A hobby on the side: businesswomen solving crimes

Running a small business seems like it would be enough to keep anyone busy, but the women in these cozy mysteries also must solve murders that hit close to home in order to clear themselves or their loved ones of suspicion.

Arsenic and Adobo by Mia P. Manansala
Reeling after a bad breakup, Lila Macapagal moves home to Shady Palms, Illinois and takes on the task of rescuing her Tita Rosie’s struggling Filipino restaurant. Her high school ex-boyfriend, a mean-spirited food critic, visits the restaurant and dies during the dessert course, in what the police say is murder – making Lila the number one suspect. Surrounded by her supportive extended family, Lila and her best friend Adeena set out to find the real culprit. In their starred review, Library Journal wrote “there are cozy tropes (the close-knit community, the food business), but the emphasis on the Tagalog language, the culture, and drug dealing in a small town add gravity and individuality to this outstanding series kick-off.” A Peak Pick!

Mimi Lee Gets a Clue by Jennifer J. Chow
Mimi Lee is the owner of both a dog grooming shop in Los Angeles, and of a telepathic cat named Marshmallow. After grooming a few Chihuahuas with health issues, Mimi realizes they come from a shady breeder and goes to confront him. When the breeder is found dead the next day, Mimi is the prime suspect. With a trio of helpers – her sister Alice; the hunky lawyer next door; and Marshmallow (who can quiz the Chihuahuas for inside intel) – Mimi tries to solve the murder before she lands in jail.

A Deadly Inside Scoop by Abby Collette
Win Crewse has returned to her hometown of Chagrin Falls, OH to take over and revitalize the ice cream shop started by her grandparents. When an old business enemy of her family returns to town, and is swiftly found dead, Win’s father comes under suspicion and Win starts investigating in order to clear his name. Can she convince people to buy ice cream in winter, and also find a killer? A gentle mystery with a winning heroine.

Want even more suggestions? Try Death by Dumpling by Vivien Chien or Death by Chocolate Cherry Cheesecake by Sarah Graves.

~ posted by Andrea G.

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