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A Cozy Mystery Series Favorite: Donna Andrew’s Round Up the Usual Peacocks

3 Aug

Donna Andrew’s first book in her Meg Langslow series, Murder with Peacocks, was set during a series of weddings that the main character Meg, a blacksmith, was scheduled to participate in as maid of honor.  Quirky family shenanigans ensued and a romance that has grown throughout the series blossomed.  Murder with Peacocks received an Agatha Award for Best First Novel. This latest entry is a call back to the 1999 original, with the wedding of Meg’s brother and his charming fiancé Delaney. 

Rather than multiple weddings to contend with, an additional plot line is weaved throughout the latest novel of a possible threat to Meg’s nephew, Kevin, and his fellow podcaster who may have gotten too close to solving one of the cold case mysteries they broadcast about.  If you love Only Murders in the Building than this storyline will appeal.   

The main delight of the Meg Langslow series is always the crazy cast of relatives and friends that Meg is surrounded by.  If you ever longed for a loving extended family that go in for huge family gatherings than this will be a delight.  Also in each of the mysteries since the first, some sort of bird has been part of the mystery or at least been featured in a subplot, in this case again we have the peacocks who are as ornery as they are beautiful. 

With Round Up the Usual Peacocks, Donna Andrew’s again proves why she is my favorite cozy mystery author! You can read several of my past blogs about Andrew’s works including Murder Most Fowl and The Twelve Jays of Christmas. I’m looking forward to what comes next in her Christmas release Dashing Through the Snowbirds, which is scheduled to be available in October.

If you are a mystery fan, make sure to check out our library’s Mystery Book Club; you can email for more information: rosary.vaningen @ hoboken.bccls.org.

Written by:
Aimee Harris
Information and Digital Services Manager

Two Delightful Digital Audiobook Mysteries narrated by Johanna Parker: Brownies & Broomsticks and Beaches, Bungalows, & Burglaries

11 May

Recently I enjoyed two fun mysteries narrated by the always enjoyable Johanna Parker who has a soothing voice with just a little twang and spunkiness added to it for her Southern protagonists.  Johanna Parker has won both an AudioFile Earphones Award and an Audie Award for her narrations.  Her most notable narration has been Sookie Stackhouse from Charlaine Harris’s Southern Vampire Mysteries.

Brownies & Broomsticks
by Bailey Cates
Brownie & Broomsticks is the first of the Magical Bakery Mystery series.  Katie Lightfoot leaves her job in Ohio to open a new bakery in Savannah with her aunt and uncle.  If you love baking too, there are instructions at the beginning of the digital audiobook for how to get recipes from the story for Lightfoot’s Peanut Butter Swirl Brownies and Cheddar Sage Scones. But more than just recipes are brewing, Katie learns in the novel not only is her aunt a witch, but she is too!  Add in some potential love interests and if that wasn’t enough drama a customer is murdered and her uncle is the main suspect.  Parker only narrated the first in the series, with the also charming Amy Rubinate narrating the subsequent nine installments. The book is also available in print from BCCLS libraries

Beaches, Bungalows, & Burglaries
by Tonya Kappes
Part one of Tonya Kappes’s Camper and Criminals Cozy Mystery series, Beaches Bungalows, & Burglaries is another enjoyable mystery narrated by Johanna Parker.  Mae West (no, not the Hollywood actress, but the wife of Paul West who was arrested for a Ponzi scheme) has been forced to downsize considerably from her big city NY lifestyle to living in a camper and trying to make a go running a tourist campground in Kentucky.  Things are tough enough with residents blaming her for her husband’s thievery, but then he escapes from jail and turns up dead.  Parker’s fans will be pleased that she narrates all 20 books in the series including the most recent Blossoms, Barbeque, & Blackmail.

Do you love mysteries? Consider joining us for the Hoboken Public Library Mystery Book Club!

Written by:
Aimee Harris
Information and Digital Services Manager

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