Columbo Television Mystery Movies

Columbo Television Mystery MoviesI have a confession to make >>> one of my favorite detectives of all time doesn’t come from a long pedigree of books written over the last century. He wasn’t the original brainchild of some brilliant British author, laboring alone long into the night over their antique typewriter. Instead, he originated in a television anthology series, and all his greatest works were written by… *shudder* television writers.

OK, so this isn’t strictly true – Columbo was adapted from a short story that first appeared in the Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine… but he apparently wasn’t an actual character in that short story, which unfortunately I’ve never been able to track down. Instead he first appeared in a 1960s episode of The Chevy Mystery Show, back in an era when evidently any self-respecting automobile manufacturer absolutely must have its own mystery-themed anthology series. This is all true – I cannot make this stuff up, I’m not that clever.

Anyway, the character certainly isn’t a literary powerhouse with dozens of books to his name, unless you count the adaptations from television to book – hardly the standard for a classic mystery character. And that’s just fine – it actually fits his character perfectly. All joking aside, Columbo truly is one of the great mystery detectives – he’s clever and tenacious, observant and perceptive. But Columbo’s true genius is that he doesn’t show his genius. Although Peter Falk wasn’t the first pick to play Columbo, after you have watched a few of the episodes you will see that the part was absolutely written for him! He is phenomenal in this part.

From the moment Columbo (Peter Falk) arrives on the killer’s doorstep, he looks like a tired little man in a rumpled suit, chewing a cheap cigar and driving a battered, beat-up old import car that should terrify anyone who sees it on the road. The killer is usually some educated, wealthy, “clever” guy – the sort who sees Columbo and thinks “I’m free and clear – this guy will never catch me.”

But catch them he does! Columbo might not look it, but he’s always paying attention, and even the slightest detail out of place will let him know who REALLY did it… and from then on, he’s the best friend the killer wishes he didn’t have. He’s always there, an unwanted presence asking “just one more question” and “maybe you can help me clear this up, just to make my boss happy.” By the end, most of the killers seem to confess just to get some time alone, even if it is in a prison cell.

Perhaps the greatest twist the Columbo television mystery series has for us long-time mystery viewers is that it isn’t a mystery for us – it’s a mystery for Columbo. In almost every episode of Columbo, we the audience have the privilege of seeing the act itself – the preparation, the execution, and the aftermath. After seeing even a few episodes of the show, the savvy viewer will be watching the tiny mistakes that Columbo will later latch onto and worry about – like a dog with a bone. We already know, and we know that despite his bedraggled appearance, despite the cheap cigars, despite his fumbling attitude, Columbo knows almost as quickly as we do!

For more Cozy viewing ideas, click on my Cozy Mystery TV & Movies page.

P.S. These are available on Netflix.

“Evil Under the Sun” – Poirot Comes to Life in Peter Ustinov’s 1982 Portrayal

Agatha Christie's Evil Under the SunA while back I wrote about the series of shows starring David Suchet as Agatha Christie’s Hercule Poirot. I said then that all of the actors in those shows portraying Christie’s characters “‘became’ the characters they portrayed….” I still believe that Suchet’s portrayal of the little Belgian detective (who was Agatha Christie’s most popular detective) is definitive, and I might say the “last word.”

However, I  recently watched the 1982 version of  Agatha Christie’s Evil Under the Sun in which Peter Ustinov played Poirot, and I must say I thoroughly enjoyed the acting and the movie – I was quite pleasantly surprised. I guess I was especially surprised because I remembered having seen Ustinov’s Poirot in other movies (he played Poirot a total of six times between 1978 and 1986) and, although I remember enjoying the movies, I didn’t remember his Poirot as completely hitting the mark. Now I think he does a perfect job. Ustinov is able to give Hercule a certain (dare I say it!) normalcy of sorts, and also plays Hercule with a twinkle in his eye. I truly enjoyed him in this movie.

Maybe it was something about this production – Agatha Christie’s Evil Under the Sun - that caused me to see Ustinov’s Poirot in a different and better light. The story takes place in a fictional island off the coast of Albania.  The movie is set in a beautiful location (it was actually filmed on location in Spain’s Majorca) and has a high quality cast – Maggie Smith, James Mason, Roddy McDowall and Diana Rigg (among others) each performing splendidly in the idyllic setting of a hotel/villa overlooking the sea.

The film is filled with gorgeous costumes – beautiful colors surround the wonderful acting by this veteran cast.  It just leaps off the screen that the actors were having a good time together. To cap it all off, the use of Cole Porter songs as (mostly) background music was a brilliant stroke. The setting, the cast, the costumes, the music, the period, and of course Agatha Christie’s classic story beautifully told make for a great couple of hours of movie watching.

P.S. Agatha Christie’s Evil Under the Sun is available on Netflix.

2014 Nero Award Finalists

For those of you who have visited the Cozy Mystery site’s Mystery Book Awards page, you will know that the Nero Awards are given out each year by The Wolfe Pack. This is a group of people who are fans of all of Rex Stout’s Nero Wolfe works. They have their Black Orchid Banquet each December, which is when they announce the winner of the Nero Award.  In 2008 they started the giving out their Black Orchid Novella Awards, and the chair for that award is Jane K. Cleland!

2014 Nero Award Finalists:

Ask Not by Max Allan Collins

Three Can Keep a Secret by Archer Mayor

Murder as a Fine Art by Charles Morrell

A Study in Revenge by Kieran Sheilds

A Question of Honor by Charles Todd

Congratulations to ALL!

Also, the Ninth Annual Black Orchid Novella Award Contest is currently looking for great novellas to be submitted. Here is the information about the contest that I received:

The Wolfe Pack & Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine (AHMM) proudly announce the Ninth Annual Black Orchid Novella Award Contest, to celebrate the novella format popularized by Rex Stout.

Each entry must be an original unpublished work of fiction that conforms to the tradition of the Nero Wolfe series, and:

Contains no overt sex or violence

Emphasizes the deductive skills of the sleuth

Does not include characters from the original series

First prize: $1,000 and publication in Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine*

Contest Entries must be 15,000 to 20,000 words in length, and must be postmarked by May 31, 2015. The winner will be announced at The Wolfe Pack’s Annual Black Orchid Banquet in New York City, Saturday, December 5, 2015. To enter, please read the official rules and procedures to submit your novella:

Literary Awards: Black Orchid Award

Good luck to ALL who submit a novella!

Free, Cheap, or On-Sale Kindle Mysteries AND Free, Cheap, or On-Sale Nook Mysteries – July 17, 2014

Tragic Topping by Jessica BeckHere are the Free, Cheap, or On-Sale Kindle Mysteries that I have recently found. This list is made up of the Kindle (and Nook) mysteries that cost less than $5.00.

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Libi Astaire
EZRA MELAMED MYSTERY Series:

Tempest in the Tea Room ….. $3.99 (book #3)

The Doppelganger’s Dance ….. $3.99 (book #4)

Too Many Coins ….. $0.99 (story)

General Well’ngone In Love ….. $0.99 (novella)

Libi Astaire on Nook

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David Baldacci

FaceOff ….. $4.99 (stand alone)

David Baldacci on Nook

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Linda Barnes
CARLOTTA CARLYLE Series:

A Trouble of Fools ….. $4.74 (book #1)

Steel Guitar ….. $3.79 (book #4)

Hardware ….. $4.74 (book #6)

Deep Pockets ….. $3.79 (book #10)

Linda Barnes on Nook

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Aileen G. Baron
LILY SAMPSON MYSTERY Series:

A Fly Has a Hundred Eyes ….. $2.99 (book #12)

The Torch of Tangier ….. $4.99 (book #12)

STAND ALONES:

The Gold of Thrace ….. $0.99 (stand alone)

Aileen G. Baron on Nook

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L.L. Bartlett (aka Lorraine Bartlett & Lorna Barrett)
JEFF RESNICK MYSTERY Series:

Murder on the Mind ….. FREE (book #1)

Dead in Red ….. $4.99 (book #2)

Room at the Inn ….. $4.99 (book #3)

Cheated by Death ….. $4.99 (book #4)

Bound by Suggestion ….. $4.99 (book #5)

Dark Waters ….. $4.99 (book #6)

When the Spirit Moves You ….. $1.49 (novelette)

Bah! Humbug ….. $0.99 (story)

Cold Case ….. $0.99 (story)

Evolution ….. $2.99 (short stories)

We’re So Sorry, Uncle Albert ….. $0.99 (stand alone story)

The Cozy Chicks Kitchen ….. $2.99 (stand alone)

L.L. Bartlett on Nook

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JoAnn Bassett
ISLANDS OF ALOHA MYSTERY Series:

Maui Widow Waltz ….. $3.99 (book #1)

Livin’ Lahaina Loca ….. $3.99 (book #2)

Lana’i of the Tiger ….. $3.99 (book #3)

Kaua’i Me a River ….. $3.99 (book #4)

O’ahu Lonesome Tonight? ….. $3.99 (book #5)

ESCAPE TO MAUI MYSTERY Series:

Mai Tai Butterfly ….. $3.99 (book #1)

JoAnn Bassett on Nook

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Jessica Beck
DONUT SHOP MYSTERY Series:

Tragic Toppings ….. $4.99 (book #5)

Killer Crullers ….. $1.99 (book #6)

Deadly Donuts ….. $4.99 (book #10)

Assault and Batter ….. $4.99 (book #11)

Sweet Suspects ….. $4.99 (book #12)

Deep Fried Homicide ….. $4.99 (book #13)

CLASSIC DINER MYSTERY Series:

A Chili Death ….. $4.99 (book #1)

A Deadly Beef ….. $4.99 (book #2)

A Killer Cake ….. $3.99 (book #3)

A Baked Ham ….. $4.99 (book #4)

A Bad Egg ….. $4.99 (book #5)

A Burned Out Baker ….. $4.99 (book #7)

GHOST CAT COZY MYSTERY Series

Ghost Cat: Midnight Paws ….. $4.99 (book #1)

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PIZZA MYSTERY Series:

A Slice of Murder ….. $4.30 (book #1)

Written as Elizabeth Bright:
CARD-MAKING MYSTERY Series:

Invitation to Murder ….. $0.99 (book #1)

Deadly Greetings ….. $2.99 (book #2)

Murder and Salutations ….. $2.99 (book #3)

Written as Tim Myers:
LIGHTHOUSE INN MYSTERY Series:

Innkeeping With Murder ….. $0.99 (book #1)

Reservations for Murder ….. $2.99 (book #2)

Murder Checks Inn ….. $2.99 (book #3)

Room for Murder ….. $2.99 (book #4)

Booked for Murder ….. $2.99 (book #5)

Key to Murder ….. $3.99 (book #6)

Ring for Murder ….. $2.99 (book #7)

SOAPMAKING MYSTERY Series:

Dead Men Don’t Lye ….. $4.49 (book #1)

A Pour Way to Dye ….. $2.99 (book #2)

A Mold for Murder ….. $2.99 (book #3)

CANDLEMAKING MYSTERY Series:

At Wick’s End ….. $0.99 (book #1)

Snuffed Out ….. $2.99 (book #2)

Death Waxed Over ….. $2.99 (book #3)

A Flicker of a Doubt ….. $2.99 (book #4)

Waxing Moon ….. $0.99 (short story)

STAND ALONES:

A Family of Strangers ….. $2.99 (stand alone)

Volunteer for Murder ….. $2.99 (stand alone)

Coventry ….. $2.99 (stand alone)

Jessica Beck on Nook

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Cindy Bell
BEKKI THE BEAUTICIAN MYSTERY Series:

Hairspray and Homicide ….. FREE (book #1)

A Dyed Blonde and a Dead Body ….. $2.99 (book #2)

Mascara and Murder ….. $2.99 (book #3)

Pageant and Poison ….. $2.99 (book #4)

Conditioner and a Corpse ….. $2.99 (book #5

Mistletoe, Makeup and Murder ….. $2.99 (book #6)

Hairpin, Hair Dryer and Homicide ….. $2.99 (book #7)

Blush, a Bride and a Body ….. $2.99 (book #8)

Shampoo and a Stiff ….. $2.99 (book #9)

Cosmetics, a Cruise and a Killer ….. $0.99 (book #10)

HEAVENLY HIGHLAND INN MYSTERY Series:

Murdering the Roses ….. $0.99 (book #1)

Dead in the Daisies ….. $2.99 (book #2)

Killing the Carnations ….. $2.99 (book #3)

Drowning the Daffodils ….. $2.99 (book #4)

Suffocating the Sunflowers ….. $2.99 (book #5)

DUNE HOUSE MYSTERY Series:

Seaside Secrets ….. $0.99 (book #1)

Boats and Bad Guys ….. $0.99 (book #2)

WENDY THE WEDDING PLANNER MYSTERY Series:

Matrimony, Money and Murder  ….. $0.99 (book #1)

Cindy Bell on Nook

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Stephanie Bond
BODY MOVERS MYSTERY Series:

4 Bodies and a Funeral ….. $3.82 (book #4)

5 Bodies to Die For ….. $3.82 (book #5)

6 Killer Bodies ….. $3.82 (book #6)

6 1/2 Body Parts ….. $2.99 (Novella)

VOODOO MYSTERY Series:

In Deep Voodoo ….. $3.99 (book #1)

STAND ALONES:

Kill the Competition ….. $4.99 (stand alone)

Party Crashers ….. $2.99 (stand alone)

Whole Lotta Trouble ….. $4.99 (stand alone)

Our Husband ….. $4.99 (stand alone)

I Think I Love You ….. $3.99 (stand alone)

License to Thrill ….. $2.99 (stand alone)

Stephanie Bond on Nook

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Christianna Brand
INSPECTOR COCKRILL MYSTERY Series:

Death of Jezebel ….. $4.99 (book #4)

Christianna Brand on Nook

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Kerry J Charles
DULCIE CHAMBERS MYSTERY Series:

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

From the Murky Deep ….. $3.99 (book #2)

Kerry J Charles on Nook

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Leslie Charteris
THE SAINT MYSTERY Series:

Enter the Saint ….. $1.99 (book #3)

Featuring the Saint ….. $1.99 (book #5)

Alias the Saint ….. $1.99 (book #6)

Angels of Doom ….. $1.99 (book #8)

Getaway ….. $1.99 (book #10)

The Saint and Mr. Teal ….. $1.99 (book #11)

The Saint: The Brighter Buccaneer ….. $1.99 (book #12)

The Saint Intervenes ….. $1.99 (book #13)

The Saint Goes On ….. $1.99 (book #14)

The Saint in New York ….. $1.99 (book #15)

The Saint Overboard ….. $1.99 (book #16)

The Saint Bids Diamonds ….. $1.99 (book #18)

The Saint Plays with Fire ….. $1.99 (book #19)

Follow the Saint ….. $1.99 (book #20)

The Happy Highwayman ….. $1.99 (book #21)

The Saint in Miami ….. $1.99 (book #22)

The Saint Goes West ….. $1.99 (book #23)

The Saint Steps In ….. $1.99 (book #24)

The Saint on Guard ….. $1.99 (book #26)

The Saint Sees It Through ….. $1.99 (book #27)

Call for the Saint ….. $1.99 (book #28)

Saint Errant ….. $1.99 (book #29)

The Saint in Europe ….. $1.99 (book #30)

The Saint on the Spanish Main ….. $1.99 (book #31)

The Saint Around the World ….. $1.99 (book #32)

Thanks to the Saint ….. $1.99 (book #33)

Señor Saint ….. $1.99 (book #35)

The Saint to the Rescue ….. $1.99 (book #37)

Trust the Saint ….. $1.99 (book #38)

The Saint in the Sun ….. $1.99 (book #39)

Vendetta for the Saint ….. $1.99 (book #40)

The Saint on TV ….. $1.99 (book #41)

The Saint Returns ….. $1.99 (book #42)

The Saint and the Fiction Makers ….. $1.99 (book #43)

The Saint Abroad ….. $1.99 (book #44)

The Saint in Pursuit ….. $1.99 (book #45)

The Saint and the People Importers ….. $1.99 (book #46)

The Saint and the Hapsburg Necklace ….. $1.99 (book #47)

Catch the Saint ….. $1.99 (book #48)

Send for the Saint ….. $1.99 (book #49)

The Saint in Trouble ….. $1.99 (book #50)

The Saint and the Templar Treasure ….. $1.99 (book #51)

Count on the Saint ….. $1.99 (book #52)

Salvage for the Saint ’83 ….. $1.99 (book #53)

Leslie Charteris on Nook

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Joanne Clarey
HUMMINGBIRD FALLS MYSTERY Series:

The Mysteries of Hummingbird Falls ….. $2.99 (book #1)

Riddled to Death ….. $2.99 (book #2)

The Fall Hunt ….. $2.99 (book #3)

Cold Call ….. $2.99 (book #4)

DR. CHRISTIE McMORROW THRILLER Series:

Twisted Truth ….. $3.99 (book #1)

Skinned ….. $3.99 (book #2)

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Alisa Craig (aka Charlotte MacLeod)
GRUB-AND-STAKERS MYSTERY Series:

The Grub-and-Stakers House a Haunt ….. $1.99 (book #5)

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Elizabeth Spann Craig (aka Riley Adams & Elizabeth Craig)
MYRTLE CLOVER MYSTERY Series:

A Dyeing Shame: Death at the Beauty Box ….. $2.99 (book #1)

Progressive Dinner Deadly ….. $2.99 (book #3)

A Body in the Backyard ….. $0.99 (book #4)

Death at a Drop-In ….. $2.99 (book #5)

A Body at Book Club ….. $3.99 (book #6)

Elizabeth Spann Craig on Nook

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Kathi Daley
ZOE DONOVAN MYSTERY Series:

Halloween Hijinks ….. $0.99 (book #1)

The Trouble with Turkeys ….. $2.99 (book #2)

Christmas Crazy ….. $2.99 (book #3)

Cupid’s Curse ….. $2.99 (book #4)

Big Bunny Bump Off ….. $2.99 (book #5)

Beach Blanket Barbie ….. $2.99 (book #6)

Maui Madness ….. $2.99 (book #7)

Derby Divas ….. $2.99 (book #8)

TJ JENSEN PARADISE LAKE MYSTERY Series:

Pumpkins in Paradise ….. $2.99 (book #1)

Snowmen in Paradise ….. $2.99 (book #2)

Bikinis in Paradise ….. $2.99 (book #3)

ROAD TO CHRISTMAS Series: (not mysteries)

Road to Christmas Past ….. $2.99 (book #1)

Kathi Daley on Nook
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Casey Daniels
PEPPER MARTIN MYSTERY Series:

The Chick and the Dead ….. $4.74 (book #2)

Casey Daniels on Nook
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Rae Davies

DUSTY DEALS MYSTERY Series:

Loose Screw ….. $0.99 (book #1)

Cut Loose ….. FREE (book #2)

Loosey Goosey ….. $3.99 (book #3)

Let Loose ….. $4.99 (book #4)

A Fatal Four-Pack ….. $0.99 (Book set including Loose Screw, plus 3 other works by P. B. Ryan, L. L. Bartlett, and Deb Baker)

Rae Davies on Nook

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Lesley A. Diehl
EVE APPEL MYSTERY Series:

A Secondhand Murder ….. $4.95 (book #1)

MICROBREWERS MYSTERY Series:

A Deadly Draught ….. $2.99 (book #1)

Poisoned Pairings ….. $2.99 (book #2)

BIG LAKE MYSTERY Series:

Grilled, Chilled and Killed ….. $2.99 (book #2)

STAND ALONES:

Angel Sleuth ….. $4.99 (stand alone)

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

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

The Killer Wore Cranberry: Room for Thirds ….. $4.99 (Anthology)

Lesley A. Diehl on Nook
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Sharon Fiffer
JANE WHEEL MYSTERY Series:

Dead Guy’s Stuff ….. $1.99 (book #2)

The Wrong Stuff ….. $1.99 (book #3)

Hollywood Stuff ….. $1.99 (book #5)

Scary Stuff ….. $2.99 (book #6)

Backstage Stuff ….. $2.99 (book #7)

Sharon Fiffer on Nook
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Honora Finkelstein and Susan Smily
ARIEL QUIGLEY MYSTERY Series:

The Chef Who Died Sautéing ….. $1.99 (book #1)

The Lawyer Who Died Trying ….. $1.99 (book #2)

The Reporter Who Died Probing ….. $1.99 (book #3)

Honora Finkelstein on Nook
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Elaine Flinn
MOLLY DOYLE MYSTERY Series:

Dealing in Murder ….. $2.99 (book #1)

Deadly Collection ….. $2.99 (book #3)

Elaine Flinn on Nook

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Joanne Fluke
HANNAH SWENSEN MYSTERY Series:

Sugar Cookie Murder ….. $4.99 (book #6)

Cream Puff Murder ….. $4.92 (book #11)

Plum Pudding Murder ….. $4.92 (book #12)

STAND ALONES:

Sugar and Spice ….. $4.92 (anthology w/ Fern Michaels, Beverly Barton, & Shirley Jump)

Candy Cane Murder ….. $4.99 (anthology w/ Leslie Meier and Laura Levine)

Joanne Fluke on Nook

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J. G. Goodhind
HONEY DRIVER MYSTERY Series:

Something in the Blood ….. $0.99 (book #1)

A Taste to Die For ….. $2.99 (book #2)

Walking with Ghosts ….. $2.99 (book #3)

Deadly Lampshades ….. $2.99 (book #5)

Murder by Mudpack ….. $2.99 (book #6)

J.G. Goodhind on Nook

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Carolyn Haines
SARAH BOOTH DELANEY Series:

Bones to Pick ….. $4.58 (book #6)

Ham Bones ….. $4.89 (book #7)

Wishbones ….. $4.99 (book #8)

Greedy Bones ….. $3.79 (book #9)

Bone Appetit ….. $2.99 (book #10)

Bones of a Feather ….. $2.99 (book #11)

Shorty Bones ….. $0.99 (novella)

STAND ALONES:

Skin Dancer ….. $2.99 (stand alone)

Carolyn Haines on Nook

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Joan Hess
CLAIRE MALLOY MYSTERY Series:

Roll Over and Play Dead ….. $3.79 (book #6)

Death By the Light of the Moon ….. $1.99 (book #7)

Poisoned Pins ….. $1.99 (book #8)

Tickled to Death ….. $4.99 (book #9)

Closely Akin to Murder ….. $4.74 (book #11)

A Holly, Jolly Murder ….. $4.74 (book #12)

A Conventional Corpse ….. $3.79 (book #13)

Out On A Limb ….. $4.74 (book #14)

Joan Hess on Nook

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Julie Hyzy
ALEX ST. JAMES MYSTERY Series:

Deadly Blessings ….. $4.99 (book #1)

Deadly Interest ….. $4.99 (book #2)

Dead Ringer ….. $3.99 (book #3)

STAND ALONES:

Artistic License ….. $4.99 (stand alone)

Julie Hyzy on Nook

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Roberta Isleib
GOLF LOVERS’ MYSTERY Series:

Six Strokes Under ….. $3.99 (book #1)

Roberta Isleib on Nook

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Brian Kavanagh
BELINDA LAWRENCE MYSTERY Series:

Capable of Murder ….. $3.99 (book #1)

The Embroidered Corpse ….. $3.99 (book #2)

Bloody Ham ….. $3.99 (book #3)

A Canterbury Crime ….. $3.99 (book #4)

Brian Kavanagh on Nook
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Camille Minichino (aka Margaret Grace & Ada Madison)
PERIODIC TABLE MYSTERY Series:

The Hydrogen Murder ….. $2.99 (book #1)

The Helium Murder ….. $3.99 (book #2)

The Boric Acid Murder ….. $2.99 (book #5)

The Carbon Murder ….. $1.99 (book #6)

The Nitrogen Murder ….. $1.99 (book #7)

The Fluorine Murder ….. $1.00 (story)

Written as Margaret Grace:
MINIATURE MYSTERY Series:

Mix-up in Miniature ….. $2.99 (book #6)

Camille Minichino on Nook
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Beverle Graves Myers
TITO AMATO BAROQUE MYSTERY Series:

Interrupted Aria ….. $0.99 (book #1)

Painted Veil ….. $4.99 (book #2)

Cruel Music ….. $4.99 (book #3)

The Iron Tongue of Midnight ….. $4.99 (book #4)

Her Deadly Mischief ….. $4.99 (book #5)

Beverle Graves Myers on Nook
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Dana Stabenow
KATE SHUGAK MYSTERY Series:

A Cold Day for Murder ….. FREE (book #1)

A Fatal Thaw ….. $4.99 (book #2)

Dead in the Water ….. $4.99 (book #3)

A Cold-Blooded Business ….. $4.99 (book #4)

Play with Fire ….. $4.99 (book #5)

Blood Will Tell ….. $4.99 (book #6)

Midnight Come Again ….. $3.79 (book #10)

The Singing of the Dead ….. $1.99 (book #11)

A Grave Denied ….. $1.99 (book #13)

Though Not Dead ….. $2.99 (book #18)

Any Taint of Vice ….. $0.99 (story)

LIAM CAMPBELL MYSTERY Series:

Fire and Ice ….. FREE (book #1)

So Sure of Death ….. $4.99 (book #2)

Nothing Gold Can Stay ….. $4.99 (book #3)

Better to Rest ….. $4.99 (book #4)

Dana Stabenow on Nook

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J. B. Stanley (aka Ellery Adams, J.B. Stanley, Jennifer Stanley, & 1/2 of Lucy Arlington)

Carbs and Cadavers ….. $3.99 (book #1)

Fit to Die ….. $3.99 (book #2)

Chili Con Corpses ….. $3.99 (book #3)

COLLECTIBLES MYSTERY Series:

A Killer Collection ….. $2.99 (book #1)

A Fatal Appraisal ….. $3.99 (book #2)

A Deadly Dealer ….. $3.99 (book #3)

J. B. Stanley on Nook

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Ann Summerville
LOWENNA MYSTERY Series:

A Graceful Death ….. $2.99 (book #1)

High Tide  ….. $2.99 (book #2)

Gwinnel Gardens ….. $2.99 (book #3)

Trouble at the Manor ….. $2.99 (book #4)

STAND ALONES:

Storms & Secrets ….. $2.99 (stand alone)

The Berton Hotel ….. $2.99 (stand alone)

Ann Summerville on Nook

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Susan Sundwall
MINNIE MARWOOD MYSTERY Series:

The Red Shoelace Killer ….. $2.99 (book #1)

The Super Bar Incident ….. $2.99 (book #2)

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Josephine Tey
ALAN GRANT MYSTERY Series:

The Man in the Queue ….. $3.99 (book #1)

To Love and Be Wise ….. $3.99 (book #4)

Josephine Tey on Nook

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Nancy Jill Thames
JILLIAN BRADLEY MYSTERY Series:

Murder in Half Moon Bay ….. FREE (book #1)

The Ghost Orchid Murder ….. $3.99 (book #2)

From the Clutches of Evil ….. $3.99 (book #3)

The Mark of Eden ….. $3.99 (book #4)

Pacific Beach ….. $3.99 (book #5)

Waiting for Santa ….. $3.99 (book #6)

The Ruby of Siam ….. $3.99 (book #7)

The Long Trip Home ….. $3.99 (book #8)

Nancy Jill Thames on Nook

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(All of these mystery Kindle and Nook books 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/Nook mysteries, you may find some that are still under $5.00. The link is below.)

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It Looks Like We Know When Enough is Enough!

loveFirst of all, let me tell you ALL how much I have enjoyed reading all of your comments to the last entry posted! Donna, you certainly had a great idea! (When Is Too Much Romance Not a Good Thing?) Usually, I try to answer all of your comments (other than the monthly recommendations entry), but this particular entry seemed to just take off. So I’m going to address the general impressions I got from your comments:

I just re-read all of your comments, and it looks like the majority of us don’t mind a little romance, but we don’t want it to become a major component in our Cozy Mysteries. We don’t mind it, but it’s not a definite requirement. Most of us agree there is a definite difference between a Cozy Mystery and a Romance novel with a little mystery in it. We are reading Cozy Mysteries because they are, indeed, mysteries!

Several of the comments reflect that one of the reasons we like the Cozy Mystery genre is because of the fleshing-out of the characters and their relationships with other characters, whether they are romantic interests, or not. We want our characters to interact with each other; to be like the type of people we know in “real life”.  (After all, not all of the people we know “in real life” have significant others.)

I love that some of you were able to cite some really iconic sleuths who have loving, committed relationships. Those of us who are Ngaio Marsh fans can remember how smitten Roderick Alleyn was with Agatha Troy; however none of us was privy to their “romantic” life. It wasn’t a subject which took up a lot of the books. Same goes for Dorothy L. Sayers’ Peter Wimsey and Harriet Vane. We see the same thing with Agatha Christie’s Tommy and Tuppence. The authors focused on the mysteries, not the couples’ courtships and/or marriages. The authors’ abilities to write good mystery novels with engaging mysteries is what keeps us coming back for more.

P.S. As an aside to love triangles, which were brought up a few times:  It looks like a lot of us agree that you should be able to decide on one suitor. It’s realistic that you would have a few doubts, and that it might take you a little time to find the person who is right for you, though here’s a thought >>> If you can’t decide between two potential love interests, then neither of them is probably right for you! (Maybe I’m just jealous, though. I don’t remember any time in my life where I had two men who desperately wanted to be with me, and who didn’t mind that I was dating the other!)

When Is Too Much Romance Not a Good Thing?

loveA little while ago, Donna wrote me a letter asking me about romance in our Cozy Mystery series. Hmmm… I know there is some romance in most of the series I read, but note, I said some. I find that in the series I follow, there may be a possibility of a romance evolving (usually between the sleuth and a person who is in a law enforcement line of work – sheriff, detective, lawyer, judge, ETC.) However, in some of my series there is a definite couple. But the series I read don’t dwell a lot on the couple or the courting/possibility. Let me get to Donna’s question.

Donna:

I would love to know if any of the other readers enjoy when there is romance involved with the main characters. I have been reading one series for several years but the last book I read I felt like I was reading a romance book. In fact, I forgot someone had been murdered. The theme seemed to be more on if the main character and her boyfriend were going to get back together and if they had sex yet. Needless to say as much as I enjoyed the series at the beginning I will most likely not continue with it. There is another series I read and the focus seems to be more on their relationship instead of the mystery. Does anyone else feel this way?

So, what do you all think? Do you like your Cozies to have a lot of romance in them? Or is too much romance not at all appealing in your Cozy Mysteries?

If You Missed the Cozy-Mystery Information, Here’s What I Suggest You Do

nancydrew14June141359090900-I posted some information about an upcoming mystery movie on the Turner Classic Movies channel the other day, and unfortunately not everyone on Facebook got the notice early enough to either watch the movie live or to set up their DVRs to tape the movie. Here is a comment I received:

Lynn:

Ohhh, FB is so awful about showing posts in a timely manner that I missed this posts and the second movie is over! Do you know if they will re-broadcast the first two?

Here is my response:

Danna (Cozy-Mystery):

Lynn, I posted the entry yesterday on my website, so that everyone would have time to set up their DVRs. I’m sorry you missed the notice. I would suggest that you go to my website’s blog area and sign up for the emails. Everything (all new Cozy Mystery authors, new Cozy Mystery themes, the free and cheap Kindle/Nook lists, the monthly mystery movies on television, etc.), everything I add to the Cozy-Mystery.com site comes out in my entry emails. That way, you’ll be ahead of the game! I do a monthly list of the television mystery movies that I post, so if these two Nancy Drew movies are on again, I will be posting them. (Again, I’m sorry you missed them.)

We have a lot of different Cozy Mystery readers who come to the blog and post comments, which are very informative and interesting to read.

And, for those of you who are reading this entry on the actual Cozy Mystery blog, thank you for all your terrific, informative comments. (I wish I could say “terrifically” – but I doubt that’s a word. It just feels like it’s grander than “terrific” – which is how I feel about your participation in, as well as your additions to – the blog!) You ALL are a wonderful source of interesting conversation, as well as a whole lot of great Cozy Mystery information.

Thank you ALL, again!