Shop Till You Drop
Author Elaine Viets kicks off this funny and fresh cozy series—about a woman on the run from her ex—with a rollicking tale of crime and vanity in the shadow world of wannabe molls. When unlikely sleuth Helen Hawthorne flees St. Louis, she fetches up in Fort Lauderdale, suddenly surrounded by the beautiful and the Botoxed. They all shop at the same place—Juliana’s, the overpriced boutique where Helen works. And they’re all looking for a wealthy wise guy to take to the cleaners.
Don’t Mess with Gracie
The mysterious Mr. Ott is trying to intimidate Gracie Hofner into being his internal spy at The Bastion Group. She’s learned a lot about him through several sources, even using information provided by the pair of ghosts trying to save their granddaughter. But it isn’t enough. Mr. Ott is an expert in hiding his true identity. Gracie isn’t as worried for herself as she is for her family, her friends, and her new tenant, Milo Porter. Her feelings for him have grown, but she can’t show them. Mr. Ott’s threats involve those she loves, and one friend has already been killed.
The Jacomine Trilogy
First, Jacomine swindles a sizable portion of the Crescent City into supporting his mayoral campaign, and Skip has to find a way to stop the city from voting in a charismatic psychopath. Then, Jacomine throws together a vigilante justice group called the Jury, who gun down a cop-killer who was very much wanted alive. Finally, the wiley villain has a comprehensive plan to capture the highest office in the land, and he’s nursing an obsessive grudge against Skip that becomes his first priority—to have her killed—or worse, those she loves.
Tragedy at Piddleton Hotel
No one has made more enemies than the local busybody, Mrs Furzgate, but when she suffers a fatal fall at Piddleton Hotel everyone assumes it was an accident. Churchill and Pemberley suspect murder and are soon on the case. But is it possible they’ll upset even more people than Mrs Furzgate managed to? With the subtlety of two bulls in a china shop, the detective duo employ unconventional sleuthing techniques. What appears to be a shortcoming is actually a skill: being consistently underestimated enables them to spring a clever surprise.