten-free foods. But when their healthy morning walk has then stumble upon a dead body underneath a secret treehouse, the two have to put their heads together to solve the murder — before they are the next target.

With two generations of sleuths, this is a fun series that will appeal to a variety of readers.

“Murder in Tranquility Park” is published by Kensington. It is $7.99 and 317 pages long.

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A food blogger finds a nose for murder in “The Hidden Corpse” by Debra Sennefelder.

Once a reality TV baking show contestant and now a food blogger, Hope is trying to start her life over after a recent divorce. When her neighbor has an accident with a pot on the stove and fills her house with smoke, Hope isn’t sure she should be left alone. But when the next day a fire breaks out in the home, Hope feels responsible for not saying something sooner. And then another body is found in the basement. Was it a cooking accident gone wrong or the cover-up for a murder? Hope is going to find out whether it puts her in danger or not!

With a quirky heroine and a fun mystery to solve, cozy fans will enjoy this one.

“The Hidden Corpse” is published by Kensington. It is $7.99 and 299 pages long.

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A.L. Herbert returns to the Mahalia Watkins Soul Food Mysteries with “Murder with Collard Greens and Hot Sauce.”

Business is booming at Mahalia’s Sweet Tea, as a beauty industry trade show kicks into full swing in Prince George’s County. When beauty mogul Monique Dupree shows up in town, plenty of business follows. But then Monique is found shot to death and everyone in the industry is a suspect. As Halia and her cousin Wavonne decide to dig deep into the pool of suspects, little do they know they are getting in the middle of a lot of danger.

With delicious food and a chic mystery to solve, readers will eat this one up.

“Murder with Collard Greens and Hot Sauce” is published by Kensington. It is $26 and 284 pages long.

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Contact Amy Phelps at aphelps@newsandsentinel.com.

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