After years of slaving to promote other people's success, Agatha's new life in a picture-book English village is a dream come true. How better to make friends than by entering the village quiche-making competition? To ensure first prize, Agatha buys her entry at Londona's renowned Quicherie.
In a reckless game of village quiche-and-tell, Agatha rushes in where angels might fear to tread, intruding and entertaining her neighbors, but shrewdly gaining on her pray---all unaware that she's become the prey herself.
Accompanying her grandmother ona seniors tour of Switzerland, Emily Andrew had envisioned a vacation straight out of a travel brochure. But her dream trip quickly snowballs into mayhem when smooth-talking tour escort Andy Simon is found dead. To be sure, Andy was randy - hitting on every miss within striking distance. His constant advances were driving Emily cuckoo--but had someone orchestrated his untimely death?
Two months after an unlucky snowboarder vanished on the slopes above Alpine, his disappearance is old copy. Emma Lord, publisher of the 'Alpine Advocate", is back to writing about graduations and the latest outbreak of chicken pox--until the town's oldest family feud flares up leaving three people dead, their bodies stowed in a meat freezer. The startling discovery of a fourth body sharing the victims chilly repose launches Emma into a story that will turn her world upside down.
"You're a librarian, not a detective," Catherine Penny's daughter reminds her. But Catherine, suddenly single in her sixties, finds it easy to slip into sleauthing mode when she leaves behind New York City and a failed marriage for a lovely 17th century cottage in the idyllic English village of Far Wychwood.
When Betsy arrived in Excelsior, Minnesota, all she wanted was to visit her sister Margot and get her life in order. She never dreamed her sister would give her a place to stay and a job at her needlecraft shop. In fact, things had never looked so good-until Margot was murdered.... (needlepoint pattern included in book)
Thompson C. Briephs is dead. D-E-A-D. The body of the flamboyant crossword puzzle editor was found under suspicious circumstances--and his grief-stricken mother, a wealthy dowager, has hired P.I. Rosco Polycrates to come up with some answers.
Needlework shop owner, Betsy Devonshire, eager to help her best friend, Officer Jill Cross, investigate the murder of an artisan that takes place during the local art fair, she ends up alienating Jill by sharing confidential information with others. Before she can prove the innocence of a young man falsely accused, Betsy must regain Jill's trust.
As a veterinarian, she's more experienced with paw prints than fingerprints. But thanks to her dogged persistence and her knack for landing on her feet, Jessica Popper's got murder on a very short leash.
For Bretta Solomon, professional florist and budding sleauth, River City's wedding of the year is proving her biggest floral challenge. The impossible demands of the mother-of-the-bride are pushing Bretta, along with the wedding planner, hair stylist, and caterer, from the normal jitters to a nervous breakdown. And the, along with 100 yards of tulle, everything begins to unravel.
Martha's Vineyard has been home to Victoria Trumbull for most of her 92 years. Its magic, history and picture perfect calm are part of her very being. But one evening, Victoria hears something that doesn't quite belong: a scream followed by a splish and the sound of a car speeding away. She investigates and discovers a body on the outgoing tide.
Despite interruptions from her granddaughter Elizabeth, Domingo the harbormaster, a swarm of Island locals, and a few mysterious visitors, she manages to find time to concot a scheme to trap the killer, but she'll need to act quickly--victim number two has just been found.
Elizabeth Porter was a top-of-the-line Manhattan antiques dealer until her ex-husband and his lover's flagrantly criminal scam left her reputation in tatters. Now, using a new name, Molly Doyle, she's starting over a continent away in a rundown antiques shop in cozy Carmel, California.
Molly is determined to make the best of it, but the early antiques bird sometimes gets more than the worm, and one prompt arrival places her at a murder site with a corpse in her arms. After she turns up at a second seemingly unrelated death, the abrasive new police chief considers Molly the prime suspect. Now the only way to clear her name is for Molly to find her own path to a killer, which will leave her either exonerated...or dead!
Tori Miracle has her cats, her sexiest nightgown, and the highest hopes a jaded New Yorker dares have as she sets off for Lickin Creek, Pennsylvania. Chosen as a celebrity judge of the annual Old Fashioned Apple Butter Festival, Tori is really looking forward to spending quality time with police chief Garnet Gochenauer. Then the dying begins....
Mayor and single mom Peggy Jean Turner is happily anticipating her favorite holiday. But this year is different. Dealing with an obnoxious neighbor and organizing a re-enactment of the first Thanksgiving for the tourists, she's being pulled in more directions than a wishbone - and things are only getting worse.
(BookBrowser quote "A fine New England amateur sleuth cozy.")
Suburban mom, Jane Jeffry, deals with cutthroat church bazaar politics, finishing up the knitting of the 'afghan from hell' at the same time she has an unwelcome visit from an old acquaintance and her ill-mannered brat of a teenage son.