Monday, December 19, 2016

I thought it would be fun to share with you some of my favorite cozy mystery series old and new. 

Every Monday I will spotlight a different series that I have loved from the very first book. 

This week my series spotlight is on
Josie Belle
Jenn McKinlay

I was thrilled when I first heard about this series. I have loved, and continue to love every series by author Jenn McKinlay no matter the name she writes under. 

The Good Buy Girls Mysteries are a fun read with a great cast of characters. I loved everything about it!


Maggie Gerber-one of the founding members of the Good Buy Birls- loves her quiet life in St. Stanley, Virginia. But all that changes when Sam Collins, her old flame, moves back to town as the new sheriff. On top of that, Claire Freemont, a librarian and the newest member of the Good Buy Girls, starts acting utterly strange.

When Maggie goes to visit her the next day at the library, she finds the body of a very dead man. Turns out the man is someone from Claire's past. As the handsome new sheriff zeroes in on Claire, it's up to Maggie and the rest of the Good Buy Girls to use their bargain-hunting skills to hunt a killer-while making sure they don't pay too much in the process...


The coupon-clipping discount divas are back in the bargain-hunting mystery series that’s “more fun than a closeout sale.”* 

Letting no good deal go undone, the Good Buy Girls are ready to pounce on the St. Stanley flea market, where wealthy Vera Madison is selling off her vintage clothing. The widow’s wardrobe is just what Maggie Gerber needs to give her second-hand shop, My Sister’s Closet, the edge over vindictive rival Summer Phillips, who’s opened her own second-hand shop across the street.

But when Vera is found dead, it turns out that she collected enemies like Dior gowns—and had more than a few skeletons in her walk-in closet. Now it’s up to Maggie and the Good Buy Girls to sort through the racks of suspects for the killer and get back to the business of bargains…


Maggie Gerber and those discount divas, the Good Buy Girls, are gearing up for their first big holiday thrift shop sale. But one of the Girls—Joanne Claramotta, pregnant with her first child—is acting less than festive. It could be hormones. Or it could be Diane Jenkins, the young knockout her husband, Michael, hired as his new deli assistant.

Calming Joanne’s nerves proves impossible when Maggie finds Michael unconscious on his deli floor—and with Diane next to him, strangled to death with her apron strings. Then Maggie discovers something even more disturbing.

There’s no record of Diane having been hired. In fact, she has no history at all. It’s as if she never even existed. Now Maggie fears that unwrapping Michael’s secrets could really kill her holiday spirit.



Between spending Valentine’s Day with her sweetheart, Sam, and shopping upcoming Presidents’ Day sales with the Good Buy Girls, everything is coming up roses and bargains for Maggie Gerber. But when the mother of Maggie’s nemesis comes to town, things stop looking so rosy. Summer’s mom is hoping to set her spoiled daughter up with Sam, and she’ll do whatever it takes to make the match happen.

When Maggie heads to her romantic rival’s house to put a stop to the scheming, she discovers Summer standing over a dead body—holding a weapon. As much as Maggie would love to see Summer get her just desserts, she can’t shake the feeling that the meddling menace is, in fact, innocent. Now Maggie and the Good Buy Girls will have to sort through racks of suspects to find a killer—or Summer will wind up getting a truly raw deal…



Maggie’s impending wedding finds her more concerned with a cold case than cold feet in the latest from the author of Marked Down for Murder . . .

There’s something 100% off about Maggie and her fiancé Sam’s new dream home in the historic section of St. Stanley. The lights flicker, the doors blow shut, and their cat, Marshall Dillon, hisses at empty space. And there’s something in the basement that’s definitely not a bargain . . .

After Maggie discovers a skeleton in the root cellar, she’s convinced her house is haunted by a murdered man’s ghost. With the help of her Good Buy Girls, Maggie works to tag a killer. But she’ll need to be careful as she digs into the history of her new digs. Someone is willing to keep the truth buried at all costs .


The Good Buy Girls Mysteries will always remain on my list of not only favorites, but re-readables! 

Sadly, there will be no new books in this series. The author chose to stop writing them. 

I, however, live in eternal hope that the characters are whispering in Ms. Belle's (McKinlay's) ear, and they will convince her to let them come out and play again. 

The Good Buy Girl Mysteries are still in print!

Since there are only five titles, giving the whole series would make the perfect Christmas present for a cozy fan!

I'd love for you to give this series a try. 
If you do, please let me know what you think about it! I'd love to discuss it with other fans. 

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Book 1 in the 
Alex Harris Mysteries
by Elaine Macko

Monday 12/19 thru Wednesday 12/21

For over one hundred years Indian Cove has been murder free and then a killer strikes and nothing will ever be the same. ‘Twas the week before Christmas and all through the mannequin factory things were not quite what they seemed—especially not for the body of the woman splayed out in the dark warehouse with a bloodied mannequin arm next to her. Nothing like a nice little murder to stir things up right before the holidays in this quaint New England town where absolutely nothing ever happens. Alone in the factory, Alex Harris, owner of the Always Prepared temporary agency, stumbles over the body of Elvira Scott. And when the police investigation leads right back to her and then a family friend, she puts her business on hold while she digs through one red herring after another uncovering a lot more than murder.


  1. I enjoyed this blog. Thank you Elaine Macko for the free book on Amazon. I downloaded it to my Amazon Kindle app.