With Valentine’s Day coming next week, it’s impossible to ignore the ads for jewelry, flowers, and decadent edible creations, or the red and pink decorations in every shop and restaurant. Even our morning doughnuts came covered in red and pink sprinkles. With celebrations of love everywhere around, it’s nice for my book of the week to reflect the festivities.
Not ready to jump into a bare-chested Romance? Me neither. Here is a roundup of novels with strong romantic themes, and lots of good old-fashioned murder mystery.
Murder Most Actual by Alexis Hall (Kobo Original)
When true crime podcaster Liza and her wife, Hanna, take a weekend trip to a hotel in the Scottish Highlands, the last thing she expects is for work to follow her there. But someone begins killing off the guests one by one, and Liza must use her investigative skills to catch the murderer.
99¢! A Dose of Murder by Lotus James
Haley & Jack Foster want the traditional American life–good jobs; a family of their own; and a nice, safe place to live. Their dreams are coming true with Jack’s position as Chief Research Scientist at Chadwell Pharmaceuticals. Unfortunately, Big Pharma has other plans.
Mimi Lee Gets a Clue (Sassy Cat Mysteries #1) by Jennifer J. Chow
After setting up a pet care shop in Hollywood, Mimi Lee’s dreams of running her own business take a horrifying turn when she is accused of murder. Together, with the help of her cute neighbor, Josh, and her dog, Marshmallow, she sets out to find the culprit.