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Tuesday, April 5, 2016

New Mystery Releases 4/5/16

It is once again the first Tuesday of the month, so we are here to run down today's list of over 40 new mystery releases:


Let us know if there are any that we missed!!

Tuesday, March 1, 2016

New Mystery Releases 3/1/16

The first day of March is full of new mystery releases (over 40 of them!), so lets get right to it:

Don't forget to let us know if there are any that we missed!

Sunday, February 14, 2016

A Sweet Treat for Valentine’s Day—A Cozy Mystery Anthology guest post by Joanna Campbell Slan

A Sweet Treat for Valentine’s Day—A Cozy Mystery Anthology
By Joanna Campbell Slan

My mama always said, ‘Life was like a box of chocolates. You never know what you’re gonna get.’--Forrest Gump

Growing up, I spent many happy hours parked on a chair in my grandmother’s converted sunporch. There I happily explored her bookshelves that were packed with copies of Reader’s Digest’s Condensed Books. Opening each hefty copy felt gave me the same excitement as opening a box of chocolates. Most of the authors were unknown to me. Often the subject matter was over my head. But always, always I found hours of reading pleasure on those pages.

It’s the same with our new anthology series, Happy Homicides. My friend Linda Gordon Hengerer and I reached out to other cozy authors with an offer to compile and publish our work. In today’s crowded market, getting “found” by new readers has become more and more difficult. We figured that if we could offer a variety of cozy mysteries at a bargain basement price, all of us authors would benefit.

The concept is working! Our first anthology—Happy Homicides (1): Thirteen Cozy Holiday Mysteries became a bestseller in several Amazon categories. It also propelled a few of us into Amazon’s Top 100 Mystery Author list.

Now we’re on to Happy Homicides 2: Thirteen CozyMysteries/Crimes of the Heart. (Release date: Feb. 14, 2016) All of our authors wrote “whodunits” that explore that intersection of love and bad behavior. At only $2.99, it’s a bargain, thanks to 600-plus pages of reading material. As is our habit, we’re also including in the book an email address so readers can send away for a free bonus file of recipes and craft projects. Order your copy today

And yes, we have more traditional mystery anthologies on the way.

Here’s our line-up of authors and their stories.

Stupid Cupid: A CaraMia Delgatto Novella by Joanna Campbell Slan—Cara Mia’s search for love gets her involved in a star-crossed, homicidal romance.

A Heart for Murder by Teresa TrentAn expensive family heirloom is stolen from a local jewelry store, and Betsy Livingston Fitzpatrick would love to figure out who’s responsible.

For the Love of Dog by Neil Plakcy—A young woman’s death causes a man to consider the many aspects of love. Is it ever a justification for murder?

Wedding Knife by Elaine VietsA groom learns to take his vow–Till death do we part—very, very seriously.

Death and a DozenRoses by Annie Adams—Plucky florist Rosie McKay is reunited with an old love, thanks to complications that happen when she tries to deliver a dozen roses.

The Sodium Arrow by Camille Minichino—The love of a student for a favorite teacher drives a freelance embalmer to seek out justice.

Sweets, Treats, andMurder by Nancy Jill Thames—Jillian Bradley is a widow with no children, but she still has a keen sense of family. Her love of a good mystery sets her and her canine companion, Teddy, on a quest for justice.

Dying for Valentine’sTea: A Beach Tea Shop Novella by Linda Gordon Hengerer—The three Powell sisters want their friend Thelma to find true love, but they’re having trouble believing her fiancĂ© has her best interests at heart.

The New Normal by Kathi Daley—Even though her own dreams have been shattered, Ellie Davis finds it impossible to quit loving an old friend, even after he’s accused of murder.

Bones and Arrows by Carolyn Haines—Intrepid Sarah Booth Delaney would rather face a gun than a party on Valentine’s Day. Not surprisingly, she’s decided that Cupid is a big phony. But is he a jewel thief, too?

Murder at CatmmandoMountain: Georgie Shaw Cozy Mystery 1 by Anna Celeste Burke—Georgina Shaw loves her cat, chocolate, and cooking. When she’s framed for a crime, she’s forced to reconsider her priorities.

The Missing Jacket by Randy Rawls—A golfing buddy offers Jonathan Boykin big money to retrieve a stolen jacket, but Jonathan suspects something else is going on. Jonathan is smart enough to discern the difference between love and lust. But can he also figure out the scam?

Really, Truly Dead by Maggie Toussaint—Lindsey McKay has no desire to return to small town life. But her love for her father brings her back home when he’s accused of murder.

I’m curious. Do you like anthologies? Did you ever read the Reader’s Digest Condensed books? How do you discover new authors?

About the Author


Joanna Campbell Slan is the national bestselling and award-winning author of thirty books, as well as being a contributor to many of the Chicken Soup for the Soul books. When she isn’t walking the beach with her Havanese pup, Jax, she’s writing books for one of her three mysteries series and building dollhouses. Joanna and her husband David live on Jupiter Island, Florida. http://www.JoannaSlan.com

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

New Release 99c Cozy Mysteries 2/9/16

The past 10 days has seen the release 21 cozy mysteries bargain priced at only 99c for Kindle. In most cases these prices are only good for a limited time, so grab them while you can. Be sure to check first to make sure the price is still 99c. The recent bargain releases include:



Tuesday, February 2, 2016

New Mystery Releases 2/2/16

There is another great batch of new releases this month, so lets get right to them:


Let us know if we missed any!!!

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Meet Dallas Walker of Lauren Carr’s CANCELLED VOWS Guest Post By Lauren Carr





Congratulations to Lauren Carr on the release of the latest Mac Faraday Mystery, Cancelled Vows!  Thank you, Lauren, for sharing an excerpt of the new release with us and our readers!


Meet Dallas Walker of Lauren Carr’s CANCELLED VOWS

By Lauren Carr

Today, January 28, 2016, marks the release of Cancelled Vows, the eleventh installment in the Mac Faraday Mysteries, and fans of my Deep Creek Lake mysteries are in for a treat!

For Cancelled Vows, mystery fans are going on a field trip to the Big Apple. Days before his wedding to Chelsea Adams, David O’Callaghan discovers he’s already married to an old girlfriend. So, David, Mac, and Gnarly rush off to New York City to get David’s wife to sign the divorce papers so he can marry Chelsea that weekend. Of course, murder shoots a bullet into their plans—quite literally. (Lesson to be Learned: Never go through a drive-thru in Las Vegas when you’re drunk.)

There’s an added treat in Cancelled Vows: Fans are going to meet a new character—and a character she is!

Readers may wonder why I would be adding a new character to a series that is already established. The answer is simple really. A series that stays the same book after book tends to go stale, not just for readers, but for the writer as well.

In many ways, mystery writers are like movie directors. After coming up with the basic storyline for our murder mysteries, we “cast” the parts to characters. Luckily, we don’t have to deal with agents, lawyers, or actors unions. If a character doesn’t work out—the writer can simply kick a character to the curb and create another character to fill the role.

If the writer is lucky, the character will come completely to life and take the mystery in a whole new and exciting direction.

When putting together the plotline for Cancelled Vows, I needed an investigative journalist who would stand out in New York City, which in itself is the heart of diversity. Not only did she need to be different from the city slickers, but she also needed to be different enough to attract Mac’s and David’s attentions. Who better to stand out than a country girl—but not a sweet Southern flower—a tough Texan thirsting to uncover the truth about her mother’s disappearance.

I was still working on my character’s personality when I started searching for names. Several years ago, I had seen an interview with Elmore Leonard, novelist, short story writer, screenwriter (you name it!), in which he recounted working on a story in which he had a character from New Orleans, who he had given a French name. He said that as he wrote, this character wouldn’t say anything. Then, Elmore Leonard decided to change his name. From that point on, he couldn’t get the character to shut up.

Still in the process of developing this character’s personality and backstory, I was searching for a name when I came upon Dallas.

Okay, I confess! I read an interview with actress Bryce Dallas Howard, daughter of director Ron Howard, in which she stated that her middle name (Dallas) was after the city in which she was conceived.

Hmmmmm, I thought. How intriguing. How about the first name of Dallas, named after Dallas, Texas, where she was conceived? A search on the Internet bought up Walker as a popular surname in Texas.

As soon as I gave this character the name of Dallas Walker, she was born. Like the character in the Elmore Leonard book, I couldn’t get her to shut up—she insisted on telling me everything—all with a thick Texan accent, liberally mixed with little euphemisms and sayings are really adding a lot of levity to the case.

Dallas Walker is one sassy character who won my heart, along with the rest of the cast from Deep Creek Lake, the second she shot upon the page. I’m sure you’ll love her, too, as you meet her in this excerpt from Cancelled Vows below.

In this scene from the middle of Cancelled Vows, Dallas Walker has spent the night sleeping on the sofa in Mac and David’s hotel suite after a murder at the news studio where David’s wife worked. Not having time to go home and change, she freshens up in David’s bedroom before returning to the studio the next morning:

  David was aware of Dallas’ following him into the bedroom and closing the door, but he didn’t think anything of it. After all, she needed his undershirt and a place to change her clothes.

Taking the white undershirt out of his suitcase, he said, “This may be a little big in the shoulders, but it should do.”

He turned around to find her standing on the other side of the bed. She had taken off the double-breasted top of her pantsuit. Above the waist, she wasn’t wearing anything but a chocolate-brown silk-and-lace bra. The hue of her underwear matched the brown in her eyes. With a toss of her head, she shook her hair back behind her shoulders, letting it spill down her back, and held out her hand to take the shirt.

Stunned by her lack of modesty, David made no move to give it to her.

“Let’s see how this looks.” She snatched the shirt from his hand. After pulling it on over her head, she unzipped her pants to tuck it in. Frowning at her image in the mirror, she put on the stark-white button-down shirt and fastened the bottom buttons. Cocking her head, she studied her reflection. “Whatta ya think?”

She turned to David, who was trying to get the image of her perfectly toned body out of his mind. He swallowed. “Good.”

Turning back to the mirror, she furrowed her brow. “You can see my bra underneath.”

With her calling it to his attention, David had to agree she was right.

“That won’t work.” In one movement, she pulled both white shirts off over her head. While David’s mouth hung open, she undid the bra’s clasp between her breasts and shrugged out of it.

As much as he did not want to take in her beautiful, plump breasts, he couldn’t resist uttering a gasp of surprise. “Obviously, they don’t teach modesty in Texas.”

“I grew up surrounded by rough and burly ranch hands. I would have never survived being prissy and modest.” With a naughty grin, she tossed the bra to David, who caught it with one hand. “Souvenir of your trip to New York,” she said with a wink.

“And all I was looking to take back to Deep Creek Lake was a divorce.” David tossed the bra into his overnight bag.

She had already pulled both shirts back on over her head. “How is it that Yvonne was married to a hunk like you and never told anyone?” While tucking the undershirt into her pants, she turned to David and looked him up and down. “If I was your wife, I’d shout it from the rooftop.”

“Neither of us knew.”

Hands on her hips, she cocked her head at him. “Dude! How do you get married and not know it?” Her tone was filled with doubt.

“Picture it,” David said. “Drunk in Vegas.”

Her hand shot up. “’Nuff said!” She strapped the belt that she had previously worn on her pants around her waist to cinch in the men’s white button-down shirt that hung down low enough to cover her hips. She left the top four buttons undone to show the white undershirt beneath.

With only a few pieces of clothing, she had transformed her look into stylishly casual. 

Without asking, she picked up David’s comb and ran it through her thick locks. “Wish I had time to wash my hair. Do you have a rubber band, sugar?”

David went into the bathroom to go through his shaving kit. He returned with an old, worn rubber band to find that she had begun French braiding her hair from the crown. “I have no idea where this came from.” He held out the band to her.

Because she was using both hands to work the braid, she was unable to take it. “Take a tater and wait, sweetie.”

“What?” David asked her.

“It means don’t get your boxers in a wad,” she said to his reflection in the mirror.

He stared back at her reflection for a moment before shaking his head. “I don’t understand half of what you say…but you sound good saying it.”

“I’ll take that as a compliment, handsome sir,” she replied to his reflection in the mirror.


About the Author


Lauren Carr is the international best-selling author of the Mac Faraday, Lovers in Crime, and Thorny Rose Mysteries. The eleventh installment in the Mac Faraday Mystery series, Cancelled Vows is scheduled for release on January 28, 2016 and available for pre-order on Amazon.

Lauren is a popular speaker who has made appearances at schools, youth groups, and on author panels at conventions. She lives with her husband, son, and four dogs (including the real Gnarly) on a mountain in Harpers Ferry, WV. 




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Tuesday, January 5, 2016

New Mystery Releases 1/5/16

Today is the first "first Tuesday" of the new year, and as usual there is a big batch of interesting new mystery releases, including:


  • Julie Alter's Desperate for Death, the sixth in her Kelly O'Connell cozy mystery series
  • Jessica Beck's (aka Tim Myers) Raspberry Revenge, the 23rd in the popular Donut Shop cozy mystery series
  • Jacklyn Brady's The Cakes of Monte Christo, the sixth book in her Piece of Cake cozy mystery series
  • Gene Caffrey's Two Souls, the second book in his Owen Delaney series
  • Bailey Cattrell's Daisies for Innocence, the debut of her new Enchanted Garden cozy mystery series
  • Karen Chester's Throw a Monkey Wrench, the debut of her Emma Cassidy cozy series
  • JJ Cook's (Joyce and Jim Lavene) Sweet Pepper Hero, the fourth book in the Sweet Pepper Fire Brigade cozy mystery series
  • Sarah Fox's Death in A Major, the second book in her Music Lover's cozy mystery series from Witness Impulse 
  • Lisa Gardner's Kindle Single 3 Truths and a Lie, a Detective DD Warren story
  • Lily Harper Hart's Ghostly Issues, the second book in her Harper Harlow paranormal cozy series
  • Julie Hyzy's Foreign Eclairs, her 9th and final book in her White House Chef cozy mystery series
  • Elle James' Voodoo on the Bayou, the first book in her Cajun Magic series 
  • Jane Jensen's Kingdom Come, the debut of her Elizabeth Harris/Amish mystery series
  • Killer Magic, a 99c for Kindle collection of 8 paranormal mystery/suspense books authored by Carolyn Haines, Pamela DuMond, Angie Fox, Connie Shelton, Joanne Pence, Denise Dietz, Carole Nelson Douglas and Harper Lin
  • Kelly Lane's One Foot in the Grove, the debut of her Olive Grove cozy mystery series
  • Victorial Laurie's A Ghoul's Guide to Love and Murder, the tenth book in her Ghost Hunter paranormal cozy mystery series
  • Joyce and Jim Lavene's Last Dance, the first book in their Sheriff Sharyn Howard series, has been reissued for $2.99 for Kindle
  • Amanda Lee's Freaky Days, the debut of her Mystic Caravan paranormal mystery series
  • Jenn McKinlay's Copy Cap Murder, the fourth book in her Hat Shop cozy mystery series
  • Tawni O'Dell's small town mystery/literary thriller Angels Burning
  • Diana Orgain's A Second Chance at Murder, the second book in her Love or Money cozy mystery series
  • Penny Pike's (aka Penny Warner) Death of a Bad Apple, the third book in her Food Festival culinary cozy mystery series
  • Mindy Quigley's The Mount Moriah Mysteries Box Set, with the first 3 books in her Reverend Lindsay Harding series
  • David Rosenfelt's mystery/thriller Blackout
  • Paige Shelton's To Helvetica and Back, the debut of her Dangerous Type cozy mystery series
  • Fran Stewart's A Wee Dose of Death, the second book in her ScotShop cozy mystery series
 Let us know if there are any we missed!

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