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Cozy Debuts of 2020: Part 3

If you have missed reading the first two posts in this series, you can find them here: Part 1; Part 2

Murder in a Scottish Shire (A Scottish Shire Mystery #1)

Paislee, a twenty-eight-year-old single mum, owns a specialty sweater shop named Cashmere Crush. Trouble always comes in threes. First, Paislee receives an eviction notice from her landlord. Next, her estranged grandfather has been brought to her door by the police. Lastly, Paislee finds her recently hired part-time help dead in her flat.

Witch Hunt by Cate Conte (A Full Moon Mystery #1)

Violet Mooney owns The Full Moon crystal shop in North Harbor, Connecticut. Town councilwoman Carla Fernandez picks up a fight with Vi in the local cafe; calls Vi a voodoo woman. To add more weird events to the day is a mysterious client at the crystal shop. Vi’s shop-help Josie comes in a few minutes later and complains of an obnoxious smell. Vi goes home after paying a visit to the tax department. Vi falls asleep and is woken up by someone knocking at her door. Cops! Vi learns Carla was found dead a few hours ago and Vi is the main suspect.

Still Knife Painting by Cheryl Hollon (A Paint and Shine Mystery #1)

After inheriting her uncle’s homestead in Red River Gorge, Kentucky, Miranda Trent comes up with a perfect business plan – Paint and Shine culture adventure – pairing outdoor painting with sips of moonshine. When her first batch of clients arrive to her place after trekking, Miranda is horrified to see her cook change the menu. The cook, Mrs Childers, is also against Miranda starting her own microbrewery. Minutes later, Mrs Childers is found on the kitchen floor with a knife sticking out of her chest.

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A Village Murder by Frances Evesham (A Ham Hill Murder Mystery #1)

Imogen Bishop has arrived at her father’s hotel; he died in a car crash two weeks ago. Imogen and her father did not get along well and yet here she is, making arrangements for his funeral. Things go well at the funeral until Imogen and Adam Hennessey, a retired police officer who owns a pub close by, discover a dead body in the orangery. The dead man is none other than Imogen’s husband Greg. Imogen and Greg had separated a while ago but Greg was expected to arrive at the funeral – well, he was supposed to arrive ‘alive’.

Vanilla Bean Vengeance by Agatha Frost (Claire’s Candles #1)

Claire Harris has always dreamed of opening a quaint candle shop in her home village of Northash. But she’s low on funds, stuck in a dead end job and has to move in with her parents. When the owner of the factory is pushed to her death, Claire’s life changes for good. Not only Claire, but a handful of others in the village were dependent on the factory. It is up to Claire to solve the crime and save the factory from going bankrupt.

Sprinkles of Suspicion by Kim Davis (Cupcake Catering Mystery #1)

Distraught after discovering the betrayal by her husband and best friend, Tori, cupcake caterer Emory Martinez allows her temper to flare. Several people witness her very public altercation with her ex-friend. To make matters worse, Tori exacts her revenge by posting a fake photo of Emory in a compromising situation, which goes viral on social media. When Tori is found murdered, all signs point to Emory being the prime suspect.

No Filter by Heather Day Gilbert (Bark and Beans Cafe #1)

Newly single Macy Hatfield moves back to her small hometown in West Virginia. Her brother Bo has a plan to start a new cafe – Barks and Beans – a place where you can drink coffee as well as pet fur-buddies. A golf instructor of a nearby Spiritual center is murdered and Macy ends up adopting his Great Dane – Coal. Macy finds a mysterious message sewn under the dog’s collar and a day later, Coal is dognapped. Macy starts to search for her doggie best friend and ends up unearthing the killer’s cruel and sinister motives.


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