What I’m Reading: The INNcredibly Sweet Cozy Mysteries

Believe it or not (after that last post about the 32-book series), Summer Prescott has produced yet another cozy mystery series. Chas and Missy and the gang continue their adventures in Calgon at the inn and cupcake shop in this 15 or 16 book series, depending on whether a 12th book shows up. The first book is Irish Creme Killer. Characters from the Frosted Love series appear in this series also, so if you’re a fan of Spencer (my personal fave), Izzy, Tim, Echo, or the others, you’ll get to read more about them, too.

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Irish Creme Killer

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What I’m Reading: Frosted Love Cozy Mysteries

I love reading series, I love cozy mysteries, and I love reading about things I seldom eat but wish I could eat more of. I mean, I’d weigh a ton if I ate cupcakes every day, but reading about people baking cupcakes costs me no calories, right? This series has everything… food, romance, plus an inn. Inns are excuses to have all kinds of unsavory guests and serve lots of fattening food, with endless possibilities for plot variations, and endless cupcake flavors.

This series has 32 books! Yes, now you can binge-read big time. For a long, long time. In these books, Missy Gladstone and Detective Chas Beckett team up to solve a murder in the tiny town of Calgon. The first book in the series is Murder Moist Fowl.

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Murder Moist Fowl

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What I’m Reading: Hannah Swensen Mysteries [with Recipes!]

I love cozy mysteries! What makes a mystery a cozy? Well, I’m not sure of the official definition, but the main character is usually a woman, and the plot always seems to involve food or B&Bs or magic. The stories are usually shortish, humorous, and light. Sometimes I read a cozy or two in one day. I think they are the best books for curling up with hot chocolate and an afghan, and they often include recipes. There’s one cozy author who is my favorite, so much so that I’ve collected all her cozy novels, plus her cookbook. Her name is Joanne Fluke, and at last count her Hannah Swensen books number more than twenty. She does write other mysteries, but these are my favorites. I’ve read all of them except her newest one, which I have on hold in Kindle format at my local library. It’s popular enough that they have 5 copies and I’m in line behind a bunch of other people.

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Chocolate Chip Cookie Murder        Banana Cream Pie Murder

The oldest and newest of the Hannah Swensen mysteries.

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