Give yourself books for Mother’s Day!

It’s Mother’s Day weekend. Are you looking for something quick and easy to deliver to your mother? Or maybe you’d like something to read yourself while you’re eating those chocolate chip pancakes that are half-raw and half-burnt. If you’re looking to fill up your Kindle with some great reads, I’ve got a round-up of women’s fiction, literary reads, and cozy mysteries for you!

First, a couple from my inkwell…

Gluten-Free Murder, by P.D. Workman

Gluten-Free Murder

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Erin Price moves to Eagle Falls, a place where everyone knows everyone as well as everyone else’s business, taking over the store left to her by her aunt to start up a gluten-free bakery. The grand opening is marred by just one thing, the death of her business rival, Angela Plaint. It appears that Angela was poisoned by one of Erin’s cupcakes, making her a prime suspect.

Equipped with cupcakes, her desire for the truth, and new bakery assistant Vicky’s help, Erin goes head-to-head against Detective Terry Piper to solve the murder. Rumors of treasure hunting, drug dealing, and a missing boy swirl around Eagle Falls as Erin tries to sort the clues from the red herrings and find the killer before the killer can take care of her.

Questing for a Dream, by P.D. Workman

Questing for a Dream

Nadie is a bright, caring teen growing up Manitoba Cree growing up in abject poverty. She tries to balance school attendance, caring for her younger cousin Luyu, and spending time with handsome, impish Mouse, her best friend and confidante. Together, they strive to find the path to happiness on the reservation.

But tragedy strikes and Nadie’s is devastated by Luyu’s accidental death. Unable to find comfort in Mouse’s arms or Grandfather’s traditional mourning rites, Nadie leaves the band and strikes off on her own, searching for meaning and a new life in the outside world.

And here is a stack of other books bound to tickle your fancy!

Murder is a Dirty Business, by Tricia L. Sanders

Murder is a Dirty Business

When Cece Cavanaugh’s husband empties their joint bank account, steals her designer luggage, and runs off with a younger woman, Cece must decide whether to ask her manipulative mother-in-law for a handout or get a job. Choosing the easier path, Cece lands a job cleaning a crime scene where a high school coach was murdered. When his wife is implicated—a young woman Cece practically raised—Cece finds herself mopping floors, balancing an empty checkbook, and ferreting out a killer.

Amid all this messy business, Cece bumps heads with a handsome detective. She tries to ignore her growing attraction to the detective, but he gives new meaning to the term “hot flash.”

The Windmill Cafe, Summer Breeze, by Poppy Blake

The Windmill Cafe, Summer Breeze

Just $1.99

As Rosie Barnes serves glasses of tangy lemonade and ice-cold prosecco at her summer garden party, she couldn’t be happier. The Windmill Café, with its peppermint green sails is a roaring success and has given Rosie a chance to escape the heartbreak of her busy life in London.

But then disaster strikes when popstar Suki Richards is taken unexpectedly ill at the party. Now all eyes are on Rosie…have her famous raspberry cupcakes poisoned her most high-profile guest? Or is someone else trying to damage Suki’s chance of stardom?

If Rosie wants to save her picture-perfect life, and the reputation of her beloved Windmill Café, she’s going to have to get to the bottom of the mystery…and fast!

Mixed Blessings, by Susan Winters

Mixed Blessings

When Nora Montgomery discovers her daughter, Allison, is trapped in an abusive relationship, she sends her to stay with a distant cousin in California. Allison is unaware that her “cousin” Lynne Cooper is the child her mother gave up for adoption 30 years ago. Anxious to know her birth family on any terms, Lynne agrees to keep their relationship a secret. Can Nora choose between her new relationship with Lynne or keeping the past safely hidden?

Waterfell Tweed Cozy Mystery Series, by Mona Marple

Waterfell Tweed

Sandy Shaw was happy with her life running the village cafe and bookstore, until a series of murders in the sleepy village cause everyone to second-guess just how peaceful things are.

Join Sandy as she sets out to solve the killers, and get peace restored, in this box set collection of the first three books in the Waterfell Tweed Cozy Mystery Series.

Murder for Neptune’s Trident, by Victoria L.K. Williams

Murder for Neptune’s Trident

A simple errand for a client of Concierge Services of Citrus Beach leads owner Megan Cassidy into more trouble than she could have ever thought possible…before she knows what has happened, she has become the witness to a murder and a target for bullets and speeding trucks.
Who knew there could be so much going on in this little southern town, where your neighbors watched your back and “Mom & Pop” businesses populated Main Street?
FBI Consultant , Aiden Tory, is brought in to solve the murder and Megan joins forces with him to figure out just what has been going on along the Florida shores of this tropical paradise. With her dog, Barney helping to sniff out clues, they follow the leads discovering the past can be haunting.

Secrets and Pies, by Jenny Kales

Secrets and Pies

Summertime in Crystal Bay means tourist season for Calliope “Callie” Costas, owner of Callie’s Kitchen, a Greek-meets-Midwest from-scratch eatery. Business is booming but so is the stress. Callie can barely keep up with the demand for her famous summer fruit pies and savory Greek delicacies, plus she’s agreed to bake dozens of “pitas” for the annual Greek Fest.

When Callie is asked to deliver cast party treats for a Murder Mystery Night at the historic Harris House, it seems like a welcome break from her hot stove. That is, until she finds herself an unwilling player in yet another suspicious death. Worse yet, the victim is a family friend and graduate student working on a project involving Crystal Bay’s colorful past.

Before long, a motley crew of suspects makes things as juicy as the succulent berries strewn around Callie’s Kitchen. And that’s not all Callie’s got on her plate. Add family obligations, a deepening romance with a local detective and unexpected personnel problems to the mix.

Finding Their Way Home, by Brenda Baker

Finding Their Way Home

Compelling, thought-provoking, and emotionally bare. This is a collection of poems that will inspire you and touch your soul.

In her debut book, Brenda Baker explores both our humanity and the human experience. Throughout, she introduces a range of characters from all walks of life – inviting the reader into their world to share intimate stories of love, loss, heartache, pain, and joy.

In the Event the Flower Girl Explodes, by Abby Rosmarin

In the Event the Flower Girl Explodes

It’s the wedding of the century. Her big brother – the man who was a second father to her after their dad passed – is the groom. And Nicole is fighting just to keep her head above water.

She’s surrounded by an aloof bride-to-be, a psychotic mother of the bride, ridiculous bridesmaids, and a town that feels like a parody of Americana. Her own family is perfectly fine with everything – with the exception of her wise-cracking cousin Ella, whose antics only serve to get Nicole even further into trouble. The wedding stress is invading all aspects of her life, including her own relationship. Nicole only wants what’s best for her brother – but what if that involves her brother leaving his fiancée at the altar?

Be Careful What You Pray For, by C. Yvette Spencer

Be Careful What You Pray For!

If only it was about a cheating husband, but there’s so much more to this twisted short story. And when fed up meets revenge, a prayer takes on a life of its own and vengeance will an unimaginable end. The first of the Twisted Lessons Collectibles is a dramatic tale with a perverse plot that leaves the readers with something deep to think about.

Margaritas & Murder, by CeCe Osgood

Margaritas & Murder

An old friend is found dangling in a tree with a dead man in her apartment. Did she kill him? That’s the question bedeviling rookie P.I. Sunny Truly. To ferret out suspects, Sunny poses as a glam-girl at an upscale Texas nightclub and soon uncovers an ugly secret with deadly consequences. Now Sunny might be the next victim.

Movie Scripts and Madness, by Melissa Baldwin

Movie Scripts and Madness

Kendall Whitaker always longed for a starring role in a movie full of action, adventure, love, and murder. She just never thought she would be living in one.

An aspiring actress, Kendall left her normal life in Phoenix for the bright lights of Hollywood. She hoped taking a job as the assistant to the miserable Marketing Director at Blossom Studios would be her stepping-stone to stardom. When she finally gets her hands on an audition script, she refuses to let anything stand in her way. What she doesn’t expect is the return of her arch nemesis, the attention of a very dashing actor, or finding a dead body.

Before she knows it, Kendall finds herself embroiled in the mysterious events taking over the day-to-day activity at the studio. With each unfortunate incident—including the disappearance of her boss—Kendall is smack dab in the middle of it all and on the radar of the handsome detective in charge of the investigation. Could the answer be hidden in a recently canceled movie, or has the answer been in front of her the entire time?

Inn Over Her Head, by Dixie Davis

Inn Over Her Head

$0.99 this weekend

Lori Keyes is excited to settle into her perfect new life: a bed and breakfast owner in the sleepy resort town of Dusky Cove, North Carolina. Sure, her first guest is a little rude and hateful, but that just comes with the hospitality territory sometimes, right?

Lori steels herself to endure one bad guest—until that guest turns up dead. The police investigation says it’s murder, and the evidence points to Lori. She’s instantly the prime suspect.

Lori digs into the guest’s failing marriage and into rivalries in town, trying to figure out who could have killed her. To keep her dream job, her perfect life and the inn over her head, Lori will have to prove that she’s innocent—or she’ll go to jail for a murder she didn’t commit.

The Case of the Curious Client, by T.G. Campbell

The Case of the Curious Client

In The Case of the Curious Client, the Bow Street Society are hired by Mr Thaddeus Dorsey to locate a missing friend he knows only as ‘Palmer’ after he fails to keep a late night appointment with him. With their client’s own credibility cast into doubt mere minutes after they meet him though, the Society are forced to consider whether they’ve been sent on a wild goose chase. That is, until events take a dark turn, and the Society have to race against time to not only solve the case, but to save the very life of their client…

The Yellow Cottage Vintage Mysteries, by J. New

The Yellow Cottage Vintage Mysteries

Miss Marple meets The Ghost Whisperer in this charming British mystery series set in the 1930’s.

Book 1:

When a strange child follows her home on the train from London, Ella Bridges feels bound to help her. However she soon discovers the child is not what she seems.
Having recently moved into a large home on Linhay Island, affectionately known locally as The Yellow Cottage, Ella finds herself at the centre of a murder investigation thanks to a special gift from the previous house owner.

Along with her unusual sidekick, a former cottage resident, Ella follows clues which take her to the heart of London.

As the mystery unravels she is forced to enter the lion’s den to solve the crime and stop the perpetrator. But can she do it before she becomes the next victim?

Prospect Hill, by Bibiana Krall

Prospect Hill

A short read paranormal romance. Love, loss and memory takes your breath away in this gorgeous tale spanning time and space. Caribbean myth meets the mean streets of Chicago during prohibition. Join Ayanna on her journey and believe in love again…Do you prefer paper? Enjoy Prospect Hill in a special color block anthology called : Heartbeat which also includes Flor Y Fuego. It may be petite, but it’s a gorgeous little book with full color panels of each cover. Enjoy!

A Funeral in Fiesole, by Rosanne Dingli

A Funeral in Fiesole

At their mother’s funeral outside Florence, they reunite. It’s their childhood holiday home, where many conflicting memories were created. They bring light suitcases, and hearts heavy not only with grief, but also with small mysteries from childhood.

All in their fifties now, with particular varieties of experiences, they remember holidays in those hills. Youthful memories rarely match; the four recall their mother very differently. The inheritance they hope for is bound up in Nina Larkin’s will.
The only thing they agree about is its mystery.

Texas Troubles, by N.C. Lewis

Texas Troubles

Middle aged Professor Ollie Stratford’s been hounded by a psycho realtor, outrun by a bunch of grandma’s, taken advice from sock puppets, stuck in a brimming toilet bowl, and almost run out of college by a drunken professor. How is that for her first few days in a quiet little Texas town she never wanted to live in?

Thrust into the middle of a murder mystery with a dwindling pile of cash and very few leads Ollie starts digging. Along the way, she teams up with an oddball reporter, a dreadlocks flashing lawyer, a grandma who teaches mixed martial arts, and a stray dog named Bodie. Can she discover the identity of the killer in time or will she end up being the next victim?

Glad One, by Margaret Lashley

Glad One

St. Pete Beach attracts weirdos like mosquitoes to a bug zapper. After being raked over the coals in Europe, Val Fremden flies back to her old stomping grounds to find everyone and everything she knew squashed under the heels of change.

Seven years abroad has erased her finances, credit history, friends and social standing. Divorced, broke, and staring 45 in its haggard face, Val’s got nothing left to go on but her own dry sense of humor and a pair of wobbly thighs. Will the life coach advice of a beer-guzzling old lady she meets on the beach help Val find her way — or will it lead her even further astray?

Murder in Cherry Hills, by Paige Sleuth

Murder in Cherry Hills

$0.99

Kat Harper has only just returned to her small hometown of Cherry Hills, Washington when she discovers the dead body of her neighbor, Mrs. Tinsdale. Matilda, Mrs. Tinsdale’s orphaned rescue cat, just might be the only eyewitness to the murder. But how do you convince a cat to reveal “whodunit”?

Finding Heaven, by Talena Winters

Finding Heaven

Sarah Daniels seems to have the perfect life–a successful career as an erotica author, a successful lawyer husband, thousands of adoring fans, and the freedom to do whatever she wants. Or does she?

Behind the façade, her marriage is in a shambles, she hates what she writes and the people who read it, and she feels trapped behind the masks of her own making. A cancer diagnosis has just dealt the final blow to the shaky foundations of her life.

A chance encounter with Steve McGuire–a man who gave up the rat race to help Mumbai’s prostitutes, and who finds joy in every little thing–makes her question her priorities and wonder if it’s time for a change. His example and friendship inspires her to start a journey to find God, healing, and her authentic self.

Out of Play, by Joy Norstrom

Out of Play

Gillian is stuck in a humdrum marriage and is at a loss on how to fix it. Her husband regularly ditches her for weekend adventures participating in Live Action Role-Play, otherwise known as Larp.

With tensions running high, Gillian seeks professional advice. She is surprised when her therapist encourages her to try larp. “Who knows? It may make you smile. It may make you laugh. It may even improve your sex life. How terrible could it be?”

Gillian is skeptical, yet decides to give it a go. If larp doesn’t work a marital miracle, Gillian can walk away knowing she tried everything before giving up on her dysfunctional marriage.

Will going on a role-play adventure heal Gillian’s marriage, or will the game shed light on everything that is wrong?

Can You Kick a Ghost in the Nuts?, by Steve & Gemma Higgs

Can You Kick a Ghost in the Nuts?

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Amanda Harper’s life has changed a lot in the few weeks since she met Tempest Michaels.

Working out her notice period in Kent Police, she has already taken a new job as a Paranormal Investigator to work alongside him. She could be interested in Tempest, but even after she arrested (thankfully he was innocent) Brett Barker, the single, athletic, multi-millionaire heir to the Barker family fortune he still wants to take her on a date to Paris in his helicopter.

How does a girl say no to that?

But Tempest has a case for her to look into: There is an elevator in a nearby shopping centre that has a ghost in it. The spectre has shown up on a photograph and people’s belongings have gone missing from inside the lift without anyone getting on or off. The shopping centre manager wants the case solved, but will she be able to bring the spook into the daylight and reveal its true nature?

Murder at the Playgroup, by Liz Hedgecock

Murder at the Playgroup

Pippa Parker never wanted to move to the chocolate-box village of Much Gadding in the first place. When she meets the locals, she’s absolutely sure. There’s just one problem; she’s 8 months pregnant.

The village is turned upside down when Barbara Hamilton, pillar of the community, is found dead at Gadding Goslings playgroup. No one could have murdered her except the people who were there. The police suspect all of them, including Pippa herself…

With a baby due any minute, and hampered by her toddler son, can Pippa unmask the murderer? Will Much Gadding return to normal? And does anyone in Much Gadding even know what normal is?

Sweet Murder, by Tegan Maher

Sweet Murder

$0.99

What’s a witch to do when the meanest man in the county drops dead in his coleslaw during her shift at the local barbecue joint? Noelle does what any good Southern girl would do: she flicks a wrist to clean up the mess, then thanks the stars for doing the world a favor. She should have known nothing’s that easy.

The Magical Oversight Committee is on her back because she can’t keep her unruly little sister in line and the hunky new city-slicker sheriff would like to take her to dinner, except he suspects her of murder. To top it off, her cursed miniature donkey is being particularly calamitous and the old hens at the local beauty parlor are laying bets on her love life.

Dandelion Bliss, by Lisa Louise

Dandelion Bliss

On the eve of Katie Jo’s forty-second birthday, her husband fires her from the prestigious job as the Womack autoplex’s television personality. Not only is she replaced by a vivacious, beautiful young woman at her job, she figures out the gal is her husband’s new girlfriend. Not to be outdone, Katie Jo insists on celebrating her birthday as usual at Hot Springs’ infamous Ohio Club. Things don’t go as planned at the nightclub. Womack’s security goons watch her every move. With a mother spawned by the devil, a best girlfriend infatuated with a Mae West impersonator, and an Ayurvedic guru trying to teach her to relax, Katie Jo can’t win for losing.

She’s ready for revenge. With the help of her mother’s curmudgeon old neighbor Lyle, she makes the big splash, so big the KARK helicopter covers it with a live news feed. But wait… there’s something new, bigger and uglier than being dumped by her husband. What could it be? When this tidbit of gossip gets out, Katie Jo will be ruined. There’s something much worse than weeds growing in Katie’s world, it’s a big ugly secret. A secret so big, it’s been in Katie Jo’s face most of her life and she’s never noticed it.

How will she survive this awful mess?

Ghost of a Chance, by Cate Dean

Ghost of a Chance

Free

Maggie Mulgrew runs The Ash Leaf, an antique shop in the quaint village of Holmestead, England ~ which has nothing to do with Sherlock, thank you very much. She sells her goods to disappointed tourists, and locals who appreciate her eclectic taste.

Professor Pembroke Martin is hunting down an artifact that had been stolen by a former assistant ~ a hand-blown apothecary jar that is the center of an old ghost story. His search leads him to Holmestead, and a stubborn, fascinating American who has acquired the box that once contained the rare jar.

When the missing jar turns up, clutched in the hand of the very dead local historian, Martin becomes the prime suspect. With his future on the line, Martin turns to Maggie for help, and they join forces to find the real killer.

Shooting on Location, by Estelle Richards

Shooting on Location

$0.99 in US and UK May 12-13

Lisa Chance has it all. Her coffee shop is starting to succeed and her relationship with her new boyfriend is getting closer. She doesn’t miss her old life in Hollywood at all.

But when a film crew comes to town, she’s roped into working on the movie set. Worse, her ex-boyfriend Dylan thinks his role in the film is the perfect opportunity to win her back.

Lisa’s delicate balancing act crumbles when there’s a murder on set – and Dylan is the primary suspect. Can Lisa clear her ex’s name? Or will Dylan get a second chance to ruin her life?

 

Comments

  1. Thank you for including Murder is a Dirty Business. Lots of new books for my TBR pile.

  2. Posted just in time to stock up on good reads for the weekend. Great post PD!
    Have a wonderful Mother’s Day!

  3. This is so amazing! My TBR list just got exponentially bigger! Lol! Thanks so much for doing this! 🌺

  4. C. Yvette Spencer says:

    Very thankful to PD for including my book to the list. You are amazing.

  5. Thank you so much for including my book on this fantastic list of book ideas for Mother’s Day! I’m completely honored!

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