Get holiday cozy with mysteries

There are plenty of holiday-themed cozy mysteries out now to gift someone or snuggle up on the couch with a warm glass of tea!

First in a new series by Julie Anne Lindsey is “Apple Cider Slaying,” the beginning of her Cider Shop mysteries.

Set in a fictional small town in West Virginia, Winnie lives on her Granny’s 25-acre farm, Smythe Orchards. Business is starting to slow down, so Winnie wants to bring holiday shopping to her corner of the world by hold ing a Christmas at the Orchard as well as starting a cider shop, hoping to bring people year-round instead of just during apple season. While her efforts seem to be paying off with tourists and she might be able to convince the local banker to approve her loan, the body of her Grandma’s long-time nemesis shows up in the apple press. Now with the future of their business in jeopardy and her Grandma as a suspect, Winnie must find out who is trying to frame them.

With a irrepressible heroine and a relatable setting, local readers will enjoy a little taste of home mixed with murder.

“Apple Cider Slaying” is published by Kensington. It is $7.99.


A wedding planner’s seasonal gig goes south with murder in “Merry Christmas Murder” by Stephanie Blackmoore, part of her Wedding Planner mystery series.

Mallory is a professional wedding planner and planning a Christmas Eve event for her best friend, Olivia. And while she’s wedding planning, Olivia’s family, real estate developers, are sponsoring a benefit for the local animal shelter. And Mallory’s mom wants an in with Olivia’s family as a home stager, even though the role is already filled. When they are found dead, Mallory is in the midst of an already complicated situation, but now with a body count. Can she pull off detective work, wedding planning and the holiday season all at the same time?

Mallory is a great heroine that’s funny and fierce and readers will enjoy her latest escapade.

“Merry Christmas Murder” is published by Kensington. It is $7.99.


A bear shop finds murder amid the keepsakes in “Have Yourself a Beary Little Murder” by bestselling author Meg Macy, part of her Teddy Bear mysteries.

Sisters Sasha and Maddie ‘s Silver Bear Shop and Factory has just won the Teddy Bear Keepsake Contest, making them the exclusive producers of a special holiday bear Beary Potter. Things are really looking up for the family. And as the town of Silver Hollow prepares for their annual tree-lighting ceremony and parade, the mayor is to portray Santa Bear, the parade mascot. Everything is coming up bears! That is, until the mayor is missing, but is eventually found electrocuted inside the Santa Bear suit. Who would murder the mayor? As Sasha tries to find a killer, she hopes to wrap this case up with a bow in time for Christmas.

With a cute background of teddy bears and a slick mystery, this will appeal to many cozy fans.

“Have Yourself a Beary Little Murder” is published by Kensington. It is $15.95.


Contact Amy Phelps at aphelps@newsandsentinel.com.


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