New York Times-bestselling author Jenn McKinlay‘s latest under McKinlay, A Likely Story, is the sixth in the Library Lover’s Mystery series. While delivering books to housebound residents, small-town librarian Lindsey Norris befriends Stewart and Peter Rosen, two reclusive brothers living on Star Island, just a short boat ride from the town of Briar Creek. But when Peter is murdered and Stewart goes missing, Lindsey must solve the murder and save Stewart from his brother’s fate.
Former television writer and California native Kate Carlisle’s latest is Crowned and Moldering. The third book in the Fixer-Upper Mysteries series finds Shannon Hammer cleaning up a historic mansion in Lighthouse Cove, recently purchased by Mac Sullivan, famous thriller writer and Shannon’s new beau. When the bones of a teenage girl are found among the debris of the run-down Victorian, Shannon must tackle the cold case and pry the right secrets from the missing girl’s past and bring the killer to justice, before the old murder sparks another killing.
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."
When Mac Sullivan famous thriller writer and Shannon s new beau first moved to Lighthouse Cove, California, he bought the historic lighthouse mansion that the town is named after. Mac needs help cleaning up the place, and Shannon is more than happy to get her handywoman hands on the run-down Victorian.
But during demolition, a grisly discovery is made among the debris the bones of a teenage girl who went missing fifteen years ago. Locals had always assumed Lily Brogan ran away from her difficult life, but it seems her troubles followed her to the grave. If Shannon has any chance of getting her renovation back on track, she ll need to tackle the cold case. But with new suspects coming out of the woodwork every day, she ll have to be careful to pry the right secrets and clues from the poor girl s problematic past.
cottsdale, 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...
Excited to explore the secrets of wine country, Brooklyn attends an excavation of the caves hidden deep under her parents' commune--and the findings are explosive. A room is unearthed, and it contains a treasure trove of artwork, rare books, a chest of jewelry--and a perfectly mummified body. A closer examination of the murdered man's possessions reveals a valuable first edition of Jules Verne's A Journey to the Center of the Earth. Hidden in the book is a secret map that unveils an even greater hoard of treasures brought to California by French winemakers fleeing the Nazi invasion with the commune leader's grandfather, Anton, among them.
Cousins Scarlett Parker and Vivian Tremont s fashionable London hat shop, Mim sWhims, 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.
When Scarlett goes to Ariana's office to consult about the restoration cost, she finds her outside, standing over her boss s dead body. Though Ariana claims to know nothing about his demise, 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 good.
Brooklyn is thrilled to be appearing on the hit TV show "This Old Attic" as a rare-book expert and appraiser. Her first subject is a valuable first-edition copy of the children s classic" The Secret Garden."
After the episode airs, a man storms onto the set claiming that the owner of the book, a flower seller named Vera, found the book at his garage sale, and he wants it back or else. Afterward, Randolph Rayburn, the show s host, confides in Brooklyn that he s terrified by the man s threats and fears that he is being stalked.
When several violent incidents occur on the set, Brooklyn and her security expert boyfriend, Derek, are shaken. But Brooklyn s discovery of Vera s corpse in her flower shop convinces her she has to find the killer before her chance at prime time and her life are canceled permanently.