Mind Over Murder

Clara Quinn moves back home to the coast of Maine once she realizes that New York City isn’t all that it is cracked up to be. It doesn’t take long for her cousin Stephanie to convince her to work for her at the Ravens Nest Bookstore, which admittedly isn’t exactly what she wants to do, but how do you say no to family. However, things are not so peaceful at the store. In fact, Clara discovers a body in the storage room of the bookstore. Now her crazy, but lovable cousin, has decided they need to uncover the murderer by using Clara’s Quinn Senses.This is a family psychic talent that allows Clara to hear voices that guide her to the truth But since she has blocked the Sense for so long, it is difficult to understand.

Mind over Murder by Allison Kingsley is a fun cozy mystery. The cousins are great characters and the small town vibe is great. Any book that takes place in a bookstore is a winner for me and this was no exception. I have already read the next two in the series. Paranormal and cozy, what more could someone want.

To Fudge or Not to Fudge

Nancy Coco’s Candy-Coated mysteries series is so much fun and a perfect summer read. To Fudge or Not to Fudge is book 2 in the series. Set on the idyllic Mackinac island on Lake Michigan where fudge reigns supreme, Allie has happily settled into running her family business, the historic McMurphy Hotel and Fudge Shop. She has decided to put behind her the past debauchery about the murder of her grandfather’s biggest rival and focus on work, until her lovable dog Marshmallow finds human bones scattered throughout the island. Now she finds herself knee deep in another murder investigation and has somehow managed to reluctantly get herself on a reality cooking show.

This was such a fun read! I loved the atmosphere of the island and the townspeople. The story takes place right at the beginning of June and you can feel all the travelers, the sun, and the carefree attitude that comes along with summer. Coco’s character Allie is a fun, determined and entertaining sleuth. This is very much a story where you think, seriously, nothing else can possible go wrong – and then of course it does. I am not much of a cozy mystery reader, but I found myself quickly ordering the next book in the series.

The Skeleton Takes a Bow

Looking for a fun new cozy mystery series?  Then be sure to read Leigh Perry’s The Skeleton Takes a Bow.  Sid, the family talking skeleton, is finally getting his big moment in the spotlight and is starring in a local high schools production of Hamlet. Okay, so he is really just a prop in the play and it’s only his skull, but it’s a start.  Everything is going great, until he is left overnight at the high school and overhears a murder taking place.  The next day no one discovers a body.  So he and his human friend Georgia decide to do some investigating.

Perry has such a knack with the wit in her dialogue.  I find myself chuckling along with the characters.  The bone puns are just one of the things I enjoy about this series. The characters are great and I am excited to see how they continue to develop.  Everyone has a background that has been hinted at and I find myself craving to know more.  Yes this is a cozy mystery, but it still has darkness and depth to the plot.  Perry keeps her subject matter light with the aid of a talking skeleton, but some of the story is grittier.   The combination of humor and suspense really keeps you hooked from beginning to end.  This is a great series with lots of red herrings and crazy things happening.