Wednesday Reads — Anticipated October Reads

Hello my fellow book lovers! It feels like September just got here and I was enjoying the waning days of summer and now it is fall and October is here.

September was a good month for me I read a lot which was surprising even to me…LOL. I read some really great cozies and I will share my favorite September reads with you next week, God willing, because I am in the mist of reading two books I want to include in this month’s reads and not next month.

So I thought I would share with my fellow book worms and cozy mystery lovers the cozy mysteries I am excited to read next month. This is not all the cozy mysteries that are coming in October these are the ones I’m looking forward to reading.

If you want a complete list of mysteries and book releases for next month check out Bookium here on Medium not for new releases but recommendations but for new releases check out Dru’s Book Musings for a complete list of new releases and book reviews which are way better than mine and there are also author and character interviews.

  • *Note: I am not a fan of paranormal or witchy mysteries so there will not be any mentioned on this list these are fall/holiday themes.**

Until next time may all your reads be good reads!

Calypso, Corpses, and Cooking (Caribbean Kitchen Mystery #2) by Raquel V. Reyes

I can’t wait to read this second book in Raquel Reyes’ Caribbean Kitchen Mystery series and as you can see from the cover it is set in the fall/Halloween. The first book in this new series Mango, Mambo, and Murder was so good I immediately pre-ordered this second book as soon as it became available for pre-order.

About the book (from back of the book):

Fall festivities are underway in Coral Shores, Miami. Cuban-American cooking show star Miriam Quiñones-Smith wakes up to find a corpse in her front yard. The body by the fake tombstone is the woman that was kicked out of the school’s Fall Festival the day before.

Miriam’s luck does not improve. Her passive-aggressive mother-in-law puts her in charge of the Women’s Club annual gala. But this year, it’s not canapes and waltzes. Miriam and her girlfriends-squad opt for fun and flavor. They want to spice it up with Caribbean food trucks and a calypso band. While making plans at the country club, they hear a volatile argument between the new head chef and the club’s manager. Not long after, the chef swan dives to his death at the bottom of the grand staircase.

Was it an accident? Or was it Beverly, the sous chef, who is furious after being passed over for the job? Or maybe it was his ex-girlfriend, Anastasia?

Add two possible poisonings to the mix and Miriam is worried the food truck fun is going to be a major crash. As the clock ticks down and the body count goes up, Miriam’s life is put in jeopardy. Will she connect the dots or die in the deep freeze? Foodies and mystery lovers alike will savor the denouement as the truth is laid bare in this simmering stew of rage, retribution, and murder.

A Christmas Candy Killing (Killer Chocolate Mystery) by Christina Romeril (new series)


Twin sisters who own a mystery bookstore called Murder and Mayhem who also sell poison themed chocolates need I say more?!

About the book (from back of the book):

Identical twin sisters Alex and Hannah are the owners of Murder and Mayhem, a mystery bookshop that sells their famous poison-themed Killer Chocolates. But now, there’s a real killer in their midst. Shortly before Christmas, their septuagenarian neighbor, Jane, confides to Alex that a murderer from a true-crime show has taken up residence in the village. Unfortunately, she’s also shared her suspicions with town gossip Netta. The next morning, Alex shows up at Jane’s house to watch the show, but instead discovers Jane’s body, with a box of Killer Chocolates nearby.

The sheriff quickly zeroes in on two suspects: Alex, a beneficiary in Jane’s will, and Zack, a handyman who was seen leaving the crime scene. But Alex maintains her innocence and sets out to draft a list of other potential suspects — townsfolk who’d recently been seen arguing with Jane.

When Alex gets hold of Jane’s journal, she begins to understand the truth. But a bearer of ill tidings is arriving early this year — and Alex just might not make it to Christmas.

Mrs. Claus and the Evil Elves (A Mrs. Claus Mystery #) by Liz Ireland

I love the Mrs. Claus mystery series they are funny and who knew Christmastown was so dangerous?!

About the book (from back of the book):

April Claus is getting an early gift for her second Christmas in Santaland. Her dear friend, Claire, is visiting from Oregon, and April hopes to show off her adoptive country at its cozy, glittering best. But when the annual ice sculpture contest is derailed by a kamikaze drone-deer, it’s just the first in a series of un-festive events…

Drone-deer, created by inventor elf Blinky Brightlow, are none too popular with the genuine, flesh-and-hoof kind, who are currently on strike. With no reindeer games to keep them in shape, Nick worries they may get too chunky to pull his sleigh come Christmas. Now Blinky is missing, his girlfriend, Juniper, is under suspicion, and between rogue reindeer and conniving elves, all of Santaland seems to have gone sugarplum-crazy. Add a dash of murder to the mix, and suddenly April is battling not just to clear Juniper’s name, but to save herself from being put on ice — permanently…

Seems Like Murder (A Sewing Studio Mystery) by Dorothy Howell (new series)


I loved Dorothy Howell’s Haley Randolph mystery series and am sad that it has come to an end but I am very excited about this new series and I have no doubt it will be just as fun as Haley was.

About the book (from back of the book):

Abbey Chandler needs a new start and a place to escape, so Hideaway Grove, where she spent her childhood summers, seems like a perfect choice. Once there, she takes up a rewarding new hobby — but also gets tangled up in a hit-and-run homicide . . .

Abbey has barely arrived in the quaint, quiet town of Hideaway Grove before things turn from blissful to bloody — as the new librarian is mowed down by a car. The only witness on the scene isn’t much help, aside from handing Abbey the bag of books dropped by the victim. Even worse, the sheriff’s office seizes Abbey’s car because of a suspicious dent in the right front fender.

While she waits for the problem to be sorted out, Abbey is drawn into a charity sewing project — even though she can’t tell a bobbin from a seam ripper. Before she knows it, she’s graduating from pillowcase dresses to aprons, setting up a studio in a back room of her aunt’s bakery, and making plans to participate in the upcoming craft fair.

But through it all, she keeps looking for patterns and possible conflicts in the late librarian’s personal, professional, and romantic life. Then a shocking discovery sends her in a new direction, and as the truth begins to unspool, she’s got a notion about who’s guilty . . .


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