October 2015 Mystery Book New Releases

A Gala Event by Sheila Connolly (aka Sarah Atwell)The following Mystery Books will be released in October 2015:

Cathy Ace: The Corpse with the Diamond Hand (This will be the 6th in the Cait Morgan Mystery Series.)

Isabella Alan (aka Amanda Flower): Murder, Plainly Read (This will be the 4th in the Amish Quilt Shop Mystery Series.)

Tasha Alexander: The Adventuress (This will be the 10th in the Lady Emily Mystery Series.)

Beverly Allen: Floral Depravity (This will be the 3rd in the Bridal Bouquet Shop Mystery Series.)

Donna Andrews: The Two Deadly Doves (This will a Meg Langslow Mystery Series Christmas omnibus containing book #10 Six Geese A- Slaying and book #16 Duck the Halls.)

Donald Bain, Renée Paley-Bain, & “Jessica Fletcher”: The Ghost and Mrs. Fletcher (This will be the 44th in the Murder, She Wrote Mystery Series.) (This is a Halloween themed mystery.) (This is a Halloween themed mystery.)

Laurien Berenson: A Christmas Howl (This will be a Melanie Travis Christmas story.)

Heather Blake (aka Heather Webber): Ghost of a Potion (This will be the 3rd in the Magic Potion Mystery Series.) (This is a Halloween themed mystery.)

Fiona Buckley: A Perilous Alliance (This will be the 13th in the Ursula Blanchard Mystery Series.)

Amanda Carmack: Murder at the Queen’s Masquerade (This will be an Elizabethan Mystery Series novella.)

Laura Childs & Terrie Farley Moran: Parchment and Old Lace (This will be the 13th in the Scrapbooking Mystery Series)

Alys Clare: A Shadowed Evil (This will be the 16th in the Hawkenlye Mystery Series.)

Sheila Connolly (aka Sarah Atwell): A Gala Event (This will be the 9th in the Orchard Mystery Series.) (This is a Fall Harvest themed mystery.)

E.J. Copperman (aka Jeffrey Cohen): The Question of the Unfamiliar Husband (This will be the 2nd in the Asperger’s Mystery Series.)

Waverly Curtis: The Silence of the Chihuahuas (This will be the 5th in the Barking Detective Mystery Series.)

Kathi Daley: Ghostly Graveyard (This will be the 17th in the Zoe Donovan Mystery Series.) (This is a Halloween themed mystery.)

Kathi Daley: The Conspiracy (This will be the 4th in the Seacliff High Mystery Series for young adults.) (This is a Christmas themed mystery.)

Maddie Day (aka Edith Maxwell & Tace Baker): Flipped for Murder (This will be the 1st in the NEW Country Store Mystery Series.)

Susan Dunlap: Switchback (This will be the 5th in the Darcy Lott Mystery Series.)

Kaitlyn Dunnett (aka Kathy Lynn Emerson): The Scottie Barked at Midnight (This will be the 9th Liss MacCrimmon Mystery Series.)

Kathleen Ernst: Death on the Prairie (This will be the 6th in the Chloe Ellefson Mystery Series.)

Jessica Fletcher“, Donald Bain, & Renée Paley-Bain: The Ghost and Mrs. Fletcher (This will be the 44th in the Murder, She Wrote Mystery Series.) (This is a Halloween themed mystery.) (This is a Halloween themed mystery.)

Amanda Flower (aka Isabella Alan): Andi Unstoppable (This will be the 3rd in the Andi Boggs Mystery Series for children.)

Christopher Fowler: The Sand Men (This will be a Stand Alone thriller.)

Yasmine Galenorn (aka India Ink): Autumn Thorns (This will be the 1st in the NEW Whisper Hollow Mystery Series.)

Ashley Gardner: The Thames River Murders (This will be the 10th in the Captain Lacey Regency England Mystery Series Mystery Series.)

Elizabeth George: A Banquet of Consequences (This will be the 19th in the Detective Inspector Thomas Lynley Mystery Series.)

John Grisham: Rogue Lawyer (This will be a Stand-Alone mystery.)

Carolyn Haines: Jingle Bones (This will be a Sarah Booth Delaney Mystery Series story.) (This is a Christmas-themed mystery.)

Carolyn Hart: Ghost to the Rescue (This will be the 6th in the Bailey Ruth Ghost Mystery Series.)

Ellen Hart: The Grave Soul (This will be the 23rd in the Jane Lawless Mystery Series.)

Veronica Heley: Murder by Suspicion (This will be the 16th in the Ellie Quick Mystery Series.)

Kay Hooper: Fear the Dark (This will be the 7th in the Bishop Special Crimes Units Mystery Series.)

Linda O. Johnston: Knock on Wood (This will be the 2nd in the Superstition Mystery Series.)

Faye Kellerman: The Theory of Death (This will be the 23rd in the Decker & Lazarus Mystery Series.)

Diane Kelly: Death, Taxes, and a Chocolate Cannoli (This will be the 9th in the Tara Holloway Mystery Series.)

Sofie Kelly (aka Sofie Ryan): Faux Paw (This will be the 7th in the Magical Cats Mystery Series.)

Janet Laurence: A Fatal Freedom (This will be the 2nd in the Ursula Grandison Mystery Series.)

Joyce and Jim Lavene (aka Ellie Grant & J.J. Cook): Looking for Mr. Good Witch (This will be the 2nd in the Retired Witches Mystery Series.)

Susan Elia MacNeal: Mrs. Roosevelt’s Confidante (This will be the 5th in the Maggie Hope Mystery Series.)

Debbie Macomber: Dashing Through the Snow: A Christmas Novel (This will be a Stand Alone non mystery Christmas novel.)

G. M. Malliet: The Haunted Season (This will be the 5th in the Max Tudor Mystery Series.)

Edward Marston (aka Conrad Allen & Keith Miles): Dance of Death (This will be the 5th in the Home Front Detective Mystery Series.)

Carla Neggers: A Knights Bridge Christmas (This will be the 5th in the Swift River Valley Mystery Series.) (This is a Christmas themed novel. This is not a mystery.) (Actually, September 29.)

James Patterson & Maxine Paetro: The Murder of an Angel (This will be the 4th in the Confessions Mystery Series.)

Carol J. Perry: Look Both Ways (This will be the 3rd in the Witch City Mystery Series.)

Leigh Perry (aka Toni L.P. Kelner): The Skeleton Haunts a House (This will be the 3rd in the Family Skeleton Mystery Series.) (This is a Halloween themed mystery.)

Marta Perry: When Secrets Strike (This will be the 2nd in the Watcher in the Dark Mystery Series.)

Rose Pressey: Haunt Couture and Ghosts Galore (This will be the 3rd in the Haunted Vintage Mystery Series.)

Hank Phillippi Ryan: What You See (This will be the 4th in the Jane Ryland Mystery Series.)

Lisa Scottoline: Corrupted (This will be the 14th in the Rosato & Associates Mystery Series.)

Alexander McCall Smith: The Woman Who Walked in Sunshine (This will be the 16th in the No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency Mystery Series.)

Wendy Corsi Staub: Nine Lives (This will be the 1st in the NEW Lily Dale Mystery Series.)

If you’d like to see this month’s releases: September   2015 Mystery Book New Releases.

Also, this is the page on my site where I have all of the  Cozies that are scheduled to be released (that I know of!) so please click on this link to go to the Soon to be Released Mysteries page on the site.

(These are the mysteries by authors who are currently on the Cozy Mystery site.)

Cozy Mystery Book Recommendations – August 2015

Murder in the Paperback Parlor by Ellery AdamsAnother month gone by already! It is almost to the point in San Antonio when I can start looking forward to reasonable temperatures (<90 degrees – probably in another three or four weeks)! If it weren’t for my daughter coming home for a few weeks in September (before moving up to the D.C. area), I’d really be looking forward to October because the weather usually breaks around here by then.

Although I have been doing a lot of summertime reading, this month I have focused on a few new-to-me authors. In fact, right now I have been trying another new-to-me author, and I just have not gotten to the point yet of being able to decide whether I can recommend this author, or not.

So, it’s the time when the rest of us would love to hear about books you’ve read this month that you really enjoyed. If you have one or two Cozy Mysteries that you read during August that you think the rest of us should definitely know about, please drop us a comment telling us why you liked the book(s) >>> so we can take a look at it/them. If you have a few more than two, go for it! Please list the ones you liked the most at the very top of the list, that way we’ll know those are the ones you liked the best!

As usual, please do not tell us about the Cozy Mysteries you did not like.

What really good Cozy Mystery book did you read during August 2015 that you want the rest of us to know about, and why did you enjoy it?

Here are the current recommended authors who some of you have read and recommended this past month:

Ellery Adams: Book Retreat Mystery Series

Barbara Allan: Trash ‘n’ Treasures Mystery Series

Lucy Arlington (aka Susan Furlong): Novel Idea Mystery Series

Nancy Atherton: Aunt Dimity Mystery Series

Richard L. Baldwin: Murder at the Ingham County Fair (possibly not Cozy)

Lorna Barrett (aka Lorraine Bartlett & L.L. Bartlett): Booktown Mystery Series

Kathleen Bridge: Hamptons Home & Garden Mystery (Better Homes and Corpses, book #1)

Emily Brightwell: Mrs. Jeffries Mystery Series

Frances Brody: Kate Shackleton Mystery Series

Ellen Byron: Cajun Country Mystery Series

Lynn Cahoon: Tourist Trap Mystery Series

Dorothy Cannell: Florence Norris Mystery Series

Kate Carlisle: Bibliophile Mystery Series

E.J. Copperman (aka Jeffrey Cohen): Haunted Guesthouse Mystery Series

Isis Crawford (aka Laura Bradford): Mystery with Recipes Mystery Series

Lila Dare (aka Laura DiSilverio & Ella Barrick): Southern Beauty Shop Mystery Series

Krista Davis: Paws and Claws Mystery Series

Krista Davis: Domestic Diva Mystery Series

Wendy Sand Eckel: Murder at Barclay Meadow

Amanda Flower (aka Isabella Alan): Appleseed Creek Mystery Series

Susan Furlong (aka Lucy Arlington): Georgia Peach Mystery Series

Carolyn Hart: Death on Demand Mystery Series

A.L. Herbert: Mahalia Watkins Soul Food Mystery Series

Lee Hollis: Hailey Powell Food & Cocktail Mystery Series

Julie Hyzy: White House Chef Mystery Series

Darynda Jones: Charley Davidson Series (First Grave on the Right, book #1) (paranormal romantic suspense)

Jerusha Jones: Mayfield Mystery Series (Bait & Switch, book #1)

Sofie Kelly (aka Sofie Ryan): Magical Cats Mystery Series

Joyce and James Lavene (aka J.J. Cook & Ellie Grant): Pumpkin Patch Mystery Series

Kylie Logan (aka Miranda Bliss & Casey Daniels): League of Literary Ladies Mystery Series

Dixie Lyle: Whiskey, Tango, and Foxtrot Mystery Series

Mary Marks: Martha Rose Quilting Mystery Series

Margaret Maron: Deborah Knott Mystery Series

Jenn McKinlay (aka Josie Belle & Lucy Lawrence): Hat Shop Mystery Series

Carlene O’Neil: Cypress Cove Mystery Series

Katherine Hall Page: Faith Fairchild Mystery Series

Sandra Parshall: Rachel Goddard Mystery Series (The Heat of the Moon, book #1)

Hannah Reed (aka Deb Baker): Scottish Highlands Mystery Series

Maggie Sefton: Knitting Mystery Series

Denise Swanson: Scumble River Mystery Series

Leann Sweeney: Cats in Trouble Mystery Series

Lea Wait: Mainely Needlepoint Mystery Series

[If you click on the author’s name (blue) link, it will take you to his/her page on the Cozy Mystery site. The pages have all of the authors’ books listed chronologically.]

I will list the authors and series that have been recommended, but I urge you to read the comments below so you can see the reasons other Cozy Mystery readers thought these were their best reads of the month.

♦To access more Cozy Mystery Books Recommendations, click on this link♦

P.S. I won’t be commenting on your recommendations since your comments speak for themselves!

Scotland: Cozy Mystery Books with a Scottish Theme

The Scottie Barked at Midnight by Kaitlyn Dunnett (aka Kathy Lynn Emerson)

I have had several requests for a Scottish Cozy Mystery theme, and I have finally put it together.

Cozy Mystery authors who feature Scotland or Scottish characteristics in their books:


D.B. Barton: Singing Sleuth Mystery Series – Alec DunBarton is a Scottish band auditor and cruise ship employee.

M.C. Beaton (aka Marion Chesney): Hamish Macbeth Mystery Series – Hamish is the local constable in Lochdubh, Scotland.

Rhys Bowen: Royal Spyness Mystery Series – Lady Georgiana, although not rich, is still the 34th in line to the British throne!

Hooked on Ewe by Hannah Reed (aka Deb Baker)C.S. Challinor: Rex Graves Mystery Series – Rex Graves is a Scottish barrister.

Kaitlyn Dunnett (aka Kathy Lynn Emerson): Liss MacCrimmon Mystery Series – Liss MacCrimmon is a Scottish troupe dancer, who lives in Maine.

Anna Lee Huber: Lady Darby Mystery Series

Alanna Knight: Rose McQuinn Mystery Series

Sharyn McCrumb: Elizabeth MacPherson Mystery Series – Elizabeth, a forensic anthropologist, loves her Scottish fiancé and everything else that has to do with Scotland.

Val McDermid: Lindsay Gordon Mystery Series

Catriona McPherson: Dandy Gilver Mystery Series –  Dandy (short of Dandelion Dahlia) is a wealthy sleuth who lives in Scotland during the 1920s.

Hannah Reed (aka Deb Baker): Scottish Highlands Mystery Series – Eden Elliott is a recently single author living in the Scottish Highlands.

Christmas is Murder by C.S. ChallinorPaige Shelton: Scottish Bookshop Mystery Series – Delaney Nichols has moved to Scotland from Kansas and works at a rare book/manuscript shop in Edinburgh.

Fran Stewart: ScotShop Mystery Series -Peggy Winn owns the ScotShop, a store in Vermont that specializes in Scottish items. (Peggy has a 14th century Scottish specter who accompanies her.)

Please leave a comment if you know of a Cozy Mystery author who I don’t have on the list, but who belongs on it >>> or if you have any comments.

♦To access more Cozy Mysteries by Theme click on this link.♦

Cozy Mystery Set (Possibly) in Chicago with Three Mob Uncles…

MafiosoTwo days ago, Linda S asked for help (on behalf of herself and her mom) in identifying the following Cozy Mystery:

… One quick question…we both enjoyed a series where the young woman lived with her three “retired from the mob” uncles that was, I believe, set in Chicago. We haven’t read one in a while and, unfortunately, neither one of us can remember who wrote the books. Is that, by any chance, enough info for you to identify the author? I looked through your list by themes but nothing jumped out at me. Between the two of us, we have literally read hundreds of cozies & after a while, it’s difficult to remember “who’s on first” when it comes to specifics.

I appreciate your thoughts on that particular author. If she doesn’t sound familiar, I will continue to look.

Thank you …

Linda S, the Cozy Mystery readers who frequent this area usually can come up with the authors other Cozy Mystery readers are looking for.

So, to ALL of you Cozy Mystery readers, if any of you know who Linda S could be referring to, would you please post a comment? Thank you!

Hallmark Will Present Debbie Macomber’s “Dashing Through the Snow” Movie this Christmas Season!

Dashing Through the Snow by Debbie MacomberFirst off, I must warn you that this entry has nothing to do with mysteries. However, it does have to do with a Christmas movie, and I know lots of us like those! Those of you who have been with me for a while know I love seasonal movies! I post entries about both Halloween and Christmas television movies as soon as I find them. Well, this movie I haven’t found yet, however, I know it’s on its way!

I am excited to tell you that Debbie Macomber will be releasing a new Christmas novel, Dashing Through the Snow, just in time for the Hallmark channel to make it into one of its Christmas television movies. In the past, we have been treated to two of Debbie Macomber’s Mrs. Miracle Christmas movies as well as last year’s Mr. Miracle Christmas movie. Well this year, we’ll be able to catch Dashing Through the Snow during Hallmark’s Christmas line-up, which I’ll be posting as soon as I find it.

Debbie Macomber doesn’t write Cozy Mysteries, however she does write Cozy novels. She was recommended (a few years ago) by several Cozy Mystery readers who thought her books definitely belonged on the site because of their particular Cozy-ness. Some of you are familiar with Debbie Macomber through her novels, some through her knitting books, and others may watch her Cedar Cove series on the Hallmark network.

As I told you two days ago when I published my Upcoming Television Mystery Movies for September 2015, I’ll be watching for more mystery movies (or in this case seasonal movies) that I think you all might enjoy as much as I will!

Upcoming Television Mystery Movies for September 2015

The Falcon Mystery Movie CollectionThis month, TCM will be treating us to several mystery movies that are based on mystery authors’ novels. Agatha Christie, of course, will be represented. We’ll be able to watch Miss Marple, Hercule Poirot, and some Stand Alone novels adapted for the screen. Christie is not the only mystery author to be represented. There will be a few Bulldog Drummond mystery movies (written by H.C. McNeile), some Charlie Chan mystery movies (based on the mystery novels by Earl Derr Biggers), and The Falcon (courtesy of Michael Arlen) will be appearing, as well as Stuart Palmer‘s Hildegarde Withers. Also, there will be a movie adapted from a Daphne du Maurier novel.

So >>> get your popcorn ready, find a comfortable seat in your home, and enjoy these mystery movies that the TCM channel has in store for us!

***** ***** ***** *****

September 2015 Turner Classic Movies Channel Mystery Movies (Central time zone):

***** ***** ***** *****

Wednesday – September 2, 2015

5:30 PM
A dizzy model in love with fame rents a billboard and puts her name on it.
Dir: George Cukor Cast:  Judy Holliday, Peter Lawford, Jack Lemmon.
BW-87 mins, CC, Letterbox Format
*****This is not a mystery, but anything with Judy Holliday is a must-see for me!*****

***** ***** ***** *****

Thursday – September 3, 2015

6:30 AM
A society sleuth travels South of the border to investigate an art dealer’s murder.
Dir: William Berke Cast:  Tom Conway, Mona Maris, Martha MacVicar.
BW-70 mins, CC

11:30 AM
A dangerous madman kidnaps two businessmen on a hunting trip.
Dir: Ida Lupino Cast:  Edmond O’Brien, Frank Lovejoy, William Talman.
BW-71 mins, CC

***** ***** ***** *****

Bulldog Drummond Escapes with Ray Milland & Heather AngelFriday – September 4, 2015

4:00 AM
A faithless husband is charged with a murder he didn’t commit.
Dir: Irving Pichel Cast:  Susan Hayward, Robert Young, Jane Greer.
BW-80 mins, CC

7:15 AM
An aspiring actress risks her life to clear a sailor charged with murder.
Dir: Harold Clurman Cast:  Susan Hayward, Paul Lukas, Bill Williams.
BW-83 mins, CC

8:45 AM
A dizzy young girl falls into crime but wins her lawyer’s heart.
Dir: William McGann Cast:  Jane Bryan, Ronald Reagan, Anthony Averill.
BW-64 mins

***** ***** ***** *****

Saturday – September 5, 2015

9:30 AM
Captain Drummond becomes a prisoner when he intents to protect a beautiful heiress of an espionage organization.
Dir: James Hogan Cast:  Ray Milland, Sir Guy Standing, Heather Angel.
BW-67 mins

***** ***** ***** *****

Sunday – September 6, 2015

9:15 AM
Allied agents fight an underground Nazi group in post-war Europe.
Dir: Jacques Tourneur Cast:  Merle Oberon, Robert Ryan, Charles Korvin.
BW-87 mins, CC

***** ***** ***** *****

Monday – September 7, 2015

11:30 AM
Witness for the Prosecution with Tyrone Power, Marlene Dietrich, & Charles LaughtonWITNESS FOR THE PROSECUTION (1958)
A British lawyer gets caught up in a couple’s tangled marital affairs when he defends the husband for murder.
Dir: Billy Wilder Cast:  Tyrone Power, Marlene Dietrich, Charles Laughton.
BW-116 mins, CC

***** ***** ***** *****

Tuesday – September 8, 2015

5:30 AM
An eccentric bandit gang moves into a little old lady’s boardinghouse to plot a major heist.
Dir: Alexander Mackendrick Cast:  Alec Guinness, Cecil Parker, Herbert Lom.
C-91 mins, CC

7:00 PM
An American agent tries to keep Axis spies from blowing up the Panama Canal.
Dir: John Huston Cast:  Humphrey Bogart, Mary Astor, Sydney Greenstreet.
C-96 mins, CC

***** ***** ***** *****

Friday – September 11, 2015

9:00 AM
Schoolteacher Hildegarde Withers matches wits with the police to solve the murder of a society bride in Central Park.
Dir: Edward Killy Cast:  James Gleason, Helen Broderick, Louise Latimer.
BW-67 mins, CC
*****Based on Stuart Palmer‘s Hildegarde Withers Mystery Series.*****

10:15 AM
A newlywed fears that an ancient curse will turn her into a bloodthirsty beast.
Dir: Jacques Tourneur Cast:  Simone Simon, Tom Conway, Jane Randolph.
BW-73 mins, CC

3:30 PM
A dizzy model in love with fame rents a billboard and puts her name on it.
Dir: George Cukor Cast:  Judy Holliday, Peter Lawford, Jack Lemmon.
BW-87 mins, CC, Letterbox Format
*****I just love Judy Holliday movies! Not a mystery.*****

Bulldog Drummond at Bay movie***** ***** ***** *****

Saturday – September 12, 2015

3:00 AM
After being framed for a policeman’s murder, a criminal escapes prison and sets out for revenge.
Dir: [Alberto] Cavalcanti Cast:  Sally Gray, Trevor Howard, Griffith Jones.
BW-101 mins, CC

9:30 AM
A rock thrown through his window sets a gentleman adventurer on a search for enemy agents.
Dir: Norman Lee Cast:  John Lodge, Dorothy Mackaill, Victor Jory.
BW-74 mins
*****H.C. McNeile wrote the Bulldog Drummond mysteries.*****

***** ***** ***** *****

Sunday – September 13, 2015

7:00 PM
A newlywed fears she’s going mad when strange things start happening at the family mansion.
Dir: George Cukor Cast:  Charles Boyer, Ingrid Bergman, Joseph Cotten.
BW-114 mins, CC

9:00 PM
A wealthy southern spinster fights to keep her family’s secrets hidden.
Dir: Robert Aldrich Cast:  Bette Davis, Olivia De Havilland, Joseph Cotten.
BW-133 mins, CC

***** ***** ***** *****

Monday – September 14, 2015

5:00 PM
An acerbic critic wreaks havoc when a hip injury forces him to move in with a midwestern family.
Dir: William Keighley Cast:  Bette Davis, Ann Sheridan, Monty Woolley.
BW-113 mins, CC
Gaslight with Ingrid Bergman, Charles Boyer, & Joseph Cotten*****This is a sometimes over-looked Christmas movie. It’s never too early to DVR it for the holiday season coming up! Not a mystery.*****

7:00 PM
A blocked playwright plots to kill a beginner and steal his script.
Dir: Sidney Lumet Cast:  Michael Caine, Christopher Reeve, Dyan Cannon.
C-116 mins

***** ***** ***** *****

Tuesday – September 15, 2015

6:30 AM
Guests at a remote island mansion realize a crazed killer is stalking them.
Dir: René Clair Cast:  Barry Fitzgerald, Walter Huston, Louis Hayward.
BW-97 mins, CC
*****One of Agatha Christie‘s mysteries!*****

8:15 AM
A British lawyer gets caught up in a couple’s tangled marital affairs when he defends the husband for murder.
Dir: Billy Wilder Cast:  Tyrone Power, Marlene Dietrich, Charles Laughton.
BW-116 mins, CC
*****One of Agatha Christie‘s mysteries!*****

10:15 AM
When nobody will believe she witnessed a murder, elderly sleuth Miss Marple takes a job as a maid to ferret out clues.
Dir: George Pollock Cast:  Margaret Rutherford, Arthur Kennedy, Muriel Pavlow.
BW-86 mins, CC, Letterbox Format
*****One of Agatha Christie‘s mysteries! A rather different portrayal of Miss Marple.*****

12:00 PM
Elderly sleuth Miss Marple joins a small-town theatre to investigate a murder.
Dir: George Pollock Cast:  Margaret Rutherford, Ron Moody, Charles Tingwell.
BW-91 mins, CC, Letterbox Format
*****One of Agatha Christie‘s mysteries! A rather different portrayal of Miss Marple.*****

The Velvet Touch with Rosalind Russell1:45 PM
Belgian detective Hercule Poirot investigates a series of murders committed in alphabetical order.
Dir: Frank Tashlin Cast:  Tony Randall, Anita Ekberg, Robert Morley.
BW-91 mins, CC
*****One of Agatha Christie‘s mysteries! The Hercule Poirot portrayal is rather different than you might expect.*****

3:30 PM
Party guests at a remote mansion have been brought together to pay for past crimes.
Dir: George Pollock Cast:  Hugh O’Brian, Shirley Eaton, Fabian.
C-90 mins, CC, Letterbox Format
*****One of Agatha Christie‘s mysteries!*****

5:15 PM
AGATHA (1979)
A fictional account of the real life, eleven day, never explained 1926 disappearance of famed murder mystery writer Agatha Christie.
Dir: Michael Apted Cast:  Dustin Hoffman, Vanessa Redgrave, Timothy Dalton.
C-98 mins, CC, Letterbox Format
*****Not one of Agatha Christie‘s mysteries, however it does have to do with her!*****

***** ***** ***** *****

Thursday – September 17, 2015

5:00 AM
After accidentally killing her lecherous producer, a famous actress tries to hide her guilt.
Dir: John Gage Cast:  Rosalind Russell, Leo Genn, Claire Trevor.
BW-97 mins, CC

8:30 AM
A young girl’s murder leaves a hotel full of suspects.
Dir: Howard W. Koch Cast:  Lex Barker, Anne Bancroft, Mamie Van Doren.
BW-75 mins

10:00 AM
A man on a hunting trip gets mixed up with murderous bank robbers.
Dir: Jacques Tourneur Cast:  Aldo Ray, Brian Keith, Anne Bancroft.
Bulldog Drummond Comes Back with John BarrymoreBW-79 mins, CC

***** ***** ***** *****

Friday – September 18, 2015

7:15 AM
A gang of small time crooks plots an elaborate jewel heist.
Dir: John Huston Cast:  Sterling Hayden, Louis Calhern, Jean Hagen.
BW-112 mins, CC

9:15 AM
LARCENY, INC. (1942)
An ex-convict and his gang try to use a luggage store to front a bank robbery, but business keeps getting in the way.
Dir: Lloyd Bacon Cast:  Edward G. Robinson, Jane Wyman, Broderick Crawford.
BW-95 mins, CC

***** ***** ***** *****

Saturday 19, 2015

7:00 AM
A young woman on the British coast stumbles onto a ring of bloodthirsty scavengers.
Dir: Alfred Hitchcock Cast:  Charles Laughton, Horace Hodges, Hay Petrie.
BW-99 mins, CC
*****Based on Daphne du Maurier‘s novel.*****

9:30 AM
An old enemy kidnaps Bulldog Drummond¿s fiancée.
Dir: Louis King Cast:  John Barrymore, John Howard, Louise Campbell.
BW-59 mins
*****H.C. McNeile wrote the Bulldog Drummond mysteries.*****

***** ***** ***** *****

Sunday – September 20, 2015

11:15 AM
An aging ex-con sets out to pull one more big heist.
Dir: Raoul Walsh Cast:  Ida Lupino, Humphrey Bogart, Alan Curtis.
BW-100 mins, CC

7:00 PM
Where Love Has Gone with Bette Davis & Susan HaywardDARK ALIBI (1946)
Famed Asian detective Charlie Chan tries to disprove fingerprint evidence left at a bank robbery.
Dir: Phil Karlson Cast:  Sidney Toler, Mantan Moreland, Ben Carter.
BW-61 mins
*****Earl Derr Biggers wrote the Charlie Chan mysteries.*****

8:15 PM
Famed Asian detective Charlie Chan investigates a shipboard murder.
Dir: Terry Morse Cast:  Sidney Toler, Gloria Warren, Victor Sen Young.
BW-66 mins
*****Earl Derr Biggers wrote the Charlie Chan mysteries.*****

9:30 PM
A society sleuth tries to break up an insurance scam.
Dir: Irving Reis Cast:  George Sanders, Wendy Barrie, Allen Jenkins.
BW-67 mins, CC
*****Michael Arlen wrote The Falcon mysteries.*****

10:45 PM
The gentleman detective postpones his wedding to find a cache of stolen diamonds.
Dir: Irving Reis Cast:  George Sanders, Wendy Barrie, James Gleason.
BW-63 mins
*****Michael Arlen wrote The Falcon mysteries.*****

***** ***** ***** *****

Monday – September 21, 2015

6:30 AM
Reporter has bright idea of claiming to be a murderer and writing his own expose.
Dir: J. Walter Ruben Cast:  Dorothy Jordan, Eric Linden, Rosco Ates.
BW-73 mins

12:45 PM
Five men have to prove their innocence when a blackmailer is murdered.
Dir: J. Walter Ruben Cast:  Ricardo Cortez, Karen Morley, Anita Louise.
BW-76 mins

Bulldog Drummon's Revenge with John Barrymore***** ***** ***** *****

Wednesday – September 23, 2015

7:00 AM
A small-town newspaper editor risks everything to expose a corrupt sheriff.
Dir: Gerald Mayer Cast:  Walter Pidgeon, John Hodiak, Audrey Totter.
BW-83 mins, CC

8:30 AM
A scrupulously honest lawyer discovers that the client he’s gotten off was really guilty.
Dir: Richard Thorpe Cast:  Walter Pidgeon, Ann Harding, Barry Sullivan.
BW-86 mins

***** ***** ***** *****

Friday – September 25, 2015

5:00 AM
Family secrets come to light when a teen-ager murders her mother’s lover.
Dir: Edward Dmytryk Cast:  Susan Hayward, Bette Davis, Michael Connors.
C-114 mins

***** ***** ***** *****

Saturday – September 26, 2015

9:30 AM
Captain Drummond travels to Switzerland in order to marry his girlfriend but the disappearance of a dangerous cargo of explosives makes him delay his plans.
Dir: Louis King Cast:  John Barrymore, John Howard, Louise Campbell.
BW-55 mins
*****H.C. McNeile wrote the Bulldog Drummond mysteries.*****

***** ***** ***** *****

Monday – September 28, 2015

5:00 AM
Alfred Hitchcock's Dial M for Murder with Ray Milland, Robert Cummings, & Grace KellyARSENIC AND OLD LACE (1944)
A young man about to be married discovers the two aunts who raised him have been poisoning lonely old men.
Dir: Frank Capra Cast:  Cary Grant, Priscilla Lane, Raymond Massey.
BW-118 mins, CC

9:00 AM
A newlywed fears she’s going mad when strange things start happening at the family mansion.
Dir: George Cukor Cast:  Charles Boyer, Ingrid Bergman, Joseph Cotten.
BW-114 mins, CC

11:00 AM
A straying husband frames his wife for the murder of the man he’d hired to kill her.
Dir: Alfred Hitchcock Cast:  Ray Milland, Grace Kelly, Robert Cummings.
C-105 mins, CC

3:00 PM
A woman claims to have killed in self-defense, until a blackmailer turns up with incriminating evidence.
Dir: William Wyler Cast:  Bette Davis, Herbert Marshall, James Stephenson.
BW-95 mins, CC

5:00 PM
A blind woman fights against drug smugglers who’ve invaded her home.
Dir: Terence Young Cast:  Audrey Hepburn, Alan Arkin, Richard Crenna.
C-108 mins, CC

10:00 PM
A jealous musician kills his wife and frames a cab driver.
Dir: Gunther Fritsch Cast:  Donald Buka, Joan Camden, Francis Lederer.
BW-78 mins

***** ***** ***** *****

Wednesday – September 30, 2015

2:45 AM
An aging American judge presides over the trial of Nazi war criminals.
Dir: Stanley Kramer Cast:  Spencer Tracy, Burt Lancaster, Richard Widmark.
BW-179 mins, CC

11:15 PM
Wait Until Dark with Audrey Hepburn, Alan Arkin, & Richard CrennaGILDA (1946)
A gambler discovers an old flame in South America, but she’s married to his new boss.
Dir: Charles Vidor Cast:  Rita Hayworth, Glenn Ford, George Macready.
BW-110 mins, CC

***** ***** ***** *****

(All of the above TCM descriptions were copied from the TCM site.)

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I have been posting the Hallmark Movies & Mysteries channel’s mystery movie line-up here, but I just looked at it, and it looks like they won’t be offering any new mystery movies. They will have the marathons of the old Diagnosis Murder shows, as well as the Murder, She Wrote and Columbo old shows, ETC. I will be watching the channel’s roster and will try to announce when they air a new mystery movie.

***** ***** ***** ***** ***** *****

Please post a comment if you know of any other TV mystery movies that will be airing during September 2015.

Here is the August 2015 television mystery movies schedule:

Upcoming Television Mystery Movies for August 2015

Here is the page on my site with lots and lots of entries of movies and television shows you may enjoy:

Cozy Mystery List TV and Movie Section

Mr. & Mrs. Murder Television Show

Mr. & Mrs. Murder television showHere is yet another Australian television mystery show that is a gem. My husband and I both enjoy Mr. & Mrs. Murder and only have one problem with it: there are only thirteen episodes!

Mr. & Mrs. Murder is an Australian television show that aired in 2013. It features a married couple with a rather “different” profession. They are a cleaning duo. Actually, rather than being just a cleaning duo, they specialize in cleaning up crime scenes >>> and some of them are pretty messy!

Charlie and Nicola Buchanan arrive to the scenes of crimes right after the police have finished collecting their clues. They not only have odd professions, I have to tell you, they are… a little odd themselves! They are a couple who are madly in love with each other. Nicola’s niece lives with them, and they often corral her into performing crazy tasks while they’re on a case.

Nicola & Charlie often get referrals for crime scene clean-ups by an inspector who values their help in solving the crimes of which he’s in charge. The inspector apparently dated Nicola before she fell madly in love with Charlie, so there are some uncomfortable moments. (If you watch the show, you’ll see what I mean!)

After watching the first episode, my husband and I weren’t quite sure if we wanted to continue watching the show. The mystery was good, but Nicola & Charlie were zany >>> with a capital “Z”! We decided to go ahead and watch the second episode, and then we were hooked!

The four principal characters are Charlie (Shawn Micallef), Nicola (Kat Stewart), Inspector Peter Vinetti (Jonny Pasvolsky), and Nicola’s niece Jess (Lucy Honigman). They are all terrific.

Each episode starts out with Nicola & Charlie going to a crime scene where they start the cleaning process. While cleaning the crime scene they invariably make friends with some of the suspects. I should mention that they make friends quickly. They are both affable, friendly, fun-loving people. The couple manages to get invited to many functions you wouldn’t typically envision a crime scene cleaning duo being invited to.

Oh, and did I mention this is a funny mystery show? My husband and I find ourselves chuckling quite often. Every once in a while I think about the old adage: There’s someone out there for everyone. Well, this quirky couple was simply meant to be together! They are the… oddest pair of sleuths you have probably ever encountered!

Charlie (Shaun Micallef) is also the creator and one of the writers of the show. As Charlie, he is one quirky guy! As for Kat Stewart (Nicola) she is absolutely model-beautiful, yet she is totally believable in the less-than-flattering hazmat outfit. Also, they are both terrific in the crazy situations in which they invariably find themselves.

Nicola’s niece, Jess, is a delight as an unwilling participant in the crazy situations Nicola and Charlie put her in. The couple’s idea of the importance of Jess’s studies (she’s working on her MBA) versus her helping solve a crime usually has my husband and me laughing. Let’s see >>> miss an exam vs.. help with the crime >>> you can always make up an exam. (I told you, Charlie & Nicola are a zany couple!)

Mr. & Mrs. Murder‘s Charlie & Nicola have the same playfulness going as the Thin Man‘s Nick & Nora Charles >>> without the martinis or Asta! I definitely recommend Mr. & Mrs. Murder. It is available on Netflix, in disc format only. Also, on Acorn.

For more movie and television show recommendations, visit the page on my site: TV and Movies.

Cozy Mysteries in San Diego

A couple of years ago, my husband and I vacationed in California. We had a great time seeing a lot of beautiful sights. If you’re lucky enough to be out in the San Diego area >>> there are so many wonderful places to visit: San Diego Zoo, Point Loma Lighthouse, and the missions, just to mention a few.

If you’re a Cozy Mystery reader in the San Diego area on Saturday – August 22 at 2:00 PM this year, you have one more terrific activity in store for you: several Cozy Mystery authors are getting together at the Mysterious Galaxy Bookstore for a book signing!

Plantation Shudders by Ellen Byron Ellen Byron, author of the new Plantation Shudders Mystery Series, kindly let me know about this terrific book signing. Her first novel, Plantation Shudders, will introduce her sleuth, Maggie (short for Magnolia) Crozat, as she returns back to her family plantation which is now a family-run bed and breakfast.

Fudging the Books by Daryl Wood Gerber Daryl Wood Gerber (aka Avery Aames) will also be attending this joint signing. Most of you already recognize both of her Cozy Mystery author names. As Daryl Wood Gerber she writes the very popular Cookbook Nook Mystery Series. Jenna Hart is at it again, solving whodunnits in Fudging the Books. As Avery Aames, she writes the equally popular Cozy Mystery Series: the Cheese Shop Mystery Series.

Crushed Velvet by Diane VallereAs if this San Diego book signing couldn’t get any better, enter Diane Vallere! Vallere writes the ultra popular Material Girl Mystery Series. Poly (as in Polyester!) Monroe will need to find out who killed her good friend’s husband in Crushed Velvet. Diane Vallere also writes the following Cozy series: the Costume Shop Mystery Series, the Mad for Mod Mystery Series, and the Style & Error Mystery Series.

Beyond a Doubt by Nancy Cole SilvermanCan this book signing get any better (you may ask)? Yes! Nancy Cole Silverman will be joining the other three authors at this fun event. Silverman just released Beyond a Doubt – which follows reporter Carol Childs as she tries to uncover who is responsible for the murder of several girls in Hollywood. Yow! This mystery has been described as an exciting “nail-biter”.

So – for those of you lucky enough to be in the San Diego area at 2:00 PM on August 22 – head on over to the Mysterious Galaxy bookstore (at 5943 Balboa Ave – Suite 100, San Diego, California) to meet a wonderful line-up of mystery authors!

Four (Five?) New-to-the-Site Cozy Mystery Authors: Ellen Byron: Cajun Country, Susannah Hardy: Greek to Me, Sadie Hartwell: Tangled Web, A.L. Herbert: Mahalia Watkins Soul Food, & Carlene O’Neil: Cypress Cove

I just added four new Cozy Mystery authors, or should I say five? As you will see when you read this entry, one of the Cozy Mystery authors writes under two names. (Would that be four people, five authors?!?) These are all authors who Cozy Mystery readers have recommended as belonging on the Cozy Mystery site. Thank you!

Plantation Shudders by Ellen Bryon Ellen Byron   Though a relative newcomer to writing Cozy Mysteries, Ellen Byron is a long-time television writer finally trying her hand at longer fiction. With writing credits on shows like Wings, Just Shoot Me!, and Still Standing, she brings veteran talent to her Cozy Mystery series, the Cajun Country Mystery Series.

Feta Attraction by Susannah Hardy (aka Sadie Hartwell) Susannah Hardy (aka Sadie Hartwell)   A graduate of St. Lawrence University in New York, Susannah Hardy has spent significant time in the New York/New England area, including growing up in upstate New York and currently living in Connecticut. Yarned and Dangerous by Sadie Hartwell (aka Susannah Hardy)She writes the Greek to Me Mystery Series, starring restaurant manager Georgie Nikolopatos, and (under the pseudonym Sadie Hartwell) the Tangled Web Mystery Series, starring yarn store manager Josie Blair.


Murder with Fried Chicken and Waffles by A.L. Herbert A.L. Herbert   Growing up in scenic Maryland, it’s no surprise that A.L. Herbert chose to set a mystery series in beautiful Prince George’s County, Maryland – the Mahalia Watkins Soul Food Mystery Series. Halia owns the Mahalia Sweet Tea Restaurant, which keeps her busy >>> especially since she has a taste for sleuthing!

One Foot in the Grape by Carlene O'Neil Carlene O’Neil   A native of the Northern California Wine Country, Carlene O’Neil writes about the land she loves and knows best >>> so it’s natural that her series, the Cypress Cove Mystery Series, is set in Cypress Cove in the heart of California wine country. The series stars Penny Lively, former photojournalist now running her family winery after inheriting it from her aunt. Before becoming a Cozy Mystery author, O’Neil was a television writer.

Six Soon to be Released Cozy Mysteries

Well, I’ve done another round of additions to the Soon to be Released Mysteries page, and as always I’ve once again found another set of interesting Cozy Mystery novels that I thought I’d share with you all! Oh, my goodness! I got hungry just seeing Jenn McKinlay’s book cover! And, as usual, I loved seeing the dogs and cats on these Cozy Mystery covers. Also, when I saw the beautiful hues of the bolts of fabric >>> I wished I could sew!

Needle and Dread by Elizabeth Lynn Casey Elizabeth Lynn Casey (aka Laura Bradford): Needle and Dread (This will be the 11th in the Southern Sewing Circle Mystery Series.)
Halloween in Paradise by Kathi Daley Kathi Daley: Halloween in Paradise (This will be the 6th in the Tj Jensen Paradise Lake Mystery Series.) (This is a Halloween themed mystery.) (Actually, Halloween in Paradise has just been released.)
An Unhappy Medium by Dawn Eastman Dawn Eastman: An Unhappy Medium (This will be the 4th in the Family Fortune Mystery Series.)
Knit Your Own Murder by Monica Ferris Monica Ferris: Knit Your Own Murder (This will be the 19th in the Needlecraft Mysteries Mystery Series.)
Crime and Poetry by Amanda Flower Amanda Flower (aka Isabella Alan): Crime and Poetry (This will be the 1st in the NEW Magical Bookshop Mystery Series.)
Vanilla Beaned by Jenn McKinlay Jenn McKinlay (aka Josie Belle & Lucy Lawrence): Vanilla Beaned (This will be the 8th in the Cupcake Bakery Mystery Series.)

As I’m sure you know, these and many more Cozy Mysteries can be found on the Soon to be Released page. I try to keep this page as up-to-date as possible so we have a full accounting of announced Cozy Mystery releases by site authors.

Three New Mystery Series Coming September 2015 – K. K. Beck: Workplace, Deanna Raybourn: Veronica Speedwell, Wendy Corsi Staub: Mundy’s Landing

Last month I told you about the new Cozy Mystery Series that would be coming out this month, August (Three New Cozy Series Starting in August 2015), so this month I’ll be discussing some of the new series getting started by established site authors coming out next month, September.

Tipping the Valet by K.K. BeckFirst up is K.K. Beck‘s new series, the Workplace Mystery Series, starting with her the first novel in the series, Tipping the Valet. This new series will star unlucky young Tyler Benson, currently a valet, who becomes involved in a series of auto thefts and a murder at his workplace restaurant. When a body turns up in a parked car and someone takes shots at a famous local tech magnate, Tyler will start to seem more and more like the logical suspect >>> which will force him to take up a second job as an amateur detective to avoid landing in jail! Beck writes several other series on the site, including the Iris Cooper & Jack Clancy Mystery Series, set in the 1920’s, and the Jane Da Silva Mysteries, starring a lounge singer and detective in Seattle, as well as a number of stand alone mysteries.

A Curious Beginning by Deanna RaybournNext will be Deanna Raybourn‘s A Curious Beginning, which will be the first in the Veronica Speedwell Mystery Series. An orphan in Victorian England, Veronica intends to travel abroad and pursue her scientific studies after the death of her spinster aunt, but will instead be plunged into intrigue and a bit of romance when a mysterious German baron helps her thwart her own kidnapping. Unfortunately the baron soon turns up murdered – forcing Veronica and the baron’s friend, a foul-tempered librarian named Stoker, to both discover the killer and help piece together the mystery of what the baron knew about why Veronica was targeted for kidnapping. Raybourn also writes another Victorian-themed mystery series listed on the site, the Lady Julia Grey Mystery Series, starring a young widow living in Victorian London.

Blood Red by Wendy Corsi StaubFinally will be Wendy Corsi Staub‘s Blood Red, the 1st in her Mundy’s Landing Mystery Series. (Staub’s books are more thriller than Cozy, but she is on the site and I know many of the site viewers are fans, so I thought it should be mentioned…) Mundy’s Landing is a scenic town in New York’s Hudson Valley, known for its beautiful vistas… and a past including a hundred-year-old serial killer case. Elements of this dangerous past appear to be repeating around Rowan Mundy, a grade school teacher and mother of three. Staub also writes the Lily Dale Mystery Series, the Nightwatch Trilogy, and the Thriller Trilogy – none really are Cozy, but thrillers that have been recommended by friends of the site.

Good Grief! I should have written this entry about the four new mystery series that will start in September! (Where is my head?)

Be My Banshee by Joyce and Jim Lavene Joyce and Jim Lavene (aka J.J. Cook & Ellie Grant) will be starting their Purple Door Detective Agency Mystery Series. Sunshine Merryweather is the sleuth in this series, and she happens to be a witch! She is also the owner of the Purple Door Detective Agency in Norfolk, Virginia. Sunshine will be spending a lot of time with Aine, a spirit, while she does her sleuthing. The first book in this series is Be My Banshee.

If you want to take a look at some of the other upcoming Cozy Mystery series, be sure to check out this page on the site: New Cozy Mystery Book Series.

If you’re looking for more upcoming Cozy Mystery releases in general but aren’t picky about whether they are new series, check out this page instead: Soon to be Released Mysteries. There sure are a lot of great looking Cozies coming up soon!

Three New Christmas Cozies Coming in September 2015 – Barbara Allan: Antiques St. Nicked, Laurien Berenson: The Bark Before Christmas, and Nancy Coco (aka Nancy J. Parra): All I Want for Christmas is Fudge

Since there were so many holiday themed Cozy Mystery releases upcoming in September, I decided to split them up into two posts. Last time I talked about Halloween Cozy Mystery releases for September, while this month I’ll be discussing the three Christmas-themed Cozy releases we can look forward to!

Antiques St. Nicked by Barbara AllanFirst on our Christmas-themed Cozy Mystery list will be Barbara Allan‘s Antiques St. Nicked, a novella in the Trash ‘n’ Treasures Mystery Series. This next entry in the continuing mystery adventures of Brandy Borne and her lovable Shi Tzu (Sushi) will occur during the annual Holiday Stroll activities in Serenity, a scenic small town. When a Santa’s workshop employee turns up dead and his donation bag empty, it will be up to Brandy and her mother Vivian to solve the case of both the murder and the missing presents!

The Bark Before Christmas by Laurien BerensonThe next book on our Christmas-in-September list will be The Bark Before Christmas, the 18th book in Laurien Berenson‘s Melanie Travis Mystery Series. This entry in the series will see the return of Melanie, who will once again need to balance the her part-time job, full time mothering for two children, and the care for half a dozen darling poodles while solving a festive murder! When a Santa at her school’s big fundraiser turns up dead and a prize poodle missing, she’ll need to use all of her now-formidable sleuthing experience to get to the bottom of the case!

All I Want for Christmas is Fudge by Nancy CocoLast but certainly not least will be Nancy Coco‘s All I Want for Christmas is Fudge, the  fourth in her Candy-Coated Mystery Series… though the description sounds like it might actually be a novella, not a full-fledged entry in the series. When fudge shop owner Allie McMurphy’s old friend Jenn arrives back in town to celebrate the holidays, neither woman expects Jenn to end up the target of a police investigation. But when Santa turns up dead in a ditch, it will be up to the girls to hunt down the killer and clear Jenn’s name! Nancy Coco also writes the Baker’s Treat Mystery Series and Perfect Proposals Mystery Series under the pseudonym Nancy J. Parra.

Wow, these look like some really festive Cozies! It sounds like being Santa might be a more dangerous job than you might think!

If you’re just too eager to get started on your Christmas Cozy Mystery reading, check out the many books we’ve already got to choose from when you’re feeling like nothing but a festive holiday mystery will do on this page of my site: Christmas Themed Cozies (There are so many of them that I had to cut the Christmas themed mysteries into six pages!)