A Magical Match *****
Fiction. Ninth in the Witchcraft Mystery paranormal cozy mystery series. Lily and her friends are getting ready for a Magical Match tea party at the shop when Sailor is arrested for murder. Lily’s powers have gone on the fritz due to some goodies from the cupcake lady, but she needs to gather her strength to find out who has framed Sailor and why.
The House on Mango Street ***
Fiction. Collection of vignettes about the characters who live on a street as told by the author as a young girl and as she grew up.
Jaffarian, Sue Ann
The Trouble with Midnight *****
Fiction. Three first stories in series by three talented authors.
August Moon *****
Fiction. Fourth in the Murder-by-the Month cozy mystery series set in Battle Creek, Minnesota. Mira is fed up and ready to leave the small town to return to the Cities where she won’t be tempted by the gorgeous Johnny Leeson. But when a local cheerleader is found dead, Mira has to lend her help to solve the murder.
Beauty is in the Eye of the Newt ****
Fiction. Short story about a private detective who is hired by a man to find his missing wife.
The Catalain Book of Secrets ****
Fiction. Katrine flees a broken marriage and heads home to Faith Falls, where she will be reunited with her family. Her homecoming isn’t welcomed by all, and she needs to find a way to reconnect with her beloved sister.
Death by Potato Salad ****
Fiction. Short story in the Murder-by-the-Month cozy mystery series. Mrs. Berns is off to a church gathering where she attends a class on making homemade mayonnaise. When a man has food poisoning, it’s up to Mrs. Berns to solve the murder.
December Dread *****
Fiction. Eighth in the Murder-by-the-Month cozy mystery series. Mira is on the trail of a serial killer, but when the killer turns to her, Mira’s life is in danger.
February Fever *****
Fiction. Tenth in the Murder-by-the-Month cozy mystery series. Johnny is in Portland, and Mira, Mrs. Berns, and Jed hop a train to visit him. The Valentine Train is supposed to be a lonely hearts train, but when woman is killed and her daughter has gone missing, Mira has flashbacks to her youth when a young friend was kidnapped.
Give Her a Hand ****
Fiction. Short story about two sisters with a dangerous relationship.
January Thaw *****
Fiction. Ninth in the Murder-by-the-Month cozy mystery series. The town is celebrating a Winter Festival, but Mira comes face to face with a corpse below the ice at the lake, and he looks very familiar.
June Bug *****
Fiction. Second in the Murder by the Month cozy mystery series. Mira has been made the head librarian and is working part time as a reporter for the Recall. When she’s assigned a story about an old jewelry heist, she stumbles into trouble.
Knee High by the 4th of July *****
Fiction. Third in the Murder-by-the-Month cozy mystery series. Mira’s fantasy love, the 23-foot tall fiberglass statue of Chief Wononga goes missing, and Mira is determined to bring him back.
March of Crime *****
Fiction. Twelfth book in the Murder-by-the-Month cozy mystery series. Mira makes up her mind about her relationship with Johnny. Kennie arranges for a library intern to begin working for Mira. She’s a wealthy benefactor who is doing volunteer work with the promise of donating money to the town and especially to the library. Life-size dolls begin appearing around town, but when Mira accidentally knocks one to the ground, she finds a corpse inside.
May Day *****
Fiction. First in the Murder by the Month cozy mystery series set in Michigan. Mira is fired form her waitressing job just as her friends asks her to housesit for her in Battle Lake. Not having anything better to do, Mira agrees and moves in with her cat and her friend’s dog. Working as the assistant librarian at the town’s small library, she meets handsome archaeological Jeff Wilson, who is surveying a nearby property to see if it would be an appropriate place for a Native American museum. A week later, they’ve spent most of their time together, and she is really falling for this guy when she finds him dead in the library, and she’s determined to find out who killed him.
November Hunt *****
Fiction. Seventh in the Murder-by-the Month cozy mystery series. A friend kills his friend during a hunt, and the whole town grieves. But when a second man is killed, Mira sets about trying to figure out what happened and how it is connected to an old crime.
October Fest *****
Fiction. Sixth in the Murder-by-the-Month cozy mystery series. Two congressional candidates arrive in town for a debate and series of interviews. Mira attends so she can write articles for the paper. Johnny invites her for dinner at the lodge, but she’s not prepared to find a dead body.
The Paper Frog ****
Fiction. Short story about a woman who travels to an island to help remodel a house and finds a paper frog.
Salem’s Cipher *****
Fiction. First in the Salem Cipher thriller series. Agoraphobic Salem receives a midnight call from her best friend, Bel, who tells her that her mother is missing, and there is a dead body in her apartment. The women rush to the crime scene, only to find out that both of their mothers are missing and a neighbor woman’s body has been found in the hallway. Trying to find their mothers, the women are caught up in a centuries-old puzzle that only Salem can solve.
September Fair *****
Fiction. Fifth in the Murder-by-the-Month cozy mystery series. Mira’s boss at the newspaper assigns her to the State Fair, where she will write articles focussing on the Battle Lake participants. The most important event is the crowning of the Mildfed Mary beauty pageant and the butter carving that takes place afterwards. But this year’s Queen of the Court suffers a quick death while having the likeness of her head carved, and Mira risks her life to solve the murder.
The Seven Daughters *****
Fiction. Second book in the Catalain magic realism series. Helena and Xenia are running the candy and clothing shop and being picketed by Meredith Maum and her friends. Meredith has a long hatred of the Catalain family ever since her husband cheated with Ursula on her. Helena has to deal with her threats as well as a devastating health issue and only realizes she can overcome them by opening herself up to the magic.
Angel Killer ****
Fiction. First in the Jessica Blackwood thriller series. Working for the FBI, Jessica is on a mysterious case about a young girl who was found in a cemetery seemingly coming out of a grave. But the body has been recently killed, though the girl was killed two years before. A serial killer is on the loose, and Jessica and her team have to find him before he kills again.
Looking Glass *****
Fiction. Second in the Naturalist mystery series. Theo Cray now works as a contractor to an intelligence company named OpenSkyAI. When he is contacted by a grieving father whose son went missing nine years ago, Theo can’t turn his back on the man and flies to Los Angeles to try to help him out. What he finds is a killing field.
The Naturalist *****
Fiction. First in the Naturalist mystery series. Professor Theo Cray is in the middle of research before his teaching semester at the university begins, when he finds that one of his former students has been found dead in the woods nearby. A bear is suspected, and one is killed in the area, but Theo suspects there is more to her death than a simple bear kill.
-Born a Crime *****
Non-fiction. Memoir of the comedian’s life growing up in apartheid and trying to find his way after it ended.
Fiction. Saga of the PNW and the people who lived there in the late 1800’s. Jeannie, an English woman, travels with her young son and her uncle to the PNW to escape the disaster and notoriety of her marriage to a bigamist. There she meets Jonas Breed, an untamed man with a complicated past and even more complicated future.
van der Zijt, Annejet
An American Princess *****
Non-fiction. Biography of Allene Tew, a woman from a modest beginning who became very wealthy and had five husbands, one of whom she married for love.
Cloudy with a Chance of Ghosts ****
Fiction. Fourth in the Mele Keahi paranormal cozy mystery series. Mele and Jill attend an art show opening at a fancy mansion on the hill. Jill’s new boyfriend Jagger, is one of the artists. The artists all have a stake in winning the show, but when one of the attending reporters is found dead, Jagger has her purse in his hands.
Little Ghost Lost *****
Fiction. Fifth in the Mele Keahi paranormal cozy mystery series. Mele has to check out a mansion to see whether it should be destroyed or renovated into a museum, but as she approaches, she realizes it is haunted by quite a few ghosts, but she has no idea how dangerous they could be.
Mele’s Ghostly Halloween Caper ***
Fiction. Sixth in the Mele Keahi paranormal cozy mystery series. Mele is invited to a Halloween party at the Carlton mansion. Debbie, Carlton’s daughter, has hired her to spy on Carlton’s new girlfriend. Debbie believes she has been stealing from the mansion. But when the girlfriend is found dead in the pool, Mele is convinced she was innocent of the thefts.
Murder and the Secret Spring ****
Fiction. Seventh in the Mele Keahi paranormal cozy mystery series. Mele and Bebe lunch at the famed Italian Kitchen on the hill, but when the manager of the restaurant is killed, they do what they can to solve the crime.