Get Cozy with Gentle Mysteries | Audio in Advance November 2016 | Stephanie’s Picks

teetotaled_cover__1473355127_56086Chance, Maia. Teetotaled. (Discreet Retrieval Agency, Bk. 2). Recorded Books. ISBN 9781490693705. Reader TBA.
Thirty-year-old society matron Lola Woodby has survived her loveless marriage with an unholy mixture of highballs, detective novels, and chocolate layer cake. Then her husband dies suddenly, and all she inherits from Alfie is a big pile of debt. Pretty soon, Lola and her stalwart Swedish cook, Berta, are reduced to hiding out in the secret love nest Alfie kept in New York City and running the Discreet Retrieval Agency. When a society matron offers them a job, they take it—even if it means sneaking into a detox facility and consuming only water and health food until they can steal a diary from Grace Whiddle, a resident at the “health farm.” But barely a day in, Grace and her diary escape from the facility—and Grace’s future mother-in-law is found murdered on the premises.

Fluke, Joanne, Leslie Meier, & Laura Levine. Candy Cane Murder. Recorded Books. ISBN 9781501932663. Read by Suzanne Toren.
Tis the season for trimming the tree, caroling, baking cookies, and curling up by the Yuletide waiting for Santa to drop down the chimney. But in this festive collection of holiday whodunits, murder is also paying a visit. In Fluke’s “Candy Cane Murder,” when a trail of candy canes leads to a corpse outfitted in a Santa suit, Hannah Swensen sets out to discover who killed Kris Kringle. A wealthy suburbanite takes a lethal tumble off his roof while installing a giant candy cane. Now it’s up to Jaine Austen to sift through a long list of scheming neighbors with dirty secrets in their stockings to expose a murderer in Levine’s “The Dangers of Candy Canes.” And in Meiers’s “Candy Canes of Christmas Past,” Lucy Stone must learn the mystery of a glass candy cane that was found smashed to bits by a corpse’s body.

McKinlay, Jenn. Better Late than Never. (Library Lover’s Mysteries, Bk. 7). Dreamscape. ISBN 9781520031804. Reader TBA.
When the Briar Creek Public Library holds its first overdue book amnesty day the volume of incoming materials is more than Lindsey and her staff can handle. In a bind, Lindsey drafts the crafternoon ladies to help check in and sort the stacks of books. But one tardy tome catches her attention—a copy of J. D. Salinger’s The Catcher in the Rye, 20 years past due. When Lindsey looks up the borrower, she’s shocked to discover it was a murdered school teacher named Candice Whitley, whose killer was never found. Now Lindsey wonders if it could provide a clue to the decades-old cold case. Lindsey is determined to catch the culprit one way or another, because justice for Candice Whitley is long overdue.

51ylhu5um2l__1473355176_83411Overstreet, Jason. The Strivers’ Row Spy. Recorded Books. ISBN 9781501909672. Read by Avery Glymph.
For college graduate Sidney Temple, the Roaring Twenties bring opportunities even members of his accomplished black bourgeois family couldn’t have imagined. His impulsive marriage to independent artist Loretta is a happiness he never thought he’d find. And when he’s tapped by J. Edgar Hoover to be the FBI’s first African American agent, he sees a once-in-a-lifetime chance to secure real justice. Instead of providing evidence against Marcus Garvey, prominent head of the back-to-Africa movement, Sidney uses his unexpected knack for deception and undercover work to thwart the Bureau’s biased investigation. And by giving renowned leader W. E. B. Du Bois insider information, Sidney gambles on change that could mean a fair destiny for all Americans. But the higher Sidney and Loretta climb in Harlem’s most influential and glamorous circles, the more dangerous the stakes.

Perry, Anne. A Christmas Message. Recorded Books. ISBN 9781501905643. Reader TBA.
When Victor Narraway, Thomas Pitt’s close friend and former boss, and his new wife, Lady Vespasia, travel to Jerusalem for a Christmas holiday, Vespasia cannot shake the feeling that they are being watched. Then an old man leaves a mysterious envelope for Narraway—and is murdered soon after. But it is only when the couple is ambushed the following morning that they realize they are in grave danger. Armed only with the instructions from the message in the envelope, they immediately set out on a journey through the Holy Land—pursued by their unknown enemy.

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