New Cozy Mystery Releases for May!

Happy Sunday all!  I hope you are enjoying your day before another busy, stressful week is upon us.  Here in the Chicago area we are having rain and thunderstorms which naturally makes me think about tucking in under my favorite blanket with a cozy mystery!  So if you are in need of a new cozy mystery here are some new releases for the month of May.  Enjoy!

  Title:  Murder on Sisters’ Row (Gaslight Series #13)

Author:  Victoria Thompson

Synopsis (from

Midwife Sarah Brandt braves the dangers of the tenements in nineteenth-century New York to help the impoverished and, with Detective Sergeant Frank Malloy, bring the guilty that prey on them to justice. Now, the latest novel in the Edgar®-nominated series finds Sarah compelled to save an expectant mother from a fate worse than death…  Summoned to an elegant house to deliver a baby, Sarah finds her patient is actually in a brothel. The young woman in labor reveals she is being held against her will and forced to prostitute herself—and that the madam intends to get rid of the baby.  To rescue the new mother and her infant, Sarah secures the assistance of Mrs. Vivian Van Orner, a woman of means known for her charitable work. But their success comes at a high price when Mrs.Van Orner is found murdered.  With Malloy’s help, Sarah’s investigation uncovers some unpleasant truths about the victim and her charity—as well as the woman and child Sarah risked her own life to save…

  Title:  Murder on Fifth Avenue

Author:  Victoria Thompson

Synopsis (from

From the tenements to the town houses of nineteenth-century New York, midwife Sarah Brandt and Detective Sergeant Frank Malloy never waiver in their mission to aid the innocent and apprehend the guilty. Now, the latest novel in the Edgar®-nominated series finds Sarah and Malloy investigating the murder of a Knickerbocker club member who was made to pay his dues…

Sarah Brandt’s family is one of the oldest in New York City, and her father, Felix Decker, takes his position in society very seriously. He still refuses to resign himself to his daughter being involved with an Irish Catholic police detective. But when a member of his private club—the very exclusive Knickerbocker—is murdered, Decker forms an uneasy alliance with Detective Sergeant Frank Malloy to solve the crime as discreetly as possible.

Malloy soon discovers that despite his social standing, the deceased—Chilton Devries—was no gentleman. In fact, he’s left behind his own unofficial club of sorts, populated by everyone who despised him. As he and Sarah sort through the suspects, it becomes clear to her that her father is evaluating more than the detective’s investigative abilities, and that, on a personal level, there is much more at stake for Malloy than discovering who revoked Devries’ membership—permanently.

  Title:  Deadlocked (Sookie Stackhouse/Southern Vampire Series #12)

Author:  Charlain Harris

Synopsis (from

It’s vampire politics as usual around the town of Bon Temps, but never before have they hit so close to Sookie’s heart…

Growing up with telepathic abilities, Sookie Stackhouse realized early on there were things she’d rather not know. And now that she’s an adult, she also realizes that some things she knows about, she’d rather not see—like Eric Northman feeding off another woman. A younger one.

There’s a thing or two she’d like to say about that, but she has to keep quiet—Felipe de Castro, the Vampire King of Louisiana (and Arkansas and Nevada), is in town. It’s the worst possible time for a human body to show up in Eric’s front yard—especially the body of the woman whose blood he just drank.

Now, it’s up to Sookie and Bill, the official Area Five investigator, to solve the murder. Sookie thinks that, at least this time, the dead girl’s fate has nothing to do with her. But she is wrong. She has an enemy, one far more devious than she would ever suspect, who’s set out to make Sookie’s world come crashing down.

Title:  Pumped for Murder (Dead-End Job Mystery Series #11) – new to paperback

Author:  Elaine Viets

Synopsis:  The latest Dead-End Job mystery from the national bestselling author of Half-Priced Homicide.

Helen Hawthorne and her new hubby Phil have opened their own P.I. agency and their very first client is Shelby, who thinks her husband is developing a killer body for another woman.

To keep track of the suspected cheater, Helen gets a dead-end job at Fantastic Fitness, where she has to pump iron to stay employed. Then the budding agency takes on a murder case, and Helen has to move her workouts to the early morning just to keep up. With so much weight on her aching shoulders, will Helen catch a killer-or just drop dead from exhaustion?

  Title:  Final Sail (Dead-End Job Mystery Series #11)

Author:  Elain Viets

Synopsis (from Publisher’s Weekly): In Viets’s enjoyable 11th Dead-End Job mystery (after 2011’s Pumped for Murder), Helen Hawthorne of Coronado Investigations in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., poses as spiritual adviser to a client’s dying elderly father, whose buxom new bride is suspected of instigating her geriatric honey’s demise. Helen then takes to the high seas as a yacht “stewardess” in order to search for a smuggler, leaving husband Phil Sagemont to prove that the wealthy intestate’s death wasn’t natural. The disappearance of Helen’s shipboard roommate and fellow stew, Louise, means more work for everyone. When another crew member claims to have witnessed Louise jumping ship to hitch a ride back to the States, Helen has to wonder if Louise left voluntarily, why’d she leave the cash and meds Helen uncovered in the cabin they shared? Viets presents an eye-opening exposé of spoiled yachters and the not-so-glamorous lives of their crews in this action-filled cozy. Agent: David Hendin, DH Literary. (May)

  Title:  The Wedding Shawl (Seaside Knitters Mystery Series #5)

Author:  Sally Goldenbaum

Synopsis (from  Readers can’t help but get entangled in this national bestselling series…

Izzy Chambers is about to get married, but much remains to be done. Then the wedding plans get complicated when the wedding party’s hair stylist begins missing appointments. When she’s found dead, things really begin to unravel. Rumors circulate about the stylist’s past and her connection to an unsolved murder years ago. All the Seaside Knitters really know is they must rally to find some answers, so Izzy can don the wedding shawl they’re surprising her with- and replace the whispers about town with wedding bells.

  Title:  A Fatal Fleece (Seaside Knitter’s Mystery Series #6)

Author:  Sally Goldenbaum

Synopsis (from Publisher’s Weekly): Near the start of Goldenbaum’s beguiling sixth knitting cozy set in Sea Harbor, Mass. (after 2011’s The Wedding Shawl), Birdie Favazza, grand dame of the Seaside Knitters, receives a surprise visit from her deceased husband’s brother, who’s accompanied by a granddaughter of Birdie’s she didn’t know existed, precocious 10-year-old Gabby Marietti. Gabby charms the whole town, but especially Finnegan, a reclusive, obstinate old fisherman living on valuable waterfront land that he has let go wild since his beloved wife’s death. When someone slashes Finnegan’s throat with a fishing knife, the people of the town hope that the killer was an argumentative vagrant, but the many locals who might have had an interest in Finn’s land become suspects. Goldenbaum offers credible characters, a mystery that’s uncomplicated without being too obvious, and the knitting content her fans demand in a very readable package. Agents: Christina Hogrebe and Andrea Cirillo, Jane Rotrosen Agency. (May)

  Title:  All Sales Fatal (Mall Cop Series #2)

Author:  Laura Dilsiverio

Synopsis (from

For mall cop E.J. Ferris, catching customers who “forgot to pay” is quite a change of pace from her former life in the military. But when a real crisis heats up her climate-controlled domain, her old instincts come back quicker than last year’s skinny jeans.

On good days, Fernglen Galleria is a tranquil haven of capitalist splendor—but today is not one of those days. Arriving for her morning shift, E.J. spots a sleeping homeless person outside the east entrance. But the teenage boy turns out to be neither homeless nor asleep. He is, however, dead.

With half the security cameras sabotaged, no one can be sure what happened. E.J. is determined to help solve the case—whether Homicide Detective Helland likes it or not. Uncovering a deadly conspiracy right in her own mall, E.J is about to catch a killer, or get put on lay-away for good…

  Title:  Brownies & Broomsticks (Magical Bakery #1)

Author:  Bailey  Gates

Synopsis (from


Katie Lightfoot’s tired of loafing around as the assistant manager of an Ohio bakery. So when her aunt Lucy and uncle Ben open a bakery in Savannah’s quaint downtown district and ask Katie to join them, she enthusiastically agrees.

While working at the Honeybee Bakery—named after Lucy’s cat—Katie notices that her aunt is adding mysterious herbs to her recipes. Turns out these herbal enhancements aren’t just tasty—Aunt Lucy is a witch and her recipes are actually spells!

When a curmudgeonly customer is murdered outside the Honeybee Bakery, Uncle Ben becomes the prime suspect. With the help of handsome journalist Steve Dawes, charming firefighter Declan McCarthy, and a few spells, Katie and Aunt Lucy stir up some toil and trouble to clear Ben’s name and find the real killer..

  Title:  A Deadly Grind (Vintage Kitchen Series #1)

Author:  Victoria Hamilton

Synopsis (from A Hoosier to die for?

When vintage cookware and cookbook collector Jaymie Leighton spies an original 1920s Hoosier brand kitchen cabinet at an estate auction, it’s love at first sight. Despite the protests of her sister that the 19th-century yellow-brick house they share in Michigan is already too cluttered with Jaymie’s “junk,” she successfully outbids the other buyers and triumphantly takes home her Hoosier.

But that night on the summer porch where they’ve left the Hoosier to be cleaned up, a man is murdered, struck on the head with  the steel meat grinder that is part of the cabinet. Who is this stranger—and what was he doing on their porch? Does his death have anything to do with the Hoosier?

As the police struggle to determine the man’s identity, Jaymie can’t help doing a little digging on her own, accompanied by her three-legged Yorkie Poo, Hopalong. But in her bid to uncover the truth about the hidden secrets of the Hoosier, Jaymie may be the one who ends up going, going…gone.

Phew . . . that should last you through a rainy Sunday!

And remember,

Books Are Life,



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