While promoted as a romance, Happy Endings, Thien-Kim Lam’s debut is also about strong women supporting each other, sex positivity, and what gentrification does to small, minority-owned businesses.
The Chosen and the Beautiful is Nghi Vo’s debut novel. This retelling of The Great Gatsby dazzles with its luxuriously louche writing.
Project Hail Mary is Andy Weir at his absolute best. Writing a nerdy guy facing a life or death crisis and sciencing his way out of it.
Arsenic and Adobo by Mia P. Manansala is a fast-paced debut cozy mystery that will make you laugh, cringe, and salivate simultaneously.
For Batter or Worse is the 13th enter in Jenn McKinlay’s oh so bingeable cozy Cupcake Bakery Mystery series. The cupcake crew has a lot on their plate – Angie and Tate have a baby on the way, Mel and Joe are just days away from getting married, and Oz is settling into his job as the pastry chef at an exclusive resort while planning the cupcakes for Mel and Joe’s wedding reception.
A Tale of Two Cookies is the third Cookie House Mystery by Eve Calder. A charming cast of characters and a lovely setting make this series a sweet read.
Dial A for Aunties is an absolute delight – dark humor, reunited lovers, and family ties. It deserves all of the stars.
To Love and to Loathe is an enemies-to-lovers Regency romance. While it’s the second book in a series, I read it without first reading To Have and to Hoax and never felt lost. I don’t usually read historical romances but this adorable cover drew me right in.
If you’re looking for a cozy mystery that’s a gentle read with a likable amateur sleuth and bookshop adventures, this is the perfect series. There’s even a bookshop dog for extra cuteness.
Fresh Brewed Murder is the first book in a new culinary mystery series. Set in Portland, featuring coffee culture with an engaging amateur sleuth, Fresh Brewed Murder is an exciting modern cozy.