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Fresh Pick | PAWS FOR MURDER by Annie Knox
Fresh Pick / March 24, 2014

January 2014 On Sale: January 7, 2014 320 pages ISBN: 0451239504 EAN: 9780451239501 Kindle: B00DGZIB2A Paperback / e-Book Add to Wish ListMystery Cozy, Mystery Pet LoversBuy at #SuspenseMonday grab a cozy! Paws For Murder by Annie Knox Izzy McHale wants her new Trendy Tails Pet Boutique in Merryville, Minnesota, to be the height of canine couture and feline fashions. But at the store’s opening, it turns out it’s a human who’s dressed to kill… Izzy’s own beloved pets are dressed to the nines for the grand opening of Trendy Tails. Feisty feline Jinx is large and in charge, and happy mutt Packer is lapping up the attention. Izzy and her best friend Rena have their hands full meeting Merryville’s menagerie and serving tasty pupcakes and kitty canapes from their “barkery.” The last thing they need is the town’s local activist, Sherry Harper, scaring off customers and getting tongues wagging by picketing the event. The two manage to stop Sherry’s protest in its tracks, but the trouble for Trendy Tails is just beginning. Sherry is found murdered in back of the shop, and Rena is immediately named as the lead suspect. Now Izzy and her furry friends have a new…

Sharon’s Cozy Corner January 2014
Sharon's Cozy corner / January 28, 2014

Hello to a New Year, and what promises to be a year full of great cozy mysteries! This month’s selections hold a mystery for just about any interest the fan might have – from pets to pecans, from ghosts to glee clubs, there is a little something for everone. And all of them feature a great story with an intriguing mystery to go along with it. Here are a few that caught my eye this month – January Book of the Month EGGS IN A CASKET One of my favorite cozy mystery authors, Laura Childs, always has a great mystery up her sleeve, and this month the mystery involves those feisty gals from the Cackleberry Club! This is the fifth book in the Cackleberry Club series, and it is full of fun, murder and mayhem! I loved it and I think you will too! EGGS IN A CASKET: A Cackleberry Club Mystery #5 By Laura Childs (Berkley Prime Crime) The ladies of the Cackleberry Club are always ready to serve—whether they’re cooking up breakfast or sniffing out a bad egg. While Petra handles the breakfast rush at the Cackleberry Club, the café’s other two owners, Suzanne and Toni, head to…

Annie Knox | Earl Had to Die
Author Guest / January 2, 2014

That Dixie Chicks song is on my iPod, and whenever I go for a walk or a drive there’s a decent chance I’ll find myself singing along about Wanda and Mary Ann and the abusive man who deserves to bite the dust.  I sing with relish, letting go of my better nature and diving headlong into a world of vigilante justice where people get what they have coming to them:  their just deserts. In cozy mysteries, the victims of our murders are often the Earls of the world.  They have done Very Bad Things so we don’t feel too awful about their deaths.  Moreover, they’ve wronged enough people to give us an array of potential suspects.  I’ve found, though, that this is a convention I have to bend. Some of my victims start off looking like Earls, but most of them turn out to be likeable folks.  Flawed, but likeable. Take Sherry Harper, the victim in PAWS FOR MURDER, the first in the Pet Boutique Mystery series.  She’s been handed a generous trust fund without ever working a day in her life, she’s completely irresponsible, she’s dedicated to agitating and protesting no matter whom it hurts, and she’s an unreliable…