It’s July. I’m sure you have some available extra time (can you say vacation?) this month to get caught up on the new series offerings coming out…
_SY344_BO1%252C204%252C203%252C200_.jpg” width=”124″ />Spellcasting in Silk by Juliet Blackwell is the seventh title in the Witchcraft mystery series. It follows A Vision in Velvet. Lily Ivory, vintage boutique owner and gift witch would like nothing better than to relax, enjoy her friends, and take care of business at her store, which is booming thanks to San Francisco’s upcoming Summer of Love Festival. But as the unofficial witchy consultant to the SFPD, she is pulled into yet another case. A woman has jumped off the Golden Gate Bridge, and her apparent suicide may be connected to a suspicious botanica in the Mission District. When the police investigate the shop, they ask Lily to look into its mysterious owner, whose granddaughter also appears to be missing. As Lily searches for the truth, she finds herself confronted with a confounding mystery and some very powerful magic.
From the author of Well Read, Then Dead (Terrie Farley Moran) comes the second mystery featuring Sassy Cabot and Bridgy Mayfield, who bring Fort Myers Beach, Florida, residents plenty of sinful treats and killer reads at their bookstore café, Read ’Em and Eat. Caught Read-Handed finds Sassy happy to help her fellow bibliophiles with a visit to the local library with book donations for their annual fundraising sale. Unfortunately, the welcoming readers’ haven is in turmoil as an argument erupts between an ornery patron and new staff member, Tanya Lipscombe—also known as “Tanya Trouble.” She may lack people skills, but everyone is shocked when she’s later found murdered in her own hot tub. The man last seen arguing with Tanya is soon arrested. But Alan Mersky, a veteran with PTSD, happens to be the brother of Sassy’s former boss—and he’s no murderer. Now it’s up to Sassy and Bridgy to clear Alan’s name and make sure the real killer gets booked.
Bailey Cates is publishing the fifth title in her Magical Bakery mystery, Magic and Macaroons this month. It follows Some Enchanted Eclairs. For magical baker Katie Lightfoot, the only way to beat the Savannah summer heat is to whip up some cool treats for the Honeybee Bakery’s patrons. But when a meeting of the spellbook club is interrupted by a stranger collapsing on the floor of her shop, mumbling something about a voodoo talisman, Katie drops everything to begin investigating. Her search for answers quickly leads her into a dangerous blend of Savannah’s infamous voodoo queens, a powerful missing charm—and a deadly witch who seems to be targeting the city’s magical community.
Hooked on Ewe by Hannah Reed, is the second title in the Scottish Highlands series, following Off Kilter. It’s early September in Glenkillen, Scotland, when American expat (and budding romance novelist) Eden Elliott is recruited by the local inspector to act as a special constable. Fortunately it’s in name only, since not much happens in Glenkillen. For now Eden has her hands full with other things: preparing for the sheepdog trial on the MacBride farm—a fundraiser for the local hospice—and helping her friend Vicki with her first yarn club skein-of-the-month deliveries. Everything seems to be coming together—until the head of the welcoming committee is found strangled to death with a club member’s yarn. Now Eden feels compelled to honor her commitment as a constable.
Death of an English Muffin by Victoria Hamilton is the third title in the Merry Muffin mystery series, following Muffin but Murder. They say one’s home is one’s castle, but when it comes to Wynter Castle, baker Merry Wynter would like it to belong to someone else. But until a buyer bites, she could use some extra dough, so she decides to take in renters. The idea pans out, and Merry’s able to find a handful of tenants eager to live in a real castle. The only problem is most of them are crumby, tea-swilling old biddies. The Legion of Horrible Ladies, as Merry calls them, is led by the terribly nasty—and fabulously wealthy—Cleta Sanson. The abrasive Englishwoman keeps everyone whipped into a frenzy—until she meets an embarrassing end behind a locked door. Evidence reveals that Cleta was murdered, yet no one is privy to how the deed was done. Merry knows she must quickly find the killer before another of her guests gets killed.
Nineteenth in the Meg Langslow mystery series by Donna Andrews is Lord of the Wings. It follows The Nightingale Before Christmas. It’s another holiday and Mayor Randall Shiffley has turned Caerphilly, Virginia into Spooky City, USA. The residents are covering every window with cobwebs and roaming the streets in costume to entertain the tourists, and Meg’s grandfather is opening a new “Creatures of the Night” exhibit in the zoo. When a real body at the zoo and a suspicious fire at the Haunted House threaten to mar the town’s creepy fun, it’s up to Meg Langslow to save Halloween.