Cozy Mystery Book Recommendations – May 2015

Checked Out by Elaine VietsThis month has been pretty hectic for me so I feel like my Cozy Mystery reading sort of was put on a type of semi hold. Also, I ventured out of my Cozy Mystery realm, and tried a few non mysteries. I am currently back to my Cozies, and am reading one of my favorite Cozy authors right now.

How about you? Did you find a particularly good Cozy Mystery this month? Was it the type of Cozy that stands way out from the other Cozies you have read this month? If you did find a Cozy Mystery that good, would you please write a comment and tell us why you think this book is so much better than the rest of the Cozy Mysteries you read during May 2015? The rest of us would love to hear about it! Let’s face it, we’re all looking for a great Cozy Mystery read!

And, since some of you have read several Cozies this month that you think are terrific, would you please put the one you liked the very best at the top of your list? That way the rest of us will know that you think that Cozy is particularly greeeeeaaaaat!

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

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

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

Lucy Arlington: Novel Idea Mystery Series

Rita Mae Brown: Mrs. Murphy Mystery Series

Anne Canadeo (aka Katherine Spencer): Black Sheep Knitting Mystery Series

Janet Cantrell (aka Kaye George): Fat Cat Mystery Series

Kate Carlisle: Bibliophile Mystery Mystery Series

Laura Childs: Tea Shop Mystery Series

Ellen Crosby: Sophie Medina Mystery Series

Krista Davis: Domestic Diva Mystery Series

Peter Dickinson: Princess Louise Mystery Series (King and Joker, book #1)

Elizabeth J. Duncan: Penny Brannigan Mystery Series

Sally Goldenbaum: Seaside Knitters Mystery Series

Victoria Hamilton (aka Amanda Cooper & Donna Lea Simpson): Vintage Kitchen Mystery Series

Charlaine Harris: Aurora Teagarden Mystery Series

Joan Hess: Claire Malloy Mystery Series

Sue Ann Jaffarian: Ghost of Granny Apples Mystery Series

Alex A. King: Kat Mafris Greek Mafia Mystery Series (Disorganized Crime, book #1)

Kylie Logan (aka Miranda Bliss & Casey Daniels): Murder at the orient express

G.A. McKevett: Savannah Reid Mystery Series

Staci McLaughlin: Blossom Valley Series

Liz Mugavero (aka Cate Conte): Pawsitively Organic Mystery Series

Meg Muldoon: Christmas River Mystery Series (Murder in Christmas River, book #1)

Barbara Ross: Maine Clambake Mystery Series

Lea Wait: Mainely Needlepoint Mystery Series

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

I encourage all of you to read the comments below, since it’s a great way to “hear” about Cozies that stand out from the crowd.

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

P.S. I usually respond to all of the comments on the Cozy Mystery blog, but I don’t respond to the comments on these monthly recommendation entries because they speak for themselves!

Upcoming Television Mystery Movies for June 2015

The Drowning Pool with Paul Newman & Joanne WoodwardVacation time is here! For some of us that means spending our days outside, enjoying the fun nature has to offer. For others, it means cranking up the air conditioning and staying inside while avoiding 100° days. Either way, most of us have time to take a break to enjoy a few mystery movies that have shown on TV.

For those of you who missed some of the Hallmark Movies & Mysteries channel’s new mystery movies (Joanne Fluke’s Murder, She Baked: A Chocolate Chip Cookie Mystery, Peter King’s Gourmet Detective or Charlaine Harris’ A Bone to Pick: An Aurora Teagarden Mystery), you’ll get your chance to watch them during June. Also, there will be a McBride mystery movies marathon as well as a Murder, She Wrote marathon.

Over on the Turner Classic Movies channel, they will be showing Laura and The Letter, two really good movies. Also, if you want to see a really creepy Robert Wagner, way before his Jonathan Hart days, A Kiss before Dying should fill the bill! And as usual, I couldn’t help including a few movies that aren’t mysteries, but are so good I had to mention them: Jezebel and the three Father’s Day movies. I think all four of these movies are terrific!

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

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

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

Monday – June 1, 2015

(***These first four June 2015 movies star Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward. I love seeing them act together and you may, too! The first three are not mysteries.***)

7:00 PM
The Long Hot Summer (1958)
A drifter with a past brings a wealthy family’s problems to a head.
Dir: Martin Ritt Cast:  Paul Newman, Joanne Woodward, Tony Franciosa.
C-117 mins, CC, Letterbox Format

9:15 PM
Rally Round the Flag, Boys! (1958)
The arrival of an Army missile base shatters the peaceful life of a suburban town.
Dir: Leo McCarey Cast:  Paul Newman, Joanne Woodward, Joan Collins.
C-107 mins, Letterbox Format

11:15 PM
From the Terrace (1960)
A financial wizard is tempted to sacrifice his career for an affair.
Dir: Mark Robson Cast:  Paul Newman, Joanne Woodward, Myrna Loy.
C-149 mins

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

Tuesday – June 2, 2015

5:30 AM
The Drowning Pool (1975)
A private eye’s investigation of an anonymous letter leads to murder.
Dir: Stuart Rosenberg Cast:  Paul Newman, Joanne Woodward, Tony Franciosa.
C-108 mins, Letterbox Format

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

Thursday – June 4, 2015

1:00 AM
The Killers (1946)
An insurance investigator uncovers a string of crimes when he tries to find a murdered boxer’s beneficiary.
Dir: Robert Siodmak Cast:  Burt Lancaster, Ava Gardner, Edmond O’Brien.
BW-102 mins, CC

(***The next eight movies are Bulldog Drummond mysteries. I haven’t seen them yet and am hoping they aren’t too dated.***)

7:00 PM
Bulldog Drummond Escapes (1937)
Captain Drummond becomes a prisoner when he intents to protect a beautiful heiress of an espionage organization.
Dir: James Hogan Cast:  Ray Milland, Sir Guy Standing, Heather Angel.
BW-67 mins

8:15 PM
Bulldog Drummond at Bay (1947)
When thieves rob his country estate, Bulldog Drummond’s investigation uncovers a deadly jewel heist.
Dir: Sidney Salkow Cast:  Anita Louise, Pat O’Moore, Terry Kilburn.
BW-70 mins

9:45 PM
Bulldog Drummond Comes Back (1937)
An old enemy kidnaps Bulldog Drummond¿s fiancée.
Dir: Louis King Cast:  John Barrymore, John Howard, Louise Campbell.
BW-58 mins

11:00 PM
Bulldog Drummond’s Revenge (1937)
Captain Drummond travels to Switzerland in order to marry his girlfriend but the disappearance of a dangerous cargo of explosives makes him delay his plans.
Dir: Louis King Cast:  John Barrymore, John Howard, Louise Campbell.
BW-57 mins

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

Friday – June 5, 2015

12:15 AM
Bulldog Drummond’s Peril (1938)
Bulldog Drummond hunts down an assassin after a priceless diamond.
Dir: James Hogan Cast: John Barrymore, John Howard, Louise Campbel .
BW-66 mins

1:30 AM
Bulldog Drummond in Africa (1938)
Drummond, his girlfriend and his butler try to free an high post of Scotland Yard who has been kidnapped.
Dir: Louis King Cast:  John Howard, Heather Angel, H. B. Warner.
BW-58 mins

2:45 AM
Bulldog Drummond’s Secret Police (1939)
Bulldog Drummond discovers the house he¿s rented for his wedding hides a secret treasure.
Dir: James Hogan Cast:  John Howard, Heather Angel, H. B. Warner.
BW-56 mins

4:00 AM
Bulldog Drummond’s Bride (1939)
Bulldog Drummond postpones his wedding to track down a band of bank robbers.
Dir: James Hogan Cast:  John Howard, Heather Angel, H. B. Warner.
BW-56 mins

5:00 AM
M (1931)
The mob sets out to catch a child killer whose crimes are attracting too much police attention.
Dir: Fritz Lang Cast:  Peter Lorre, Otto Wernicke, Gustav Grundgens.
BW-109 mins

The Letter with Bette Davis8:45 AM
The Letter (1940)
A woman claims to have killed in self-defense, until a blackmailer turns up with incriminating evidence.
Dir: William Wyler Cast:  Bette Davis, Herbert Marshall, James Stephenson.
BW-95 mins, CC

10:30 AM
Stranger on the Third Floor (1940)
A newspaperman serves as key witness in a circumstantial murder case.
Dir: Boris Ingster Cast:  Peter Lorre, John McGuire, Margaret Tallichet.
BW-64 mins, CC

1:30 PM
The Maltese Falcon (1941)
Hard-boiled detective Sam Spade gets caught up in the murderous search for a priceless statue.
Dir: John Huston Cast:  Humphrey Bogart, Mary Astor, Gladys George.
BW-100 mins, CC

9:15 PM
Woman on the Run (1950)
A woman searches for her husband, who ran off after witnessing a mob hit.
Dir: Norman Foster Cast:  Ann Sheridan, Dennis O’Keefe, Robert Keith.
BW-77 mins

10:45 PM
Dark Passage (1947)
A man falsely accused of his wife’s murder escapes to search for the real killer.
Dir: Delmer Daves Cast:  Humphrey Bogart, Lauren Bacall, Bruce Bennett.
BW-106 mins, CC

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

Saturday – June 6, 2015

12:45 AM
Born to Kill (1947)
A murderer marries a young innocent then goes after her more experienced sister.
Dir: Robert Wise Cast:  Claire Trevor, Lawrence Tierney, Walter Slezak.
BW-92 mins, CC

2:30 AM
L.A. Confidential (1997)
Detectives clash while investigating political corruption.
Dir: Curtis Hanson Cast:  Kevin Spacey, Russell Crowe, Kim Basinger.
C-138 mins, CC, Letterbox Format

3:15 PM
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

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

Sunday – June 7, 2015

5:00 AM
The Runaway Bride (1930)
A criminal gang goes after the jewels their dying leader stashed in a woman’s handbag.
Dir: Donald Crisp Cast:  Mary Astor, Lloyd Hughes, David Newell.
BW-66 mins

6:15 AM
For the Defense (1930)
An attorney, who specializes in springing criminals out of prison, is faced with a moral dilemma when his girlfriend drunkenly kills a pedestrian with her car and another man takes the blame.
Dir: John Cromwell Cast:  William Powell, Kay Francis, Scott Kolk.
BW-63 mins, CC

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

Monday – June 8, 2015

7:15 AM
The Smiling Ghost (1941)
A newswoman investigates a haunted house.
Dir: Lewis Seiler Cast:  Wayne Morris, Brenda Marshall, Alexis Smith.
BW-71 mins, CC
(***I’m not sure if this is a mystery or not.***)

4:00 PM
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-86 mins, CC

11:30 PM
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 – June 9, 2015

5:15 AM
Jezebel (1938)
A tempestuous Southern belle’s willfulness threatens to destroy all who care for her.
Dir: William Wyler Cast:  Bette Davis, Henry Fonda, George Brent.
BW-104 mins, CC
(***Bette Davis, Henry Fonda, and George Brent! Terrific Gone with the Wind type of movie. Not a mystery.)

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

Thursday – June 11, 2015

5:45 AM
Mr. Arkadin (1955)
A private eye investigates a millionaire’s mysterious past before a murderer can get to the witnesses.
Dir: Orson Welles Cast:  Orson Welles, Robert Arden, Paola Mori.
BW-106 mins

3:45 PM
The Happy Thieves (1962)
A worldly art thief gets mixed up with murder.
Dir: George Marshall Cast:  Rex Harrison, Rita Hayworth, Joseph Wiseman.
C-89 mins, Letterbox Format

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

Friday – June 12, 2015

6:30 AM
Laura (1944)
A police detective falls in love with the woman whose murder he’s investigating.
Dir: Otto Preminger Cast:  Gene Tierney, Dana Andrews, Clifton Webb.
BW-88 mins, CC

Murder, My Sweet with Dick Powell, Anne Shirley, & Claire Trevor9:30 AM
Murder, My Sweet (1944)
Detective Philip Marlowe’s search for a two-timing woman leads him to blackmail and murder.
Dir: Edward Dmytryk Cast:  Dick Powell, Claire Trevor, Anne Shirley.
BW-95 mins, CC

11:15 AM
Danger Signal (1945)
A man suspected of murder charms a secretary into helping him.
Dir: Robert Florey Cast:  Faye Emerson, Zachary Scott, Dick Erdman.
BW-78 mins, CC

12:45 PM
Detour (1945)
A hitchhiker takes on a dead man’s identity only to face blackmail by an unscrupulous woman.
Dir: Edgar G. Ulmer Cast:  Tom Neal, Ann Savage, Claudia Drake.
BW-68 mins, CC

4:00 PM
Deadline at Dawn (1946)
An aspiring actress risks her life to clear a sailor charged with murder.
Dir: Harold Clurman Cast:  Susan Hayward, Paul Lukas, Bill Williams.
BW-83 mins, CC

5:30 PM
Johnny Angel (1946)
A sailor sets out to solve his father’s murder.
Dir: Edwin L. Marin Cast: George Raft, Claire Trevor, Signe Hasso.
BW-79 mins, CC

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

Saturday – June 13, 2015

2:30 AM
Night Moves (1975)
An L.A. private detective puts aside his own marital woes while tracing a topless nymphet to the Florida Keys.
Dir: Arthur Penn Cast:  Gene Hackman, Jennifer Warren, Edward Binns.
C-100 mins

4:15 PM
Ice Station Zebra (1968)
A sub commander on a perilous mission must ferret out a Soviet agent on his ship.
Dir: John Sturges Cast:  Rock Hudson, Ernest Borgnine, Patrick McGoohan.
C-152 mins, CC

7:00 PM
Bullitt (1968)
When mobsters kill the witness he was assigned to protect, a dedicated policeman investigates the case on his own.
Dir: Peter Yates Cast:  Steve McQueen, Robert Vaughn, Jacqueline Bisset.
C-114 mins, CC

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

Sunday – June 14, 2015

1:15 PM
A Kiss Before Dying (1956)
A college student tries to get rich quick by wooing two wealthy sisters.
Dir: Gerd Oswald Cast:  Robert Wagner, Jeffrey Hunter, Virginia Leith.
C-95 mins, CC, Letterbox Format

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

Monday – June 15, 2015

11:00 AM
The Fallen Idol (1948)
A neglected child thinks the servant he idolizes has committed murder.
Dir: Carol Reed Cast:  Ralph Richardson, Michele Morgan, Bobby Henrey.
BW-95 mins, CC

3:15 PM
One Way Pendulum (1964)
An eccentric family gets mixed up in an imaginary murder trial.
Dir: Peter Yates Cast:  Eric Sykes, George Cole, Julia Foster.
BW-84 mins, Letterbox Format

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

Friday – June 19, 2015

10:30 AM
The Big Sleep (1946)
Private eye Philip Marlowe investigates a society girl’s involvement in the murder of a pornographer.
Dir: Howard Hawks Cast:  Humphrey Bogart, Lauren Bacall, John Ridgely.
BW-114 mins, CC

12:30 PM
The Killers (1946)
An insurance investigator uncovers a string of crimes when he tries to find a murdered boxer’s beneficiary.
Dir: Robert Siodmak Cast:  Burt Lancaster, Ava Gardner, Edmond O’Brien.
BW-102 mins, CC

4:00 PM
Nocturne (1946)
A police detective refuses to believe a composer’s death was suicide.
Dir: Edwin L. Marin Cast:  George Raft, Lynn Bari, Virginia Huston.
BW-87 mins, CC

5:30 PM
Crossfire (1947)
A crusading district attorney investigates the murder of a Jewish man.
Dir: Edward Dmytryk Cast:  Robert Young, Robert Mitchum, Robert Ryan.
BW-86 mins, CC

8:45 PM
Mystery Street (1950)
Criminal pathologists try to crack a case with nothing but the victim’s bones to go on.
Dir: John Sturges Cast:  Ricardo Montalban, Sally Forrest, Bruce Bennett.
BW-93 mins, CC

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

Saturday – June 20, 2015

12:15 AM
The People Against O’Hara (1951)
A defense attorney jeopardizes his career to save his client.
Dir: John Sturges Cast:  Spencer Tracy, Pat O’Brien, Diana Lynn.
BW-102 mins, CC

2:15 AM
Get Carter (1971)
A small-time gangster searches for the truth behind his brother’s death.
Dir: Mike Hodges Cast: Michael Caine, Ian Hendry, Britt Ekland.
C-112 mins, CC, Letterbox Format

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

Sunday – June 21, 2015

(***I think these three movies are terrific movies to enjoy on Father’s Day! They are not mysteries.***)

1:15 PM
Father of the Bride (1950)
A doting father faces mountains of bills and endless trials when his daughter marries.
Dir: Vincente Minnelli Cast:  Spencer Tracy, Joan Bennett, Elizabeth Taylor.
BW-93 mins, CC

3:00 PM
Father’s Little Dividend (1951)
In this sequel to Father of the Bride, a doting father faces a series of comic trials when his daughter has her first child.
Dir: Vincente Minnelli Cast:  Spencer Tracy, Joan Bennett, Elizabeth Taylor.
BW-81 mins, CC

4:45 PM
Life with Father (1947)
A straitlaced turn-of-the-century father presides over a family of boys and the mother who really rules the roost.
Dir: Michael Curtiz Cast:  William Powell, Irene Dunne, Elizabeth Taylor.
C-118 mins, CC

11:15 PM
Sherlock Holmes (1922)
In this silent film, Sherlock Holmes faces off against Professor Moriarty.
Dir: Albert Parker Cast:  John Barrymore, Roland Young, Carol Dempster.
BW-86 mins
(***I’m not crazy about silent films. John Barrymore back in 1922!)

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

I Confess with Montgomery Clift & Anne BaxterTuesday – June 23, 2015

2:00 PM
I Confess (1953)
A priest suspected of murder can only clear himself by violating the sanctity of the confessional.
Dir: Alfred Hitchcock Cast:  Montgomery Clift, Anne Baxter, Karl Malden.
BW-95 mins, CC

8:45 PM
The Last of Sheila (1973)
A game of murder among wealthy vacationers turns into the real thing.
Dir: Herbert Ross Cast:  James Coburn, Raquel Welch, Dyan Cannon.
C-119 mins, Letterbox Format

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

Friday – June 26, 2015

5:00 AM
The Postman Always Rings Twice (1946)
Illicit lovers plot to kill the woman’s older husband.
Dir: Tay Garnett Cast:  Lana Turner, John Garfield, Cecil Kellaway.
BW-113 mins, CC

7:00 AM
They Won’t Believe Me (1947)
A faithless husband is charged with a murder he didn’t commit.
Dir: Irving Pichel Cast:  Susan Hayward, Robert Young, Jane Greer.
BW-80 mins, CC

8:45 AM
The Woman on the Beach (1947)
A coast guardsman begins to think his mistress’s blind husband can really see.
Dir: Jean Renoir Cast:  Joan Bennett, Robert Ryan, Charles Bickford.
BW-71 mins, CC

10:00 AM
Lady in the Lake (1947)
Philip Marlowe searches for a missing woman in this mystery shot entirely from the detective’s viewpoint.
Dir: Robert Montgomery Cast:  Robert Montgomery, Audrey Totter, Lloyd Nolan.
BW-103 mins, CC

12:00 PM
Out of the Past (1947)
A private eye becomes the dupe of a homicidal moll.
Dir: Jacques Tourneur Cast:  Robert Mitchum, Jane Greer, Kirk Douglas.
BW-97 mins, CC

7:00 PM
The Mask of Dimitrios (1944)
A meek novelist investigates the mysterious death of a notorious scoundrel.
Dir: Jean Negulesco Cast:  Sydney Greenstreet, Zachary Scott, Faye Emerson.
BW-96 mins, CC

10:30 PM
The Stranger (1946)
A small-town schoolteacher suspects her new husband may be an escaped Nazi war criminal.
Dir: Orson Welles Cast:  Edward G. Robinson, Loretta Young, Orson Welles.
BW-95 mins, CC

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

Saturday – June 27, 2015

12:15 AM
The Third Man (1949)
A man’s investigation of a friend’s death uncovers corruption in post-World War II Vienna.
Dir: Carol Reed Cast:  Joseph Cotten, Alida Valli, Orson Welles.
BW-104 mins, CC

7:00 PM
The Picture of Dorian Gray (1945)
A man remains young and handsome while his portrait shows the ravages of age and sin.
Dir: Albert Lewin Cast:  George Sanders, Hurd Hatfield, Donna Reed, Angela Lansbury.
BW-110 mins, CC

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

Sunday – June 28, 2015

1:00 PM
Dial M for Murder (1954)
A straying husband frames his wife for the murder of the man he’d hired to kill her.
Dir: Alfred Hitchcock Cast:  Ray Milland, Grace Kelly, Robert Cummings.
C-105 mins, CC

5:15 PM
The Gazebo (1960)
A suburban couple tries to cope with a murder victim whose body refuses to stay put.
Dir: George Marshall Cast:  Glenn Ford, Debbie Reynolds, Carl Reiner.
BW-102 mins, CC, Letterbox Format

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

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

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

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

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

Monday – June 1, 2015

6:00 AM
Columbo: Dagger of the Mind
Columbo is in London to learn about new methods of investigation used by Scotland Yard when he smells something fishy in what appears to be an accidental death of a famed producer. Stars Peter Falk.

8:00 AM
Perry Mason: The Case of the Defiant Daughter
Perry Mason travels to Las Vegas to investigate a deadly blackmailing scheme. Two men are dead and a third stands accused of their murders. A mischievous 13 year old begs Perry to help her father whose been falsely accused, but not without getting herself into trouble.
Stars Raymond Burr.

10:00 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.

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

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

Tuesday – June 2, 2015

6:00 AM
Columbo: Any Old Port in a Storm
Lt. Columbo investigates the killing of a winemaker whose covetous brother stands to inherit the family vineyard. Stars Peter Falk.

10:00 AM
Mary and Rhoda
Mary Richards and Rhoda Morgenstern find themselves alone after the death of Mary’s husband and Rhoda’s divorce. Both have relocated to New York City and try to jumpstart their dormant careers and reconnect with their daughters. Stars Mary Tyler Moore and Valerie Harper.
(***Not a mystery, but it might be fun to catch up with Mary and Rhoda.***)

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

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

Columbo: The Complete First SeasonWednesday – June 3, 2015

6:00 AM
Columbo: Candidate for Crime
Campaign manager Harry Stone manufactures a story that Senatorial candidate, Nelson Hayward, is the target of a murder plot to gain votes in the coming election. Believing that his campaign manager knows too much, Hayward seizes the opportunity to commit a murder of his own: killing Harry Stone. Making it look as if Hayward himself was the intended victim, the Senatorial candidate looks to get away with murder until Columbo hits the campaign trail to catch the killer. Stars Peter Falk.

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

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

Thursday – June 4, 2015

6:00 AM
Columbo: Swan Song
A popular folk singer’s plane has crashed. Two passengers have died, and one has escaped with minor injuries. Columbo is called to determine whether the crash was merely an accident or rather, a twisted plot to murder the passengers. Stars Peter Falk.

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

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

Friday – June 5, 2015

6:00 AM
Columbo: A Friend in Deed
After killing his wife, Hugh Caldwell asks for help from his best friend Mark Halperin, the Deputy Police Commissioner of the LAPD. Mark makes the murder look like a robbery gone wrong, but the price of his assistance is more than Hugh bargained for. Stars Peter Falk.

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

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

Sunday – June 7, 2015

8:00 AM – 11:59 PM
Matlock marathon

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

Monday – June 8, 2015

6:00 AM
Columbo: Exercise in Fatality
After Milo tries to steal money from his own company company, his business partner learns of the plan a tries to figure out what to do. Gene turns up dead, the victim of an “accident,” and no one ever suspected Milo, especially since he has a perfect alibi for the time of the death. Columbo comes to investigate the accident and begins to see through Milo’s fit exterior. Stars Peter Falk.

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

4:00 PM
Jesse Stone: No Remorse
Police Chief Jesse Stone, who was suspended by the Paradise, Mass. Town Council, begins moonlighting for his friend, State Homicide Commander Healy, by investigating a series of murders in Boston, leaving Rose and Suitcase to handle a crime spree in Paradise on their own. Jesse pours his energy into his work in an effort to push away his twin demons: booze and women. When his investigation leads to notorious mob boss Gino Fish, Jesse’s pursuit becomes hazardous. Stars Tom Selleck, Kathy Baker and Kohl Sudduth.

6:00 PM
Jesse Stone: Innocents Lost
After his involuntary retirement, Jesse Stone investigates the suspicious death of a young friend while the Paradise police force deals with the arrogant new chief, who is the son-in-law of a town councilman. Stars Tom Selleck, Kathy Baker and Kohl Sudduth.

8:00 PM
Jesse Stone: Benefit of the Doubt
When a shocking double homicide rocks the quiet town of Paradise, Jesse Stone is forced out of retirement. With his police department nearly emptied of staff, he has to rely on his expert intuition to sort through a maze of misleading clues as he attempts to unravel the
mysterious murders. Stars Tom Selleck, Kathy Baker and Kohl Sudduth.

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

Tuesday – June 9, 2015

6:00 AM
Columbo: Negative Reaction
A famous photographer, tired of his wife’s antics, has her abducted and murdered. Despite his feeling that the plan works perfectly, Lt. Columbo has a strange feeling that Paul isn’t quite as innocent as he appears. Stars Peter Falk.

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

6:00 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.

8:00 PM
Gourmet 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.

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

Wednesday – June 10, 2015

6:00 AM
Columbo: By Dawn’s Early Light
A proud Commandant of a military academy is incensed that William Haynes, the owner of the property, wants to turn it into a co-ed college. Los Angeles Police Department’s Lt. Columbo comes to the academy to investigate Haynes’ death and instantly suspects that
Rumford had something to do with the explosion, which Columbo believes was not accidental. Stars Peter Falk.

8:00 AM
Gourmet 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.

Diagnosis Murder: The Complete First Season12:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Diagnosis Murder marathon

4:00 PM
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.

6:00 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.

8:00 PM
Garage Sale Mystery: The Deadly Room
Jennifer’s real-estate agent pal dies while trying to negate rumors about a home she’s selling. The police believe there was no foul play, but Jennifer suspects that her friend was killed after she researches other deaths that occurred in the same room. Stars Lori Loughlin, Steve Bacic, Sarah Strange and Kevin O’Grady.

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

Thursday – June 11, 2015

6:00 AM
Columbo: Troubled Waters
A vacationing Columbo investigates the death of a performer while on a cruise ship. Stars Peter Falk and Robert Vaughn.

8:00 AM
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 AM
Garage Sale Mystery: The Deadly Room
Jennifer’s real-estate agent pal dies while trying to negate rumors about a home she’s selling. The police believe there was no foul play, but Jennifer suspects that her friend was killed after she researches other deaths that occurred in the same room. Stars Lori Loughlin, Steve Bacic, Sarah Strange and Kevin O’Grady.

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

6:00 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.

8:00 PM
A Bone to Pick: An Aurora Teagarden Mystery
Librarian Aurora Teagarden is known around her small town as a master sleuth. When her friend Jane unexpectedly dies and leaves Aurora everything in her will, she also leaves a troubling murder mystery. It is up to Aurora to piece together the clues and solve the murder before she becomes the next victim. Stars Candace Cameron Bure, Marilu Henner and Alexa Doig.

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

Friday – June 12, 2015

6:00 AM
Columbo: Forgotten Lady
Columbo investigates the alleged suicide of a famous actress’ husband. Stars Peter Falk and Janet Leigh.

8:00 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.

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

4:00 PM
A Bone to Pick: An Aurora Teagarden Mystery
Librarian Aurora Teagarden is known around her small town as a master sleuth. When her friend Jane unexpectedly dies and leaves Aurora everything in her will, she also leaves a troubling murder mystery. It is up to Aurora to piece together the clues and solve the murder before she becomes the next victim. Stars Candace Cameron Bure, Marilu Henner and Alexa Doig.

8:00 PM
Murder, She Baked: A Chocolate Chip Cookie Mystery
Free spirited cookie baker Hannah Swensen jumps in to help a handsome new detective track down the culprit and uncover the mystery surrounding the death of her friend and local milk delivery man. Stars Alison Sweeney, Cameron Mathison and Barbara Niven.

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

Murder, She Wrote: The Complete First SeasonSaturday – June 13, 2015

6:00 AM – 11:59 PM
Murder, She Wrote marathon

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

Sunday – June 14, 2015

8:00 AM
McBride: The Chameleon Murder
As a favor to a friend, defense attorney McBride takes on a client accused of murdering a woman. When McBride and his partner Phil investigate the deceased, they discover she had many identities and with each new life she was leading the list of suspects grows larger. Stars John Larroquette, Marta Dubois, Matt Lutz.

10:00 AM
McBride: Murder Past Midnight
Ex-cop turned defense attorney, Jim McBride takes on a new and very beautiful client accused of murdering her husband. Stars John Larroquette, Marta Dubois, and Matt Lutz.

12:00 PM
McBride: It’s Murder, Madam
An actress, furious that she has been duped into working at an escort service, goes to confront her boss about the situation. She is shocked when she discovers her boss’s dead body and is later arrested for the murder. Defense attorney McBride takes on the case to
prove Marilyn is innocent. Stars John Larroquette, Marta Dubois, Matt Lutz.

2:00 PM
McBride: The Doctor is Out…Really Out
When therapist George Prescott is murdered, investigator Jim McBride is summoned to questions the doctor’s biggest head cases, including vindictive lovers, jealous colleagues, and vengeful rivals. Stars John Larroquette, Marta Dubois,and Matt Lutz.

4:00 PM
McBride: Tune In For Murder
McBride’s case involves two larger than life radio stars who host the highly successful morning show “Ron and Bob.” But when Ron is murdered and all the evidence points to Bob, McBride and Phil begin investigating and what they turn up are a lot of unanswered
questions. Stars John Larroquette, Marta Dubois, and Matt Lutz.

6:00 PM
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.

8:00 PM
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.

10:00 PM
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.

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

Monday – June 15, 2015

6:00 AM
Columbo: Identity Crisis
Lieutenant Columbo investigates a dark secret and a secret group after a man is murdered. Stars Peter Falk and Patrick McGoohan.

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

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

Tuesday – June 16, 2015

6:00 AM
Columbo: Now You See Him
Lt. Columbo investigates an expert magician who is hiding the murder of his employer. Stars Peter Falk.

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

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

Wednesday – June 17, 2015

6:00 AM
Columbo: Last Salute to the Commodore
Lieutenant Columbo investigates the disappearance of an old navy Commodore who vanishes at sea. Stars Peter Falk.

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

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

Thursday – June 18, 2015

6:00 AM
Columbo: Make Me a Perfect Murder
Columbo unravels the murder of a television network executive and his seemingly innocent assistant. Stars Peter Falk.

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

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

Friday – June 19, 2015

6:00 AM
Columbo: The Conspirators
A terrorist posing as a wealthy philanthropist, befriends Columbo thinking that he will be safe from investigation. Stars Peter Falk.

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

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

(***Since the Hallmark Movies & Mystery channel only lists its schedule for four weeks at a time, I’m not able to get the entire month of June. (Saturday – June 20, 2015 is the last day of their schedule at this time. However, I will be updating this list as soon as I find their updated monthly list.***)

Laura with Gene Tierney & Dana Andrews***** ***** ***** *****

If you know of any other TV mystery movies that will air during June, please post a comment for the rest of us to see.

Also, since I am posting the June 2015 a few days early, here is the May 2015 schedule so you can see what’s airing during the rest of May:

Upcoming Television Mystery Movies for May 2015

I have a page on my site that has lots of links to entries I have written about movies and television shows you might enjoy. Here is the link to that page:

Cozy Mystery List TV and Movie Section

I hope you find lots of movies and shows you enjoy!

Soon to be Released Mysteries Page Has Been Updated!

Stiff Competition by Annelise Ryan (aka Allyson K. Abbott)Hi to ALL of you! I hope you had terrific three-day weekends! We had a typical Memorial Day lunch. My husband grilled hamburgers, I fixed the corn on the cob and cole slaw, and there were plenty of left-overs. Our son had dinner with us, so we enjoyed the day immensely.

In between fixing and then cleaning up after our dinner, I worked on my Soon to be Released Mysteries page. I added something like fifty new titles of Cozy (and a few not-so-Cozy!) Mystery books that will be released in the (near) future. Dandelion Dead by Chrystle Fiedler

I was excited to see that some of our favorite Cozy Mystery authors have Cozies that they are getting ready to publish. I was also happy to see that a few new mystery series are on the horizon.

Anyway, in case you are interested, you can check out all of the new titles from authors on my Soon to be Released Mysteries page by just clicking on this link:

Soon to be Released Mysteries page on Cozy Mystery site.

I think you might be as excited/happy as I am about what we have in store for us!

Have a Good Memorial Day

Memorial DayHave a good Memorial Day! I hope all of you are taking it easy and enjoying the three-day weekend >>> perhaps remembering people you know (and have known) who devoted their lives so that we can live in this great country. Also, pausing a moment to think of all Americans who ensured (and still ensure!) that we could live in this wonderful country where we sometimes take our freedom for granted.

Thank you to ALL Veterans!

Not Reading a Cozy Mystery? Then What?

ReadingI don’t know if I should admit this, but I am not reading a Cozy Mystery right now. Yes, it’s true, every once in a while I leave my favorite Cozies to read something different. It doesn’t happen all that often, but I have to say that it does happen.

A while ago I mentioned a book that I was reading that is still very much in my mind. This is a book that I strongly recommend to everyone: The Hiding Place by Corrie Ten Boom. It is a book that depicts the strength and positive outlook of a woman who endured much suffering. It is a book that may perhaps leave you feeling humbled. Terrific book!

Another type of book that entices me away from my Cozies is true crime. Ann Rule is one of my favorite true crime authors. She does extensive research before writing her true crime books, and she makes them read like fiction. I find myself having to remind myself that these are true stories of terrible events that truly did happen.

But right now I am reading a book that might surprise you. I am reading (and enjoying!) Nancy Zieman‘s Seams Unlikely, and I don’t sew! (Other than re-attaching buttons and fixing small seams that have come apart.)

I have mentioned before how much I miss crafting shows like the Carol Duvall Show. I absolutely loved that show! (I guess it would be more accurate if I said I loved, loved, loved that show!) Since I couldn’t find anything to take Carol’s place, I started watching Sewing with Nancy. While the show doesn’t feature crafting, and since I don’t sew, I will admit that the most interesting part of the show is the last ten-minute segment, when Nancy highlights a sewing project that benefits others. I love these segments. I usually don’t watch the ending credits, but for some reason, I did this week. And I’m glad I did. I saw that Nancy Zieman has written her autobiography, and I started reading it that very same day. Her spirit is as positive as the segment that she features in her show highlighting beneficial sewing projects from all around the world.

This got me thinking: It might be interesting to us to see what other Cozy Mystery readers read when they aren’t reading a terrific Cozy… So, I ask you this:

When you aren’t reading a Cozy Mystery, with what type of book are you most likely spending your time? Please post a comment to let us know. Thank you!

Bony Blithe Awards – “Best Canadian Light Mystery”

The Corpse with the Platinum Hair by Cathy AceWe’ll soon be finding out who the winner will be for the Bony Blithe Awards. When I visited their website, I found out that the Bony Blithe awards are the Canadian awards for “light mysteries”. All of the nominated authors have to be Canadian citizens, or at least residents of Canada >>> permanent residents, that is! Young Adult and Noir mystery authors are not included in the nominations. They liken their Bony Blithe Awards to our Agatha Awards, which as I have said many times, are the Coziest of the mystery awards. Apparently these awards used to be presented at the Bloody Words Banquet, but are now being presented at the Bony Blithe Bash.

Congratulations to all of the nominees of this year, and all nominees and winners from the previous years!

The Corpse with the Platinum Hair by Cathy Ace
Many Unpleasant Returns by Judith Alguire
Seeing the Light by E.C. Bell
Night of the Living Thread by Janet Bolin
The Resurrection of Mary Mabel McTavish by Allan Stratton

Framed for Murder by Cathy Spencer (Winner)
Thread and Buried by Janet Bolin
Gold Web by Vicki Delany
Never Laugh as a Hearse Goes By by Elizabeth J. Duncan
Miss Montreal by Howard Shrier

A Small Hill to Die On by Elizabeth J. Duncan (Winner)
Threaded for Trouble by Janet Bolin
Food for the Gods by Karen Dudley
A Private Man by Chris Laing
Blood Bath & Beyond by Michelle Rowen
The Mastersinger from Minsk by Morley Torgov

Cheat the Hangman by Gloria Ferris
Dire Threads by Janet Bolin
A Red Herring without Mustard by Alan Bradley
The Busy Woman’s Guide to Murder by Mary Jane Maffini
Champagne for Buzzards by Phyllis Smallman

To see more mystery awards, just click on this link to go to my Cozy Mystery site’s Mystery Awards page.

More about Nemesis … And, We’re Heading Home

Agatha Christie's Miss Marple set 2 (with Joan Hickson)We’re on our way home. We’re driving through some beautiful country. In case any of you have ever wondered why Virginia and Tennessee are so doggone beautiful with their green trees and thick, lush grass >>> I can tell you why. For this Texas dry-country, long-straight roads driver >> there’s nothing quite like driving through the Appalachian’s windy roads in the pelting down rain. It is beautiful country, though. (At least it’s not snowing!)

Our trip was very successful. We whittled the 20 apartment complexes that were on our list to four for our daughter to consider. We think she’ll enjoy living out in the D.C. area. There is so much to see and do, and I know she’s looking forward to her new job, even though she’ll miss New Orleans.

My husband and I had started listening to Agatha Christie‘s Nemesis (a Miss Marple mystery) on the way out, and finished it yesterday. There’s a reason Agatha Christie is considered one of the four queens of the Golden Age of Mysteries. Her mysteries are absolutely full of great characters, of whom Miss Jane Marple is always my favorite. Christie always manages to transport us to Cozy, quaint, and picturesque settings. This book provided all that!

My husband and I really enjoyed listening to this audio book, however >>> Toward the end of the novel, Miss Marple’s explanation of how she solved the mystery amounts to (practically) a retelling of the whole story. At one point, my husband stopped the recording to mention that it reminded him of the Cliff Notes version of the book.

I want to emphasize again, we really enjoyed the book. The settings, characters, plot, and the mystery are classic Christie. I’d also like to recommend my favorite retelling of Agatha Christie’s Nemesis, which is the Nemesis television movie with Joan Hickson. It just doesn’t get any better than this! (This link will take you to my original entry about this phenomenal television mystery series.)

(Sorry, but as far as I can tell this is no longer available on Netflix.)

P.S. Totally off subject: I saw my first robin in years on our drive home today. It took me back to the days when I lived up north.

Amanda Carmack, Arthur Conan Doyle, Shamini Flint, and Linda Rodriguez – Four Author Additions to the Cozy Mystery Site

I’ve just added four more authors to the Cozy Mystery site. Most authors I add are decided by recommendations from Cozy Mystery readers who have enjoyed their works – though Arthur Conan Doyle obviously needed no recommendation! (The main reason I haven’t added him before this is because his works have been published so many ways that I had trouble deciding how to organize them…)

Murder at Hatfield House by Amanda Carmack Amanda Carmack writes the Elizabethan Mystery Series. As the title implies, this mystery series revolves around Queen Elizabeth I (who is still Princess Elizabeth in the early novels), though the detective is Elizabeth’s private musician, Kate Haywood. She also writes romance novels as Amanda McCabe and Laurel McKee.
A Study in Scarlet by Arthur Conan Doyle Arthur Conan Doyle‘s Sherlock Holmes mysteries helped bring the early criminal detective fiction to the mainstream, with so much popularity that even after Doyle killed off the character, he eventually brought Holmes back after a ten year hiatus due to continued demand. As well as being a pioneer of the early detective fiction genre, Doyle was a humanitarian and doctor, earning two knighthoods for his volunteer medical work. He was even something of a detective himself – he helped clear the names of two wrongly accused men, and the results of one of these cases was partially responsible for the formation of the English Court of Criminal Appeal.
A Most Peculiar Malaysian Murder by Shamini Flint Shamini Flint might have begun her writing career with children’s book series like the Sasha Series and the Diary Series, but she’s also the author of the Inspector Singh Investigates Mystery Series. This series stars a Singaporean inspector whose slightly awkward nature often makes people underestimate his keen detective instincts. Originally a lawyer, Flint now works two jobs – full time mom and author!
Every Last Secret by Linda Rodriguez Linda Rodriguez worked at the University of Missouri, Kansas City, as an administrator – which is also where she earned both her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees. She put this experience to good use when writing the Skeet Bannion Mystery Series, starring Marquitta “Skeet” Bannion, a former Kansas City police officer who decided to get away from the big city to serve as the campus chief of police at a college in a small town.


The Rivals of Sherlock Holmes Television Mystery Series

The Rivals of Sherlock Holmes television mystery seriesWhen my husband and I started watching this British, early 1970s mystery series, we didn’t know that each episode is actually based on a real written mystery. (Be sure to watch the opening credits so that you know who the author and main sleuth are.) The mysteries were written at the same time Sir Conan Doyle was spinning his mysteries – featuring Sherlock Holmes. Thus, the name: The Rivals of Sherlock Holmes. (I should add that Sir Hugh Greene published The Rivals of Sherlock Holmes, which includes 13 of these cases.)

The Rivals of Sherlock Holmes does not attempt to “sanitize” Victorian London. There are rats in the prison, pick-pockets on the streets, and murder in even the aristocratic parlors. As with Sir Conan Doyle’s mysteries, the private investigators had to step in to solve some of the crimes of the days.

There are thirteen episodes in the first ITV season and thirteen in the second season. If you are a fan of British television you will no doubt recognize many familiar faces. (Three who I can remember right off the top of my head are Derek Jacobi, Donald Pleasence and a very young Jeremy Irons.)

When I write reviews of older shows/movies I enjoy, I feel like I have to “forewarn” people not to expect the slick, glossy Hollywood productions with green-screen special effects, or the CSI-type of beyond-incredible forensic clues. Do not expect one of these private investigators to be able to pick up a single 1/2″ strand of navy blue wool and be able to identify which home in all of London has an afghan in the master bedroom that matches this. These mystery-solvers use their brain power (as Sherlock Holmes did) in order to identify the who, what, where, and why.

If you’re in the mood for a good British 1970s mystery series that pays attention to detail and has nice sets and wardrobe, not to mention good acting, you might enjoy The Rivals of Sherlock Holmes.

P.S. It is available on Netflix.

Miss Marple’ Nemesis in NOLA…

Nemesis by Agatha ChristieWe had a great time in New Orleans visiting our daughter and are currently working our way through the first leg of our Appalachian trail. Right before we left I had mentioned that we would be accompanied by Lisette Lecat’s narration of Alexander McCall Smith‘s The Handsome Man’s De Luxe Café. Not so >>> instead we decided on having Agatha Christie’s Miss Marple unravel Mr. Rafiel’s cryptic message: Nemesis. Although both of us have read this Cozy Mystery before, as with all of Agatha Christie‘s work, we never tire of reading/hearing it again.

Coming from the arid plains of Texas, and the over-crowded I-10 route to New Orleans, we have both been enjoying the lush, green trees along the sides of I-59 through Mississippi, Alabama, and Tennessee. Not to mention that so far I-59 has been a nostalgic throw-back to the days when the interstate highways were light on traffic. (Knock on wood!)

The Handsome Man's De Luxe Hotel by Alexander McCall SmithBack to New Orleans. We spent the weekend with our daughter. She took us to the World War II Museum (a place she had already visited) and I’m here to say: I know when people think of NOLA (New Orleans, LA) they think of Mardis Gras, food and drink, but the WW II Museum really should be a must-stop for any visitor, although I wouldn’t recommend it for little children.

My Mother’s Day included a Grey Line tour of the city with our daughter and a phone call from our son assuring me that all is well with our house.

On to D.C. tomorrow!

Happy Mother’s, Daughter’s, Grandmother’s, Sister’s, Aunt’s, & Girlfriend’s Day!

19876823[1]My best friend sent me a letter which I posted a couple of Mother’s Days ago. I’m going to share it with you again. (Unfortunately I am still unable to find the original author of this letter.)

A young wife sat on a sofa on a hot and humid day, drinking iced tea and visiting with her mother. As they talked about life, about marriage, about the responsibilities of life and the obligations of adulthood, the mother clinked the ice cubes in her glass thoughtfully and turned a clear, sober glance upon her daughter.

“Don’t forget your sisters,” she advised, swirling the tea leaves to the bottom of her glass. “They’ll be more important as you get older. No matter how much you love your husband, no matter how much you love the children you may have, you are still going to need sisters. Remember to go places with them now and then; do things with them.”

“Remember that ‘sisters’ means ALL the women… Your girlfriends, your daughters, and all your other women relatives too. You’ll need other women. Women always do.”

“What a funny piece of advice!” the young woman thought. “Haven’t I just gotten married? Haven’t I just joined the couple-world? I’m now a married woman, for goodness sake! A grownup! Surely my husband and the family we may start will be all I need to make my life worthwhile!”

But she listened to her mother. She kept contact with her sisters and made more women friends each year. As the years tumbled by, one after another, she gradually came to understand that her mother really knew what she was talking about. As time and nature work their changes and their mysteries upon a woman, sisters are the mainstays of her life.

After more than 50 years of living in this world, here is what I’ve learned:


Time passes. Life happens. Distance separates. Children grow up. Jobs come and go. Love waxes and wanes. Men don’t do what they’re supposed to do. Hearts break. Parents die. Colleagues forget favors. Careers end.


Sisters are there, no matter how much time and how many miles are between you. A girl friend is never farther away than needing her can reach. When you have to walk that lonesome valley and you have to walk it by yourself, the women in your life will be on the valley’s rim, cheering you on, praying for you, pulling for you, intervening on your behalf, and waiting with open arms at the valley’s’ end. Sometimes, they will even break the rules and walk beside you….Or come in and carry you out.

Girlfriends, daughters, granddaughters, daughters-in-law, sisters, sisters-in-law, mothers, grandmothers, aunties, nieces, cousins, and extended family – all bless our life!

The world wouldn’t be the same without women, and neither would I. When we began this adventure called Womanhood, we had no idea of the incredible joys or sorrows that lay ahead. Nor did we know how much we would need each other. Every day, we need each other still.

Pass this on to all the women who help make your life meaningful. I just did.

Whichever “category” you fall under, I hope you are having a wonderful day!

Free, Cheap, or On Sale Kindle Mysteries – May 2015

Well, it’s time once again to look at the free and cheap Kindle Cozy Mysteries available right now! All of these currently cost $5 or less – though who knows for how long, so now is the best time to pick up these great bargain Kindle books!


Sparkle AbbeyDesperate Housedogs by Sparkle Abbey
PAMPERED PETS Mystery Series

Desperate Housedogs ….. $4.61 (book #1)

Get Fluffy ….. $1.99 (book #2)

Kitty Kitty Bang Bang ….. $1.99 (book #3)

Yip/Tuck ….. $1.99 (book #5)

Fifty Shades of Greyhound ….. $2.99 (book #6)

The Girl with the Dachshund Tattoo ….. $2.99 (book #7)


Juliet BlackwellSecondhand Spirits by Juliet Blackwell
WITCHCRAFT Mystery Series

Secondhand Spirits ….. $1.99 (book #1)


Nancy Coco
CANDY-COATED Mystery Series

All Fudged Up ….. $4.16 (book #1)


Sharon Love CookA Nose for Hanky Panky by Sharon Love Cook

A Nose for Hanky Panky ….. $0.99 (book #1)

A Deadly Christmas Carol ….. $2.99 (book #2)


The Legend of Judgment Rock and other Mystery Stories ….. $0.99


Mary DaheimJust Desserts by Mary Daheim

Just Desserts ….. $4.49 (book #1)

Auntie Mayhem ….. $3.99 (book 9)

Creeps Suzette ….. $4.99 (book #15)

Scots on the Rocks ….. $3.99 (book #23)

Gone with the Win ….. $3.99 (book #28)


Janet EvanovichNotorious Nineteen by Janet Evanovich

Notorious Nineteen ….. $4.99 (book #19)

Written with Lee Goldberg:

Pros and Cons ….. $0.99 (Prequel Novella)


Wicked Business ….. $1.99 (book #2)


Metro Girl ….. $3.99 (book #1)


Jeanne GlidewellLeave No Stone Unturned by Jeanne Glidewell

Leave No Stone Unturned ….. FREE! (book #1)

The Extinguished Guest ….. $0.99 (book #2)

Haunted ….. $2.99 (book #3)

With This Ring ….. $2.49 (book #4)

Just Ducky ….. $3.99 (book #5)

Cozy Camping ….. $3.99 (book #6)

The Spirit of the Season ….. $3.49 (Christmas Novella)

*****************************Going Nowhere Fast by Gar Anthony Haywood

Gar Anthony Haywood

Going Nowhere Fast ….. $2.99 (book #1)

Bad News Travels Fast ….. $2.99 (book #2)


J. A. Jance

Until Proven Guilty ….. $3.99 (book #1)Ring in the Dead by J. A. Jance

Taking the Fifth ….. $4.99 (book #4)

Ring in the Dead ….. $1.99 (novella)

Stand Down ….. $1.99 (novella)


A Last Goodbye ….. $0.99 (Christmas Story)


Queen of the Night ….. $4.99 (book #4)
Dance of the Bones    ’15 (with J.P. Beaumont)

*****************************No Place for Secrets by Sherry Lewis

Sherry Lewis (aka Jacklyn Brady)

No Place for Secrets ….. $2.99 (book #1)

No Place like Home ….. $2.99 (book #2)


M. Louisa Locke
VICTORIAN SAN FRANCISCO MYSTERY Series:Maids of Misfortune by M. Louisa Locke

Maids of Misfortune ….. FREE! (book #1)

Uneasy Spirits ….. $4.99 (book #2)

Bloody Lessons ….. $4.99 (book #3)

Dandy Detects ….. $0.99 (Short Story)

The Misses Moffet Mend a Marriage ….. $0.99 (Short Story)

Mr. Wong Rights a Wrong ….. $0.99 (Short Story)


Tamar MyersToo Many Crooks Spoil the Broth by Tamar Myers

A Penny Urned ….. $4.99 (book #7)

Death of a Rug Lord ….. $4.99 (book #14)


Too Many Crooks Spoil the Broth ….. $3.03 (book #1)

Parsley, Sage, Rosemary and Crime ….. $3.03 (book #2)

No Use Dying Over Spilled Milk ….. $3.03 (book #3)

Just Plain Pickled to Death ….. $3.03 (book #4)

Between a Wok and a Hard Place ….. $3.03 (book #5)

Eat, Drink and Be Wary ….. $3.03 (book #6)

The Crepes of Wrath ….. $3.99 (book #9)

Hell Hath No Curry ….. $3.99 (book #15)

As the World Churns ….. $3.99 (book #16)


Maggie ToussaintIn For a Penny by Maggie Toussaint

In for a Penny ….. $2.99 (book #1)

On the Nickel ….. $2.99 (book #2)

Dime if I Know ….. $3.99 (book #3)


Gone and Done It ….. $3.99 (book #1)


Muddy Waters ….. $2.99 (book #1)

Hot Water ….. $2.99 (book #2)


House of Lies ….. $2.99

No Second Chance ….. $2.99

Death, Island Style ….. $3.99

Murder in the Buff ….. $2.99


Peggy WebbElvis and the Dearly Departed by Peggy Webb

Elvis and the Dearly Departed ….. $4.30 (book #1)

Elvis and the Grateful Dead ….. $4.99 (book #2)

Elvis and the Bridegroom Stiffs ….. $2.99 (book #6)

Jack Loves Callie Tender ….. $0.99 (Prequel Novella)


Lois WinstonAssault with a Deadly Glue Gun by Lois Winston

Assault with a Deadly Glue Gun ….. $2.99 (book #1)

Death by Killer Mop Doll ….. $3.99 (book #2)

Decoupage Can Be Deadly ….. $3.99 (book #4)

Crewel Intentions ….. $1.99 (Novella)

Mosaic Mayhem ….. $1.99 (Novella)

Patchwork Peril ….. $1.99 (Novella)

Crafty Crimes: a Trio of Anastasia Pollack Crafting Mini-Mysteries ….. $3.99 (includes all of the novellas: Crewel Intentions, Mosaic Mayhem, & Patchwork Peril)


Love, Lies and a Double Shot of Deception ….. $3.99



Death with Malice ….. $4.99 – book set includes:Death with Malice
Ellery Adams: A Killer Collection
Ellery Adams: The Path of the Crooked
Sheila Connolly: Relatively Dead
Peg Cochran (aka Meg London): Confession Is Murder
Laura Bradford (aka Elizabeth Lynn Casey): Deadly Readings (aka Jury of One)

K.J. Emrick:
Darcy Sweet Mystery Box Set One: Books One to Six ….. $3.99

Darcy Sweet Mystery Box Set Two: Books Seven to 10 ….. $2.99

Madison Johns: Agnes Barton Senior Sleuth Mysteries Box Set, cozy mystery (Books 1-3) ….. $4.99


And here is the list of the six posts I’ve made about free/cheap Kindles, some of which might still be on sale. I try to avoid posting the same authors too close together, so each should be a different batch.

April 2015

March 2015

February 2015

January 2015

November 2014

September 2014

Finally, here’s the page on the main site that includes other lists of previous free and cheap Kindle posts:

Free and Cheap Kindle Mystery Books

These Kindle mystery books are cheap for now, but make sure to check the current price before buying! Some are on sale and I don’t know when the sales will end.