Aunt Dimity & the Village Witch by Nancy Atherton
When Amelia Thistle moves to Finch, her new neighbors welcome here with open arms and inquiring minds. Among them is Lori Shepherd, who isn't fooled by Amelia's unassuming persona. Amelia is, in fact, a world-famous artist with a rabid fan base. In order to keep peace, Lori must help Amelia conceal her identity. Amelia, meanwhile, sets about working on the riddle that brought her to the town in the first place. A fragment of a family diary hints that one of Amelia's ancestors might have been Mistress Meg, the Mad Witch of Finch. Following the clue, Lori hunts through Finch's darkest corners, all the while dodging nosy neighbors and Amelia's frantic fans.
The House of Velvet and Glass by Katherine Howe
Reeling from the deaths of her mother and sister on the Titanic, Sibyl Allston is living a life of quiet desperation with her taciturn father and scandal-plagued brother in Boston's Back Bay. She flees for solace to the parlor of a table-turning medium. But when her brother is suddenly kicked out of Harvard and falls under the sway of a strange young woman, Sibyl turns for help to psychology professor Benton Derby, despite the tensions of their past. As Benton and Sibyl work together to solve a harrowing mystery, their long-simmering sparks flares to life, and they realize that there may be something even more magical between them than a medium's scrying glass.
Guy Noir and the Straight Skinny by Garrison Keillor
On the 12th floor the Acme Building in St. Paul, Guy Noir looks down the barrel of a loaded revolver in the hands of geezer gangster Joey Roast Beef who is demanding to hear what lucrative scheme Guy is cooking up with stripper-turned-women's-studies-professor Naomi Fallopian. Everyone wants to know--Joey, Lieutenant McCafferty, reporter Gene Williker, Guy's ex-girlfriend Sugar O'Toole, the despicable Larry B. Larry, the dreamboat Scarlett Anderson, Mr. Kress of the FDA--and Guy faces them one by one, as he and Naomi pursue a dream of earning gazillions by selling a surefire method of dramatic weight loss.