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If two of your favorite guilty pleasures are good eats and great reads, then we’ve got the books for you. For the foodie who also likes a good mystery, these picks will tantalize your taste buds and give you a good scare. Grab a snack, curl up on the couch, and enjoy these ten cozy mysteries.
Arsenic and Adobo by Mia P. Manansala
All Lila Macapagal wants to do is make a fresh start after an abhorrent breakup, but her meddling aunts have other plans for her. She throws herself into helping save her family’s failing restaurant—however, food isn’t the only thing on the menu. As everyone in her life tries to play matchmaker, Lila is just trying to win over the night’s surprise guest—a judgmental food critic who coincidentally is also her ex-boyfriend. But the tables quickly turn on Lila when he dies suddenly, and she was the last one to serve him. Will Lila’s new beginning be the end of her as well as her family’s business?
Murder at the Book Club by Betsy Reavley
Nothing seems more innocent than women coming together to talk about their favorite books. However, you can’t judge a book by its cover and that’s about to become crystal clear for these nine frenemies. When a murder mystery comes to life and the detectives are called in, the ladies quickly learn that they are about to be interrogated. As the investigation takes unexpected twists and turns, their friendships are tested, leaving more questions than answers. Just when the police think they are on the right track, this sinister story takes a dark turn that nobody saw coming.
Dead ‘n Breakfast by Paulette Brewster
Liz Marsh was happily settled back into small-town life in Maple Ridge, Vermont. She had missed the simplicity of her hometown and was ready to make a life there for herself with her brand new Bed & Breakfast. Everything was going according to plan until she discovered a dead body in the barn. As the detective started digging deeper into the case, it became obvious to Liz that she was his number one suspect. Scared to death, she knew she would need to take matters into her own hands before the real killer could get away, or even worse, come after her.
Pancakes and Parrots by Leena Clover
You can feel the energy in the air as former classmates gather in the town of Pelican Cove to celebrate their 30th high school reunion. When the gala dinner gets underway, old friends reconvene to catch up on past times and anxiously await the revealing of the time capsule. However, plans quickly get derailed when a man is shot and killed. As café owner Jenny King tries to calm the attendees, it becomes quite clear that the time capsule wasn’t the only thing buried in the past as scary secrets start to bubble up to the surface. Can the reunion, along with their lives, be saved from this cryptic killer?
Triple Chocolate Cheesecake Murder by Joanne Fluke
As Hannah is hustling at The Cookie Jar to put together Easter orders, as well as prepare a lavish meal for her mother’s dinner party, she doesn’t have time for any drama. Little does she know, she’s about to find herself right in the middle of a murderous scandal. When her sister Andrea calls to let her know that Mayor Bascomb has been murdered and she is the number one suspect, Hanna knows she has to step in to save her sister. Even though the mayor had a reputation for being difficult, it’s hard to imagine who would want him killed…but Hannah knows she must get to the bottom of it before it’s too late.
Grounds for Murder by Tara Lush
With the Sunshine State Barista Championship right around the corner, Lana is livid to learn that her best barista has left her business to join another. When she runs into Fabrizio a few days later, she completely loses her cool as he tries to calm her down with some subpar excuse for leaving her high and dry. However, trouble starts to brew when he turns up dead the next morning behind Lana’s coffee shop. As the town starts to buzz with the news, word travels to the police about Lana’s heated argument with Fabrizio. She now must find a way to prove her innocence before she gets burned.
A Scone of Contention by Lucy Burdette
As a successful food critic, Hayley is excited to try out some tasty treats in Scotland on her long-awaited honeymoon with her husband, Nathan. She’s got her eye on some prize-winning scones, as well as some sightseeing. However, their twosome quickly turns into a group when members of Nathan’s family, as well as a local, join up. Shortly after they arrive at a dinner party, things go horribly wrong when a guest claims to have food poisoning. As if that wasn’t bad enough, they are horrified as a man nearby falls to his death. This fun-loving foodie is now filled with fear, wondering how this will all end.
Killer Comfort Food by Lynn Cahoon
The County Seat is Angie’s beloved restaurant and has earned its reputation for serving up the freshest food around. However, when a soybean plant comes to town, she is at risk of losing the family business. She can try and stay but it won’t be the same, or she can sell and be stranded with her farm animals. As she grapples with her decision, the plot thickens when the wife of the lawyer who’s negotiating the deal turns up missing. Things take a surprising twist when an unlikely connection between Angie and the wife is discovered. Angie must get to the bottom of this before she and her farm are wiped out for good.
The Unhoneymooners by Christina Lauren
Olive just can’t catch a break, while sister Ami has all the luck. In fact, she was able to pay for her entire wedding just by winning contests. As the big day approaches, Olive starts to get a knot in her stomach knowing that she’ll have to spend time with Ethan, the best (worst) man. As dinner gets going, things take a turn when all of the guests get food poisoning, except for Ethan and Olive. This leaves two tickets to Maui up for the taking for these archenemies. As the trip gets underway, she actually starts to enjoy Ethan’s company, wondering if they were spared the toxic food for a chance at romance.
Killer Content by Olivia Blacke
Odessa is new to New York and just starting to find her way. Luckily, she landed a beautiful place to stay in Brooklyn and got hired on at Untapped Books & Café. While she’s enjoying bartending and recommending books, she’s having a hard time making friends. Not in a position to make any enemies, she reluctantly agrees to cover for her co-worker Bethany, a rising YouTube star. Unfortunately, she never makes it back to work and suffers an untimely death that is captured on camera from a flash mob proposal video. As Odessa begins to question everything, she starts to suspect that the killer is close by.