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The Start of Something New
Basket Case by Nancy Haddock, the first in the Silver Six Crafting series, stars six retirees who love to craft and who know their way around a kitchen, even though they may set off a smoke alarm or two. Set in Arkansas, this story is full of Southern charm and feisty characters. The mystery involves underhanded real estate developers, folk art festival planners, and six opinionated seniors. (Published September 2015)
The Big Chili by Julia Buckley, the first in the Undercover Dish series, features Lilah Drake, a private caterer who encourages her clients to take credit for the home-cooked meals she provides. When someone is poisoned from eating one of her dishes, Lilah must find the killer before she loses everything. Set in Illinois, this twisty mystery with realistic characters will keep you guessing till the end. (October 2015)
Fall Is in the Air
Trick or Deadly Treat by Livia J. Washburn, the ninth book in the Fresh-Baked series, sees the return of retired schoolteacher Phyllis Newsom, who is getting ready for a baking contest. Before she has all her recipes in order, she gets caught up in protecting the good name of the local veterinarian after he's been arrested for murder. The citizens of this small Texas town harbor secrets, which must be revealed before the case is solved. (October 2015, mass market paperback)
A Gala Event by Sheila Connolly, the ninth in the Orchard series, is set in rural Massachusetts, where Meg Corey maintains her family's apple orchard. Harvest is winding down, but her work is just gearing up: she not only has her own wedding to plan but must help an old friend uncover the truth about a crime for which he was wrongly accused. Great characters and lots of action will hold your attention as you root for Meg to sort things out before her big day. (October 2015)
Nuts and Buried by Elizabeth Lee is the third in the Nut House series, which is set on a family pecan farm in Texas. In this installment, everything seems to be going wrong for our protagonist, Lindy Blanchard: trees are dying, people are dying, and townsfolk are gossiping. Throw in a wedding celebration gone awry, and you can understand why everyone's on edge. Lindy and her family team up to get to the bottom of things. (November 2015).
Olive and Let Die by Susannah Hardy, the second in the Greek to Me series, features Georgie Nikolopatos, who manages a Greek restaurant in upstate New York. Georgie's life is anything but dull, thanks to her mother and ex-husband, boyfriend and customers. But the family drama runs extra-high when a long-lost cousin turns up dead, and her ex's partner is tagged as the main suspect. Family secrets are exposed long before Georgie identifies the real killer. (November 2015)
All books were published by Berkley Prime Crime, except Tricks or Deadly Treat, which was published by Obsidian Mystery.