April Fools

April Fools Summary

"I laughed, gasped, and cried (all out loud)."-Catriona McPherson, author of Scot and Soda

Librarian and aspiring PI Mira James has discovered one corpse a month for each of the eleven months she's lived in Battle Lake, Minnesota. She'd give her left foot to break that streak this April.

Then she stumbles across that disturbing note, and a Battle Lake girl vanishes.*

She follows the note's trail and is horrified to discover that it leads to her father, who died 13 years earlier. It's a race against the clock to crack the secret he carried to his grave in time to save the girl. Meanwhile, chiseled police chief Gary Wohnt is scrutinizing her every move, aching to finally put her behind bars, and Johnny, her sexy boyfriend, is planning a surprise for her.

Problem is, she doesn't know if it's a marriage proposal or an intervention.

As Mrs. Berns and Mira take on their final case together, Mira discovers it's more personal than she could have imagined, and that she holds not only the life of the vanished girl but the fate of all Battle Lake in her hands.

*There's also a surprise "guest" appearance.

April Fools is a suspenseful, laugh-out-loud comic caper mystery, perfect for readers who enjoy the humorous mysteries of Janet Evanovich, Deborah Coonts, Jana DeLeon, and Denise Grover Swank. If you love to laugh while reading a page-turning mystery, this series is for you!

April Fools is the twelfth in an ongoing series featuring Mira James, an urban woman with rural Minnesota roots. The books can be read in any order; each novel stands alone. Get all the Mira James mysteries today!

May Day
June Bug
Knee High by the Fourth of July
August Moon
September Mourn
October Fest
November Hunt
December Dread
January Thaw
February Fever
March of Crimes
April Fools

Or, if you love to sink into a satisfying binge read, check out the smart-priced bundles!

Mira James Mysteries Summer Bundle, Books 1-4 (May, June, July, and August)
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Mira James Mysteries Winter Bundle, Books 8-10 (December, January, February)


"Couldn't put it down." ―Linda (five stars)

"I read this out of order. It made no difference and I absolutely loved it...What sets this book apart that it is both lighthearted and edgy! It doesn't feel like your average vanilla, 'the librarian is the sleuth' mystery...this is a fast-paced page turner." ―Jane B. (NetGalley)

"What a fun, cheeky, cleverly-plotted book! This is well-constructed and kept me interested throughout. I'm not the typical 'mystery reader' but the cover drew me in and I was very glad I gave it a chance. Recommend!" ―Jenna H. (NetGalley)

"Deeply satisfying, funny, moving, as tightly plotted as ever." ―Catriona McPherson, award-winning author of Scot and Soda

Book Reviews


April Fools4 star

Intriguing plot about a horrible situation in this country. It was a light mystery with colorful characters. Thanks, G45

Hope in Gulfport

Wonderful!5 star

I loved the characters, the charming town and how the town folks interact55


A funny wild read!5 star

I loved April Fools for its over-the-top characters, their weird experiences, and the story’s nonstop action. I also was sure that Mira would be successful ultimately, but I had no idea how she and Mrs Berns would pull it off. Kept me reading to the satisfying end.55

Clean romancer

April fools5 star

Was a wonderful story. Loved the plot, characters, writing, etc. my only problem was the allergies in the snow & cold weather. I have serious allergies & they (with Mira’s symptoms) don’t occur until the trees, grasses & weeds pollinate. Not happening in a snow storm. Finally got why Mira had to have the itchy eyes so she could use the drops,but didn’t track for most of the story. Loved the book.55


Great read4 star

With a pertinent and prevalent criminal issue plaguing the world today with sex trafficking especially with young females and migrant women and children this easy and entertaining read brings today’s headlines into closer view. While the topic of sex trafficking is not entertaining, the characters and their depiction bring to light the very real nature of this crime in an entertaining and endearing way as to resonate with the reader and gives a deeper understanding of how even in seemingly idyllic small tourist towns crimes of this nature are often not as far off as we would believe with relatable and well written characters.45


Useless mess1 star

So awful and disconnected, I couldn’t finish it. It made no sense. It just didn’t hold together. Not even believable. The author tried to do too much and it didn’t come together. I got 40% thru, and decided I didn’t care!!! JUST TOO STUPID, HORRIBLE PLOTS; there were too many, UNDEVELOPED CHARACTERS. STUPID'!!! I think I could give it a zero star, just not available.15

lilly lilu

April fools5 star

I love the book it’s like wow I just don’t even know how to describe it because it’s like to woooooooooow55

Chicken sister

April Fools5 star

This author is always entertaining. I want more.55

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