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Bluff Point Romance:
ABOUT A DOG
Fall in love with a little help from man’s best friend in New York Times bestselling author Jenn McKinlay’s contemporary romance debut.
Mackenzie “Mac” Harris fled her hometown of Bluff Point, Maine, after being left at the altar—and seeking solace in the arms of her best friend’s off-limits brother. Now, seven years later, she’s back to attend her best friend’s wedding—safe, or so she thinks, from the mistakes of her youth.
But Gavin Tolliver has never forgotten the woman who has always held his heart. And when Mac rescues a stray puppy named Tulip, only Gavin, the town’s veterinarian, can help. With a little assistance from Tulip, Gavin vows to make Mac realize that their feelings are more than just puppy love…
Library Lover's Mysteries:
BETTER LATE THAN NEVER (#7)
When the Briar Creek Public Library holds its first overdue book amnesty day—no fines for late returns—the volume of incoming materials is more than Lindsey and her staff can handle. In a bind, Lindsey drafts the crafternoon ladies to help check in and sort the stacks of books.
But one tardy tome catches her attention—a copy of J. D. Salinger’s The Catcher in the Rye, twenty years past due. When Lindsey looks up the borrower, she’s shocked to discover it was a murdered school teacher named Candice Whitley, whose killer was never found.
Candice checked out the novel on the day she was murdered. Now Lindsey wonders if it could provide a clue to the decades-old cold case. No one noticed who brought the book back in, but could it be Candice’s killer? Lindsey is determined to catch the culprit one way or another, because justice for Candice Whitley is long overdue...
A LIKELY STORY (#6)
A new hardcover in the Library Lover's mystery series from the New York Times bestselling author of On Borrowed Time. Small-town librarian Lindsey Norris must solve a murder and a missing person's case involving two reclusive brothers.
NOT HIS BROTHER'S KEEPER
Delivering books to the housebound residents of the Thumb Islands, just a short boat ride from the town of Briar Creek, library director Lindsey Norris has befriended two elderly brothers, Stewart and Peter Rosen. She enjoys visiting them in their treasure-filled, ramshackle Victorian on Star Island until she discovers that Peter has been killed and Stewart is missing. Now she's determined to solve a murder and find Stewart before he suffers his brother's fate.
ON BORROWED TIME (#5)
The New York Times bestselling Library Lover's mysteries continue with a hot new case...
Loving a good cup of coffee runs in the family for Briar Creek library director Lindsey Norris. But when her brother, Jack, a consultant for a coffee company, goes missing, her favorite beverage becomes a key clue in a dangerous mystery.
Between preparing the library for the holidays and juggling the affections of ex-boyfriend, Captain Mike Sullivan, and her new crush, actor Robbie Vine, Lindsey has her hands full. But the mysterious disappearance of her world-traveling playboy brother takes precedence over all.
Afraid that involving the police could brew trouble for Jack, Lindsey takes matters into her own hands. But as her quest for her brother embroils her in a strange case involving South American business dealings and an enigmatic and exotic woman, it’ll take the help of both her library book club—the crafternooners—and her eager-to-please suitors to keep Jack from ending up in hot water .
READ IT AND WEEP (#4)
The town of Briar Creek is gearing up for theater season. Violet La Rue and her troop of actors in the community theater are kicking off the season with Shakespeare’s
Midsummer Night’s Dream. The Bard’s dream becomes a nightmare, however, as the play is beset by mishaps and accidents. When the lead actor Robbie Vine is poisoned, it becomes clear that someone has decided to close the curtain on this show. Lindsey
and the crafternoon gals must give the sleuthing performance of a lifetime to outwit the killer before they are forced to take their final bow.
BOOK, LINE, AND SINKER (#3)
“Avast” in pirate speak means what?*
Answering tricky reference questions like this one provides plenty of excitement
for library director Lindsey Norris. But when a shocking murder is committed in her cozy coastal town of Briar Creek, Connecticut, the question of who did it must be answered before an innocent man gets the book thrown at him...
Lindsey is enjoying her second year in Briar Creek as the library director, meeting with the crafternoon club, and happily dating tour boat captain Mike Sullivan. But when a salvage company arrives in town to dig up treasure buried on Pirate Island over three hundred years ago, the locals are torn between protecting the island and welcoming the publicity.
In spite of the squabbling, Charlie Peyton, Lindsey’s downstairs neighbor, takes a job with the salvage company. But when Trudi Hargrave, the local tourism director who hired the company, is found murdered at the excavation site, Charlie becomes the chief suspect. To help him, Lindsey must do some digging of her own before the real killer buries the truth for good…
DUE OR DIE (#2)
What is the original meaning of the word clue?*
Answering tricky reference questions like this one is more than enough excitement
for library director Lindsey Norris. Until another murder is committed in her cozy hometown of Briar Creek, Connecticut, and the question of who did it must be answered before someone else is checked out—for good.
Carrie Rushton, the president of the Friends of the Library, has been accused of murdering her husband. The evidence is stacking up against Carrie, but neither Lindsey nor the Briar Creek crafternoon club is buying it.
BOOKS CAN BE DECEIVING (#1)
Lindsey Norris is getting into her groove as the director of the Briar Creek Public Library when a New York editor visits town, creating quite a buzz. Lindsey's friend Beth wants to sell the editor her children's book, but Beth's boyfriend, a famous author, gets in the way.
When they go to confront him, he's found murdered-and Beth is the prime suspect. Lindsey has to act fast before they throw the book at the wrong person.
CARAMEL CRUSH (#9)
When a breakup via cupcake threatens to crumble their friend's life for good, Mel and Angie race to solve the murder as this New York Times bestselling series continues...
Love is in the air at Fairy Tale Cupcakes as Angie prepares for her wedding, but co-owner, Mel, is preparing for a breakup. Her old friend, Diane Earnest, is dumping her fiancé after discovering he’s only marrying her for her money. She wants Mel to personally deliver a batch of caramel breakup cupcakes to the louse and give her a play-by-play of his reaction.
When Mel finally tracks the man down, the look on his face isn’t the reaction she was expecting: he’s dead. After the police arrive and see the incriminating cupcakes, Diane becomes their prime suspect. If she hopes to taste freedom again, Mel and Angie must make sure the real killer gets their just desserts...
VANILLA BEANED (#8)
In the eighth in the New York Times bestselling series by the author of Dark Chocolate Demise, the Fairy Tale Cupcake crew goes double or nothing in Vegas...
Melanie Cooper and Angie DeLaura are taking a gamble by opening their first franchise of the Fairy Tale Cupcakes Bakery, so where better to hit the jackpot than in Vegas? Business manager Tate Harper has lined up a meeting with Holly Hartzmark, a former showgirl who’s looking to bring Mel and Angie’s sweet treats to Sin City, but Mel isn’t so sure she’s ready to hand her recipes over to a complete stranger—especially one as brash as Holly.
But after the potential bakery location gets blown up, Mel begins seeing another side to Holly—one that reminds her very much of herself. Determined to help a kindred spirit, Mel sets out to discover who is trying to keep the bakery from cashing in. But with a murderous mischief maker on the loose, the odds are stacking up against a happy ending for Mel and her friends...
DARK CHOCOLATE DEMISE (#7)
The New York Times bestselling Cupcake Bakery Mysteries bake up sweet surprises, but as the series continues, Mel and Angie are in for a fresh batch of trouble
Scottsdale, Arizona, may not be the liveliest place on earth, but it’s never been as dead as this. Hundreds of fans have gathered together for the first annual Old Town Zombie Walk, and Mel, Angie, and the Fairy Tale Cupcake crew are donning their best undead attire to sell some horror-themed desserts to the hungry hordes.
But the fun turns to fright when Mel finds a real dead body in a prop casket outside of the bakery’s truck—and the corpse looks alarmingly like a zombie of their own. Knowing that Joe, Angie’s brother and Mel’s former flame, has been working on a dangerous mob case, Mel worries that the murder is a hit gone wrong and that someone near and dear was the real target. To keep any of her friends from winding up six feet under, Mel will do whatever it takes to find a killer—no matter how scary things get...
SUGAR AND ICED (#6)
Sugar and spice and murderous vice.
That’s what pageants are made of…
Normally Melanie Cooper and Angie DeLaura wouldn’t be caught dead at a beauty pageant, but when Mel’s mom asks them to provide cupcakes for the 75th annual Sweet Tiara contest as a favor for her best friend, they can’t say no. Plus, between cooking up a daily display for the three-day event and sponsoring a cupcake creation challenge for the participants, Fairy Tale Cupcakes will get great publicity.
But the world of pageants is even hotter than Mel’s kitchen. A high-strung judge and a pushy stage mom target Lupe, a young friend of Mel and Angie’s, as the competition to take out—by any means necessary. When the same judge shows up dead underneath Mel and Angie’s cupcake display, Lupe is crowned the lead suspect. Now Mel and Angie will have to find the real killer quickly or Lupe may be strutting the catwalk in prison pinstripes…
GOING, GOING, GANACHE (#5)
After a cupcake flinging fiasco at a photo shoot for a
local magazine,Mel and Angie agree to make amends by
host a week long corporate boot camp at Fairy Tale
Cupcakes. SWS, Southwest Style is a local life
style magazine that chronicles the lives of Scottsdale’s
rich and famous under the hawk eye of its editor and
chief Brigit MacLeod. The magazine has recently been
bought by billionaire Ian Hannigan,
however, and he has assigned Brigit, along with the rest of the staff,
to a team building week of making cupcakes for charity.
It is clear to Mel and Angie that the magazine staff would
rather be doing just about anything besides cupcake boot
camp. But when the creative director is found murdered
outside the bakery, Mel and Angie have a
new team building exercise -- to find the murderer before their
business goes AWOL.
RED VELVET REVENGE (#4)
Someone Wants to Bake a Killing
It may be summertime, but sales at Fairy Tale Cupcakes are below zero—and owners Melanie Cooper and Angie DeLaura are willing to try anything to heat things up. So when local legend Slim Hazard offers them the chance to sell cupcakes at the annual Juniper Pass rodeo, they’re determined to rope in a pretty payday!
But not everyone at the Juniper Pass is as sweet for Fairy Tale Cupcakes as Slim — including star bull-rider Ty Stokes. Mel and Angie try to steer clear of the cowboy’s short fuse, but when his dead body is found face down in the hay, it’s a whole different rodeo.
With a vengeful murderer on the loose, the ladies are quickly realizing that while they came to save their business, they may have to save themselves—and that’s no bull.
DEATH BY THE DOZEN (#3)
Death of a chef
Melanie Cooper and Angie DeLaura are determined to win the Challenge to the Chef at this year’s Scottsdale Food Festival. Taking home first prize will be great publicity for their Fairy Tale Cupcakes bakery—and beating rival Olivia Puckett will be the icing on the cake.
Mel’s mentor from culinary school, Vic Mazzotta—now a Food Channel celebrity chef— is one of the judges, but Mel and Angie will have to win fair and square by whipping up delicious cupcakes with a mystery ingredient.
But the real mystery is who put Vic Mazzotta on ice, literally—when his dead body is found inside a freezer truck. Mel and Angie will need to use their best judgment to find the cold-blooded killer who iced Vic, or they may lose more than the contest—they may lose their lives…
BUTTERCREAM BUMP OFF (#2)
Melanie Cooper and Angie DeLaura's Fairy Tale Cupcakes bakery is gearing up for Valentine's Day with a couples cooking class.
Meanwhile Mel's mother has her first date in forever. Unfortunately someone ices Baxter Malloy on their first date.
Now Mom's a suspect, and Mel and Angie need to find time around frosting to dig into the man's shady past and discover who served him his just desserts.
SPRINKLE WITH MURDER (#1)
Cupcakes to Die For
Melanie Cooper and Angie DeLaura are finally living out their dream as the proud owners of the Fairy Tale Cupcakes bakery. Their first big order comes courtesy of their partner and best friend, Tate Harper, who’s getting married. Tate and his fashion designer fiancé want 500 cupcakes for the wedding. The only problem is Mel and Angie can’t stand the demands of this bridezilla who insists on original recipes for the cupcakes and complete ownership of their creations.
When Mel stumbles upon the bride-to-be dead-by-cupcake, she immediately becomes the prime suspect. The police believe that a secret ingredient in the cupcakes may have caused her death. To save Mel and their business, the ladies need to find the real murderer, before the cupcake killer ices someone else…
London Hat Shop Mysteries:
ASSAULT AND BERET (#5)
Allons-y to Paris for more hats and homicide from the New York Times bestselling author of Copy Cap Murder!
London milliner Vivian Tremont and her American cousin and partner, Scarlett Parker, tip their caps to their beloved shop on Portobello Road in Notting Hill and set off for Paris, where Viv can’t wait to teach a hat-making class. But she has another reason to travel to the City of Light: to find the man she impulsively eloped with years ago and have their marriage annulled.
William Graham is not only handsome and charming, but he also has a glamorous job as an insurance investigator who works with priceless pieces of art, most recently a small Renoir that has been discovered in a junk shop. But when both Will and the masterpiece suddenly disappear, it’s up to the ladies from London to follow the trail of clues. They’ll need to hold on to their chapeaux, however, because someone is a master in the art of deception...
COPY CAP MURDER (#4)
The New York Times bestselling author of At the Drop of a Hat returns to her London hat shop with a fresh tale of milliners and murder.
For Scarlett Parker, part of the fun of living in London is celebrating the British holidays, and she’s excited to share her first Bonfire Night with her cousin Vivian Tremont. Invited to a posh party by their friend Harrison Wentworth, Scarlett and Viv decide to promote their hat shop, Mim’s Whims, by donning a few of their more outrageous creations. The hats prove to be quite the conversation starters as the girls mix and mingle with the guests—never suspecting that one of them is a killer.
It’s a cold, clear night, perfect for the British tradition of tossing a straw stuffed effigy of Guy Fawkes, traitor to the crown, onto the bonfire. But instead of a straw man, they realize in the heat of the moment that the would-be Guy Fawkes is actually Harrison’s office rival and he’s been murdered. Before the smoke has cleared, Harrison is the Metropolitan police’s prime suspect, and Scarlett and Vivian must find the real homicidal hothead before their dear friend’s life goes up in flames.
AT THE DROP OF A HAT (#3)
MURDER CAN BE SO OLD HAT
Cousins Scarlett Parker and Vivian Tremont’s fashionable London
hat shop, Mim’s Whims, is visited by a new customer bearing an
old hat box. Ariana Jackson is getting married and wants to restore
her mother’s bridal hat and veil for the occasion. The elegant item
was made by Scarlett and Vivian’s grandmother over thirty years
ago, so Viv is delighted to take the job. But contacting Ariana later
with a cost estimate proves more challenging than the restoration.
Finally, Scarlett goes to Ariana’s office—only to find her outside,
standing over her boss’s dead body. Though she claims it was an
accident, the investigation unveils a motive for murder. Now, with
the bride-to-be in custody and the wedding on hold, Scarlett and
Viv must find the real killer before Ariana’s future is boxed up for
DEATH OF A MAD HATTER (#2)
ONE IN A MILLINER
Scarlett Parker and her British cousin Vivian Tremont are hard at work at Mim’s Whims—their ladies’ hat shop on London’s chic Portobello Road—to create hats for an Alice in Wonderland–themed afternoon tea, a fundraiser for a local children’s hospital. It seems like a wonderfully whimsical way to pass the hat, and Scarlett and Viv are delighted to outfit the hosts—the Grisby family, who are hoping to raise enough money to name a new hospital wing after their patriarch.
Unfortunately the Grisby heir will not live to see it—he’s been poisoned. And when traces of the poison are found on the hat Scarlett and Viv made for him, the police become curiouser and curiouser about their involvement. Now the ladies need to don their thinking caps and find the tea party crasher who’s mad enough to kill at the drop of a hat…
CLOCHE AND DAGGER (#1)
An all-new series from New York Times bestselling author Jenn McKinlay
Not only is Scarlett Parker’s love life in the loo—as her British cousin Vivian Tremont would say—it’s also gone viral with an embarrassing video. So when Viv suggests Scarlett leave Florida to lay low in London, she hops on the next plane across the pond. Viv is the proprietor of Mims’s Whims, a ladies’ hat shop on Portobello Road bequeathed to both cousins by their beloved grandmother, and she wants Scarlett to finally join her in the millinery business.
But a few surprises await Scarlett in London. First, she is met at the airport not by Viv, but by her handsome business manager, Harrison Wentworth. Second, Viv—who has some whims of her own—seems to be missing. No one is too concerned about the unpredictable Viv until one of her posh clients is found dead wearing the cloche hat Viv made for her—and nothing else. Is Scarlett’s cousin in trouble? Or is she in hiding?
Good Buy Girls Mysteries, writing as Josie Belle:
ALL SALES FINAL (#5)
There’s something 100% off about Maggie and her fiancé Sam’s new dream home in the historic section of St. Stanley. The lights flicker, the doors blow shut, and their cat, Marshall Dillon, hisses at empty space. And there’s something in the basement that’s definitely not a bargain . . .
After Maggie discovers a skeleton in the root cellar, she’s convinced her house is haunted by a murdered man’s ghost. With the help of her Good Buy Girls, Maggie works to tag a killer. But she’ll need to be careful as she digs into the history of her new digs. Someone is willing to keep the truth buried at all costs . . .
MARKED DOWN FOR MURDER (#4)
Between spending Valentine’s Day with her sweetheart, Sam, and shopping upcoming Presidents’ Day sales with the Good Buy Girls, everything is coming up roses and bargains for Maggie Gerber. But when the mother of Maggie’s nemesis comes to town, things stop looking so rosy. Summer’s mom is hoping to set her spoiled daughter up with Sam, and she’ll do whatever it takes to make the match happen.
When Maggie heads to her romantic rival’s house to put a stop to the scheming, she discovers Summer standing over a dead body—holding a weapon. As much as Maggie would love to see Summer get her just desserts, she can’t shake the feeling that the meddling menace is, in fact, innocent. Now Maggie and the Good Buy Girls will have to sort through racks of suspects to find a killer—or Summer will wind up getting a truly raw deal .
BURIED IN BARGAINS (#3)
Maggie Gerber and those discount divas, the Good Buy Girls, are gearing up for their first big holiday thrift shop sale. But one of the Girls—Joanne Claramotta, pregnant with her first child—is acting less than festive. It could be hormones. Or it could be Diane Jenkins, the young knockout her husband, Michael, hired as his new deli assistant.
Calming Joanne’s nerves proves impossible when Maggie finds Michael unconscious on his deli floor—and with Diane next to him, strangled to death with her apron strings. Then Maggie discovers something even more disturbing.
There’s no record of Diane having been hired. In fact, she has no history at all. It’s as if she never even existed. Now Maggie fears that unwrapping Michael’s secrets could really kill her holiday spirit.
A DEAL TO DIE FOR (#2)
The Good Buy Girls are preparing for the big St. Stanley’s Flea Market when Doc Franklin, Maggie’s longtime employer, is arrested on suspicion of killing a troublesome patient. Maggie knows the nice old doctor couldn’t hurt a fly and also knows she needs her weekly paycheck to keep up the payments on her new business. It is up to the Good Buy Girls to find out whodunit before Doc Franklin and Maggie’s business are a done deal.
50 % OFF MURDER (#1)
Everyone loves a good deal, especially the Good Buy Girls, a group of coupon-clipping, discount divas who scour the circulars and plan their attacks on stores as if they were generals plotting their war strategy.
Maggie Gerber—one of the founding members of the Good Buy Girls—loves her life in St. Stanley, Virginia, but things are about to get complicated. First, Sam Collins, her old flame, moves back to town as the new sheriff. Then, Claire Freemont, a librarian and the newest member of the Good Buy Girls, shows up late to a meeting, acting utterly strange.
When Maggie goes to visit her the next day at the library, everything seems back to normal…until they find the body of a very dead man with a knife plunged into his chest. Turns out, the man is someone from Claire's past, making her the prime suspect.
As the handsome new sheriff zeroes in on Claire, it's up to Maggie and the rest of the Good Buy Girls to use their bargain-hunting skills to hunt a killer—while making sure they don’t pay too much in the process…
Decoupage Mysteries, writing as Lucy Lawrence:
SEALED WITH A KILL (#3)
Autumn in New England brings out the changing leaves, and the leaves bring out the tourists.
When Brenna Miller gets stuck as the tour guide for a group of leaf peepers, she tries to make the best of it.
But it’s hard to stay enthusiastic after the trail leads them straight to a dead body.
CUT TO THE CORPSE (#2)
Brenna Miller's never been one for gossip, so when the whispers start about Tara Montgomery's engagement to Jake Haywood, she'd just as soon stay out of it. She's happy to prepare decoupage wedding favors, and even tag along on the bridesmaids' party -- but waking Tara up the morning after turns out to be a bit more then Brenna bargained for...
She finds Tara passed out in bed with her fiance's best friend, but the apparent infidelity is not the worst of it. The boy is dead and Tara is holding the murder weapon. Now with the bride-to-be unable to remember what happened, it's up to Brenna to sift through the hearsay and get the truth, before Tara's future turns to shreds...
STUCK ON MURDER (#1)
The picturesque town of Morse Point may be a small dot on the New England landscape, but the decoupage class at Vintage Papers is larger than life.
For Brenna Miller, teaching the town’s popular decoupage class is the only way to gloss over her painful past. But it hasn’t been easy making friends in a town that doesn’t warm up to outsiders. And it doesn’t help when the pushy mayor asks her to convince her enigmatic landlord, Nate Williams, to sell his lakefront property to land developers.
But just when Brenna thinks the mayor’s given up, his body is found stuffed in a trunk at Morse Point Lake. And a witness claims that Nate’s truck was at the docks on the night of the murder. Now Brenna needs to help prove Nate’s innocence before his fate is signed, sealed and delivered…
TITLES BY SERIES:
Bluff Point Romance
Library Lover's Mysteries
London Hat Shop Mysteries
Good Buy Girls Mysteries, writing as Josie Belle
Decoupage Mysteries, writing as Lucy Lawrence