Welcome to our new books calendar for October 2021!!!
The Fall season is in full swing in October, and we’re getting ready for the spooky season! Readers have much to look forward to. So check out this list of new books that will be gracing shelves in October and pick up a book or five from the list!
THE WEEKS OF:
Bad Fat Black Girl by Sesali Bowen
From funny and fearless entertainment journalist Sesali Bowen, Bad Fat Black Girl combines rule-breaking feminist theory, witty and insightful personal memoir, and cutting cultural analysis for an unforgettable, genre-defining debut.
Small Pleasures by Clare Chambers
Now available in the US—the dark horse literary novel that has taken Britain by storm! In the best tradition of Tessa Hadley, Kazuo Ishiguro, and Ann Patchett—an astonishing, keenly observed period piece about an ordinary British woman in the 1950s whose dutiful life takes a sudden turn into a pitched battle between propriety and unexpected passion.
The Taking of Jemima Boone by Matthew Pearl
In his first work of narrative nonfiction, Matthew Pearl, bestselling author of acclaimed novel The Dante Club, explores the little-known true story of the kidnapping of legendary pioneer Daniel Boone’s daughter and the dramatic aftermath that rippled across the nation.
Last Girl Ghosted by Lisa Unger
Following her breakout bestseller CONFESSIONS ON THE 7:45, master of suspense Lisa Unger delivers a propulsive and utterly original thriller about an internet dating match gone horribly wrong and a cat and mouse game fueled by secrets, love, obsession, and vengeance.
Reprieve by James Han Mattson
A chilling and blisteringly relevant literary novel of social horror centered around a brutal killing that takes place in a full-contact haunted escape room—a provocative exploration of capitalism, hate politics, racial fetishism, and our obsession with fear as entertainment.
Why We Fly by Kimberly Jones, Gilly Segal
From the New York Times bestselling authors of I’m Not Dying with You Tonight comes a heartfelt story about two teen girls—one black, one white—whose friendship is tested by an act of rebellion against systemic racism.
The Violent Season by Sara Walters
Every November, Wolf Ridge’s residents are overcome with a thirst for violence: one so powerful and insidious, it can turn the best of friends into the worst of enemies.
Once More Upon a Time by Roshani Chokshi
A dazzling and wonderful fantasy stand alone romance from New York Times bestselling author Roshani Chokshi! Would you sacrifice the love in your heart to save your soul mate?
Sankofa by Chibundu Onuzo
Girl, Woman, Other meets An American Marriage in this gripping story of a mixed-race woman who goes in search of the African father she never knew, by a prize-winning writer who “brilliantly captures the essence of a people and a place” (Nicole Dennis-Benn).
Three Sisters by Heather Morris
From New York Times bestselling author of the multi-million copy bestseller The Tattooist of Auschwitz and Cilka’s Journey: a story of family, courage, and resilience, inspired by a true story.
Fan Fiction by Brent Spiner, with Jeanne Darst
Brent Spiner pens an explosive and hilarious novel, Fan Fiction, a personal look at the slightly askew view of the relationship between a celebrity and his fans. If the Coen Brothers were to make a Star Trek movie, involving the complexity of fan obsession and sci-fi, this noir comedy might just be the one.
The Death of Jane Lawrence by Caitlin Starling
Set in a dark-mirror version of post-war England, Starling crafts a new kind of gothic horror from the bones of the beloved canon. This Crimson Peak-inspired story assembles, then upends, every expectation set in place by Shirley Jackson and Rebecca, and will leave readers shaken, desperate to begin again as soon as they are finished.
Not Your Average Hot Guy by Gwenda Bond
A paranormal romantic comedy at the (possible) end of the world.
From New York Times bestselling author Gwenda Bond, Not Your Average Hot Guy is a hilarious romantic comedy about two people falling in love, while the fate of the world rests on their shoulders.
A Spindle Splintered by Alix E. Harrow
USA Today bestselling author Alix E. Harrow brings her patented charm to a new version of a classic story, splicing the threads of the Sleeping Beauty stories.
My Monticello by Jocelyn Nicole Johnson
A young woman descended from Thomas Jefferson and Sally Hemings driven from her neighborhood by a white militia. A university professor studying racism by conducting a secret social experiment on his own son. A single mother desperate to buy her first home even as the world hurtles toward catastrophe. Each fighting to survive in America.
Crossroads by Jonathan Franzen
Crossroads is the first novel in Jonathan Franzen’s magnum opus, A Key to All Mythologies. The trilogy tells the story of a Midwestern family across three generations, mirroring the preoccupations and dilemmas of the United States from the Vietnam War to the 2020s.
Shelf Life by Nadia Wassef
The warm and winning story of opening a modern bookstore where there were none, Shelf Life: Chronicles of a Cairo Bookseller recounts Nadia Wassef’s troubles and triumphs as a founder and manager of Cairo-based Diwan.
The Swank Hotel by Lucy Corin
A stunningly ambitious, prescient novel about madness, generational trauma, and cultural breakdown.
Sleepless by Romy Hausmann
Dark secrets past and present collide in this haunting novel of guilt and retribution from the internationally bestselling author of Dear Child.
The Neighbor’s Secret by L. Alison Heller
L. Alison Heller explores the ultimate sacrifices of parenting in The Neighbor’s Secret, a propulsive and juicy novel filled with gripping twists and instantly recognizable characters.
Fight Night by Miriam Toews
From the bestselling author of Women Talking and All My Puny Sorrows, a compassionate, darkly humorous, and deeply human new novel about three generations of women.
The Book of Mother by Violaine Huisman, translated by Leslie Camhi
A gorgeous, critically acclaimed debut novel about a young woman coming of age with a dazzling yet damaged mother who lived and loved in extremes.
The Book of Magic by Alice Hoffman
Master storyteller Alice Hoffman brings us the conclusion of the Practical Magic series in a spellbinding and enchanting final Owens novel brimming with lyric beauty and vivid characters.
Smile by Sarah Ruhl
The extraordinary story of one woman’s ten-year medical and metaphysical odyssey that brought her physical, creative, emotional, and spiritual healing, by a MacArthur genius and two-time Pulitzer finalist.
The Ballad of Laurel Springs by Janet Beard
From the internationally bestselling author of The Atomic City Girls, a provocative new novel about multiple generations of women in one East Tennessee family haunted by violence and redeemed by their rich inheritance of folk music.
We Are Not Like Them by Christine Pride, Jo Piazza
Told from alternating perspectives, an evocative and riveting novel about the lifelong bond between two women, one Black and one white, whose friendship is indelibly altered by a tragic event—a powerful and poignant exploration of race in America today and its devastating impact on ordinary lives.
Greedy: Notes from a Bisexual Who Wants Too Much by Jen Winston
A hilarious and whip-smart collection of essays, offering an intimate look at bisexuality, gender, and, of course, sex. Perfect for fans of Lindy West, Samantha Irby, and Rebecca Solnit—and anyone who wants, and deserves, to be seen.
The Savage Kind by John Copenhaver
Two lonely teenage girls in 1940s Washington, DC, discover they have a penchant for solving crimes—and an even greater desire to commit them—in the new mystery novel by Macavity Award-winning novelist John Copenhaver.
In the Crypt with a Candlestick by Daisy Waugh
A wonderfully comedic mystery full of sharp drama, sly wit—and a smidgeon of murder—in the vein P. G. Wodehouse, Julian Fellowes, and Agatha Christie.
Sistersong by Lucy Holland
My sister’s heart broke on the river – and the river took it and bore it away.
In the ancient kingdom of Dumnonia, there is old magic to be found in the whisper of the wind, the roots of the trees, the curl of the grass. King Cador knew this once, but now the land has turned from him, calling instead to his three children. Riva can cure others, but can’t seem to heal her own deep scars. Keyne battles to be accepted for who he truly is—the king’s son. And Sinne dreams of seeing the world, of finding adventure.
The Last Guest by Tess Little
A glamorous birthday dinner in the Hollywood Hills ends with the famous host dead and every guest under suspicion in this dark, cinematic suspense debut reminiscent of an Agatha Christie page-turner crossed with David Lynch’s Mulholland Drive.
Nanny Needed by Georgina Cross
A young woman takes a job as a nanny for an impossibly wealthy family, thinking she’s found her entrée into a better life—only to discover instead she’s walked into a world of deception and dark secrets.
The Survivors by Alex Schulman
A gripping psychological thriller: in the wake of their mother’s death, three estranged brothers return to the Swedish lakeside cottage where, more than two decades before, an unspeakable accident forever altered their family and changed the course of their lives.
The Jealousy Man and Other Stories by Jo Nesbo, translated by Robert Ferguson
A veritable crime lover’s delight—this dark and thrilling short-story collection from a true master of mystery and suspense takes us on a journey oftwisted minds and vengeful hearts.
The Lincoln Highway by Amor Towles
The bestselling author of A Gentleman in Moscow and Rules of Civility and master of absorbing, sophisticated fiction returns with a stylish and propulsive novel set in 1950s America.
I Love You but I’ve Chosen Darkness by Claire Vaye Watkins
From “the most captivating voice to come out of the West since Annie Proulx” (Vogue), the furious, hilarious, soul-rending story of one woman’s reckoning with marriage, work, sex, and motherhood.
The Holiday Swap by Maggie Knox
A feel-good, holiday-themed romantic comedy about identical twins who switch lives in the days leading up to Christmas—perfect for fans of Christina Lauren’s In a Holidaze and Josie Silver’s One Day in December.
Cackle by Rachel Harrison
From the author of The Return, a darkly funny, frightening novel about a young woman learning how to take what she wants, from a witch who might be too good to be true.
A Holly Jolly Diwali by Sonya Lalli
One type-A data analyst discovers her free-spirited side on an impulsive journey from bustling Mumbai to the gorgeous beaches of Goa and finds love waiting for her on Christmas morning.
Payback’s a Witch by Lana Harper
The Witches of Eastwick meets The L Word in this fresh, sizzling rom-com by Lana Harper.
The Mother Next Door by Tara Laskowski
For fans of Lisa Jewell, Aimee Molloy, and Joshilyn Jackson, an upmarket suspense novel from a multi-award-winning author about a tightknit group of suburban mothers who invite a new neighborhood mom into their fold, and the fallout the night of the annual block party, when secrets from the past come back to haunt them…
Tales from the Cafe by Toshikazu Kawaguchi
The highly anticipated sequel to international bestseller Before the Coffee Gets Cold, following four new customers who hope to travel back in time in a little Tokyo cafe.
The Boys by Ron Howard, Clint Howard
Happy Days, The Andy Griffith Show, Gentle Ben—these shows captivated millions of TV viewers in the ’60s and ’70s. Join award-winning filmmaker Ron Howard and audience-favorite actor Clint Howard as they frankly and fondly share their unusual family story of navigating and surviving life as sibling child actors.
The Brides of Maracoor by Gregory Maguire
Multimillion-copy bestselling author Gregory Maguire unveils the first in a three-book series spun off the iconic Wicked Years, featuring Elphaba’s granddaughter, the green-skinned Rain.
No One Will Miss Her by Kat Rosenfield
A smart, witty, crackling novel of psychological suspense in which a girl from a hardscrabble small town meets a gorgeous Instagram influencer from the big city, with a murderous twist that will shock even the most savvy reader.
Death at Greenway by Lori Rader-Day
From the award-winning author of The Day I Died and The Lucky One, a captivating suspense novel about nurses during World War II who come to Agatha Christie’s holiday estate to care for evacuated children, but when a body is discovered nearby, the idyllic setting becomes host to a deadly mystery.
Jacket Weather by Mike DeCapite
Nick Hornby meets Patti Smith, Mean Streets meets A Visit From the Goon Squad in this quintessential New York City story about two people who knew each other in the downtown music scene in the 1980s, meet again in the present day, and fall in love.
The Brightest Star in Paris by Diana Biller
A thrilling new romantic historical about first love, second chances, and the city of light
The Wandering Earth by Cixin Liu
From New York Times bestselling author Cixin Liu, The Wandering Earth is a science fiction short story collection featuring the title tale–the basis for the blockbuster international film, now streaming on Netflix.
Destroyer of Light by Jennifer Marie Brissett
The Matrix meets an Afro-futuristic retelling of Persephone set in a science fiction underworld of aliens, refugees, and genetic engineering.
This Thing Between Us by Gus Moreno
A widower battles grief, rage, and the mysterious evil inhabiting his home smart speaker, in this mesmerizing horror thriller.
State of Terror by Louise Penny, Hillary Rodham Clinton
From the #1 bestselling authors Hillary Clinton and Louise Penny comes a novel of unsurpassed thrills and incomparable insider expertise—State of Terror.
On Animals by Susan Orlean
Susan Orlean—the beloved New Yorker staff writer hailed as “a national treasure” by The Washington Post and the author of the New York Times bestseller The Library Book—gathers a lifetime of musings, meditations, and in-depth profiles about animals.
The Haunting Season : Eight Ghostly Tales for Long Winter Nights
Bridget Collins, Imogen Hermes Gowar, Kiran Millwood Hargrave, Andrew Michael Hurley, Jess Kidd, Elizabeth Macneal, Natasha Pulley, Laura Purcell
Eight bestselling, award-winning writers return to the time-honoured tradition of the seasonal ghost story in this spellbinding collection of new and original haunted tales.
Hooked by Sutton Foster
From the 2-time Tony Award-winner and the star of TV’s Younger, funny and intimate stories and reflections about how crafting has kept her sane while navigating the highs and lows of family, love, and show business (and how it can help you, too).
The Loneliest Americans by Jay Caspian Kang
A riveting blend of family history and original reportage by a conversation-starting writer for The New York Times Magazine that explores—and re-imagines—Asian American identity in a Black and white world.
The Party Crasher by Sophie Kinsella
From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Love Your Life comes a humorous and heartwarming novel about family, set against the backdrop of the most fabulous party you’ve ever snuck into.
Always, in December by Emily Stone
It started with a letter. It ended with a love story.
A chance encounter during the holiday season brings two people together as quickly as it tears them apart—until fate intervenes again (and again) in this romantic debut novel in the tradition of One Day in December.
Child of Light by Terry Brooks
The electrifying first novel of an all-new fantasy series from the legendary author behind the Shannara saga, about a Human girl struggling to find her place in a magical world she’s never known.
Pearl by Josh Malerman
From the New York Times bestselling author of Bird Box and Malorie Josh Malerman comes the legend of a strange new monster unlike any other in horror.
Cravings: All Together by Chrissy Teigen, Adeena Sussman
100+ all-new recipes for all the food you love and crave from bestselling author Chrissy Teigen.
Pasta by Missy Robbins, Talia Baiocchi
A stylish, transporting pasta master class from New York City’s premier pasta chef, with recipes for 40 handmade pasta shapes and 100 Italian American, regional Italian, and modern dishes.
Provecho by Edgar Castrejón
100 plant-based Mexican, Colombian, and Salvadoran recipes to transform normally meat-heavy dishes into vegan celebrations of family and home.
Minimalista by Shira Gill
Elevate your personal style, trim your belongings, and transform your life, one room at a time, with this visionary lifestyle and home organization book from professional organizing expert, Shira Gill.
MacArthur Park : A Novel
A captivating, emotionally taut, beautifully written story about the complexities of a friendship between two women—and how it shapes, and reshapes, both of their lives
Oscar Wilde by Matthew Sturgis
The fullest, most textural, most accurate—most human—account of Oscar Wilde’s unique and dazzling life—based on extensive new research and newly discovered materials—from Wilde’s personal letters and transcripts of his first trial to newly uncovered papers of his early romantic (and dangerous) escapades and his two-year prison term that shattered his soul and his life.
Machete by Tomás Q. Morín
This fresh voice in American poetry wields lyric pleasure and well-honed insight against a cruel century that would kill us with a thousand cuts.
Silverview by John le Carré
In Silverview, John le Carré turns his focus to the world that occupied his writing for the past sixty years—the secret world itself.
Concepcion by Albert Samaha
A journalist’s powerful and incisive account of the forces steering the fate of his sprawling Filipinx-American family reframes how we comprehend the immigrant experience.
Christmas by the Book by Anne Marie Ryan
In small-town England, two booksellers facing tough times decide to spread some Christmas cheer through the magic of anonymous book deliveries in this uplifting holiday tale for book lovers everywhere.
Girly Drinks by Mallory O’Meara
From LA Times bestselling author Mallory O’Meara, a lively and engrossing feminist history of women drinking through the ages.
A Line to Kill by Anthony Horowitz
The New York Times bestselling author of the brilliantly inventive The Word Is Murder and The Sentence Is Death returns with his third literary whodunit featuring intrepid detectives Hawthorne and Horowitz.
Social Justice Parenting by Dr. Traci Baxley
An empowering, timely guide to raising anti-racist, compassionate, and socially conscious children, from a diversity and inclusion educator with more than thirty years of experience.
The Last Checkmate by Gabriella Saab
Readers of Heather Morris’s The Tattooist of Auschwitz and watchers of The Queen’s Gambit won’t want to miss this amazing debut set during World War II. A young Polish resistance worker, imprisoned in Auschwitz as a political prisoner, plays chess in exchange for her life, and in doing so fights to bring the man who destroyed her family to justice.
What Happens at Night by Peter Cameron
A couple find themselves at a fading, grand European hotel full of eccentric and sometimes unsettling patrons in this “faultlessly elegant and quietly menacing” allegorical story that examines the significance of shifting desires and the uncertainty of reality (Garth Greenwell, author of Cleanness).
Not All Diamonds and Rosé by Dave Quinn
Dave Quinn’s Not All Diamonds and Rosé is the definitive oral history of the hit television franchise, from its unlikely start in the gated communities of Orange County to the pop culture behemoth it has become―spanning eight cities, hundreds of cast members, and millions of fans.
Flowers for the Sea by Zin E. Rocklyn
Zin E. Rocklyn’s extraordinary debut is a lush, gothic fantasy about the prices we pay and the vengeance we seek.
Nothing But Blackened Teeth by Cassandra Khaw
Nothing But Blackened Teeth is a gorgeously creepy haunted house tale, steeped in Japanese folklore and full of devastating twists.
The Days of Afrekete by Asali Solomon
Inspired by Mrs. Dalloway and Sula, a tender, surprising novel of two women at midlife who rediscover themselves—and perhaps each other.
Act Like You Got Some Sense by Jamie Foxx
In this hilarious and heartfelt memoir, award-winning, multi-talented entertainer Jamie Foxx shares the story of being raised by his no-nonsense grandmother, the glamour and pitfalls of life in Hollywood, and the lessons he took from both worlds to raise his two daughters.
Zoe’s Ghana Kitchen by Zoe Adjonyoh
Remix classic Ghanaian dishes for the modern kitchen in a cookbook that is “bright, bold, and bursting with flavor” (Bryant Terry) and “provides a new perspective and a sense of wonder for Ghanaian cooking” (Sicily Sierra).
Oh William! by Elizabeth Strout
The Pulitzer Prize-winning, #1 New York Times bestselling author traces the enduring bond between a divorced couple in a poignant novel about love, loss, and the family secrets that can erupt and bewilder us at any point in life.
Dear Santa by Debbie Macomber
A special holiday wish list brings about hope, love, and second chances in this nostalgic novel from the queen of Christmas stories, #1 New York Times bestselling author Debbie Macomber.
Ottolenghi Test Kitchen by Noor Murad, Yotam Ottolenghi
From the New York Times bestselling author and his superteam of chefs, this is Ottolenghi, unplugged: 86 irresistible recipes for relaxed, flexible home cooking that will bring the love to every shelf in your pantry, fridge, and freezer.
Hill House Living by Paula Sutton
A gorgeous guide to the simple pleasures of cottage living—antique hunting, gardening, and enjoying the seasons—from beloved British design and fashion influencer.
Black Food Edited by Bryant Terry
A beautiful, rich, and groundbreaking book exploring Black foodways within America and around the world, curated by food activist and author of Vegetable Kingdom Bryant Terry.
Orwell’s Roses by Rebecca Solnit
A lush exploration of roses, pleasure, and politics, and a fresh take on George Orwell as an avid gardener whose political writing was grounded in his passion for the natural world
A Season for Second Chances by Jenny Bayliss
A charmingly quirky seaside town offers a recently separated restauranteur a fresh start and possibly a new lease on love in A Season for Second Chances, by the author of The Twelve Dates of Christmas.
Femlandia by Christina Dalcher
A chilling look into an alternate near future where a woman and her daughter seek refuge in a women-only colony, only to find that the safe haven they were hoping for is the most dangerous place they could be.
Well Matched by Jen DeLuca
A pretend relationship gives two friends more than they bargained for in a Renaissance Faire rom com filled with flower crowns, kilts, corsets, and sword fights.
All the Feels by Olivia Dade
Following Spoiler Alert, Olivia Dade returns with another utterly charming romantic comedy about a devil-may-care actor—who actually cares more than anyone knows—and the no-nonsense woman hired to keep him in line.
Duke, Actually by Jenny Holiday
USA Today bestselling author Jenny Holiday follows A Princess for Christmas with another delightful contemporary Christmas romance between a playboy baron and a woman who has said goodbye to love.
Sapiens: A Graphic History, Volume 2 by Yuval Noah Harari
This second volume of Sapiens: A Graphic History, the full-color graphic adaptation of Yuval Noah Harari’s #1 New York Times bestseller, focuses on the Agricultural Revolution—when humans fell into a trap we’ve yet to escape: working harder and harder with diminishing returns.
Fan Club by Erin Mayer
In this raucous psychological thriller, a disillusioned millennial joins a cliquey fan club, only to discover that the group is bound together by something darker than devotion.
As the Wicked Watch by Tamron Hall
The first in a thrilling new series from Emmy Award–winning journalist Tamron Hall, in which a reporter unravels the disturbing mystery around the deaths of two black girls, the work of a serial killer terrorizing Chicago.
The Christmas Bookshop by Jenny Colgan
Perfect for the holidays! A brand-new heartwarming Christmas novel from the beloved New York Times bestselling author of The Bookshop on the Corner and Christmas at the Island Hotel.
The Unheard by Nicci French
In this new heart-pounding standalone from the internationally bestselling author that People calls “razor sharp,” a single mother suspects her young daughter has witnessed a horrible crime when she draws a disturbing picture—but the deadly path to unravel the truth could cost her everything.
The Wicked Widow by Beatriz Williams
Gin Kelly, the wicked redhead, is back! Readers will delight in next installment of the Wicked City series by New York Times bestselling author Beatriz Williams.
Dreaming of You by Melissa Lozada-Oliva
A macabre novel in verse of loss, longing, and identity crises following a poet who resurrects pop star Selena from the dead.
On Girlhood Edited by Glory Edim
Proudly introducing the Well-Read Black Girl Library Series, On Girlhood is a lovingly curated anthology celebrating short fiction from such luminaries as Rita Dove, Alice Walker, Toni Morrison, and more.
Comfort Me With Apples by Catherynne M. Valente
Sophia was made for him. Her perfect husband. She can feel it in her bones. He is perfect. Their home together in Arcadia Gardens is perfect. Everything is perfect.
Grave Reservations by Cherie Priest
A psychic travel agent and a Seattle PD detective solve a murder in this quirky mystery in the vein of Lisa Lutz’s The Spellman Files and Charlaine Harris’s Aurora Teagarden series.
Going There by Katie Couric
From an award-winning American journalist and bestselling author comes a tell-all memoir about breaking boundaries, persevering, and witnessing the reckoning in media.
This Must Be the Place by Rachael Ray
Rachael Ray presents 125+ recipes straight from her home kitchen in upstate New York, with personal stories on loss, gratitude, and the special memories that make a house a home.
Claudia Roden’s Mediterranean by Claudia Roden
One of the most celebrated food historians and authorities of our time shares 100 of her personal favorite recipes from all around the Mediterranean.
How to Live. What to Do by Josh Cohen
Focusing on some of the best-known characters in all of literature—chosen to trace the arc from childhood to old age—a brilliant psychoanalyst and professor of literature shows how our inner lives become at once stranger and more familiar when seen through the prism of fiction.
Sorry Not Sorry by Alyssa Milano
Alyssa Milano’s sharply observed, uproarious, and deeply intimate ode to the life she has lived and the issues that matter most
Donut Fall in Love by Jackie Lau
A baker provides the sweetest escape for an actor in this charming romantic comedy.
Murder at Mallowan Hall by Colleen Cambridge
The first in an exciting new historical mystery series set in the home of Agatha Christie! This charming and inventive new historical series introduces an unforgettable heroine in Phyllida Bright, fictional housekeeper for none other than famed mystery novelist Agatha Christie. When a dead body is found during a house party at the home of Agatha Christie and her husband Max Mallowan, it’s up to famous author’s head of household, Phyllida Bright, to investigate.
Christmas Dessert Murder by Joanne Fluke
The perfect stocking stuffer for fans of culinary capers, this holiday omnibus from New York Times bestselling author Joanne Fluke featuring two classic mysteries set in Hannah Swensen’s Cookie Jar bakery in Lake Eden, Minnesota: Christmas Caramel Murder and Christmas Cake Murder.