- Ellie Alexander's Caught Bread Handed, the fourth book in her Bakeshop series
- Stephanie Blackmoore's Engaged in Death, the debut of her Wedding Planner series from Kensington
- Amy Boyles' Scared Witchless, the debut of her Bless Your Witch series
- Cheryl Bradshaw's Hickory Dickory Dead, the debut of her Maisie Fezziwig series
- Vickie Britton and Loretta Jackson's The Memory of a Murder
- Mary Corrigan's Final Fondue, the third book in her Five-Ingredient culinary series
- Judith Cranswick's Blood Hits the Wall, the fourth book in her Fiona Mason series
- Leighann Dobbs' No Scone Unturned, the 12th book in her Lexy Baker series
- Cheryl Hollon's Cracked To Death, the third book in her Webb's Glass Shop series
- Richard Houston's Letters To Die For, the fourth book in his Books To Die For series
- Julie Hyzy's Grace Sees Red, the seventh book in her Manor House series
- Violet Ingram's Death by Nail Gun, the second book in her Kim Murphy PI series
- Ally Kershaw's The Catering Kill-tastrophe, the third book in her Willowbrook series
- Helena Lamb's Deadly Mischief, the second in her Brides Bay series
- Laura Levine's humorous Murder Has Nine Lives, the 14th book in her Jaine Austen series
- Kate Lucky's The Heirloom Piano Murder, the third book in her Sammy Young Piano Tuner series
- Mary Marks' Something's Knot Kosher, the fourth book in her Quilting series
- Rayna Morgan's Murder at the Pier, the debut of her Sister Sleuths series
- Meredith Potts' bargain collection Cozy Mystery Three Sleuth Set
- Rose Pressey's Take a Haunted Walk with Me, the fifth book in her Haunted Tour Guide series
- Sara Rosett's Marriage, Monsters-in-Law and Murder, the ninth book in her Ellie Avery series
- Beth Sherman's Murder Down the Shore, the fifth in her Jersey Shore series
- Liz Turner's novella Murder at the Festival, #4 in her Cozy Mystery in the Mountains series
- Hannah Weaver's Amish Secrets: Shunned House
- Natalie Woodley's novella Maid to Murder, the debut of her Molly Westbrook series
Tuesday, June 28, 2016
The past couple of days have been great ones for new cozy mystery releases, so we thought we would summarize them here. Among the new releases are:
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Thursday, June 16, 2016
Who Drives the Plot: Criminal Versus Sleuth
Joyce T. Strand, Author
"The criminal is the creative artist; the detective only the critic."-G.K. Chesterton
Despite more than 50 years of reading mysteries beginning with my very first Nancy Drew, I never viewed them from the perspective that the criminal creates and drives the plot as Mr. Chesterton suggests.
However, when I examined my newest mystery, The Reporter’s Story, I had to admit that the crimes themselves drove my protagonist’s actions as she responded as an amateur sleuth. And, from Chesterton’s viewpoint, the criminals did create the plot.
But I would hastily add that the character of my protagonist contributed to how she responded, or in Chesterton’s words, how she became the criminal’s critic. She had multiple options open to her in her response to the crimes. Her character traits, driven by her intense desire to become a world-class front-page reporter, pushed her to make the choices to solve a crime—to get her story—that many others might walk away from.
The same can be said for Sherlock Holmes and the infamous Moriarty. Of course, the villain creates the crime, but how Holmes responds is also unique with many options available in his “critique” of the evil deeds of his adversary. We know that he used the powers of deduction. It’s elementary, so to speak.
So there’s more to a compelling mystery than the criminal’s creativity.
This is especially true of the amateur sleuth’s story. A detective dedicated to solving crime could be viewed as a responder or a critic. It’s his job to solve the crime, and he acts in response to the criminal’s behavior in order to stop him.
But an amateur sleuth has so many more options, not the least of which is to ignore the crimes. For example, as we read about Mary Higgins Clark’s innocent characters being pulled into a quagmire of crime, we see them behave in a very different manner than Stieg Larsson’s vengeful and tough Lisbeth Salander. Or, Michael Connelly’s Harry Bosch pursues his criminal in a different manner than Dick Francis jockeys drawn into the latest horse racing mystery.
Regardless, whether we view a mystery as driven by the crimes of the antagonist, or led by the reactions of the amateur or professional sleuth, we become intrigued by the puzzle itself. We welcome red herrings and thrive on eliminating them as the solution. Most of the time we cheer for the sleuth to solve the crime—unless the criminal is Robin Hood. Then, maybe not.
We love the challenge and the intrigue. Some of us enjoy more suspense and bloodshed. Others prefer a more “cozy” approach.
But we appreciate a well-developed criminal and sleuth—a despicable villain or more thoughtful one just trying to make a living. And we turn the pages faster when the sleuth has difficulty uncovering the criminal and makes some mistakes along the way and maybe even gets into some danger. We love our characters to be fleshed out by a well-conceived plot.
So, yes, maybe we can view our criminals as the creator of our mystery and our protagonists as the critic. But, oh my, there’s so much more to it—highlighted by the characters themselves and the puzzle pieces they choose to solve the mystery.
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About The Author
Joyce T. Strand is the author of who-done-it contemporary and historical mysteries set in California. All of her published six novels are inspired by actual events and/or real people, although they are definitely fictionalized.
Strand headed corporate communications at several biotech and high-tech companies in California's Silicon Valley for more than 25 years. Unlike her protagonist Jillian Hillcrest, however, she did not encounter murder in her career. Strand lives with her two cats and collection of cow statuary in Southern California, and enjoys exploring and writing about the growing wine region in the Ramona Valley near San Diego.
About The Reporter’s Story
A house burglary in 1912 San Francisco that the victim denies happening piques Emma Matheson’s reporter instincts. Why would a not-so-wealthy businessman deny that recovered loot was his and forego collecting his $8,000 worth of stolen jewelry? Why did he fire his maid and butler who originally reported the theft? The more she pursues the burglary that wasn’t a burglary, the more she sees it as a major story, involving murder, intrigue, and smuggling. Can she solve it and write the story that could project her to become the world-famous reporter she so covets? Or will she become one of its victims?
Additional info about Emma: Emma Matheson is a young woman determined to be a star front-page reporter despite the bias against women in her day.Her mother died when she was born. She was reared by her father who runs a newspaper in Sacramento. She grew up learning about the newspaper business. Her father valued education and insisted she attend university before starting her career. She is bright, determined, a great writer — but a bit naive.
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Tuesday, June 7, 2016
This month the first Tuesday is as late as it possibly could be in the month. There are a bunch of good new mystery releases though, so let's get to them:
- Isabella Alan's Murder, Handcrafted, the fifth book in her Amish Quilt Shop cozy series
- MJ Arlidge's Detective Helen Grace mystery/thriller Liar Liar
- Kendra Ashe's Grim Grinning Ghouls, the latest in her Izzy Cooper paranormal cozy series
- Donald Bain's continuation of Margaret Truman's Capital Crimes series, Deadly Medicine
- Laura Bradford's Eclair and Present Danger, the debut of her Emergency Dessert Squad cozy mystery series
- Lynn Cahoon's Tea Cups and Carnage, the latest in her Tourist Trap cozy mystery series
- Dorothy Cannell's Goodbye, Ms. Chips, the 13th in her Ellie Haskell cozy series
- Kate Carlisle's Books of a Feather, the 10th book in her Bibliophile cozy mystery series
- Amanda Carmack's Elizabethan historical mystery Murder at Fountainebleau
- Sheila Connolly's seventh Museum cozy mystery Dead End Street
- EJ Copperman's Written Off, the debut of his Mysterious Detective series
- Episodes 19-21 in Matthew Costello and Neil Richards' Cherringham British cozy mystery series
- Krista Davis' The Diva Serves High Tea, the 10th book in her Domestic Diva cozy mystery series
- Kathryn Dionne's Six Mile Canyon, the debut of her Savannah Swift Psychic mystery series
- Kay Finch's The Black Cat Knocks on Wood, the second book in her Bad Luck Cat cozy mystery series
- Sarah Fox's Deadly Overtures, the third book in her Music Lover's cozy mystery series from Witness Impulse
- Shelley Freydont's A Golden Cage, the second in her Newport Gilded Age historical mystery series
- Eileen Goudge's Swimsuit Body, the second book in her Cypress Bay series
- Lily Harper Hart's Grave Decisions, the seventh book in her Maddie Graves paranormal cozy mystery series
- 11 books in Joan Hess' Arly Hanks cozy mystery series have been reissued for Kindle
- Mary Kennedy's A Premonition of Murder, the third book in her Dream Club cozy mystery series from Berkley
- Kassandra Lamb's Missing on Maui, the fourth book in her Kate on Vacation cozy series
- Joyce and Jim Lavene's Until Our Last Embrace, the reissued fourth book in their sheriff Sharyn Howard series
- Amanda Lee's paranormal suspense novel Rising Covenant, the debut of the Living Covenant Trilogy from the author of the popular Wicked Witches of the Midwest series
- Sophie Littlefield's boxed set A Bad Day for Murder: The Stella Hardesty Series Books 1-4
- 8 books in Stefanie Matteson's Charlotte Graham cozy mystery series have been reissued for Kindle
- Jennifer McAndrews' A Shattering Crime, the third book in her Stained Glass cozy series
- Joanne Pence's Four O'Clock Sizzle, the fourth book in her Inspector Rebecca Mayfield series
- Summer Prescott's Marshmallow Creme Killer, the seventh book in her INNcredibly Sweet culinary cozy series
- Claire Robyns' The Butler Didn't Do It, the second book in her Maddox Storm cozy series
- J Tood Scott's western crime novel The Far Empty
- Maggie Sefton's Knit to Be Tied, the latest in her popular Knitting mystery cozy series
- Shawn Reilly Simmons' Murder on a Designer Diet, the third book in her Red Carpet Catering culinary cozy series from Henery Press
- Stuart Woods' Dishonorable Intentions, a Stone Barrington mystery
- James Ziskin's fourth Ellie Stone mystery Heart of Stone
Tuesday, May 3, 2016
Another first Tuesday of the month is upon us, and this month there is a big batch of over 50 new mystery releases. So let's get right to them:
- Kelley Armstrong's City of the Lost, the debut of her Casey Duncan mystery/thriller series
- Ace Atkins' Slow Burn, the latest in his acclaimed continuation of Robert B Parker's Spenser series
- Jessica Beck's Devil's Food Defense, the 25th in the Donut Shop culinary cozy series
- Heather Blake's Gone With the Witch, the sixth book in her Wishcraft paranormal cozy mystery series
- Larry Bond's Jerry Mitchell thriller, Fatal Thunder
- Zac Brewer's mystery/thriller The Blood Between Us
- Kathleen Bridge's Hearse and Gardens, the second book in her Hamptons Home & Garden cozy mystery series from Berkley Prime Crime
- Jane Casey's After the Fire, the sixth in her series with London detective Maeve Kerrigan
- Barbara Cleverly's Diana's Altar, the latest in her highly praised Joe Sandilands British historical mystery series
- Ted Clifton's Sky High Stakes, the third book in his Pacheco and Chino cozy mystery series
- Peg Cochran's Berry the Hatchet, the second book in her Cranberry Cove cozy series
- Max Allan Collins' Better Dead, a new Nathan Heller historical mystery
- Annette Dashofy's With a Vengeance, the fourth book in her Zoe Chambers mystery series from Henery Press
- Hannah Dennison's A Killer Ball at Honeychurch Hall, the third book in her Honeychurch Hall British village cozy mystery series
- Claire Donally's Catch as Cat Can, the latest in her Sunny and Shadow cozy mystery series from Berkley Prime Crime
- Susan Gillard's Mint Chip Murder, the sixth book in her Donut Hole cozy series
- Sally Goldenbaum's Murder at Lambswool Farm, the latest in her Seaside Knitters cozy mystery series
- Addison Harper's Pumpkin Carving Disaster, the third book in her Hampton Port cozy series
- Edgar Award winner John Hart's latest, Redemption Road
- Lilly Harper Hart's Ghostly Deceits, the third book in her Haley Harper paranormal cozy series
- Lilly Harper Hart's Ghostly Start, with the first 3 books in her Haley Harper paranormal cozy series
- Betty Hechtman's Seams Like Murder, the tenth book in her Crochet cozy mystery series
- Charlaine Harris' Night Shift, the third book in her Midnight, Texas series
- April Henry's YA mystery/thriller The Girl I Used To Be
- Hazel Holt's Mrs. Malory and Death Is a Word, the latest in her Mrs. Malory British cozy mystery series
- Cynthia Hurst's Uprooted, the 12th book in the R&P Labs series
- Diane Kelly's Against the Paw, the fourth book in her Paw Enforcement humorous cozy mystery series
- Ward Larsen's Assassin's Silence, a David Slaton thriller
- Joyce and Jim Lavene's reissued The Last To Remember, the third book in their Sheriff Sharyn Howard series
- Allison Leotta's legal mystery thriller The Last Good Girl from her Anna Curtis series
- Amanda Lee's Charms and Witchdemeanors, the 8th book in her Wicked Witches of the Midwest paranormal mystery series
- Laura Lippman's standalone mystery/thriller Wilde Lake
- Kylie Logan's Irish Stewed, the debut of her Ethic Eats culinary cozy mystery series from Berkley Prime Crime
- Edgar Award nominee Malcom Mackay's thriller The Night the Rich Men Burned, set in Glasgow
- a reissue of Francine Mathews' Death in the Off-Season, the debut of her Merry Folger Nantucket traditional mystery series from Soho Crime
- Kimberly McCreight's new mystery/thriller The Outliers
- Nancy McGovern's Death of a Deputy, the second in her Murder in Milburn culinary cozy series
- Joe McNally's Wild Horses, the eighth book in his amateur sleuth mystery series with jockey Eddie Malloy
- Carol Miller's southern country house mystery An Old-Fashioned Murder, the third book in her Moonshine mystery series
- Tamar Myers' Tea With Jam and Dread, the latest in her long running Pennsylvania Dutch humorous cozy series
- Nancy J Parra's Newlywed Dead, the third book in her Perfect Proposals cozy series
- James Patterson and Maxine Paetro's 15th Affair, a Women's Murder Club mystery
- JM Poole's Case of the One-Eyed Tiger, the debut of the Corgi Case Files cozy series
- Summer Prescott's Peaches and Creme Killer, the sixth book in her INNcredibly Sweet culinary cozy series
- Cynthia Riggs' Bloodroot, the latest in her Martha's Vineyard cozy mystery series with 92 year old senior sleuth Victoria Trumbull
- Sleuthing Women, a collection of 10 first in series female sleuth cozy mysteries, bargain priced (currently) at only $2.99 for Kindle
- Victoria Thompson's Murder in Morningside Heights, the latest in her Edgar Award nominated Gaslight historical mystery series
- Elaine Viets' The Art of Murder, the 14th book in her Dead-End Job cozy mystery series
- Tracey Jane Jackson and Amanda Washington's Dial L for Lynda, the debut of the Linda and Lynda Detective Agency humorous cozy series
- John Wells' Over Your Dead Body, the latest in his John Wayne Cleaver mystery series
- Darcie Wilde's A Useful Woman, the debut of her Rosalind Thorne historical mystery series from Berkley Prime Crime
Tuesday, April 5, 2016
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:
- Cathy Ace's The Corpse with the Garnet Face, the seventh book in her Cait Morgan traditional mystery series
- Ellery Adams' Breach of Crust, the fifth Charmed Pie Shoppe cozy mystery
- Susan Wittig Albert's Blood Orange, the latest in her long running China Bayles cozy series
- Connie Archer's A Clue in the Stew, the fifth book in her Soup Lover's culinary cozy mystery series
- Sarah Biglow's novella Forgive and Forget, the second book in her Geeks and Things cozy series
- Duffy Brown's Braking for Bodies, the second book in her Cycle Path cozy mystery series from Berkley Prime Crime
- Lucy Burdette's Killer Takeout, the seventh book in the Key West Food Critic culinary cozy mystery series
- Janet Cantrell's Fat Cat Takes the Cake, the third in her Fat Cat cozy mystery series
- Elizabeth Lynn Casey's Needle and Dread, the 11th in her Southern Sewing Circle cozy mystery series from Berkley Prime Crime
- Mary Higgins Clark's new thriller As Time Goes By
- Kate Collins' Moss Hysteria, the 18th in her Flower Shop cozy mystery series
- Mary Daheim's Here Comes the Bribe, the 30th in her Bed-and-Breakfast cozy mystery series
- Jacqueline Diamond's The Case of the Questionable Quadruplet, the debut of her Safe Harbor Medical Mystery series
- Dawn Eastman's An Unhappy Medium, the fourth book in her Family Fortune cozy mystery series from Berkley Prime Crime
- Amanda Flower's Crime and Poetry, the debut of her Magical Bookshop cozy series
- Susan Furlong's Rest in Peach, the second book in her Georgia Peach cozy mystery series
- Eva Gates' Reading Up a Storm, the third book in her Lighthouse Library cozy series
- Rufus Gilmore's reissued classic tradition mystery The Mystery of the Second Shot, originally published in 1912
- Nell Goddin's Red for Love, the fourth book in her Molly Sutton cozy series
- H Terrell Griffin's Mortal Dilemma, the latest in his Matt Royal mystery/thriller series
- Haley Harper's 3 novella cozy mystery collection The Complete Mayzie Katz Cozy Mystery Series
- Lilly Harper Hart's Deadly Rivalry, the 17th book in her Hardy Brothers Security series
- Tammy Kaehler's Red Flags, the fourth book in her Kate Reilly mystery series
- Diane Kelly's 4 book humorous cozy mystery set Paw Enforcement Mysteries Thus Far
- Killer Confections Volume 2, an inexpensive 8 novel culinary cozy mystery collection
- Laurie King's historical mystery The Murder of Mary Russell, the latest in her Mary Russell/Sherlock Holmes series
- Cynthia Kuhn's The Semester of Our Discontent, the debut of her Lila McLean cozy/academic mystery series from Henery Press
- Miles Lancaster's Murder in the Mountains, the debut of his Rocky Mountain cozy series
- Gillian Larkin's first Julia Blake short cozy, A Lesson in Deceit
- Joyce and Jim Lavene's One Last Goodbye, the reissued second book in their Sheriff Sharyn Howard series
- Janice Law's historical mystery Nights in Berlin, the fourth in her Francis Bacon series
- Amanda Lee's A Solstice Celebration, a Wicked Witches of the Midwest short
- Laura Lebow's historical musical mystery Sent to the Devil, set in Vienna in 1788
- Lisa Q Mathews' Permanently Booked, the second book in her Ladies Smythe and Westin cozy series
- Jenn McKinlay's Vanilla Beaned, the eighth book in her Cupcake Bakery cozy series
- Shamus Award winner Lachlan Smith's Panther's Prey, the fourth in his Leo Maxwell series
- David Taylor's historical mystery Night Work, the second in his series with New York cop Michael Cassidy
- ReGina Welling and Erin Lynn's 3 book cozy mystery collection Ponderosa Pines Series Books 1-3
- Tina Whittle's Reckoning and Ruin, the fifth book in her Tai Randolph series
- Stuart Woods' Family Jewels, the latest in his bestselling Stone Barrington series
- Lynda Wilcox's cozy mystery The Melbourne Medallion, the second book in her Gemini Detectives series
- Robin Yocum's coming of age mystery A Brilliant Death
- Ovidia Yu's Aunty Lee' Chilled Revenge, the third book in her Aunty Lee/Singaporean cozy mystery series
Tuesday, March 1, 2016
The first day of March is full of new mystery releases (over 40 of them!), so lets get right to it:
- Kristi Abbott's Kernel of Truth, the debut of her Popcorn Shop cozy mystery series from Berkley Prime Crime
- Christy Barritt's Thrill Squeaker, the 11th book in her Squeaky Clean cozy mystery series with Gabby St. Claire
- Rhys Bowen's Time of Fog and Fire, the latest in her Molly Murphy historical mystery series
- Laura Bradford's cozy mystery A Churn for the Worse, the fifth book in her Amish mystery series from Berkley Prime Crime
- Simon Brett's British village mystery The Killing Cafe, the latest in his Fethering series
- Emily Brightwell's Mrs. Jeffries Wins the Prize, the 34th book in her British Victorian mystery series with Mrs. Jeffries
- Brittany Cavallero's A Study in Charlotte, the debut of her new trilogy featuring the teen descendants of Holmes and Watson, Charlotte Holmes and Jamie Watson
- Laura Childs' Devonshire Scream, the 17th book in her Tea Shop cozy mystery series
- Clive Cussler and Justin Bell's The Gangster, the ninth book in the Isaac Bell mystery/thriller series
- Kathi Daley's A Tale of Two Tabbies, the seventh book in her Whales and Tails cozy mystery series
- Phoebe Eggli's The Calla Lillies of Murder are Blooming, the debut of her Folly Beach Florist cozy series
- Joe Flanagan's noir historical mystery crime novel Lesser Evils, set in 1957 Cape Cod
- Judith Flanders' British mystery A Bed of Scorpions, the second of her series with London book editor Samantha Clair. From the author of the highly regarded A Murder of Magpies.
- James Grippando's Gone Again, the latest in his bestselling Jack Swyteck legal mystery/thriller series
- CS Harris' When Falcons Fall, the 11th book in the Sebastian St. Cyr historical mystery series
- Lily Harper Hart's Wicked Places, the fourth book in her Ivy Morgan paranormal cozy series
- Clare Havens' Tailor Made, the third book in her Constable Country British cozy mystery series
- Lene Kaaberbol and Anget Friis' The Considerate Killer, the fourth and final book in the Nina Borg Scandinavian crime series
- Belle Knudson's Tool Kit Clues, the 9th book in her Mrs. Fix It cozy msytery series
- Belle Knudson's Wrenched in Murder, the 10th book in her Mrs. Fix It cozy msytery series
- Amanda Lee's Grim Reunion, the fourth book in her Aisling Grimlock paranormal cozy mystery series
- Harper Lin's The Scariest Tail, the fourth book in her Wonder Cats cozy mystery series
- Kylie Logan's And Then There Were Nuns, the fourth book in her League of Literary Ladies cozy mystery series
- Lisa Lutz's psychological thriller The Passenger, from the author of the popular Spellman Files series
- Mary Maxwell's A Zest for Murder, the fifth book in her Sky High Pies culinary cozy mystery series
- CT Mitchell's culinary cozy mystery short Cupcakes, Cider and Crime, the third in the Sugar N Spice series
- Tricia O'Malley's Three Tequilas, the third book in her Althea Rose humorous cozy mystery series
- Carlene O'Neil's Ripe for Murder, the second book in her Cypress Cove cozy mystery series from Berkley Prime Crime
- Open Road/Mysterious Press has reissued 9 non series mysteries from Ellis Peters, author of the Brother Cadfael series
- Summer Prescott's Irish Creme Killer, the first book in her INNcredibly Sweet culinary cozy series, continuing the adventures of Missy and Chas from the popular Frosted Love series
- Linda Reilly's Out of the Dying Pan, the second book in her Deep Fried culinary cozy mystery series from Berkley Prime Crime
- EG Rodford's The Bursar's Wife, the debut of the George Kocharyan traditional British mystery series
- Clea Simon's When Bunnies Go Bad, the sixty in her Pru Marlow Pet Noir mystery series
- Clea Simon's The Ninth Life, the debut of her Blackie and Care Cat mystery series
- Lotta Smith's 3 novella cozy mystery collection Confessions of the Assistant Extraordinaire
- Raven Snow's supernatural cozy mystery Shake Your Green Thing, the second book in her Harper "Foxxy" Beck series
- Denise Swanson's Between a Book and a Hard Place, the fifth book in her Devereaux's Dime Store series from NAL
- Victoria Vickers' Murder at Raven's Cove Marina, the debut of her Ramona Russet cozy mystery series
- Henery Press has reissued all 5 books in Noreen Wald's humorous cozy mystery series with ghostwriter Jake O'Hara
- Auralee Wallace's Skinny Dipping with Murder, the debut of her cozy female amateur sleuth series from St. Martin's
Sunday, February 14, 2016
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 Trent—An 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 Viets—A 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 fiancé 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
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