A VEILED DECEPTION
If you love cozies, get this first-person paranormal mystery or miss out on a wonderful book. Blair begins a beguiling series starring a dress designer/vintage clothes collector with paranormal gifts inherited from her late mother. A literary whisper adds to the charm (her father is a professor of literature). A great setting, an intriguing mystery and characters so well developed that even the villain has elaborate layers make this a winner.
New York designer Madeira Cutler returns to Connecticut for the wedding of her younger sister Sherry, who she virtually raised when their mother died Their father can't deal with the details of the wedding and the hostility of the groom's wealthy mother. Then the groom's former flame shows up, obviously planning to replace Sherry as bride.
When she's strangled at the shower with the antique bridal veil, Maddie has to not only redesign the dress but also make sure neither bride nor groom is jailed for the murder. Helping her -- and vying for her affections -- are her hot FBI sometimes-boyfriend and a local police detective she's fought with since high school. (BERKLEY PRIME CRIME, Jan., 256 pp., $6.99)