Happy Fourth of July!

Fourth of JulyHappy Fourth of July to those of you in the USA. I hope you all stay safe.

My husband and I had planned on being in Northwood, Iowa today >>> but have put off our trip up there until later this year. I was all excited about visiting the place I consider to be “my hometown”, although it really isn’t. My father was in the Air Force, so we lived in several states, Spain, and Chile. Between every new assignment we would go visit my grandmother in Northwood, my father’s hometown. My grandmother and I developed an extremely close bond when my younger brother was born and I went to live with my grandparents for a while. As the story goes, when my grandparents dropped me off in Arlington, Virginia (after my stay with them) I was waiting in the car, ready (and wanting!) to “go home” with them.

My grandmother shared her enjoyment of reading with me. I credit her with my love for books. Of the four children in my family, I was the only one who developed this passion for reading, and I am truly grateful for her inspiration.

My husband and I were going to head to the upper Michigan area via Northwood to get some respite from our humid heat down here. Also, I have been wanting to visit Northwood for a while. (My last visit was fifteen years ago.) However, when I was taking a look at another town’s website in northern Iowa, I saw that they would be spraying for mosquitoes, which put the breaks on our trip. (I’m particularly attractive >>> to mosquitoes, that is! I can be outdoors with my husband for five minutes and he’s not affected, but when we go inside, I find I have three or four bites already >>> and that’s in San Antonio where mosquitoes are usually not much of a problem.) So we’re just postponing our trip until the mosquitoes are under control up there.

Well, I certainly had not planned on writing about our change of plans for the Fourth >>> I had only planned on writing to wish you all a Happy & Safe Fourth of July!

Eight Soon to be Released Cozy Mysteries

While I was updating the August Mystery Book Releases entry, I found these book covers that I thought I would share with you. (Some of them I had saved for this entry, since I found them last week.) As you can see, there are two new Cozy Mystery series written by authors who are currently on the Cozy Mystery site. I’ll be writing an entry about them shortly.
Off the Books by Lucy Arlington Lucy Arlington (aka Susan Furlong): Off the Books (This will be the 5th in the Novel Idea Mystery Series.)
A Christmas Howl by Laurien Berenson
Laurien Berenson: A Christmas Howl (A story in the Melanie Travis Series.)
A Churn for the Worse by Laura Bradford
Laura Bradford (aka Elizabeth Lynn Casey): A Churn for the Worse (This will be the 5th in the Amish Mystery Series.)
Silenced in the Surf by Kate Dyer-Seeley
Kate Dyer-Seeley (aka Ellie Alexander): Silenced in the Surf (This will be the 3rd in the Pacific Northwest Mystery Series.)
Dandelion Dead by Chrystle Fiedler
Chrystle Fiedler: Dandelion Dead (This will be the 4th in the Natural Remedies Mystery Mystery Series.)
A Ghoul's Guide to Love and Murder by Victoria Laurie
Victoria Laurie: A Ghoul’s Guide to Love and Murder  (This will be the 10th in the Ghost Hunter Mystery Series.)
Delivering the Truth by Edith Maxwell
Edith Maxwell (aka Maddie Day & Tace Baker): Delivering the Truth (This will be the 1st in the NEW Quaker Midwife Mystery Series.)
The Cracked Spine by Paige Shelton
Paige Shelton: The Cracked Spine (This will be the 1st in the NEW Scottish Bookshop Mystery Series.)

These Cozy Mysteries can be found on the Soon to be Released page. I try to keep that page current so I update quite often. If you click on the link below, it will take you right there:
Soon to be Released Mysteries page.

August 2015 Mystery Book New Releases

Murder in the Paperback Parlor by Ellery AdamsThe following Mystery Books will be released in August 2015:

Ellery Adams (aka Jennifer Stanley, J.B. Stanley): Murder in the Paperback Parlor (This will be the 2nd in the Book Retreat Mystery Series.) (This is a Valentine’s Day theme mystery.)

Donald Bain: Margaret Truman’s Internship in Murder (This will be the 3rd in the Capital Crimes Mystery Series.)

M.C. Beaton (aka Marion Chesney): Agatha’s First Case (This is a story in the Agatha Raisin Mystery Series.)

Rhys Bowen: Malice at the Palace (This will be the 9th in the Royal Spyness Mystery Series.)

Simon Brett: Mrs Pargeter’s Principle (This will be the 7th in the Mrs. Pargeter Mystery Series.)

Lynn Cahoon: Killer Run (This will be the 5th in the Tourist Trap Mystery Series.)

C. S. Challinor: Murder Comes Calling (This will be the 8th in the Rex Graves Mystery Series.)

P.F. Chisholm: A Chorus of Innocents (This will be the 7th in the Sir Robert Carey Mystery Series.)

Peg Cochran (aka Meg London): Berried Secrets (This will be the 1st in the NEW Cranberry Cove Mystery Series.)

Bill Crider: Between the Living and the Dead (This will be the 22nd in the Dan Rhodes Mystery Series.)

Kathi Daley: Hopscotch Homicide (This will be the 16th in the Zoe Donovan Mystery Series.)

Vicki Delany (aka Eva Gates): Haitian Graves (This will be the 2nd in the Ray Robertson Mystery Series.)

Mary Anna Evans: Isolation (This will be the 9th in the Faye Longchamp Mystery Series.)

Linda Fairstein: Devil’s Bridge (This will be the 17th in the Alexandra Cooper Mystery Series.)

Shelley Freydont: A Gilded Grave (This will be the 1st in the NEW Newport Gilded Age Mystery Series.)

Rosie Genova: A Dish Best Served Cold (This will be the 3rd in the Italian Kitchen Mystery Series.)

Daryl Wood Gerber (aka Avery Aames) Fudging the Books (This will be the 4th in the Cookbook Nook Mystery Series.)

Sue Grafton: X (This will be the 24th in the Kinsey Millhone Mystery Series.)

Tonya Kappes: A Ghostly Demise (This will be the 3rd in the Ghostly Southern Mystery Series.)

Jonathan Kellerman: The Murderer’s Daughter (This will be a Stand Alone mystery.)

Diane Kelly: Laying Down the Paw (This will be the 3rd in the Paw Enforcement Mystery Series.)

Mary Kennedy: Dream a Little Scream (This will be the 2nd in the Dream Club Mystery Series.)

Joyce and Jim Lavene (aka J.J. Cook & Ellie Grant): Give ‘Em Pumpkin to Talk About (This will be the 1st in the NEW Pumpkin Patch Mystery Series.)

Kylie Logan (aka Miranda Bliss & Casey Daniels): Revenge of the Chili Queens (This will be the 3rd in the Chili Cook-Off Mystery Series.)

Mary Marks: Gone But Knot Forgotten (This will be the 3rd in the Martha Rose Quilting Mystery Series.)

Margaret Maron: Long Upon the Land (This will be the 21st in the Deborah Knott Mystery Series.)

Carol Ann Martin: Loom and Doom (This will be the 4th in the Weaving Mystery Series.)

Mary McHugh: Cancans, Croissants, and Caskets (This will be the 3rd in the Happy Hoofers Mystery Series.)

Leslie Meier: Candy Corn Murder (This will be the 22nd in the Lucy Stone Mystery Series.) (This is a Halloween theme mystery.)

Carla Neggers: Keeper’s Reach (This will be the 5th in the Sharpe & Donovan Mystery Series.)

James Patterson & Michael Ledwidge: Alert (This will be the 8th in the Michael Bennett Mystery Series.)

Louise Penny: The Nature of the Beast (This will be the 11th in the Chief Inspector Gamache Mystery Series.)

Peter Robinson: Summer Rain (This will be an Inspector Banks Mystery Series novella.)

Paige Shelton: If Onions Could Spring Leeks (This will be the 5th in the Country Cooking School Mystery Series.)

Clea Simon: Code Grey (This will be the 9th in the Dulcie Schwartz Mystery Series.)

Leann Sweeney: The Cat, the Sneak and the Secret (This will be the 7th in the Cats in Trouble Mystery Series.)

Robert K. Tanenbaum: Trap (This will be the in the 27th in the Butch Karp and Marlene Ciampi Mystery Series.)

Charles Todd: A Pattern of Lies (This will be the 7th in the Bess Crawford Mystery Series.)

Diane Vallere: Crushed Velvet (This will be the 2nd in the Material Witness Mystery Series.)

Lea Wait: Threads of Evidence (This will be the 2nd in the Mainely Needlepoint Mystery Series.)

Ayelet Waldman: And Murder Makes Three (This is an omnibus of the first 3 Mommy Track Mystery Series: Nursery Crimes, The Big Nap, and Playdate with Death.)

Lauren Willig: The Lure of the Moonflower (This will be the 12th in the Pink Carnation Mystery Series.)

Since these releases are a month early, here are this month’s releases: July  2015 Mystery Book New Releases.

If you would like to see lots and lots of Cozy Mystery books that are scheduled to be released, 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 – June 2015

The Handsome Man's De Luxe Café by Alexander McCall SmithThis is one of my favorite monthly entries of the Cozy Mystery site. I absolutely love to read about the Cozies that you ALL consider your best finds for the designated month. I find most of my new-to-me Cozy authors from this entry. I can get a pretty good feel of whether I’ll enjoy a book from reading your reasons for liking your recommended Cozies.

We’d love to read about your favorite Cozy Mystery books for the month of June. If you have more than one Cozy you think is particularly good, please put the one you liked the most at the very top of your list.

Please do not tell us about the Cozy Mysteries you did not like.

What really good Cozy Mystery book did you read during June 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:

Barbara Allan: Trash ‘N’ Treasures Mystery Series

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

Jenna Bennett (aka Jennie Bentley & Bente Gallagher): Savannah Martin Mystery Series

Claudia Bishop (aka Mary Stanton): Hemlock Falls Mystery Series

Duffy Brown: Consignment Shop Mystery Series

Kate Carlisle: Bibliophile Mystery Series

Nancy Coco (aka Nancy J. Parra): Candy-Coated Mystery Series

Kate Collins: Flower Shop Mystery Series

J.J. Cook (aka Joyce and Jim Lavene & Ellie Grant): Sweet Pepper Fire Brigade Mystery Series

Isis Crawford (aka Barbara Block): Mystery with Recipes Mystery Series

Mary Daheim: Emma Lord Mystery Series

Jeanne M. Dams: Dorothy Martin Mystery Series

Krista Davis: Domestic Diva Mystery Series

Hannah Dennison: Honeychurch Hall Mystery Series

Mae Fox & Jan Fields: Vineyard Quilt Mystery Series

Emma Jameson: Lord and Lady Hetheridge Mystery Series (Ice Blue, book #1)

Sofie Kelly (Sofie Ryan): Magical Cats Mystery Series

Annie Knox (aka Wendy Lyn Watson): Pet Boutique Mystery Series

Joyce and Jim Lavene (aka J.J. Cook & Ellie Grant): Missing Pieces Mystery Series

Joyce and Jim Lavene (aka J. J. Cook & Ellie Grant): Peggy Lee Garden Mystery Series

Edith Maxwell (aka Maddie Day & Tace Baker): Local Foods Mystery Series

Julie Moffett: Lexie Carmichael Mystery Series (No One Lives Twice, book #1)

Tim Myers (aka Elizabeth Bright, Melissa Glazer, Chris Cavender, Casey Mayes, Jessica Beck, & D.B. Morgan): Candlemaking Mystery Series

Kathryn O’Sullivan: Colleen McCabe Mystery Series (Foal Play, book #1)

Katherine Hall Page: Faith Fairchild Mystery Series

Nancy J. Parra (aka Nancy Coco): Baker’s Treat Mystery Series

Penny Pike (aka Penny Warner): Food Festival Mystery Series

Linda Reilly: Deep Fried Mystery Series (Fillet of Murder, book #1)

Annelise Ryan (aka Allyson K. Abbott): Mattie Wintson Mystery Series

Jeff Shelby (aka Jeffrey Allen): Moose River Mystery Series

Ashley Weaver: Murder at the Brightwell

[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 try to respond to all of the comments on the Cozy Mystery blog except for the comments on the monthly recommendation entries because they speak for themselves!

Upcoming Television Mystery Movies for July 2015

The Thin Man Complete CollectionThe weather down here in San Antonio, Texas has been moving from hot and humid, to humidly hot! (I don’t think “humidly” is even a word, but that’s how I feel about it!) Now that the weather is unbearably hot for some of us, it’s a great time to take in a mystery movie! Actually, any time is a great time to do that! Here is the schedule of television mystery movies I have been able to find that will be showing during July 2015.

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

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

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

Wednesday – July 1, 2015

5:00 AM
PAYMENT DEFERRED (1932)
A milquetoast kills for money and finds it a hard habit to break.
Dir: Lothar Mendes Cast:  Charles Laughton, Maureen O’Sullivan, Dorothy Peterson.
BW-81 mins

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

Scene of the Crime with Van Johnson, Gloria De Haven, Arlene Dahl, & Tom DrakeThursday – July 2, 2015

11:30 AM
BEWITCHED (1945)
A girl enlists a psychic to get rid of her murderous alternate personality.
Dir: Arch Oboler Cast:  Edmund Gwenn, Phyllis Thaxter, Harry H. Daniels Jr..
BW-65 mins, CC

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

Friday – July 3, 2015

12:15 PM
SCENE OF THE CRIME (1949)
A detective tries to solve a policeman’s murder.
Dir: Roy Rowland Cast:  Van Johnson, Arlene Dahl, Gloria De Haven.
BW-94 mins, CC

7:00 PM
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, CC

8:45 PM
THE WINDOW (1949)
A boy who always lies witnesses a murder but can’t get anyone but the killer to believe him.
Dir: Ted Tetzlaff Cast:  Barbara Hale, Arthur Kennedy, Paul Stewart.
BW-73 mins, CC

The Big Clock with Ray Milland & Charles Laughton10:15 PM
SHADOW ON THE WALL (1950)
A child is left mute by the sight of her stepmother’s murder.
Dir: Patrick Jackson Cast:  Ann Sothern, Zachary Scott, Gigi Perreau.
BW-84 mins

11:45 PM
HIGH WALL (1947)
Psychiatry provides the key to proving a veteran flyer innocent of his wife’s murder.
Dir: Curtis Bernhardt Cast:  Robert Taylor, Audrey Totter, Herbert Marshall.
BW-99 mins, CC

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

Saturday – July 4, 2015

1:30 AM
THE LONG GOODBYE (1973)
Detective Phillip Marlowe investigates shady characters involved in a long-lost friend’s murder.
Dir: Robert Altman Cast:  Elliott Gould, Nina Van Pallandt, Sterling Hayden.
C-112 mins, CC, Letterbox Format

The Window mystery movie3:30 AM
MARLOWE (1969)
Detective Philip Marlowe probes the seedy underbelly of Los Angeles in search of a woman’s missing sister.
Dir: Paul Bogart Cast:  James Garner , Gayle Hunnicutt, Carroll O’Connor.
C-96 mins, CC, Letterbox Format

7:00 PM
YANKEE DOODLE DANDY (1942)
Spirited musical biography of the song-and-dance man who kept America humming through two world wars.
Dir: Michael Curtiz Cast:  James Cagney, Joan Leslie, Walter Huston.
BW-126 mins, CC
***Happy Fourth of July!*** (not a mystery)

9:15 PM
THE MUSIC MAN (1962)
A con artist hawks musical instruments and band uniforms to small-town America.
Dir: Morton DaCosta Cast:  Robert Preston, Shirley Jones, Buddy Hackett.
C-151 mins, CC, Letterbox Format
***Gotta love a big marching band on the Fourth of July! Also, little Ronny Howard is absolutely precious!*** (not a mystery)

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

Sunday – July 5, 2015

5:30 AM
A FAMILY AFFAIR (1936)
In the first Hardy Family film, a small-town judge fights for re-election while dealing with family problems.
Dir: George B. Seitz Cast:  Lionel Barrymore, Cecilia Parker, Eric Linden.
BW-69 mins, CC
***I didn’t watch the Hardy movies until about a year ago, and I have since then watched every one of them.*** (not a mystery)

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

High Wall with Robert TaylorWednesday – July 8, 2015

9:00 PM
NORTH BY NORTHWEST (1959)
An advertising man is mistaken for a spy, triggering a deadly cross-country chase.
Dir: Alfred Hitchcock Cast:  Cary Grant, Eva Marie Saint, James Mason.
C-136 mins, CC

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

Thursday – July 9, 2015

7:15 AM
FINGER OF GUILT (1956)
Blackmail threatens an American filmmaker’s attempts to rebuild his career in England.
Dir: Joseph Losey Cast:  Richard Basehart, Mary Murphy, Constance Cummings.
BW-84 mins, CC

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

Friday – July 10, 2015

5:00 AM
FOLLOW ME QUIETLY (1949)
Police track a mysterious killer nicknamed “The Judge.”
Dir: Richard O. Fleischer Cast:  William Lundigan, Dorothy Patrick, Jeff Corey.
BW-60 mins, CC

The Long Goodbye with Elliott Gould11:15 AM
ARMORED CAR ROBBERY (1950)
A police officer tries to find half a million dollars stolen by gangsters.
Dir: Richard Fleischer Cast:  Charles McGraw, Adele Jergens, William Talman.
BW-68 mins, CC

2:15 PM
D.O.A. (1950)
The victim of a slow-acting poison tracks down his own killer.
Dir: Rudolph Maté Cast:  Edmond O’Brien, Pamela Britton, Luther Adler.
BW-84 mins, CC

3:45 PM
DESTINATION MURDER (1950)
A woman infiltrates the mob to find her father’s killer.
Dir: Edward L. Cahn Cast:  Joyce MacKenzie, Stanley Clements, Hurd Hatfield.
BW-73 mins, CC

5:15 PM
THE TATTOOED STRANGER (1950)
Detectives investigate the Central Park murder of a young woman with a Marine Corps tattoo.
Dir: Edward J. Montagne Cast:  John Miles, Patricia White, Walter Kinsella.
BW-64 mins

8:45 PM
KISS ME DEADLY (1955)
Detective Mike Hammer fights to solve the murder of a beautiful hitchhiker with a mysterious connection to the Mob.
Dir: Robert Aldrich Cast:  Ralph Meeker, Albert Dekker, Paul Stewart.
BW-106 mins, CC

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

Marlowe with James GarnerSaturday – July 11, 2015

1:45 AM
THE BLUE DAHLIA (1946)
A veteran fights to prove he didn’t kill his cheating wife.
Dir: George Marshall Cast:  Alan Ladd, Veronica Lake, William Bendix.
BW-100 mins, CC

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

Sunday – July 12, 2015

3:00 PM
BALL OF FIRE (1942)
A group of professors takes in a nightclub singer hiding from the law to protect her gangster boyfriend.
Dir: Howard Hawks Cast:  Gary Cooper, Barbara Stanwyck, Oscar Homolka.
BW-112 mins, CC
***If you like Barbara Stanwyck comedies, then you have got to see this one!*** (not a mystery)

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

Wednesday – July 15, 2015

6:30 AM
NIGHT NURSE (1931)
A nurse discovers that the children she’s caring for are murder targets.
Dir: William A. Wellman Cast:  Barbara Stanwyck, Ben Lyon, Joan Blondell.
BW-72 mins, CC

1:15 PM
GAMBLING LADY (1934)
Two gamblers fall in love but one is already married to a possible murderer.
Dir: Archie Mayo Cast:  Barbara Stanwyck, Joel McCrea, Pat O’Brien.
BW-66 mins, CC

Follow Me Quietly mystery movie11:30 PM
THE NIGHT OF THE HUNTER (1955)
A bogus preacher marries an outlaw’s widow in search of the man’s hidden loot.
Dir: Charles Laughton Cast:  Robert Mitchum, Shelley Winters, Lillian Gish.
BW-93 mins, CC, Letterbox Format
***Robert Mitchum is absolutely creeeeeeepy!***

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

Thursday – July 16, 2015

2:30 PM
THE RETURN OF DOCTOR X (1939)
A murderer returns from the grave with a thirst for blood.
Dir: Vincent Sherman Cast:  Humphrey Bogart, Rosemary Lane, Wayne Morris.
BW-63 mins, CC

3:45 PM
THE MAN WHO TALKED TOO MUCH (1940)
A defense lawyer sets out to topple a powerful gangster.
Dir: Vincent Sherman Cast:  George Brent, Virginia Bruce, Brenda Marshall.
BW-76 mins

5:15 PM
FLIGHT FROM DESTINY (1941)
An elderly professor with six months to live plots a murder to reunite two young lovers.
Dir: Vincent Sherman Cast:  Geraldine Fitzgerald, Thomas Mitchell, Jeffrey Lynn.
BW-75 mins, CC

Destination Murder mystery movie7:00 PM
BRANNIGAN (1975)
A Chicago police detective has to bring a crook home from London.
Dir: Douglas Hickox Cast:  John Wayne, Richard Attenborough, Judy Geeson.
C-111 mins, CC, Letterbox Format

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

Friday – July 17, 2015

6:45 AM
TENSION (1950)
A man who had planned to murder his wife’s lover becomes the prime suspect when somebody beats him to it.
Dir: John Berry Cast:  Richard Basehart, Audrey Totter, Cyd Charisse.
BW-91 mins, CC

8:30 AM
WHERE DANGER LIVES (1950)
A psychopath draws her doctor into her murderous schemes.
Dir: John Farrow Cast:  Robert Mitchum, Faith Domergue, Claude Rains.
BW-80 mins, CC

1:00 PM
CAUSE FOR ALARM (1951)
A woman fights to intercept a letter in which her husband tries to prove her guilty of murder.
Dir: Tay Garnett Cast:  Loretta Young, Barry Sullivan, Bruce Cowling.
BW-74 mins, CC

2:15 PM
NO QUESTIONS ASKED (1951)
A young lawyer’s primrose path to success gets him framed for murder.
Dir: Harold F. Kress Cast:  Barry Sullivan, Arlene Dahl, George Murphy.
BW-81 mins

The Night of the Hunter with Robert Mitchum & Shelley Winters3:45 PM
STRANGERS ON A TRAIN (1951)
A man’s joking suggestion that he and a chance acquaintance trade murders turns deadly.
Dir: Alfred Hitchcock Cast:  Farley Granger, Ruth Roman, Robert Walker.
BW-101 mins, CC

9:00 PM
THE STRANGE LOVE OF MARTHA IVERS (1946)
Years after a murder drove them apart, an heiress tries to win back her lost love.
Dir: Lewis Milestone Cast:  Barbara Stanwyck, Van Heflin, Lizabeth Scott.
BW-116 mins, CC

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

Saturday – July 18, 2015

1:00 AM
CONFLICT (1945)
A man murders his wife so he can be free to marry her sister.
Dir: Curtis Bernhardt Cast:  Humphrey Bogart, Alexis Smith, Sydney Greenstreet.
BW-85 mins, CC

2:30 AM
KLUTE (1971)
A small-town detective searches for a missing man linked to a high-priced prostitute.
Dir: Alan J. Pakula Cast:  Jane Fonda, Donald Sutherland, Charles Cioffi.
C-114 mins, CC, Letterbox Format

7:15 AM
Brannigan with John WayneCRIME AND PUNISHMENT (1935)
A young student murders for money then tries to escape his guilt and a brilliant detective.
Dir: Josef von Sternberg Cast:  Peter Lorre, Edward Arnold, Marian Marsh.
BW-88 mins, CC

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

Sunday – July 19, 2015

1:00 AM
ALICE, SWEET ALICE (1977)
When people in an Italian-American neighborhood are murdered, suspicion falls on a lonely 12-year-old.
Dir: Alfred Sole Cast:  Linda Miller, Mildred Clinton, Paula Sheppard.
C-98 mins

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

Tuesday – July 21, 2015

5:30 AM
STAR OF MIDNIGHT (1935)
A New York lawyer tries to track down a kidnapped actress.
Dir: Stephen Roberts Cast:  William Powell, Ginger Rogers, Paul Kelly.
BW-90 mins, CC

12:45 PM
TWO O’CLOCK COURAGE (1945)
An amnesiac discovers he’s wanted for murder.
Dir: Anthony Mann Cast:  Tom Conway, Ann Rutherford, Richard Lane.
BW-66 mins

Strangers on a Train directed by Alfred Hitchcock***** ***** ***** *****

Thursday – July 23, 2015

7:15 AM
IT’S A WONDERFUL WORLD (1939)
A runaway poetess helps a fugitive prove himself innocent of murder charges.
Dir: W. S. Van Dyke II Cast:  Claudette Colbert, James Stewart, Guy Kibbee.
BW-86 mins, CC

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

Friday – July 24, 2015

5:45 AM
ROADBLOCK (1951)
An insurance agent’s greedy wife leads him to a life of crime.
Dir: Harold Daniels Cast:  Charles McGraw, Joan Dixon, Lowell Gilmore.
BW-73 mins, CC

7:00 AM
THE STRIP (1951)
A jazz drummer fights to clear his name when he’s accused of killing a racketeer.
Dir: Leslie Kardos Cast:  Mickey Rooney, Sally Forrest, William Demarest.
BW-86 mins, CC

8:30 AM
BEWARE, MY LOVELY (1952)
A widow discovers her handyman is an escaped mental patient.
Dir: Harry Horner Cast:  Ida Lupino, Robert Ryan, Taylor Holmes.
BW-77 mins, CC

The Strange Love of Martha Ivers with Barbara Stanwyck, Kirk Douglas, & Van Heflin12:15 PM
KANSAS CITY CONFIDENTIAL (1952)
To commit the perfect crime, a former detective keeps his colleagues’ identities secret from each other.
Dir: Phil Karlson Cast:  John Payne, Coleen Gray, Preston Foster.
BW-99 mins

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

Saturday – July 25, 2015

12:30 AM
ANGEL FACE (1953)
An unscrupulous woman murders her loved ones for profit.
Dir: Otto Preminger Cast:  Robert Mitchum, Jean Simmons, Mona Freeman.
BW-91 mins, CC

2:30 AM
ELEVATOR TO THE GALLOWS (1958)
A businessman kills his boss to cover up his affair with the man’s wife.
Dir: Louis Malle Cast:  Jeanne Moreau, Maurice Ronet, Georges Poujouly.
BW-91 mins, Letterbox Format (This might be in French with subtitles.)

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

Sunday – July 26, 2015

5:15 PM
12 ANGRY MEN (1957)
A jury holdout tries to convince his colleagues to vote not guilty.
Dir: Sidney Lumet Cast:  Henry Fonda, Lee J. Cobb, Ed Begley.
BW-96 mins, CC, Letterbox Format

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

Monday – July 27, 2015

Conflict with Humphrey Bogart, Alexis Smith, & Sydney Greenstreet5:00 AM
THE PHANTOM OF PARIS (1931)
A magician is charged with killing his fiancee’s father.
Dir: John S. Robertson Cast:  John Gilbert, Leila Hyams, Lewis Stone.
BW-74 mins

7:45 AM
MIRACLES FOR SALE (1939)
A magician turns detective to investigate murder and a phony seance.
Dir: Tod Browning Cast:  Robert Young, Florence Rice, Frank Craven.
BW-71 mins

12:30 PM
HAVING WONDERFUL CRIME (1945)
Three amateur detectives try to find a missing magician.
Dir: Eddie Sutherland Cast:  Pat O’Brien, George Murphy, Carole Landis.
BW-70 mins

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

Tuesday – July 28, 2015

5:15 AM
THE THIN MAN (1934)
A husband-and-wife detective team takes on the search for a missing inventor and almost get killed for their efforts.
Dir: W. S. Van Dyke Cast:  William Powell, Myrna Loy, Maureen O’Sullivan.
BW-91 mins, CC

Star of Midnight with William Powell & Ginger Rogers7:00 AM
AFTER THE THIN MAN (1936)
Married sleuths Nick and Nora Charles try to clear Nora’s cousin of a murder charge.
Dir: W. S. Van Dyke Cast:  William Powell, Myrna Loy, James Stewart.
BW-112 mins, CC

8:00 AM
ANOTHER THIN MAN (1939)
Not even the joys of parenthood can stop married sleuths Nick and Nora Charles from investigating a murder on a Long Island estate.
Dir: W. S. Van Dyke II Cast:  William Powell, Myrna Loy, Virginia Grey.
BW-103 mins, CC

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

Wednesday – July 29, 2015

7:30 AM
THE KENNEL MURDER CASE (1933)
Society sleuth Philo Vance investigates a murder tied to a Long Island dog show.
Dir: Michael Curtiz Cast:  William Powell, Mary Astor, Eugene Pallette.
BW-73 mins, CC

9:00 PM
SEPARATE TABLES (1958)
The boarders at an English resort struggle with emotional problems.
Dir: Delbert Mann Cast:  Deborah Kerr, Rita Hayworth, David Niven.
BW-100 mins, CC, Letterbox Format
***This isn’t a mystery, but I remember it being very, very good.***

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

Thursday – July 30, 2015

12 Angry Men with Henry Fonda11:15 AM
AFTER OFFICE HOURS (1935)
A society newspaperwoman tries to prove to her editor that she can crack a murder case.
Dir: Robert Z. Leonard Cast:  Constance Bennett, Clark Gable, Stuart Erwin.
BW-72 mins, CC
***** ***** ***** *****

Friday – July 31, 2015

5:00 AM
THE BIG HEAT (1953)
A police detective whose wife was killed by the mob teams with a scarred gangster’s moll to bring down a powerful gangster.
Dir: Fritz Lang Cast:  Glenn Ford, Gloria Grahame, Jocelyn Brando.
BW-90 mins, CC

10:30 AM
BEYOND A REASONABLE DOUBT (1956)
A novelist frames himself for murder to prove the fallibility of circumstantial evidence.
Dir: Fritz Lang Cast:  Dana Andrews, Joan Fontaine, Sidney Blackmer.
BW-80 mins, CC, Letterbox Format

1:45 PM
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 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

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Saturday – August 1, 2015

2:00 AM
THE WRONG MAN (1956)
A musician is mistaken for a vicious thief, with devastating results.
Dir: Alfred Hitchcock Cast:  Henry Fonda, Vera Miles, Anthony Quayle.
BW-105 mins, CC

It's a Wonderful World with Jimmy Stewart & Claudette Colbert***** ***** ***** *****

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

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

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Wednesday – July 1, 2015

6:00 AM
Columbo: Rest in Peace, Mrs. Columbo
A woman who blames Lt. Columbo for the loss of her husband sets out to get back at him. But before she goes after him, she first goes after the man who informed on her husband and by showing the Lt. how it feels to lose a love one; by going after his wife.

12:00 – 4:00 PM
Diagnosis Murder marathon

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Thursday – July 2, 2015

6:00 AM
Columbo: Uneasy Lies the Crown
The unsuccessful junior partner in a dental group, a bad husband and degenerate gambler, faces divorce and ostracism from his father-in-law’s firm.

The Kennel Murder Case with William Powell & Mary Astor12:00 – 4:00 PM
Diagnosis Murder marathon

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Friday – July 3, 2015

6:00 am
Columbo: Murder in Malibu
A successful writer of romance novels who is involved with a young, ambitious womanizer, is found shot to death in her Malibu home.

8:00 AM – 10:00 PM
Christmas movie marathon

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Saturday – July 4, 2015

4:00 AM – 11:59 PM
Christmas movie marathon

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Sunday – July 5, 2015

12:00 AM – 11:59 PM
Christmas movie marathon

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Monday – July 6, 2015

After Office Hours with Clark Gable & Constance Bennett6:00 AM
Columbo: Columbo Goes to College
Two arrogant college students in Columbo’s class on criminology kill a professor that discovers they are cheating.

8:00 AM – 10:00 PM

Christmas movie marathon

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Tuesday – July 7, 2015

6:00 AM
Columbo: Caution: Murder Can Be Hazardous to Your Health
Wade Anders host of a highly popular anti-crime television show, has to murder a blackmailer.

8:00 AM – 10:00 PM
Christmas movie marathon

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Wednesday – July 8, 2015

6:00 AM
Columbo: Columbo and the Murder of a Rock Star
Lt. Columbo matches wits with a defense lawyer who has never lost a case in his career.

8:00 AM – 10:00 PM
Christmas movie marathon

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Thursday – July 9, 2015

6:00 AM
The Blue Gardenia with Ann Sothern, Anne Baxter, Raymond Burr, & Richard ConteColumbo: Death Hits the Jackpot
A struggling photographer is murdered in an elaborate scheme to get hold of his lottery winnings.

8:00 AM – 10:00 PM
Christmas movie marathon

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Friday – July 10, 2015

6:00 AM
Columbo: No Time to Die
Columbo attends his nephew’s wedding and as the couple get ready to leave on their honeymoon, the bride disappears. Columbo investigates, thinking his nephew may have made a few enemies on the police force.

8:00 AM – 10:00 PM
Christmas movie marathon

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Saturday – July 11, 2015

4:00 AM – 11:59 PM
Christmas movie marathon

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The Big Heat with Glenn Ford, Lee Marvin, & Gloria GrahameSunday – July 12, 2015

12:00 AM – 11:59 PM
Christmas movies marathon

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Monday – July 13, 2015

6:00 AM
Columbo: A Bird in the Hand…
A rich man disliked by his family has a bomb planted in his car, but before it explodes, he is run over and killed, but by who?

12:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Diagnosis Murder marathon

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Tuesday – July 14, 2015

6:00 AM
Columbo: It’s All in the Game
Nick Franco is a violent, two-timing gigolo and his current paramour, Laura Stanton, has had enough. With the help of a young woman named Lisa, she murders her lover and sets herself up with an airtight alibi. When Columbo starts sniffing on her trail, Laura quickly works to seduce the married detective, hoping that her sex appeal will throw the usually stubborn Lieutenant off the scent.

12:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Diagnosis Murder marathon

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Wednesday – July 15, 2015

The Wrong Man with Henry Fonda & Vera Miles6:00 AM
Columbo: Butterfly in Shades of Grey
Ego-maniac Fielding Chase, is a radio talk show host who in order to prevent his daughter from moving to New York, murders a member of his staff.

12:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Diagnosis Murder marathon

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Thursday – July 16, 2015

6:00 AM
Columbo: Undercover
A photograph is the only clue for Columbo when two dead men and a seven year old mystery with $4 million dollars involved as well as an obnoxious insurance investigator come into play.

12:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Diagnosis Murder marathon

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Friday – July 17, 2015

6:00 AM
Columbo: Strange Bedfellows
A corrupt horse breeder and the gambling syndicate are fixing the horse races puts Columbo into a double investigation while investigating a very clever killer.

12:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Diagnosis Murder marathon

4:00 PM
Bewitched mystery movieGourmet Detective
A chef turned culinary sleuth is partnered with a beautiful detective to unravel the clues surrounding the unexpected death of a guest at a prestigious dinner party. Stars Dylan Neal, Brooke Burns and Matthew Kevin Anderson.

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Saturday – July 18, 2015

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

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Real Murders: An Aurora Teagarden Mystery
Aurora finds a member of her crime buff group, the Real Murders Club, killed in a manner that eerily resembles the crime the club was about to discuss. As other brutal “copycat” killings follow, Aurora will have to uncover the person behind the terrifying game. Stars Candace Cameron Bure, Lexa Doig, Robin Dunne and Marilu Henner.

Here is the July schedule for this movie’s showings (Central time zone):

Sunday – July 26   8:00 PM
Tuesday – July 28   6:00 PM
Wednesday – July 29   8:00 AM
Friday – July 31   8:00 PM

(All of the above Hallmark Movies & Mysteries descriptions were copied from the Hallmark Movies & Mysteries site. Hallmark Movies & Mysteries only posts partial schedules for each month, but I will update this page when they post the remaining weeks of their July schedule.)

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

Diagnosis Murder television mystery show, season 1Here is the June 2015 television mystery movies schedule:

Upcoming Television Mystery Movies for June 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

Charlaine Harris’ “Real Murder: An Aurora Teagarden Mystery” Will Premiere on July 26, 2015

Real Murders by Charlaine HarrisI’ll be posting the television mystery movies schedule tomorrow morning (I’m working on it right now), but I thought I’d take a break now to tell you about the new Aurora Teagarden movie that will be shown on the Hallmark Movies & Mysteries channel, on July 26, 2015.  These Aurora Teagarden mystery movies are based on the Aurora Teagarden Mystery Series by Charlaine Harris. I am hoping that as these movies become more and more popular, Charlaine Harris might think about writing some new mysteries in this series. (I finished reading all of them when she stopped the series in 2003.)

Here is the synopsis from the Hallmark Movies & Mysteries channel:

Real Murders: An Aurora Teagarden Mystery
Aurora finds a member of her crime buff group, the Real Murders Club, killed in a manner that eerily resembles the crime the club was about to discuss. As other brutal “copycat” killings follow, Aurora will have to uncover the person behind the terrifying game. Stars Candace Cameron Bure, Lexa Doig, Robin Dunne and Marilu Henner.

Here is the schedule for the movie’s showings (Central time zone):

Sunday – July 26   8:00 PM
Tuesday – July 28   6:00 PM
Wednesday – July 29   8:00 AM
Friday – July 31   8:00 PM
Saturday – August 1   4:00 PM
Wednesday – August 26   6:00 PM
Thursday – August 27   8:00 AM

If you would like to see more TV and Movies ideas, click on this link to go to the page on my Cozy-Mystery site.

Edie Claire’s “Never Steal a Cockatiel” Is Released Tomorrow!

Never Steal a Cockatiel by Edie ClaireAs some of you who have been with me for a while know, Edie Claire is one of my very favorite Cozy Mystery authors. Way back in 1999, Never Buried (FREE in Kindle format) was the first of her Leigh Koslow mysteries to be released. Once I read it, I was hooked!

I am not caught up with many of my favorite Cozy Mystery series; but this one, I am! I preordered tomorrow’s release, Never Steal a Cockatiel, and plan to start reading it tomorrow. That’s how much I love Edie Claire’s Leigh Koslow Mystery Series! (This is the 9th book in the series.)

I found this new Cozy while I was updating my Soon to be Released Mysteries page, which I just finished doing this afternoon. You might want to go take a look at that page, some of your favorite Cozy Mystery authors may have Cozies that are going to be released. I found and posted several other Cozies that also look really good.

Sewing Theme in Cozy Mystery Books

Sewing Theme in Cozy Mysteries

You know, I have themes for quilting, and knitting, crocheting, needlework, & needlecrafts, but it never occurred to me to have a sewing theme >>> until I was asked if there were any sewing themed Cozies. Hmmm, let me think…

Sewing Theme in Cozy Mystery Series:

Janet Bolin: Threadville Mystery Series

Melissa Bourbon (aka Misa Ramirez): Magical Dressmaking Mystery Series

Elizabeth Lynn Casey (aka Laura Bradford): Southern Sewing Circle Mystery Series

Amanda Lee (aka Gayle Trent & Gayle Leeson): Embroidery Mystery Series

Cate Price: Deadly Notions Mystery Series

Liz Trenow: The Forgotten Seamstress (not technically a mystery, but does include a mystery of sorts)

My theme page has lots of different Cozy Mystery themes. You might find a few themes that pique your interest. Here’s the Cozy Mysteries by Theme page on my site. Just click on the link and it will take you to it.

If you know of any other Cozy Mystery series that have a Sewing Theme, please post a comment so I can include it/them on the list. Thank you!

The Pinkertons Television Mystery Series

The Pinkertons Television SeriesWay back in 1850, Allan Pinkerton started the very first private detective agency: the Pinkerton National Detective Agency. Their agents were simply known as “Pinkertons”. The Pinkertons were highly regarded as both detectives and bodyguards.

This brings me to The Pinkertons, a delightfully humorous western mystery series from Canada. That’s right >>> this is a Canadian import depicting life in Kansas City during the 1860s-1870s.

Mrs. Warne (Kate), played beautifully by Martha MacIsaac, is a Pinkerton based in Kansas City. She’s smart and dedicated, a no-nonsense type of Pinkerton. When she receives a new case, she doesn’t stop until she solves it. She is highly respected by Allan Pinkerton (Angus Macfadyen). This of course should be a great news, however because she’s such a good Pinkerton agent, she is saddled with Allan Pinkerton’s son, William (portrayed with great glee by Jacob Blair) as her partner.

The beginning of their pairing-up shows us just how much training William needs. While Kate’s methodology includes evaluating the mystery and coming up with a plan of action, William’s approach is sort of play-it-as-it-goes. Although William interjects the humor into the show, surprisingly, he is quite good at solving crimes. Let’s face it, Allan Pinkerton is his father!

The show is set a few years after the Civil War so a lot of plots include Confederate vs. Yankee plot lines. It’s interesting that the plots of the shows are based on real Pinkerton files from back then.

My husband & I have been watching The Pinkertons series on television as it airs. We both think it’s a lot of fun to watch. I recommend the show but should warn some of you that every once in a while you may notice an “about” being pronounced as “aboot” – which doesn’t bother us in the least. A good mystery show is well worth that, eh?

The Pinkertons is not available on Netflix. So if you’re interested in seeing the shows, check your local television schedules OR you can take a look at this schedule they have on their site:

Where to Watch The Pinkertons

Also, if you would like to see a whole lot of other Cozy Mystery television and movie ideas, click on this link to go to my TV and Movie page. I have written quite a few entries about mystery themed shows and mysteries, as well as some Cozy non mystery themed shows/movies.

Six Soon to be Released Cozy Mystery Books

When we had our discussion about some of the things that attract us to our Cozy Mysteries, I was happy to see that I’m not the only one who is attracted by the book covers. Here are six new Cozies, two of which are NEW series by Cozy Mystery authors with whom a lot of us are familiar. (As usual, I love the covers!)

On Thin Icing by Ellie Alexander

Ellie Alexander (aka Kate Dyer-Seeley): On Thin Icing (This will be the 3rd in the Bakeshop Mystery Series.)

Jules Capshaw will be catering the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, where there will be much ado about something!

Daisies for Innocence by Bailey Cattrell (aka  Bailey Cates  & Cricket McRae)

Bailey Cattrell (aka Bailey Cates &  Cricket McRae): Daisies for Innocence (This will be the 1st in the NEW Enchanted Garden Mystery Series.)

Ellie (as in Elliana) Allbright is the owner of Scents & Nonsense, a perfume shop in Poppyville, California. Ellie’s perfumes seem to make people happy and more… sensitive.

Sweet Pepper Hero by J. J. Cook

J.J. Cook: Sweet Pepper Hero (This will be the 4th in the Sweet Pepper Fire Brigade Mystery Series.)

Stella Griffin, the fire chief, has her hands full! She’s getting to the bottom of an arson case as well as judging her town’s recipe contest. (Where’s Eric when she needs him?)

Wedding Cake Murder by Joanne Fluke

Joanne Fluke: Wedding Cake Murder (This will be the 19th in the Hannah Swensen Mystery Series.)

Oh my goodness! I’m not going to give anything away here, but the front cover of this Cozy’s cover says: “H—-h Says I Do!”

Foreign Eclairs by Julie Hyzy

Julie Hyzy: Foreign Éclairs (This will be the 9th in the White House Chef Mystery Series.)

Ollie Paras, a chef at the White House, is the possible target of one of the terrorists she helped bring down.

To Helvetica and Back by Paige Shelton

Paige Shelton: To Helvetica and Back (This will be the 1st in the NEW Dangerous Type Mystery Series.)

Clare Henry and her grandad (Chester) repair old typewriters and books at their shop called the Rescued Word, accompanied by Baskerville, a Calico Cat, in Colorado.

All of these Cozy Mysteries can be found on my Soon to be Released page, which I update quite often. If you click on the link below, it will take you right there:
Soon to be Released Mysteries page.

Cozy Mystery Little Bits of Information

Scrapbook of the Dead by Mollie Cox BryanI have some very good news for some of you! Here are some little morsels of information that fans of these Cozy Mystery authors will be especially be happy about seeing:

 Molly Cox Bryan, author of the Cumberland Creek Mystery Series, will be writing a new Cozy Mystery series that will take place in North Carolina and will feature a craft retreat. How many of us wish we could attend the first session?

 

Some Like it Witchy by Heather Blake (aka Heather Webber) Heather Blake (aka Heather Webber) will be releasing a sixth Cozy in her Wishcraft Mystery Series. The tentative title is Gone with the Witch, and believe me, I’ll let you know when it is going to be released!

 

Give 'Em Pumpkin to Talk About by Joyce and Jim Lavene (aka J.J. Cook $ Ellie Grant) Joyce and Jim Lavene may be starting a new Cozy Mystery series called the Purple Door Detective Agency Mystery Series. I’m still not entirely sure about this, since they will be starting their new Pumpkin Patch Mystery Series in the same month (August) as the Purple Door Detective Agency series is supposed to be starting. More news about this when I get the scoop…

 

Killer Run by Lynn CahoonAll of you fans of Lynn Cahoon‘s Tourist Trap Mystery Series have something to be extra happy about! Lynn Cahoon will be releasing A Story to Kill, the first Cozy in her new series called the Cat Latimer Mystery Series. The series will star an author/professor who inherits a Victorian house. And guess what she’s going to do with her converted Victorian! She’s going to turn it into a Bed and Breakfast for authors’ retreats! (See, I told you you’d be happy!)

 

The Cat, the Sneak and the Secret by Leann SweeneyHere’s some great news for Leann Sweeney‘s fans! Her Cats in Trouble Mystery Series has gotten the green light for the next two books in the series. Yahoo! I absolutely love to hear about our authors being able to continue their Cozy Mystery series!

 

At the risk of asking a terribly obvious question: This is pretty doggone good Cozy Mystery news, isn’t it?