26 July 2011
City of Secrets (Miranda Corbie #2) by Kelli Stanley. (Minotaur hc, 13 September 2011)
When Pandora Blake is murdered at San Francisco's 1940 World Fair and her body marked with an anti-Semitic slur, Miranda is soon entangled in a web of deceit and betrayal that is only overshadowed by the threat of impending war.
Murder by Mocha (Cofeehouse #10) by Cleo Coyle (Berkley Prime Crime hc, 2 August 2011).
Clare's Village Blend coffee beans are being used to create a new java love potion: a "Mocha Magic Coffee," billed as an aphrodisiac. The product, expected to rake in millions, will be sold exclusively on Aphrodite's Village, one of the most popular online communities for women.
But at its launch, one of the website's editors is murdered. Clare is convinced a bitter killer wants the secret formula.
Pleating for Mercy (Magical Dressmaking #1)by Melissa Bourbon (Obsidian, 2 August 2011).
When her great-grandmother passes away, Harlow leaves her job as a Manhattan fashion designer and moves back to Bliss, Texas. But soon after she opens Buttons & Bows, a custom dressmaking boutique in the old farmhouse she inherited, Harlow begins to feel an inexplicable presence....
A Sheetcake Named Desire (Piece of Cake #1) by Jacklyn Brady (Berkley Prime Crime, 2 August 2011).
New Orleans pastry chef Rita Lucero is out to bake her way to the top. But when she finds her almost-ex-husband killed with a chef's knife in his back, she becomes suspect number one. Now it's up to her to find the real killer before she winds up as the next victim served.
Bitter Harvest (Orchard #5) by Sheila Connolly (Berkley Prime Crime, 2 August 2011).
Now that Meg Corey's apples have been harvested and sold, she's enjoying some free time. But when the small but annoying mishaps plaguing her start turning sinister, Meg begins to worry that her first harvest may be her last.
Die Buying (Mall Cop #1) by Laura DiSilverio (Berkley Prime Crime, 2 August 2011).
Emma-Joy Ferris likes mall cop work, even though it's a bit more humdrum than the military policing she did in the army. But there's no time to be bored when someone 'liberates' a 15-foot python from the Herpetology Hut, and a mannequin turns out to be a very real corpse.
Harrowing Hats (Renaissance Faire #4) by Joyce and Jim Lavene ( Berkley Prime Crime, 2 August 2011).
Working as a hat-maker in the Renaissance Faire Village is pretty sweet for Jessie Morton-until one of the fair's chocolatiers is found drowned in a vat of chocolate in his shop. Now Jessie must sort through a long list of knaves, knights, and wenches who might have wanted to see the chocolatier double- dipped and dead.
Till Death Do Us Bark (Dog Walker #5) by Judi McCoy (Obsidian, 2 August 2011).
Professional dog walker Ellie Engleman may have a psychic connection with dogs, but she was hoping she would not get roped into dealing with the wet-nosed guests at the Hamptons wedding she's been invited to. But soon she's chasing her tail over trouble of the two-legged variety. Before the bride can say, "I do," someone is murdered. And Ellie and her yorkiepoo Rudy must put their noses to the ground to sniff out the killer.
A Killer Column (By the Numbers #2) by Casey Mayes (Berkley Prime Crime, 2 August 2011).
When puzzle columnist Savannah Stone's editor is found stabbed to death, the police look at her as the prime suspect. But Savannah knows she wasn't the only puzzle-maker to cross words with him.
Tempest in the Tea Leaves (Fortune Teller #1) by Kari Lee Townsend (2 August 2011).
Using various fortune telling tools to interpret her visions, Sunny seeks to aid the residents of Divinity, New York. But when she uses tea leaves to read the frazzled town librarian, what lies at the bottom of the cup is anything but helpful.