February 16th, 2007



I spent the morning browsing through Murder by the Book and actually walked out with less than a dozen books!

I picked up the latest, for me, of four books in a few series I've read:
Dead Man's Bones by Susan Wittig Albert is the 13th in the China Bayles mystery series. China is a former lawyer who runs an herbshop/tearoom and New Age store with her friend Ruby.
The Goodbye Body by Joan Hess is the 15th Claire Malloy book. Claire owns a bookstore in Arkansas.
Malpractice in Maggody is the 15th book in the Maggody series also by Joan Hess. Arly Hanks is the police chief in the small town of Maggody, Arkansas.
The Oxygen Murder is the 8th Periodic Tables Mystery. This is an Advance Uncorrected Proofs edition and was a complete surprise to me to see on the shelf. I've been waiting for the 7th book, The Nitrogen Murders to be published. Gloria Lamerino is a retired physicist in Massachusetts.

I also picked up the first books in three culinary mystery series that I've been meaning to read:
On What Grounds by Cleo Coyle (AKA Alice Kimberly) is the first of four books in her Coffeehouse Mystery series with the fifth due out in July. Clare arrives at work to discover the assistant manager dead in the back of the store, coffee grounds strewn everywhere. Two detectives investigate. But when they find no sign of forced entry or foul play, they deem it an accident. Still, Clare is not convinced. And after the police leave, Clare can't help wondering...If this was an act of murder, is she in danger?

Murder Uncorked is the first of two, the third is due out next month, in A Wine Lover's Mystery by Michele Scott. Nikki has just set foot on Napa Valley's rish soil when she realizes her new job may not be as safe as she thought. First off, Derek Malveaux is disconcertingly sexy. Second, his top winemaker is dead in the bushed outside Nikki's cottage. It doesn't take a connoiseur of foul play to know something's taken a terrible turn...

Something's Cooking is the first of fourteen books in the Angie Amalfi mystery series by Joanne Pence. Life's a banquet for Angelina Amalfi—a gourmet chef and food writer with enough sass and spunk for two. But things start to go really bad really fast when the man who's been contributing unusual recipes to her column is discovered dead and Angie suddenly finds herself being stalked by a killer whose appetite was merely whetted by the first deadly course. On the plus side, Paavo Smith, the homicide cop assigned to the case, is one delectable dish. But when more people start to fall all around her like ruined soufflés, ever-resourceful Angie realizes she'll have to cook up a survival scheme quick before her personal goose gets cooked. This case may be too hot to handle and the stakes are high, for she's about to take on deadly arms smugglers and lethal food fanatics. But if anyone can keep her cool, Angie can.