If you liked The Lost Apothecary based on: Female Amateur Detectives
Arsenic and adobo
Manansala, Mia P., author
When Lila Macapagal moves back home to recover from a horrible breakup, a notoriously nasty food critic (who happens to be her ex-boyfriend) drops dead moments after a confrontation with Lila, her life quickly swerves from a Nora Ephron romp to an Agatha Christie case. With the cops treating her like she's the one and only suspect, Lila's left with no choice but to conduct her own investigation. Armed with the nosy auntie network, her barista best bud, and her trusted Dachshund, Longanisa, Lila takes on this tasty, twisted case and soon finds her own neck on the chopping block.
Mina, Denise, author
An upper-class Edinburgh housewife who enjoys listening to the sordid details of true-crime podcasts has her world turned upside down when a new podcast turns out to have connections to her own dark past.
A justified murder
Deveraux, Jude, author
When Janet Beeson's body is discovered, everyone is shocked by the violence of the attack. Sara, Kate and Jack are soon bombarded by townspeople eager to tell their stories and clear their names with the trio. And once the town gets talking, they begin to see that there are more secrets buried in quiet Lachlan than anyone could have imagined.
Lady in the lake
Lippman, Laura, 1959- author
In 1966, Baltimore. Madeline "Maddie" Schwartz helps Baltimore police find a murderer. Cleo Sherwood was a young African-American woman who liked to have a good time. No one seems to know or care why she was killed except Maddie. Maddie's inability to look beyond her own needs will lead to tragedy and turmoil for all sorts of people - including the man who shares her bed, a black police officer who cares for Maddie more than she knows.
Of women and salt
Garcia, Gabriela, 1984- author
From 19th-century cigar factories to present-day detention centres, from Cuba to Mexico, this novel is a kaleidoscopic portrait of betrayals - personal and political, self-inflicted and those done by others - that have shaped the lives of three extraordinary women. A haunting meditation on the choices of mothers, the legacy of the memories they carry, and the tenacity of women who choose to tell their stories despite those who wish to silence them.
Triple chocolate cheesecake murder
Fluke, Joanne, 1943- author
Hannah Swensen's up to her ears with Easter orders rushing in at The Cookie Jar, plus a festive meal to prepare for a dinner party at her mother's penthouse. But everything comes crashing to a halt when Hannah receives a panicked call from her sister Andrea - Mayor Richard Bascomb has been murdered and she's the prime suspect. Hannah must spring into investigation mode and identify the real killer - before another murder happens.