May 2015 Mystery Book New Releases

Hiss and Tell by Claire DonallyThe following Mystery Books will be released in May 2015:

Cathy Ace: The Corpse with the Sapphire Eyes (This will be the 5th in the Cait Morgan Mystery Series.)

Heather Blake (aka Heather Webber): Some Like It Witchy (This will be the 5th in the Wishcraft Mystery Series.)

Janet Bolin: Seven Threadly Sins (This will be the 5th in the Threadville Mystery Series.)

Rita Mae Brown: Tail Gait (This will be the 24th in the Mrs. Murphy Mystery Series.)

Laura Childs: Ming Tea Murder (This will be the 16th in the Tea Shop Mystery Series.)

Ann Cleeves: Thin Air (This will be the 6th in the Shetland Island Mystery Series.)

Gary Corby: Death Ex Machina (This will be the 5th in the Ancient Greecy Mystery Series.)

Jeffery Deaver: Solitude Creek (This will be the 4th in the Kathryn Dance Mystery Series.)

Hannah Dennison: Deadly Desires at Honeychurch Hall (This will be the 2nd in the Honeychurch Hall Mystery Series.)

Claire Donally: Hiss and Tell (This will be the 4th in the Sunny & Shadow Mystery Series.)

Amanda Flower (aka Isabella Alan): The Final Reveille (This will be the 1st in the NEW Living History Museum Mystery Series.)

Mae Fox & Amy Lillard: Pattern of Betrayal (This will be the 2nd in the Vineyard Quilt Mystery Series.)

Elizabeth George: The Edge of the Shadows (This will be the 3rd in the young adult Edge of Nowhere Mystery Series.)

Sally Goldenbaum: A Finely Knit Murder (This will be the 9th in the Seaside Knitters Mystery Series.)

John Grisham: Theodore Boone: Fugitive (This will be the 5th in the young adult Theodore Boone Mystery Series.)

Carolyn Haines: Bone to Be Wild (This will be the 15th in the Sarah Booth Delaney Mystery Series.) (This will be a Halloween theme mystery.)

Charlaine Harris: Day Shift (This will be the 2nd in the Midnight, Texas Mystery Series.)

Carolyn Hart: Don’t Go Home (This will be the 25th in the Death on Demand Mystery Series.)

Lee Hollis: Death of a Cupcake Queen (This will be the 6h in the Hailey Powell Food & Cocktail Mystery Series.)

J.A. Jance: Stand Down (This will be a J.P. Beaumont Mystery Series novella.)

Linda O. Johnston: Bite the Biscuit (This will be the 1st in the NEW Barkery & Biscuits Mystery Series.)

Tracy Kiely: Murder with a Twist (This will be the 1st in the NEW Nic & Nigel Mystery Series.)

Joyce and Jim Lavene (aka J.J. Cook & Ellie Grant): Killing Weeds (This will be the 8th in the Peggy Lee Garden Mystery Series.)

Alyssa Maxwell: Murder at Beechwood (This will be the 3rd in the Gilded Newport Mystery Series.)

Edith Maxwell (aka Maddie Day & Tace Baker): Farmed and Dangerous (This will be the 3rd in the Local Foods Mystery Series.)

Catriona McPherson: Come to Harm (This will be a Stand Alone mystery.)

Joyce Carol Oates: Jack of Spades (This will be a Stand Alone novel.)

Katherine Hall Page: The Body in the Birches (This will be the 22nd in the Faith Fairchild Mystery Series.)

Nancy J. Parra (aka Nancy Coco): Flourless to Stop Him (This will be the 3rd in the Baker’s Treat Mystery Series.)

James Patterson & Maxine Paetro: 14th Deadly Sin (This will be the book in the Women’s Murder Club Mystery Series.)

James Patterson: Maximum Ride Forever (This will be the 9th in the young adult Maximum Ride Mystery Series.)

Victoria Thompson: Murder on Amsterdam Avenue (This will be the 17th in the Gaslight Mystery Series.)

Rebecca Tope: The Troutbeck Testimony (This will be the 4th in the Lake District Mystery Series.)

Maggie Toussaint: Bubba Done It (This will be the 2nd in the Dreamwalker Mystery Series.)

Elaine Viets: Checked Out (This will be the 14th in the Dead-End Job Mystery Series.)

Since I post these releases a whole month early, here are the April  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.)

Kindle Format of the 1st 20 Cozy Mysteries in Leslie Meier’s Lucy Stone Series: on SALE Right Now!

Easter Bunny Murder by Leslie MeierCyn wrote me a note telling me:

20 Lucy Stone mysteries are $1.99 today! Wow!

Cyn, Wow! I couldn’t have said it better! Thank you so much for sending me this information!

Leslie Meier writes the Lucy Stone Mystery Series. The Kindle format of the fist 20 mysteries in this series of 22 books are currently on sale for $1.99!

  1. Mistletoe Murder (aka Mail Order Murder)
  2. Tippy Toe Murder
  3. Trick or Treat Murder
  4. Back to School Murder
  5. Valentine Murder 
  6. Christmas Cookie Murder
  7. The Turkey Day Murder
  8. Wedding Day Murder 
  9. Birthday Party Murder
  10. Father’s Day Murder
  11. Star Spangled Murder
  12. New Year’s Eve Murder
  13. Bake Sale Murder
  14. St. Patrick’s Day Murder
  15. Mother’s Day Murder
  16. Wicked Witch Murder
  17. English Tea Murder
  18. Chocolate Covered Murder
  19. Easter Bunny Murder
  20. Christmas Carol Murder
  21. French Pasty Murder – not on sale
  22. Candy Corn Murder – not on sale

Again, Cyn, thank you!

(I am guessing that this is time-sensitive, so I’m posting it right now, rather than wait a few days.)

Vicki Delany: Rest Ye Murdered Gentlemen, Victoria Hamilton: White Colander Crime, Elizabeth Lee: Nuts and Buried, Anne Perry: A Christmas Escape, Jessica Beck: Troubled Treats, & Simon Brett: Blotto, Twinks and the Heir to the Tsar – New Mystery Releases

Here is the second part of my entry. As I mentioned I found out about ten new Cozy Mystery book covers. Also, I found Jessica Beck’s book yesterday, which was released a few days ago. I missed it somehow, so I added it to this entry. I’m going to try to convince myself that it’s better late than never…

Rest Ye Murdered Gentlemen by Vicki Delany (aka Eva Gates)

Vicki Delany (aka Eva Gates): Rest Ye Murdered Gentlemen (This will be the 1st in the NEW Year-Round Christmas Mystery Series.) (This is a Christmas themed mystery.)

 

 

White Colander Crime by Victoria Hamilton (aka Amanda Cooper & Donna Lea Simpson) Victoria Hamilton (aka Amanda Cooper & Donna Lea Simpson): White Colander Crime (This will be the 5th in the Vintage Kitchen Mystery Series.)
Nuts and Buried by Elizabeth Lee Elizabeth Lee (aka Elizabeth Kane Buzzelli): Nuts and Buried (This will be the 3rd in the Nut House Mystery Series.)
A Christmas Escape by Anne Perry Anne Perry: A Christmas Escape (This will be the 13th in the Christmas Series.) (This is a Christmas themed mystery.)
 Blotto, Twinks and the Heir to the Tsar by Simon Brett Simon Brett: Blotto, Twinks and the Heir to the Tsar (This will be the 6th in the Blotto and Twinks Mystery Series.)
Troubled Treats by Jessica Beck Jessica Beck (aka Elizabeth Bright, Melissa Glazer,Chris Cavender, Casey Mayes, Tim Myers, & D.B. Morgan): Troubled Treats (This will be the 19th in the Donut Shop Mystery Series.)

If you click on this link, it will take you to the page on my site that has all of the Cozy Mystery books that are scheduled to be released, but authors on my Cozy-Mystery site. Soon to be Released Mysteries page.

Isabella Alan: Murder, Plainly Read, Tasha Alexander: The Adventuress, Linda O. Johnston: Knock on Wood, Ali Brandon: Plot Boiler, & Sue Ann Jaffarian – New Mystery Book Releases

OK, I know it says something about my life when I tell you how excited I get when I finally find the new covers for Cozy Mysteries that will soon be released. This time I have ten new Cozy Mystery book covers to show you, but since I only know how to post eight total rows, I’m going to cut this into two entries. It’s crazy how excited I get when I find a new Cozy Mystery book’s cover! I hope you take a look at them. As usual, the covers are beautiful!

Murder, Plainly Read by Isabella Alan (aka Amanda Flower) Isabella Alan (aka Amanda Flower): Murder, Plainly Read (This will be the 4th in the Amish Quilt Shop Mystery Series.)
The Adventuress by Tasha Alexander Tasha Alexander: The Adventuress (This will be the 10th in the Lady Emily Mystery Series.)
Knock on Wood by Linda O. Johnston Linda O. Johnston: Knock on Wood (This will be the 2nd in the Superstition Mystery Series.)
 Plot Boiler by Ali Brandon Ali Brandon: Plot Boiler (This will be the 5th in the Black Cat Bookshop Mystery Series.)
A Body to Spare by Sue Ann Jafarian Sue Ann Jaffarian: A Body to Spare (This will be the 10th in the Odelia Grey Mystery Series.)

Make sure to click on this link Soon to be Released Mysteries page if you would like to see many Cozy Mystery books that will soon be released.

Easter Cozy Mystery Series Already?

Nickeled-and-Dimed to Death by Denise SwansonIs anyone here reading an Easter Cozy Mystery? I’m just about to begin reading Nickeled-and-Dimed to Death, a Devereaux’s Dime Store Mystery by Denise Swanson. I have been wanting to read it for a while but as some of you know, I love to read my holiday Cozies during their appropriate holiday seasons, so I have saved it to read this Easter.

Rather than spend my time reading an Easter Cozy, I should be getting our house cleaned and buying a ham. Our daughter has decided to come home for Easter this year. I think she’s taking advantage of being so close to us >>> New Orleans to San Antonio. This is the last year she’ll be in our area. She’s moving to Washington D.C. this summer, where she’ll be starting her permanent job.

As I was saying, I should be out getting a ham or I should at least be cleaning, but instead, I find myself at my computer, writing about the Easter Cozy I’m excited to be starting. My priorities seem a little UNprioritized!

Are any of you reading an exceptionally good Easter Cozy Mystery? If you’re not reading one right now, do you remember a particularly good Easter Cozy Mystery that you’ve read in the past? If so, would you mind leaving a comment? Thank you!

P.S. Click here to see my Easter Mystery Book ListAlso, while you’re there, if you notice any Easter mysteries that are missing, could you please either send me a note or leave a comment?

Mystery Book Recommendations – March 2015

Getting Old is Très Dangereux by Rita LakinSpring is here! This means the weather is improving drastically, so much so that a lot of us will spend more time outside enjoying the spring-like weather, thus (possibly) reducing our Cozy Mystery reading time. If the gorgeous weather truly does cut down on our reading time, then it stands to reason that we will want to be even more selective when choosing which Cozies we read!

It’s at this time that I ask you to please tell us about a particularly good Cozy Mystery you read in March 2015. Also, please tell us why you think this Cozy Mystery book stands out amongst all the other good Cozies you read during March. If you tell us about more than one really stand-out-above-the-rest Cozy, please put the one you enjoyed the very most at the top of your list, or at least let us know which one is your very most favorite.

I’m going to start by recommending Rita Lakin‘s Gladdy Gold Mystery Series. This is one of my favorite Cozy Mystery series, and because I know it has a limited amount of books (7 total), I know that if I rush through them, it will be a case of And Then There Were None! So I take very long breaks between the books.

Rita Lakin has a background in television, both as a producer, creator, and writer. I’m glad she decided to write these Cozies!  Her humorous series focuses on Gladdy Gold, who along with her sister and friends at a Florida retirement community, solves crimes. Gladdy is such a good sleuth that she starts her own private detective agency. Gladdy doesn’t do her sleuthing alone, the other ladies all play important roles in the solving of crimes. The relationships of the women play a big part in why I enjoy the series so much. Rita Lakin has also been able to fill the retirement community with secondary characters who co-mingle with the ladies and the crimes. (Hope that makes sense!) All of the characters are believable to me. I can only hope to be as spry as some of them when I hit the retirement community age!

Rita Lakin’s writing is crisp and easy to read. The sleuths are all smart, although a lot of that is because Gladdy keeps an eye on things, and pretty much directs all of their efforts. On the whole, the other ladies don’t seem to mind Gladdy taking over all of the time, and actually seem to depend on Gladdy to be the voice of reason.

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

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

Victoria Abbott (aka Mary Jane Maffini & Victoria Maffini): Book Collectors Mystery Series

Ellie Alexander (aka Kate Dyer-Seeley): Bakeshop Mystery Series

Ella Barrick (aka Laura DiSilverio & Lila Dare): Ballroom Dance Mystery Series

Rhys Bowen: Molly Murphy Mystery Series

Eric Brown: Murder at the Chase

Leslie Budewitz: Seattle Spice Shop Mystery Series

Kate Carlisle: Fixer-Upper Mystery Series

Laurie Cass (aka Laura Alden): Bookmobile Cat Mystery Series

Erika Chase: Ashton Corners Mystery Series

John Clement: Dixie Hemingway Mystery Series

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

MaryJo Dawson: The Strange Situation at Emlee

Jo Dereske: Miss Zukas Mystery Series

Kate Dyer-Seeley (aka Ellie Alexander): Pacific Northwest Mystery Series

Joanne Fluke: Hannah Swensen Mystery Series

Parnell Hall: Puzzle Lady Mystery Series

Miranda James (aka Honor Hartman, Jimmie Ruth Evans, & Dean James): Southern Ladies Mystery Series

Laurie R. King: Mary Russell Mystery Series

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

Rita Lakin: Gladdy Gold Mystery Series

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

Ada Madison (aka Camille Menicino & Margaret Grace): Sophie Knowles Mystery Series

Margaret Maron: Deborah Knott Mystery Series

Catriona McPherson: Dandy Gilver Mystery Series

Camille Minichino (aka Margaret Grace & Ada Madison): Periodic Table Mystery Series

Mary Grace Murphy: Noshes Up North Mystery Series

Diana Orgain: Love or Money Mystery Series

Cate Price: Deadly Notions Mystery Series

Denise Swanson:  Devereaux’s Dime Store Mystery Series

Elaine Viets: Mystery Shopper 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.]

Since everyone is writing why they like the particular Cozy they’re recommending, I encourage you to read the comments below.

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

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

Christy Barritt: Gone by Dark, Mollie Cox Bryan: Scrappily Ever After, Anne Canadeo: A Murder in Mohair, J.A. Jance: Stand Down, Kylie Logan: Revenge of the Chili Queens, Karen MacInerney: Killer Jam, & Gail Oust: Cinnamon Toasted: New Mystery Releases

I just finished posting several new Cozies on the Soon to be Released Mysteries page on the site. I found a few new novellas and books that I didn’t know about, and also, two (I think) new covers for books I already had listed, but thought you all might be interested in seeing. (They are posted alphabetically).

Gone by Dark by Christy Barritt

Christy Barritt: Gone by Dark (This will be the 2nd in the Carolina Moon Mystery Series.)

Christy also writes the Squeaky Clean Mystery Series, the Sierra Files Mystery Series, Security Experts Mystery Series, and several Love Inspired Suspense mysteries.

Scrappily Ever After by Mollie Cox Bryan

Mollie Cox Bryan: Scrappily Ever After (This will be a Cumberland Creek Mystery Series novella.)

Mollie is releasing this Cumberland Creek novella after A Crafty Christmas (2014) and before Scrapbook of the Dead (2015).

A Murder in Mohair by Anne Canadeo

Anne Canadeo (aka Katherine Spencer): A Murder in Mohair (This will be the 8th in the Black Sheep Knitting Mystery Series.)

Did you know Anne Canadeo is also the very same Katherine Spencer who writes both the Thomas Kinkade Cape Light and Angel Island Series?

 Stand Down by J.A. Jance

J.A. Jance: Stand Down (This will be a J.P. Beaumont Mystery Series novella.)

This J.P. Beaumont novella is being released after Second Watch (2013) and before Dance of the Bones (2015). These J.P. Beaumont mysteries are extremely good, but I don’t consider them Cozy.

Revenge of the Chili Queens by Kylie Logan (aka Miranda Bliss & Casey Daniels)

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

Bestselling Kylie Logan also writes the Button Box Mystery Series and the League of Literary Ladies Mystery Series. As Miranda Bliss she writes the Cooking Class Mystery Series, and as Casey Daniels she writes the pepper Martin Mystery Series.

Killer Jam by Karen MacInerney

Karen MacInerney: Killer Jam (This will be the 1st in the NEW Dewberry Farm Mystery Series.)

Karen is known for her very popular Gray Whale Inn Mystery Series. She also writes the Margie Peterson Mystery Series as well as the Tales of the Urban Werewolf series, and she completed Barbara Burnett Smith’s Beading Series.

Cinnamon Toasted by Gail Oust

Gail Oust: Cinnamon Toasted (This will be the 3rd in the Piper Prescott Mystery Series.)

Gail Oust not only writes this Piper Prescott Mystery Series. She also writes the Bunco Babes Mystery Series.

Here’s the list of all the Cozy Mysteries I know about (so far!) that will be released. I just updated it this afternoon. Click on this link: Soon to be Released Mysteries page

Beverly Allen, Sheila Connolly, Daryl Wood Gerber, Miranda James, Susan Elia MacNeal, Diana Orgain, Leigh Perry, & Deanna Raybourn: New Mystery Releases

I have just spent some time looking for the book covers of Cozy Mystery books that I need to put up on the site, and found these. I absolutely could not wait to tell you about them! (I’m going to post them alphabetically).

Floral Depravity by Beverly Allen (aka Barbara Early) Beverly Allen: Floral Depravity (This will be the 3rd in the Bridal Bouquet Shop Mystery Series.
A Gala Event by Sheila Connolly (aka Sarah Atwell) Sheila Connolly (aka Sarah Atwell): A Gala Event (This will be the 9th in the Orchard Mystery Series.) (This is a Fall Harvest themed mystery.)
Fudging the Books by Daryl Wood Gerber (aka Avery Aames) Daryl Wood Gerber (aka Avery Aames) Fudging the Books (This will be the 4th in the Cookbook Nook Mystery Series.)
 Dead with the Wind by Miranda James (aka Jimmie Ruth Evans, Honor Hartman, & Dean James) Miranda James (aka Jimmie Ruth Evans, Honor Hartman, & Dean James): Dead with the Wind (This will be the 2nd in the Southern Ladies Mystery Series.) (This is a Wedding themed mystery.)
Mrs. Roosevelt's Confidante by Susan Elia MacNeal Susan Elia MacNeal: Mrs. Roosevelt’s Confidante (This will be the 5th in the Maggie Hope Mystery Series.)
 Yappy Hour by Diana Orgain Diana Orgain: Yappy Hour (This will be the 1st in the NEW Roundup Crew Mystery Series.)
 The Skeleton Haunts a House by Leigh Perry (aka Toni L.P. Kelner) Leigh Perry (aka Toni L.P. Kelner): The Skeleton Haunts a House (This will be the 3rd in the Family Skeleton Mystery Series.) (This is a Halloween themed mystery.)
 A Curious Beginning by Deanna Raybourn Deanna Raybourn: A Curious Beginning (This will be the 1st in the NEW Veronica Speedwell Mystery Series.)

If you want to see all of the Cozy Mystery books by the authors on the Cozy-Mystery site that have future releases, be sure to go to the Soon to be Released Mysteries page, which you can do by clicking on this link: Soon to be Released Mysteries page

Upcoming Television Mystery Movies for April 2015

LauraApril! Let’s see what mystery movies will be coming our way on TV. Oh, and before I forget, last month TCM was running all of the Maisie Ravier movies back-to-back. I know they aren’t all mystery movies but I thought some of you might be interested in them. Well, I watched them all, and really enjoyed them. That’s why I’m telling you about a few of the Andy Hardy movies, which are not mysteries. I started watching them for the first time just last year, and I find them to be delightful. TCM is going to be airing several of them this month, so I listed them, in case you are interested in DVR-ing them. They are definitely family-friendly, and Mickey Rooney is terrific in them.

Now, on to the mystery movies that are airing on TV during April 2015.

***** ***** ***** ***** ***** *****

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

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

Saturday – April 4, 2015

7:30 AM
Andy Hardy Gets Spring Fever (1939)
A teenage boy falls in love with his drama teacher.
Dir: W. S. Van Dyke II Cast:  Lewis Stone, Mickey Rooney, Cecilia Parker.
BW-86 mins, CC
***Not a mystery, however Andy Hardy is a fun movie series.***

11:15 AM
The Corsican Brothers (1941)
Siamese twins, separated in infancy, join forces to avenge their parents’ murder.
Dir: Gregory Ratoff Cast:  Douglas Fairbanks Jr., Ruth Warrick, Akim Tamiroff.
BW-111 mins, CC

7:00 PM
Witness for the Prosecution (1958)
A British lawyer gets caught up in a couple’s tangled marital affairs when he defends the husband for murder.
Dir: Billy Wilder Cast:  Tyrone Power, Marlene Dietrich, Charles Laughton.
BW-116 mins, CC

9:15 PM
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

11:00 PM
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

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

Monday – April 6, 2015

7:30 AM
Kongo (1932)
A crippled madman seeks revenge on the daughter of the man who betrayed him.
Dir: William Cowen Cast:  Walter Huston, Lupe Velez, Conrad Nagel.
BW-86 mins, CC

9:00 AM
Night Court (1932)
A corrupt judge attacks a reformer’s family.
Dir: W. S. Van Dyke Cast:  Phillips Holmes, Walter Huston, Anita Page.
BW-92 mins, CC

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

Alfred Hitchcock's The BirdsTuesday – April 7, 2015

12:45 AM
Macao (1952)
A man on the run in the Far East is mistaken for an undercover cop.
Dir: Josef von Sternberg Cast:  Robert Mitchum, Jane Russell, William Bendix.
BW-81 mins, CC

7:00 PM
James Stewart: A Wonderful Life (1987)
A retrospective on the life and career of actor James Stewart, with clips from many of his films and interviews with people who have worked with him.
Dir: David Heeley Cast:  Johnny Carson, James Stewart, Ronald Reagan.
C-86 mins
***Not a mystery, although it might be fun to see a documentary about Jimmy Stewart.***

8:45 PM
The Spencer Tracy Legacy: A Tribute by Katharine Hepburn (1986)
Katharine Hepburn pays tribute to one of the screen’s most natural actors, Spencer Tracy.
Dir: David Heeley Cast:  Katharine Hepburn, Elizabeth Taylor, Frank Sinatra.
C-87 mins, CC
***Not a mystery.***

10:30 PM
Fonda on Fonda (1992)
Jane Fonda recalls her father Henry’s career as a star of stage and screen.
Dir: David Heeley
BW-46 mins, CC
***Not a mystery.***

11:30 PM
Katharine Hepburn: All About Me (1993)
In a rare interview, Katharine Hepburn shares her memories and memorabilia.
Dir: David Heeley Cast:  Katharine Hepburn.
C-70 mins, CC
***Not a mystery.***

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

Wednesday – April 8, 2015

1:00 AM
Bacall on Bogart (1988)
Lauren Bacall hosts this extraordinary documentary on her life on- and off-screen with her late husband, Humphrey Bogart.
Dir: David Heeley Cast:  Lauren Bacall, Ingrid Bergman, Peter Bogdanovich.
C-84 mins, CC
***Not a mystery.***

1:00 PM
Bunny Lake Is Missing (1965)
A distraught mother searches for her seemingly non-existent daughter, bringing her sanity into question.
Dir: Otto Preminger Cast:  Keir Dullea, Carol Lynley, Lucie Mannheim.
BW-107 mins, CC, Letterbox Format

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

Thursday – April 9, 2015

4:45 AM
Larceny, Inc. (1942)
An ex-convict and his gang try to use a luggage store to front a bank robbery, but business keeps getting in the way.
Dir: Lloyd Bacon Cast:  Edward G. Robinson, Jane Wyman, Broderick Crawford.
BW-95 mins, CC

7:30 AM
Law of the Badlands (1951)
Texas rangers try to infiltrate a band of counterfeiters.
Dir: Lesley Selander Cast:  Tim Holt, Joan Dixon, Robert Livingston.
BW-60 mins

4:00 PM
I Was an American Spy (1951)
A war widow spies for the U.S. in Japanese-occupied Manila.
Dir: Lesley Selander Cast:  Ann Dvorak, Gene Evans, Douglas Kennedy.
BW-85 mins

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

Alfred Hitchcock's North by Northwest & Strangers on a TrainSunday – April 12, 2015

2:15 AM
Macabre (1958)
A doctor’s daughter is kidnapped and buried alive, and he is given just five hours to find and rescue her.
Dir: William Castle Cast:  William Prince, Philip Tonge, Jonathan Kidd.
BW-71 mins

3:00 PM
Charade (1963)
A beautiful widow tries to find her husband’s lost fortune while eluding the killers who want it themselves.
Dir: Stanley Donen Cast:  Cary Grant, Audrey Hepburn, Walter Matthau.
C-113 mins, CC, Letterbox Format

5:00 PM
Pillow Talk (1959)
A man and woman carry their feud over the telephone line they share into their real lives.
Dir: Michael Gordon Cast:  Rock Hudson, Doris Day, Tony Randall.
C-102 mins, CC, Letterbox Format
***Not a mystery. I think this is the best of the Doris Day/Rock Hudson/Tony Randall comedies.*****

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

Monday – April 13, 2015

11:00 PM
The Birds (1963)
In a California coastal area, flocks of birds unaccountably make deadly attacks on humans.
Dir: Alfred Hitchcock Cast:  Rod Taylor, Tippi Hedren, Jessica Tandy.
C-119 mins, CC

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

Tuesday – April 14, 2015

7:00 PM
Robert Osborne’s 20th Anniversary Tribute (2015)
A look back at Robert Osborne’s life and career as host of Turner Classic Movies.
C-47 mins, CC
***As a fan of TCM channel, I watched this a short while back and enjoyed it a lot.***

8:00 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

10:30 PM
Robert Osborne’s 20th Anniversary Tribute (2015)
A look back at Robert Osborne’s life and career as host of Turner Classic Movies.
C-47 mins, CC
***Same as 7:00 PM show.***

11:30 PM
Mirage (1965)
A biochemist suffers memory lapses, finds bad guys after him, and has no idea why.
Dir: Edward Dmytryk Cast:  Gregory Peck, Diane Baker, Walter Matthau.
BW-109 mins

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

Wednesday – April 15, 2015

1:30 AM
Harper (1966)
A broken-down private eye sets out to find a rich woman’s missing husband.
Dir: Jack Smight Cast:  Paul Newman, Lauren Bacall, Julie Harris.
C-121 mins, CC, Letterbox Format

10:15 AM
Gaslight (1940)
A turn-of-the-century bride moves into the house where her aunt was murdered and begins to fear she’s going mad.
Dir: Thorold Dickinson Cast:  Anton Walbrook, Diana Wynyard, Frank Pettingell.
BW-84 mins, CC
***This isn’t the 1944 movie with Ingrid Bergman & Charles Boyer. This is the original movie.***

1:30 PM
An Ideal Husband (1947)
An upstanding politician is haunted by his past when a blackmailer threatens to reveal a youthful indiscretion.
Dir: Alexander Korda Cast:  Paulette Goddard, Hugh Williams, Michael Wilding.
C-93 mins, CC

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

Thursday – April 16, 2015

The Woman on the Beach4:15 AM
Thieves Fall Out (1941)
A young man tries to rescue his grandmother from kidnappers.
Dir: Ray Enright Cast:  Eddie Albert, Joan Leslie, Jane Darwell.
BW-72 mins

5:30 AM
Bullets for O’Hara (1941)
A gangster’s wife helps the FBI nail her husband.
Dir: William K. Howard Cast:  Joan Perry, Roger Pryor, Anthony Quinn.
BW-50 mins, CC

3:30 PM
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

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

Friday – April 17, 2015

2:15 PM
Born Yesterday (1950)
A newspaper reporter takes on the task of educating a crooked businessman’s girlfriend.
Dir: George Cukor Cast:  Judy Holliday, Broderick Crawford, William Holden.
BW-102 mins, CC
***Not a mystery. I love Judy Holliday movies!***

11:15 PM
Scaramouche (1952)
In 18th-century France, a young man masquerades as an actor to avenge his friend’s murder.
Dir: George Sidney Cast:  Stewart Granger, Eleanor Parker, Janet Leigh.
C-115 mins, CC

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

Saturday – April 18, 2015

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

7:00 AM
And Then There Were None (1945)
Guests at a remote island mansion realize a crazed killer is stalking them.
Dir: René Clair Cast:  Barry Fitzgerald, Walter Huston, Louis Hayward.
BW-97 mins, CC

2:15 PM
Airport (1970)
A mad bomber plots to blow up a jet on a snowy night.
Dir: George Seaton Cast:  Burt Lancaster, Dean Martin, Jean Seberg.
C-136 mins, Letterbox Format

4:45 PM
The Great Train Robbery (1979)
Three crooks plot to steal a fortune in gold from a moving train.
Dir: Michael Crichton Cast:  Sean Connery, Donald Sutherland, Lesley-Anne Down.
C-111 mins, CC, Letterbox Format

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

Sunday – April 19, 2015

1:30 AM
Cat O’ Nine Tails (1971)
A blind man and a reporter investigate a break-in at a center for genetic research.
Dir: Dario Argento Cast:  Karl Malden, James Franciscus, Catherine Spaak.
C-112 mins, CC, Letterbox Format

3:30 AM
The Strangler (1964)
A lab technician with low self esteem, brought on by his dominant mother, becomes a serial killer of female nurses.
Dir: Burt Topper Cast:  Victor Buono, David McLean, Diane Sayer.
BW-89 mins

11:00 AM
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

12:30 PM
In Cold Blood (1967)
Two vagrants try to outrun the police after committing a savage crime in this real-life shocker.
Dir: Richard Brooks Cast:  Robert Blake, Scott Wilson, John Forsythe.
BW-134 mins, CC, Letterbox Format
***Truman Capote wrote the novel based on the awful true-life crime.***

5:15 PM
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

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

Alfred Hitchcock's Stage FrightMonday – April 20, 2015

7:00 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, Letterbox Format

9:00 PM
They Drive by Night (1940)
Truck driving brothers are framed for murder by a lady psycho.
Dir: Raoul Walsh Cast:  George Raft, Ann Sheridan, Ida Lupino.
BW-95 mins, CC

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

Tuesday – April 21, 2015

2:30 AM
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

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

Wednesday – April 22, 2015

***OK, I know I’m supposed to be listing the mystery movies, but I think these Andy Hardy movies are quite sweet. They are actually airing them “upside down” >>> from the end towards the beginning of the series.***

5:00 AM
Andy Hardy Comes Home (1958)
In a sequel to the popular film series, Andy Hardy returns to Carvel to negotiate a land deal.
Dir: Howard W. Koch Cast:  Mickey Rooney, Patricia Breslin, Fay Holden.
BW-80 mins, CC

6:30 AM
Love Laughs At Andy Hardy (1946)
A small-town boy returns to college after the war only to find his sweetheart engaged to another.
Dir: Willis Goldbeck Cast:  Mickey Rooney, Lewis Stone, Sara Haden.
BW-93 mins, CC

8:15 AM
Andy Hardy’s Blonde Trouble (1944)
A college boy has to cope with a pair of beautiful twins.
Dir: George B. Seitz Cast:  Lewis Stone, Mickey Rooney, Fay Holden.
BW-107 mins, CC

10:15 AM
Andy Hardy’s Double Life (1942)
A new college student lets romance get in the way of his studies.
Dir: George B. Seitz Cast:  Lewis Stone, Mickey Rooney, Cecilia Parker.
BW-92 mins, CC

12:00 PM
The Courtship Of Andy Hardy (1942)
A teenager dates a girl whose parents’ divorce is being decided by his father.
Dir: George B. Seitz Cast:  Lewis Stone, Mickey Rooney, Cecilia Parker.
BW-95 mins, CC

1:45 PM
Life Begins For Andy Hardy (1941)
A small-town boy tries life in the big city before going to college.
Dir: George B. Seitz Cast:  Lewis Stone, Mickey Rooney, Judy Garland.
BW-101 mins, CC

3:30 PM
Andy Hardy’s Private Secretary (1941)
On the verge of graduation, a high-school boy decides he needs a social secretary.
Dir: George B. Seitz Cast:  Lewis Stone, Mickey Rooney, Fay Holden.
BW-101 mins, CC

5:15 PM
Andy Hardy Meets Debutante (1940)
A teenage boy goes into debt to court a Manhattan socialite.
Dir: George B. Seitz Cast:  Mickey Rooney, Lewis Stone, Cecilia Parker.
BW-88 mins, CC

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

Friday – April 24, 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

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

Truman Capote's In Cold BloodSunday – April 26, 2015

7:00 PM
What’s The Matter With Helen? (1971)
After their sons are convicted of murder, two women relocate to Hollywood to start a talent school.
Dir: Curtis Harrington Cast:  Debbie Reynolds, Shelley Winters, Dennis Weaver.
C-101 mins, CC, Letterbox Format

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

Monday – April 27, 2015

5:00 PM
The Corsican Brothers (1941)
Siamese twins, separated in infancy, join forces to avenge their parents’ murder.
Dir: Gregory Ratoff Cast:  Douglas Fairbanks Jr., Ruth Warrick, Akim Tamiroff.
BW-111 mins, CC

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

Wednesday – April 29, 2015

2:30 PM
Crime and Punishment, USA (1959)
In an update of the Dostoyevsky classic novel, a murderer believes he can escape the penalties of justice.
Dir: Denis Sanders Cast:  Mary Murphy, Frank Silvera, Marian Seldes.
BW-96 mins, Letterbox Format

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

Thursday – April 30, 2015

10:45 AM
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

12:15 PM
Johnny O’Clock (1947)
Gambling hall owners get mixed up with a cop on the take, leading to murder and mystery.
Dir: Robert Rossen Cast:  Dick Powell, Evelyn Keyes, Lee J. Cobb.
BW-96 mins, CC

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

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

***** ***** ***** ***** ***** *****

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

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

(***Sorry, but for those of you waiting to see the Joanne Fluke Murder, She Baked : A Chocolate Chip Cookie Murder movie starring one of our favorite sleuths, Hannah Swensen, it looks like it won’t be playing until May 2. Let’s hope Hallmark doesn’t have to postpone it until later like they did this highly waited-for Aurora Teagarden movie: A Bone to Pick: An Aurora Teagarden Mystery that will be premiering Saturday, April 4! Oh, and before I forget, the regular Hallmark channel will be showing it at the same time.***)

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

Wednesday – April 1, 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.

8:00 AM
Jane Doe: ‘Til Death Do Us Part
Cathy is brought back to work a case for Frank Darnell and the NSA to find a missing arms dealer who faked a heart attack in prison to escape. Stars Lea Thompson and Joe Penny.

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

Thursday – April 2, 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
Jane Doe: The Wrong Face
Cathy is brought in to find the U.S. Attorney’s missing wife and to ensure a money laundering investigation does not fall apart at a crucial point. Stars Lea Thompson and Joe Penny.

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

Friday – April 3, 2015

6:00 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
Jane Doe: Yes, I Remember It Well
Cathy’s mom, Polly, a former CSA agent, comes for a visit. When a British agent with some top secret information is kidnapped, Cathy and Polly set aside their mother/daughter angst to uncover a plot which has global implications. Stars Lea Thompson, Joe Penny, and Donna Mills.

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

Saturday – April 4, 2015

10:00 AM – 5:59 PM
Mystery Woman marathon

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
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.

10:00 PM
Mystery Woman: Oh Baby
When a baby boy is left at the door of the Mystery Woman book store, Samantha gets involved in solving a murdered tied to the baby’s missing parents. Stars Kellie Martin, Clarence Williams III, and Nina Siemaszko.

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

Sunday – April 5, 2015

8:00 AM – 11:59 PM
Hart to Hart marathon

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

ColumboMonday – April 6, 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.

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.

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

Tuesday – April 7, 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
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.

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

Wednesday – April 8, 2015

6:00 AM
Columbo: Death Hits the Jackpot
A struggling photographer is murdered in an elaborate scheme to get hold of his lottery winnings.

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

Thursday – April 9, 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.

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

Friday – April 10, 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?

4:00 PM
After All These Years
When a woman is wrongly accused of the death of her ex-husband, she sets out to solve the murder mystery and find the real killer before the day of the funeral, when she is to be taken into custody. Based on the book by best-selling author Susan Isaacs. Stars Wendie Malick Gregory Harrison.

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.

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

Saturday – April 11, 2015

8:00 AM
After All These Years
When a woman is wrongly accused of the death of her ex-husband, she sets out to solve the murder mystery and find the real killer before the day of the funeral, when she is to be taken into custody. Based on the book by best-selling author Susan Isaacs. Stars Wendie Malick Gregory Harrison.

10:00 AM
Undercover Bridesmaid
Tanya, a highly-trained security guard who lost her zest for romance after being left at the altar, takes an assignment where she poses as a bridesmaid for a woman who has been receiving death threats before her wedding day. While undercover, Tanya not only solves the mystery, but she is finally able to put the past behind her and give love a second chance. Stars Brooke Burns, Nicole Paggi, and Gregory Harrison.

12:00 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.

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

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

8:00 PM
Garage Sale Mystery: The Deadly Room
Jennifer Shannon uses her sharp eye when finding rare garage sale treasures to resell at the consignment store she owns with business partner, Dani. When Jennifer’s friend dies trying to disprove rumors that a multi-million dollar home she is trying to sell has a deadly curse, she puts these intuitive skills to the test. As Jennifer uncovers clues that bring her closer to the truth, she also puts her own life in danger. Stars Lori Loughlin, Steve Bacic, Sarah Strange and Kevin O’Grady.

10:00 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.

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

Mystery WomanSunday – April 12, 2015

10:00 AM – 11:59 PM
Diagnosis Murder marathon

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

Monday – April 13, 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.

4:00 PM
Garage Sale Mystery: The Deadly Room
Jennifer Shannon uses her sharp eye when finding rare garage sale treasures to resell at the consignment store she owns with business partner, Dani. When Jennifer’s friend dies trying to disprove rumors that a multi-million dollar home she is trying to sell has a deadly curse, she puts these intuitive skills to the test. As Jennifer uncovers clues that bring her closer to the truth, she also puts her own life in danger. Stars Lori Loughlin, Steve Bacic, Sarah Strange and Kevin O’Grady.

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

Tuesday – April 14, 2015

6:00 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.

8:00 AM
Citizen Jane
Jane Alexander is enjoying a comfortable life in San Francisco with the man she loves. But her idyllic life is shattered when her beloved aunt is murdered in San Jose. Jane’s heartbreak turns to horror when police detective Jack Morris, finally convinces her that the killer is none other than her boyfriend, Tom O’Donnell. Jane embarks on an epic journey to track down and convict O’Donnell. A true story based on the book by James Dalessandro. Stars Ally Sheedy, Meat Loaf Aday and Sean Patrick Flanery.

10:00 AM
Garage Sale Mystery: The Deadly Room
Jennifer Shannon uses her sharp eye when finding rare garage sale treasures to resell at the consignment store she owns with business partner, Dani. When Jennifer’s friend dies trying to disprove rumors that a multi-million dollar home she is trying to sell has a deadly curse, she puts these intuitive skills to the test. As Jennifer uncovers clues that bring her closer to the truth, she also puts her own life in danger. Stars Lori Loughlin, Steve Bacic, Sarah Strange and Kevin O’Grady.

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

Wednesday – April 15, 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.

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

Thursday – April 16, 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.

9:00 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.

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

Garage Sale MysteryFriday – April 17, 2015

6:00 AM
Columbo: A Trace of Murder
Millionaire Clifford Calvert is framed for murdering a man he did business with and who in turn filed a lawsuit against him. Columbo investigates and finds out that Mrs. Calvert has been having an affair and has lots of motive to set up her husband.

8:00 AM
Garage Sale Mystery: The Deadly Room
Jennifer Shannon uses her sharp eye when finding rare garage sale treasures to resell at the consignment store she owns with business partner, Dani. When Jennifer’s friend dies trying to disprove rumors that a multi-million dollar home she is trying to sell has a deadly curse, she puts these intuitive skills to the test. As Jennifer uncovers clues that bring her closer to the truth, she also puts her own life in danger. Stars Lori Loughlin, Steve Bacic, Sarah Strange and Kevin O’Grady.

10:00 AM
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.

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

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

8:00 PM
Garage Sale Mystery: The Deadly Room
Jennifer Shannon uses her sharp eye when finding rare garage sale treasures to resell at the consignment store she owns with business partner, Dani. When Jennifer’s friend dies trying to disprove rumors that a multi-million dollar home she is trying to sell has a deadly curse, she puts these intuitive skills to the test. As Jennifer uncovers clues that bring her closer to the truth, she also puts her own life in danger. Stars Lori Loughlin, Steve Bacic, Sarah Strange and Kevin O’Grady.

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

Saturday- April 18, 2015

8:00 AM
The Mystery Cruise
Alvirah, Regan and their husbands join a murder mystery cruise in honor of Regan’s mom Nora’s new book. But, when Alvirah sees a real murder attempt, she and Regan must find a way to keep the intended victim safe while trying to find proof to expose the murderer. Meanwhile, the ladies husbands have a mystery to solve as well when they run into a counterfeiter and are also called upon to help solve a string of petty thefts. Stars Gail O’Grady and Michelle Harrison.

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

12:00 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
My Gal Sunday
A newlywed couple must prove their crime-solving prowess when their politically-tied parents are taken hostage by a vengeful kidnapper looking for justice for the wrongful murder conviction of his brother. Based on the book by Mary Higgins Clark. Stars Jack Wagner, Cameron Mathison and Rachel Blanchard.

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

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

My Gal SundayI will try to check to see what the Hallmark Movies & Mysteries channel’s schedule looks like later on in April. Their schedule currently ends on April 18, 2015.

(All of the above Hallmark Movies & Mysteries descriptions were copied from the Hallmark Movies & Mysteries site.)

***** ***** ***** ***** ***** *****

We’d love it if you would tell us about any other television mystery themed movies that will be aired during April. If you know of any, please post a comment.

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

In case you want to see which mystery movies are playing for the rest of March 2015, here’s the link: Upcoming Television Mystery Movies for March 2015

Carolyn Hart Has Reconsidered, Annie & Max Will Stay at Death on Demand Bookstore!

Death on Demand by Carolyn HartGuess what Marla, a Cozy Mystery reader, just told me! OK, so the title of this entry might be a big hint…

An hour ago, Carolyn Hart posted this message on her Facebook page:

Annie and Max are back. Annie and Max looked me in the eye and said, “Don’t even think about it!” I realized I’d miss them too much. So I changed my mind and hope to write their 26th adventure as soon as Bailey Ruth Don't Go Home by Carolyn Hartpersuades a lovelorn ghost to climb the shining stairs to Heaven. My best- Carolyn

So, we can all breath a big sigh of relief! It doesn’t matter if Annie and Max “Don’t Go Home” quite yet, but either way, they’ll be around for a while so that a whole lot of Cozy Mystery readers can continue to enjoy them!

Hallmark Movies & Mysteries Channel Will Air “A Bone to Pick: An Aurora Teagarden Mystery” (Charlaine Harris)

A Bone to Pick by Charlaine HarrisGuess what I just found out! (You know I’m not good at keeping mystery-related secrets!)

On Saturday, April 4, 2015 A Bone to Pick: An Aurora Teagarden Mystery movie will be showing on the Hallmark Movies & Mysteries channel and the Hallmark channel. That’s right! Aurora Teagarden >>> as in the sleuth lots and lots of us love! Charlaine Harris wrote the Aurora Teagarden Mystery Series, way back before her Sookie Stackhouse saw the light of day!

So, go set up your DVRs as soon as you can! Aurora Teagarden is back!

Here’s the information I found on the Hallmark Movies and Mysteries channel website:

Real Murders by Charlaine Harris“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.”

P.S. This is going to be a movie series!

P.P.S.S. I just checked and it will be airing on the regular Hallmark channel at the same time!

Best First Cozy Book in a New Cozy Mystery Series…

First PlaceI got a letter from MJ with a great idea for a blog entry! It’s a spin on something we do, but with a better focus. She says it better than I can, so here are some portions of her letter:

… How about the ‘best FIRST in a series cozy by either a new author or an established author with a new series in the previous year?’…

Included in that selection might be – ‘does it have potential to be a long running series and why?’  This would also have to be a ‘series’ book, not a stand alone.

I thought of this a couple of weeks ago as I read an excellent new ‘first in series’ book.  Then I read another which I thought was even better.  Yesterday I just started a third new book that looks like it has ‘potential’ – I can’t decide that until I finish it, though.  I always put these books in my monthly recommendations.  But I thought it would be interesting and informative to blog readers if we singled out just one new series.   That will be tough for me to do, however, because I’ve read several good first books this past year!!!…

I love this idea, since we’ll be able to see which of the new Cozy Mystery series that have recently been started look like real winners and will be around for a while.

So please tell us about the best first book in a Cozy Mystery series that you read that was published in 2014 or 2015. As usual, please tell us why you think this series has a great future, and please limit this to only the one best first Cozy in the new Cozy Mystery series.

Thank you!

Here are the Cozies you all have recommended so far:

Best 1st Cozy in a new (2014 or 2015) Cozy Mystery Series:

Ellery Adams: Murder in the Mystery Suite (Book Retreat Mystery Series)

Duffy Brown: Geared for the Grave (Cycle Path Mystery Series)

Leslie Budewitz: Assault and Pepper (Seattle Spice Shop Mystery Series)

Lynn Cahoon: Guidebook to Murder (Tourist Trap Mystery Series)

Maia Chance: Snow White Red-Handed (A Fairy Tale Fatal Mystery Series)

J.J. Cook (aka Joyce and Jim Lavene & Ellie Grant): Death on Eat Street (Biscuit Bowl Food Truck Mystery Series)

E.J. Copperman (aka Jeffrey Cohen): The Question of the Missing Head (Asperger’s Mystery Series)

Laura DiSilverio (aka Ella Barrick & Lila Dare): The Readaholics and the Falcon Fiasco (Readaholics Book Club Mystery Series)

Eva Gates (aka Vicky Delany) By Book or By Crook (Lighthouse Library Mystery Series)

Sherry Harris: Tagged for Death (Sarah Winston Garage Sale Mystery Series)

Christine Husom: Snow Way Out (Snow Globe Shop Mystery Series)

Diane Kelly: Paw Enforcement (Paw Enforcement Mystery Series)

Mary Kennedy: Nightmares Can Be Murder (Dream Club Mystery Series)

Joyce and Jim Lavene (aka J.J. Cook & Ellie Grant): Spell Booked (Retired Witches Mystery Series)

T.C. LoTempio: Meow If It’s Murder (Nick and Nora Mystery Series)

Terrie Farley Moran: Well Read, Then Dead (Read ‘Em and Weep Mystery Series)

Julie Mulhern: The Deep End (Country Club Mystery Series)

Penny Pike (aka Penny Warner): Death of a Crabby Cook (Food Festival Mystery Series)

Rose Pressey: If You’ve Got It, Haunt It (Haunted Vintage Mystery Series)

Angela M. Saunders: The Lanvin Murders (Vintage Clothing Mystery Series)

Fran Stewart: A Wee Murder in My Shop (Scotshop Mystery Series)

***Please be sure to read the comments below to see why these first books in new Cozy Mystery series have been chosen to be the best.***