Grand Prize: Murder! by Vivian Conroy is the second book in the Country Gift Shop Cozy Mystery series. While it is not necessary to read the first book, it is helpful. Grand Prize: Murder! takes place immediately after Dead to Begin With. Vicky receives a special gift from the city for her help solving a mystery. Rather than calming down, life gets more hectic as cozy author Bella Brooks arrives for a book signing at Vicky's gift shop. Mysterious people seem to have flocked to Glen Cove and one ends up dead. To keep Bella our of jail and save her shop's reputation, Vicky must find the real killer. My return visit to Glen Cove was just as nice as the first.
Mother's Day, Muffins, and Murder by Sara Rosett is book 10 in the Ellie Avery Mystery series. I had read a previous book in this series, but this one easily stands on its own. Ellie is busy enough with her organizing business and end of the year activities at her children's school. Her business rival says she saw a dead body in a closet at the school, but no one can find it. Unfortunately the rumor turns to reality when the body reappears in the woods during the school's field day. Ellie is a wonderful, realistic character. The murder mystery was excellent and kept me guessing until nearly then end. I enjoyed this book even more than the previous one I had read. I am happy to find a cozy mystery series that remains well written after the first few books.
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