Laura DiSilverio’s Readaholics Book Club Mysteries & Vineyard Quilt Mysteries: Two New Cozy Series Coming April 2015!

Looks like we’ll be looking forward to the first releases for two NEW Cozy Mystery series coming out in April 2015!

DiSilverio1111111111a;akl;cwwwFirst up will be the first entry of Laura DiSilverio‘s Readaholics Book Club Mystery Series, The Readaholics and the Falcon Fiasco. The Readaholics series will star Amy-Faye Johnson, an event planner in the scenic mountain town of Heaven, Colorado, as well as a member of the Readaholics Book Club. When one of the other Readaholics dies a sudden and suspicious death, it will be up to Amy-Faye to help crack the case and discover what happened to her friend! Laura DiSilverio also writes the Charlie Swift and Mall Cop Mystery Series, as well as the Southern Beauty Shop Mystery Series as Lila Dare and the Ballroom Dance Mystery Series as Ella Barrick.

Fox111111111111a;la;ceewThe other new book isn’t by one author, but by two >>> Mae Fox and Jan Fields will be putting out Threads of Deceit, the first book in the Vineyard Quilt Mystery Series. (This is yet another in the Annie’s Crafts Company’s Cozy Mystery series. I have been listing the Annie’s Crafts Company series ever since a Cozy Mystery reader told me about these series which do not contain profanity. Annie’s Crafts Company also publishes the Annie’s Attic, Annie’s Quilted Mysteries, Annie’s Mysteries Unraveled, & the Creative Woman Mystery Series.) The Vineyard Quilt series will feature Mae Fox and a different co-author every book, as she works with the guest author to tell another story in the tales of Julie Ellis, former antiquities bounty hunter and current manager of quilt-themed inn, Quilt Haus Inn, situated in Missouri’s scenic Wine Country. When a corpse is found at the dig site for a famous sunken ship at a nearby farm, Julie will need to use her old expertise to help try to pin down the murderer!

April 2015 Mystery Book New Releases

Murder, She Wrote: Killer in the Kitchen by Donald Bain & "Jessica Fletcher"

The following Mystery Books will be released in April 2015:

Ellery Adams (aka J.B. Stanley & Jennifer Stanley): Lemon Pies and Little White Lies (This will be the 4th in the Charmed Pie Shoppe Mystery Series.)

Susan Wittig Albert (aka 1/2 of Robin Paige): Bittersweet (This will be the 23rd in the China Bayles Mystery Series.)

Barbara Allan: Antiques Swap (This will be the 9th in the Trash ‘n’ Treasures Mystery Series.)

Nancy Atherton: Aunt Dimity and the Summer King (This will be the 15th in the Aunt Dimity Mystery Series.)

Donald Bain & “Jessica Fletcher”: Killer in the Kitchen (This will be the 43rd in the Murder, She Wrote Mystery Series.)

David Baldacci: Memory Man (This will be the 1st in the NEW Amos Decker Mystery Series.)

Duffy Brown: Demise in Denim (This will be the 5th in the Consignment Mystery Series.)

Susanna CalkinsThe Masque of a Murderer (This will be the 3rd in the Lucy Campion Mystery Series.)

Anne Canadeo (aka Katherine Spencer): The Postman Always Purls Twice (This will be the 7th in the Black Sheep Knitting Mystery Series.)

Elizabeth Lynn Casey (aka Laura Bradford): Wedding Duress(This will be the 10th in the Southern Sewing Circle Mystery Series.)

Kate Charles: False Tongues (This will be the 4th in the Callie Anson Mystery Series.)

Mary Higgins Clark: The Melody Lingers On (This will be a Stand Alone Mystery.)

Nancy Coco (aka Nancy J. Parra): Oh Say Can You Fudge (This will be the 3rd in the Candy-coated Mystery Series.) (This will be a Fourth of July theme mystery.)

Amanda Cooper (aka Victoria Hamilton & Donna Lea Simpson): Shadow of a Spout (This will be the 2nd in the Teapot Collector Mystery Series.)

Isis Crawford (aka Barbara Block): A Catered Mother’s Day (This will be the 11th in the Mystery with Recipes Mystery Series.) (This is a Mother’s Day theme mystery.)

Jessie CrockettA Sticky Situation (This will be the 3rd in the Sugar Grove Mystery Series.)

Ellen CrosbyGhost Image (This will be the 2nd in the Sophie Medina Mystery Series.)

Mary Daheim: The Alpine Zen (This will be the 26th in the Emma Lord Mystery Series.)

Kathi Daley: Matrimony Meltdown (This will be the 13th in the Zoe Donovan Mystery Series.)

Christine DeSmet: Five-Alarm Fudge (This will be the 3rd in the Fudge Shop Mystery Series.)

Laura DiSilverio (aka Lila Dare & Ella Barrick): The Readaholics and the Falcon Fiasco (This will be the 1st in the NEW Readaholics Book Club Mystery Series.)

Alice Duncan: Thanksgiving Angels (This will be the 5th in the Mercy Allcutt Mystery Series.)

Elizabeth J. DuncanSlated for Death (This will be the 6th in the Penny Brannigan Mystery Series.)

Dawn Eastman: A Fright to the Death (This will be the 3rd in the Family Fortune Mystery Series.)

Jessica Fletcher” & Donald Bain: Killer in the Kitchen (This will be the 43rd in the Murder, She Wrote Mystery Series.)

G.M. Ford: Threshold (This will be the 1st in the NEW Mickey Dolan Mystery Series.) (not Cozy)

Margaret Grace (aka Ada Madison & Camille Minichino): Manhattan in Miniature (This will be the 8th in the Miniature Mystery Series.) (This is a Christmas themed mystery.)

Dee Henderson: Taken (This will be a Stand Alone mystery.)

Joan Hess (aka Joan Hadley): Pride v. Prejudice (This will be the 20th in the Claire Malloy Mystery Series.)

Iris Johansen: Your Next Breath (This will be the 3rd in the Catherine Ling Mystery Series.)

Joyce and Jim Lavene (aka J.J. Cook & Ellie Grant): Dead Girl Blues (This will be the 3rd in the Taxi for the Dead Mystery Series.)

Amanda Lee (aka Gayle Trent): Wicked Stitch (This will be the 8th in the Embroidery Mystery Series.)

Donna Leon: Falling in Love (This will be the 24th in the Guido Brunetti Mystery Series.)

Jenn McKinlay (aka Josie Belle & Lucy Lawrence): Dark Chocolate Demise (This will be the 7th in the Cupcake Bakery Mystery Series.)

James Patterson & Peter de Jonge: Miracle at Augusta (This will be the 2nd in the non-mystery Travis McKinley Series.)

Paula Paul (aka Paula Carter): Medium Dead (This will be the 4th in the Dr. Alexandra Gladstone Mystery Series.)

Elizabeth Peters: The Painted Queen (This will be the 20th published and possibly the 14th chronologically in the Amelia Peabody Mystery Series.)

Spencer Quinn (aka Peter Abrahams) Woof (This will be a mystery for ages 8 – 12, grades 3 – 7. Looks absolutely delightful!)

Sarah Rayne: Deadlight Hall (This will be the 5th in the Nell West and Michael Flint Mystery Series.)

Ann B. Ross: Miss Julia Lays Down the Law (This will be the 17th in the Miss Julia Mystery Series.)

Barbara Ross: Musseled Out (This will be the 3rd in the Maine Clambake Mystery Series.)

Sofie Ryan (aka Sofie Kelly) Buy a Whisker (This will be the 2nd in the Second Chance Cat Mystery Series.)

Lisa Scottoline: Every Fifteen Minutes (This will be a Stand Alone mystery.)

Aimée & David Thurlo: Grave Consequences (This will be the 2nd in the Charlie Henry Series.)

Diane Vallere: With Vics You Get Eggroll (This will be the 3rd in the Mad for Mod Mystery Series.)

Mae Fox & Jan Fields: Threads of Deceit (This will be the 1st in the NEW Vineyard Quilt Mystery Series.)

The Cozy Cookbook: More than 100 Recipes from Today’s Bestselling Mystery Authors (w/ Avery Aames, Ellery Adams, Leslie Budewitz, Laura Childs, Cleo Coyle, Victoria Hamilton, B.B. Haywood, Julie Hyzy, Jenn McKinlay, & Paige Shelton)

March 2015 Mystery Book New Releases

Since I post these monthly Mystery Book New Releases a month early, I thought some of you may be interested in taking a look at the March 2015 current releases. Click here to see the March 2015 Mystery Book New Releases.

To go back to the Cozy Mystery New Book Release page, click here.

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

Mystery Book Recommendations – February 2015

Buttercream Bump Off by Jenn McKinlayDo you have a favorite Valentine’s Day book you read every February? Well February is almost over, so I’d like to ask you all if you read an extremely good Cozy Mystery this month, would you pleased tell the rest of us about it? (Obviously, if you read two, three, or more extremely good Cozy Mysteries, we’d love to hear about them, too!) Please tell us why this particular Cozy (or these particular Cozies) are better than the rest of the Cozies you read during February.

Please do not tell us about the Cozy/Cozies you read that you did not like.

What really good Cozy Mystery book(s) did you read during February 2015 that you know the rest of us would enjoy reading, and why did you enjoy it (them)?

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

Tessa Arlen: Death of a Dishonorable Gentleman

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

M.C. Beaton (aka Marion Chesney): Hamish Macbeth Mystery Series

Kate Carlisle: Fixer-Upper Mystery Series

Amanda Carmack: Elizabethan Mystery Series (book #1 Murder at Hatfield House)

Maia Chance: Fairy Tale Fatal Mystery Series (book #1 Snow White Red-Handed)

Kate Collins: Flower Shop Mystery Series

Sheila Connolly (aka Sarah Atwell): County Cork Mystery Series

Hy Conrad: Amy’s Travel Mystery Series

J.J. Cook (aka Joyce and Jim Lavene & Ellie Grant)Biscuit Bowl Food Truck Mystery Series

Cleo Coyle (aka Alice Kimberly): Coffeehouse Mystery Series

Monica Ferris: Needlecraft Mystery Series

Eva Gates: Lighthouse Library Mystery Series (book #1 By Book or By Crook)

Mary Ellen Hughes: Pickled and Preserved Mystery Series

Christine Husom: Snow Globe Shop Mystery Series

J.A. Jance: Ali Reynolds Mystery Series

Laurie R. King & Leslie S. Klinger: In the Company of Sherlock Holmes (anthology)

Mary Lou Kirwin: Librarian Mystery Series

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

Colette London: Chocolate Whisperer Mystery Series (book #1 Criminal Confections)

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

Catriona McPherson: Dandy Gilver Mystery Series

Leslie Meier: Lucy Stone Mystery Series

Cate Price: Deadly Notions Mystery Series

Loretta Ross: Auction Block Mystery Series (book #1  Death and the Redheaded Woman)

James Runcie: Grantchester Mystery Mystery Series (book #1 Sydney Chambers and the Shadow of Death)

Dell Shannon (aka Leslie Egan, Elizabeth Linington, & Anne Blaisdell): Luis Mendoza Mystery Series

Karen Rose Smith: Caprice De Luca

Lea Wait: Mainely Needlepoint Mystery Series

Heather Webber (aka Heather Blake): Lucy Valentine Mystery Series

Christine Wenger: Comfort Food 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.]

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

P.S. While I try to respond to all of the comments that are made on the Cozy Mystery blog, I generally don’t respond to the comments on these monthly recommendation entries.

Sleuth with Criminal History

Feint of Art by Hailey Lind (aka Juliet Blackwell)A while back, Linda M. asked a very interesting question:

Have you ever thought about adding a category where the hero is a bad guy? I’m just finishing Lawrence Block’s Bernie Rhodenbarr’s series (a very likeable burglar) and I loved them! I can think of a few others just now – such as Mary Anna Evans’ Faye Longchamp who in the first few books dug for artifacts to sell on the black market to keep her crumbling plantation house from falling down. Also, Lee Child’s Jack Reacher (definitely NOT a cozy). I would like to find more in this category and I can’t – but I’m sure there are some. I get tired of the goody-goody heroes and these are exciting and refreshing – something different! Anyway, just a suggestion – and I could just click on this category and there they would all be!

Angela replied:

Hailey Lind (aka Juliet Blackwell) writes the art lovers series. Her main character is the granddaughter of an international art forger and while she’s “gone good” she has a past as an art forger that haunts her. Meanwhile her frequent sidekick is an art thief and her art forging grandpa and his friends make appearances often as well. There’s only 4 books in the series now but I am hopeful she’ll write more. Might be one you’d like to check out as part of your “bad guy” idea.

My question for all of you is this: Can you think of any other Cozy Mystery series that feature a sleuth with criminal (past or present) tendencies? If so, please post a comment below.

Sleuth with Criminal History:

Lawrence Block: Bernie Rhodenbarr Mystery Series

Simon Brett: Mrs. Pargeter Mystery Series

Leslie Charteris: Simon Templar, the Saint Mystery Series

Lee Child: Jack Reacher Mystery Series (not Cozy)

Janet Evanovich & Lee Goldberg: Fox and O’Hare Mystery Series

Mary Anna Evans: Faye Longchap Mystery Series

Jonathan Gash: Lovejoy Mystery Series

Bruce Graeme: Blackshirt the Burglar Series

E.W. Hornung: Raffles Series

Maurice LeBlanc: Arsene Lupin Series

Hailey Lind (aka Juliet Blackwell): Art Lover’s Mystery Series

Wyndham Martyn: Anthony Trent Series

J. Michael Orenduff: Pot Thief Mystery Series

Frank L. Packard: Grey Seal Series

Elaine Viets: Dead-End Job Mystery Series

If you’re interested in finding all sorts of other mystery themes, make sure to visit the Cozy Mystery by Themes page on the site.

Upcoming Television Mystery Movies for March 2015

Perry Mason MoviesMarch will bring us the first day of Spring (March 20), which I am sure many of you are anxiously awaiting! In the mean time, winter is a great time to enjoy reading your favorite Cozy Mysteries, and also, for watching a few mystery movies. Here are the ones I was able to find that will be airing on television.

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

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Tuesday – March 3, 2015

12:00 PM
Dodsworth (1936)
A husband whose wife left him looks for new love in Europe.
Dir: William Wyler Cast:  Walter Huston, Ruth Chatterton, Paul Lukas.
BW-101 mins, CC
*****Not a mystery, but one of my favorites.*****

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

Wednesday – March 4, 2015

1:45 AM
The Queen (2006)
Queen Elizabeth II struggles with declining popularity in the wake of Princess Diana’s death.
Dir: Stephen Frears Cast:  Helen Mirren, Michael Sheen, James Cromwell.
C-103 mins
*****If you didn’t see this when it was released, you might want to watch it now. Not a mystery*****

5:00 AM
A Bucket of Blood (1959)
A jealous Bohemian wannabe resorts to murder to perpetuate his new-found success as a sculptor.
Dir: Roger Corman Cast:  Dick Miller, Barboura Morris, Antony Carbone.
BW-65 mins, CC, Letterbox Format

11:00 AM
Dementia 13 (1963)
Members of an Irish family are being killed off by one of their own who wishes to inherit the family fortune.
Dir: Francis Coppola Cast:  William Campbell, Luana Anders, Bart Patton.
BW-75 mins, CC, Letterbox Format

6:30 PM
Wonderful World of Tupperware (1959)
This short industrial film focuses on the making of Tupperware.
Dir: George J. Yarbrough
C-29 mins
*****This was supposed to air a month or two ago, but it didn’t. I thought it might be fun for those of us who remember how popular Tubberware once was.*****

7:00 PM
Grand Exit (1935)
An insurance investigator tries to track down an arsonist.
Dir: Erle C. Kenton Cast:  Edmund Lowe, Ann Sothern, Onslow Stevens.
BW-68 mins

9:30 PM
Trade Winds (1938)
A private eye falls for the murderess he’s pursuing.
Dir: Tay Garnett Cast:  Fredric March, Joan Bennett, Ralph Bellamy.
BW-94 mins, CC

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

Thursday – March 5, 2015

3:15 AM
Super Sleuth (1937)
A movie detective gets carried away with his role and starts trying to solve real-life crimes.
Dir: Ben Stoloff Cast:  Jack Oakie, Ann Sothern, Eduardo Ciannelli.
BW-70 mins

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

Saturday – March 7, 2015

7:00 AM
An Act of Murder (1948)
When a judge learns his wife has terminal brain cancer, he begins to consider mercy-killing.
Dir: Michael Gordon Cast:  Fredric March, Edmond O’Brien, Florence Eldridge.
BW-91 mins

9:30 AM
Carry on Spying (1964)
Secret agents travel around the world to retrieve a stolen formula.
Dir: Gerald Thomas Cast:  Kenneth Williams, Barbara Windsor, Bernard Cribbins.
BW-88 mins, Letterbox Format

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

Sunday – March 8, 2015

7:00 PM
The Ghost and Mrs. Muir (1947)
A spirited widow rents a haunted cottage and builds an emotional bond with the resident ghost.
Dir: Joseph L. Mankiewicz Cast:  Gene Tierney, Rex Harrison, George Sanders.
BW-104 mins, CC
*****Not a mystery, but it is a paranormal!*****

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

Monday – March 9, 2015

9:30 PM
The Thomas Crown Affair (1968)
A bored tycoon turns to bank robbery and courts the insurance investigator assigned to bring him in.
Dir: Norman Jewison Cast:  Steve McQueen, Faye Dunaway, Paul Burke.
C-102 mins, CC, Letterbox Format

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

Tuesday – March 10, 2015

11:30 PM
Born Yesterday (1950)
A newspaper reporter takes on the task of educating a crooked businessman’s girlfriend.
Dir: George Cukor Cast:  Judy Holliday, Broderick Crawford, William Holden.
BW-102 mins, CC
*****What can I say other than this is a Judy Holliday movie? I love, love, love her movies!*****

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

Wednesday – March 11, 2015

5:00 AM
Stage Fright (1950)
An acting student goes undercover to prove a singing star killed her husband.
Dir: Alfred Hitchcock Cast:  Jane Wyman, Marlene Dietrich, Michael Wilding.
BW-110 mins, CC

7:00 AM
Ministry of Fear (1944)
When hidden microfilm comes into his possession, an innocent man is drawn into espionage.
Dir: Fritz Lang Cast:  Ray Milland, Marjorie Reynolds, Carl Esmond.
BW-87 mins, CC

8:45 AM
Lured (1947)
A woman helps the police catch the serial killer who murdered her best friend.
Dir: Douglas Sirk Cast:  George Sanders, Lucille Ball, Charles Coburn.
BW-103 mins

10:30 AM
Gaslight (1940)
A turn-of-the-century bride moves into the house where her aunt was murdered and begins to fear she’s going mad.
Dir: Thorold Dickinson Cast:  Anton Walbrook, Diana Wynyard, Frank Pettingell.
BW-84 mins, CC

12:00 PM
Obsession (1949)
A jealous husband plots to dispose of his wife’s lover in an acid bath.
Dir: Edward Dmytryk Cast:  Robert Newton, Sally Gray, Naunton Wayne.
BW-98 mins

1:45 PM
Victim (1961)
A closeted lawyer risks his career to bring a blackmailer to justice.
Dir: Basil Dearden Cast:  Dirk Bogarde, Sylvia Syms, Dennis Price.
BW-100 mins, Letterbox Format

7:00 PM
Maisie (1939)
A Brooklyn showgirl tries to clear a ranch foreman of murder charges.
Dir: Edwin L. Marin Cast: Robert Young, Ann Sothern, Ruth Hussey.
BW-75 mins, CC
*****Apparently Ann Sothern was in many Maisie movies, many of which (and perhaps all of them) are lined-up to show right after this movie. The last one will air tomorrow, and is shown as the next mystery movie on this list.*****

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Thursday – March 12, 2015

9:00 AM
Undercover Maisie (1947)
A stranded showgirl joins the police force and risks her life to expose a phony psychic.
Dir: Harry Beaumont Cast:  Ann Sothern, Barry Nelson, Mark Daniels.
BW-90 mins

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

Friday – March 13, 2015 >>> Friday 13th!

8:45 AM
Assignment to Kill (1968)
A private eye gets too involved in his investigation of a crooked shipping magnate.
Dir: Sheldon Reynolds Cast:  Patrick O’Neal, Joan Hackett, John Gielgud.
C-102 mins

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

The Big Clock with Ray MillandSaturday – March 14, 2015

7:15 AM
The Big Clock (1948)
A corrupt publisher tries to frame a career-driven editor for murder.
Dir: John Farrow Cast:  Ray Milland, Charles Laughton, Maureen O’Sullivan.
BW-95 mins

11:00 PM
Dead End (1937)
A killer returns to his childhood home to plot his escape from the law.
Dir: William Wyler Cast:  Sylvia Sidney, Joel McCrea, Humphrey Bogart.
BW-92 mins

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

Sunday – March 15, 2015

1:00 AM
The Town That Dreaded Sundown (1977)
A small Texas town is terrorized by a hooded serial killer.
Dir: Charles B Pierce Cast:  Ben Johnson, Andrew Prine, Dawn Wells.
C-90 mins, CC, Letterbox Format

2:30 AM
In Cold Blood (1967)
Two vagrants try to outrun the police after committing a savage crime in this real-life shocker.
Dir: Richard Brooks Cast:  Robert Blake, Scott Wilson, John Forsythe.
BW-134 mins, CC, Letterbox Format

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

Monday – March 16, 2015

10:45 AM
Saboteur (1942)
A young man accused of sabotage goes on the lam to prove his innocence.
Dir: Alfred Hitchcock Cast:  Priscilla Lane, Robert Cummings, Otto Kruger.
BW-109 mins, CC

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

Tuesday – March 17, 2015

11:30 AM
Leave It to the Irish (1944)
A private eye investigating one murder is framed for another.
Dir: William Beaudine Cast:  James Dunn, Wanda McKay, Jack La Rue.
BW-62 mins

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

Sunday – March 22, 2015

7:00 AM
Gilda (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

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

Wednesday – March 25, 2015

1:15 AM
Wait Until Dark (1967)
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, Letterbox Format

10:45 PM
The Blue Gardenia (1953)
A telephone operator kills in self-defense but can’t remember the details of the encounter.
Dir: Fritz Lang Cast:  Anne Baxter, Richard Conte, Ann Sothern.
BW-88 mins, CC

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

Thursday – March 26, 2015

6:45 AM
Fast and Furious (1939)
Married book-dealers Joel and Garda Sloane get mixed up with murder during a beauty pageant .
Dir: Busby Berkeley Cast:  Franchot Tone, Ann Sothern, Ruth Hussey.
BW-73 mins

1:30 PM
The Case of the Lucky Legs (1935)
Perry Mason tries to stay on the wagon while investigating the murder of a crooked beauty contest promoter.
Dir: Archie L. Mayo Cast:  Warren William, Genevieve Tobin, Patricia Ellis.
BW-78 mins, CC

3:00 PM
The Case of the Velvet Claws (1936)
Perry Mason’s honeymoon with Della Street is interrupted by the murder of a scandal-sheet publisher.
Dir: William Clemens Cast:  Warren William, Claire Dodd, Winifred Shaw.
BW-63 mins, CC

4:15 PM
The Case of the Black Cat (1936)
Perry Mason looks into a trio of murders heralded by the shriek of a cat.
Dir: William McGann Cast:  Ricardo Cortez, June Travis, Jane Bryan.
BW-66 mins

5:30 PM
The Case of the Stuttering Bishop (1937)
Perry Mason tries to find out if a long-lost heiress is the real thing.
Dir: William Clemens Cast:  Donald Woods, Ann Dvorak, Anne Nagel.
BW-71 mins

7:00 PM
Heat Wave (1954)
A blonde bombshell enlists an American writer to help kill her wealthy husband.
Dir: Ken Hughes Cast:  Alex Nicol, Hillary Brooke, Sidney James.
BW-68 mins

8:30 PM
Paid to Kill (1954)
After hiring a hit man to kill him, a man changes his mind.
Dir: Montgomery Tully Cast:  Dane Clark, Cecile Chevreau, Paul Carpenter.
BW-75 mins

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

Friday – March 27, 2015

3:00 AM
Gumshoe (1972)
A would be private eye gets mixed up in a smuggling case.
Dir: Stephen Frears Cast:  Albert Finney, Billie Whitelaw, Frank Finlay.
C-86 mins, CC

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

Dead End with Joel McCrea & Humphrey BogartSaturday – March 28, 2015

11:15 AM
I Accuse! (1958)
True story of writer Emile Zola’s defense of Alfred Dreyfus, a Jewish army officer framed by anti-Semites.
Dir: Jose Ferrer Cast:  Jose Ferrer, Anton Walbrook, Viveca Lindfors.
BW-99 mins, CC, Letterbox Format

11:00 PM
Wonder Man (1945)
A murdered nightclub star possesses a mild-mannered look-alike to bring his killers to justice.
Dir: Bruce Humberstone Cast:  Danny Kaye, Virginia Mayo, Vera-Ellen.
C-98 mins

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

Monday – March 30, 2015

9:00 AM
Full Confession (1939)
A priest hears a murderer’s confession, then finds himself suspected of the same crime.
Dir: John Farrow Cast:  Victor McLaglen, Sally Eilers, Joseph Calleia.
BW-73 mins,

12:45 PM
Back In Circulation (1937)
A reporter tries to win her editor’s heart by solving a murder case.
Dir: Ray Enright Cast:  Pat O’Brien, Joan Blondell, Margaret Lindsay.
BW-81 mins, CC

6:00 PM
Granny Get Your Gun (1940)
An elderly woman turns sheriff to clear her granddaughter of murder charges.
Dir: George Amy Cast:  May Robson, Harry Davenport, Margot Stevenson.
BW-56 mins, CC

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

Tuesday – March 31, 2015

2:00 AM
While the City Sleeps (1956)
Reporters compete to catch a serial killer.
Dir: Fritz Lang Cast:  Dana Andrews, Rhonda Fleming, George Sanders.
BW-100 mins, CC

3:45 AM
The Killer Is Loose (1956)
A crook tries to avenge his wife’s accidental shooting by a cop.
Dir: Budd Boetticher Cast:  Joseph Cotten, Rhonda Fleming, Wendell Corey.
BW-73 mins

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

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

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March 2015 PBS Masterpiece Mystery!

Sorry, but you’ll have to see if your local PBS channels are airing any mystery shows. The national PBS television schedule shows they are starting the third season of Mr. Selfridge, which is not a mystery show. Grantchester was great while it lasted! (Some local PBS channels may be showing Father Brown and Scott & Bailey.)

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March 2015 Hallmark Movies & Mystery Channel Mystery Movies (Central time zone):

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Sunday – March 1, 2015

8:00 AM – 11:59 PM
Diagnosis Murder marathon

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Monday – March 2, 2015

8:00 AM
Mary Higgins Clark: He Sees You When You’re Sleeping
Mary Higgins Clark’s Christmas fantasy tells the tale of Sterling Brooks, a self-absorbed stock-broker who is killed in a freak accident. In order to secure a heavenly future, Sterling is given the chance to redeem himself by reuniting a family. Stars Cameron Bancroft and Erika Eleniak.

10:00 AM
Mary Higgins Clark: Pretend You Don’t See Her
When a young rising star on Manhattan’s high-powered and competitive real estate scene witnesses a murder, she is placed in a Federal Witness Protection Program and starts a new life in Minnesota. But that new life is put in danger when a professional hitman discovers her identity. Stars Emma Samms, Hannes Jaenicke and Beau Starr.

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

Tuesday – March 3, 2015

8:00 AM
Mary Higgins Clark: Lucky Day
When a young rising star on Manhattan’s high-powered and competitive real estate scene witnesses a murder, she is placed in a Federal Witness Protection Program and starts a new life in Minnesota. But that new life is put in danger when a professional hitman discovers her identity. Stars Emma Samms, Hannes Jaenicke and Beau Starr.

4:00 PM
Murder 101
Juggling a career as a University professor and on-call criminologist, Dr. Jonathan Maxwell teams up with a private investigator to clear a young woman accused of murdering her boss. Stars Dick Van Dyke.

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

Wednesday – March 4, 2015

8:00 AM
Mary Higgins Clark: You Belong to Me
When several wealthy women are murdered after checking in at a variety of “lonely hearts” luxury hotels, Susan launches an investigation, with the help of fellow “radio shrink” Dr. Richards and millionaire Aidan Masters. The key to the mystery may well be a ménage à trois involving two women and one man, but by the time Susan gets to the truth, her own life is in jeopardy. Stars Lesley-Anne Down, Barclay Hope and Daniel Morgenroth.

4:00 PM
Murder 101: College Can Be Murder
College professor Archer Coe has been poisoned and the suspects are piling up: the student with whom he was having an affair, Coe’s jealous wife, the student’s vengeful father, and above all, fellow teacher Stuart Evans whose career was in Coe’s vindictive hands. Lucky for Stuart, he has Jonathan Maxwell, fellow professor and on-call criminologist and in his corner. Stars Dick Van Dyke and Barry Van Dyke.

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Gumshoe with Albert FinneyThursday – March 5, 2015

8:00 AM
Mary Higgins Clark: Before I Say Goodbye
Nell MacDermott loses her husband in a fiery boating accident. With their relationship in question on the night of his death, Nell longs to connect with him again. She visits a psychic who informs her that her husband was murdered. Compelled to find the killer, Nell searches for an elusive witness who could solve the mystery – or end her life.

4:00 PM
Murder 101: If Wishes Were Horses
Criminology professor Jonathan Maxwell is called upon to help when a prize racehorse is kidnapped. But the case turns deadly when a member of the family that owns the horse dies in a suspicious fire. What the case yields is a family embroiled in jealousy and greed. Stars Dick Van Dyke, Barry Van Dyke, and Stacy Edwards.

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Friday – March 6, 2015

8:00 AM
Mary Higgins Clark: A Crime of Passion
Frederica Dumay has everything–a gorgeous new husband and half ownership of a winery. But when her business partner’s wife is murdered, Freddi suspects her partner’s new love. While trying to discover the truth, an old boyfriend suggests looking into her new husband’s background. This leaves Freddi wondering who she can trust.

4:00 PM
Murder 101: The Locked Room Mystery
Samuel is a spiritual “healer” with a large and influential following. But when he locks himself in a meditation chamber with four students, only to turn up dead with his students still deep in their meditative trance, it’s up to Professor Maxwell to figure out the why and how. Stars Dick Van Dyke, Barry Van Dyke and Mia Cottet.

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Sunday – March 8, 2015

6:00 AM – 11 PM
Murder, She Wrote marathon

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Monday – March 9, 2015

8:00 AM
Perry Mason Returns
When his former secretary is accused of a murder, Perry Mason gives up a judgeship to defend her. Stars Raymond Burr.

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Tuesday – March 10, 2015

8:00 AM
Perry Mason: The Case of the Wicked Wives
While Perry is away in Washington, fellow lawyer Anthony Caruso covers his practice and defends a woman accused of murdering her ex-husband. Stars Paul Sorvino.

10:00 AM
Lies Between Friends
When art restorer Joss Jenner joins her old college friends for a weekend reunion, old jealousies and deeply buried secrets lead to murder. Devastated by the loss, Joss is unable to rest until she figures out who is responsible for the crime. Stars Gabrielle Anwar and Craig Sheffer.

4:00 PM
Undercover Bridesmaid
Tanya, a highly-trained security guard who lost her zest for romance after being left at the altar, takes an assignment where she poses as a bridesmaid for a woman who has been receiving death threats before her wedding day. While undercover, Tanya not only solves the mystery, but she is finally able to put the past behind her and give love a second chance. Stars Brooke Burns, Nicole Paggi, and Gregory Harrison.

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

Wednesday – March 11, 2015

8:00 AM
Perry Mason: The Case of the Reckless Romeo
An actress is charged with murdering a TV personality who revealed intimate details of their affair in his tell-all book. Stars Raymond Burr.

10:00 AM

Undercover Bridesmaid
Tanya, a highly-trained security guard who lost her zest for romance after being left at the altar, takes an assignment where she poses as a bridesmaid for a woman who has been receiving death threats before her wedding day. While undercover, Tanya not only solves the mystery, but she is finally able to put the past behind her and give love a second chance. Stars Brooke Burns, Nicole Paggi, and Gregory Harrison.

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Thursday – March 12, 2015

8:00 AM
Perry Mason: The Case of the Skin Deep Scandal
Mason investigates the murder of a cosmetics company founder who was about to debut a revolutionary anti-aging product. Stars Raymond Burr.

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Friday – March 13, 2015

8:00 AM
Perry Mason: The Case of the Ruthless Reporter
A local newscaster comes under fire when he writes a memo insulting all of the main players at the television station. Stars Raymond Burr.

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Sunday – March 15, 2015

8:00 AM
Garage Sale Mystery
Jennifer loves scouring garage sales to look for items to sell in her resell shop, but when she realizes a series of burglaries and a friend’s murder may have a connection to the sales, she not only helps the cops, but does some undercover sleuthing of her own. Stars Lori Loughlin and Andrew Dunbar.

10:00 AM
Wedding Planner Mystery
A young wedding planner is framed for a crime and struggles to clear her name as she learns that love does not always arrive in a pretty package. Stars Erica Durance, Andrew Walker and Brandon Beemer.

2:00 PM
After All These Years
When a woman is wrongly accused of the death of her ex-husband, she sets out to solve the murder mystery and find the real killer before the day of the funeral, when she is to be taken into custody. Based on the book by best-selling author Susan Isaacs. Stars Wendie Malick Gregory Harrison.

4:00 PM
Garage Sale Mystery
Jennifer loves scouring garage sales to look for items to sell in her resell shop, but when she realizes a series of burglaries and a friend’s murder may have a connection to the sales, she not only helps the cops, but does some undercover sleuthing of her own. Stars Lori Loughlin and Andrew Dunbar.

6:00 PM
Garage Sale Mystery: All That Glitters
Jennifer Shannon has an eye for antiques and a mind for solving mysteries. When she buys a storage unit at auction, she has no idea she’s opening the door to murder, and realizes the killer is after something in the storage unit. Stolen diamonds, antique Teddy Bears and handsome strangers are the clues to solving the crime. Stars Lori Loughlin, Sarah Strange, and Steve Bacic.

Mary Higgins Clark: Pretend You Don't See Her with Emma Samms8:00 PM
Along Came a Nanny
Detective Mike Logan takes on a special undercover assignment as a nanny when a quiet, upscale neighborhood is turned upside down by a string of robberies. When the mystery begins to unravel, new relationships are threatened as he struggles to protect his secret identity and solve a difficult case. Stars Sarah Lancaster and Cameron Mathison.

10:00 PM
Wedding Planner Mystery
A young wedding planner is framed for a crime and struggles to clear her name as she learns that love does not always arrive in a pretty package. Stars Erica Durance, Andrew Walker and Brandon Beemer.

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

Monday – March 16, 2015

8:00 AM
McBride: Anybody Here Murder Marty?
When Tracy, an aspiring singer breaks up with her longtime boyfriend Joe on the set of a popular talk show, everyone assumes it’s nothing more than tv tabloid hijinks. But when the talk show host turns up dead, all evidence points to Joe. McBride must take center stage and clear his client of murder. Stars John Larroquette, Marta Dubois, and Matt Lutz.

10:00 AM
Garage Sale Mystery: All That Glitters
Jennifer Shannon has an eye for antiques and a mind for solving mysteries. When she buys a storage unit at auction, she has no idea she’s opening the door to murder, and realizes the killer is after something in the storage unit. Stolen diamonds, antique Teddy Bears and handsome strangers are the clues to solving the crime. Stars Lori Loughlin, Sarah Strange, and Steve Bacic.

4:00 PM
Along Came a Nanny
Detective Mike Logan takes on a special undercover assignment as a nanny when a quiet, upscale neighborhood is turned upside down by a string of robberies. When the mystery begins to unravel, new relationships are threatened as he struggles to protect his secret identity and solve a difficult case. Stars Sarah Lancaster and Cameron Mathison.

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Tuesday – March 17, 2015

8:00 AM
McBride: Fallen Idol
McBride and Phil represent a young man accused of murdering a famous and success lawyer, who is also McBride’s mentor. Stars John Larroquette, Marta DuBois, and Matt Lutz.

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Wednesday – March 18, 2015

8:00 AM
McBride: Semper Fi
On a quiet street, in a seemingly ordinary home, a horrific crime has occurred, and a fireman and former marine medic is accused of killing his wife and daughters. Stars John Larroquette, Marta Dubois, and Matt Lutz.

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Thursday – March 19, 2015

8:00 AM
McBride: Dogged
The annual L.A. Kennel Club Dog Show gets treated to an unexpected surprise when a backstage murder incriminates the winning canine’s lovely handler. Stars John Larroquette, Marta DuBois, and Matt Lutz.

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Friday – March 20, 2015

8:00 AM
McBride: Requiem
In life, Ava Fletcher was a virtuoso classical violinist and a darling of the critics, if not her peers. In death, she’s McBride’s new puzzle, and she’s got a grieving father eager to nail her low-class fiancé. McBride isn’t convinced, especially with an orchestra pit full of suspects all of who have solid motives for snipping Ava’s strings. Stars John Larroquette, Marta Dubois and Matt Lutz

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Sunday – March 22, 2015

8:00 AM – 11:59 PM
Perry Mason marathon

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Monday – March 23, 2015

8:00 AM
Murder 101
Juggling a career as a University professor and on-call criminologist, Dr. Jonathan Maxwell teams up with a private investigator to clear a young woman accused of murdering her boss. Stars Dick Van Dyke.

10:00 AM
Citizen Jane
Jane Alexander is enjoying a comfortable life in San Francisco with the man she loves. But her idyllic life is shattered when her beloved aunt is murdered in San Jose. Jane’s heartbreak turns to horror when police detective Jack Morris, finally convinces her that the killer is none other than her boyfriend, Tom O’Donnell. Jane embarks on an epic journey to track down and convict O’Donnell. A true story based on the book by James Dalessandro. Stars Ally Sheedy, Meat Loaf Aday and Sean Patrick Flanery.

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Tuesday – March 24, 2015

8:00 AM
Murder 101: College Can Be Murder
College professor Archer Coe has been poisoned and the suspects are piling up: the student with whom he was having an affair, Coe’s jealous wife, the student’s vengeful father, and above all, fellow teacher Stuart Evans whose career was in Coe’s vindictive hands. Lucky for Stuart, he has Jonathan Maxwell, fellow professor and on-call criminologist and in his corner. Stars Dick Van Dyke and Barry Van Dyke.

10:00 AM
Mary Higgins Clark: My Gal Sunday
A newlywed couple must prove their crime-solving prowess when their politically-tied parents are taken hostage by a vengeful kidnapper looking for justice for the wrongful murder conviction of his brother. Based on the book by Mary Higgins Clark. Stars Jack Wagner, Cameron Mathison and Rachel Blanchard.

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Wednesday – March 25, 2015

8:00 AM
Murder 101: If Wishes Were Horses
Criminology professor Jonathan Maxwell is called upon to help when a prize racehorse is kidnapped. But the case turns deadly when a member of the family that owns the horse dies in a suspicious fire. What the case yields is a family embroiled in jealousy and greed. Stars Dick Van Dyke, Barry Van Dyke, and Stacy Edwards.

10:00 AM
Wedding Planner Mystery
A young wedding planner is framed for a crime and struggles to clear her name as she learns that love does not always arrive in a pretty package. Stars Erica Durance, Andrew Walker and Brandon Beemer.

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

Thursday – March 26, 2015

8:00 AM
Murder 101: The Locked Room Mystery
Samuel is a spiritual “healer” with a large and influential following. But when he locks himself in a meditation chamber with four students, only to turn up dead with his students still deep in their meditative trance, it’s up to Professor Maxwell to figure out the why and how. Stars Dick Van Dyke, Barry Van Dyke and Mia Cottet.

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

Friday – March 27, 2015

8:00 AM
Recipe for Murder
Fed up with the system, Murray Maguire, Chief Medical Examiner for the City of New York, decides to personally investigate the death of his goddaughter. Stars Gary Basaraba.

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Saturday – March 28, 2015 Hallmark Movies and Mysteries channel’s television schedule ends. I’ll try to update it later in the month.

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Mary Higgins Clark: Lucky Day with Amanda Donohoe(All of the above Hallmark Movies & Mysteries descriptions were copied from the Hallmark Movies & Mysteries site.)

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If you know of any other mystery themed movies that are going to be aired on television during March 2015, please post a comment.

If you would like to see more Television and Movies ideas, click on this link.

Here is the Upcoming Mystery Movies for February 2015 entry, in case you want to see what is playing the rest of this month.

Camille Minichino, Margaret Grace, Ada Madison, & Jean Flowers

Hmmm… What do all of the Cozy Mystery authors in the title of this entry have in common?

In today’s world of Cozy Mysteries, it is becoming more and more common to have one author with two, three, or even four personas. Sometimes it takes a reader having his/her favorite sleuth’s detecting skills to find all of their favorite author’s aliases!

Just this week I found out that one of my very favorite authors is adopting a new pseudonym. Yikes! One more Cozy Mystery author for me to keep track of on my Favorite Authors list.

The Oxygen Murder by Camille Minichino (aka Margaret Grace, Ada Madison, & Jean Flowers)I discovered physicist Camille Minichino’s Periodic Table Mystery Series years ago, when my daughter lived in Cambridge, Massachusetts. (As an aside, I started reading – and enjoying – Laura Childs’ Scrapbooking series when my daughter moved to New Orleans.) I remember visiting my daughter in Cambridge when we took a bus tour of the Boston area, and I actually recognized some of the places Camille Minichino referred to in her Periodic Table Cozies. I felt like I (almost) knew the area!

Getting back to the reason for this entry…

Murder in Miniature by Margaret Grace (aka Camille Minichino, Ada Madison, & Jean Flowers)Camille Minichino (a miniaturist) adopted the Margaret Grace pseudonym for her Miniature Mystery Series. This is yet another of my favorite Cozy Mystery series. (No, my daughter did not move to California!) This meant that I had another favorite Cozy Mystery author >>> sort of like the “two, two, two mints in one.” ad!

The Square Root of Murder by Ada Madison (aka Margaret Grace, Camille Minichino, & Jean Flowers)Yow-zee! In 2011, who should appear on the Cozy Mystery horizon but Ada Madison! Ada Madison started writing the Sophie Knowles Mystery Series. Out came my computer desktop’s Favorite Authors list, and I added “Ada Madison (aka Camille Minichino & Margaret Grace” to the list. I finally felt like this was it. I had the list pretty much the way it would remain.

Until… last week! This is when I found out that Camille Minichino, also known as Margaret Grace, who is also known as Ada Madison, will soon be known as Jean Flowers. Jean Flowers will be writing the Post Office Mystery Series, which will begin with Death Takes Priority.

Now, don’t get me wrong! I’m excited to see that Camille Minichino/Margaret Grace/Ada Madison will be writing another Cozy Mystery Series. However, I sometimes wonder why the Cozy Mystery world has so many multiple personalities!

Authors With Two (or More) Great Sleuth Characters

murder at the vicarage

I was talking to my husband the other day, and I asked him how he was doing with his “project” to read (or re-read) all of Agatha Christie’s books from the beginning. Over the years he has read or listened to many of Christie’s books, but he never completed any of her series. So, now that he has more time on his hands (early retirement), he decided to begin again and to read them all the way to the end in the series’ chronological order (not as a marathon – but with taking breaks here and there to read other books.)

He told me he had finished the first Miss Marple, the first two Poirot, the first Tommy and Tuppence and the first Inspector Battle books. He is now taking a break from Christie but will resume his little “project” in a week or so. In our discussion, he mentioned that one of the things that makes Christie great is her creation of two of the greatest sleuth characters in mystery fiction – Miss Marple and Hercule Poirot. And, that both of these classic characters are quite different even though they both rely on insight into human nature as the primary means to solve mysteries.

Tommy and TuppenceOf course, Christie’s other main sleuths, Tommy and Tuppence and Inspector Battle are also classic characters in mystery fiction, but, in my opinion they don’t measure up to Miss Marple and Hercule Poirot as truly great creations. I haven’t read the Battle books in a long time, but the Tommy and Tuppence stories are in a way more like adventure stories than they are straight mysteries (at least that is the way I remember them.)  The first Battle book actually has very little of Inspector Battle and is more along the lines of the Tommy and Tuppence stories.  Marple and Poirot are more “classic” Agatha Christie, in my view. At the least, their popularity is reflected by their having been portrayed in movies and TV far more often than Christie’s other characters.

chimneysAnyway, this conversation got me thinking about making a list of other authors who have created two or more memorable sleuths who are wildly different the way Miss Marple and Poirot are and that will (possibly) stand the test of time and be thought of as classic mystery sleuths in the future.

So, I wanted to pose the question – which Cozy Mystery authors do you think have created two or more classic sleuths (in two or more of the author’s different series) who are so good that you feel compelled to read both (or more) of the author’s series from beginning to end? I’ll take the easy way out and start the list with Agatha Christie’s Miss Marple and Hercule Poirot. (I told you I was taking the easy way out!)

I started compiling a list of the Cozy Mystery authors who write two or more series with sleuths who are very different from each other, but there have been so many comments that I have decided to stop listing them and let the comments speak for themselves. I encourage you to read all of the comments below.