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  Cover Art: Mrs. Jeffries and the Silent Knight Brightwell, Emily
Mrs. Jeffries and the Silent Knight
It's the week before Christmas, but the festive mood in Inspector Gerald Witherspoon's household fizzles when he's called to Richmond to investigate the murder of a baronet.
Adult Mystery Book BRIGHTW
  Cover Art: Cat's Eyewitness Brown, Rita Mae
Cat's Eyewitness
When her animal pals aren’t allowed to accompany her to work at the Crozet, Va post office, Mary Minor “Harry” Haristeen resigns as postmistress. She and her friend Susan take a break at a Blue Ridge Mountains monastery, but of course find themselves in the middle of a mystery. After Susan’s beloved great-uncle, a monk, turns up dead at the foot of a statue, Harry, her two cats and her dog investigate. The animals' perspectives, along with their observations on human nature and beliefs are as much fun as the mystery.
Adult Mystery Book BROWN
  Cover Art: Death al Dente Budewitz, Leslie
Death al Dente
Murphy's Mercantile, aka the Merc, has been a staple in Jewel Bay for over a hundred years. To celebrate their recent makeover as a gourmet food market, Erin has organized a town festival, Festa di Pasta. But Erin's sweet success is soured when the shop's former manager, Claudette, is found dead behind the Merc on the Festa's opening night. With rival chef James Angelo stirring up trouble, Erin's mother comes under close scrutiny. Erin will have to hunt down some new suspects to keep her Mother out of hot water.
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  Cover Art: A Stitch Before Dying Canadeo, Anne, 1955-
A Stitch Before Dying
Maggie Messina, owner of the Black Sheep Knitting Shop, is invited to give knitting workshops at a Berkshires spa resort, and invites her knitting group the Black Sheep for what promises to be a weekend of knitting bliss. But while the friends are expert at counting stitches, they haven't counted on murder.
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  Cover Art: The Chocolate Puppy Puzzle : a Chocoholic Mystery Carl, JoAnna
The Chocolate Puppy Puzzle : a Chocoholic Mystery
A flashy Hollywood producer arrives in town with his charming chocolate Lab, claiming he's turning a local author's romance novel into a movie. Lee McKinney suspects he's a phony--and she grows even more suspicious when she stumbles upon a dead body. Includes chocolate trivia.
Adult Mystery Book CARL
  Cover Art: Dangerous Alterations Casey, Elizabeth Lynn
Dangerous Alterations
When her philandering ex, along with his great-aunt, is murdered, Yankee librarian Tori Sinclair must rely on her friends from the Sweet Briar Ladies Society sewing circle to help her prove her innocence before everything she has worked so hard for unravels.
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  Cover Art: A Slice of Murder Cavender, Chris
A Slice of Murder
Two sisters who run a local pizza parlor in small-town Timber Ridge, North Carolina become involved in solving the murder of a local customer when one of them becomes the prime suspect.
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  Cover Art: Raining Cat Sitters and Dogs : a Dixie Hemingway Mystery Clement, Blaize
Raining Cat Sitters and Dogs : a Dixie Hemingway Mystery
Pet-sitter Dixie Hemingway never would have guessed taht her trip tot he veterinarian's office would be anything but ordinary. But when she meets a teenage girl named Jaz in the waiting room, the ordinary is turned on its head, and Dixie is led on a wild-goose chase of epic proportions.
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  Cover Art: Acts of Violets : a Flower Shop Mystery Collins, Kate
Acts of Violets : a Flower Shop Mystery
During the annual Pickle Fest, Abby's boyfriend Marco inexplicably disappears for a day. When he returns, he's the main suspect in the death of a clown. It seems the cops have found Snuggles pushing up water-spurting daisies--and Marco was the last person seen leaving Snuggles's house.
Adult Mystery Book COLLINS
  Cover Art: A Mammoth Murder Crider, Bill
A Mammoth Murder
Sheriff Dan Rhodes investigates two murders: the first murder is of Bud Turley, a man who claimed he had found one of Bigfoot's teeth, and given it to Sheriff Rhodes for safekeeping the day before his murder; the second is the murder of an elderly woman who ran a small store at the edge of the woods where Turley's body was found.
Adult Fiction Book CRIDER
  Cover Art: Dead Man Talking Daniels, Casey
Dead Man Talking
Heiress-turned-cemetery-tour-guide Pepper Martin is not happy to discover that a local reality TV show, Cemetery Survivor, will be filmed at Cleveland's Monroe Street Cemetery-and she has to be a part of it. To make things more interesting, the ghost of a wrongly convicted killer needs Pepper's help to clear his name. But digging for the truth could put her in grave danger.
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  Cover Art: The Diva Cooks a Goose Davis, Krista
The Diva Cooks a Goose
A scrooge steals the gifts from Sophie Winston's family and neighbors, and even takes their holiday meals. She ends the neighbors' finger-pointing by organizing a toy swap for the kids, which restores the spirit of the Christmas season, until a murder enters the picture. With Sophie's detective boyfriend, Wolf, out of town, it's up to Sophie to solve the murder and thefts so that the town's Christmas won't be ruined.
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  Cover Art: Rattle his Bones: A Daisy Dalrymple Mystery Dunn, Carola
Rattle his Bones: A Daisy Dalrymple Mystery
In 1920s London, young, aristocratic writer /sleuth Daisy Dalrymple investigates a murder in the Museum of Matural History. Not only has the Keeper of Minerals been found murdered, the entire collection of gems has been replaced with fakes.
Adult Mystery Book DUNN
  Cover Art: The Lost Gardens : an English Garden Mystery Eglin, Anthony
The Lost Gardens : an English Garden Mystery
Unsuspecting young Californian named Jamie Gibson finds herself the new owner of Wickersham Priory, through a surprise bequest from a total stranger. Eager to restore the neglected gardens to their former glory, she seeks assistance from Lawrence Kingston, an eccentric retired botany professor. While digging in the garden, they find, among other interesting things, a human skeleton. As the police pursue their inquiries, Kingston follows his own, following a baffling trail of clues through the centuries.
Adult Mystery Book EGLIN
  Cover Art: The Light Keeper's Legacy : a Chloe Ellefson Mystery Ernst, Kathleen, 1959-
The Light Keeper's Legacy : a Chloe Ellefson Mystery
Museum curator Chloe Ellefson jumps at the chance to spend time on Wisconsin's Rock Island, a state park with no electricity or roads. Hired as a consultant for a project to restore the island's lighthouse, her research turns up fascinating tough-as-nails women from the past. Chloe's tranquility is spoiled when a dead woman washes ashore. Is it just another accidental drowning? Or has tension over tighter fishing regulations reached a dangerous boiling point? When a second body is found, Chloe finds herself trapped on remote Rock Island with a killer.
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  Cover Art: Murder Hooks a Mermaid Fifield, Christy
Murder Hooks a Mermaid
Inheriting her great-uncle Louis's bayside souvenir shop should have been a breeze for Glory. Instead it's been one headache after another--with a lot of them generated by Bluebeard, a parrot with a mouth like a sailor and a personality a lot like her late great-uncle. But when murder occurs Glory and Bluebeard are about to find out that the secrets in Keyhole Bay run deeper than anyone ever imagined.
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  Cover Art: Murder in a Basket : an India Hayes Mystery Flower, Amanda
Murder in a Basket : an India Hayes Mystery
College Librarian India Hayes' annoyance turns to suspicion as she discovers the body of Zen-like basket weaver, Tess Ross, on the festival grounds. Tess leaves behind a dysfunctional family, an inept artists' co-op, and a chocolate-colored labradoodle with a two-million-dollar trust in his name. India finds herself playing sleuth as well as foster-owner to the wealthy dog - and must discover the truth before she has a permanent canine houseguest or ends up as the next victim.
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  Cover Art: Patterns in the Sand Goldenbaum, Sally
Patterns in the Sand
When young fiber artist Willow Adams visits Izzy Chambers' knitting studio, she's immediately embraced by the Seaside knitters, and they decide to showcase Willow's work. But the idyllic summer in Sea Harbor turns somber when the body of Nick Peabody- owner of a popular gallery- is found in a garden. And just what kind of secrets does Willow have, anyway?
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  Cover Art: Adrift On St. John Hale, Rebecca M.
Adrift On St. John
When it is believed that the ghost of the Amina Slave Princess from the 1733 Slave Revolt on St. John caused the disappearance of a tourist and the sinking of a water taxi, resort manager Pen Hoffstra must prove to the locals that the culprit responsible is only human.
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  Cover Art: Engaged to Die: A Death On Demand Mystery Hart, Carolyn G.
Engaged to Die: A Death On Demand Mystery
Annie and Max Darling return to investigate a mysterious death at an art gallery opening on their South Carolina island. When heiress and gallery owner Virginia Neville hosts a bash for an important new collection, she palns to announce her engagement to a much younger man. But then murder crashes the party, and Max is called in to investigate while Annie takes matters into her own hands.
Adult Mystery Book HART
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