Please subscribe to our notifications

As our email reminders often get missed or filtered, we would like to send you notifications about new sign ups, books you've been selected to read and missing reader forms. After clicking CONTINUE, click ALLOW on the next popup to enable these. You can always change your mind later, or modify which notifications you receive.


For Readers

Mysteries for Everyone

By: Hidden Gems on February 23, 2021

Hidden Gems Books ARC service.

By: Hidden Gems on February 23, 2021


Mysteries have a way of taking us on a journey of twists, turns and oftentimes straight up shenanigans. Today we’ve rounded up a collection which includes a variety of mystery novels that have been popular and well liked by Hidden Gems readers over the past few months.


Pawsitively Cursed

Pawsitively Cursed by Melissa Erin Jackson

The only thing more twisted than a cursed witch is her family tree. For the past fourteen years, Edgehill’s resident secret witch, Amber Blackwood, has been haunted by her parents’ deaths. The whole town knows about the tragedy, but the details remain a mystery even to Amber. With an impressive 4.6 star average Amazon rating, and nearly 80 reviews, you’ll want to cozy up with this popular mystery!

“Melissa Erin Jackson writes a spellbinding paranormal cozy filled with fascinating characters and intriguing twists,” writes Book Dragon in their 5-star review. “Her ability to weave a sense of magic throughout the narrative is testament to Ms. Jackson’s skill as a wordsmith. Feels like Ms. Jackson may possess the ability to bewitch.”

“This is such a fun read that I found I was unable to part with it until the last page!” says Cozy Cat Reviews in their 5-star review. “This is my first book by the author and I was delighted to receive this for review. This is the 2nd book in the “Witch of Edgehill Series.” The author is very talented and has created a fun, interesting cozy series with a touch of the paranormal in a charming small town. The protagonist and the supporting characters are well crafted and likable as well as a perfect fit for this story.This is such an engaging cozy mystery with the perfect elements of suspense, magic, great characters and a charming setting. I loved it and look forward to reading further books in this delightful series.”

Desert Sanctuary

Desert Sanctuary by Fred G. Baker

In this second novel in the Detective Sanchez/Father Montero Mystery series, a nighttime drug bust in Phoenix turns deadly. Police Captain Ronald Gurvy shoots it out with gang boss Roberto Gomez and both men are killed. Detective Lori Sanchez is first on the scene and hears a third party running away in the dark. Who was it? The killer or a witness to the murder?

Brittani H. writes in her 5-star review, “Baker knows just when to speed up the moment and when to slow it down. His variation of short sentences and long ones add that much more force and fury to the story. I found myself racing through the pages of this book as if my life was on the line too! The dark world of gangs and detectives cross paths in this must-read, one that is sure to capture your attention up to the very last page!”

“From the first page, the scenes are action packed with plot twists and exciting discoveries,” says Cath G. in her 5-star review. “The reader is propelled forward into the mystery immediately. Reading from Sanchez’s third person perspective allows for continual surprises as every clue is revealed. The book reads similar to the accelerated pace in an action movie. While the drug subject is serious and Sanchez’s life is constantly in danger, the tone of the book remains light and entertaining through Sanchez’s playful relationships with her friends. Overall, a well-rounded mystery that will add some excitement into your life.”

Fudge & Felonies

Fudge & Felonies by Lisa Siefert

Fudge & Felonies is the second book in the delightful Frosted Misfortunes series of cozy mysteries. If you like humorous characters, off-the-wall whodunits, and heartwarming fun, then you’ll love Lisa Siefert’s guilty pleasure.

“I really enjoyed the first book in this new series and this book is a fabulous follow-up,” writes Darla T. in her 5-star review. “The book’s well-written with wonderful characters you’ll love getting to know. Full of action and intrigue along with some humor, this book will pull you into the story from the beginning and keep you there until the end. I’m really looking forward to more from this series. I highly recommend both books and  the series which I suggest you read in order for the most enjoyment and benefit.”

Nancy G. writes in her 5-star review, “Once again the kitten, Lucky, stole the show in this second-of-the-series, light-hearted, cozy murder mystery. Ava Decker, the owner of a cupcake bakery, was the first to discover the body and once again she was considered a prime suspect. But more than just a murder mystery, “Fudge & Felonies” was a sweet story of romance for Ava and a handsome billionaire, as well as the resolution of issues regarding Ava’s ex-fiancé.”

Adam Dutton & Beverly Laborde Mystery Series Box Set

Adam Dutton & Beverly Laborde Mystery Series Box Set by BV Lawson

Revenge is best served … bold. With an average 4.6 star rating on Amazon, this 3-book box set of mysteries was a hit with Hidden Gems readers that you won’t want to miss.

Top 500 Reviewer Emily P. writes in her 5-star review, “This 3-book mystery set includes: Steal Away, Hide Away, and Burn Away. When Beverly Laborde becomes a con artist to get revenge on the man who shut down her grandmother’s antiques business and sent her to an early grave, she meets handsome Vermont police detective, Adam Dutton. As Beverly and Adam come to terms with their growing attraction toward each other, in each of the stories, they make a good team as they dodge bribery, theft, extortion, and murder to settle old scores and to keep each other safe. This is a fast paced set that will keep the reader interested from start to finish. It is well written and flows easily. The characters are likable which draws the reader deeper into their story. I really enjoyed this box set and look forward to reading more from this author!”

“I really enjoyed this three book series!” writes Ashli M.F. in her 5-star review. “Beverly is looking to get revenge on the men who took away her grandmother’s old antique story. Beverly is a con-artist in the antiques world. Adam is the detective that is working the case that Beverly has wounded being in the middle of. Can these two fight their attraction?? There are so many twists and turns in each story – BUT – the stories actually are a huge continuation of each other. You definitely need to read the first one to understand what is going on in the second/third. I am hoping there will be more stories for these two characters!!”

Mystic Pieces

Mystic Pieces by Ada Bell

Shady Grove is reeling from the first murder in decades. If Aly can get her hands on the right object, she’ll know what happened. Can she learn to control her visions before the killer sets their sights on her? Charming, humorous and original, this cozy mystery from Ada Bell was popular among our subscribers.

“First in a new series, Mystic Pieces is a fabulous read,’ writes Darla T. in her 5-star review. “It was well-written with wonderful characters you’ll love getting to know. The story pulled me in from the beginning and kept me hooked until the end. As the story unfolds, you will be kept guessing. I really enjoyed this book and am looking forward to more from this series. I highly recommend this book which is a fantastic paranormal cozy mystery.”

Hilary G. writes in her 5-star review, “If you want a book you won’t want to put down, grab a copy of Mystic Pieces! This cozy mystery with a psychic twist is unpredictable and entertaining. It is a true page-turner! I loved the cast of characters who were quirky and fun. I laughed out loud many times while reading this story, and I wish I could take a trip to Shady Grove… I can’t wait for book two in this series!”

Hidden Gems readers got to read these books for free, so if you want more intriguing mysteries to enjoy, sign up today! Subscribers receive invitations to read books like these – plus other titles from any of up to 15 other genres – at no charge. All we ask is that you consider leaving an honest review of them on Amazon when you’re done reading!

Share this blog


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *