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2013 October 28
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Cozy mysteries are popular reads, dealing with murder in a not too graphic manner. Many center around a theme: food, fashion, crafting, or owning a shop. Most of the cozies come in a series; here are some that might appeal to teens.

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If they like fashion…

  • Cloche and Dagger by Jenn McKinlay. After becoming an internet sensation, for the wrong reasons, Scarlett flees to England to help her cousin run their hat shop. Only her cousin isn’t there to greet her and an important client turns up dead. With Mim missing in action, Scarlett attempts to run the shop and uncover a murderer.
  • Shoe Done It by Grace Carroll. Rita works at an upscale fashion boutique. When a client steals a very important pair of stilettos, Rita looks for them, only to discover the thief has been murdered. Who ever killed her client has stolen the shoes. Rita keeps her eyes peeled for the stilettos and the murderer.
  • Button Holed by Kylie Logan. Josie’s opened her own button shop, becoming a big name in the button world. Her name becomes the talk of the town when a famous Hollywood actress comes to her shop for buttons for her wedding dress.  When she’s discovered murdered with a button by the body as the only clue, Josie needs to uncover the truth.
  • Veiled Deception by Annette Blair. Maddie returns home for her sister’s wedding. Unfortunately another woman refuses to believe the groom is off the market. When she ends up strangled with the wedding veil, Maddie must clear her sister’s name.
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If they like sweets…

  • Glazed Murder by Jessica Beck. After a nasty divorce, Suzanne bought a donut shop. Early one morning during her coffee break, she witnesses a body being dumped on  her shop’s doorstep. Suzanne doesn’t want the murder to ruin her business, so she starts poking her nose into the investigation.
  • To Have and to Kill by Mary Jane Clark. Former soap star Piper Donovan wants more than anything to get back into acting, but she agrees to help her mother out in the family owned wedding cake business until she can make that happen. When a former co-star asks her to create her wedding cake, Piper can’t say no. As the pile of bodies begins to add up, it’s clear someone doesn’t want this wedding to take place.
  • Pies and Prejudice by Ellery Adams. Ella Mae heads back home to Georgia fleeing her troubles and city life. Baking has always soothed her soul, but now she’s finding her pies have magical powers. Her pies have a tendency to change people’s moods. Ella Mae can’t wait to open her own pie shop, but when someone in the community is murdered and her rolling pin turns out to be the murder weapon, her dreams might go up in smoke.
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If they like the paranormal…

  • It Takes a Witch by Heather Blake. Darcy just learned she comes from a family of witches with the power to cast wishes. When she’s asked to investigate a murder, Darcy can’t refuse. She’s still learning the culture and rules of witches. Some of her investigative techniques might land her in hot water.
  • The Trouble with Magic by Madelyn Alt. Unhappy in her job, Maggie needs a change. She starts working for Felicity in a shop which features antiques and and fine gifts. She’s a little unnerved to learn that her new boss is a practicing witch. When her boss becomes a suspect in a murder investigation, Maggie delves into the Wiccan world in order to clear her boss’s name.
  • A Taste of the Nightlife by Sarah Zettle. Charlotte, a chef, caters to the paranormal nightlife crowd in the club she owns with her brother. After a night of trouble, one of their clients turns up dead on their doorstep. With her brother as the key suspect, Charlotte looks into the murder in hopes of getting her life back to normal.

- Jennifer Rummel currently reading Golden Malicious by Sheila Connolly

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