Clare runs the Rescued Word a typewriting and book repair shop with her uncle Chester. She is accosted by a leather-clad man who demands she hand over a client’s typewriter. She refuses and he runs off when the cops arrive. Shortly after, his body is found behind the store. Clare can’t resist the urge to investigate.
Genre: Cozy Mystery
Lila Wilkins’ literary agency is hosting the cooking aspect of the local Taste of the Town festival and she is hoping it will go off without a hitch. She didn’t count on the inflated egos and general nastiness of all of the author chefs that have been invited to participate. When one of the chefs is unexpectedly killed, Lila gets involved.
Meg is supervising a group of interior designers who have been commissioned to decorate a room in a derelict house before it is auctioned off. The winning designer gets money donated to their chosen charity. It is basically a variation of Australian reality tv show ‘The Block’ (minus the camera crew). The house is plagued with problems courtesy of one obnoxious designer who seems to go out of his way to rile up the others. When he is murdered, Meg pops on her investigating hat and gets stuck in.
Audrey Bloom once again finds herself in the midst of a murder. She’s been hired to design bouquets for a bell crazy bride on wedding reality tv show (try saying that three times fast). It ought to be a great opportunity for the store but the hosts are nowhere near as nice as they appear on camera. Audrey isn’t exactly surprised when the most obnoxious one is murdered but decides to intervene when her ex, Brad, becomes a suspect.
Audrey Bloom, one half of The Rose in Bloom florist shop, is thrust into a murder investigation when her former school friend, Jenny, becomes a prime suspect. Audrey knows there is no way Jenny would have murdered her fiancé Derek as she is far too retiring and besides, she had just told Audrey she planned to break up with him.
The League of Literary Ladies have picked the classic tale The Legend of Sleepy Hollow to read and life soon starts to imitate art with the South Bass Island equivalent, bootlegger Charlie “Sleepy” Harlow making his presence felt. Bea Cartwright gets drawn into the drama when a particularly unpleasant member of the Elkhart Ghost Getters (EGG) gets herself murdered and fellow literary lady, Kate, becomes a suspect.
The murder of a toy manufacturer unsettles the town of Heavenly, Pennsylvania and gift shop owner, Claire Weatherly, decides to get to the bottom of it. The man was staying at her aunt’s inn after all and threatened Amish livelihoods.
Josie Giancola was excited when she found out that a Hollywood actress wanted to wear her buttons on her wedding dress. Josie was less than impressed with Kate’s imperious ways but was convinced that Kate could help her fledgling business really stand out. When Kate was stabbed to death with a button hook in the store, Josie decided she needed to investigate.
Georgia Kelly lost her accountancy job and her fiancé in quick succession. She came back to Wenwood, NY to stay with her grandfather (aka Grandy) to recuperate. When a man who was rude to her was murdered, Grandy became the prime suspect. Georgia is determined to clear him.
You wouldn’t think that zombies, crafts and a wedding go together but this book was just plain fun. The blinged out hoopskirt was supposed to be a fun way to celebrate Edna’s upcoming nuptials but instead it helped cause a death. There is no shortage of suspects as visitors have flocked to the town for the zombie retreat, craft fair and wedding. Willow feels obliged to investigate as she was first on the scene.