22 summer themed short stories by bestselling mystery and romance authors! Enjoy mystery, romance, and lots of laughter under the sun with shorts from some of your favorite series. The perfect quick reads for vacation lounging or sipping frosty drinks poolside! **Recipes included!**

 

Stories include:

One Red Cent (Miranda Vaughn Mysteries) by Ellie Ashe

Brunettes Just Wanna Have Fun (Gilda Wright Mysteries) by Diane Bator

A Spot of Murder (Cookies & Chance Mysteries) by Catherine Bruns

Queenie Baby: On Location (Queenie Baby Mysteries) by Christina A. Burke

Done in the Sun by Mary Jo Burke

Hard to Control (Hard Targets) by Wendy Byrne

Lesson in Fear (Schooled in Murder series) by Tracy D. Comstock

Ice Cream Bombes & Stolen Thongs (Poppy Peters Mysteries) by A. Gardner

Barbecue & Bad Juju (Culinary Competition Mysteries) by Janel Gradowski

A Killing in the Market (Danger Cove Mysteries) by Gin Jones & Elizabeth Ashby

Fun to Fiasco (Misty Newman Mysteries) by Gina LaManna

Scout Camp Murder (Merry Wrath Mysteries) by Leslie Langtry

Heating Up the Night (Heroes of the Night) by Nicole Leiren

Killer Conch Shell (Health Nut Mysteries) by Patrice Lyle

The Pen is Mightier (Proverbial Crime Mysteries) by Dane McCaslin

Backyard Bar-be-Feud (Working Stiff Mysteries) by Kerri Nelson

Mr. Montana by Ellyn Oaksmith

Motion for Misfits (Jamie Winters Mysteries) by Kelly Rey

Mystic Mojo (Mystic Isle Mysteries) by Sally J. Smith & Jean Steffens

Blondes' Night Out (Barb Jackson Mysteries) by Anna Snow

Caper at Castle Rock (Amelia Grace Rock 'n' Roll Mysteries) by Anne Marie Stoddard

48 Hours in New York by Stacey Wiedower

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Publisher
Gemma Halliday Publishing
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Published on
Jul 31, 2015
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Pages
1286
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ISBN
9781943587025
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Language
English
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Genres
Fiction / Contemporary Women
Fiction / Mystery & Detective / Cozy
Fiction / Mystery & Detective / Private Investigators
Fiction / Mystery & Detective / Women Sleuths
Fiction / Romance / Contemporary
Fiction / Romance / Romantic Comedy
Fiction / Romance / Suspense
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Book 1
USA Today bestselling series!

Sally Muccio’s had her crosses to bear: a cheating ex-boyfriend, crazy Italian parents, and an unfaithful husband, just to name a few. After her divorce, she returns to her hometown to start a novelty cookie shop whose specialties include original fortune cookies, served with a sprinkle of foreshadowing. But there’s no warning when her ex-husband’s mistress drops dead on Sal's porch, and police confirm it’s a homicide. Determined to stop her life from becoming a recipe for disaster, Sal takes matters into her own hands. With two very different men vying for her affection, dead bodies piling up, and a reputation hanging by an apron string, Sal finds herself in a race against time to save both her business and life—before the last cookie crumbles.

The Cookies & Chance Mysteries:
Tastes Like Murder (book #1)
Baked to Death (book #2)
A Spot of Murder (short story in the "Killer Beach Reads" collection)
Burned to a Crisp (book #3)

"The delightful whodunit kept me guessing until the end, and the tasty treats had my mouthwatering from start to finish! A fantastic culinary mystery in the vein of Joanne Fluke and Diane Mott Davidson!"

—Gemma Halliday, New York Times & USA Today bestselling mystery author

 

"Catherine Bruns has found a winning recipe for an exciting mystery mixed with a dash of humor and a heap of danger. Add in a little romance for spice, and you get one sweet reading treat."

—Mary Marks, bestselling author of the Quilting Mystery series.

Book 1
The first book in the terrific Antiques & Collectibles series by New York Times bestselling author Ellery Adams.

 

In the world of antiques and collectibles, it helps to have a sharp eye for quality, a good ear for gossip, and a nose for murder.

 

Molly Appleby is a young writer for Collector’s Weekly, and when the attractive reporter isn’t covering auctions and antique shows all over the South, she’s trying to get her new relationship with a coworker off the ground. When her latest assignment takes her to North Carolina pottery country to cover an exclusive kiln opening, she’s certain the show promises surprising offerings and rare finds. What she doesn’t expect to find is a dead body.

 

George-Bradley Staunton is known throughout the antiques world as a very wealthy and very ruthless collector, and when he drops dead just after the opening, there are all too few mourners and a seemingly endless list of suspects. When the local police are stumped, Molly steps in to put her journalist’s nose to work sniffing out the culprit. But no sooner does she start collecting clues than another dead body falls into her lap.

 

As Molly digs beneath the genteel surface of antiques and collectibles, she finds a world filled with backstabbing and competition, and what started as a story about rare collections might leave Molly with nothing more than a collection of corpses.

 

“A very likable amateur sleuth . . . I’ll be happy to follow Molly on her future investigations.”

—The Romance Readers Connection

 

This is a fully revised edition of a book originally published under the name J. B. Stanley.

 

Book 2
USA Today Bestseller!

 

Baker turned reluctant amateur sleuth, Sally Muccio’s, finally found the happiness that’s eluded her for years. She’s in love with a great guy, her bakery is thriving, and now she and her best friend Josie Sullivan are gearing up to appear on the popular reality baking show, Cookie Crusades. But a visit from Sal’s greedy ex-husband Colin, who's looking to cash in on the bakery’s dough, changes everything. Within a few hours Sal’s world—like the shop’s original fortune cookies—is broken apart when Colin turns up dead, and her boyfriend’s arrested for the crime. Now Sal’s mixing it up with vengeful ex-inlaws, a suspicious new employee, slippery baking competitors, and a greasy mobster who’ll stop at nothing to collect on Colin’s unpaid debt. Can Sal prove her man is innocent in time? Or is she about to get baked herself?

**Recipes Included!**

 

The Cookies & Chance Mysteries:

Tastes Like Murder (book #1)

Baked to Death (book #2)

A Spot of Murder (short story in the "Killer Beach Reads" collection)

 Burned to a Crisp (book #3)

What critics are saying:

 

"Catherine Bruns dishes up a deliciously devilish mystery with this feisty suspense story. This is a highly entertaining cozy mystery that would appeal to anyone who likes a little zaniness with their suspense. "

—Night Owl Reviews, Top Pick!

 

"I want to visit more with all of the quirky characters just to see what crazy and outrageous things they will do next!"

—Fresh Fiction

 

"The delightful whodunit kept me guessing until the end, and the tasty treats had my mouthwatering from start to finish! A fantastic culinary mystery in the vein of Joanne Fluke and Diane Mott Davidson!"

—Gemma Halliday, New York Times & USA Today bestselling mystery author

 

"Catherine Bruns has found a winning recipe for an exciting mystery mixed with a dash of humor and a heap of danger. Add in a little romance for spice, and you get one sweet reading treat."

—Mary Marks, bestselling author of the Quilting Mystery series.

Book 6
Someone has skeletons in their closet...

 

Bree Milford had big city dreams. But when her glamorous career fails to materialize, she can't pay her big city rent. Slinking home to the sleepy  town of Danger Cove to reorganize and figure out her life, she agrees to run  the family's Ocean View Bed & Breakfast while her parents go on vacation.  After living in fast-paced L.A., Bree fears she'll be bored with small town life. However, it becomes anything but dull when she convinces her parents' hot handyman to expand the tiny closet in the living quarters...and a dead body falls out of the wall! Things get even more interesting when the medical examiner puts the time of death right around when her parents took possession of the B&B and started renovations. Worried the police have Mom and Dad in their sights, Bree asks her best friend, Cristal, to stick around for backup. With her high maintenance BFF by her side, and the handsome handyman on her suspect list, Bree has her work cut out for her. She's on the clock to prove her parents' innocence before they end up behind bars...and the killer can strike again!

 

 

The Danger Cove books:

Secret of the Painted Lady (a Danger Cove Renovation Mystery)

Murder and Mai Tais (a Danger Cove Cocktail Mystery)

Death by Scones (a Danger Cove Bakery Mystery)

Four-Patch of Trouble (a Danger Cove Quilting Mystery)

Deadly Dye and a Soy Chai (a Danger Cove Hair Salon Mystery)

Killer Closet Case (a Danger Cove B&B Mystery)

Tree of Life and Death (a Danger Cove Quilting Mystery)

 Killing in the Market (a Danger Cove Farmers' Market short story in the "Killer Beach Reads" collection)

 

 

About Danger Cove:

Danger Cove is a sleepy little town in the Pacific Northwest and home to renowned mystery novelist, Elizabeth Ashby. While Elizabeth swears the stories she writes are fiction, you can find the inspiration for her murderous tales all over Danger Cove...from the intriguing cast of local characters to the places to eat, play, and explore in Danger Cove. Don't let our name fool you—we're the friendliest (even if deadliest) town in the Pacific Northwest! Visit us at dangercovemysteries.com

Book 2
From USA Today bestelling author A. Garnder...

When Poppy Peters takes an internship in Paris working for a top pastry chef, she realizes that bakery life isn't all cupcakes and frosting. The sous pastry chef dislikes foreigners, her mentor only speaks French, and to top that all off she finds the groom of the wedding she's catering dead in his own backyard. But Lord Dovington wasn't just a handsome royal waiting to sweep his bride-to-be off of her feet. He was also a well-known playboy with a long line of vengeful exes.

 

Now, as one of the prime suspects, Poppy must prove she's innocent . . . and that her recipe for chocolate macaroons isn't to blame. But the clock is ticking, and with a missing diamond, a break-in, and a hot batch of reporters on her tail, Poppy has a lot of sifting to do. Will she find the killer before she too gets baked?

 

**Recipes Included**

 

 

Poppy Peters Mysteries:

Southern Peach Pie & A Dead Guy (book #1)

Chocolate Macaroons and a Dead Groom (book #2)

Ice Cream Bombes and Stolen Thongs (short story in the "Killer Beach Reads" collection)

 

What critics are saying:

 

"A sweet and satisfying mystery that will leave you hungry for more! A. Gardner's Poppy Peters Mysteries have earned a place on my keeper shelf!"

—Gemma Halliday, New York Times & USA Today bestselling mystery author

 

"I defy anyone to read this and not want a piece of pie. This is a book that can probably be finished in one sitting which is a good thing, because it will give you time to try your hand at something to satisfy those cravings. I do know that I plan to bring fresh baked cookies and a glass of milk with me when I read the next book in this series."

—Madderly Review

 "One of the best perks of summer is eating a warm slice of Georgia peach pie. Throw in a murder and you’ve got the makings of a juicy cozy mystery. Southern Peach Pie and a Dead Guy: A Poppy Peters Mystery by debut author A. Gardner is a delicious e-book."

—MomTrends, Ebook Pick for Summer

Book 3
From USA Today bestselling author Catherine Bruns comes the next sinfully delicious Cookies & Chance Mystery...

 

Just when things appear to be going well for baker and sometime sleuth, Sally Muccio, life turns up the heat again.

 

It’s summertime, and the living is easy for the Muccio clan. Sal’s wedding to her beloved fiancé is rapidly approaching, Mom’s won a beauty contest, and sister Gianna is now a licensed public defender. But when the bakery Sal’s worked so hard for goes up in smoke—along with her dreams!—she’s not sure how much more she can stand. Even worse, the man found dead in the bakery’s back room is none other than Gianna’s latest client, Bernardo Napoli.

 

The dough really hits the fan for Sal and Josie when they’re forced to temporarily relocate their bakery to the crazy Muccio home. Trouble is quickly stirred up as the best friend team must now contend with Sal’s father and his new mortuary business “undertakings,” a middle aged mother parading around customers in bikinis, and an Italian family hell bent on revenge. For Sal, several questions demand answers. Where has Gianna disappeared to? What role did she play in Bernardo’s death? What secret is Sal’s fiancé hiding from her? Sal is determined to find answers...before she gets burned once again!  

 

**Recipes Included!**

 

The Cookies & Chance Mysteries:

Tastes Like Murder (book #1)

Baked to Death (book #2)

A Spot of Murder (short story in the "Killer Beach Reads" collection)

Burned to a Crisp (book #3)

 

What critics are saying:

 

"Catherine Bruns has whipped up another delicious treat with this delightful cozy. . If you like your mysteries to taste sweet this one is a good choice."

—Night Owl Reviews, Top Pick!

 

"I want to visit more with all of the quirky characters just to see what crazy and outrageous things they will do next!"

—Fresh Fiction

 

Book 2
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