3. Murder by Mocha – Cleo Coyle (Coffee House Mystery)
I must disclose that Coyle’s Coffeehouse series is my decadent guilty pleasure, and I lose myself every single time I nestle in to devour it… sometimes quickly…sometimes slowly. Coyles’s 10th volume has all the wicked goodness a robust read contains- love potions in the form of an herbal aphrodisiac and the spot on trend of online women’s communities. It doesn’t matter how many Coffeehouse series the talented Coyle’s have penned, there isn’t a stale one in the bunch.
4. Pumped Up for Murder – Elaine Viets (A Dead-End Job Mystery)
Viets’ protagonist Helen Hawthorne is a character not to miss and is a real down to earth chick who just stumbles over a few bodies while out in the work place – let’s face it, in today’s economy the job market is a real killer. Helen’s dead-end employ happens to be at an exercise facility, aptly named, Fantastic Fitness, and she’s got to flex her muscles to achieve a hard body or keel over from rigor mortis – either way, she’ll have a hard bod.
5. Bitter Harvest – Sheila Connolly ( An Orchard Mystery)
The cover is absolutely inviting and it just pulls me in. Once again, Connolly’s female sleuth, Meg, is up to her core in this installment . Meg’s adventures and inquisitive mind lands her in the mix of things and this outing is the best of the Connolly’s crop.
6. A Killer Column – Casey Mayes (A Mystery by the Numbers)
Mayes’ sophomore release is a welcome addition this summer and Savannah is in a quandary that is rather puzzling and once again, murder is on the agenda, but this time Savannah is the police’s number one suspect. A cozy must!