This was the year of mysteries for me. In the past I never really considered myself a mystery reader at all. I grew up reading my moms suspense novels. And none of them really worked for me. About midway through the year I discovered Abby Cooper, Psychic Eye by Victoria Laurie. This is a paranormal book but still a cozy mystery (at least it’s close enough for me!). I devoured it and wanted more, more, MORE. Then one of my friends recommended the Royal Spyness mysteries by Rhys Bowen. These are historical cozy mysteries but I was completely addicted. I listen to them on audio and they are DIVINE. But soon after I started snagging more of them, eager for more cozy mysteries in my life.
My favorite mysteries of 2014 are (keep in mind that I didn’t start until halfway through the year):
Her Royal Spyness by Rhys Bowen (I’ve listened to quite a few and the first isn’t the best, but I’m listing it since it’s the first in the series). Review
London 1932. Narrator Lady Victoria Georgiana Charlotte Eugenie, 34th in line for the throne, is flat broke. She bolted from Scotland — and engagement to Fishface (Prince Stiegfriend) — for London, where she has:
a) built a fire in the hearth
b) fallen for an absolutely unsuitable Irish peer
c) made a few quid housekeeping incognita, and
d) been summoned by the Queen to spy on her playboy son
When an arrogant Frenchman trying to swipe our family estate winds up dead in my bathtub, how can I clear my very long family name?
Abby Cooper, Psychic Eye by Victoria Laurie- This book started it all. I LOVE this series and each book I pick up I devour in a day. I’ve been trying to spread them out to make them last! Review
In Royal Oak, a suburb of Detroit, thirty-something Abby Cooper lives a life that’s kind of like vanilla ice cream – good enough, but a little bland. Her work as a P.I. – Psychic Intuitive – can be rewarding, but she feels like somehow she’s missing out on the hot-fudge topping…
Now she’s getting what she wished for – when a client winds up dead and the clues start pointing in Abby’s direction.Turns out she knows too many details about the murder for her own good. To make matters worse, the hot blind date she just met is the lead investigator on the case. And gorgeous Detective Dutch Rivers is convinced she’s a fraud.
No matter how great her psychic abilities, Abby doesn’t know if she can solve this case. Unfortunately for her, though, the killer thinks she can….
Meet Your Baker by Ellie Alexander- I barely squeezed this one in! It JUST released on December 30th, but I HIGHLY recommend. I haven’t reviewed it yet, but it’ll be up very soon!
After graduating from culinary school, Juliet Capshaw returns to her quaint hometown of Ashland, Oregon, to heal a broken heart and help her mom at the family bakery. The Oregon Shakespeare Festival is bringing in lots of tourists looking for some crumpets to go with their heroic couplets. But when one of Torte’s customers turns up dead, there’s much ado about murder…
“Sure to satisfy both dedicated foodies and ardent mystery lovers alike.”
–Jessie Crockett, author of Drizzled with Death
The victim is Nancy Hudson, the festival’s newest board member. A modern-day Lady Macbeth, Nancy has given more than a few actors and artists enough reasons to kill her…but still. The silver lining? Jules’s high school sweetheart, Thomas, is the investigator on the case. His flirtations are as delicious as ever, and Jules can’t help but want to have her cake and eat it too. But will she have her just desserts? Murder might be bad for business, but love is the sweetest treat of all…
“Alexander weaves a tasty tale of deceit, family ties, delicious pastries, and murder.” ―Edith Maxwell, author of A Tine to Live, A Tine to Die
Secondhand Spirits by Juliet Blackwell. I listened to this one on audio and the narration is excellent! It’s a fairly dark book for a cozy but it ended up being quite good! Review
Lily Ivory is not your average witch. Her spell-casting powers tend to draw mischievous spirits while keeping normal humans at a distance. But now her vintage clothing store could give her a chance to make friends in San Francisco….
Lily hopes for a normal life when she opens Aunt Cora’s Closet. With her magical knack for vintage fashion -she can sense vibrations of the past from clothing and jewelry—her store becomes a big hit.
But when a client is murdered and children start disappearing from the Bay Area, Lily may be the only one who can unravel the crime. She tries to keep her identity a secret while investigating, but it’s not easy—especially under the spells of sexy “mythbuster” Max Carmichael and powerful witch Aidan Rhodes. Will Lily’s witchy ways be forced out of the closet?
Grounds to Kill by Wendy Roberts. This was another I listened to on audio and it was also another with some paranormal themes (though very, very light in this book). Review
She’s also hiding the little matter of why her palm itches. But how can she explain that her hand has a mind of its own and writes messages from the beyond? Right. That’ll get her Employee of the Month.
When she finds herself scrawling your boyfriend is cheating on you! to herself on the bathroom mirror, she immediately dumps the guy. But then his little fling—who just happens to be her half sister—turns up dead, and suddenly Jen’s homeless father is the prime suspect.
Jen knows he is being framed and must take matters into her own hands to protect him. But will anyone believe that the crazy old man is innocent? Or that his spirit-writing daughter holds the truth?