- Allyson Abbott's Shots in the Dark, the fourth in her Mack's Bar series
- Carolyn Ridder Aspenson's Unbinding Love, an Angela Panther novella
- Constance Barker and AJ DeBellis' Fright Night at the Haunted Inn, the fourth in their Jessie Delacroix/Whispering Pines series
- LL Bartlett's Shattered Spirits, the seventh book in her Jeff Resnick series (not really a cozy, but by popular cozy author Lorna Barrett)
- Patti Benning's Spicy Lasagna Murder, the 13th book in her Darling Deli series
- Laurien Berenson's new Melanie Travis mystery Live and Let Growl
- Hope Callaghan's Road to Savannah, the second book in her Made in Savannah series
- Bailey Cates' Spells and Scones, the sixth in the Magical Bakery series
- Jessie Chandler's Blood Money Murder, the fifth book in her Shay O'Hanlon series
- Nancy Coco's All You Need is Fudge, the fourth in her Candy-Coated series
- reissues of the first 10 of Philip Craig's Martha's Vineyard Mysteries
- Carrie Doyle's first two Hamptons Murder Mysteries, "Death on Windmill Way" and "Death on Lily Pond Lane"
- Kaitlyn Dunnett's Kilt at the Highland Games, the ninth in her Liss MacCrimmon series
- Wendy Sand Eckel's Death at the Day Lily Cafe, the second in her Rosalie Hart series
- Caroline Fardig's Wedding Bell Blues, the fifth book in her Lizzie Hart series
- Marilyn Fisher's The Ashworth Mysteries, the fourth in her Connie Holt series
- Jennifer David Hesse's Midsummer Night's Mischief, the debut of her Wiccan Wheel series
- Victoria Laurie's A Grave Prediction, the latest in her Psychic Eye series
- LA Nisula's The Body in the Box Room, the fifth in the Cassie Pengear steampunk cozy series
- Laura Pauling's A Most Unusual Death, the third book in her Seacoast Cozy series
- Raven Snow's Counterfeits and Cauldrons, the sixth book in her Harper "Foxxy" Beck paranormal cozy series
- Tess Thompson's first two Legley Bay Mysteries, "Caramel and Magnolias" and "Tea and Primroses"
- Lyn Walker's first 3 Cockatoo Cozy Mysteries
Tuesday, July 26, 2016
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:
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Monday, July 11, 2016
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!
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
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:
- Sarah Biglow's Saints and Sinners, the fifth book in her Geeks and Things cozy series
- Juliet Blackwell's A Toxic Trousseau, the eighth book in her Witchcraft paranormal cozy series
- Susan Boyer's Lowcountry Book Club, the fifth book in her Agatha Award winning Liz Talbot series from Henery Press
- Lisa Brackmann's hardboiled thriller Go-Between
- Julie Buckley's A Dark and Stormy Murder, the debut of her Writer's Apprentice cozy mystery series from Berkley Prime Crime
- Matthew Costello and Neil Richards' Cherringham Episodes 22-24, a three books set from the Cherringham British village cozy series
- Helen Durrant's Dead and Buried, the fifth book in her Calladine and Bayliss British mystery/thriller series
- Chelsea Field's Eat Pray Die, the debut of her Eat Pray Die humorous cozy mystery series
- Tricia Fields' Midnight Crossing, the fifth in her highly praised series with police chief Josie Gray
- Susan Gillard's Chocolate Revolution Murder, the 11th book in her Donut Hole culinary cozy series
- Lily Harper Hart's Wicked Warning, the fifth book in her Ivy Morgan paranormal cozy series
- Betty Hechtman's Gone with the Wool, the fourth book in her Yarn Retreat cozy series
- Reissues of Joan Hess humorous mystery short story collections Big Foot Stole My Wife and Other Stories and Caveat Emptor and Other Stories
- Reissues of Joan Hess' 2 humorous mysteries in her series with retired florist Theo Bloomer, The Deadly Ackee and The Night-Blooming Cereus
- Amanda Lee's Dark Covenant, the second book in her Living Covenant paranormal suspense series
- Anna Lee Huber's As Death Draws Near, the fifth book in her Lady Darby historical mystery series
- Amanda Lee's Freaky Lies, the second book in her Mystic Caravan paranormal mystery series
- Bill Loehfelm's New Orleans set mystery/thriller Let the Devil Out, the debut of the Maureen Coughlin series
- Italian author David Longo's mystery/thriller Bramard's Case
- Peter Lovesey's Another One Goes Tonight, the 16th book in his British mystery series with Detective Peter Diamond
- Julie Moffett's No Strings Attached, the eighth book in her Lexi Carmichael humorous cozy mystery series
- Terrie Farley Moran's Read to Death, the third book in her Read Em and Eat cozy mystery series
- Amanda Morgan's YA mystery/thriller Secrets, Lies, and Scandals
- Laura Morrigan's Take the Monkey and Run, the fourth book in her Call of the Wilde cozy mystery series
- Marcia Muller's Someone Always Knows, the latest in her long running series with PI Sharon McCone
- German author Melanie Raabe's debut psychological thriller The Trap
- Hannah Reed's Dressed to Kilt, the third book in her Scottish Highlands humorous cozy mystery series
- Gerry Schmitt's Little Girl Gone, and Afton Tangler thriller
- Carl-Johan Vallgren's Swedish mystery thriller The Boy in the Shadows
- AEH Veenman's Ten Days in Tahiti, the debut of the Marjorie Gardens romantic mystery series
- Linda Wiken's Toasting Up Trouble, the debut of her Dinner Club culinary cozy mystery series from Berkley Prime Crime
- Conrad Williams' mystery/thriller Sonata of the Dead, the second book in his Joel Sorrell series
- Bestselling author F Paul Wilson's new thriller Panacea