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Festive Shadows

(The seventh book in the Libby Madsen Cozy Mysteries series)
A novel by

Finalist in the Mystery/Suspense and Cozy Mystery categories of the 2022 American Fiction Awards

Libby and Alexis’s business, the Dharma Inspired Day Spa, will participate at Mesa’s biggest arts and crafts fair this year, but right from the start, bad stuff starts happening. On the very first morning, several booths are vandalized and products are stolen, among them the hand-knitted items Libby’s mom and her friends have made for charity.

Everyone pitches in to get the booths rebuilt in time for the festival opening, but the calamities keep piling up. Dogs are becoming ill, one vendor’s business is being threatened with shutdown, and there’s more theft. None of the stolen items or destructive acts qualify as major crimes, and the police have their hands full with bigger things. Everyone is begging Libby to help track down the perpetrators. But when Libby and Shadow start investigating, someone turns the tables on her and she finds herself in a cold white room at the police station, accused.

Why would someone go after the vendors and their livelihood? And who would want to see Libby blamed? If she can’t find the answers, she’s likely to be the one on trial.

Praise for the Libby Madsen Cozy Mysteries:

“A fun read from first page to last … an impressively original and deftly crafted read”—
Midwest Book Review

“Readers know what a sucker I am for dogs, and the Libby Madsen mysteries are some of the best. I love, love, love Shadow and Libby and the adventures they get themselves into. Jennifer J. Morgan is destined to be one of the brightest new stars in the cozy mystery scene!” – Connie Shelton,
USA Today bestselling author

���I'm hooked on this series. Completely adore Libby and Shadow (her companion black Lab pup—so adorable!). Without giving any spoilers at all, I couldn't put the book down once amateur sleuth, Libby Madsen, was on the search. The suspense amid so many suspects, I never did figure out how it would all turn out. Overall, it's a clean read--appropriate for all ages.” – lovereadingmysteries, 5 star online review

“This cozy mystery series has become one of my favorites! Libby Madsen, along with Shadow her dog … Alexis, her best friend/business partner, and her family … and the gorgeous forest ranger, Greg! I love the friend group! And Jennifer doesn’t disappoint in her second book of the series … I find myself turning pages just wanting to know what happens next. Hope the next title comes soon…” – 5 stars on Barnes & Noble

“After meeting Libby and Shadow, Greg, Alexis and JJ, and the other great characters in this series, I couldn't wait to get right into this second book. Excellent action, just as in the first one—a great overall whodunit!” – avidmysteryfan, 5 stars online review

Shadows in the Forest will leave satisfied mystery buffs looking eagerly toward the next Libby Madsen story.” – The Midwest Book Review

Genre: Cozy Mystery

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