Upcoming Television Christmas Movies for December 2014

Remember the Night with Barbara Stanwyck and Fred MacMurrayOur daughter is coming home for her Thanksgiving vacation on Tuesday, so I have spent the last week getting all of our Christmas decorations up as well as getting all of the food I’ll need to prepare our Thanksgiving meal. (It’s been rather hectic!) Since I just finished getting the last of the Christmas things up, I decided that this would be a great time to finally finish my list of Christmas movies that will be airing on television during the month of December (2014).

(I am only listing the Christmas movie premier dates for the Hallmark, Lifetime, and ION channels’ movies.)

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December’s TCM Christmas Movies

Thursday – December 4, 2014

7:00 PM
Remember the Night (1940)
An assistant D.A. takes a shoplifter home with him for Christmas.
Dir: Mitchell Leisen Cast: Barbara Stanwyck, Fred MacMurray, Beulah Bondi.
BW-94 mins, CC
*****I think this movie is one of the best classic Christmas movies!*****

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The Man Who Came to Dinner with Bette Davis & Monty WooleySunday – December 7, 2014

11:30 AM
The Man Who Came to Dinner (1941)
An acerbic critic wreaks havoc when a hip injury forces him to move in with a midwestern family.
Dir: William Keighley Cast: Bette Davis, Ann Sheridan, Monty Woolley.
BW-113 mins, CC
*****How can you go wrong with Bette Davis? This is another one of my favorite classic Christmas movies.*****

1:30 PM
It Happened on 5th Avenue (1947)
Two homeless men move into a mansion while its owners are wintering in the South.
Dir: Roy Del Ruth Cast: Don DeFore, Ann Harding, Charlie Ruggles.
BW-115 mins, CC

3:30 PM
Scrooge (1970)
A miser faces the ghosts of his past on Christmas Eve.
Dir: Ronald Neame Cast: Albert Finney, Alec Guinness, Edith Evans.
C-114 mins, CC

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Thursday – December 11, 2014

7:00 PM
The Shop Around the Corner (1940)
Feuding co-workers don’t realize they’re secret romantic pen pals.
Dir: Ernst Lubitsch Cast: Margaret Sullavan, James Stewart, Frank Morgan.
BW-99 mins, CC
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8:45 PM
Holiday Affair (1949)
A young widow is torn between a boring businessman and a romantic ne’er-do-well.
Dir: Don Hartman Cast: Robert Mitchum, Janet Leigh, Wendell Corey.
BW-87 mins, CC

10:30 PM
It Happened on 5th Avenue (1947)
Two homeless men move into a mansion while its owners are wintering in the South.
Dir: Roy Del Ruth Cast: Don DeFore, Ann Harding, Charlie Ruggles.
BW-115 mins, CC

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Sunday – December 14, 2014

The Shop Around the Corner with Jimmy Stewart & Margaret Sullavan1:00 PM
The Shop Around the Corner (1940)
Feuding co-workers don’t realize they’re secret romantic pen pals.
Dir: Ernst Lubitsch Cast: Margaret Sullavan, James Stewart, Frank Morgan.
BW-99 mins, CC
*****If you didn’t get a chance to watch this movie a few days ago, make sure you do now!*****

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Thursday – December 18, 2014

7:00 PM
A Christmas Carol (1938)
In this adaptation of Charles Dickens’ classic tale, an elderly miser learns the error of his ways on Christmas Eve.
Dir: Edwin L. Marin Cast: Reginald Owen, Gene Lockhart, Kathleen Lockhart.
BW-69 mins, CC

8:15 PM
Scrooge (1970)
A miser faces the ghosts of his past on Christmas Eve.
Dir: Ronald Neame Cast: Albert Finney, Alec Guinness, Edith Evans.
C-114 mins, CC, Letterbox Format

10:15 PM
Scrooge (1935)
The legendary miser searches his past, present and future to discover the true meaning of Christmas.
Cast: Maurice Evans
BW-78 mins

11:45 PM
A Carol for Another Christmas (1964)
Three ghosts teach an industrialist the importance of international peacekeeping.
Dir: Joseph L. Mankiewicz Cast: Robert Shaw, Sterling Hayden, Peter Sellers.
BW-86 mins, CC

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Christmas in Connecticut with Barbara Stanwyck & Dennis MorganSunday – December 21, 2014

1:00 AM
Santa Claus (1959)
Santa Claus enlists Merlin to help him save Christmas from the devil.
Dir: Rene Cardona
C-95 mins

2:45 AM
A Visit to Santa (1963)
Two children dreaming of Christmas visit Santa at the North Pole in this short film.
C-12 mins

11:30 AM
I’ll Be Seeing You (1944)
A soldier meets a woman on Christmas furlough from prison and they fall in love.
Dir: William Dieterle Cast: Ginger Rogers, Joseph Cotten, Shirley Temple.
BW-85 mins, CC

1:00 PM
Christmas In Connecticut (1945)
A homemaking specialist who can’t boil water is forced to provide a family holiday for a war hero.
Dir: Peter Godfrey Cast: Barbara Stanwyck, Dennis Morgan, Sydney Greenstreet.
BW-102 mins, CC
*****I love, love, love this classic, black & white Christmas movie!*****

3:00 PM
Holiday Affair (1949)
A young widow is torn between a boring businessman and a romantic ne’er-do-well.
Dir: Don Hartman Cast: Robert Mitchum, Janet Leigh, Wendell Corey.
BW-87 mins, CC

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I'll Be Seeing You with Ginger Rogers & Joseph CottenWednesday – December 24, 2014

What a day for classic Christmas movies!

5:00 AM
Scrooge (1935)
The legendary miser searches his past, present and future to discover the true meaning of Christmas.
Cast: Maurice Evans
BW-78 mins

11:15 AM
It Happened on 5th Avenue (1947)
Two homeless men move into a mansion while its owners are wintering in the South.
Dir: Roy Del Ruth Cast: Don DeFore, Ann Harding, Charlie Ruggles.
BW-115 mins, CC

1:15 PM
I’ll Be Seeing You (1944)
A soldier meets a woman on Christmas furlough from prison and they fall in love.
Dir: William Dieterle Cast: Ginger Rogers, Joseph Cotten, Shirley Temple.
BW-85 mins, CC
*****If you missed this a few days ago, make sure you catch it today. I think this is a very over-looked classic Christmas movie.*****

3:00 PM
The Shop Around the Corner(1940)
Feuding co-workers don’t realize they’re secret romantic pen pals.
Dir: Ernst Lubitsch Cast: Margaret Sullavan, James Stewart, Frank Morgan.
BW-99 mins, CC

7:00 PM
The Man Who Came to Dinner (1941)
An acerbic critic wreaks havoc when a hip injury forces him to move in with a midwestern family.
Dir: William Keighley Cast: Bette Davis, Ann Sheridan, Monty Woolley.
BW-113 mins, CC

9:00 PM
Christmas In Connecticut (1945)
A homemaking specialist who can’t boil water is forced to provide a family holiday for a war hero.
Dir: Peter Godfrey Cast: Barbara Stanwyck, Dennis Morgan, Sydney Greenstreet.
BW-102 mins, CC

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Holiday Affair with Robert Mitchum & Janet LeighThursday – December 25, 2014

10:00 AM
A Christmas Carol (1938)
In this adaptation of Charles Dickens’ classic tale, an elderly miser learns the error of his ways on Christmas Eve.
Dir: Edwin L. Marin Cast: Reginald Owen, Gene Lockhart, Kathleen Lockhart.
BW-69 mins, CC

11:15 AM
Holiday Affair (1949)
A young widow is torn between a boring businessman and a romantic ne’er-do-well.
Dir: Don Hartman Cast: Robert Mitchum, Janet Leigh, Wendell Corey.
BW-87 mins, CC

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

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Saturday – December 6, 2014

7:00 PM
Debbie Macomber’s Mr. Miracle
Starring: Rob Morrow, Michelle Harrison, Britt Irvin, Sarah-Jane Redmond, Andrew Francis
Heavenly angel Harry Mills is sent to Earth on a trial assignment to intervene in the life of a woman who needs help getting her life on track after the death of her father. With a deadline of Christmas day, he attempts to help her heal in order to embrace a new future, and an unexpected love, just in time to celebrate the miracle of the holiday season.

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Sunday – December 7, 2014

7:00 PM
Christmas at Cartwright’s
Starring: Alicia Witt, Wallace Shawn
With Christmas approaching, a struggling single mom finds herself working as a department store Santa Claus, as a real-life angel delivers good fortune and the possibility of holiday romance.

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Saturday – December 13, 2014

7:00 PM
Best Christmas Party Ever
Starring: Torrey DeVitto, Steve Lund, Linda Thorson, Harmon Walsh
With the holidays approaching, a young party planner arranges a special Christmas party for a New York toy store. When a powerful corporation threatens to shut her down, she decides to follow her heart, moving forward with the party plans and finding true love in time for Christmas.

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Sunday – December 14, 2014

7:00 PM
The Christmas Parade
Starring: AnnaLynne McCord, Jefferson Brown, Drew Scott
A popular network morning host finds herself humiliated on the air by her fiancé and disappears to a small town. While there, she helps a budding artist save a community art center for the town’s kids, by helping them with their float for the annual Christmas Parade. 

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I copied and pasted the descriptions from the Hallmark channel Christmas movies from the Hallmark channel’s  television schedule online.

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Saturday – December 6, 2014

7:00 PM
Wally Lamb’s Wishin’ and Hopin’
Starring: Molly Ringwald, Chevy Chase, Annabella Sciorra, Cheri Oteri, Wyatt Ralff, Danny Nucci, Conchata Ferrell, Michael Lee Aday (aka Meat Loaf), Camila Banus, Blanche Baker, Sosie Bacon, Krysta Rodriguez
Based on the New York Times best-selling Christmas novel by Wally Lamb comes the new Christmas classic, starring Molly Ringwald and featuring Chevy Chase as the narrator. Set in the 1960s, “Wishin’ and Hopin’” is the story of 10-year-old Felix Funicello (Wyatt Ralff, “The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby”), who is doing his best to navigate fifth grade at St. Aloysius Gonzaga Parochial School. His father (Danny Nucci, “The Fosters”) runs the local diner, and their family’s claim to fame is their cousin, Annette Funicello (Krysta Rodriguez, “Smash”), the famous teen star and Mouseketeer. With the dreaded Christmas pageant on the horizon, the holiday season gets even more exciting with the sudden arrivals of a substitute teacher (Ringwald) and a feisty Russian student, Zhenya, and promises to be one Christmas Felix will never forget. Also stars Meat Loaf (“Fight Club”), Annabella Sciorra (“CSI”), Cheri Oteri (“Saturday Night Live”), Conchata Ferrell (“Two and a Half Men”) and Camila Banus (“Days of Our Lives”).

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Saturday – December 13, 2014

7:00 PM
The Santa Con
Starring: Barry Watson, Melissa Joan Hart, Jaleel White, John Ratzenberger, Wendy Williams
Small-time con man Nick DeMarco (Barry Watson, “Hart of Dixie”) is ordered by his parole officer to take a minimum-wage job as a department store Santa during the holidays…and he hates it. Near the end of his first shift, he hastily promises a young boy, Billy (“Tucker Meek”), that Santa will bring his estranged parents back together by Christmas. When his sister Rosemary (Melissa Joan Hart, “Melissa and Joey”) hears this, she is livid and can’t believe he would break a little boy’s heart with an empty promise. After a long night of soul searching – and with the help of an insightful female pastor (Wendy Williams) – Nick decides to make good on his promise to the child, somehow. But after meeting the boy’s mother Carol (Melissa Sagemiller, “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit”), will Nick ultimately choose to put the happiness of others ahead of his own? Jaleel White (“Family Matters”), Scott Grimes (“Party of Five”) and John Ratzenberger (“Cheers”) also star. Hart also directs this film.

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I copied and pasted the descriptions of the Lifetime channel Christmas movies from the Lifetime channel television schedule online.

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Sunday – December 7, 2014

8:00 PM
Merry Ex-Mas
Cast: Dean Cain, Kristy Swanson, Lochlyn Munro, Shannon Kummer, Sharon Thomas Cain, Jodi Lyn O’Keefe, Ernie Hudson, Rebecca Grant
When misleading photos are published of security company chief Jessie Rogers purportedly caught in a love nest with his rock star client, his humiliated wife, Noëlle, throws him out of the house and swiftly files for divorce. Unable to convince her of his innocence, Jessie fights in vain to win Noëlle back. A year later at the family ski cabin, a Christmastime blizzard snowbounds Jessie, his daughter, ex-mother-in-law, Noëlle and her wealthy suitor, Flynn, who is plotting a surprise wedding.

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Saturday – December 13, 2014

8:00 PM
A Christmas Kiss II
Cast: Elisabeth Harnois, Adam Mayfield, Elisabeth Röhm, Lola Glaudini, Jonathan Bennett, Celesta Hodge, Ray Laska
At a Christmastime event, Jenna shares an impromptu, unforgettable kiss under the mistletoe with the dashing Cooper Montgomery, a billionaire playboy who recently returned to the city. Although she doesn’t know him, Cooper learns that Jenna works for Cooper’s sister at the designer fashion house founded by their dad. Fearful of getting hurt in another relationship, Jenna vows to resist Cooper’s charms and feigns a romance with her heartbroken next door neighbor. As the two begin spending more time together, Jenna realizes that Cooper’s affection is real, but still worries that he won’t be able to shed his former ways.

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Sunday – December 14, 2014

8:00 PM
A Perfect Christmas List
Cast: Ellen Hollman, Marion Ross, Aaron Hill, Beth Broderick, Richard Karn
Just two weeks before Christmas, Sara Smith gets a call from home about her grandmother Evie, who has been sent to the hospital. Having always been close, the health scare is enough to get Sara to do the unthinkable… come home for Christmas. While Sara plans to get a hotel room for her stay, her mother won’t allow it. Sara eventually relents, but it’s clear that time has not repaired their relationship, and her mother returns to her overbearing ways. With her handsome doctor’s approval, the convalescing Evie conjures up a curious challenge. As a “last wish,” she tasks her daughter and granddaughter with list of festive accomplishments to do together before Christmas, hoping that the adventure of the experience will repair their relationship. Along the way, Sara discovers an unlisted Christmas adventure with Evie’s physician.

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Saturday – December 20, 2014

8:00 PM
Back to Christmas
Cast: Kelly Overton, Michael Muhney, Jonathan Patrick Moore, Jennifer Elise Cox, Moses Jacob Storm, Gloria Loring, Mark Hutter
Saddened about spending another Christmas alone, Ali meets Ginny, a quirky and spunky woman, at a diner on Christmas Eve. Ali tells Ginny that she was to be married on New Year’s Eve last year, but over the course of the holidays she and her fiancé unexpectedly split. When Ali explains that she would do everything differently if she could go back in time, Ginny tells her that “sometimes people do get second chances.” The following morning, Ali wakes up to find herself transported back to that Christmas before her planned wedding. While she sets out to avoid the mistakes of her past, she learns that changing the course of history is no easy task.

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I copied and pasted the description of the ION channel Christmas movies from a September 22, 2014 article entitled “ION Television Invites Viewers to ‘Get Wrapped Up in the Holidays!’ with Five Original Holiday Movies” found on the Broadcasting and Cable site.

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If you know of any other Mystery theme movies that are going to be aired on television during December 2014, please post a comment. Please only tell us about the Christmas movies that will be premiering. I know that Hallmark and its sister network, Hallmark Movies & Mysteries, will be showing a lot of Christmas movies, but I  will not be able to list all of the movies from past years.

24Here are two entries that I wrote about favorite Christmas movies:

Christmas: Favorite Classic Holiday Movies : Old, Black & White

Christmas: Favorite Holiday Movies – More Recent, In Color

CBS Cancels “The Millers”

The Millers television showI’m going to tell you right up front: I’m bummed! Big Time!

I have written before about a fall ritual I perform every year. You would think, it being an autumnal ritual, that it would have something to do with hot cider, pumpkins, or sitting by a blazing fire while enjoying a cup of hot chocolate. Nope! It has to do with my television viewing.

Every year I “study” the new fall television roster and set up my DVR to record each of the new shows that look interesting to me. I then try all of the shows. I have to be honest, I don’t make it through the entire show with most of them. A lot of the time, ten minutes is enough to give me the flavor of the show. However, every year I hold out the hope that there will be one or two new shows that I think are so good that I stay with them.

I had a few finds last year. However The Millers is the only one that the networks chose to keep on during the entire first season. Yes, I am like the Kiss of Death for the shows I think are good. It almost seems inevitable for my this-show’s-OK to be taken off the air after only a few episodes. I could almost become a predictor of shows that will be cancelled >>> by simply thinking the show is good!

As I mentioned, The Millers was one of the shows I enjoyed from last year’s fall line-up. Of course I should have been able to predict that this show was not going to remain on. >>> There were no push-up bras being worn, no smart-alecky kids talking back to the adults, nor any “adult double entendres.”

Instead, the show focused on an extended family. It revolved around a newly divorced somewhat Narcissistic brother (portrayed as only Will Arnett can!) who is a reporter for the local news. He happens to love his younger sister (another right-on portrayal by Jayma Mays). The younger sister is married to a man (Nelson Franklin is perfect as this out-to-lunch guy) who was brought up in a commune by his hippy parents. (Need I say more about the husband?!?) The brother helps his sister and her family out financially, not because he has to, but because there is obviously a sibling love between them.

To the horror of these two siblings, their parents come to town, telling them of their imminent divorce. The father (played beautifully by Beau Bridges) moves in with the daughter, and the mother (played brilliantly by Margo Martindale) moves in with the son.

I enjoyed this show so much that I really looked forward to seeing it again this fall. However, I noticed that there had been a huge change in the show this season. Hmmm… It was somewhat of a mystery to me that the producers would have changed something that for me, was not broken. That’s when I went to the internet, Googled “The Millers cancelled” and, to my surprise found out this show has been cancelled!

A show I discovered this fall is Marry Me. I think Casey Wilson and Ken Marino are absolutely adorable as a newly engaged couple. The rest of the cast is also very good >>> and it’s a real treat to see JoBeth Williams playing Ken Marino’s mom. Having said all this, I feel like I’m warning you. I hope me liking the show doesn’t mean NBC will cancel it!

Are there any new shows from this fall’s line-up that you think are so good you’d like to tell us about it/them? If so, please post a comment!

Best Selling Authors with Children’s or Young Adult Mystery Series, Part 2

This is the second part of the new theme I’m putting up on the Cozy Mystery site, which deals with children’s mystery books. I have already made a list of mystery books for the preteens, and am now focusing on children’s mysteries written by authors who are well-known for their mystery books written for adults.

Down the Rabbit Hole by Peter Abrahams (aka Spencer Quinn) (Book #1 of Echo Falls Mystery Series)As many of you know, one of my favorite mystery series is the Chet and Bernie Mystery Series written by Spencer Quinn. Well, Spencer Quinn, or I should say Peter Abrahams (for they are one and the same!) writes two mystery series that are aimed at middle schoolers. The 1st in Abrahams’ Echo Falls Mystery Series is called Down the Rabbit Hole. We are introduced to Ingrid, the 13 year old sleuth, who is interested in soccer, as well as acting in the Alice in Wonderland school play. In The Outlaws of Sherwood Street: Stealing from the Rich by Peter Abrahams (aka Spencer Quinn) (book #1 of The Outlaws of Sherwood Street Mystery Series)The Outlaws of Sherwood Street Mystery Series, Abrahams’ second mystery series aimed at middle schoolers, the Robbie is a modern-day Robin Hood. We first meet her in The Outlaws of Sherwood Street: Stealing from the Rich, the 1st in this mystery series. Abrahams has been both nominated and winner of pretigious Agatha Awards for Best Children/Young Adult mystery and nominated and winner of the equally prestigious Edgar Allan Poe Award for Best Young Adult mystery.

The Girl is Murder by Kathryn Miller Haines (book #1 of the Iris Anderson Mystery Series) Kathryn Miller Haines is perhaps better known for her Rosie Winter Mystery Series which takes place in New York City during WW II. Hoever, she also writes the Iris Anderson Mystery Series which is aimed at young adults. Iris is a fifteen year old who lives in New York City during the 1940s. The Girl is Murder is the 1st book in this mystery series, and in it, we are introduced to Iris, whose father has come home from the war and is unable to do a lot of the work his job as a detective requires because he lost one of his legs in the war. Iris takes it upon herself to help her father investigate a mystery, which she proves to be rather good at. Kathryn Miller Haines has been nominated for the prestigious Edgar Allan Poe Award for Best Young Adult mystery.

Treasure Hunters by James Patterson & Chris Grabenstein James Patterson is a best selling author of mysteries for adults. Two of his very famous series are the Alex Cross Mysteries and the Women’s Murder Club Mystery Series. He also writes mystery books for young adults as well as for children. Patterson writes the Maximum Ride series, the Daniel X series, and the science fiction Witch and Wizard series. He also writes a series for middle schoolers called the Middle School Series, and has recently paired up with Chris Grabenstein (winnter of four Agatha Awards for Best Children/Young Adult mysteries) to write some mysteries geared for 3rd to 7th graders. Amongst them are the Treasure Hunters mysteries, of which Treasure Hunters is the 1st mystery.

Christie & Company by Katherine Hall Page (book #1 of Christie & Company Mystery Series) Katherine Hall Page writes the Faith Fairchild Mystery Series (for adults), which has made her the winner for the Agatha Awards Best First Novel, winner and nominee for the Agatha Awards Best Novel, and also a nominee for the Best Agatha Awards Best Non-Fiction. (Try saying that five times!) Page also writes the Christie & Company Mystery Series, which is aimed at grades 5 through 8. Christie and her friends (Vicky and Maggie) are three teenagers who live at a boarding school in Massachusetts. The first book in the series, Christie & Company, introduces us to the trio of girls who are roommates at the school and who all enjoy reading (and solving!) mysteries.

Here are some more ideas about mystery series written for children and young adults:

Best Selling Authors with Children’s or Young Adult Mystery Series, Part 1

Mystery Books for Pre Teens…

Best Selling Authors with Children’s or Young Adult Mystery Series, Part 1

I’ve been asked a few times lately what sort of books I could recommend for children or young adults interested in reading Cozy Mysteries. Though I wrote an article on mystery books for pre-teens a few years ago, I thought it might be interesting to take another look at some of the more popular mystery authors (both Cozy Mystery and some not so Cozy) who write mystery series for adults and also write mysteries for children and young adults. This time I’ll be going into a bit more detail than in my previous post instead of making a longer list.

As a note for the recommended ages I list in these articles, I unfortunately have not had the time to read any of them so this is going off the synopsis and what other people have recommended to me. Don’t just take my word for it if you are worried about exposing your child to potentially rough concepts!

Shelter by Harlan Coben (book #1 of the Mickey Bolitar Mystery Series)First up, Harlan Coben is an author who doesn’t deal with Cozies so much, however I enjoyed reading his Myron Bolitar series as it was being released. He also has a young adult mystery series worth investigating, the Mickey Bolitar Mystery Series. Mickey’s already been through a lot by the beginning of his first book, Shelter, which was nominated for both the Agatha Awards for Best Children/Young Adults mysteries as well as the Edgar Allan Poe Award for Best Young Adult mysteries. In Shelter, Mickey’s father has died and his mother is in rehab, leaving him with his Uncle Myron. When his girlfriend Ashley unexpectedly disappears, he decides he’s had enough, and sets out to find her on his own if necessary. Though less cozy than many of the series, I’ve had this one recommended several times. This series might be a bit more advanced as it deals with some sensitive issues such as drug addiction, and is likely more appropriate for high-schoolers.

Andi Unexpected by Amanda Flower (aka Isabella Alan) - book #1 of the Andi Boggs Mystery Seriesn Amanda Flower (aka Isabella Alan) was recently nominated for the Agatha Award for Best Children/Young Adult mystery for Andi Unexpected, the first book in her Andi Boggs Mystery Series. After the death of their parents, Andi and her sister Bethany are forced to move to the family’s old homestead in Ohio to live with their aunt. When Andi discovers an old trunk in the attic containing relics of another Andora Boggs from years ago, who apparently disappeared under mysterious circumstances, she decides to investigate and try to learn what happened to her relative – despite the fact that the townspeople seem to be covering it up for some reason. From what I’ve heard, this series should be well-suited to older elementary or middle schoolers.

Theodore Boone Kid Lawyer by John Grisham (book #1 of Theodore Boone Mystery Series)Though John Grisham isn’t known for Cozy Mysteries, rather for the courtroom dramas and thrillers he writes, in more recent years Grisham has been branching out into chilren’s mysteries with his Theodore Boone Mystery Series beginning with Theodore Boone: Kid Lawyer. Grisham’s series stars 13 year old Theo Boone, a young man who wants nothing more than to grow up and become a trial lawyer. When Theo accidentally learns too much, he becomes the only hope to help put a killer behind bars for good. As with Grisham’s other works, the Theodore Boone series takes full advantage of Grisham’s strong understanding of the American legal system. This series appears to be aimed at middle schoolers. Oh, and it has been nominated for the Agatha Awards Best Children/Young Adults mysteries category.

Hoot by Carl HiaasenFinally, Carl Hiaasen is a popular mystery author for adults with his Skink Mystery Series. His children books are all stand-alones rather than being organized into a single series. Hiaasen’s children’s mysteries have been nominated for the prestigious Agatha Awards Best Children/Young Adult mysteries, the Edgar Allan Poe Award for Best Juvenile mysteries, and he is a Newbery Honor winner. Most of Hiaasen’s children’s mysteries seems to be appropriate for 5th grad (10 year olds) and up.

I’ll probably be making a few more entries on this subject in the near future – there are still plenty more great mysteries suitable for children and young adults! For now, are there any child-friendly mystery series you might recommend? Be sure to leave a comment below!

Best Selling Authors with Children’s or Young Adult Mystery Series, Part 2

Free, Cheap, or On-Sale Kindle Mysteries – November 2014

The Root of All Evil by Ellery Adams & Elizabeth Lockard Here are the Free, Cheap, or On-Sale Kindle Mysteries that I have recently found. This list is made up of the Kindle mysteries that cost less than $5.00.

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Thanksgiving Short Stories Anthology Collection

The Killer Wore Cranberry ..… $2.99 (anthology)

The Killer Wore Cranberry: A Second Helping ..… $2.99 (anthology)

The Killer Wore Cranberry: Room for Thirds ..… $3.75 (anthology)

The Killer Wore Cranberry: A Fourth Meal of Mayhem ..… $4.99 (anthology)

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Ellery Adams (aka J.B. Stanley, Jennifer Stanley, & 1/2 of Lucy Arlington)
HOPE STREET CHURCH MYSTERY Series:

The Path of the Crooked ..… $3.99 (book #1)

The Way of the Wicked ..… $3.99 (book #2)

The Graves of the Guilty ..… $3.99 (book #3)

The Root of All Evil ..… $3.99 (book #4)

***(The first 3 mysteries were originally written as Jennifer Stanley – rewritten as Ellery Adams – basic plots of the books are unchanged, however Adams’ intent was to make the books “crisper, cleaner, more engaging“)

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A.K. Arenz
BOUNCING GRANDMA MYSTERY Series:

The Case of the Bouncing Grandma ….. $1.99 (book #1)

The Case of the Mystified MD ….. $1.99 (book #2)

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Terri Blackstock
CAPE REFUGE MYSTERY Series:

Cape Refuge ..… $0.99 (book #1)

Southern Storm ..… $0.99 (book #2)

River’s Edge ..… $0.99 (book #3)

Breaker’s Reef ..… $0.99 (book #4)

NEWPOINTE 911 Series:

Word of Honor ..… $4.99 (book #3)

Trial by Fire ..… $4.27 (book #4)

Line of Duty ..… $4.27 (book #5)

SUN COAST CHRONICLES Series:

Ulterior Motives ..… $4.27 (book #3)

Presumption of Guilt ..… $4.27 (book #4)

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Emilie Brightwell
MRS. JEFFRIES MYSTERY Series:

Mrs. Jeffries Takes Stock ….. $4.27 (book #4)

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Rita Mae Brown
MRS. MURPHY MYSTERYSeries:

The Purrfect Murder ….. $4.27 (book # 16)

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Jeffrey Cohen (aka E.J. Copperman)
AARON TUCKER MYSTERY Series:

For Whom the Minivan Rolls ….. $2.51 (book #1)

A Farewell to Legs ….. $2.51 (book #2)

As Dog Is My Witness ….. $2.51 (book #3)

The Gun Also Rises ….. $0.99 (novella)

DOUBLE FEATURE MYSTERY Series aka COMEDY TONIGHT MYSTERY Series:

Some Like It Hot-Buttered  ….. $2.99 (book #1)

It Happened One Knife ….. $2.99 (book #2)

A Night at the Operation ….. $2.99 (book #3)

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Caroline Cousins (aka Nancy Pate, Meg Herndon, & Gail Greer)
PINCKNEY PLANTATION MYSTERY Series:

Marsh Madness ..… $4.99 (book #2)

Way Down Dead in Dixie ..… $4.99 (book #3)

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Shirley Damsgaard
OPHELIA & ABBY MYSTERY Series:

Witch Way to Murder ….. $4.99 (book #1)

Charmed to Death ….. $4.74 (book #2)

The Trouble with Witches ….. $4.74 (book #3)

Witch Hunt ….. $4.74 (book #4)

The Witch Is Dead ….. $4.74 (book #5)

The Witch’s Grave ….. $4.74 (book #6)

The Seventh Witch ….. $4.74 (book #7)

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Bente Gallagher (aka Jennie Bentley & Jenna Bennett)
SAVANNAH MARTIN MYSTERY Series:

Cutthroat Business ….. FREE (book #1)

Hot Property ..… $4.99 (book #2)

Contract Pending ..… $4.99 (book #3)

Close to Home ..… $4.99 (book #4)

A Done Deal ..… $4.99 (book #5)

Change of Heart ..… $4.99 (book #6)

Kickout Clause ..… $4.99 (book #7)

Past Due ..… $4.99 (book #8)

Dirty Deeds ..… $4.99 (book #9)

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Cynthia Harrod-Eagles
BILL SLIDER MYSTERY Series:

Game Over ….. $4.99 (book #11)

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Susan J. Kroupa
DOODLEBUGGED MYSTERY Series:

Bed-Bugged ….. FREE (book #1)

Out-Sniffed ….. $2.99 (book #2)

Dog-Nabbed ….. $3.99 (book #3)

Gabriel & Mr. Death ….. $0.99 (story)

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Jess Lourey
MURDER BY MONTH MYSTERY Series:

November Hunt ….. $1.99 (book #7)

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Debbie Macomber
MRS. MIRACLE Series:

Mrs. Miracle ..… $4.74 (book #1)

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A.A. Milne (author of the Winnie the Pooh books)

The Red House ….. FREE

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Larissa Reinhart
CHERRY TUCKER MYSTERY Series:

Portrait of a Dead Guy ..… $2.99 (book #1)

Still Life in Brunswick Stew ..… $2.99 (book #2)

Hijack in Abstract ..… $3.99 (book #3)

Death in Perspective ..… $4.99 (book #4)

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Cindy Sample
LAUREL McKAY MYSTERY Series:

Dying for a Date ….. $2.99 (book #1)

Dying for a Dance ….. $2.99 (book #2)

Dying for a Daiquiri ….. $2.99 (book #3)

Dying for a Dude ….. $2.99 (book #4)

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Kate Sedley
ROGER THE CHAPMAN MYSTERY Series:

The Christmas Wassail ….. $4.99 (book #21)

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Maggie Sefton
WIDOW AND THE ROGUE MYSTERY Series:

Scandals, Secrets and Murder ..… $3.99 (book #1)

KATE DOYLE Series:

Dying to Sell ..… $3.99 (book #1)

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LynDee Walker
HEADLINES IN HEELS MYSTERY Series:

Front Page Fatality ..… $3.99 (book #1)

Buried Leads ..… $3.99 (book #2)

Small Town Spin ..… $4.99 (book #3)

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Heather Webber  (aka Heather Blake)
LUCY VALENTINE MYSTERY Series:

Perfectly Matched ….. $3.99 (book #4)

Undeniably Yours ….. $3.99 (book #4)

Definitely, Maybe ….. $0.99 (Short Story)

NINA QUINN MYSTERY Series:

A Hoe Lot of Trouble ….. $2.99 (book #1)

Trouble in Spades ….. $4.74 (book #2)

Digging Up Trouble ….. $4.74 (book #3)

Trouble in Bloom ….. $4.74 (book #4)

Weeding Out Trouble ….. $4.74 (book #5)

Trouble Under the Tree ….. $2.99 (book #6)

The Root of All Trouble ….. $2.99 (book #7)

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Suzanne Young
EDNA DAVIES MYSTERY SERIES:

Murder by Yew ..… $2.99 (book #1)

Murder by Proxy ..… $2.99 (book #2)

Murder by Mishap ..… $2.99 (book #3)

Murder by Christmas ..… $2.99 (book #4)

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Trouble Under the Tree by Heather WebberI try not to list Cozy Mystery authors that I have listed on at least the six previous Free and Cheap Kindle Mystery Book lists, so you might want to take a look at these latest six entries >>> some of the Cozy Mystery books may still be available at great prices:

September 2014

August 10, 2014

July 17, 2014

June 10, 2014

May 21, 2014

April 13, 2014

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(All of these Kindle mysteries that I have listed above are on sale right now, but I don’t know how long this will last, so please check the price before you get one. Also, if you take a look at some of the older Free and Cheap Kindle mystery lists, you may find some that are still under $5.00. The link is below.)

For more Free and Cheap Kindle Mystery Books click here.

Spencer Quinn’s Chet and Bernie Mystery Series

blogno14111111111111115687898090-0-0As most of you Cozy Mystery readers who have been with me for a while know, I usually enjoy reading Cozies that you would consider “classics” of the Cozy Mystery genre, however, sometimes I make exceptions >>> as I’m guessing a lot of you do! I little while ago I found myself reading another of Spencer Quinn‘s Chet and Bernie mysteries. While you technically wouldn’t consider them to be Cozy Mysteries, I absolutely love them! Spencer Quinn is one of my very favorite mystery authors. I would recommend the Chet and Bernie mysteries to anyone who is looking for a good time, however, I must warn you that it is not technically a Cozy Mystery series.

blognov2222222256778809--0The Chet and Bernie Mystery Series starts with Dog On ItChet is an almost-former police dog who is now owned by private investigator, Bernie Little. I wouldn’t call Chet this book’s “sleuth” – despite being the narrator, Chet is limited far more than most animals you will see portrayed in Cozy fiction, which can be surprisingly refreshing. Many books featuring an animal as a main character tend to make them more “human” than in this book – instead, Chet is periodically distracted by things like cats, noises, and his own tail, and even has trouble telling people apart if he can’t smell them clearly. It is because of these limitations and shortcomings that I came to love Chet – he’s a dog, not a person that happens to look like an animal.

blognov14333336979809-0-0-In a lot of ways, Dog On It feels more like a pulp detective novel than a Cozy Mystery. The detective Bernie is a rather hard-bitten, hard-drinking private investigator with military experience. He investigates things like drugs and disappearances, not the politely bloodless murders often featured in Cozies. Another character even compares Bernie to a Raymond Chandler character at one point, so Bernie is obviously intended to fit the “private investigator” more popular in pulp fiction. All that said, I still consider the Chet and Bernie series somewhat Cozy because of the narration provided by lively Chet. Because so much of the story is told through his clever (but limited) point of view, Quinn’s stories always feel light, even if the subject material sometimes isn’t.

blognov1434444444444444ty--67i-78o-By the way, Spencer Quinn is also known as Peter Abrahams, a mystery author for both adults and children. He writes both the Echo Falls Mystery Series and The Outlaws of Sherwood Street mysteries for grades 5-8. Abrahams (Quinn) has been nominated and won the Agatha Award for Best Children/Young Adult mysteries as well as the been nominated and won the Edgar Allan Poe Award for Best Young Adult mysteries.

For those of you who haven’t already found how wonderful the Chet and Bernie Mystery Series is, Quinn has written three stories that can give you a feel for the series:

A Cat Was Involved (prequel story)

The Iggy Chronicles

Tail of Vengeance

Thank You to Our Armed Forces on Veteran’s Day (& Every Day!)

veteran'sdayI hope many of you are off from work today and are able to take some time to think about the brave men and women who are serving and who have served in the armed forces. This is a day to thank them, because they are the reason we live in the country we do.

When I was quite young, my father served in the Air Force and later, my husband was also in the Air Force. I was fortunate to have lived over-seas while both my father, and then my husband were stationed in other countries. Our experiences have provided me with many wonderful memories, but I can also remember times when there were political problems in those countries.

On Veteran’s Day I reflect on how lucky we are to be living here, and how lucky we are to have men and women who are willing to serve in the armed forces. To me, it’s not just a day off from work, it’s a day of celebration of our freedom and a day for thanks to those whose sacrifices made and continue to make it possible.

Thank you to all of the men and women who make our country such a wonderful place to live!