Malice Domestic 2014 Agatha Awards – Do You Have a Favorite?

19844584[1]The 27th Malice Domestic is going to be held next weekend. That’s right! Next weekend (May 1-3, 2015), the Bethesda, Maryland’s Hyatt Regency Hotel will be the place to be! Those people attending the convention will be voting for the authors/mysteries they think should win in each of the categories. Pretty exciting!

I especially like these awards because they are supposed to go to mysteries that are similar to Agatha Christie’s books >>> thus their name! These are mysteries without gratuitous sex, violence, or gore >>> in short, pretty Cozy! I know I have said (more than too many times for some of you!) that these are the Coziest of Cozy Mystery awards out there.

The mystery books that have been nominated are those that were published (in any format) during 2014. By that I mean they can be paperbacks, hard covers, or even e-books.

I see lots of very familiar names and titles. I’m guessing there are a few of your very favorite Cozy Mystery authors within these categories. I think it would be pretty difficult to vote for one Cozy over another in some of these categories!

Congratulations to ALL the nominees!

The Good, The Bad and The Emus by Donna Andrews
A Demon Summer by G.M. Malliet
Designated Daughters by Margaret Maron
The Long Way Home by Louise Penny
Truth Be Told by Hank Phillippi Ryan

Queen of Hearts by Rhys Bowen
Wouldn’t it Be Deadly by D.E. Ireland
Murder in Murray Hill by Victoria Thompson
Hunting Shadows by Charles Todd
An Unwilling Accomplice by Charles Todd

Circle of Influence by Annette Dashofy
Tagged for Death by Sherry Harris
Finding Sky by Susan O’Brien
Well Read, Then Dead by Terrie Farley Moran
Murder Strikes a Pose by Tracy Weber

Found by Harlen Coben
Andi Under Pressure  by Amanda Flower
Greenglass House by Kate Milford
Uncertain Glory by Lea Wait
The Code Buster’s Club, Case #4: The Mummy’s Curse by Penny Warner

The Blessing Witch by Kathy Lynn Emerson
The Shadow Knows by Barb Goffman
Just Desserts for Johnny by Edith Maxwell
The Odds are Against Us by Art Taylor
Premonition by Art Taylor

The Poisoner: The Life and Crimes of Victorian England’s Most Notorious Doctor by Stephen Bates
Death Dealer: How Cops and Cadaver Dogs Brought a Killer to Justice by Kate Flora
400 Things Cops Know: Street Smart Lessons from a Veteran Patrolman by Adam Plantinga
Writes of Passage: Adventures on the Writer’s Journey by Hank Phillippi Ryan, Editor
The Art of the English Murder by Lucy Worsley

Guest of Honor: Charles Todd & Ann Cleeves
Toastmaster: Toni L.P. Kelner
Lifetime Achievement: Sara Paretsky

Are any of your personal favorites nominated? 

P.S. If you would like to take a look at some of the winners and nominees from previous years, the categories can be found on my Mystery Book Awards page. (I’m pretty sure you’ll recognize a lot of the Cozy Mystery authors’ names!)

Mignon F. Ballard Fans Are In for a Treat: Miss Dimple & Augusta Goodnight Together!

Angel at Troublesome Creek by Mignon F. BallardGood news for a whole bunch of Cozy Mystery readers! As the title of this entry says, Mignon F. Ballard‘s Miss Dimple and Augusta Goodnight will be sharing the spotlight in the 5th Miss Dimple (and I guess the 8th Augusta Goodnight) Mystery Series: Miss Dimple and the Slightly Bewildered Angel. It won’t be released until the fall of 2016 so we all have a long wait, but it sure is good to know!

A lot of Cozy Mystery readers were very disappointed back in 2008 when they realized Hark! The Herald Angel Screamed was the last they would see of Augusta Goodnight. For those of you who aren’t familiar with Augusta Goodnight, she started out as a “temp” guardian angel who went from one case to another during the course of the first four Cozy Mysteries in the series. She then became permanently attached to Lucy Nan Pilgrim in Stone’s Throw, South Carolina. I should mention that Augusta isn’t the one who actually solves the mysteries, but she sure helps guide the actions of the people she’s with.

Miss Dimple Disappears by Mignon F. BallardMiss Dimple Kilpatrick, on the other hand, is a teacher at Elderberry Grammar School in Georgia, during World War II. She has a close group of friends, and a younger brother she adores. She loves her quaint town and all of her students. Oh, and she wears purple in honor of her fiancé who died in the Spanish American War.

I can only imagine, looking at the title of this Cozy (Miss Dimple and the Slightly Bewildered Angel) how these two strong personalities are going to mesh!

Eight Soon to be Released Mystery Books

I thought I would show you all my most recent mystery book finds. Actually, several of them I already had on my Soon to be Released Mysteries page, but since I was looking around to find new Cozy Mystery books, I thought I’d quickly tell you about these. (As usual, I’m going to post them alphabetically so that it doesn’t look like I have a favorite – or two!)

Guilty as Cinnamon by Leslie Budewitz Leslie Budewitz (Leslie Ann Budewitz): Guilty as Cinnamon (This will be the 2nd in the Spice Shop Mystery Series.)
Murder Most Howl by Krista Davis Krista Davis: Murder Most Howl (This will be the 3rd in the Paws and Claws Mystery Series.)
Claws for Alarm by T.C. LoTempio T.C. LoTempio: Claws for Alarm (This will be the 2nd in the Nick and Nora Mystery Series.)
 Murder Most Finicky by Liz Mugavero Liz Mugavero (aka Cate Conte): Murder Most Finicky (This will be the in the 4th Pawsitively Organic Mystery Series.)
The Nature of the Beast by Louise Penny Louise Penny: The Nature of the Beast (This will be the 11th in the Chief Inspector Gamache Mystery Series.)
 Dark Corners by Ruth Rendell (aka Barbara Vine) Ruth Rendell (aka Barbara Vine): Dark Corners (This will be a Stand Alone mystery.) (This isn’t a Wexford mystery, and not Cozy, but if it’s like her other mysteries, it’s terrific!)
The Troutbeck Testimony by Rebecca Tope Rebecca Tope: The Troutbeck Testimony (This will be the 4th in the Lake District Mystery Series.)
 Thread and Gone by Lea Wait Lea Wait: Thread and Gone (This will be the 3rd in the Mainely Needlepoint Mystery Series.) (This is a Fourth of July themed mystery.)

I have added some new Cozy Mystery books to the Soon to be Released Mysteries page, so you might want to click on this link to go see what all is new:  Soon to be Released Mysteries page.

Cozy Mystery Site is Now Accessible to Mobile Phones & Tablets

Mobile Phone/TabletI have an announcement to make. For those of you who use either your mobile phones or tablets to browse the Cozy Mystery site, my “tech guy” (aka my husband) just reformatted my site so that you can view it on a small screen. (There shouldn’t be much of a difference for those of you who use your computers to see my site.)

I have mentioned that I am a hold-out for my old flip cell phone, but he finally got a smart phone a few months ago. When he accessed my site on his smart phone, he was shocked to see how difficult it was to read.

Long story, short >>> Since 2006 I have used Microsoft Frontpage for the Cozy Mystery site. However, Frontpage has been obsolete/discontinued for years. Frontpage wasn’t able to reformat the site so that you all who use your mobile phones and tablets could see it.

For those of you using your smart phones and tablets, the menu is at the top of your screen on the left side. The menu should be on every page. If you press the menu button (the one with three lines) it will drop the menu down so that it will be easier for you to navigate my Cozy Mystery site. (The mobile menu has been added to the blog too).

Whatever screen you have, big or small, would you please let me know if you notice any glitches? There shouldn’t be any, but my husband isn’t a “real tech guy”, just a dabbler, so there might be some (hopefully minor) glitches. Please let me know, and I’ll pass the information along to him.

You know, they say you should never work with family members. You can’t fire them, but you (I guess I should say “I”!) can always complain!

Cozy Mystery Book Goes from “YUCK” list to Favorite Cozy Authors List

list5I have talked about my personal lists that I keep about Cozy Mystery authors I have read. I have one list that has all of my favorite Cozy Mystery authors on it. I keep it on my computer’s desktop so that I can revise it whenever one of my favorite authors publishes a new Cozy. I mark off the books as I read them. This just works best for me, as I like to read my Cozies in chronological order.

The lists I don’t talk about much are the alphabetical lists I use to mark down my “YUCK” authors. I try a whole lot of Cozies but don’t end up enjoying all of them. I’ve talked about my “50 page rule” on many occasions. If I don’t like a Cozy I’m reading by page 50 (which I’m now translating to be about 20 – 25% of a Kindle copy) I stop reading the book, and place the author’s name on his/her corresponding alphabetical list with a big “YUCK” after the name. (Unfortunately, I just started adding the reason I didn’t enjoy the author a few years ago, so there are quite a few authors on the list who I can’t remember even trying, let alone the reason they didn’t appeal to me.)

We have discussed retrying Cozy Mystery authors who had once been favorites of our, who we then thought we had outgrown. This time I’m talking about authors who we never liked, perhaps not even making it to our cut-off page limit. These are authors who start on our yuck lists, and usually never get a chance to be taken off of it.

Usually I consult my lists before I buy a book by a new-to-me author, but sometimes I forget to do that. Fortunately, in the case of one of my very favorite authors, I forgot to consult my yuck list. Wow, am I glad I did! You cannot imagine how surprised I was to find that at one time in my life I had tried this author and had totally disliked her. Good grief! I have spent many hours of very enjoyable Cozy Mystery reading with this author’s sleuth, all because I (luckily) didn’t check that doggone yuck list! I have had this happen a few other times, so I am finding myself wondering if I actually dislike all of the Cozy Mystery authors who I have on my yuck list, or not!

Have any of you ever disliked an author who you later find you like a whole lot? Without naming names, could you tell us about it?

*** As usual, please do not mention the names of authors you don’t like.***

Hallmark Movies & Mysteries Channel Will Air “Gourmet Detective” by Peter King – May 16, 2015 (Edit)

The Gourmet Detective by Peter KingThis afternoon I started working on my list of television mystery movies that will air during May 2015. I found a movie that I absolutely cannot not wait to tell you about, even though it won’t air until next month. So here goes >>>

All of you no doubt already know about Joanne Fluke’s Hannah Swensen movie that will premier on the Hallmark Movies & Mysteries channel on Saturday, May 2.

Well, it just keeps getting better! The Hallmark Movies & Mysteries channel will also be premiering another Cozy Mystery series’ movie during this May.

On Saturday – May 16, 2015Peter King‘s Gourmet Detective Mystery Series will air its first Cozy Mystery movie at 8:00 PM (central)

The Gourmet Detective by Peter KingHere is the synopsis from the Hallmark Mysteries and Movies channel:

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

I don’t know about you, but I cannot wait to see both of these new Cozy Mystery movies!

Fashion Theme in Cozy Mystery Books

fashionI have added a few Cozy Mystery authors to the site who have fashionista sleuths. Last week, when I went to add one of them to my fashion theme, I realized I didn’t have one! I had a tentative fashion theme going, but I hadn’t finalized it for the site yet. I finally did that today. So, here goes:

Fashion theme in Cozy Mystery Books

Victoria Abbott (Mary Jane Maffini & Victoria Maffini): Book Collector Mystery Series – Jordan Kelly loves wearing vintage clothes..

Juliet Blackwell (aka Hailey Lind): Witchcraft Mystery Series – Lily Ivory owns a vintage clothing shop in San Francisco

Annette Blair: Vintage Magic Mystery Series – Madeira Cutler has renovated an old funeral home into her vintage clothing store.

Melissa Bourbon (aka Misa Ramirez): Magical Dressmaking Mystery Series – Harlow Cassidy is a fashion designer who owns her own boutique in Texas.

Duffy Brown: Consignment Shop Mystery Series – Reagan Summerside is the owner of the Prissy Fox Consignment Shop in Savannah, Georgia.

Ellen Byerrum: Crime of Fashion Mystery Series – Lacey Smithsonina is a fashion columnist.

Grace Carroll (aka Carol Culver): Accessories Mystery Series – Rita Jewel is a salesperson at a high-end San Francisco boutique.

Elizabeth Lynn Casey (aka Laura Bradford): Southern Sewing Circle Mysteries – Tori Sinclair is a librarian in South Carolina and she is also a member of a sewing circle.

Cassandra Chan: Village Affairs – A high-fashion shoot is one of the settings in this mystery.

Jane K. Cleland: Deadly Threads – Josie Prescott is teaching a class on vintage clothing at her New Hampshire antiques shop.

Barbara Jean Coast: Poppy Cove Mystery Series – Daphne and Margot own a dress shop called Poppy Cove.

Sophie Dunbar: Fashion Victims – Frank and Ava Bernstein find themselves in the middle of a murder investigation at a Hollywood fashion show.

Kathy Lynn Emerson (aka Kaitlyn Dunnett): Murder in the Queen’s Wardrobe – Rosamund Jaffrey is a Lady in Waiting for Queen Elizabeth (not the current queen, but her  16th century namesake) and she’s also the queen’s spy.

Dorothy Gilman: Mrs. Pollifax Mystery Series – This series isn’t about fashion, rather the senior citizen and spy, Mrs. Pollifax >>> who is most comfortable when sporting a big hat!

Chloe Green: Dallas O’Connor Mystery Series – Dallas O’Connor is a fashion stylist in Texas.

Gemma Halliday: High Heels Mystery Series – Maddie Springer is a shoe designer sleuth.

Dorothy Howell: Haley Randolph Mystery Series – California sleuth Haley simply can’t get enough handbags!

Susan Kandel: CeCe Caruso Mystery Series – CeCe is a biographer of detective mystery writers who is really into vintage clothes.

Kylie Logan (aka Miranda Bliss & Casey Daniels): Button Box Mystery Series – Josie Giancola is a vintage & antique button expert who owns a vintage button shop in Chicago.

Meg London (aka Peg Cochran): Sweet Nothings Vintage Lingerie Mystery Series – Emma Taylor is a stylist in Paris … Tennessee.

Nancy Martin: Blackbird Sisters Mystery Series – Nora loves (and wears) her grandmother’s extensive collection of haute couture.

Rosemary Martin (aka Rosemary Stevens): Murder A-Go-Go Mystery Series – Bebe Bennett works at a modeling agency as a secretary in New York. With a series title like this one, I’ll let you guess the decade!

Judi McCoy: Fashion Faux Paw – Ellie Engleman and her Yorkie (Rudy) have to find out who supplied the peanuts at New York’s Fashion Week’s model-with-dog fashion show.

Jenn McKinlay (aka Josie Belle  & Lucy Lawrence): Hat Shop Mystery Series – Floridian Scarlett Parker and her British cousin (Viv Tremont) inherit their grandmother’s hat shop in London.

Rose Pressey: Haunted Vintage Mystery Series – Cookie Chanel owns It’s Vintage Y’All, a vintage clothing store in Sugar Creek, Georgia.

S.J. Rozan: Mandarin Plaid – Lydia Chin is on the search for a fashion designer’s design book with designs that are worth a lot of money.

Sofie Ryan (aka Sofie Kelly): Second Chance Cat Mystery Series – Sarah’s best friend owns the Second Chance second-hand shop that carries vintage clothes.

Angela M. Sanders: Vintage Clothing Mystery Series – Joanna Hayworth owns a vintage clothing store in Portland.

Rosemary Stevens (aka Rosemary Martin): Beau Brummell Mystery Series – Beau Brummell is a Regency era (1790 – 1820) fashion expert in London.

Fran Stewart: ScotShop Mystery Series – Peggy Winn sells Scottish kilts and describes the different plaids of the clans.

Susan Sundwall: Minnie Markwood Mystery Series – Minnie’s sidekick Rashawna is a fashonista.

Kari Lee Townsend: Mind Reader Mystery Series – Kalli Ballas has the ability to read minds. She is a fashion designing sleuth.

Diane Vallere: Material Witness Mystery Series – Poly (as in Polyester)  is a dress designer at her family’s California store.

Diane Vallere: Mad for Mod Mystery Series – Madison Night is an interior decorator whose clothes are items you could have found in Doris Day’s closet during the Doris Day/Rock Hudson days.

Diane Vallere: Style & Error Mystery Series – Samantha Kidd used to be a fashion buyer.

Elaine Viets: Mystery Shopper Mystery Series – Josie Marcus is a plain clothes detective who goes to a wide range of stores, from high-end fashion boutiques to pet stores.

fashionaI hope you stop by the theme page on my site. With all of the themes I have (and I have lots!), I’m pretty certain you can find a few you’re interested in. Here’s the Cozy Mysteries by Theme page on my site. Just click on the link and it will take you to it.

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

What Attracts You to a New-to-You Cozy Mystery Author?

Searching for a BookI have often wondered what it is that makes me try out a new-to-me Cozy Mystery Series. With so many Cozy series out there, why do I end up trying some, and not others? I know there is no science involved in my selection process, but what is it that makes me try a Cozy Mystery author who I have never read before?


After thinking about this, I came up with some things that help me decide whether a series looks like something I would enjoy spending a lot of time reading, or not:

1. Your Recommendations >>> I think that this is by far the most important factor for me. Some of you write monthly recommendations that make me immediately go and buy the first Cozy in a series. There are recommendations that almost “make me have to try” a series.

2. Sleuth >>> Let’s see, what do I mean by the sleuth? Well, upon looking at my favorite Cozy Mystery series, I like my sleuths to be smart women, although I have a few exceptions like Hercule Poirot and Roderick Alleyn. I tend to go for sleuths who have been around, who have living experiences from which to draw. I don’t mean that all my sleuths are senior citizens, but I do like my sleuths to be usually be the one whose friends know they can rely on.

3. Theme >>> I know it almost sounds over-redundant to mention the theme as being important, now that almost every series has a theme of some sort. This does not mean I won’t read a Cozy that has a theme I”m not interested in, but I do sort of seek out themes that match my own interests. I’m not particularly crazy about cooking, but I read several culinary Cozy Mystery themes. On the other hand, I enjoy needlework, so I usually try every needlework Cozy series that hits the shelves. I love holiday themes, so if an author has a lot of them, I will try his/her Cozies. The theme list goes on and on.

4. Book Cover >>> To some of you this might sound weird, but some Cozy book covers sort of  “speak to me”. And lately, the publishers seem to have me in mind! Have any of you noticed how cozy the new Cozy book covers look? I have! When I look for the book covers to put on my site, I sometimes cannot get over how incredibly neat some of the covers are. I admit that I prefer the covers by artists over the photographs, but lately even the photos have been enticing.

So that’s how I find new Cozy Mystery authors to try, how about you? What method do you use to decide on a new-to-you Cozy Mystery author to try?

Guideposts’ Secrets of Blue Hill Library Mystery Series and Mysteries of Silver Peak Mystery Series

I just added two Cozy Mystery series to the site which both happen to come from Guideposts.

 A Mountain of Mystery by Carole Jefferson (Mysteries of Silver Peak Mystery Series)Mysteries of Silver Peak Mystery Series This series is written by Carole Jefferson. Sadie Speers is the sleuth in this series, and she owns the Antique Mine antiques shop in Silver Peak, Colorado. Silver Peak is a quaint little town that used to be a mining town. Sadie likes to provide background research with the antiques she sells in her shop. Sometimes the histories of the antique items have mysteries associated with them, which Sadie then, after switching into her sleuthing mode, solves! (A Mountain of Mystery is the first in the Mysteries of Silver Peak Mystery Series.)

Nowhere to Be Found by Emily Thomas (Secrets of Blue Hill Library Mystery Series) Secrets of Blue Hill Library Mystery Series This series is written by Emily Thomas. The sleuth, Anne Gibson, is converting the old Victorian house her great-aunt Edie left to her. The house is destined to become the town’s library, just as her Aunt Edie had requested. Anne is a young mother of a nine-year old boy and she has been left widowed. In the first Cozy Mystery of the series Anne finds a hidden room while she is converting the Victorian into a library. (Nowhere to Be Found is the first in the Secrets of Blue Hill Library Mystery Series.)

Guideposts is a company that specializes in “Inspiration. Faith. Hope.” Over the years I have heard from Cozy Mystery readers who enjoy these series a lot. I have several Guideposts mystery series on my site: Church Choir Mysteries Series, Miracles of Marble Cove Mystery Series, Mysteries of Silver Peak Series, Mysteries of Sparrow Island Series, Mystery and the Minister’s Wife Series, Patchwork Mystery Series, Secrets of Blue Hill Library Mystery Series, and Secrets of Mary’s Bookshop Mystery Series. I also have a few of the Guideposts non mystery series on the site: Home to Heather Creek Series, Stories from Hope Haven Series, and Tales from Grace Chapel Inn. This past week I was trying to come up with a way to list all of the Guideposts series (both their mysteries as well as their non mystery series) and I decided to go ahead and make a Guideposts page that has all of the different series listed, with links to their corresponding pages on the site.

Guideposts Mystery Series (and Non Mystery Series)

Thank you, Barb E.! Barb and I have sort of become Cozy Mystery reader pen-pals, although I have to admit that Barb is much better than I am about keeping in touch! Because of Barb, I have been able to find out about new Cozy Mystery series that come from mail-order clubs. Many of which I have listed on my No Swearing/No Profanity Cozy Mystery list.

Last month, Barb sent me a list of lots of Cozy Mysteries from Guideposts. Not only did she give me the titles and authors of some of the books I was missing from these mail-order Cozy Mystery series, but she also told me about the above two Guideposts series.

Again, Barb E, thank you for all of your help!

Upstairs, Downstairs Television Series

Upstairs, Downstairs television seriesI was thinking back about some of the best television series I have watched, and Upstairs, Downstairs immediately came to mind. I have watched this series three times, and think it’s one of the best period piece series ever made. Sure, it is from the 1970s, so the production values aren’t what they aren’t anything like today’s slick looks. However, the story line and acting are (in my opinion) much better than most television series.

Upstairs, Downstairs is yet another dazzling jewel in British period-piece television productions. The show initially ran in the USA on Masterpiece Theatre in the early 1970s. It is set in Edwardian London, and features the life of all who inhabited “165 Eaton Place.”

The “Upstairs” at this opulent residence consists of an aristocrat family. The Bellamy family hob-nobs with all of England’s wealthy. The patriarch is a member of Parliament, and as such, entertains many of the ruling class. His wife is a perfect hostess, and is the one who brings the title and money into the family.

The “Downstairs” is comprised of many house maids, a chauffeur, the cooking staff, and a very competent & efficient butler at the top of the working people’s hierarchy. Mr. Hudson (the butler) runs all of the tasks required to keep the household running smoothly. Of course, there are sometimes mishaps, but Mr. Hudson is quick to get things back on track.

Upstairs, Downstairs follows the lives of the Bellamy family and their staff. The set is realistic, opulent, with deep, rich-colored furniture and curtains. The wardrobe, hair and make-up are exactly as I would have expected of the early 1900s.

Jean Marsh, the actress who plays Rose (the head parlour maid) is one of the two creators of the series. Her co-creator, is a fellow actress, Eileen Atkins. The London Weekend Television is the production company responsible for this beautiful, interesting view of life in London during the first thirty years of the twentieth century.

For me, Upstairs, Downstairs works so well because of the head of the family, Richard Bellamy, with his extremely kind nature. Because this member of Parliament is such an honorable man, his household is a place where even the lowest on the totem pole (the scullery maid ?) is treated fairly. Perhaps the reason for Richard Bellamy’s good nature toward the household staff is because he was not born into the aristocracy, he simply married into it.

The two “Downstairs bosses” (so to speak) are the butler (excellently portrayed by Gordon Jackson) and the cook (delightfully played by Angela Baddeley). All the acting is superb. It is such a treat to see Pauline Collins (Sarah) & John Alderton (Thomas) in this production from the 1970s, who incidentally, have been married since the late 1960s.

I strongly recommend Upstairs, Downstairs – especially seasons 1, 2 & 3. In 2010, the BBC brought Upstairs, Downstairs back. Unfortunately Rose (Jean Marsh) was the only character from the “real” Upstairs, Downstairs cast. To me, this didn’t fit in with the original Upstairs, Downstairs television series I  have loved for many years. However, keep in mind that this was released in the 1970s, so don’t expect the visuals of today’s pieces.

P.S. It is available on Netflix. This is not a mystery series.

Vannetta Chapman, Maya Corrigan, Colette London, & Rose Pressey – Four Author Additions to the Cozy Mystery Site

I have just added four new Cozy Mystery authors to the Cozy Mystery site. Some of you who are new may wonder where I get the authors I post on my site. I get them from Cozy Mystery readers who have enjoyed their work and want to make sure other Cozy Mystery readers know about them.

Murder Tightly Knit by Vannetta Chapman Vannetta Chapman, a former teacher with a Master’s Degree in English, has worked as a pianist, church secretary, and an adjunct professor of English Literature. Chapman focuses heavily on faith in her works, and is the author of the Shipshewana Amish Mystery Series, the Amish Village Mystery Series, and the Jacobs Family Mystery Series.
By Cook or By Crook by Maya Corrigan Maya Corrigan is the author of the Five-Ingredient Mystery Series, starring Val Deniston, manager of a fitness club café, the Cool Down Café. (This Cozy Mystery series includes recipes.) Corrigan has taught college classes in writing and literature, designed online learning courses, and has written nonfiction. She lives near Washington D.C. >>> so she’s able to visit the Chesapeake Bay area setting of her series whenever she wants.
Criminal Confections by Colette London Colette London is the author of the Chocolate Whisperer Mystery Series starring Haydon Mundy Moore, a traveling chocolatier, luxury consultant, and amateur sleuth. (This Cozy Mystery series contains recipes.)
If You've Got It, Haunt It by Rose Pressey Rose Pressey pens multiple mystery series, many of which feature a paranormal element of some kind. Her best selling Haunted Vintage Mystery Series, features Cookie Chanel (the owner of a vintage clothing store) as its sleuth. Pressey also writes the Haunted Tour Guide Mystery Series, the Chase Charley Mystery Series, the Trash to Treasure Crafting Mystery Series, the Haunted Renovation Mystery Series, and the Maggie, PI Mystery Series.

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

The Whole Cat and Caboodle by Sofie Ryan (aka Sofie Kelly)OK! Here goes for this month’s FREE and cheap Kindle format Cozy Mysteries that are available right now. All of these Cozies cost $4.99 or less!

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

I told you about some of these last month, but I have added several more to the list. All of these Cozy Mysteries in the first group below are currently selling for $1.99:

Antiques Maul (Barbara Allan)

Antiques Slay Ride (Barbara Allan)

Murder is Binding (Lorna Barrett – aka Lorraine Bartlett & L.L. Bartlett)

A Pedigree to Die For (Laurien Berenson)

It Takes a Witch ( Heather Blake – aka Heather Webber)

Scrapped (Mollie Cox Bryan)

Guidebook to Murder (Lynn Cahoon)Death by Cashmere by Sally Goldenbaum

Homicide in Hardcover (Kate Carlisle)

A Slice of Murder (Chris Cavender – Jessica Beck, Elizabeth Bright, Melissa Glazer, Casey Myers, & Tim Myers)

Murder Simply Brewed (Vannetta Chapman)

Falling to Pieces (Vannetta Chapman)

To Fudge or Not to Fudge (Nancy Coco – aka Nancy J. Parra)

By Cook or By Crook (Maya Corrigan)

A Catered Murder (Isis Crawford – aka Barbara Block)

Dial C for Chihuahua (Waverly Curtis)

Kilt Dead (Kaitlyn Dunnett – aka Kathy Lynn Emerson)

Scene of the Climb (Kate Dyer-Seeley – aka Ellie Alexander)

Chocolate Chip Cookie Murder (Joanne Fluke)Falling to Pieces by Vannetta Chapman

Death by Cashmere (Sally Goldenbaum)

Tagged for Death (Sherry Harris)

Death of a Kitchen Diva (Lee Hollis)

Handbags and Homicide (Dorothy Howell)

Brush with Death (Karen MacInerney)

Forget me Knot (Mary Marks)

A Tine to Live, a Tine to Die (Edith Maxwell – aka Maddie Day & Tace Baker)

Mad as Helen (Susan McBride)

Chorus Lines, Caviar, and Corpses (Mary McHugh)

Just Desserts (G.A. McKevett)

Killer Honeymoon (G.A. McKevett)

Going Organic Can Kill You (Staci McLaughlin)

Mistletoe Murder (Leslie Meier)

Killer Honeymoon by G.A. McKevett

A Biscuit, a Casket (Liz Mugavero)

Skeleton in the Closet (Marcia Muller)

Caught Dead-Handed (Carol J. Perry)

If You’ve Got It, Haunt It (Rose Pressey)

Boiled Over (Barbara Ross)

Working Stiff (Annelise Ryan)

The Whole Cat and Caboodle (Sofie Ryan – aka Sofie Kelly)

Final Appeal (Lisa Scottoline)

Dirty Blonde (Lisa Scottoline)

Staged to Death (Karen Rose Smith)

An Unwilling Accomplice (Charles Todd)

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

Cold White Fury by Beth Amos (aka Allyson K. Abbott & Annelise Ryan)Beth Amos (aka Allyson K. Abbott & Annelise Ryan):


Cold White Fury ….. $2.99

Eyes of Night ….. $2.99

Second Sight ….. $2.99

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

Sandra BalzoRunning on Empty by Sandra Balzo


Uncommon Grounds ….. $3.03 (book #1)

Grounds for Murder ….. $3.03 (book #2)

Bean There, Done That ….. $3.03 (book #3)

Brewed, Crude and Tattooed ….. $3.99 (book #4)

From the Grounds Up ….. $3.99 (book #5)

A Cup of Jo ….. $3.99 (book #6)

Triple Shot ….. $3.99 (book #7)


Running on Empty ….. $3.99 (book #1)

Dead Ends ….. $3.99 (book #2)

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Patricia K. BattaWhere Did You Die? by Patricia K. Batta

What Did You Do before Dying? ….. $2.99 (book #1)

Why Did You Die in the Dark? ….. $2.99 (book #2)

Who More Than Wished You Were Dead? ….. $2.99 (book #3)

Where Did You Die ….. $2.99 (book #4)

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G. A. McKevettA Body to Die For by G.A. McKevett

Just Desserts ….. $1.99 (book #1)

Sour Grapes ….. $4.61 (book #6)

Peaches and Screams ….. $4.61 (book #7)

Death by Chocolate ….. $4.61 (book #8)

Cereal Killer ….. $4.61 (book #9)

Murder à la Mode ….. $4.30 (book #10)

Corpse Suzette ….. $4.61 (book #11)

Poisoned Tarts ….. $4.58 (book #13)

A Body to Die For ….. $4.30 (book #14)

Wicked Craving ….. $4.58 (book #15)

Killer Honeymoon ….. $1.99 (book #18)

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Barbara RossBoiled Over by Barbara Ross

Clammed Up ….. $2.51 (book #1)

Boiled Over ….. $1.99 (book #2)

(The anthologies were edited with Mark Ammons, Kat Fast, & Leslie Wheeler)

Best New England Crime Stories 2014: Stone Cold (Anthology) ….. $2.99

Best New England Crime Stories 2013: Blood Moon (Anthology) ….. $2.99

Thin Ice: Crime Stories by New England Writers (Anthology) ….. $2.99

Best New England Crime Stories 2012: Dead Calm (Anthology) ….. $2.99

The Death of an Ambitious Woman ….. $3.99

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Rebecca TopeA Cotswold Killing by Rebecca Tope

A Cotswold Killing ….. $3.74 (book #1)


The Windermere Witness ….. $2.99 (book #1)

The Ambleside Alibi ….. $2.99 (book #2)


A Dirty Death ….. $3.74 (book #1)

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A Taste of Murder Box SetHere are two sets of Cozy Mystery full-length mystery books I have told you about before, but I see they are still very, very cheap.

A Taste of Murder Box Set ….. $2.51 – Includes:
Joanne Fluke: Chocolate Chip Cookie Murder
Lee Hollis: Death of a Kitchen Diva
Barbara Ross: Clammed Up

Killer Confections: 8 Delectable Culinary Cozy Mystery Novels ….. 99¢ – Includes:
Pamela DuMond: Cupcakes, Pies, and Hot Guys -Romantic, Comedic Annie Graceland Mystery
Denise Dietz: Beat Up a Cookie – Diet Club Mystery
Leighann Dobbs: Bake, Battle, and Roll – Lexy Baker Cozy Mystery
Harper Lin: Ėclair Murder – Patisserie Mystery
Tamar Myers, Too Many Crooks Spoil the Broth – Amish Bed & Breakfast Mystery
Joanne Pence, Cooking Spirits – Angie Amalfi Mystery
Cindy Sample, Dying for a Daiquiri – Laurel McKay Mystery
Connie Shelton, Sweet’s Sweets – Samantha Sweet Mystery

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Maids of Misfortune by M. Louisa LockeFREE KINDLE LIST

Judy Fitzwater: Dying to Get Published …..FREE (Jennifer Marsh mysteries, book #1)

Harper Lin: Killer Christmas ….. FREE (Emma Wild mysteries, book #1)

M. Louisa Locke: Maids of Misfortune ….. FREE (Victorian San Francisco mysteries, book #1)

Leslie O’Kane (aka Leslie Caine) ….. Death Comes eCalling ….. FREE (Molly Masters mysteries, book #1)

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Here are the last six FREE/cheap Kindle books I posted, of which some may still be FREE or cheap. (I try not to list the same authors for at least seven of these posts.)

March 2015

February 2015

January 2015

November 2014

September 2014

August 2014

Also, here’s the page on my site that has all of the former FREE/cheap Kindle book posts:

Free and Cheap Kindle Mystery Books

The above Kindle mystery books are cheap right now, but please check the current price before hitting the buy button! I don’t know when they’re prices will increase.