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Tuesday, August 2, 2016

New Mystery Releases 8/2/16

The "first Tuesday" comes early this month, and there is a great batch of new mystery releases to summarize. Among the new releases are:

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

New Cozy Mystery Releases 7/26/16

Over the past couple of days there have been a bunch of new cozy mystery releases, so we thought we would do our best to summarize them here. Among the new releases are:
Let us know if there are any that we missed!!

Monday, July 11, 2016

Deception at Castle Rock Excerpt and Giveaway from Anne Marie Stoddard

Author Anne Marie Stoddard is joining us this week with an excerpt and giveaway of Deception at Castle Rock, the second book in her well-reviewed Amelia Grace mystery series.  You can pick it up for 99 cents this week!  See below for details on how to win a signed copy of Deception at Castle Rock!

by 
Anne Marie Stoddard


After making a quick run through the drive-thru at Java Joy, I sped over to Castle Rock and parked in the gravel along the side of the building, closest to the back entrance. Grabbing one of the chocolate raspberry scones from the bag, I nibbled the pastry as I made my way toward the back door.

To reach the rear entrance of the venue, I had to walk around Royal Flush’s black tour bus, which was now parked behind Castle Rock. Kat and I agreed to let the band keep the over-sized vehicle out back until they left on Sunday for their next tour stop. As I rounded the bus, I stopped short, frowning at the passenger’s side door. Why is the bus open? When I’d left Castle Rock the night before, Kat was about to shuttle the guys, Ginger, and Suzie back to their hotel. Maybe they forgot to close up the bus after loading their equipment. No way, I thought, shaking my head. The guys wouldn’t leave their instruments in an unlocked vehicle overnight.

A sense of unease crept over me as I approached the open door. What if a bum had wandered aboard? Or a thief? Don’t be ridiculous. I shook it off and stepped up onto the small set of stairs that led inside the tour bus.

I was immediately overwhelmed by a cloying, coppery odor. “What is that?” I asked aloud, wrinkling my nose. The inside of the bus was dark. I squinted, waiting for my eyes to adjust. “Hello?” I called. Either my imagination was playing some horror movie-style tricks on me, or someone—or some thing—responded with a muffled groan. Fear pricked at the hairs on my arms and neck. The noise had come from the back of the bus. Was someone back there?

There was a fleeting moment where I almost turned and bolted, figuring it would be safer to wait and inspect the bus when someone else had arrived, like Emmett. Or Reese. Or maybe a SWAT team. Then the low moaning noise sounded again, and I sucked in a breath. Something about it sounded oddly familiar. Curiosity got the better of me, and I began to move deeper into the bus’s interior.

I quietly inched my way past the black leather benches that lined the walls of the vehicle, and I sidestepped around the table that stuck out from the little breakfast nook. Digging into my purse, I produced a small can of pepper spray and a key chain that held a mini-flashlight. One finger hovered over the trigger of the can ready to unleash a cloud of pepper spray on anything that moved.

Before I could turn on the flashlight, my foot connected with something solid in the middle of the floor. With a startled cry, I dropped the can and the keychain as I toppled down, landing on something cold and sticky. The coppery smell grew stronger, and a feeling of nausea rolled over me. I fumbled around on the floor for my flashlight, but instead my fingers closed over something hard and smooth. I ran my hand around the object, trying to identify it. A shoe?

My pinky grazed against the cold metal of the mini-flashlight, and I reached for it. I clicked it on, illuminating the space in front of me. A shock wave of horror slammed through me. I screamed and scrambled to my feet, backing quickly toward the bus’s entrance. The hard object I’d felt before was a boot, all right—and it was still on the foot of Sid Malone’s corpse.

About the Author

Anne Marie Stoddard is an Amazon Movers and Shakers and Amazon top 100 Mystery & Suspense author who writes funny rock n' roll-themed cozy mysteries with an edge.After studying Music Business at the University of Georgia, she worked for several music venues, radio stations, and large festivals before trading in her backstage pass for a pen and paper (Okay, so she might have kept the pass...). Her debut novel, Murder at Castle Rock, was the winner of the 2012 AJC Decatur Book Festival & BookLogix Publishing Services, Inc. Writing Contest, and the 2013 Book Junkie's Choice Award Winner for Best Debut Fiction Novel. It was also a finalist for Best Mystery/Thriller in the 2014 RONE Awards. Deception at Castle Rock was a finalist in the 2016 RONE Awards for Best Mystery. 

Aside from all things music and books, Anne Marie loves college football, Starbucks iced coffee, red wine, and anything pumpkin-flavored. She is a member of Sisters in Crime and the Sisters in Crime Guppies chapter. Anne Marie is currently hard at work on several new projects. Visit www.amstoddardbooks.com to connect with Anne Marie and learn more about her upcoming books!

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Tuesday, July 5, 2016

New Mystery Releases 7/5/16

I hope everyone had a terrific 4th of July and long holiday weekend!! This month there is a nice batch of 30+ "first Tuesday" new mystery releases, including:

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

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

New Cozy Mystery Releases 6/28/16

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:


Let us know if there are any we missed!!

Thursday, June 16, 2016

Guest Post & Giveaway: Who Drives the Plot: Criminal Versus Sleuth By Joyce T. Strand


Who Drives the Plot: Criminal Versus Sleuth
By
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

New Mystery Releases 6/7/16

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:

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

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