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Cozy Mysteries to Warm up with this Winter

Under Lock and Skeleton Key by Gigi Pandian  After a disastrous accident derails Tempest Raj’s career, and life, she heads back to her childhood home in California to comfort herself with her grandfather’s Indian home-cooked meals. When she visits her dad’s latest renovation project, her former stage double is discovered dead inside a wall that’s supposedly been sealed for more than a century. Fearing she was the intended victim, it’s up to Tempest to solve this seemingly impossible crime. Request today!

Bayou Book Thief by Ellen Byron  Twenty-eight-year-old widow Ricki James returns home to New Orleans after her showboating actor husband perishes doing a stupid internet stunt. Her dream comes true when she joins the quirky staff of Bon Vee Culinary House Museum, where she can turn her avocation – collecting vintage cookbooks – into a vocation by launching the museum’s gift shop, Miss Vee’s Vintage Cookbooks and Kitchenware. Then she discovers that a box of donated vintage cookbooks contains the body of an employee who was fired after being exposed as a book thief. The skills Ricky has developed ferreting out hidden vintage treasures come in handy for investigations, but both her business and Bon Vee could wind up as deadstock when Ricki’s past comes back to haunt her. Request today!

Pruning the Dead by Julia Henry  With hundreds flocking to her inaugural garden party, meticulous Lilly Jayne hasn’t left a single petal out of place. But the picture-perfect gathering turns unruly upon the arrival of Merilee Frank, Lilly’s ex-husband’s catty third wife. Merilee lives for trouble, so no one is surprised after she drinks too much, shoves a guest into the koi pond, and gets escorted off the property. The real surprise comes days later, when Merilee is found dead in a pile of mulch. Lilly wishes she could stick to pruning roses and forget about Merilee’s murder—until her best friend and ex become suspects in an overgrown homicide case. Request today!

Weekly Booklist by Hannah Shepherd, Whitman County Library, available each week in the Moscow-Pullman Daily News

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