A Cup of Holiday Fear by Ellie Alexander is the tenth book in the Bakeshop Mystery series. Jules, owner of Torte, plans a Christmas party for her staff at a local hotel. The hotel's Dickens Feast is a holiday tradition that may be in danger as the hotel will soon change ownership. The soon-to-be owner is also at the feast and is doing little to endear herself to the locals. It was no surprise when she ended up dead. I enjoy this series, and this particular book is best enjoyed if readers are familiar with the previous books. A Cup of Holiday Fear is heavy on holiday and less so on the mystery. I did enjoy it but am looking forward to more mystery in the next.
The seventh book in the Candy-Coated Mystery series by Nancy Coco is Fudge Bites. Allie, owner of a local fudge shop and hotel, is all set to participate in the zombie walk when her cat discovers a fake zombie who is really dead. She begins her own investigation and soon finds herself in the killer's cross-hairs along with members of the senior group. Time is running out to solve the murder before the killer claims more lives. The book has plenty of excitement and a bit of romance. This series is becoming one of my favorites.
Carpet Diem is the fourth book in Misty Simon's Tallie Graver Mystery series. Tallie and her cleaning crew are up against her friend Audra for a big contract at a local mansion. When Audra ends up dead, Tallie feels the need to solve her friend's murder. As Tallie cleans away layers of Audra's life, she learns her "friend" is not what she seemed. Tallie continues to work part-time at her family's funeral home and juggle her new romance with Max. Tallie is a likable character, and the supporting characters are a bonus. This is a good, light cozy mystery.
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