Punny Mysteries

by Ellen Peterson | Mar 04, 2020

Liver Let Die: A Clueless Cook Mystery
by Liz Lipperman

Jordan McAllister dreams of being a sports columnist, not a food critic. But here she is in the small town of Ranchero, Texas, critiquing local fare when the only thing she knows how to cook up is trouble...

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Eclair and Present Danger: An Emergency Desert Squad Mystery
by Laura Bradford

With her rent rising faster than her pie crust, bakery owner Winnie Johnson had hoped to be rescued by an inheritance from her wealthy friend and neighbor Gertrude Redenbacher. Instead all she inherits is the widow's hostile hissing tabby, Lovey, and a vintage ambulance, restored by Gertrude's late husband. As her dream crumbles, Winnie makes her final delivery-a peach pie to an elderly widower. But she finds Bart Wagner lying on his kitchen floor, smothered by a pillow. To comfort her frightened and grieving neighbors, Winnie comes to the rescue with her baked goods-and an idea is born- dessert delivery via her ambulance and a new business called the Emergency Dessert Squad. When she's not speeding to the scenes of dessert emergencies, Winnie is also racing to track down Bart's killer-before she needs to call a real ambulance for the next victim . . .

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Kneading to Die : A Pawsitively Organic Mystery
by Liz Mugavero

Maybe the best thing that ever happened to Kristan "Stan" Connor was losing her high-stress public relations job. Now there's plenty of time to spend in her sleepy new Connecticut town working on her dream: baking healthy, organic pet treats! Before long the neighborhood dogs are escaping their yards to show up at Stan's doorstep, begging for the kinds of homemade treats her Maine coon cat Nutty loves so much. Stan's pet-loving neighbors are thrilled with the new options available to their furry family members, but not everyone loves Stan and her newfangled ways. It seems Carole Morganwick, the town vet, is from the old school of pet care. When Stan swallows her pride and brings a very unwilling Nutty in for a checkup, she not only finds Carole dead under a pile of kibble - she's the prime suspect! --Amazon.com.

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Mum’s the Word: A Flower Shop Mystery
by Kate Collins

Abby Knight is the proud owner of her hometown flower shop, but a new low-cost competitor is killing her profits-and a black SUV just rammed her vintage Corvette in a hit-and-run. She's determined to track down the driver, but when the trail turns deadly, the next flower arrangement might be for her own funeral.

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Night of the living Deed: A Haunted Guesthouse Mystery
by E.J. Copperman

Newly divorced Alison Kerby wants a second chance for herself and her nine-year-old daughter. She's returned to her hometown on the Jersey Shore to transform a Victorian fixer-upper into a charming-and profitable-guest house. One small problem: the house is haunted, and the two ghosts insist Alison must find out who killed them.

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Sew Deadly: A Southern Sewing Circle Mystery
by Elizabeth Lynn Casey

Tori Sinclair, the new librarian in town, finds the local sweetheart dead on her doorstep, and the police think she's good for the murder. Only her friends from the sewing circle are willing to help her figure out the truth behind this untimely death.

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State of the Onion: A White House Chef Mystery
by Julie Hyzy

Never let them see you sweat-that's White House Assistant Chef Olivia Paras's motto, which is pretty hard to honor in the most important kitchen in the world. She's hell-bent on earning her dream job, Executive Chef. There's just one thing: her nemesis is vying for it, too. Well, that and the fact that an elusive assassin wants to see her fry.

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Pleating for Mercy: A Magical Dressmaking Mystery
by Melissa Bourbon Ramirez 

Opening a custom dressmaking boutique in the old farmhouse she inherited from her late great-grandmother, Harlow Jane Cassidy gets more than she bargained for when her first client is accused of murder and she must help find the real killer--with a little help from beyond.

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