Ann Rule, Not a Cozy Author, Great at Telling about True Crimes

Everything she Ever Wanted by Ann RuleSometimes I just don’t feel like reading Cozy Mysteries. This doesn’t happen often – I love Cozies, and usually when I read, I’m entertained by the adventures of one amateur sleuth or another. Still, no matter how much you might love something, sometimes you just might want a change for the sake of variety.

When I do want something non-Cozy, I often turn to true crime novels, and when possible, Ann Rule. Of course, by now I think I’ve read almost all Ann Rule‘s works except for her most recent – which I do intend to get to >>> any day now!

Listening to Ann Rule’s background, it’s easy to see why she’s such an expert when she recounts these tales of tragedy >>> she’s worked so many jobs that her personal world experience must make it easy to “connect” to just about anyone. She’s got extensive ties to law enforcement circles – not only does she have multiple relatives who have worked in jobs such as sheriff, prosecutor, and medical examiner, she served as a Seattle police officer.

Rule has also worked on crisis help lines, one time manning the lines with serial killer Ted Bundy. Yes, I know, it is truly gross to think Ted Bundy worked at a crisis help line! (Rule wrote The Stranger Beside Me about Ted Bundy.) She has an understanding of the tragedies that can unfold in unfortunate circumstances. Much later in her career, she was even part of the task force that set up the FBI’s VI-CAP system, a computer tracking program that helps identify and document crimes for comparison between local law enforcement agencies!

With all that experience, it’s no surprise that Ann Rule is a master at helping average people like me understand not only how a crime was committed, but also why it occurred and the often-devastating aftermath caused by the events. Ann Rule often goes back through the histories of the victims and the killer alike, looking back over generations to show how the environment developed which lead a person to commit such terrifying acts of brutality, as well as help give a somewhat-human face to people who could just as easily be discounted as aberrations and monsters. Often it seems surprising just how “normal” these people can act on a day-by-day basis once you know all the details of how they grew up and the people who raised them! In most of these cases, I’m left wondering if it’s nature or nurture that caused the killers to become that way. And, of course, you can’t separate those two factors!

I’ve told you what I sometimes read when I take a break (tiny break) from my beloved Cozies. What do you read when you’re ready for a change from Cozy Mysteries? Do you have a favorite author within the field? Please leave a comment below! Thank you!

P.S. Rather than making a list at the bottom of this entry of authors in other genres who you all like, I’m just going to add the highlighted links to your comments. It will save me time to do it that way, so I hope you ALL read all of the comments! (Actually I hope you always read the comments, since they are really, really good AND a great way to see what other Cozy Mystery readers think!)

Tessa Harris, L.B. Hathaway, Carol J. Perry, & LynDee Walker – the Four Newest Author Additions to the Cozy Mystery Site

Here are some authors who have been recommended to me by Cozy Mystery readers. I have been told that these authors really should be on the Cozy Mystery site. I have not read any of their mysteries yet but as I said, they have been recommended by other lovers of Cozy Mysteries!

The Anatomist's Apprentice by Tessa Harris Tessa Harris  Harris is an Oxford University history major who became a journalist. She now writes the Dr. Thomas Silkstone Mystery Series. Thomas Silkstone is an American anatomist from Philadelphia who has moved to London during the 1780s. ((I will be adding this series to the British theme, the Medical Doctor theme, and the Historical theme.)

Murder Offstage by L.B. Hathaway L.B. Hathaway  Hathaway is a Cambridge graduate who practiced law for ten years before deciding to become a full-time author. She writes the Posie Parker Mystery Series, which features Posie – who is sometimes referred to as “Nosey”. Posie is a struggling private detective who lives in London during the 1920s. Hathaway also writes the Blood and Stars Trilogy, thrillers that are set during King Henry VII’s reign. (I will be adding this series to the British theme, as well as the Historical theme.)

Caught Dead Handed by Carol J. Perry Carol J. Perry  Perry writes the Witch City Mystery Series which features Lee Barrett, a reporter. When Lee returns to Salem, Massachusetts, the only reporting job she can get is at the local WICH-TV station. Unfortunately it is hosting the horror movie show. Lee and her Aunt Ibby inherit O’Ryan, a cat who seems to have magical powers. Oh, and Lee begins seeing things in the prop crystal ball she uses in her horror show hosting job. (As an aside, the first book in the series, Caught Dead Handed, is a Halloween theme mystery.) (I will be adding this series to the Cat theme, the Psychic theme , the Reporter/Journalist theme, and the Massachusetts theme.)

Front Page Fatality by LynDee Walker LynDee Walker  Walker is an ex crime reporter who is now concentrating on writing her Headlines in Heels Mystery Series. Nichelle Clarke is the sleuth, and she happens to be a reporter in Virginia. Nichelle listens to her police scanner in order to high-tail it to the scenes of crimes. The first mystery in the Headlines in Heels series was nominated for the very prestigious Agatha Award for Best First Novel. (I will be adding the Headlines in Heels Mystery Series to the Reporter/Journalist theme , the Virginia theme, and the Agatha Award for Best First Novel page.)

P.S. For those of you who are new to the Cozy Mystery site, I try to highlight the links that will take you to the appropriate pages on my site. Just click on the blue links, and that should take you to the theme I mention.

Free, Cheap, or On-Sale Kindle Mysteries AND Free, Cheap, or On-Sale Nook Mysteries – September 11, 2014

Huckleberry Finished by Livia J. WashburnHere 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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Deb Baker (aka Hannah Reed)
GERTIE JOHNSON MYSTERY Series:

Murder Passes the Buck ….. FREE (book #1)

Murder Grins and Bears It ….. $2.99 (book #2)

Murder Talks Turkey ….. $2.99 (book #3)

Murder Bites the Bullet ….. $2.99 (novella)

Murder Trims the Tree ….. $1.99 (novella)

Murder Begins at Home ….. $2.99 (novella)

DOLLS TO DIE FOR MYSTERY Series:

Dolled Up for Murder ….. FREE (book #1)

Goodbye Dolly ….. $3.82 (book #2)

Dolly Departed ….. $3.99 (book #3)

Guise and Dolls ….. $3.82 (Book #4)

Deb Baker on Nook

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

A Cutthroat Business ….. $2.99 (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)

Contingent on Approval ….. $0.99 (novella)

Jenna Bennett on Nook

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Mollie Cox Bryan
CUMBERLAND CREEK MYSTERY Series:

Scrapbook of Secrets ….. $1.99 (book #1)

Scrapped ….. $2.99 (book #2)

Death of an Irish Diva ….. $2.99 (book #3)

Scrappy Summer ….. $0.99 (novella)

Mollie Cox Bryan on Nook

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P. F. Chisholm
SIR ROBERT CAREY Mysteries:

A Famine of Horses ..… $0.99 (book #1)

A Season of Knives ..…$2.99 (book #2)

A Surfeit of Guns ..… $4.99 (book #3)

A Plague of Angels ..… $4.99 (book #4)

A Murder of Crows ..… $4.99 (book #5)

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Mary Jane Clark
PIPER DONOVAN WEDDING CAKE MYSTERY Series:

The Look of Love ..… $3.79 (book #2)

Mary Jane Clark on Nook

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Judy Clemens
GRIM REAPER MYSTERY Series:

Embrace the Grim Reaper ..… $2.99 (book #1)

The Grim Reaper’s Dance ..… $4.99 (book #2)

Flowers for Her Grave ..… $0.99 (book #3)

STELLA CROWN MYSTERY Series:

Till the Cows Come Home ..… $0.99 (book #1)

Three Can Keep a Secret ..… $4.99 (book #2)

To Thine Own Self Be True ..… $4.99 (book #3)

The Day Will Come ..… $4.99 (book #4)

Different Paths ..… $4.99 (book #5)

Judy Clemens on Nook

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Nancy J. Cohen
BAD HAIR DAY Series:

Shear Murder ..… $3.99 (book #10)

Hanging by a Hair ..… $3.99 (book #11)

Nancy J. Cohen on Nook

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MaryJo Dawson
SALLY NIMITZ MYSTERY Series:

The Death of Amelia Marsh ….. FREE (book #1)

The Disappearance of Douglas White ..… $2.99 (book #2)

The Strange Situation at Emlee ..… $2.99 (book #3)

The Truth About Charlie ..… $2.99 (book #4)

MaryJo Dawson on Nook

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Caroline Dunford
EUPHEMIA MARTINS MYSTERY Series:

A Death in the Family ..… $0.99 (book #1)

A Death in the Highlands ..… $2.99 (book #2)

A Death in the Asylum ..… $2.99 (book #3)

A Death In The Wedding Party ..… $2.99 (book #4)

A Death in the Pavilion ..… $2.99 (book #5)

Caroline Dunford on Nook 

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Ruth Dudley Edwards
ROBERT AMISS MYSTERY Series:

Corridors of Death ..… $0.99 (book #1)

The Saint Valentine’s Day Murders ..… $0.99 (book #2)

The English School of Murder ..… $2.99 (book #3)

Clubbed to Death ..… $2.99 (book #4)

Matricide at St. Martha’s ..… $2.99 (book #5)

Ten Lords A-Leaping ..… $4.99 (book #6)

Murder in a Cathedral ..… $4.99 (book #7)

Publish and Be Murdered ..… $4.99 (book #8)

The Anglo-Irish Murders ..… $4.99 (book #9)

Carnage on the Committee ..… $0.99 (book #10)

Murdering Americans ..… $4.99 (book #11)

Ruth Dudley Edwards on Nook

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Dorothy Howell
HALEY RANDOLPH MYSTERY Series:

Handbags and Homicide ..… $4.30 (book #1)

Purses and Poison ..… $4.30 (book #2)

Slay Bells and Satchels ..… $4.99 (book #5)

Duffel Bags and Drownings ..… $4.99 (novella)

Dorothy Howell on Nook

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Maria Hudgins
DOTSY LAMB TRAVEL MYSTERY Series:

Death of an Obnoxious Tourist ..… $3.99 (book #1)

Death of a Lovable Geek ..… $3.99 (book #2)

Death on the Aegean Queen ..… $3.99 (book #3)

Death of a Second Wife ..… $3.99 (book #4)

Death in an Ivory Tower  ..… $3.19 (book #5)

LACY GLASS ARCHAEOLOGY MYSTERY Series:

Scorpion House ..… $3.99 (book #1)

The Man on the Istanbul Train ..…$3.99 (book #2)

Maria Hudgins on Nook

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Abigail Keam

JOSIAH REYNOLDS, BEEKEEPER MYSTERY Series:

Death by a Honey Bee ..… FREE (book #1)

Death by Drowning ..… $2.99 (book #2)

Death by Bridle ..… $3.99 (book #3)

Death by Bourbon ..… $0.99 (book #4)

Death by Lotto ..… $2.99 (book #5)

Death by Chocolate ..… $3.99 (book #6)

Abigail Keam on Nook

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Linda Kozar
WHEN THE FAT LADIES SING MYSTERY Series:

Misfortune Cookies ..… $0.99 (book #1)

A Tisket, A Casket ..… $0.99 (book #2)

Dead As A Doornail ..… $0.99 (book #3)

That Wasn’t Chicken ..… $0.99 (book #4)

Linda Kozar on Nook

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Georgette Livingston
VETERINARIAN MYSTERY Series:

The Unlucky Collie Caper ..… $3.99 (book #1)

The Dog Named Elvis Caper ..… $3.99 (book #2)

The Deadly Dog-Bone Caper ..… $3.99 (book #3)

The Black Cat Caper ..… $3.99 (book #4)

The Telltale Turkey Caper ..… $3.99 (book #5)

The Precocious Parrot Caper ..… $3.99 (book #6)

The Mischievous Monkey Caper ..… $3.99 (book #7)

The Tenacious Terrier Caper ..… $3.99 (book #8)

The White Elephant Caper ..… $3.99 (book #9)

The Potbellied Pig Caper ..… $3.99 (book #10)

The Pink Rabbit Caper ..… $3.99 (book #11)

The Chattering Chimp Caper ..… $3.99 (book #12)

Georgette Livingston on Nook

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Leslie Meier
LUCY STONE Series:

Tippy Toe Murder ..… $4.61 (book #2)

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

The Turkey Day Murder ..… $4.58 (book #7)

The Wedding Day Murder ..… $4.58 (book #8)

Birthday Party Murder ..… $4.58 (book #9)

Star Spangled Murder ..… $4.58 (book #11)

New Year’s Eve Murder ..… $4.59 (book #12)

Bake Sale Murder ..… $4.61 (book #13)

St. Patrick’s Day Murder ..… $4.30 (book #14)

Mother’s Day Murder ..… $4.30 (book #15)

Candy Cane Murder  (w/Joanne Fluke & Laura Levine) ..… $4.99

Leslie Meier on Nook

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Louise Penny
CHIEF INSPECTOR GAMACHE MYSTERY Series:

Still Life ..… $1.99 (book #1)

The Hangman ..… $2.99 (Novella)

Louise Penny on Nook

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Sharon Rose
PARSON’S COVE COZY MYSTERY Series:

Slip and Go Die ..… $2.99 (book #1)

Calamity @ the Carwash ..… $2.99 (book #3)

Save as Murder ..… $2.99 (book #4)

Frozen Identity ..… $2.99 (book #5)

Sharon Rose on Nook

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Ann B. Ross
MISS JULIA MYSTERY Series:

Miss Julia’s Gift ..… $2.99 (Novella)

Ann B. Ross on Nook

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Jane Rubino
CAT AUSTEN MYSTERY Series:
Bundle – Includes first 3 mysteries ….. $0.99
Death of a DJ (book #1)
Fruitcake (book #2)
Cheat the Devil (book #3)

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Connie Shelton
SAMANTHA SWEET MYSTERY Series:

Sweet Masterpiece ..… FREE (book #1)

Sweet’s Sweets ..… $4.99 (book #2)

Sweet Holidays ..… $4.99 (book #3)

Sweet Hearts ..… $4.99 (book #4)

Bitter Sweet ..… $4.99 (book #5)

Sweets Galore ..… $4.99 (book #6)

Sweets, Begorra ..… $4.99 (book #7)

Sweet Payback ..… $4.99 (book #8)

Sweet Somethings ..… $4.99 (book #9)

CHARLOTTE PARKER Mysteries:

Deadly Gamble ..… FREE (book #1)

Vacations Can Be Murder ..… $4.99 (book #2)

Partnerships Can Kill ..… $4.95 (book #3)

Small Towns Can Be Murder ..… $4.99 (book #4)

Memories Can Be Murder ..… $4.99 (book #5)

Honeymoons Can Be Murder ..… $4.99 (book #6)

Reunions Can Be Murder ..… $4.99 (book #7)

Competition Can Be Murder ..… $4.99 (book #8)

Balloons Can Be Murder ..… $4.99 (book #9)

Obsessions Can Be Murder ..… $4.99 (book #10)

Gossip Can Be Murder ..… $4.99 (book #11)

Stardom Can Be Murder ..… $4.99 (book #12)

Phantoms Can Be Murder ..… $4.99 (book #13)

Buried Secrets Can Be Murder ..… $4.99 (book #14)

Holidays Can Be Murder ..… $2.99 (Novella)

Connie Shelton on Nook

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Livia J. Washburn
LITERARY TOUR MYSTERY Series:

Frankly My Dear, I’m Dead ..… $4.59 (book #1)

Huckleberry Finished ..… $4.99 (book #2)

For Whom the Funeral Bell Tolls ..… $2.99 (book #4)

LUCAS HALLAM MYSTERY Series:

Wild Night ..… $0.99 (book #1)

Dead Stick ..… $2.99 (book #2)

Dog Heavies ..… $2.99 (book #3)

Livia J. Washburn 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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I try not to list Cozy Mystery authors that I have listed on the five previous Free and Cheap Kindle/Nook Mystery Book lists, so you might want to take a look at these latest five entries >>> some of the Cozy Mystery books may still be available at great prices:

August 10, 2014

July 17, 2014

June 10, 2014

May 21, 2014

April 13, 2014

♦For more Free and Cheap Kindle Mystery Books click here.♦

Four New Cozy Mystery Series Coming in October 2014

As you’ve probably noticed in my last few posts, October looks like it’s going to be a pretty busy month, and the new cozy series beginning that month will continue that trend. As always, you can see these releases and more for other upcoming months on the New Cozy Mystery Book Series page. This month, we’re lucky enough to have four established authors beginning new series this October.

The Question of the Missing Head by E.J. Copperman E.J. Copperman and Jeffrey Cohen (a somewhat-confusing combination for me, since he is actually one person who has written successful cozy series under both names!) will be releasing the first in his new series, the Asperger’s Mystery Series. Titled The Question of the Missing Head, this novel will be the first starring Samuel Hoenig, an “answerer of questions”. Asperger’s is a syndrome Jeffrey Cohen is intimately familiar with, as he has also written a series of non-fiction books to help parents deal with their children with Aspergers, something he needed to learn about in his own life. From what I’ve read so far, the Asperger’s Mystery Series should be an interesting look at creative problem solving from an unusual point of view – the staple of many excellent cozy series!

Bless Her Dead Little Heart by Miranda James (aka Honor Hartman, Jimmie Ruth Evans, & Dean James)  Miranda James, who sometimes writes under the names Honor Hartman, Jimmie Ruth Evans, or Dean James, will be releasing Bless Her Dead Little Heart, the first book in the new Southern Ladies Mystery Series. A spin-off series from the Cat in the Stacks Mystery Series, this new series will star Charlie Harris and Diesels’ snoopy friends, An’gel and Dickce Ducote. When old college friend Rosabelle Sultan shows up unexpectedly in town, the Ducote sisters will need to use all of their tricks to help figure out which of her children is desperate enough to consider knocking off their own mother to get to their fat inheritance a bit early. Have An’gel and Dickce learned enough tricks from Charlie, or will poor Rosabelle meet an untimely demise before they can get to the bottom of this mystery?

Lost Under a Ladder by Linda O. Johnston Linda O. Johnston will be debuting her new Superstition Mystery Series with Lost Under a Ladder. When Rory Chasen’s fiance unexpectedly dies after passing under a ladder, she tries to find meaning in the incident by visiting the town of Destiny, a community filled with superstitions. Fortunately she brought her dog Plucky with her, as he quickly saves the owner of the Lucky Dog Boutique, Martha. Unfortunately, sweet little old lady Martha soon becomes the prime murder suspect in the death of another local shopkeeper. Unable to believe that Martha would commit such a dastardly act as murder, Rory and Plucky will need to get to the bottom of the mystery.

Off Kilter by Hannah ReedFinally, Hannah Reed (who sometimes writes as Deb Baker) will be releasing Off Kilter, the first entry in her Scottish Highlands Mystery Series. At a low point in her life, Eden Elliot’s mother has recently passed, and her marriage has ended as well, leaving her at something of a crossroads in her life. When her best friend, bestselling author Ami Pederson, suggests she write a book of her own, Eden decides to visit scenic Glenkillen village on the Scottish Highlands as inspiration. Once there, she quickly befriends Vicki MacBride, the heir to a successful sheep-shearing farm. When Vicki’s father is found murdered by his own shears, Eden will need to work quickly if she hopes to gather enough clues to clear her new friend of a murder Eden is sure she didn’t commit.

If you would like to see more New Cozy Mystery Series by authors on the Cozy-Mystery site, please click here: New Cozy Mystery Series

Christmas Mystery Books being Released during October 2014! Part 2!

Picking up from last time, here are the rest of the Christmas-themed holiday novels we can look forward to in October. It sure sounds like it will be a busy month for Cozy lovers!

Treacherous Tart by Ellie Grant (aka Joyce and Jim Lavene & J.J. Cook) Joyce and Jim Lavene will be releasing their second book under the pen name Ellie Grant, Treacherous Tart. This will be the second book in their Pie in the Sky Mystery Series, starring pie shop employee and North Carolina resident, Maggie Grady. When her Aunt Clara’s new, suspicious boyfriend dies suddenly, Maggie will be forced to help clear her name. (The Lavenes write multiple well-known mystery series, including the Missing Pieces Mystery Series, starring the mayor of her town, the Renaissance Faire Mystery Series, set in a renaissance faire, the Peggy Lee Garden Mystery Series, starring the owner of a gardening shop, and the Sheriff Sharyn Howard Mystery Series. As J.J. Cook they write the Sweet Pepper Fire Brigade Mystery Series as well as the Biscuit Bowl Food Truck Mystery Series. )

Death of a Christmas Caterer by Lee Hollis Lee Hollis (actually the pseudonym of a brother-sister writing duo) will be releasing the fifth book in their Hayley Powell Food & Cocktail Mystery Series, entitled Death of a Christmas Caterer. This series stars divorced mom and local newspaper food columnist, Hayley Powell, who is often called upon to solve murders related in some way to food and drink. This time her office party will be an unfortunate casualty. The caterer who Hayley hand-picked for the party turns up dead before the first of the appetizers can even be delivered. Can Hayley once again serve up a hot batch of justice?

 A Midwinter's Tail by Sofie Kelly (aka Sofie Ryan) Sofie Kelly (aka Sofie Ryan) will be releasing A Midwinter’s Tail , the sixth book in her Magical Cats Mystery Series. Minnesotan librarian Kathleen Paulson will once again need to rely on the talents of her uncannily clever cats, catnip-addicted Owen and Barry Manilow-lover Hercules… and to a lesser extent, her boyfriend Marcus. When a guest at a charity benefit dies suddenly, she’ll need to once again harness the problem-solving skills of her feline friends to help get to the bottom of things. (As Sofie Ryan, she recently began a second cat-themed Cozy Mystery series, the Second Chance Cat Mystery Series.)

Mr. Miracle by Debbie Macomber Debbie Macomber will be releasing Mr. Miracle. This will be the 3rd in the Mrs. Miracle Series, which hasn’t seen an entry since 2010 – a pretty long time between releases for a Cozy series! Of course, this isn’t necessarily a surprise for Macomber fans, as she’s well known for reviving some of her older series every few years. Also, it isn’t a Cozy Mystery – but she’s been recommended by enough fans of the site over the years that I’ve decided to include her here as an “honorary Cozy” author anyway! (Debbie Macomber writes a number of other series beyond Mrs. Miracle, including the Cedar Cove Series, the Blossom Street Series, and the Knit Along with Debbie Series of instructional knitting books inspired by characters from her books.)

Nora Bonesteel's Christmas Past by Sharyn McCrumb Finally, Sharyn McCrumb will be releasing a novella, Nora Bonesteel’s Christmas Past, set after the tenth book in her Ballad Mystery Series. This series stars Spencer Atwood, Appalachian sheriff, and Nora Bonesteel, local clairvoyant. Unfortunately, the summaries I’ve seen for this particular entry are fairly brief (not too unusual for novellas, which have less plot to cover), so we’ll have to discover this one together! (Sharyn McCrumb also writes the Elizabeth MacPherson Mystery Series, starring an anthropologist, and the relatively short Jay Omega Mystery Series, starring a science fiction author and professor.)

Yow! The five Christmas theme mysteries from the last entry and the five from today’s entry sure make October 2014 a great month for Christmas theme mystery releases! It looks like it’ll be a good holiday season for Cozy Mystery lovers!

If you would like to see more Cozy Mystery Christmas-themed books, click on this link to take you to the Christmas Mystery page.

Here is the first part of this entry: Christmas Mystery Books being Released during October 2014!

(If you are interested in all sorts of holiday mysteries, click on this link to take you to the Holiday Mystery Book page.)

Christmas Mystery Books being Released during October 2014!

Yikes! I thought there were a lot of Halloween themed mysteries coming out in October, but I hadn’t looked at the Christmas list yet! There are a lot to get through, so once again I’m just going to jump right in:

The Nightingale Before Christmas by Donna Andrews Donna Andrews will be releasing The Nightingale Before Christmas, the 18th book in the Meg Langslow Mystery Series. This series follows Meg Langslow, the blacksmith of her small Virginia hometown of Caerphilly, Virginia. This time Meg will be helping out her mother organize a Christmas-themed decorated home show, and will need to help clear her mother of suspicion when a designer turns up dead. (Donna Andrews also writes a sci-fi themed Cozy series, the Turing Hopper Mystery Series, starring an artificial intelligence personality solving murders.)

Jane and the Twelve Days of Christmas by Stephanie Barron (aka Francine Mathews) Stephanie Barron (aka Francine Mathews) will be releasing the 12th book in her Jane Austen Mystery Series, Jane and the Twelve Days of Christmas. A period series starring real-world author Jane Austen, this series focuses on mystery solving in the early 19th century, with real-world events and Jane Austen’s personal achievements happening in the background. (As Francine Mathews, she also writes the Catherine Carmichael Mystery Series, starring a CIA analyst, and the Nantucket Mystery Series, starring Massachusetts policewoman Meredith Folger.)

 A Crafty Christmas by Mollie Cox Bryan Mollie Cox Bryan will be releasing A Crafty Christmas, the fourth book in her Cumberland Creek Mystery Series. Normally set in scenic Cumberland Creek, Virginia, this series stars Annie, former investigative reporter and current stay-at-home mom (and avid scrapbooker). It sounds like that is all likely to change in this entry >>> this time the story will revolve around fellow scrapbooker, Sheila, along with other series-regulars Vera and Paige, on a holiday-timed Caribbean cruise! (Mollie Cox Bryan hasn’t written any other Cozy Mystery series, but she does also write the Mrs. Rowe’s Cookbook Series.)

A Chihuahua in Every Stocking by Waverly Curtis Waverly Curtis will be releasing a novella in her Barking Detective Mystery Series, A Chihuahua in Every Stocking. In this entry  of the adventures of private investigator Geri Sullivan and her talking chihuahua, Pepe, the pair will help track down a little girl’s stolen dog, just in time for a warm holiday reunion. (This novella comes chronologically after the 3rd Cozy Mystery in this series, The Big Chihuahua.)

Ho-Ho-Homicide by Kaitlyn Dunnett (aka Kathy Lynn Emerson) Kaitlyn Dunnett‘s (aka Kathy Lynn Emerson) latest entry in her Liss MacCrimmon Mystery Series, Ho-Ho-Homicide will also be coming out in October. Liss, a Scottish dance troupe dancer, will be spending her holidays on a scenic Maine Christmas tree farm – but when murder strikes, she’ll be forced to once again crack the case to make sure that the right person ends up behind bars! (As Kathy Lynn Emerson, she also writes several prominent historically set mystery series, namely the Lady Suzanna Appleton Mystery Series, set in Elizabethan England, and the Diana Spaulding Mystery Series, set in late 1800s New York.)

This isn’t all the Christmas books coming out in October – it’s only about half of them! This post has been getting pretty long though, so I’ll stop here for now and discuss the others soon!

If you would like to see more Cozy Mystery Christmas-themed books, click on this link to take you to the Christmas Mystery page.

Here is the 2nd part of this entry: Christmas Mystery Books being Released during October 2014! Part 2!

(If you are interested in all sorts of holiday mysteries, click on this link to take you to the Holiday Mystery Book page.)

Halloween Mystery Books being Released during October 2014!

So, what holiday-themed Cozy Mysteries can we be hoping to see coming up in October? Well, this probably doesn’t seem likely to surprise anyone, but we’ll be seeing more Halloween-themed upcoming in October than in just about any other month of the year! There are quite a few, so I’ll get right into it!

New Halloween Mysteries:

A Haunting is Brewing by Juliet Blackwell (aka Hailey Lind)  Juliet Blackwell (aka Hailey Lind) will be releasing A Haunting is Brewing. This will be a crossover novella between her two supernaturally-themed series, the Haunted Home Renovation Mystery Series and the Witchcraft Mystery Series. The Haunted Home series stars Mel Turner, historical home remodeller in San Francisco, also home to the heroine of the Witchcraft series, Lily Ivory, owner of a vintage clothing shop. Together the two will need to quiet the unruly spirits in one of Mel’s remodelling jobs so the building can serve as the perfect location for a Halloween party! (As Hailey Lind she writes the Art Lovers Mystery Series, starring former art forger Annie Kincaid.)

Gossamer Ghost by Laura Childs Laura Childs will be releasing Gossamer Ghost, which will be the 12th book in the Scrapbooking Mystery Series. Starring Carmela Bertrand, the Scrapbooking series revolves around Carmela’s New Orleans scrapbooking shop >>>and the many mysteries that have been brought through its doors by her customers! This time, Carmela will need to solve the murder of a neighboring antique dealer, complicated by the presence of the costumed attendees of New Orleans’s many Halloween-themed events. (Laura Childs also writes the very popular Tea Shop Mystery Series set in Charleston and the Cackleberry Club Mystery Series, starring a trio of divorced women.)

Picked to Die by Sheila Connolly (aka Sarah Atwell) Sheila Connolly (aka Sarah Atwell) will be releasing Picked to Die, the eighth book in her Orchard Mystery Series starring Meg Corey, owner of an apple orchard in scenic Granford, Massachusetts. When a relative of one of Meg’s former apple pickers is found dead behind the feed store, she knows she has to investigate to get to the bottom of the mystery! Strictly speaking this is a “harvest” themed novel, but when I think of harvest time, I generally think of October. However, perhaps it might fit under Thanksgiving a bit better…  (Sheila Connolly also writes the Museum Mystery Series and County Cork Mystery Series under this name, as well as the Glassblowing Mystery Series under the name Sarah Atwell.)

The Legend of Sleepy Harlow by Kylie Logan (aka Miranda Bliss & Casey Daniels) Kylie Logan (aka Miranda Bliss & Casey Daniels) will be releasing the third book in the League of Literary Ladies Mystery Series, entitled The Legend of Sleeping Harlow. The series stars Bea Cartwright, owner of a bed and breakfast, Chandra Morrisey, a remarkable cat lover, and winery owner Kate Wilder. When the leader of a ghost hunting group is found dead and Kate turns out to be the leading suspect, the trio will once again need to solve a literature-related mystery! (Logan writes numerous other series, including the Button Box Mystery Series and the Chili Cook-Off Mystery Series under this name, as well as the Cooking Class Mystery Series as Miranda Bliss and the Pepper Martin Mystery Series as Casey Daniels.)

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Trick or Deadly Treat by Livia J. Washburn

Finally, Livia J. Washburn will be releasing the ninth book in her Fresh-Baked Mystery SeriesTrick or Deadly Treat. Starring baker and ex-school teacher Phyllis Newsom and her friend and fellow baker, Carolyn. As avid Cozy Mystery readers likely know, this series is mostly composed of holiday-themed mysteries >>> this will actually be the second Halloween murder Phyllis will need to deal with – hardly a common problem for most people, but she’s already been forced to sleuth on no fewer than three Christmases! This time, Phyllis’s detective skills will help keep the veterinarian of her newly adopted Dalmation, Buck. (Livia Washburn also writes the Literary Tour Mystery Series and the Lucas Hallam Mystery Series.)

If you would like to see more Cozy Mystery Halloween-themed books, click on this link to take you to the Halloween Mystery page.

(If you are interested in all sorts of holiday mysteries, click on this link to take you to the Holiday Mystery Book page.)