We’re highlighting a variety of books to help our readers find books that speak to them.
In each post you’ll find books that share similar appeal (or story elements) like genre, pacing, tone, storyline, writing style and/or characters.
The novels in this blog post include Gentle Reads and Cozy Mysteries.
What are Gentle Reads?
Although life has its ups and downs, these stories leave readers with a peaceful, easy feeling at the end. They often occur in small towns and are notable for their lack of sex, violence, and profanity, although trace amounts may be found. ~ Novelist
What are Cozy Mysteries?
These popular mysteries typically feature clever amateur sleuths (usually women) with very little violence. Murders happen off stage, and generally to unlikable people. ~ Novelist
When a high-profile billionaire makes a history-changing claim on live television, genealogist Lucy Lancaster of Austin, Texas begins an investigation dating back to the mid-19th century before she is confronted by a modern descendant who would protect family secrets.
Fermenting in internal turmoil due to her personal life, local brewmaster Sloan Krause, while preparing for Oktoberfest, must deal with the death of an overzealous actor who met his demise while downing a local microbrew.
Agatha is hired to investigate the death of Bishop Peter Salver-Hinkley’s ex-fiancâee, but the investigation leads to more and more murders and Agatha begins to suspect the handsome Bishop himself may be the murderer.
While preparing for the spring dog show, Melanie must investigate a murder after a talented canine portrait artist turns up dead behind her concession booth and her Aunt Peg’s longtime dogsitter also disappears on the same day.
Raymond Chandler meets Nick Hornby in this clever noir romp through hipster Brooklyn as a mysterious mix tape puts a young amateur sleuth on the hunt for a killer and for the truths hidden within her own heart.
The first volume of a delicious new crime series set in rural South Africa — a flavorful blend of The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency and Goldy Schulz, full of humor, romance, and recipes, and featuring a charming cast of characters.
Locking up after an event at the Trinity Episcopal church, Meg Langslow discovers the body of an elderly parishioner, who had threatened to reclaim his wife’s ashes from the church crypt, and uncovers local secrets with the help of The Reverend Smith’s foster toucan.
Joining friends for an annual holiday bash at Emma Harris’s manor that turns into an overnight stay because of stormy weather, Tilly tours her host’s home and discovers a hidden compartment filled with a treasure in gold.
Supporting her friends through a less-than-relaxing summer at Penobscot Bay, amateur detective and caterer Faith Fairchild helps prepare for an upcoming wedding before stumbling on a body with a mysterious tattoo and connections far from Sanpere Island.
The filming of a television special at brokenhearted Hannah Swensen’s bakery is complicated by her shifty ex, an intrusive gang of bodyguards, and an untimely murder that compels her alliance with an old flame.
Reluctantly running for City Council when a flashy developer announces plans to build a hotel beside a graveyard, Mma Ramotswe, aided by the loyal Mma Potokwane, taps her humor and generosity of spirit to outmaneuver a corrupt rival.