February is running to a close, and that means it’s time to discuss our recommended Cozy Mysteries that we’ve read throughout the month. If you read a Cozy you can strongly recommend in the month of February, be sure to let the rest of us know here! My own recommendation for this month is Kate Collins‘s Flower Shop Mystery Series.
If you’re interested in reading why I’m recommending these series, you can go to the Most Popular & Recommended Cozy Mystery Series page on my Cozy-Mystery site for my full write-ups on each of these great Cozy series.
So, what have you been reading that you can recommend in February? Please be sure to tell us why you liked these Cozies so much. I know we’re all always on the lookout for more particularly good Cozy Mystery authors! (If you have a lot of Cozies you think are great, please post the ones you like the most at the top of the list.)
As always, please do not tell us about the Cozy Mysteries you did not like.
What really good Cozy Mystery did you read during February 2017 that you want the rest of us to know about, and why did you enjoy it?
Here are the current recommended authors who some of you have read and recommended this past month:
Ellie Alexander (aka Kate Dyer-Seeley): Bakeshop Mystery Series
Sandra Balzo: Maggy Thorsen Mystery Series
Lorna Barrett aka L. L. Bartlett & Lorraine Bartlett: Booktown Mystery Series
M. C. Beaton: Hamish Macbeth Mystery Series
J. W. Becton: Southern Fraud Thriller Series (first book Absolute Liability)
Laura Bradford (aka Elizabeth Lynn Casey): Emergency Dessert Squad Mystery Series
Janet Cantrell (aka Kaye George): Fat Cat Mystery Series
Kerry J Charles: Dulcie Chambers Mystery Series
Nancy Coco (aka Nancy J. Parra and Nell Hampton): Candy-Coated Mystery Series
Kate Collins: Flower Shop Mystery Series
Cleo Coyle (aka Alice Kimberly): Coffeehouse Mystery Series
Deborah Crombie: Kincaid & James Mystery Series
Annette Dashofy: Zoe Chambers Mystery Series (first book Circle of Influence)
Jo Dereske: Miss Zukas Mystery Series
Susan Finlay: The Outsiders Mystery Series (first book In the Shadows)
Amanda Flower (aka Isabella Alan): Appleseed Creek Mystery Series AND Magical Bookshop Mystery Series
Jean Flowers (aka Camille Minichino, Margaret Grace, & Ada Madison): Postmistress Mystery Series
Parnell Hall: Puzzle Lady Mystery Series
L.B. Hathaway: Posie Parker Mystery Series
Christine Husom: Snow Globe Shop Mystery Series
Delia James: Witch’s Cat Mystery Series
Diane Kelly: Tara Holloway Mystery Series
Catherine Lloyd: Kurland St. Mary Mystery Series
Jenn McKinlay (aka Josie Belle & Lucy Lawrence): Hat Shop Mystery Series
Julie Moffett: Lexi Carmichael Mystery Series
Joanne Pence: Angie Amalfi Mystery Series
Louise Penny: Chief Inspector Gamache Mystery Series
David Rosenfelt: Andy Carpenter Mystery Series
Hank Phillippi Ryan: Jane Ryland Mystery Series
Paige Shelton: Dangerous Type Mystery Series
Patricia Smiley: Pacific Homicide (stand-alone mystery)
Joyce Tremel: Brewing Trouble Mystery Series
Sigrid Vansandt: Helen & Martha Cozy Mystery Series (first book Two Birds With One Stone)
I will list the authors and series that have been recommended, but I urge you to read the comments below so you can see the reasons other Cozy Mystery readers thought these were their best reads of the month.
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P.S. I usually don’t comment on your recommendations since they speak for themselves.
I read A Plain Death by Amanda Flower and loved it from beginning to end. I don’t think I have read any fiction about the Amish community (at least that I can remember). The setting and the characters in this book were very realistic and had me wishing I could visit Amish Country. The writing was so engaging that I felt that I was actually there in the midst of the plot. I look forward to reading more by this author.
I’m glad you found this book, KG. A few years ago I raved about it, highly recommending this book and each successive one. Because of its depth and versatility, I often recommend it to book clubs. I think it’s an eye opener to the Amish world. There are even discussion questions at the end.
Flower’s publisher dropped the series after the third book. She took it upon herself to self-publish (at her own expense) the final book so she could wrap up all the loose ends. Now that’s an author that cares about her readers!
KG, be sure to try her Amish Quilt Shop series beginning with, “Murder, Plain and Simple’ which she writes under the pseudonym Isabella Alan. It’s a bit lighter, but quite enjoyable series.
Thank you MJ. I am so sad to hear that this series is short lived. I appreciate your suggestion of the Amish Quilt Series.
KG: If you liked Amanda Flower and an Amish Mystery setting, you may like Laura Bradford’s Amish mysteries-also set in Amish country. One title that I can remember off the top of my head is “Assaulted Pretzel” and I believe there are about 4 more titles in this series.
I enjoyed those very much.
Thank you for this suggestion. I have added it to my TBR list.
The Coffeehouse Mysteries by Sandra Balzo
The first book I picked up in the series was “Murder on the Orient Espresso”. I loved the cute name and figured I would give it a try and I was not disappointed! Maggie is a funny, relatable character and the book was a smooth, easy read! Usually I have an idea who the killer might be, but this time it was a complete surprise!
I just discovered Nancy Coco’s Candy-Coated Mystery series. I enjoyed the first one so much that I read all of them within ten days. The island setting is a big part of the series and it becomes much like a character itself. The people are fun, even funny. The books jump right into the mystery from the first chapter, which makes it hard to put down until you finish it.
Linda MH says
Here are my February choices:
No Living Soul by Julie Moffett
No Living Soul is the ninth book in the highly entertaining Lexi Carmichael Mystery series. This time around, Lexi’s best friend Elvis receives a strange coded package from his estranged father. The package contains information that, in the wrong hands, could cause serious problems around the world. Lexi, her boyfriend Slash, and Elvis head to Egypt to find his father and do what it takes to contain the problem.
This is one of my favorite series. Ms. Moffett has filled her books with engaging characters, suspenseful and well-plotted mysteries, and interesting locales. Lexi is extremely intelligent with amazing tech skills and is a very likable lead. Although the characters have stayed true to themselves throughout the series, the author has allowed them to grow—and that’s a very good thing.
I strongly recommend these books. There are a few series I follow that are must reads the minute they come out—this is one of them. I immediately put aside whatever I’m reading, grab Lexi’s latest adventure and settle in to be entertained from the first page to the last. If you aren’t familiar with this series, you should give it a try. Each book can stand alone, but I believe it is always better to start at the beginning.
Shock Loss by J. W. Becton
Former DOI Fraud Investigator Julia Jackson has lost her job and law enforcement certification. She has opened a PI firm and has become licensed to investigate insurance claims, but no one wants to hire an unethical former LEO. When Ted, her former boss, leaves her a message telling her that he and Julia’s boyfriend, Mark Vincent, have been targeted for murder by the same people who tried to murder her, she rushes to meet with her boss. What she finds when she reaches her old office sets Julia in motion to find out who is orchestrating a murder-for-hire contract to take out DOI employees.
Wow! I loved Shock Loss, the fifth installment in the Southern Fraud Thriller series. I couldn’t put the book down. Julia is incredibly smart and believes all victims deserve justice. That belief in justice is the reason she has been fired. This is an interesting, well-written series with great characters and plots that keep you glued to your seat.
I definitely recommend this series but it is very important to read them in order.
With a Vengeance by Annette Dashofy
With a Vengeance, the fourth book in the Zoe Chambers Mystery series, is a great read! In this book, a sniper is shooting first responders. Everyone is nervous, especially Police Chief Pete Adams. He’s in a race against the clock to find the sniper before Paramedic Zoe Chambers, the love of his life, goes back on duty. While Pete and his men frantically search for clues, Zoe and her team of paramedics do their best to bury their fears and do their job. Each call they get could be their last.
Ms. Dashofy has written a tale that is both exciting and suspenseful. I was on the edge of my seat, wondering and worrying about who would be the next to get ambushed. This series is well written and very entertaining, and Zoe Chambers is an intelligent and independent lead character. I find these books to be a bit darker than the usual cozy, but they are so well done. Each book works well as a stand-alone.
The last book I want to mention is not a cozy, but I really liked it, and thought that if you also enjoy reading other genres, you might like this.
Pacific Homicide by Patricia Smiley
Pacific Homicide is a wonderful debut in what I hope becomes a long-running series. This well-written and fast-paced police procedural grabbed and held my attention from beginning to end. Due to the
author’s past affiliation with the LAPD, I found the action to be authentic and well researched. Davie Richards is a compelling lead character. She’s smart, controlled and very good at her job. I loved getting to know her.
Since this is a police procedural and not a cozy, I won’t go into detail here. Ms. Smiley is the author of the Tucker Sinclair books (which are very enjoyable, but the series ended after 4 books). I’ve missed her writing and anxiously awaited this new book. It definitely lived up to my expectations.
Hope everyone has a wonderful March! Think spring!!!
February Recommendations – 2017
Say No More — Hank Phillippi Ryan
Although this author is a favorite of mine, I put off reading it until after the holidays. During the holidays I look for ‘lighter’ mysteries, Ryan’s stories are far more intense.
Jane Ryland is a Boston journalist. Her boyfriend, Jake, is a detective with the Boston police force. Jane has recently changed the direction of her position from investigative reporter to documentary reporter.
While on assignment she and her producer witness a hit and run. Because she witnessed this crime, Jane become involved in seeking a solution. Usually there is an underlying awareness type story to Ryan’s mysteries. In this case it is campus sexual assault, which is wound into the story with many alarming twists.
Ryan’s writing style is different from many cozy authors. She intertwines the character’s stories through by focusing chapters on main characters. This allows the reader to really understand the depth of each character.
This is a VERY talented author. In real life she is an investigative reporter with a Boson TV station.
I state this every time I recommend one of her books……………with the right marketing, I truly believe she could be in the top 10 of the NYT best seller list, along with Evanovich and Scottoline.
For those who love superb mysteries, you will certainly enjoy this book with its suspense and surprising storyline and ending. It’s an EXCELLENT read!
Assault and Beret — Jenn McKinlay
Cousins Scarlett and Viv own a London hat shop. Viv is the designer, whereas Scarlett is the people/customer service person.
In this book they venture to Paris because Viv is teaching a one week hat making course. Viv is married, but left her husband two years ago and hasn’t seen or heard from him since. Scarlett’s job in Paris is to locate said husband and initiate an annulment. He is an art appraiser with an insurance company.
She easily finds him, but both Viv and Scarlett witness his kidnapping. A valuable painting also disappears.
The wonderful and diverse characters from the London location descend on Paris to help with the search.
I enjoy all of the McKinlay series, but I like this one the best, probably because of the characters. There’s more ‘romance’ in this story than normal for a McKinlay book. The mystery has several twists and WOW disclosures. The reader may figure out the culprit and scenario before the ending, but it still is a surprise. It’s a quick read that is difficult to put down.
I’ll assume there are more future books in this series. But if it ended with this book, most of the loose ends have been tied up.
Frosty the Dead Man — Christine Husom
Who would’ve ‘thunk’ stories centered around snow globes would be interesting? Actually, I enjoy the originality of the concept. This book takes place in December, with a Christmas theme. However, I didn’t get it read before the holidays.
Protagonist Cami Brooks owns a curio shop. Her friend Pinky Nelson owns a connecting store, ‘Brew-Ha-Ha’ in a small Minnesota community. Frosty (the mayor) asks Cami to run for city council. When she goes to his office to continue the conversation she finds he has been murdered with …..guess what?………………..got it?………….a SNOW GLOBE!
This story has many layers with intrigue aspects. The reader will enjoy the interesting developing characters in this third book of the series. To say there are many surprises is an understatement! Kudos to the author for settling the ‘TWO romantic prospects’ requirement of most cozies lately. 🙂
This story moves along swiftly with all the qualities of a good cozy. Enjoy (even if it isn’t December)!
Fudge and Jury — Ellie Alexander
Since I found this author a couple of years ago, I’ve enjoyed both of her mystery series. This one is set in a tourist-type Oregon town known for it’s Shakespearean theater. Jules is a pastry chef who left her cruise ship assignments to move back to her hometown community to help her mother with the family bakery. She also left behind her Spanish husband (head chef on cruise lines) because of lying/trust issues.
The community is hosting a chocolate festival. A well known, although not well liked, chef is murdered. The method of murder is quite ingenious, although the reader can pretty easily identify the ‘villain’. I enjoy the characters with their unique mixture of personalities.
For those that like cooking/baking the author adds a LOT of description into the story. For those that don’t, it’s easily skipped over.
This is the 5th book of the series and it’s time the author moves on from the current ‘romance’ (or lack thereof) story line, and develop something more exciting. Because Jules stuck in the past, this aspect of the story is pretty boring.
Just an example………her husband (Carlos) left for an assignment many weeks earlier, yet not once has she received any communication from him. I’ve found it frustrating because this aspect of the story is WAY too unbelievable (it weakens the lead character). If the reader can ignore this, they’ll find themselves enjoying a good mystery.
AND, since I do enjoy a good mystery, I overlook this particular story line because all the rest is so doggone entertaining.
I’ve almost completed a really good book. If I finish it in the next day………I’ll add it to this month’s recommendation.
I enjoyed the Fat Cat at Large.
The first in a new series by Janet Cantrell.
I just read that as well. She now on my must read list.
My favorite read for February was Foreign Eclairs by Julie Hyzy. It is a wrap-up of the White House chef series. While I hate to see the series end, because I really like Ollie and the other characters, this is the best final book in a series that I recall reading.
Diane Kelly and the Tara Holloway series are always on my buy and read immediately list. Death, Taxes and Sweet Potatoes Fries did not disappoint.
I agree that Julie Hyzy wrapped up her White House Chef series in a very acceptable way. However, I felt like she kept it open in case she ever decided to pick it up again.
Love any book set in Dinkeytown (as is this Fat Cat series!!!
I binge read Ellie Alexander’s Bakeshop Mystery series.
Former chef on cruise ship comes home to Oregon to heal a broken heart. Helps mother in family bakery.
Sorry I am not good at writing reviews..
I have book 6 preordered.
My favorite book this month was Bookman Dead Style by Paige Shelton. A murder takes place at a film festival in the Utah resort town where the series is set. The cast of characters in this series is so interesting as is the printing/typewriter shop that the main family owns. This is the second book in the series and I can’t wait for the third to come out.
I was pleased to find out that the latest book in Kerry J. Charles museum series mysteries was released in December. It was only $3.99 on Kindle when I bought it last week. It’s a quick read and another good book in this series.
Dead Cold Brew —- Cleo Coyle
I mentioned in my previous post that I was almost done reading a really good book. I finished it, and it’s as good as I expected it to be. 🙂
As par for the course in this series, this book is a terrific read with an intensity that keeps you glued to the pages.
Clare Cosi manages a New York coffee house. Her partner is her ex-husband Matt Allegro. Initially they accept an offer to create a coffee line for a new cruise ship. Through this venture they become acquainted with a nefarious criminal element.
This story begins 60 years ago with the sinking of a ship and the supposed loss of a valuable diamond. Sixty years later, chaos ensues with the competing forces trying to acquire this diamond.
Someone in a character costume is trying to kill or maim policemen on a large scale. Clare’s detective boyfriend (Mike) is a target. His partner is wounded, but Clare saves his life.
There are SO MANY elements (including the kidnapping of Madame Allegro (Matt’s mother) and the poisoning of a well known jeweler) to this story that I can’t begin to break it down. Coyle readers will understand this, and the talent of this writing couple to keep the reader captivated. I suppose it can be confusing at times, but the story flows in a well-paced manner.
BTW, I think it’s important to read this series from the beginning to understand all the character dynamics.
This book along with ‘Say No More’ are definitely my best reads of the month!!!
Ahhhhh……..now off to watch the Oscars! 🙂
Danna: you asked for our February recommends and I just finished a 2 book series (hope there will be more) by Jean Flowers (Camille Minichino, Margaret Grace and Ada Madison are other names this author uses depending on the series that she writes). Death Takes Priority and Cancelled by Death is the other title by Flowers-the postal worker series. This is a new series in the Camille Mnichino arsenal. Very fun and engaging characters and a gripping plot line. Like Camille’s other series, you just plain like these people and want to go back for more. I did anyway. Hope you’ll like them as well.
I’m halfway through Catherine Lloyd’s “Death Comes to the Fair”, a Kirkland St. Mary Mystery. I have enjoyed prior books in this series and look forward to the next. I love “period” mysteries.
I absolutely recommend The Outsiders Series by Susan Finlay. It takes place in France…a Chicago Detective and a Mysterious stranger…It had me from Page one … You will love it!!!
Margaret StashEmpress says
Well again my life seems to be getting in the way of my reading! Only read 6 books this month — but good ones all!
Laura Bradford — Eclair and Present Danger (Emergency Dessert Squad series) — This is the first in a new series & y’all have heard countless times how UNinterested I am in the gazillion new series popping up daily that are retreads of past & present cozies series (how many needlework shop owning sleuths do we need? or baker sleuths?). My feeling is that if an author has the ability to present us with a really GOOD new series, they should be able to come up with a premise of their own. Which is just what Laura Bradford has done with this new series — in spades. Yes — we’ve had countless baker sleuths — but — this is the first one that delivers “rescue” desserts in a restored antique ambulance — wearing scrubs, dessert on a gurney — with the added kicker of toppings being applied fresh on the scene of delivery — drizzled from an IV bag no less! Doesn’t get a whole lot more original than that folks LOL! Loved this book! (OK, and the mystery is good too LOLOL)
Delia James — By Familiar Means (Witch’s Cat series). This is the second in a series I started reading last month. Its a “para-cozy lite” in that while it is somewhat paranormal (sleuth is a witch, with cat, wand & all) but yet she’s very “normal” — with all the annoyances of daily living that the rest of us have to contend with — her grandma, her landlord (love him, yes or no?), her possible boyfriend (want him to be a boyfriend, yes or no?), finding a dead body in a hidden old smugglers tunnel… ok, maybe not what ALL of us deal with daily LOL…. The second main character of the series, is the “title” character, that is Alastair the magical cat, and the sleuth’s “familiar”. So what I don’t get is this — in other cozy books I’ve read featuring witches, they were pretty consistant with the “rules” — that is — every witch in a coven either did or did not have a familiar animal, all the familiars had the same “rules”, etc. Now this one has me thoroughly confuddled….. Anna has her cat Alastair as her familiar (he adopts her in the first book). Alistair has the ability to appear & dissapear like…. magic…. can get into and out of buildings, appear at far distant locations in the blink of an eye, etc. Anna’s mentor, Julia, has a pair of miniature dachsunds as her familiar animals. Why does she get two???? And they don’t have the appearing/disappearing abilities that Alistair has — you have to open doors for them, take them with you in the car etc. And the other members of the coven don’t have familiar animals at all (all two of them??? Coven of 4? Aren’t there supposed to be more?) What’s up with that????????? But the mystery is good, the characters are likeable & I’m waiting for the next book in the series.
Parnell Hall — A Puzzle To Be Named Later (Puzzle Lady series) — No introduction needed — hysterical series, next good book — just read it LOL!
Deborah Crombie — Garden of Lamentations (Duncan Kincaid/Gemma James series). This is the latest in this long running series. I really enjoyed this book, there are two concurrent mysteries going on at once — the basic murder, (which I actually figured out fairly soon, though its not really at all obvious) — and a deeper story of corruption & ingrigue. My only problem with this book was that it heavily referenced the events of the previous book in the series — which was written (and read!) 3 years ago — so I really didn’t remember any of it… seriously thinking of now looking that one up & rereading to see what I might have missed — though wish I’d known to do it *before* reading this title! (Am I the only one having problems recalling plots & characters read 3 years – or even 3 months –ago???)
Diane Kelly — Death, Taxes and a Satin Garter (Tara Holloway series) I really enjoy this series because its got a radically different premise from most cozy OR law enforcement type mysteries — the sleuth is in law enforcement — for the IRS — so in her cherry red steel toed Doc Martens, with her trusty Glock strapped on, she goes after wrongdoers who have neglected to pay their taxes — in some spectacular ways –and sometimes general no-goodniks (where she is sometimes able to get her man because he didn’t pay taxes either & that can sometimes be more easily proven than other forms of wrongdoing). In this installment, she goes after the owner of a radio stations who appears to be living high on the hog, all the while claiming no income & loss of revenue, as well as a “catfisher” — a man who cons women he meets on dating sites — (and since he didn’t pay taxes on the money he conned them out of…..) — all while preparing for her best friend’s wedding. I really enjoy this series & I’m really happy that the author toned down the graphic romantic parts that were much too much in the earlier titles.
M. C. Beaton — Death of a Ghost (Hamish Macbeth series) — another great installment in this old favorite series. I totally adore Marion Chesney (aka M.C. Beaton) & the weird thing is — I don’t actually LIKE Hamish Macbeth (or the variety of women he *almost* has relationships with) — nor do I particularly care for Agatha Raisin (the sleuth in her other cozy series) –and yet — I totally adore their books, their plots, the way they think & things they get up to! Usually you love a series because you love the characters — very very strange, I can’t explain it myself! Btw, back in the day the same author wrote (under her own name of Marion Chesney) a number of historical series that would probably be classified more as romances, though there were elements of mystery — and lots & lots of humor involved — I LOVED the characters in those series — each series was 6 books long, if I recall correctly. My favorite was “The Poor Relation” series — the premise being that a group of poor relations of aristocrats (who were not well treated by their rich relations & were basically left to starve) banded together & started a hotel, calling it “The Poor Relation” with the idea being that their rich aristocratic relations will be so horrified (working for your money, in those days, was soooo low class…) that they would swoop in & settle handsome living allowances on them if they would only leave “trade”. However they eventually discovered that they LIKED working & having their own hotel, which became exceedingly poplular simply because people couldn’t resist being able to say, the Duke of Whatsit’s aunt cooked my dinner & I was waited on by the Earl of Whosit’s cousin!These were really great reads & I heartily recommend them!
I am waiting for a new Ann Purser book.I love her series and want more.Any idea if she is writing one?
Danna - cozy mystery list says
Barb, unfortunately not! I know she hasn’t released anything for a while, and is now well over 80, so she might be retired from writing.
My 92 year old Mom & I both love David Rosenfelt’s “Andy Carpenter” series. We’re halfway through the 16 books to date and can say they all feature interesting characters, great plotting and are written with a great sense of humor. No two have been repetitious which is not something you can claim about all authors who write long series.
L.B. Hathaway’s Posie Parker Series!
This is my favorite series! Posie Parker is a spunky detective in post World War I London. Not only are these wonderful mysteries, but the author does an amazing job of getting the reader to connect with all of her characters. I’m always a little sad when I finish one of her books because I know I have to wait until her next one is released!
Bonus: The first two books in the series are Kindle Unlimited books, so if you have a subscription they are included!
In February I sort of followed the “instructions” of Amanda Flower in randomly selecting a book at the bookstore and fell in love. Kind of getting tired of cooks and shopkeepers, but Crime & Poetry and Pros & Cons in the Magical Bookshop series is a fun read.
Jill B says
I am reading the second Joyce Tremel book about a female brewpub owner in Pittsburgh, Tangled Up in a Brew. I am enjoying it just as much as the first title, To Brew or Not to Brew.
I enjoy all the monthly recommendations and want to start a new TBR pile so I have been concentrating on reading my favorite series in which I have just a few books left to read. My favorite read this month was ‘Index to Murder’, a Miss Zukas mystery, author Jo Dereske. Helma Zukas is an inquisitive librarian who is also set in her ways. This series is well written and I find myself smiling quite frequently when reading. I’ve enjoyed each book in the series and just have one left…..’Farewell, Miss Zukas’.
So grateful for this monthly list of recommended reads. Discovered [thanks to all y’all] a series with a post-WWI photographer sleuth whose husband went missing in the war. “Died in the Wool” was a very good mystery. Now I have to remember the author so I can read the next one!
I love Maisie Dobbs series, but now she’s gone to work for MI-6’s predecessor The Home Office, I’ve rather lost interest.
Love Lorna Barrett’s Booktown Mystery series! I binged and read books 1-9 during February. I love the interactions and bonding of the 2 sisters, Tricia and Angelica. It’s literally a “book town” and kept me enticed through book 9. Can’t wait to read the next book, Title Wave.
I’ve also skimmed through the other posts and I love ANY Amish Mystery series…..Isabella Alan, Amanda Flower and I recently found Karen Harper.
Can anyone tell me about Linda Castillo books?
Leap Year Baby says
All my friends were raving about Louise Penny’s Three Pines mystery series. I started with book 1 and was hooked I didn’t stop till I read all 12 books. I got so involved in each story you have to read them in order.
That took care of February.
Hope I’m not too late to submit a February recommendation, but I just finished Joanne Pence’s COOKING SPIRITS and loved it. This is yet another fun and fabulous Angie Amalfi mystery with tons of twists and turns… and maybe even ghosts! Lots of good times throughout the book as Joanne reintroduces Angie’s family and friends—and very special police detective boyfriend Paavo–and opens the door for even more Angie Amalfi mysteries. I’ve been reading these stories since Joanne introduced her delightful characters in the 90s, and I’ve never been disappointed! I’m anxious to read more about Angie and Paavo–her sleuthing and his by-the-book crime investigations!