with a little baking:
Meet Your Baker by Ellie Alexander - Jules is a pastry chef and after reading the description of her food I would stand in a pretty long line outside her bakery, Torte, to try one of her creations.
Farm Fresh Murder by Paige Shelton - okay so not so much baking but all the jams and jellies and other farmer's market goodies will definitely have you wanting a snack!
with a little romance:
If you want a mystery with a little romance go to your local library, find the Heather Graham section and proceed to read.
The Hexed by Heather Graham - The mystery isn't flawless but Graham knows how to do creepy atmosphere and fabulous settings. The Hexed takes place in Salem and involves witches, the previous book, The Cursed, took place in Key West and there were bunches of ghosts. Next up we're going to Sleepy Hollow and I can't wait!
The Case of William Smith by Patricia Wentworth - William Smith came back from the war healthy and strong but with no memory of who he was. The mystery itself is well done and the romance is a very sweet but not over the top.
with a British accent:
A Bleeding of Innocents by Jo Bannister - This is a nice clean British police procedural. The characters are interesting, the mystery is well done and the pacing is great.
A Share in Death by Deborah Crombie - if you like British mysteries and you haven't read any Crombe than fix that immediately. Normally I don't worry too much about series order in mysteries but this is one that should be read in order of maximum enjoyment.
with a touch of history:
Ammie, Come Home by Barbara Michaels - There's ghosts, a dash of romance and a mystery stretching back to the Revolutionary War. There's also a follow up called Shattered Silk that involves gorgeous vintage clothes. Both are fun reads.
Death at Whitechapel by Robin Paige - I really enjoy this mystery series set in late Victorian and Edwardian time periods. This is a series you can jump in basically anywhere and I always enjoy the books.
by Agatha Christie:
And Then There Were None is probably the most recommended Agatha. I love it and I think I discover a new little detail every time I read it but I don't really feel like it's a true representative of Agatha's work. The tone and the level of action is a bit different. If you want to get to know Agatha and her primary detectives - Hercule Poirot and Jane Marple I recommend:
1. Tuesday Club Murders (or The Thirteen Problems)
2. Poirot Investigates
Agatha is the master of the mystery short story and these two will give you a good taste of each detective and the way they work without bogging you down in too much Miss Marple dithering or Poirot's gray cells.