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Jenn McKinlay

(Jennifer McKinlay)
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aka Josie Belle, Lucy Lawrence, Jennifer McKinlay

Jenn is the New York Times, USA Today, and Publisher's Weekly bestselling author of several mystery and romance series. She is also the winner of the RT Reviewer's Choice Award for romantic comedy and the Fresh Fiction award for best cozy mystery. A TEDx speaker, she is always happy to talk books, writing, reading, and the creative process to anyone who cares to listen. She lives in sunny Arizona in a house that is overrun with kids, pets, and her husband's guitars.

Genres: Cozy Mystery, Romance, Romantic Suspense
New Books
November 2022

(Museum of Literature Romance)
December 2022

It Happened One Christmas Eve
(Museum of Literature Romance, book 3)
January 2023

Fatal Fascinator
(Hat Shop Mystery, book 7)
   Perk Avenue / To Catch a Latte (2002) (with Patricia Knoll (as by Jennifer McKinlay) )
   A Real Work of Art / Thick As Thieves (2003) (with Samantha Connolly (as by Jennifer McKinlay) )
Jenn McKinlay recommends
An Appetite for Murder (2012)
(Key West Food Critic Mystery, book 1)
Lucy Burdette
"Hayley Snow is one of my favorite amateur sleuths. She's clever and quick witted and takes readers on a twisty turny journey to solve a well crafted and sharply plotted mystery."
If Fried Chicken Could Fly (2012)
(Country Cooking School Mystery, book 1)
Paige Shelton
"Funny, tasty... Fry me up another!"
Pies and Prejudice (2012)
(Charmed Pie Shoppe Mystery, book 1)
Ellery Adams
"First in a delicious, delightful, and deadly new series."
Bewitched, Bothered, and Biscotti (2012)
(Magical Bakery Mystery, book 2)
Bailey Cates
"Katie is a charming amateur sleuth."
Final Sentence (2013)
(Cookbook Nook Mystery, book 1)
Daryl Wood Gerber
"There's a feisty new amateur sleuth in town and her name is Jenna Hart. With abodacious cast of characters, a wrenching murder, and a collection of cookbooksto die for, Daryl Wood Gerber's Final Sentence was a page-turning puzzler of amystery that I could not put down."
Pall in the Family (2013)
(Family Fortune Mystery, book 1)
Dawn Eastman
"A tightly plotted, character driven triumph of a mystery...This novel sparkles with charmingly peculiar characters and a fascinating heroine."
Stealing the Moon & Stars (2014)
(Jordan Welsh & Eddie Marino, book 1)
Sally J Smith and Jean Steffens
"The best mystery solving duo since Nick and Nora."
Bloom and Doom (2014)
(Bridal Bouquet Shop Mystery, book 1)
Beverly Allen
"Captivated my attention from the very first page."
Murder at Honeychurch Hall (2014)
(Honeychurch Hall, book 1)
Hannah Dennison
"Kat Stanford and her mother exchange laugh out loud one-liners and make a delightful duo as they solve a multi-layered mystery that kept surprising me right up until the end. Fantastic!"
Death Is Like a Box of Chocolates (2014)
(Chocolate Covered Mystery, book 1)
Kathy Aarons
"Any lover of chocolate and books will find this story the perfect combination of savory, sweet, and deadly."
The Wedding Soup Murder (2014)
(Italian Kitchen Mystery, book 2)
Rosie Genova
"Colorful characters...a fabulous Jersey setting."
Off Kilter (2014)
(Scottish Highlands Mystery, book 1)
Hannah Reed
"Reed writes an engaging tale full of belly laughs and white-knuckle moments."
A High-End Finish (2014)
(Fixer-Upper Mystery, book 1)
Kate Carlisle
"Clever wit and complex plotting...immensely satisfying."
Death Under Glass (2015)
(Stained Glass Mystery, book 2)
Jennifer McAndrews
"Georgia Kelly is an adorable heroine."
We Wish You a Murderous Christmas (2016)
(Year Round Christmas Mystery, book 2)
Vicki Delany
"Merry Wilkinson is feisty and fun."
Roux the Day (2017)
(Dinner Club Mystery, book 2)
Linda Wiken
"When has a winning recipe with spunky heroine J.J. Tanner and the Culinary Capers dinner club."
A Frying Shame (2017)
(Deep Fried Mystery, book 3)
Linda Reilly
"Reilly cooks up a perfect recipe of murder and mayhem."
Murder with a Cherry on Top (2018)
(Lickety Splits Ice Cream Shoppe Mystery, book 1)
Cynthia Baxter
"Decadent, deadly, and delightful! Murder with a Cherry on Top is a charmer of a cozy mystery. A delicious read that left me hungry for more."
Fiction Can Be Murder (2018)
(Mystery Writer's Mystery, book 1)
Becky Clark
"Charlee Russo is my new favorite amateur sleuth! Wickedly witty author Charlee takes us along on her wild ride to prove her innocence in the murder of her literary agent, a murder based on the plot of onevof her own books! Giving readers an inside look at the writer's life, Becky Clark pens a funny, clever page turner of a mystery and I can't wait for the next one in this terrific new series!"
Better Off Read (2018)
(Bookmobile Mystery, book 1)
Nora Page
"Outstanding...A page-turning whodunit."
In Cold Chocolate (2018)
(Southern Chocolate Shop Mystery, book 3)
Dorothy St James
"A delicious concoction of murder and mayhem."
Trouble On the Books (2019)
(Castle Bookshop Mystery, book 1)
Essie Lang
"A captivating setting and a murder steeped in historical significance…I thoroughly enjoyed this debut mystery in what is sure to become a favorite series among book lovers."
The Bodies in the Library (2019)
(First Edition Library Mystery, book 1)
Marty Wingate
"A book lover's delight! Marty Wingate has crafted a perfect cozy mystery! Set in Bath, England, everything is at stake for the intrepid amateur sleuth, Hayley Burke, as she must solve the mystery of who murdered a member of an Agatha Christie fan fiction writing club before the book is closed on her new career as curator to the exquisite library of the First Edition Society. Engaging, suspenseful, and smart! I thoroughly enjoyed The Bodies in the Library."
Lady Takes the Case (2019)
(Manor Cat Mystery, book 1)
Eliza Casey
"An absolute delight! I was immediately smitten with Danby Hall and Lady Cecilia and, of course, her investigating sidekick Jack the cat. Eliza Casey has penned a truly clever mystery, rich with engaging characters and robust with historical details. I can't wait for a return visit."
Walk Me Home (2020)
(Silverlake Ranch, book 1)
Liza Kendall
"Funny, Tender, and full of heart..I can't wait to visit Silverlake Ranch again!."
A Deadly Inside Scoop (2020)
(Ice Cream Parlor Mystery, book 1)
Abby Collette
"Fun! Fresh! Fabulous! Abby Collette has crafted a delicious addition to the cozy mystery world with her superbly written A Deadly Inside Scoop. Delightful characters and a puzzler of a plot kept me turning pages until the very end. I can't wait for my next visit to the Crewse Creamery for another decadent taste."
Real Men Knit (2020)
(Real Men Knit, book 1)
Kwana Jackson
"With love and laughter, Kwana Jackson's contemporary romance Real Men Knit captured my imagination and held it from the very first page. As an avid knitter, I related to this story on so many levels but even without that connection, the romance between Jesse and Kerry, hit me in all the feels. I loved this book!"
Very Sincerely Yours (2021)
Kerry Winfrey
"Kerry Winfrey charms again in the delightful romantic comedy Very Sincerely Yours. With a slow burn romance full of pitch perfect prose and brainy banter, it is impossible not to be swept up in the story of Theodora and Everett as they navigate love and life, desperately seeking the way to their happily ever after."
Pride, Prejudice, and Peril (2021)
(Jane Austen Tea Society Mystery, book 1)
Katie Oliver
"Katie Oliver has penned a delightful mystery that pays homage to Jane Austen with a head strong heroine, Phaedra Brighton, whose quick wit and deductive reasoning are tested on a terrific puzzler of a murder mystery set against a brilliant literary backdrop. This is a must read for all Jane Austen fans!"
30 Things I Love About Myself (2022)
Radhika Sanghani
"Radhika Sanghani's 30 Things I Love About Myself is absolutely charming! Nina Mistry's life has completely unraveled, but a randomly discovered self-help book shows her the way out... Touching, clever, poignant, and hilarious. Readers will cheer for Nina as she discovers the most important lesson in life - to love yourself. A brilliant and timely read!"
The Secret Love Letters of Olivia Moretti (2022)
(Meet Me in Italy, book 2)
Jennifer Probst
"Jennifer Probst's novel The Secret Love Letters of Olivia Moretti takes the reader on an emotion filled quest for healing and hope as three sisters travel to Italy to find the love of their late mother's life. As secrets are revealed, the estranged sisters have to find their way back to the sisterly bond they once shared. Poignant and powerful, this novel is a loving tribute to the importance of family."
Under Lock & Skeleton Key (2022)
(Secret Staircase Mystery, book 1)
Gigi Pandian
"An absolute sparkling gem of a book! With masterful misdirection and literary slight of hand, Pandian has penned a delectable tale that kept me guessing."
Smile Beach Murder (2022)
(Outer Banks Bookshop Mystery, book 1)
Alicia Bessette
"Smile Beach Murder is a must read for all mystery lovers. Bessette has taken all of the best components of a cozy mystery and layered the story with complicated characters, a compelling plot, a fabulous setting, and a very relatable amateur sleuth. This mystery was so engaging and engrossing, I couldn't put it down! I hope there are many more mysteries to come with Callie Padget and Cattail Island."
For the Love of the Bard (2022)
(Bard's Rest Romance, book 1)
Jessica Martin
"Jessica Martin delivers a sizzling second chance romance full of witty banter, quirky characters, and a sensational Shakespeare infused setting in For the Love of the Bard. For anyone who never got over their high school crush or who adores Shakespeare, this is an absolute must read!"
Death by Bubble Tea (2022)
(LA Night Market, book 1)
Jennifer J Chow
"Jennifer J. Chow pens an evocative L.A. cozy seasoned with suspense, family drama, and a smart and engaging amateur sleuth. Death by Bubble Tea is a clever and cunning culinary mystery that is sure to leave readers satisfied but longing for another visit to the Night Market."
A Killing in Costumes (2022)
(Hollywood Treasures Mystery, book 1)
Zac Bissonnette
"Hooray for this smashing new cozy mystery by Zac Bissonnette! Chock full of old Hollywood references, eclectic collectible information, and delightfully set in sunny Palm Springs, there is so much to love in this perfectly executed, high stakes, puzzler of a mystery. I absolutely can't wait to join these fun and fresh amateur sleuths, Cindy and Jay, on their next page turner of a mystery!"
A Doomful of Sugar (2022)
(Maple Syrup Mystery, book 1)
Catherine Bruns
"A Doomful of Sugar is a delightfully decadent maple infused mystery to die for! Bruns pens a smart multi-layered puzzler in this first in a series that is sure to become a reader favorite!"
Photo Finished (2022)
(Snapshot of NYC Mystery, book 1)
Christin Brecher
"Brecher pens a twisty-turny, witty and wonderful, mysterious romp through New York City that was a pure delight to read. Liv Spyers is the sassy and warmhearted amateur sleuth we'd all like to be, and it's a pleasure to join her as she follows the clues through her sharp-eyed photographer's lens. Highly recommend this mystery, which is sure to please."

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