Annie’s Attic Mystery Series – Chronological Order

Here is the chronological list of the Annie’s Attic Mystery Series.


Main Character: Annie Dawson, Widow, Cleaning Out Grandmother’s Attic, Maine Coast

  1. The Lady in the Attic by Tara Randel
  2. Medals in the Attic by Cathy Elliott
  3. The Photo Album by Marlene Chase
  4. Letters in the Attic by DeAnna Julie Dodson
  5. The Package by Sharon Dunn
  6. The Map in the Attic by Jolyn Sharp
  7. Rag Doll in the Attic by Jan Fields
  8. Boxed In by Karen Kelly
  9. The Deed In the Attic by K. D. McCrite
  10. Emeralds in the Attic by Jan Fields
  11. The Wedding Dress by Mary O’Donnell
  12. The Valise In the Attic by Jan Fields
  13. The Unfinished Sonata by K.D. McCrite
  14. The Stolen Canvas by Marlene Chase
  15. A Man of His Word by Karen Kelly
  16. The Key in the Attic by DeAnna Julie Dodson
  17. Road Trip! by Jan Fields
  18. The Tapestry in the Attic by Mary O’Donnell
  19. Gunns and Roses by Karen Kelly
  20. The Legend of Fuller’s Island by Jan Fields (aka Ghost Island)
  21. A Stony Point Christmas by K.D. McCrite
  22. A Spicy Secret by D. Savannah George
  23. The Cats & the Riddle by Jan Fields
  24. Jazzed by Donna Kelly
  25. The Diary in the Attic by DeAnna Julie Dodson
  26. Angels in the Attic by Mary O’Donnell
  27. Wild Things by Karen Kelly
  28. The Kennel Caper by Jan Fields
  29. The Legacy in the Attic by DeAnna Julie Dodson
  30. Ring in the Attic by K.D. McCrite

Annie’s Crafts Company is the publisher of this series, as well as the three mystery series listed below. They are mysteries without profanity, and each book is written by a different author.

Annie’s Quilted Mystery Series

Annie’s Mysteries Unraveled

Creative Woman Mystery Series 



    ANNIE’S MYSTERIES (in order of publication):

    The Lady in the Attic by Tara Randel
    Medals in the Attic by Cathy Elliott
    The Photo Album by Marlene Chase
    Letters in the Attic by DeAnna Julie Dodson
    The Package by Sharon Dunn
    The Map in the Attic by Jolyn Sharp
    Rag Doll in the Attic by Jan Fields
    Boxed In by Karen Kelly
    The Deed in the Attic by K. D. McCrite
    Emeralds in the Attic by Jan Fields
    The Wedding Dress by Mary O’Donnell
    The Valise in the Attic by Jan Fields
    The Unfinished Sonata by K. D. McCrite
    The Stolen Canvas by Marlene Chase
    A Man of His Word by Karen Kelly
    The Key in the Attic by DeAnna Julie Dodson

    • Danna - cozy mystery list :


      Thank you so much for sending us the list of the Annie’s Attic Mystery Series. I looked, and looked, but was unable to find it. I should have thought to go to each of the authors’ websites, but I didn’t.

      Thanks, again!

      • Danna…..Could you let Kindle users know if these books ever come out in Kindle format.

        • Danna - cozy mystery list :

          Diane, I can try, but I wonder if they ever will be converted to Kindle format. Hopefully someone will let me know when he/she finds out they are in Kindle format.

          • Just a note to let you know all the books are sent to my kindle and amazon addresses when the book is mailed. Check it out. It’s nice to have them in both libraries……maybe check with Annie’s. Hope this helps.

    • What a wonderful series. I can not wait until the next book is published.

      • The last book has been published and has been sent to subscribers. Sorry that this series has ended. It had so much more potential.

        • Danna - cozy mystery list :

          Sandra B and Patricia M, the good news is that the publisher of the Annie’s Attic Mystery Series has started the Creative Woman Mystery Series, which has the same authors in their queue. Here is the link to the Creative Woman Mystery Series on my site:

          Creative Woman Mystery Series

          They also have the Quilted Mystery Series, which I will try to get posted on my site when I get home.

          Quilted Mystery Series:

          A Patchwork Murder by Jan Fields
          A Midsummer Night’s Seam by Rachael Phillips
          Raven Threads by K.D. McCrite
          Innocent Until Proven Quilty by Claire Knight

        • I just finished the last book and it was a fabulous ending, even though you had me on the edge of my seat wondering what was to happen. Thank you for a GREAT series of stories and hate to see it end. I LOVED EVERY BOOK SOOOOO MUCH!!!

          • Helen….there are two more series from Annie’s Publishing….

            The Creative Woman series is set in Oregon and has about ten or so books out now….then there is the Quilt series and it is set in Massachusetts….I read on the site that there were to be only twelve books in the Patchwork Quilt series….and some of the authors in this series wrote the Annie’s Attic series.

            The reason I’m sort of sketchy on the two new series is because my mother orders them, reads them, and passes them on to me….so I’m at the mercy of the mail and how fast she reads them….

            I’ve read eight of the Creative Woman series and it is a great series too. Haven’t gotten my hands on the Patchwork Quilt series yet….but if all else fails, I’ll read the Attic series again….I like to read some books more than once….including my two all-time favourites….Little Women and Jane Eyre.

            Take care….Bev

            • Danna - cozy mystery list :

              Bev S, I have the Annie’s Attic Mystery Series and the Creative Woman Mystery Series on the site, but am just getting the Annie’s Quilted Mystery Series together. I wonder, since you are getting the Annie’s Quilted Mystery Series, if you would send me the titles and authors as you get them. (It is not an easy series to get the full scoop on…) Thank you!

              • Danna….

                Here are the first four books in the series, and an additional note, each book has the book number at the top of the spine….

                1. A Patchwork Murder Jan Fields
                2. Raven Threads K. D. McCrite
                3. A Midsummer Night’s Seam Rachael Phillips
                4. Innocent Until Proven Guilty. Donna Kelly

                Additionally in the Creative Woman series, when you finish a book the title and first chapter of the next book in the series is in the book you’ve just finished.


                • Danna - cozy mystery list :

                  Bev S, thank you.

                  • Danna…

                    Another series that I read, and they aren’t mysteries, but good, clean books, is the Cape Light series by Thomas Kinkade, and the follow on series by Thomas Kinkade and Katherine Spencer. They are set in a small village in New England, almost like a coastal village in Maine, and the characters are almost like family as they grow on you.

                    If you are interested, I will dig out the titles and list them for you….they are the kind of book that you curl up with the book and a pot of tea…


                    • Danna - cozy mystery list :

                      Bev S, thank you for the information about Katherine Spencer’s Cape Light series. Do you know she also writes the Black Sheep Knitting Mystery Series as Anne Canadeo?

                      It had been a while since I last updated Anne Canadeo’s Katherine Spencer books. I had no idea she had written so many with Thomas Kinkade. (I went ahead and updated both pages for her. I see that Katherine Spencer is continuing to write both of the Thomas Kinkade series…)

                      Katherine Spencer & Thomas Kinkade page.

        • I am devastated!!!!
          I so loved these books and felt as if the characters were my friends. I often thought throughout the days, until another one arrived..I wonder what they are up to today?.
          It’s like I have lost friends. I know I know :)).kinda dramatic but true.
          I just happened upon the series in the magazine THE GOOD OLD DAYS. My gain for sure.
          Thanks to all the writers and God Bless you all.

          • Yup, I really loved those women! There are two new series currently going on and a new series that some of us are chaffing at the bit waiting for it to be announced.

            I personally like the characters in Annie’s Quilted Mysteries series more than the Creative Woman Mysteries series. To me, that group of women more closely resemble Annie and her group of friends. Others may not agree with me though. Danna has links to both of those series. Cr. Mysteries has 13 books and the Quilted Mysteries has 12.


            • And the new series is still in the thought process as there is still nothing on the website….and I’m patiently??? Waiting….and I’m not very patient….but they will be good books and also books you can give a teen niece or friend without worrying about their eyes rotting from the language….

            • To Virginia, I don’t think I want to get connected again to a series… It’s too sad when It ends.
              I guess I will just read novels. I am reading the ones from Guide Post now ” Tales from Grace Chapel Inn”.
              They are very similar to “Annie’s Attic” But I don’t get connected to the characters at all. Just nice stories.
              sigh…smilling.. Carol from Wisconsin

              • Hi Carol!

                I understand what you are saying as I really, really hated that the Annie’s Attic Series came to an end. However, I am really stoked about the prospect of their next series and learning about the ladies (mostly) in the books. The Annie’s Patchwork Mystery ladies have earned a spot in my heart and I look so forward to receiving a new book in that series. While reading the Creative Mystery Series, I just have never warmed up to those ladies in the same manner. Am now waiting for the last book in that series to be shipped to me as I was invested enough in the series that I wanted to see it through to its conclusion.


                • Virginia?
                  what’s the word on” Annie’s mystery unraveled”?
                  I got the postcard to mail back yesterday. I always take the pictures of the characters and make a bookmark out of them. There is a description of each person and photo..Not sure what I think..any HELP out there?

                  • Hi Carol!

                    I’m impatiently waiting to receive my first book. All I know for sure is that we meet up with Kate and Vanessa Stevens again. Kate has moved to Texas and Vanessa is attending college nearby. Kate is now writing for a publishing company. In the preview, she gets a call from Mary Ellen who has checked into Kate’s contract and find some “issues” with it.

                    I also think that there will be a renewed love connection with Kate and the detective who investigated the murder at the needlecraft convention the gang attended in Texas in the “Road Trip” book by Jan Fields.

                    That’s about all I can tell you for now. My book is to ship out tomorrow so it’ll be about 2 weeks before I’ve devoured each and every word.

                    Hope this helps!


                    • Virginia..thanks BIG Bunches. we mailed the card back this morning on the way to church

        • Am so sorry that the series has ended. Does anyone know why. These books are so good and there is so much more that they can do with the series. Have read the first 18 and am looking forward to reading the rest. I know that there are different series you can get, but really enjoyed this series and hope that they will continue if enough of us are interested.

    • Hello!

      There are actually 30 books in the series. I think you are missing “The Legacy in the Attic” as well as “The Ring in the Attic”.
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      Series concludes when Annie (FINALLY) marries Ian Butler, the handsome Mayor of Stony Point Maine.


      • Ladies….

        If you go to the Annie’s Attic website, it gives a little information about the new quilted mystery series and it indicates that there will be only twelve books in the series…maybe we could coax some of the authors to think about writing more. I haven’t read any of these books yet, they are on the way to me…but my mother has read the first book by Jan Fields and she said after the first chapter, which was fast paced, that this set the tone for a really fabulous book…and like me she has been reading since she was old enough to hold a book.
        I have started the Creative Woman series and have the first eight of them and am waiting for Mum to ship the next four or five to me….so I’ll have lots to read if we keep having snow…in fact this past week is the first really heavy snow Eve had in our neighbourhood and I’m in MD.

        • Danna - cozy mystery list :

          Bev S, it’s interesting that you brought up the Annie’s Quilted Mystery Series. It is in the batch of “new to the website authors” I am readying for the site.

          • Danna…

            If you notice, the first two books in the series are written by authors from the Annie’s Attic series. I did notice that so far all of the authors in the Creative Woman series are new to me.

            • Danna - cozy mystery list :

              Bev, I did notice the similarity of authors’ names. Here are the first four mysteries in the Annie’s Quilted Mystery Series:

              A Patchwork Murder by Jan Fields
              Raven Threads by K. D. McCrite
              A Midsummer Night’s Seam by Rachael Phillips
              Innocent Until Proven Quilty by Donna Kelly

    • thank for the information on the series

  2. I’m not familiar with the series, and I can’t find much information on the net – it seems to be a fairly new series – but the series website ( has a “Contact Us” address:
    Perhaps they can help.
    Best of luck,

    • Danna - cozy mystery list :

      *Susan, thanks for the email address, but between md’s and Shawn’s lists, I have already made the changes to the Annie’s Attic Mystery Series page.

  3. Here is a list in order of publication:

    The Lady in the Attic by Tara Randel
    Medals in the Attic by Cathy Elliott
    The Photo Album by Marlene Chase
    Letters in the Attic by DeAnna Julie Dodson
    The Package by Sharon Dunn
    The Map in the Attic by Jolyn Sharp
    Rag Doll in the Attic by Jan Fields
    Boxed In by Karen Kelly
    The Deed in the Attic by K. D. McCrite
    Emeralds in the Attic by Jan Fields
    The Wedding Dress by Mary O’Donnell
    The Valise in the Attic by Jan Fields
    The Unfinished Sonata by K. D. McCrite
    The Stolen Canvas by Marlene Chase
    A Man of His Word by Karen Kelly
    The Key in the Attic by DeAnna Julie Dodson

    I found this on DeAnna Julie Dodson website

    • Danna - cozy mystery list :

      Thank you, Shawn, for this list. I have made the changes necessary on the Annie’s Attic Mystery Series.

      Again, thanks!

  4. Emeralds in the Attic is #10 according to the listing I found on who wrote 2 of the books. I have 7 of them and didn’t know there are more. Thanks for the questions so I found more of these delightful books.

    • Danna - cozy mystery list :

      Rachel, I’m glad Julie asked the question, also. I had one of the mystery books out of sequence.

  5. This is a wonderful series! I just finished book #4 and can’t wait for the next one! I had them read in 3 evenings – just love them so much!!! I’d love to live in Stony Point and have all these wonderful people in my life for real! I highly recommend this series to anyone who loves reading!

    • Danna - cozy mystery list :

      Thanks, Brenda, for letting us know how much you enjoyed Annie’s Attic Mystery Series.

  6. I found three of these books in an antique shop really cheap. Letters in the Attic, The Package and The Map in the Attic. Haven’t yet read any of them, but they all sound so good. Would I need to read them in order of publication, or can I just dig in??

  7. I enjoy the series. I suggest you read #1 Lady in the Attic
    first. It explains the characters.
    Once you start reading you hate putting them down.
    Our library doesn’t carry them so the librarian orders
    them from out of state.


    • Danna - cozy mystery list :

      Thanks, Ethel, for clarifying the Annie’s Attic Mystery Series’ order question.

    • I would recommend start with #1 they are better if read in order because of what is happening in them but you can tell when you have skipped one. I, also have had the library order them for me and have come to a standstill as they can not get any lately for me. Once I start one I can not put it down till done.

  8. This series really looks interesting. I will try to find this series. I have always wanted to go through old houses and attics to see what people had stored throughout their lifetimes. I’ll bet this is a wonderful series.

  9. My mother started getting these books and now I am hooked. I had kind of gotten out of reading, but not anymore. I love, love, love these books I just can’t put them down. I hope there are many, many, many more to come. Awesome job keep on writing.

    • Danna - cozy mystery list :

      Dreama, Annie’s Attic Mystery Series seems to have a huge audience. You are not alone!

      • When I was a child in WV, we had both an attic and a basement and I just loved exploring in both of them so I’ll have to see if I can lay hands on some of this series.

        • Danna - cozy mystery list :

          Marion, here in San Antonio, basements are practically unheard of. (Rock, rock, and more rock under a thin frosting of soil.)

          • I live in the rocky western half of San Marcos, Danna, so I hear you. Go down a couple of inches and Clink! you’ve hit a rock! One reason I don’t have a garden….. I suppose basements may be more prevalent in ‘Tornado Alley’ but I suppose some of those may be just functional storm cellars. You don’t hear of too many attics either, although they may be in the historical homes for all I know. I have a crawl space but I would never go up there. The house we lived in WV was built in ’28 on the side of a hill. Come to think of it, most buildings in WV are probably built on the side of a hill, lol. MY POINT IS that the hill side gave you room for a basement. It was a big basement too, the dimensions of the whole first floor. Fruit cellar, laundry area, work room for my father and play area for us children. Our attic was a whole room too.

            • Danna - cozy mystery list :

              Marion, my neighbor has a beautiful garden, but her husband had it built up in a huge railroad-tie box. Even with that, in this hear I wouldn’t want to stay outside long enough to garden.

              • My sister had a little ‘railroad’tie’ garden here for her tomatoes. A friend of mine here in town plants year-round but she is on the east side of town where she doesn’t have trouble digging. She grows greens and lettuce in the winter. I can’t do yard work any more and I don’t try to grow flowers in pots in the summer but it dawned on me that with the “cooler” weather coming on, I may try a some annuals in a few weeks. There’s a good greenhouse out Hwy. 21 where I have bought before. Lowe’s annuals are usually in bloom and past their prime, to my experience, although it’s a good place to buy supplies.

  10. Re: Annie’s Attic Mystery Series

    What happened to the Fall sweater with all the wonderful colours in it, the birthday in Texas, and Christmas. Thank you Ann.

  11. On the Mystery’s in the Attic series, which books come next after Key in the Attic? I have four books I haven’t read yet starting with Key in the Attic and there is no way of knowing what order they came in. I think the Road Trip might be next but I am not sure so if anyone has that info I would greatly appreciate it as I want to get caught up but in the right order as they came.

  12. These are the titles that have been released so far in order. At least five books more are in the works.

    1. Lady in the Attic By Tara Randel
    2. Medals in the Attic By Cathy Elliot
    3. The Photo Album By Marlene Chase
    4. Letters in the Attic By DeAnna Julie Dodson
    5. Package in the Attic By Sharon Dunn
    6. Map in the Attic By Jolyn Sharp
    7. Rag Doll in the Attic By Jan Fields
    8. Boxed In By Karen Kelly
    9. Deed in the Attic By K.D. McCrite
    10. Emeralds in the Attic By Jan Fields
    11. The Wedding Dress By Mary O’Donnell
    12. Valise in the Attic By Jan Fields
    13. Unfinished Sonata By K.D. McCrite
    14. The Stolen Canvas By Marlene Chase
    15. A Man of His Word (formerly The Dilemma) By Karen Kelly
    16. The Key in the Attic By DeAnna Julie Dodson
    17. Road Trip! (aka Death and Texas) By Jan Fields
    18. The Tapestry in the Attic By Mary O’Donnell
    19. Gunns and Roses By Karen Kelly
    20. The Legend of Fuller’s Island By Jan Fields
    21. A Stony Point Christmas By K.D. McCrite

    • Actually received latest one today:
      22. A Spicy Secret By D. Savannah George

      • Danna - cozy mystery list :

        Thank you, Cordelia, I just added A Spicy Secret to the Annie’s Attic Mystery Series page.

        • Danna…

          Book #29 is titled The Legacy in the Attic by DeAnna Julie Dodson.

          Book #30 is out but I have no idea the title until I get it in the mail.

          So far there are 10 books in the Creative Woman Series and books 8 and 9 have not been titled to date…

          Hopefully there will be additional books in the Annie’s Attic series, but at one time there was a comment that there would be only 30 books.

          All books are available for download through Annie’s page.

          • I wrote book #30, Ring in the Attic, which wraps up the series. I do hope I did justice to the series, the characters, and our readers. Thank you all for being so loyal! –K.D.

            • Sorry to see the end of the series, but am looking forward to the last book…will have it very shortly and if it is as good as the rest, I’ll be happy. But do have a question for K D McCrite…how could they take a group of characters and have several authors do equal justice to a story line. It almost appears like one single author with many pseudonyms, but I know this is not the case. Also will any of the authors who wrote the Annie’s Mysteries Series be writing some of the Creative Woman Series as it too is being written by several authors?

              • That’s a great question, Bev! We authors are provided with character profiles and, of course, we read one another’s work to help ground us in the series so that it flows as naturally as possible from one book to the next without losing our own style. Because we want you, as readers, to have a new book as quickly as possible, there must be a team of us writing all the time. A single author could not be so prolific and still have her sanity! :-)

                I haven’t written for the Creative Woman series but some of the other Annie’s Attic authors have. The wonderful folks at Annie’s Publishing will continue providing a fiction line for your reading pleasure. We hope you will see some familiar author names on the book covers for years to come! Visit their website often for updates.


                • I just finished “The Ring in the Attic” and realized at the end that it was the end of that series. I will so so miss these books. I have them all. Will I continue to automatically receive books from the new series, if not how do I go about ordering them. The Annie’s Attic books have given me so many wonderful hours of reading pleasure.

                  • Diane…I was lucky enough to get the Annie’s Attic books from my mother…she ordered them, read them and passed the on to me. Now she is getting the second series, The Creative Woman series, and she got a flyer in her email advertising them, but you can go to the Annie website and order them either as hard copies or Kindle copies…and once again, I’m receiving them from my mother as she finishes them…and so far a pretty good series…set in a small town in Oregon with a group…Purls of Hope much like Annie’s group, the Hook and Needle Club…I’m thoroughly enjoying this series…am on the third book.

                  • I got an email from Annie’s Attic about the Creative Woman series as well as the Annie’s Quilted Mysteries series. I’m sure that if you go to the web page and click on either of those series, you will be prompted to “join”.


            • K.D. McCrite
              Please PLEASE…write more Annies Attic..I could read them for the rest of my life…Besides I have all this extra money gangling in my pockets now….LOL
              You all just can’t leave us hanging here…It’s kinda depressing…
              SO, I’m 98 and whats a couple more years…JUST
              I’m alot younger than 98 but I was hoping to shame you..snicker

              • Dear, dear readers! I love you guys! I so wish I could give you answers you want, but I can’t. The decisions are not up to the authors but the folks who run the company.

                Let me assure you, though, that it seems the company plans several series of books in the future, and I think you will like them all. They will come out, one series at a time, one book at a time.

                If I find out any information from the “powers that be” that I can share with you, I shall do so.

                In the meantime, many of us write other books, not just “Annie books”. I have a wonderful series for kids (but adults love it too), “Confessions of April Grace.” Feel free to Google it, or find the books in your bookstore or Amazon or the Thomas Nelson website.

                Thank you SO MUCH for your interest and loyalty. God bless you all.


                • KD….

                  Do you think you could share our ideas with the “powers that be” and if they realize how addicted we’ve all become to Annie and her friends, maybe further down the road there could be a continued series….we don’t mean to be pushy, but we love that series….

                  Thanks for anything you can do to help us…


                  • Hi everyone
                    I’m one of the writers for Creative Woman Series (last book) and Annie’s Quilted Mysteries (7 & 11). Plus others to be announced. :)
                    I have shared your wonderful feedback with Annie’s editors and I will visit here once the next series are announced! Promise. Appreciate your interest so much!

                  • I sent a link to this thread of comments to my editor. :-)

                • Hey K.D.

                  I said elsewhere in this thread that I did not think we would be able to sway the management about more Annie’s Attic mysteries. 30 is an awfully lot of books for one series, though I truly treasured each and every book. At the end of the series, it was like moving to a new state … knowing that you’ll probably never see your wonderful friends again.

                  However, I would love to see a new series started where Annie decides to convert Gray Gables to a bed and breakfast that is dedicated to crafters. Don’t know if the powers that be would actually consider something like that. Bev S and a few others as well as myself were kicking that idea around further down in this thread. (Pardon my lack of good grammar on that last sentence — UGH.) Seriously think that could be a great series. Dedicate each book to a specific craft and of course there would be a corresponding mystery of some sort pop up. Just our crazy $0.02 worth.


                  • Hey, Virginia…

                    At least she will have some ideas to hand to the powers that be, and maybe that there will be another series, maybe the fifth or sixth one as these people seem to thrive on mystery tales.

                    On another note, my mother was telling me last night that there really was a person named Annie Potter and she purchased several large houses in the Big Sandy area. She figures that the lady is deceased and now the huge estate houses have gone to rack and ruin except the one that is used for the company…such a waste as one of the houses housed a craft market where you could buy yarns, patterns, etc. and another was a bed and breakfast….

          • Danna - cozy mystery list :

            Thanks, Bev S, I just added # 29.

    • Danna - cozy mystery list :

      Thank you, Cordelia, I thought “Ghost Island” by Jan Fields was #20, and I didn’t know about the last two on your list. (I just added them to the list on the site.) Thanks, again!

  13. Hello. I’m one of the authors for the Annie’s Attic Mysteries, and to see that there are so many fans who enjoy these books warms my heart.

    I wanted to let you know that my own cozy mystery series (Eastgate Mysteries) debuts Saturday, December 15, with Eastgate Keeps on Singing. I would be honored if you’d like to feature it here. Thank you!

    K.D. McCrite

  14. Another way to determine the order is to look at the copyright number given by the Library of Congress…ie: Gunns and Roses is 2012910977… The Legend of Fuller’s Island is 2012912100…so by looking at the last four digits you can conclude that Gunns and Roses was published first. Also when I get these books the first thing I do is mark the inside cover where you might put a bookplate with the number of the book. I’m very lucky as my mother buys these books and when she finishes reading them, she forwards them on to me. A great series of books and really great authors. Keep up the good work.

  15. Are any of these going to be available for e-books?

    • Emeralds in the Attic is book number 10… It comes after Deed in the Attic and before The Wedding Dress…enjoy and have no idea about e- books….could someone else answer the second part of the question. Bev

    • Danna - cozy mystery list :

      Deb, the only way I know to find out if a specific e-book is available is to go to the Amazon page for that book if you have a Kindle, or the Barnes & Noble if you have a Nook.

  16. hi, i live in australia and only can get these through amazon, so becomes a bit costly but well worth it, just finished 14. cant wait to read the next 8 books. karen

    • Danna - cozy mystery list :

      G’day, Karen! I have seen some of the resales online for the Annie’s Attic Mystery Series, and can imagine they get very expensive.

  17. Regarding your interest in Annie’s availability as ebooks, I asked my editor and here is verbatim what he told me: “All of the books are available for Kindle and other e-Readers in various formats, but for club members only – we are not currently selling individual titles.”

    I hope this helps.

  18. I have “Angels Among Us” listed as number 21 in my list that is in Chronological order. Then the last book I have received is A Stony Point Christmas, which by the way is excellent.
    I received Angels Among us before it.

  19. I don’t have Angels Among Us and I think I have all of them up to, and including A Stony Point Christmas. Was Angels Among Us renamed as was Ghost Story. I know that my mother has all of these books as once she has finished reading them, I get them.

    Another note, Amazon has an app, Kindle for iPad and I usually get my e-books this way…it works quite well, so if someone has an iPad and needs to download from Amazon, there you have it.

  20. Number 21 is definitely “A Stony Point Christmas”; there is no “Angels Among Us.” I have all of the books up to and including “A Spicy Secret.”

    • Hi Cordella,
      I’m sorry you don’t have Angels among us but I do and it is part of the “Annie’s Attic Mysteries” I would tell you the authors name but my daughter has the book as she reads them when I’m finished and at the moment she is at work and I can’t bother her.
      Look on the Internet for a chronological order and then you can see it for yourself. Good luck

      • Danna - cozy mystery list :

        Ilah, here is the chronological list of the Annie’s Attic Mystery Series.

        • Angels Among Us is from the series “Mysteries of Sparrow Island”, author is Ellen Harris. I have it and read it. Very good story.

      • How MANY books have you gotten to date:? I am wondering when the series will end and another start.
        I know Ian and Annie will end up together but getting there is the ‘thing’, Love to know…. I nearly stopped the series cuz it’s dragging out, yet do love the books too, just spendy reading I want to gift them to Dtr, but not til series ends. The # and names are on back of the box. Last one I have is Angels in the Attic.. sigh.

    • Danna - cozy mystery list :

      Looks like it’s official, Cordelia. And, thank you for the info. Since I am not a member of the Annie’s Attic Mystery Series, I rely on people who are to keep me updated on new books.

      • Hi,
        I am truly sorry, I also read, “Sparrow Island Mysteries” and I got the two confused. I am 79 years young and sometimes get confulsed. Hope I didn’t cause any problems for you.

        • Danna - cozy mystery list :

          Welcome to the Cozy Mystery site, Ilah. No problems here! By the way, I do that ALL of the time! That’s one of the reasons I began the Cozy Mystery site.

          I got frustrated by not only buying the same books twice, but actually catching myself reading the same books twice. I would keep reading, thinking the book seemed very familiar. Finally, I started my “obsessive” lists of books, and thankfully, as long as I remember to keep my lists current and marking the books off as I read them, I usually can keep them all straight.

          Again, welcome to the site!

          • Thanks, you too and glad to hear I’m not the only one that gets confused.
            Enjoy reading and you might want to try, the mysteries of Sparrow Island. It is also a great series.

          • Ilah…I too welcome you to the site…imagine how you would feel if you bought the same book not once but three times and I’m much younger than you…still think I’m 31 and if only I were.

            • Good morning All,
              I’m glad to hear that I am not the only one that forgets. I am very thankfull that I can at almost 80 yrs. young drive 3 hours to spend the week end with my daughter that lives in the Pocono Mounts of PA. I drive a big Yukon XL and it takes me about anywhere I want to go. Have a good day everyone.

  21. FYI: Book 23 of Annie’s Attic Mysteries is out: “The Cats & the Riddle.” Also, have heard the rumor that this series will end at book 30.
    Glad to hear that others are sometimes as forgetful as I am! I like to think that something of every book I’ve read remains in my memory–somewhere–but it’s not always easy to “fetch” those details. :-)

    • Emeralds in the Attic fits between The Deed in the Attic and The Wedding Dress. It’s number 10. Hope this helps,

      • Danna - cozy mystery list :

        Thank you, Ilah. (I went ahead and added the chronological list of Annie’s Attic mysteries to this entry, since I had to keep going back and forth to see what I had listed on the site.)

    • Danna - cozy mystery list :

      Thanks for the info, Cordelia. Do you happen to know the author of The Cats & the Riddle?

  22. Jan Fields is author of The Cats & the Riddle.

  23. Strands of Fate by Linda Kozar…

    Just had an email from Annie’s Mysteries and there is another series starting. It appears to have a nucleus of characters and each book is written by a different author, similar to Annie’s Attic Mysteries. The first book is available now either as a hard cover or e-book. I have read all of the first series so far and am looking forward to reading this series via e-book. So far their website states that books can be mailed to only the US or Canada but can be e-booked anywhere else.

  24. The new series is called The Creative Woman Mysteries.

  25. Referencing something earlier in this thread. Angels in the Attic, by Mary O’Donnell, will be book #26.

  26. I cannot believe the Annie’s Attic Mystery series books will be ending with book #30. If this is true, I hope Annie and Ian will finally reveal their true feelings for each other and live happily ever after. Can’t imagine not having these mysteries.

  27. Sure hate to see Annie’s Attic Mysteries come to an end. I have a hard time waiting for the next one to be delivered to me. Have other folks reading them too.

  28. hi danna I was wondering if you knew how I could go about buying the annies attic books I have several but would like to get the later ones as well and I live in australia and we dont have them here and I cant wait to get the next lot so hope someone may be able to help me also danna what is mignon e ballard angel series is like sounds good but just thought you may know take care and keep up the great work many thanks judy

  29. Have received next book in Annie’s Attic Mysteries: “The Diary in the Attic” by DeAnna Julie Dodson.

    • Danna - cozy mystery list :

      Thank you, Cordelia, for telling me about the latest Annie’s Attic mystery. I just updated the page to show the latest two in the series.

  30. What number is The Diary In The Attic? My daughter in love had the first four books, and loaned them to me to read. I am now on number 4, I love them. I thought 3, so far was the best. I am staying with my sister right now, I talked to the library and asked if they had heard of the books or had them available. They said they would have to get them from another library, because THEY ARE OUT OF PRINT. What ever that means. They are getting 5 and 6 for me. So glad to know there are more and I will let my daughter in love know, too.

    • Danna - cozy mystery list :

      Becca, I get quite a few letters from people who are fans of Annie’s Attic Mystery Series. You and your daughter-in-love are not alone.

  31. Again, could you please tell me what number The Diary In The Attic is and who is the author.

  32. Book #26 is out: “Angels in the Attic” by Mary O’Donnell

  33. I am reading #12, “The Valise In the Attic” byJan Fields.
    On page 57 a previous reader has written or corrected, in ink, two words they think were left out. I do not agree that the words were needed. But what ready frosts me is when someone takes it upon theirself to do such a thing. They should only WRITE in their own book if at all.

    • Danna - cozy mystery list :

      Lois C, I take it you’re reading a library book that has been corrected by another library reader. Or, perhaps the book was donated to the library by the person who corrected it in ink. I have encountered library books with corrections before, and I know exactly what you’re talking about!

  34. Loved every book I have read so far, Got my 86 year old mother reading them also. Can you tell me if you can get the new series in big print? Hate to see Annie go!

    • Danna - cozy mystery list :

      Sandy, I’m sorry, but I don’t know if they will be releasing their new series in large print. Maybe someone else might know and post a comment.

  35. hi all and danna I am having so much trouble getting the most recent annies attic mysteries I can only get them on kindle but have to go to the 1st in the series and I have so many this would be a waste i was wondering if anyone knew if and where I can get individual titles in book form this is the best series and I live in aus so not many will post here and amazon is out of stock of the more recent ones hope someone can shed some light many thanks to you all and danna judy

  36. dlilchic825 :

    i want to thank whomever posted this list of the Annie’s Attic Mysteries list…i am rather anal about the order in which i read books from a series and this helped me organize them. ty ty ty!!!!

    • Danna - cozy mystery list :

      dlilchic, you’re welcome. I’m pretty obsessed with reading things in chronological order.

  37. We just received Wild Things by Karen Kelly at the same time as Angels in the Attic (#25), so I assume that is #26.

  38. I just finished reading the 3rd book, The Photo Album and found an error on page 67. The last line includes the words ‘Betsy Dawson’s granddaughter’ instead of ‘Betsy Holden’s granddaughter’. Am really enjoying the books. Hope that I don’t find any more obvious errors like that. Guess publishers don’t have proof readers anymore as someone let that slip by them.

  39. Just called customer service for “Annie’s Attic Mysteries” there are probably only going to be 30 books total. She said it started out to only be 9, then 20 now 30 but that is where it will probably stop. I really enjoy them and hope the new series is as good, she said there are 5 of them already out.

    • Danna - cozy mystery list :

      Ann, Annie’s Crafts Company are the publishers of the Annie’s Attic Mysteries. They are also publishing a new mystery series called the Creative Woman Mysteries. Both series of mysteries are written by different authors. As you know, the Annie’s Attic mystereis follow Annie Dawson in coastal Maine. The Creative Woman mysteries feature Shannon McClain, a crafter who specializes in one-of-a-kind beaded jewelry in Apple Grove, Oregon.

  40. Have just finished number 7, Rag Doll in the Attic, these books are so well written, it’s amazing that there are so many authors involved and keep the details and timeline true. I am not usually a fan of this type of book, but the first one caught my attention and I was hooked!! The attention to small town life, craft nuance and emotional detail is so addicting!! I will certainly miss these books, but hope the last one will answer the question about Annie and Ian, he is so every woman’s dream of the perfect mate. I have also started the Creative Woman series and have to agree, it’s a great series, read in Chronological order, I started number 4 and realized I had missed 2 and 3!! Too much missing information!!!

  41. The last two have arrived.

    #29 The Legacy in the Attic by DeAnna Julie Dodson

    #30 The Ring in the Attic by K.D. McCrite (which is probably a hint as to how things turn out with Annie and Ian…)

  42. I have read all of the 30 books and have enjoyed them very much . Congratulations to the writerswho have woven the characters of these 30 books to make it so interesting to read. I hope Annie and Ian have a full life together.

    • Danna - cozy mystery list :

      Nellie P, how fortunate that the authors of the Annie’s Attic Mystery Series knew when the series was going to finish, rather than what happens to a lot of our authors who are dropped from their publishers, which in turn leave the faithful readers just wondering what might have happened.

  43. Thanks for listing all of the Annie Attic Mystery Series. My mom was reading them & then she passed them to me when I visited her. She has since passed away & I have been trying to find the rest of the series. Thank you so much.

    • Danna - cozy mystery list :

      Martha, how nice that your mom passed the books on to you. What a great way for you to reconnect with her, enjoying them while knowing that she enjoyed the series so much.

  44. I have read the first two books of Annie’s Attic and enjoyed them. My library could not find the other series. Now I know, because of the different authors. So now thanks to this site I can ask my library to recieve these for me inter- library loan . HAPPY AM ME!

    • I am so disappointed that this series has ended.I wish that there was a website we could go to so we could tell the people who started the series that they should continue this series. There are so many story lines that could be explored. Don’t these people realize when you have such a successful series that readers will not abandon this series??? There are so many authors to contribute to this series. Please re consider continuing this series!


    • Danna - cozy mystery list :

      I’m sorry, Ann, but I don’t know the exact year the first Annie’s Attic mystery was published. I think it ended with book #30.

      • Last book in this series is number 30…The Ring in the Attic by KD McCrite…it was written a couple of months ago and I’ve already ready read it. There is a new series available through Annie’s and it is The Creative Woman series…set in Oregon and again has a group who like to solve mysteries…the first book is Strands of Fate and so far there are nine out that I’m aware of.

        • Danna - cozy mystery list :

          Thank you, Bev, I have a page up for the Creative Woman Mystery Series, but so far I only have the first seven mysteries’ titles in the series. (I know the authors of the eighth and ninth books, just not the titles. I don’t even know how I did that!)

          • Book 8 is Guilty Treasures and Book 9 is A Tangled Yarn. I’m waiting for my mother to read this book so she can pass it on to me. At the end of each book is the first chapter of the next book.

            • Danna - cozy mystery list :

              Thank you so much, Bev S. I just added the two titles to the Creative Woman Mystery Series page. (That’s really neat that both you and your mother read the same books. The reading for pleasure skipped a generation in my family. I don’t ever remember my mom reading a book… and I mean EVER!)

  46. There is a new series, Patchwork Mysteries. I’ve gotten the first one and the second Raven Threads is in the mail. Cool thing is that each book has a sampler piece for you to quilt at the end of the book. When the series wraps up, you will have a quilt “designed” by Cotton and Grace the heroines of the series. I love this series already. More than the Creative Mysteries series which I am reading but for some reason, I’m not as attached to those characters as these. Anyway, looks to be a great new set of books!

    • Danna - cozy mystery list :

      Virginia F, I’m glad to hear you are enjoying the Patchwork Mystery Series. You might want to take a look at the Patchwork Mystery Series page on the Cozy Mystery site. So far I show that there have been 27 published.

      • The “Patchwork Mystery” list you have is not the same one that Virginia is referencing. “A Patchwork Murder” is part of the Annie’s Quilted Mysteries series (

        • Danna - cozy mystery list :

          Cordelia, thank you for the information about the Annie’s Quilted Mystery Series. I had no idea that Annie’s was putting out another mystery series. (I’m going to go write a comment back to Virginia F, since I clearly was talking about an altogether different mystery series.

          Thanks, again!

      • Hi!

        This is a different series. The first book is called “A Patchwork Murder”, the second is “Raven Threads” Just pulled my book and the series is called Annie’s Quilted Mysteries.

        Hope this helps.

        • Danna - cozy mystery list :

          Thank you, Virginia F, for the information. Cordelia just sent us the site, and it looks like a really good mystery series. (Book #3 is A Midsummer Night’s Seam by Rachael Phillips and book #4 is Innocent Until Proven Quilty by Donna Kelly.)

      • Danna: The Patchwork Mystery Series you have in your link above is for the series by Guideposts. Annie’s Publishing has their own quilting mystery line, called Annie’s Quilted Mysteries. This is a new series.

        • Danna - cozy mystery list :

          K.D. McCrite, I see you wrote the second Annie’s Quilted Mystery >>> Raven Threads by K.D. McCrite. Congratulations!

          • Thanks, Danna! It was great fun to write, but the only one I am writing for this particular series. (Many irons in the fire for me these days.) And rest assured, Annie’s Publishing will continue to offer you fine mysteries for many years to come. –kd

  47. I’m absolutely frothing at the bit for the Postman to deliver “Raven Threads”. Finished my sampler piece from “A Patchwork Murder” so cannot wait to see what piece we are quilting with “Raven Threads”. I really think that the sampler quilt that corresponds with the books in the series is an absolutely brilliant idea!

    • Danna - cozy mystery list :

      Virginia F, what a clever idea they have regarding having different samplers in each mystery book that will later be connected. That’s neat!

  48. Finally, received KD McCrite’s “Raven Threads” in today’s mail. Cannot wait for quiet time tonight to start reading it!

    • Danna - cozy mystery list :

      Virginia F, that’s the one bad thing about book clubs where you have to wait for the next installments. Have fun reading!

  49. Just finished “Raven Threads” — it was absolutely fabulous. As always, they end long before I want them to. Plot lines have been resolved as they should be but I’ve just enjoyed them so much that I hate to see them come to a close.

    I really do like these characters much better than the Creative Woman Mystery series and I’m not quite sure why. These characters are much like the characters in the Annie’s Attic Mystery series in that they endearred themselves to me instantly. It’s a much slower process with the Creative Woman Mystery characters. I’m puzzling over why that is the case and have no concrete reason. Personal tastes, I guess.

    At any rate, I have my sampler block left to sew and than eagerly await the next installment in the series.

    Happy reading everyone!

  50. Thank you so much, Virginia F, for the good words about Raven Threads. I am so glad you liked it! Good luck with your quilt. I hope it turns out beautifully.


  51. I just found this page while killing time on Google (when I should be writing). It brightened my wintry day. How lovely to see folks who enjoyed the Annie’s series and now Annie’s Quilted Mysteries. I didn’t work on the Creative Woman series, but I’m sure it’s lovely too. These stories have been such fun to write, so it’s always great to see them well received.


    • Danna - cozy mystery list :

      Thank you for stopping by, Jan Fields. I’m glad you were killing time on Google!

    • Good Morning Jan!

      Just wanted to take a moment to thank you for laying out the characters in the Quilted Mysteries series so well. For me, at least, you got the series off to a fabulous start! I immediately bonded with the characters and love that the series is located in Massachusetts (even though I’m from Nebraska). I love the history of Massachusetts. At any rate, loved the flow of the book and how the new characters were introduced to us. Tying a sampler quilt with each chapter of the book was a sensational idea. Hope to read more of your work on this series soon!

      I’m definitely chomping at the bit for the next book in this series to be shipped to me.


  52. Aw, thanks. Wait til you get K.D.’s book (I’m pretty sure it’s #2) — it’s fantastic.

    • Hello Jan!

      I’ve read “Raven Threads” and it is absolutely fantastic! Hoping that the third book gets shipped to me soon.


  53. How do I go about getting the last 5 books of the annies attic mystery series…????Had to stop because of the $$$ situation … but would at least like to have the last 5 for my collection…really injoyed each and every one….thanks

    • Did you get them originally through Annie’s website and if so, you might try contacting them and I’m sure they would send the last five to you as a continuation as they are still offering them for sale.

    • You might also try eBay. I’ve seen some of the earlier Annie’s Attic books listed there.

  54. As ya’ll by now know, I love the Quilted books and the Creative Woman series is slowly growing on me. Just checked my account and book three in the Quilted Mysteries series, “A Midsummer Night’s Seam” will ship out to me on Friday. Absolutely cannot wait to get it in my hands and settle down to savor each and every word. Also, can’t wait to see what the sampler piece for this book will be.

    Hope everyone is well and happy!

    • Danna - cozy mystery list :

      Virginia F, Annie’s Quilted Mystery Series are in my next batch of authors I’m going to post. (It seems like it’s taking me longer and longer to stay organized!)

      You sure make these mysteries look gooood!

      • Truly, the Quilted Mystery Series has been absolutely fabulous so far (2 books in). I’m hoping that the rest of the books are just as good!

  55. I too was happy to come across this thread on this site, which I visit often. I wrote Book #13 in Creative Woman series, Deadly Garland (as Elizabeth Blair), and I hope you all enjoy it! I’m also working on two for the Quilted Mysteries. It’s great fun working with this publisher, editors, and the other writers.

    • Liz….

      How many books will there be in each of the two series….I think I read that there would be twelve in the Quilted Mysteries. I have the first nine in the Creative Woman series and know that I have several more on the way as my mother reads them and forwards them on to me….I think she said she has four in the one series and three in the other to send me….and I’m chomping at the bit to get them.


    • Danna - cozy mystery list :

      Liz, thank you for telling us the name of the last Creative Woman mystery. How neat that you enjoy both writing and working with all of the people who bring these mystery series to us!

  56. I’m loving the fact that the authors of these books are posting on this site! Great people write great books!

  57. Finished Rachel Phillips “A Midsummer Nights Seam” several days ago. Quite a good read with excellent character development. Written to keep you on the edge of your seat much more than Annie’s mysteries but not so much that the book is not enjoyable.

    If I had my choice of knowing the characters and living in one of the three locations (Maine, Massachusetts or Oregon), I would definitely choose Massachusetts and hanging out with Grace & Cotton!

    Happy early spring to everyone!


    • Danna - cozy mystery list :

      Thanks, Virginia F, for telling us how good Rachel Phillips’ A Midsummer Nights Seam (from the Annie’s Quilted Mystery Series) is.

  58. Anymore it seems like I’m the only one posting ; )

    Anyway, for whatever reason, I was shorted 5 of the Annie’s Attic Mysteries. I’ve been ordering them one by one. Received Rag Doll in the Attic by Jan Fields Monday and I absolutely could not put it down until I had finished it. I’m pretty much that way with the Annie’s Quilted Mystery series too. The Creative Mysteries set just isn’t having the same effect on me. I read them and enjoy them but it is just a chapter at a time. Wondered if anyone else is having the same issue with them. I just don’t find them as riveting, the characters are just not as compelling IMO.


    • What Annie’s Attic titles are you missing, Virginia?

      • I was short “The Package”, The Map in the Attic”, “Rag Doll in the Attic”, “Boxed In”, and “Deed in the Attic”. Just logged onto my Annie’s account and they are shipping “Boxed In”. Once I finish that, I will ask them to ship “Deed in the Attic” and I will have the complete set. I’m not sure how it happened that I missed getting books 5-9. I didn’t know about this site at the time so I wasn’t aware that I was missing books.

    • Virginia….

      I’ve finished all of the Annie’s Attic series and they were riveting….as soon as I got one of the books, and often I got several at a time as my mother gets them and then she sends them to me when she is finished with them…and the same with the next two series….I would start the book and read it until finished. I just received four of the Creative Woman books, 9 – 12 and have been reading them pretty quickly. I have the first of the Quilt series, but haven’t started it yet. My mother says she isn’t as impressed with the Quilt series and has no real desire to read the new book as soon as it arrives. The characters in the Creative Woman series are fine, but not as riveting as the Annie’s Attic characters….they were like friends you might have….not sure why the second set of characters aren’t as friendly, possibly because they aren’t as involved in the story line as the characters in Annie’s Attic were. Can’t comment on the Quilted Mystery series, but hopefully the characters will be more involved in the story line.

      • Wow, I am SO glad to hear you say that Bev. I was afraid it was just me. I will be glad to hear what you think of the Quilting Mystery series. I immediately felt, just as with the Annie’s characters, like they were old friends.

        If I had my choice in moving to one of those three locations, it would be the Quilted Mysteries Massachusetts location, next I would want to move to Maine with the Annie’s Attic characters and my last choice would be Apple Grove, Oregon.

        The only character I’m not fond of in the Quilted Mysteries series is Emma’s aunt, Dottie Faye. She can be hilarious but a tad overbearing for my taste and her “South will rise again” is too over the top for me. I really like Emma, Kelly and, especially, Kelly’s mom, Maeve. I was in stitches when Maeve met up with the Medical Examiner as a favor for the two girls!!!

        I hope that you will like the series as much as I do. I was disappointed that there are only going to be 12 books in that series but figured that, since there is a sampler at the end of each book, there wouldn’t be too many books in the series. It does have me anticipating Annie’s next mystery series!


        • Hey, Virginia….

          I like the commentary you have on the characters in the Quilted Mystery series. I would pick Maine first ( it is close to my home-home….I grew up in Nova Scotia) and probably Massachusetts second….I’ve never had any inclination to live very far from the Atlantic coast. And yes, I’ll let you know what I think of the new set of characters.
          Another series of books that I read were the Cape Light series by Thomas Kinkade….the characters were like old friends…much like Annie and her friends. If you can get them at your library, you might try one of them….no mystery….just a nice book to read and one you could hand to a teen daughter without worrying about what she was reading.

          I’m thinking that maybe I can make the series of quilt blocks into a small sampler using a counted cross stitch technique….will wait until I see the patterns. I’m always looking for new things to do with cross stitch.

          Take care….Bev

          • Danna - cozy mystery list :

            Bev S, I have a page up for the Thomas Kinkade‘s and Katherine-Spencer’s (non mystery) Cape Light Series. Did you know that Katherine Spencer is Anne Canadeo, author of the Black Sheep Knitting Mystery Series?

            • Thanks for the information….I had no idea that Katherine Spencer had a pseudonym….but it doesn’t surprise me. Need to check this series out. Also need to check out any series dealing with genealogy as that is my driving passion.

              A couple of other authors that I’ve gone back and read again are Mary Stewart, Phyllis Whitney, and Victoria Holt. They all wrote Gothic Mystery books when I was a teenager….and always nice to read an old friend.


              • Danna - cozy mystery list :

                Bev S, if you haven’t already, you should take a look at the Genealogy mystery theme.

                • Danna….

                  I looked at it earlier today and think I’ve got lots of new reading material coming….my poor husband, he says I’ve always got my nose in a book….he should have known me when I was a teenager….I read like a fiend…

          • Hey Bev!

            Incorporating cross-stitch with the sampler blocks sounds like a fabulous idea! I used to love to cross-stitch but my occupation (upholstery/alterations/general sewing) lends itself to carpal tunnel and cross-stitch has my right hand fingers numb and screaming at me in about 15 minutes so I do very little of it these days. I’ll pick up and put down without being able to finish much.

            I’d love to read more — used to be a total book worm as well but these days, I’m doing good to keep up with the Annie’s books and our local paper. One more thing I hope to do more of when retirement arrives. Hubby says I won’t be able to stay retired but I think it won’t be a problem. LOL.

            Take care!


  59. Book listing for Annie’s Quilted Mysteries is incorrect. Just received Book 4 (identified as such on book spine) and it is Broderie Curse by Jan Fields. Innocent Until Proven Quilty is actually Book 5.

    • But if you look on the web page, it shows book 4 as what is actually book 5….I guess just a minor snafu….Virginia….how do you like this series, I haven’t started it yet, still waiting on the last book in the Creative Woman series and I think my mother is sending it out this week….or at least I hope she is.


    • Danna - cozy mystery list :

      Virginia F, thank you so much for this information. I just changed the Annie’s Quilted Mystery Series page.

      Thanks, again!

  60. I believe that I know what the next mystery series from Annie’s will be. Just finished Broderie Curse, which was fabulous as usual. There is a page dedicated to their customer service web page. At the bottom of that page, they have listed Annie’s Attic Mysteries, Creative Woman Mysteries, Annie’s Quilted Mysteries and, TA TA TA DOM, Annie’s Hooked on Mysteries, which has a crochet hook and a ball of yarn. My guess is that it is a crochet guild which for some reason gets hooked on solving mysteries. I did check the Annie’s website yesterday, under their books section, and no mention of the Hooked on Mysteries series of books yet. Nice to know what is coming down the pike though as I’m down to needing only 2 of the Creative Woman set and the last 8 of the Quilted Mysteries so I figured Annie’s certainly was working on the next mystery series.

    • Danna - cozy mystery list :

      Virginia F, sounds like you’ve been doing a little sleuthing of your own! Please keep us informed of when Annie’s Hooked on Mysteries begins. (What a cute name for a mystery series…)

    • And yes, I agree, it isn’t fair to taunt but at least we know there will be more books coming along….I still need the last in the Creative Woman series, and I have the first of the Quilt series but haven’t read it yet, want to finish the Creative Woman series first, and I know that my mother has four of the Quilt series waiting to mail them to me along with some Erica Spindler books and a couple Agatha Christie books….she is starting to clear out her books, and some are going to me and a lot are going to her library and to the senior’s center as she says there are books there that she knows I have my own copy.

      • Danna - cozy mystery list :

        Bev S, how neat that your mom is willing to part with her books and send them your way, and also to a senior center as well as her library. (And, that you both have the same taste in books!)

  61. Went to Annie’s Attic website again and still no mention of the new series. Also “googled” Annie’s Hooked on Mysteries books with no information as of yet. I’m not the patient sort so this drives me absolutely CRAZY!

  62. Psst. I wrote the first book of the Hooked on Mysteries series. Though I think they’re going to call the series something different, maybe. Hooked on Mysteries was the working title.

    • Virginia F :

      Thanks for the info. I am really glad that you wrote the first book as I really thought you did a fabulous job of introducing the main characters in the Quilted Mysteries series!!!

      I look forward, with great anticipation, to this new series!

      Thanks again for sharing with us.

    • Jan…

      Do you have any idea how many books will be in this series….the last two have been fairly short considering the Annie Dawson books had thirty books in the series.

      Also, I must commend you on your writing…I thoroughly enjoy reading your work.


  63. I believe it will be twelve, like the quilted mysteries. And thank y’all so much for the kind words about my writing.

  64. Virginia F :

    Jan, thanks for the info!

    Do you have any idea when the first volume will be available?



  65. No, I’m sorry. I generally know they’re out by the big box of author copies I get.

  66. When I have more information, will let you know. As I said, nothing is posted on the website yet, but it should be forthcoming.

    • Danna - cozy mystery list :

      Cordelia, thank you so much! We would love to hear about the new series (and also new coming-ups of their current series!) but it seems like you have to be a member. Thank you!

    • Virginia F :

      How are you getting your information from? Just curious as I’ve googled and also check their website frequently and haven’t found anything. My only clue was from the page in the Quilted Mysteries books.


      • Danna - cozy mystery list :

        (Virginia F, I think I had the same problem as you did when I tried to find out more.)

        • Ladies….I decided to give contacting them a try….and hope I get a response from them….but here is what I did….I complimented them on several great series of clean living books, and then I told them that there was a rumour out that a new series was in the works and my two questions….is there any truth to the rumour and if there is a new series, when will it be available…now we wait and see if I get a response….never hurts to ask….and I NEED to know….I guess this is more of a want than need, but in my mind it is a need….


          • Danna - cozy mystery list :

            Way to go, Bev S! Please keep us posted.

          • I got a response back from Annie’s Publishing….not much in it….but here it is….so I still don’t know any more than I did before….except maybe there will be more books coming to me….


            “Dear Beverley,

            Yes, we plan to have a new series out sometime this summer. You can check back to our website in a couple of months to see any updates.

            If you need further assistance, please feel free to contact us.

            Customer Care
            Annie’s Fiction Series

            • Danna - cozy mystery list :

              Bev S, thank you for telling us about their response… a little frustrating… I guess they don’t want any of the details to be made public, but I would think they would want to generate a buzz out there to get more people interested.

              Thank you, Bev S!

  67. I know I speak for other “Annie Authors” when I tell you how much it means that you readers enjoy the books so much. It is wonderful to know that, as we write our stories, they are being anticipated and will soon be read with pleasure.

    We authors aren’t much help when it comes to what books will be released when, because we don’t know, either. I never like even to hazard a guess; I don’t want to pass on any assumptions or erroneous information. Rest assured, though, you won’t left be in the dark forever.

    God bless you all.

    K.D. McCrite

    • K D….

      I’ve yet to read an Attic Publishing book that I didn’t enjoy…granted the first series set in Maine was my favourite as it is close to my home….I grew up in. Nova Scotia…and the small sea coast community was much like one I grew up in….everyone was there to help each other and not much has changed. I’ve never spent any time on the West Coast so this was foreign to me, but one thing I did enjoy was the ascots theme as my grandfather was from Aberdeenshire, Scotland. And I haven’t started the third series yet…but soon….I’m still waiting for the last book in the Creative Woman series from my mother.

      The group of authors selected for the various series definitely compliment each other in writing style and content….

      Will let everyone know what kind of response I get from Annie’s Publishing…


      • K.D.:

        I wholeheartedly agree with Bev’s comments concerning the Annie’s Attic and other mystery series.

        My enjoyment of the books already mentioned, along with my anticipation of receipt of the new series accounts for my great lack of patience. If I hadn’t derived such pleasure from the previous books, I would not be chaffing at the bit to receive the next series.

        Another comment I would like to add is that it is obvious that most of you authors have the pleasure of belonging to a cat. The description of Boots (Annie’s Attic mystery series) going into protective mode could not be written as it is without the author being very familiar with cats and their moods. One of ours takes particular displeasure from our male dog when he is in whiney mode. I have seen our cat take the same tactic with Jimmy when his whines reaches a certain level, irritating to both cats and humans. Fortunately for him, both cats have had their front claws removed. He doesn’t understand that and runs for the hills, tail tucked between his legs.


        • I have had cats and dogs my entire life. In fact, what would life be without pets?? :-)

          • LOL! Boring at best. Bad days would be so much worse without our four-legged friends.

            On an aside, did you see the video of the cat protecting the small child from their neighbor’s dog? An absolutely amazing act by the cat. Again, Annie’s cat had pretty much the same reaction. Kudo’s to everyone who portrayed Boots in such a realistic but hilarious manner!


  68. i would like to order complete series of annie’s attic mysteries plus any new ones that come out.

    • Danna - cozy mystery list :

      Debra, you’re either going to have to buy them from someone who has read them on some place like Amazon or Ebay, or you can join their club at annies fiction . com

    • Debra…

      Go to and you can sign up for the first book either book or kindle and after the first book arrives, they will send you each book every few weeks (30books in the series)…or at least I think this is how it works….I got mine second hand from my mother….she read them and passed them on to me.

      One thing I really like about them….it gives them a flair of elegance….each book has a ribbon marker bound into the spine…a taste of the old-fashioned.

      Also there are two additional series out….the Creative Woman (13 books in the series)and it is set Oregon and the Quilted Mysteries (12 books in the series) and they are set in Massachusetts….

      There is supposed to be another series coming out shortly.

  69. Bev S:

    Have you read Horseplay (CW #12) yet. I’ve got a couple of chapters yet. I’m a cheater and often go to the last chapter to see who the doer was. I was over half-way through before I cheated and was amazed to discover that I had solved the mystery so early. Too funny!

    My serious question though was to get your thoughts on how the “doer’s” musings were written into the book as chapters. I understand it was to give us a sense of perspective as to what makes that person tick. The first chapter where that was done, I was totally at a loss as to what was going on. The next time this was done, I figured out what was going on. By the third time, I found it rather annoying. Just wondered what your reaction was to this.



    • Virginia….

      I finished Horseplay a few weeks ago and finally got the last book today, as well as two more in the Quilt Mystery. I already had the first one, and my mother sent me these on Monday….

      I’m not sure what your question is, as these books don’t seem to stick with me….none of the authors was from the Annie’s series, and for some reason, even though they are good authors, they aren’t as good as the first group. I noticed that the new series has some of the same authors as Annie’s series, so maybe they will hold my attention better.

      Right now I’m reading the latest Diana Gabaldon book, Written in My Own Heart’s Blood, the continuing saga of Jamie Fraser and Claire…it is time travel and brief synopsis (if you haven’t read the series) starts in Inverness, Scotland in 1946. Claire is an Army nurse and she and her husband have just gotten together again after the war and are spending time in Scotland. She goes out walking and falls through a stone ring into 1743. This is the basics of the first book, The Outlander….a good read and one where the characters are like family.

      I remember one time I was at a counted cross evening and everyone at my table was reading these books, all except one lady. So we were discussing the characters and why did whoever do whatever, etc. the lady who wasn’t reading the series asked who we were talking about and did we all know this family. One of us was kind enough to tell her it was a series of books and if she wanted to sit our table next month she was more than welcome, but if she wanted to join the conversation, she might want to get the books from the library….she not only got the first one from the library, but before she was finished went out and bought the first four books and practically devoured them….as she said, she even had the boo in the kitchen….I wasn’t that bad, but they are great and especially if you like fiction based on actual history. The author has done a lot of research into the way of life in the mid to late 1700’s and especially things related to the American Revolution….

      • Bev:

        Yup, these books are pretty forgetable.

        There are at least three chapters that are written as the “doer” (no spoiler alert here) is musing their thoughts/rationale for their behavior in the book.

        The first time it happened, I was totally confused. The second time I figured out what the writer was doing. The third time it merely annoyed me. I think that is the last chapter written from the perspective of the “doer” as I only have 2 chapters left in the book.

        I just wondered what you thought about this writing style. I didn’t particulary care for it.

        • I would agree and obviously I didn’t notice it while reading….so sure hope the Quilt series is better….

          How often do the books come out or are you waiting for it to be written and there is a time lapse…..

          Another thing, and my mother noted this, in Annie’s Attic, we were always updated about what each of the ladies in the Hook and Needle Club were doing and there was a lot of interaction between them and Annie.

          In the Creative Woman series it is mostly about Shannon and what she is doing and every so often, they toss in something with the Purls….but not a lot…it is more about Shannon and her escapades….

          I hadn’t really paid much attention until this was pointed out to me.

          Wonder what the new series will be like and if we will find out any time soon about the next series….should be interesting, and then maybe a fifth series will be a series of Life Continues with Annie and Her Friends…..I can only hope.

          Take care and have a great weekend….Bev….<3

          • That may very well be the problem with the CW series. It’s mostly Shannon, a little interaction with her friends, occasionally we meet her mother, usually when Shannon is in serious trouble.

            I think one of my problems with Shannon is that, although she is trying to help her friends, she just comes across as nosey and oftentimes just plain pushey. She just doesn’t come across as very likeable to me. I do like Kate quite a bit. Annie was always just trying to find the rightful owner of something that had been intrusted to her grandmother. And, with 30 books there was a lot more opportunity to witness the interaction between Annie, Ian and her circle of friends. At least that’s my take on it all.

            In the Patchwork Quilting series, we always see Kelly and Emma together as they look for Rose’s killer. Rose was their childhood buddy. Frequent interaction with Maeve, Kelly’s mother, and Dottie Faye, Emma’s sometimes overbearing Aunt. Less frequently we see the other members of the Nimble Thimbles Quilting Group. It may be the fact that we see all of these other folks as much as we do, plus the fact that they are trying to find who killed their friend Rose. Though the Police Chief would probably say that Emma can be a little nosey, perhaps even pushey. There’s just a different tone in the Quilting books, at least to me.

            As far as time frame goes. It is usually around 8 weeks between books. I’m through the first 4 and wondering when Innocent Until Proven Quilty will be shipped out. A definite lack of patience on my part. LOL.

            Weather watching this weekend. We’re smack in the middle of a tornado watch right now. Just means that conditions are favorable. It’s very sticky outside and close so I wouldn’t be surprised to spend some time in the basement this evening. At least all of my “toys” are down there since that is where my business is located so if we don’t lose power from the storm, I could work while we wait out the storm. ; )

            Hope your weekend is a good one!

            • As far as I know, here is how the series run: The first six books come out every other month, then once a month after that.

              • Thanks K.D.

                That makes sense as I checked my Annie’s account after posting this and they now have “Quilty” scheduled to ship out on Friday. So, another couple of weeks of impatience and the next installment will be here.


            • These appear to be the first three books in the Annie’s Unraveled Mysteries….at least when you go to the page where they ask for your opinion, these are listed as the books in that series….still nothing on the website for the Hooked On series….

              Designs to Die For

              Unraveled Stalkings

              The Azalea Bones

  70. Danna - cozy mystery list :

    Bev S and Virginia F, I wonder if you would help me update the Annie’s Quilted Mystery Series and the Creative Woman Mystery Series. As you both know, you have to become a member of these book clubs, or else it is just about impossible to find out the titles and authors of the books.

    I would appreciate it if you would send me the titles and authors in both of these series.

    Thank you!

    • Danna….here is the list of Creative Woman series with author and in order….

      1. Strands of Fate. Linda Kozar
      2. A Deadly Stitch. Susan Sleeman
      3. Recipe for Deception. Rachael Phillips
      4. What a Picture’s Worth. Susan Page Davis
      5. Dog Gone Shame. Susan Sleeman
      6. Patchwork of Lies. Sharon Dunn
      7. Deadliest in Show. Christy Barritt
      8. Guilty Treasures. Rachael Phillips
      9. A Tangled Yarn. Pam DeVoe
      10. A Matter of Wife or Death. Susan Sleeman
      11. Murder in Two Acts. Christy Barritt
      12. Horseplay at White Meadows. Marlene Chase
      13. Deadly Garland Elizabeth Blair

      Each of these books has the first chapter of the next book at the end of the book.

      Quilted Mystery Series (and these books have the book number on the spine)

      A Patchwork Murder. Jan Fields
      Raven Threads. K D McCrite
      A Midsummer Night’s Seam. Rachael Phillips

      These are all I have to date, but will update for you when I get additional books, but I do know there are twelve in the series.


      • Danna - cozy mystery list :

        Thank you, Bev. It will be great to be updated about the following books in the series. I do wish these book clubs wouldn’t keep everything so hush-hush.

        • Danna…

          They still haven’t added anything to the site about another series after the Quilted Mystery series….so the members are as much in the dark as everyone else….and I don’t like being left in the dark.

          Also, for anyone who is reading this blog and who doesn’t live in either the USA or Canada, you can download to Kindle and it is a bit cheaper as there is no mailing cost….the books are NOT being mailed to other countries at this time. Wonder if they ever will be….but just a thought….

          Also, for anyone using an iPad, there is an iBooks app that you can download to through iTunes or there is a Kindle for iPad app that you can download from Amazon…the iBooks is loaded into the iPad when you get it, and the other is just a couple of clicks to download. With this being said, you don’t need to run out and purchase a Kindle….and also if you have the app downloaded to iPad, you can also read books on Smartphone….

          Too many gadgets, but some people have the latest and greatest of gadgets.


    • Additional in the Quilted Mystery series….

      Broderie Curse. Jan Fields
      Innocent Until Proven Guilty. Donna Kelly

      There is nothing more on the site…..they don’t seem to maintain the site as well as it could be, but the name of the next book is at the end of the current book…with a coming soon by…..


      • Hi.

        Broderie Curse is #4 in the Quilted Mysteries and the last one I have received in the mail. At the end of Broderie Curse, it showed #5 as Innocent Until Proven Quilty.

        It’s been 2 months since I was billed for Broderie Curse so I’m hoping that I will be being billed for “Quilty” soon.


  71. I’m going to be totally naughty and tell you that #6 in the Quilted Mysteries will be Ocean Selvage by Jan Fields. Beyond that, I really don’t know. I know which numbers were originally mine and the titles but sometimes things change in production. I do think Ocean Selvage is set as title and number though.

    • Danna - cozy mystery list :

      Jan, shame on you for being “totally naughty” AND thanks!

    • Rock on Jan and thanks!

      I really, really love the Quilted Mysteries. Also, I’m always excited to see the new sampler block at the end of the book ; ) My motto is “Any excuse to quilt”


    • Thank you, Jan….it’s always a joy to read your books….and have you been following the blog between Virginia F and me….and two others….we have come up with some really great ideas for another Annie’s Attic series with Annie and her friends….and to the best of my knowledge none of us are writers….closest I come is…I’m an English major.

      • Well, I confess to having 21 credits in English. Kept transferring schools. Every time, they would tell me it was great that I had taken such & such English class but their requirement was for so & so English class. Finally quit transferring and had enough for a Minor in English. Oops! And by trade, I am an upholsterer/alterations/seamstress. Never a dull moment in my shop!


  72. Okay, since I have zero self-control I’m going to tell another secret — promise you’ll still love me when I’m in the principal’s office… there WILL be another series with some of the original Annie folks. Watch for it, you should start hearing about it soon-ish, I would think. I wrote the first book for it. It isn’t quite what you thought of in your amazing brainstorming though, but I LOVE it.

    Someone needs to write some Annie fan fiction to settle all the questions about Tartan and Boots. I suspect once Boots taught Tartan some pointed lessons, he’d give her the respect she so richly deserves and they’d settle down to just minor squabbles like old married folks.

    Oh, and part of the reason you don’t get detailed answers when you write and ask is because these things tend to be in flux for a long time. I mean, the basic series concept is set, but the titles of the books (and even the series titles) and which books will come when (after the first one) tend to change, sometimes more than once. That makes it hard for the customer service folks to really answer because they just don’t know.

    • Jan…

      It doesn’t matter that you don’t have any self control….most of don’t and most of aren’t very patient waiting for the next book…very thankfully I have all four of the first books in the Quilted series waiting for me as well as the last of the Creative Woman series. Very fortunately for me, my mother buys the books, reads them and then passes them on to me…I don’t mind that they’ve already been read….LOL…

      As I stated earlier in my note to Virginia F. There is another series listed on the website and another one listed in the back of Broderie Curse….so appears there will be two more series…

      And thank you so much for not being able to keep still about these books and series….and didn’t you like our brainstorming…we were trying to get KD to present our ideas to the owners, and now we can ask you the same thing….would they be receptive….I don’t want credit…I just want books….can’t remember when I couldn’t read.

      Take care….Bev

      • I have been all over their website and no clue that I can find for the three new Annie’s Friends books. Please clue me in on where you are finding this info. It’s driving me NUTS!!!



      • I did send a link to my editor with your requests and ideas, two or three weeks ago. I haven’t heard anything, but our editors are busy, busy folks.

    • Who hoo!

      What excellent news. Thanks for sharing it with us!

      I’ve been giggling and giggling about your description of Tartan and Boots learning to live together. Too funny! Cannot wait to get my hands on the first book in this series.

      Thanks again!


      PS. I’ll have your back in the Principal’s Office!

  73. The link for the Unraveled series was up temporarily, but had some mistakes, so it was taken down. Will be there again shortly.

    • Thanks, Cordelia….

      I went looking for it this morning and couldn’t find it and started to wonder if I was losing my mind….makes sense that would take it down….but at least we got a sneak preview…


    • Cordelia:

      Do you, by chance, work for Annies Fiction. You always seem to have some information that no one else is aware of. ; )



      • Since Jan and K.D. have commented, I will come clean (!)–I’m Mary O’Donnell (not the Irish one) who wrote three books for the Annie’s Attic series, and have one coming out in October for the Unraveled series.

        • The Wedding Dress, Tapestry In The Attic and Angels In The Attic. I loved all three but The Wedding Dress is one of my favorite Annie’s books.

          I will be looking forward to your contribution for the Unraveled series.

          It’s nice to know that we have another of the authors posting. It’s interesting to hear from writers and other readers.


        • Cordelia….

          Your books, too, were very enjoyable….now I’m wondering if there any more ladies out there who need to “come clean”…

          How did you like the brain storming that the four of us did to come up with ideas for a new Annie series.

          I know you probably shouldn’t say, but is the new series similar to the older ones….set in one specific place with a group of characters and the books should be read in order. If you would rather not say, I understand as I know the meaning of the words “need to know” all too well from my working days.

          Looking forward to the new series.


        • Danna - cozy mystery list :

          Cordelia/Mary O’Donnell, you’ve got quite a few fans here!

  74. I wrote the last CWM and two in AQM (7 & 11), to be released later this year. Will also be writing #9 in AMU. It’s a pleasure to “meet” so many Annie’s fans!

    • Danna - cozy mystery list :

      Thank you, Liz Penney, for “coming forward”!

    • Liz:

      I’ve only read the first chapter in the last CWM and really liked it. Of course it’s set at Christmas time and there was lots of Christmas talk so that was a great start. I believe that it is scheduled to ship out to me the end of this week. Looking forward to seeing how you conclude this series. I’ve had my ideas as to how things would turn out since I read book one so we’ll see if I’m correct or not.

      Looking forward, with great anticipation, to receiving the first of the AQM books!


      • Liz….I just finished reading the last of theCreative Woman series and it was a joy to read this book and to visualize all the decorations in my head… did a really great job with the descriptions….

        And now I’m ready to start the first of the Quilted Mysteries….have four of them sitting here begging to be read.


  75. Hi Virginia, That’s great to hear! It was fun writing a book set at Christmas. Hope you enjoy the rest of it.

    • Finally received your book in today’s mail. Have just barely had a chance to start reading but am thoroughly enjoying the description of all the decorations and holiday activities thus far.


    • Good Afternoon Liz!

      Just wanted to take a moment to post about “Deadly Garlands”. I completely enjoyed every moment of your book. I’ve posted earlier that I just never got the emotional attachment to Shannon as I did with Annie and her friends. “Deadly Garlands” finally got me really liking Shannon. It seemed like she was drawn in similar to how Annie was and so she didn’t come across as being nosy. Also adding a dog into the equation made her much more likeable. In retrospect, I think that the authors writing about Tartan and Boots helped to ground Annie and Ian, making them appear much more “normal”. But I’m an animal lover so finding that trait in a character in a book immediately makes me like that facet of the character and, I’m sure, helps to start forming that relationship between the reader and the character.

      So, at long last I found myself liking Shannon. Loved the ending, much as I hoped things would go for quite some time now. Look forward to reading your contributions to the “Unraveled” series!


      • Thank you so much, Virginia, for your kind words! They made my day, heck, my month! I have also written two books for the Quilted Mysteries, #7 and #11, in addition to the #9 of Annie’s Mysteries Unraveled. I hope you enjoy those series, too.

  76. I’m so glad you enjoyed the book. :) It means a lot to me.

  77. Went to this evening and the Unraveled Series is back up. We are now finally able to subscribe to this series. Of course I did. Now waiting for Designs to Die For to arrive. We will be reintroduced to Kate Stevens, who apparently has moved to Texas??? That’s about all I know now. Other than now dancing with anticipation for this first book in the series to arrive!!! Oh, it’s by Jan Fields.


    • Virginia F, I have the Annie’s Mysteries Unraveled page up on the site. If you wouldn’t mind, could you send me the titles of the books in the series? They are so difficult to get…

    • I’m working on a book for that series right now and I’m putting in a few answers to what’s going on in Stony Point after Annie’s wedding. Y’all inspired me.

      • I certainly hope that you provide graphic details about the encounter between Tartan and Boots. I can see it in my mind’s eye but know that you will have me rolling on the floor with your description of Boots not so gently letting Tartan know that Boots will always rule the roost!


      • wheeeeeeeeeeeeee..I am getting all confused finding what I responded to and whom.
        a thank You from Jan is nice..thanks Jan.
        I see the first book on mysteries unraveled is authored by you?
        I wish the Annies series had never died so we all could grow old together….

  78. I wanted sooooo badly to tell you ladies that you’d be reunited with a familiar Annie’s character, but there are certain clauses of confidentiality we authors must honor. I do hope you will enjoy the books. My book, Unraveled Stalkings, is number two, and I am right now working on the other book in this series I’ve been assigned to write.

    Thanks so much for your interest, loyalty, and support!

    • K.D., do the publishers “assign” certain books with an outline for you to follow? I mean, do they come up with the plot of the series and then have the authors put it down on paper or do the authors read all of the previous books in the series so they can continue the plot the way they want to? (It sounds like a really interesting way of writing a series.)

  79. Anyway, as Jan or K.D. suggested sometime ago, Hooked on Mysteries was indeed a working title. When I got through the 5th of the Annie’s Quilted Mysteries books, the back page now shows Annies Attic, Creative Mysteries, Quilted Mysteries and Unraveled Mysteries (used to be Hooked on Mysteries). Nice to have that straightened out, though I admit to being a tad disappointed that there wasn’t a 5th series due out in the near future. I swear Annie’s Attic has about 99.99999999% of my discretionary income. LOL!


    • Just a quick hint here for anyone who gets any of the “Annie’s” books that is considering signing up on line for the Unraveled Mysteries.

      I signed up on the 8th and my book shipped out on the 14th. However, today I received an offer in the mail to get the first book, “Designs to Die For” for $1.99 versus the standard introductory price of $6.99 + shipping. 5 bucks is five bucks so I called customer service and asked that a $5 credit be applied to my credit card purchase. They are taking care of that for me but I would advise ya’ll to be patient for a few days to see if you receive the “Charter Member” offer in the mail as well.

      Just absolutely positively cannot wait for this book to pop into my mailbox. WHO HOOOOO. Also, book 6 of Annie’s Quilted Mysteries is shipping out on the 25th so I’ll have several books to enjoy!

      Have a great weekend all!


  80. I’d like to thank readers for their kind words also. I did write a thank-you note earlier, but for some reason it wasn’t published. I hope this one makes it!

    • Cordelia, my husband has installed two spam-catchers on this blog. (You would not believe how many “comments” I get with links selling products!)

      • I’m not surprised. B4 I left Facebook, I couldn’t believe how many people were posting advertisements. This was a section geared for people who grew up in the 60’s in our hometown and you knew just by the names it was going to be an ad as they just didn’t fit. Then you would read what they posted and immediately hit the “Report” button. Quite irritating to say the least.


  81. I just finished #19 of Annie’s Attic series and would like to have a complete list of this series(someone posted 30 books) as I would like to know the titles so I can ‘budget” for them Thanks.

  82. Jan:

    I just received “Ocean Selvage” in the mail. Not too far into the book but had to comment on your reference to A Stitch In Time. Though not mentioned by name, Emma tells Kelly that Dottie Faye purchased it at a small shop in Maine that had a fabulous designer. I deduced you were referring to Annie’s favorite fabric/thread hang-out.

    Loved your tying the two series together like that ; )


  83. Oops,

    Dottie Faye purchased a darling little crocheted sweater or maybe a sweater vest. Forgot to say what.

    Have to run out the door in a few minutes to do an install for a customer on a very old vehicle (1912 EMF) so my brain is running on all cylinders, which is probably not a good thing.

    Also, enjoying the book very much so far. A quilting cruise just really sounds like a great time. Some day when I hang up my upholstery tools!


    • I think a quilting cruise sounds great too. My plots often involve things that interest me at any given time — like themed cruises. And as to Dottie Faye’s buying from A STITCH IN TIME, yeah, I LOVE to do call backs like that. It’s just fun to imagine characters from one series interacting with characters from another. My version of fan fiction :)

      • It was definitely a nice touch! Finished Ocean Selvage last evening and absolutely loved it.

        Kelly and Emma remind me very much of Annie and Alice. Best friends forever and have a knack for keeping each other grounded. You did a great job with Dottie Faye. I have a hard time handling her sometimes with her “South will rise again” mantra. She always lets us know what she thinks of Northerners but wasn’t nearly so over the top in that regard.

        At any rate, it was a great read and leaves me with great anticipation for the next book in the series, “A Deadly Pattern”.

        Danna, I do not have the author information only the name. Sorry, will let you know the author as soon as I find out.


        • Dottie Faye is a delicate character to write because she does have such potential to be truly obnoxious. I like to think of her as someone who likes to provoke, so much of her Yankee talk is just to get a rise out of the folks around her (especially Maeve). When Maeve’s not around to provoke (such as at sea), Dottie Faye looks for other outrageous things to do and generally finds them.

          • That all makes perfect sense. Dottie Fay definitely found lots of other outrageous things to do on the cruise. I found myself laughing out loud on more than one occasion at her antics. She and Maeve have an oil/water relationship for sure. The bottom line though is that her heart is as good as gold when it comes to Emma, Kelly and their quest to find Rose’s killer.

  84. Hi everyone, I’m the author of A Deadly Pattern! It’s set in Sedona, AZ. Hope you enjoy.

  85. WHO HOOOO!!

    Mailman just left and deposited my copy of Jan’s “Designs to Die For” in my mailbox!! Sadly, I have many items on my to do list for the afternoon. Hopefully, I can get a good start on reading after supper and clean-up tonight.

    • I hope you enjoy the book. I thought the cover they put on it was just lovely.

      • It really is a gorgeous cover. Looks like a very inviting studio. I think I’m through the first 6 chapters. Your introduction to Vivi was fabulous — everyone should know a Vivi.

        Very interesting getting to know Kate more intimately. Initially, I was surprised at her shyness and lack of confidence. After recalling her shyness in the Annie’s books, it did make sense — just gives us a more in depth knowledge of how very insecure Kate is. I’m hoping that as the series progresses, Kate will learn much more about herself and we’ll see her become a confident, poised woman.


        • The series is a spin-off from ROAD TRIP in the Annie’s Attic series. Did you read that one? It’s where we first met Peter.

          • Morning Jan!

            Yup, I recognized right off the bat that we were spinning off from “Road Trip” and that Peter was the detective who had investigated the murder there. He and Kate had a little romance during that book. I really like that ya’ll can weave different series together in this fashion.


      • Jan:

        I finished “Designs to Die For” this morning and absolutely loved it. Vivi was introduced perfectly; as I posted earlier, everyone should know a Vivi.

        I was hoping that we would meet Peter (detective we met during Annie’s Road Trip) since he and Kate had a mini romance. I don’t know how things will turn out between the two of them but it is certainly nice for Kate to have a romantic interest.

        I was pleased to watch Kate absolutely take control of the mystery and resolving it (don’t want to say anything more, lest I spoil things for others). It will be fun watching Kate and her confidence grow.

        Now, I find myself impatiently awaiting the next book in the series!


        • I just noticed I never said thank you for your kind words about Designs to Die For. Thank you. Today I am working on the last book in that series and waiting for the snowmageddon.

          • Jan….
            How many books are in that series….I’m still reading the Quilted Mysteries books….I like to complete one series before I start the next…and because I depend on mother to send them to me, sometimes I get several at once.

            Because she is already buying them, and she wanted a good home for them after she finished reading them, I’ve inherited all of the series to date.

            And I must say, I like that you generally start the series and round out the characters really well. Only character I’m not too fond of is Dottie Faye…that woman would drive me up the wall.

            Take care….Bev….

            • Although the Annie series had a lot of books, I believe that every series since then has had twelve. Certainly all the ones I’ve taken part in have been planned to have twelve.

  86. is the CREATIVE WOMAN MYSTERIES done with 13 books? i would get my books from the local library. they have ANNIE’S ATTIC MYSTERY and CREATIVE WOMAN MYSTERIES so i saw that there are 2 more book series and asked if they would get them too but she said no that the 2 we have is enough. is there something that i can tell her that might change her mind? if you could tell me about the other books and i hope that i can get her to get them. LOVED the two book series, i too did not want the Annie’s attic to end. Thank you so much.

    • Angela, here are the links to all four of the Annie’s Crafts Company mystery series:

      Annie’s Quilted Mystery Series
      This series features the women members of the Nimble Thimbles Quilting Group in Mystic Harbor, Massachusetts. The series opens with something terrible happening to one of the quilting group members. Her friends are determined to find out what happened to her. (There will be twelve books in the series.)

      Annie’s Mysteries Unraveled
      Annie’s Mysteries Unraveled is published by the Annie’s Crafts Company. They are mysteries without profanity, and each book is written by a different author. All of the mysteries in the series star a single mother (Kate Stevens) who works as a crochet designer in Sage Hills, Texas.

      Creative Woman Mystery Series
      This series follows as Shannon McClain attempts to claim her grandmother’s inheritance in Apple Grove, Oregon. Shannon is a Scottish widow, mother of twins whose profession is beading one-of-a-kind jewelry. (The mysteries are written by different mystery authors.)

      Annie’s Attic Mystery Series
      A site reader (who prefers her mysteries without profanity) told me about this series of mysteries. Each book in the series is written by a different author. This mystery series follows a woman who is cleaning out her grandmother’s attic in her old family home in coastal Maine. As she is going through the items in her grandmother’s attic, she discovers baffling things – which then lead her to the different mysteries she solves.

      Does your library do interlibrary loans?

  87. I’m a HUGE fan of all of these books. The Creative Woman series was my least favorite (all except for the last of those — book 13 — which I absolutely loved). The Quilted Mystery series is really fabulous, plus there is a sampler at the end of each book and when the series has concluded, they will give you directions for finishing the sampler quilt. A brilliant idea as far as I’m concerned. So far, I have only received book one in the Mysteries Unraveled Series. It was as good as I expected, even better actually. In the Unraveled Series, we have Kate and her daughter Vanessa, moving to Texas. We are also reintroduced to a Texas detective, Peter, who we met in the Annie’s “Road Trip” book. Kate makes some phone calls to Mary Beth, owner of “A Stitch in Time”. I loved catching up with old friends. I am hoping that as the series progresses we will also hear from Gwen, Stella, Alice, and, of course, Annie.

    My $.02 worth is that I highly recommend all four of the Annie’s series to anyone! They are well written, leave you wanting more (a sure sign of a great book) and are written without cursing and smut. I don’t mind the occasional curse word in a book if it is germane but too often it appears that the authors are trying to see how many curse words they can use, just to be “artsy” or whatever. None of that in these books and there certainly have been situations where I wouldn’t have blamed one or more of the girls for letting one or more of those “7 words that you used to not be able to say on TV” slip but they always manage to take the high road.

    Gotta get back to the salt mine. Crazy busy right now. No rest for the wicked (me) — not even on a Sunday.


  88. Ah, excitement reigns. Just checked my Annie’s account and the second Unraveled book — “Unraveled Stockings” is due to ship out this coming Friday. Rubs hands together gleefully!!

    Now out to the garage and the VW from Hades with its replacement headliner/top.


    • Virginia, I hope you like it. But, tell me, did the title show up as “Unraveled Stockings”? Because it’s supposed to be “Unraveled Stalkings”. –kd

      • LOL — hides her head with much embarrassment. My brain retained it as “Unraveled Stockings”. It indeed shows up as “Unraveled Stalkings” — I think it is trying to tell me to take a break from working non stop. My apologies! I know I will love it!

        • Virginia!

          Don’t be embarrassed. I’m relieved your brain perceived it wrongly. Now, I don’t have to call my editor and say “What in the world…!?” :-)


          • K.D.

            Received your book weeks ago and demolished it the day I received it. I just could not put it down. It is so nice to have Kate and Vanessa back, as well as phone calls, emails, texts from the other ladies.

            There was just enough mystery to keep me interest piqued, not enough to freak me out. I would think that is tricky to get the right mixture. It really is fun watching Kate’s character grow. I’m glad the powers to be selected Kate for the center of the series.

            Sorry, I haven’t posted before about it. Lots of minor crisis between MIL in nursing home, a sick dog that has really had us worried, the VW from hades and many many other things. Anyway, lots to do today but wanted to let you know just how much I did enjoy “Stalkings”


  89. Danna:

    Just wanted to let you know that I received Book 8 in the Quilted Mystery Series: “Unsavory Notions” by Amy Lillard.

    Book 9 will be “Seam of the Crime” but I do not know the author’s name at this point.

    So far “Notions” is fabulous but I’ve only had a chance to read the first five chapters.

    Burning the candle at both ends seems to be how I operate these days. :sigh:

    Hope everyone on here is healthy and happy. Everyone must be busy as no one is posting anything.


    • Virginia F, thank you so much for telling us about books 8 and 9 in the Annie’s Quilted Mystery Series. If it weren’t for you, we just about wouldn’t know any of the series’ book titles!

      As for postings here, we are still doing a lot of commenting on other threads. You’re right about the Annie’s Attic threads not being busy, though.

      Thanks, again!

  90. SEAM OF THE CRIME is one of mine.

  91. Jan:

    I’m looking forward to receiving it!

    Thanks for the info.


  92. Just received book 3 in Mysteries Unraveled, Mary O’Donnell’s Azalea Bones.

    Also finished Unsavory Notions in Quilted Mysteries and it was, of course, excellent. Truly enjoyed it. Seam of the Crime is due to ship out to me on the 24th. Will be sad to see this series conclude as I really love all the characters, even “The South Will Rise Again”, Dottie Faye. I have warmed to her.

    For all you dog lovers out there, we had to put one of our dogs down 3 weeks ago. She, and her brother, are almost 12. She was having bowel issues, a lot of straining and not able to control herself and she was one of the best housebroken dogs we’ve ever had. Four trips to the vets and different meds but nothing would fix it. Once the meds wore off, the straining would start. Her last morning she also started vomiting blood and that’s when we knew we would be doing her a disservice to have any intrusive tests done on her. Her brother has been very sad. Over the weekend, we took a one year old boxer home from the Humane Society. She was gorgeous, already house broken but they didn’t know how she would handle cats. The answer was that she, at least with ours, did not like them and wanted only to eat them. I returned her, with a very heavy heart, yesterday. I fell head over heals in love with her in 5 minutes. Hoping that she finds a good home that is right for her sooner rather than later. The thought of her in that cage again brings me to tears every time.

    Hope all are well and happy.


    • Virginia F, I am so sorry to hear about your dog. I know how difficult it is to make the decision you had to make, and what a sense of loss you must be feeling right now. I feel bad for her brother, also. Poor little guy!

      What a shame that the year old Boxer didn’t adjust well to your cats. If she’s housebroken, chances are that she has already found a home without cats. We had a terrible time house training our Sprite, and I have told my family that if we decide to get another dog, she will definitely not be a puppy who needs training. I’m pretty sure there are other families with the very same house training criteria, so she probably won’t have a difficult time getting adopted.

      • Virginia….

        I’m truly sorry about your loss….we had to have our cat put down a couple of years ago….he ended up with Cancer, and as you say, it would have been a disservice to him to try anything new.

        We did find two cats who are rescues and they get along well…we’ve had them for a little over two years and couldn’t ask for more living children.

        Still waiting for my next series of books…my mother has them ready to ship and I hope to see them this week.

        Dottie Faye….too Southern for me…

  93. Virginia — I’m sorry about your dogs — both the one that passed and the one who couldn’t quite fit in. Both losing and adding new family members can be hard. I hope you enjoy “Seam” — in it, Emma gets a new family member of sorts.

    Bev — Dottie Faye can be an acquired taste, but she always makes me laugh so I have to admit, I do love her. But then, I have kin I use for inspiration when I write for Dottie Faye.

  94. Good Morning!

    Thanks everyone for the well wishes. Hubby and I talked and we are thinking a spring puppy is a good plan. Puppies tend to be more respectful of cat paw’s (even if declawed).

    Jan, you are correct about Dottie Faye being an acquired taste. The first several books I really struggled with her “Southerness”. I do feel like that has been tapered down a bit as well as emphasizing what a big heart she truly has. I remember having conversations with Bev S about Dottie Faye. Now I find myself looking forward to what kind of a mess is she going to get into in the new books. Too funny. I don’t have any relatives like Dottie so she is definitely a new experience.

    Still waiting for “Seam” to ship out and arrive and am working my way through “Azalia” in the Mysteries Unraveled. So far it is an excellent read, quite well written and very enjoyable. I just read one or two chapters at a time and am doing good to get that done. Just can’t seem to quite get caught up. That is good I suppose. I am looking at hiring a high school girl to help with alterations and that would let me focus on bids/upholstery. We’ll see how that works out ; ).


  95. Just received an email concerning a new series from Annie’s attic. Vineyard Craft Mysteries, set in Missouri wine country. First book is “Threads of Deceit”, co-authored by Mae Fox and Jan Fields and second is “Pattern of Betrayal” co-authored by Mae Fox and Amy Lilliard. Offer is to get both books for $14.99 so I’ll probably take them up on it (down to 3 books remaining in Quilted Mystery Series).

    If I get a chance later, I’ll scoot over to the Annie’s web site and see if there are any details on the major characters (profiles). Crazy busy as always with major consternation on the stupid volkswagon-LOL.


    • Virginia F, thank you, thank you, thank you! If it weren’t for you, we wouldn’t be made aware of these Annie’s Crafts Company Cozy Mysteries!

      Oh, and thank you!

      • Calling out to Jan F. Since you co-authored the first book, I wondered if you could tell me whether or not the books will be sent automatically or if I need to go to Annie’s web site periodically to see if the next in series have been released? I hope not as I have major time problems and won’t do well trying to remember one more thing right now.

        • The new series, set in Missouri wine country, will be available in bookstores (which the previous books have not). I don’t think they’re going to go out automatically like the other series. The books likely won’t come out as often since they’re going to be marketed in stores. The quilter’s inn is a nice setting and the new main character is a very confident and capable person with a love of adventure.

  96. several month ago i began reading the annie’s attic series, ordered a few through mail, but had to stop, due to the expense. so, went to our library, which is small. but, it takes forever to get them from other libraries. at a loss on how to get the books faster. I am now waiting for book 8 “Boxed In” Love these books.

    • my library got the first two book series but not the other ones and my librarian said that not many library’s would get them. i live in Iowa and i would love to read the other books series too.

      • Angela, I think that because they were books that you had to buy from the publisher on a monthly basis, a lot of libraries weren’t able to get them. I have heard about libraries getting them through donations, though. Have you asked you librarian if they have inter-library loans?

  97. Next book in the Quilted Mysteries – Book 10 – is Celtic Chains. It is in my “to ship” queue at Annie’s. Oh boy, oh boy, oh boy. I do not know the author yet.

    Hope everyone is doing well. I finally splurged and am now in the current century as far as my sewing machine. I’ve had a Singer for years and it’s been an absolute workhorse but … Hates sewing more than a couple of layers, embroidery hoop is prohibitively small and even on rabbit speed, I still feel like a tortuoise. (sp?) Went into my shop a few weeks ago to get a spool of thread for my upholstery machine and walked out in love with one of the new Bernina’s. Does everything (quilt, embroidery, sew). Up to 12 layers of fabric, has a speed regulator for the quilter and the upholstery part is absolutely to die for. Picked it up a few days later. Have taken one embroidery class and will take more. Am signed up for a quilting class the first fri in December. Bought it just in time too as I’ve gotten several embroidery projects since I bought it that I wouldn’t have been able to do on my Singer or my dedicated Janome embroidery machine.

    I’m going to keep my Singer as a back-up but need to get a picture taken of the Janome to advertise locally. Seems like maybe a good time to sell with Christmas coming up (crosses fingers).


    • Virginia F, thank you for the Celtic Chains information.

      I don’t know much about sewing machines. I have a Singer that I get out when I absolutely have to do some quick repair, but I use it so rarely that I now have my printer on top of the sewing machine table. However, I do enjoy watching Sewing with Nancy, especially the last ten minutes of each show when she introduces the audience to someone who has done something special either sewing or quilting. (Not that quilting isn’t sewing!)

      Again, thank you…

  98. I am anxiously awaiting book #14 in the Annies Attic Mysteries and book 12 from the Creative Woman Mysteries. I definitely will order the Quilted Series once I’ve read the last book in the Creative Woman Mysteries since I close to the last book.

    What I do have for you is book #4 in the Mysteries Unraveled series that was just mailed to me.

    The title is “Larceny and Old Lace” by Marlene Chase.

    Can’t wait to dig into this next book too!

    • Ahhhh, cannot wait. That one is on its way to me! WHO HOOO!

      Still thinking about the new series that you have to go to Annie’s and order each time it is available. I’m not real good about that due to time constraints. Wish they would just set it up as a series and mail it out like the others have been done.

      They will lose me as a faithful reader if this is the way the new series will be set up. I have loved the fact that all I had to do was sign up and then just wait for the books to arrive. I don’t need one more thing in my life to have to do. This just won’t work for me.


      • Hi Virginia,

        Me too, work full time, so my unwinding from work is a couple chapters from a book from one of these series,

        I understand both the new Vineyard series and the Quilted series have a quilt block at the end of each. Can’t wait to try them!

        Also just started another series called The Traveling Tea Ladies, and it has recipes and how to properly steep the right cup of tea.

        Another idea for up coming Annies Attic series would be quick and easy craft projects. I certainly would look forward to something like that.

      • Though the Vineyard series is going to have the more traditional method of release (at least at first…who knows what may happen in the future of that one), there WILL be more series coming with the subscription type release style that you’ve enjoyed with the Annie series, and others.

    • Kim, thank you so much for telling me about the fourth Annie’s Mysteries Unraveled. I truly appreciate it!

  99. Ladies….

    For anyone who is interested, I was able to find four of the Annie’s Quilted Mysteries on eBay and Amazon Resale. The seller in both cases was willing to work with me to sell these books.

    What happened, my mother mailed the box of books to me, including four from the Quilted Mystery series, two from the next series and several other books from other series. Well the long and short of it, the post office damaged the box and so I had an empty box delivered to me…very disappointing, but I’ve been able to piece together what is missing, and both of the sellers on eBay and Amazon are keeping an eye open for me.

    When you look at either place, make sure that you check the price as there is one person on eBay had one of these books and was selling it for $60. I lucked out, I paid $15. For each of my books.


  100. Kim…

    How many books in the Traveling Tea Ladies and is it available in book stores…might be a series I would like to read as I’m a tea drinker.

    Thanks for your input….Bev

    • Hi Beverly,

      Sorry about the late reply – I believe there are 5 books so far in the series; and I believe the author is still writing them.

      I found this series through an interview the author did with the magazine Tea Time. A magazine devoted to all this tea, tea parlors and of course high tea.

      I ordered my first two books from Amazon.

      As a fellow tea lover you will enjoy the recipes and how to brew the perfect cup of tea found at the end of each book!


  101. Danna:

    Hope that you had a great Christmas!

    Just wanted to drop a quick note. Received Stab Stitched but with the Holidays and projects for customers, I haven’t had a lot of reading time.

    Last book in the series is “Unraveled Secrets” but I don’t know who the author is at this point.

    Happy New Year to all!


  102. Thanks!

    Also, #10, “Celtic”, is by Donna Kelly. Hate to see this series end as I really like these ladies, even slightly obnoxious and overbearing Aunt Dottie Faye.


  103. Understand there is another series getting ready to start…set in a vineyard in Missouri.

    My mother had a card stating she could purchase the first two books for $7.99 each or both for 15.99. She’s going to order them, so I will eventually have them.

    Don’t know anything else about them, but I do know they will be a good read.

    Happy New Year, Everyone and continued success in 2015.

  104. Bev:

    Scroll up a few comments and you will find some discussion on these books. Unless Annie’s has changed their mind, they are not sent automatically. You go to the Annie’s website and purchase them each time they become available. Vineyard series is like the Quilted Mysteries in that there is a sampler block at the end of each book.

    I haven’t even found time to hit the site to order the first 2 books. Just can’t see me remembering to check their site to keep on top of ordering this series. I just remember that old military adage:

    “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.”

    To me, this is a huge marketing mistake on Annie’s part. Just my $0.02 worth.


    • Virginia and Bev S, I will be adding the Vineyard Quilt Mystery Series books to my monthly Cozy Mystery New Books Release entry. From what I have been able to dig up on the internet, Mae Fox will be the co-author on every book, so when I search out new monthly releases, she will be one of the (many!) authors who I search for. The first book in the Vineyard Quilt Mystery Series, Threads of Deceit, will be released in April, and Pattern of Betrayal will be the second book, and it will be released in May.

      Just make sure to watch for them on the Soon to be Released Mysteries page (both of the books are already on that page of the Cozy Mystery site) or look through the Monthly New Releases I post on this blog area.

    • Hi Virginia, just so you know–I have passed this feedback along to the editors at Annie’s. Maybe they can offer subscriptions for this series, too. I do know there will be others sold along the sub format. :) That’s all I can say right now. And they will be awesome.

  105. Received Jan’s “Unraveled Secrets” in Monday’s mail. About 5 chapters in and absolutely love it thus far. Business is crazy busy as usual. All my boat customers thinking about warm weather and wanting new seats. To top that off, we finally adopted a new puppy and he is running me ragged. We named him Joe Cocker. He’s lab/retriever/blue heeler, very smart but also has a mind of his own. A little over 3 months. He and brother and sister were abandoned and rescued, taken in by the Humane Society. He shows no ill effects of his earlier treatment, except maybe his preoccupation with food. Hubby tells me that is normal for puppies of his age. Just wanted to fill y’all in since I had shared earlier about having to put our Carly down. Oh, and cats are still not sure this was a good idea ; ).

    Again, loving Jan’s book. Just not enough time to read as much of it at a time as I’d like to. Sad to see this series conclude as I like these ladies very much!


    • Virginia F, ooooooh….. I wish I could take the plunge and adopt a new pet. Every time I get really close, I am reminded of all the work (like Joe Cocker running you ragged!). I am pretty sure I would have adopted a dog already had our veterinarian listened to us when we told him Sprite was in constant pain. During the last couple years of her life she seemed like she was in pain (to us) but every time we took her to the vet he would a$$ure u$ that $he was very happy. I still feel guilty about that. I’m now sure he saw her as a money pot, and I kick myself for not taking her to another vet earlier.

      • Yah, that was the hardest part about putting Carly to sleep. She didn’t act like she was in any pain. Ran up and down the steps to Sew & Sew. Half the time, she beat me down here. All of her blood work looked great but her last morning, she started throwing up blood and that was when we knew we had to do something. Our Vet would have done exploratory had we ok’d it but I just couldn’t see submitting a 12 year old dog to that kind of pain. Plus I was pretty sure the outcome was going to be the same.

        Joe is learning pretty quickly. This morning, he ran to the back door. I asked him if he needed to go outside and he started jumping up and down. As soon as he hit the yard, he squatted down and started to pee. That’s pretty impressive for a dog that we got on the 28th of January!!! If only I could get the same results when I tell him that my hands and arms are not chew toys. My left hand and arm look horrendous. He doesn’t seem to like my right hand and arm as well, for some strange reason.

        I’ve gotten quite a bit more read in “Unraveled Secrets” and it is a great read. Sometimes, I’m able to figure out who the doer is and if there is a connection to the overall series but so far, I haven’t got a clue. I just love how Jan writes though. Her style is fabulous and she makes everything flow really well. I’m so glad that she wrote the last in this series!

        Gotta get going. Joe is taking his mid-morning nap so I need to get some work done before he wakes up.


        • Virginia F, I love that you have to work while Joe is napping! Sounds like he’s house-training you just the way a puppy should!

          You may be really lucky house-training him. In just two weeks he’s already getting the idea? He’s a quick study!

          • Danna:

            He’s got me trained all right. He was playing with one of his balls last night. Kept throwing it under a chair and then “digging” to get it out. He knew I would come and get it before I could get sat down the last couple of times, he had tossed it back under the chair. Finally had Bob tip the chair and I pulled out everything he had tossed under there and had Bob put it all up high for the night. LOL. Joe was NOT pleased.

            He is VERY smart. You have to watch his signals and if you do, he will not mess in the house. Last accident was on us. One of the cats got him stirred up at night. We should have taken him out and didn’t and he peed. That is the only accident we have had all week. I should say that I am getting up in the middle of the night to get him out as I know he can’t go all night yet. Tomorrow night, we move the alarm half an hour forward. Do that every 3 or 4 days without an accident until we get the alarm to my normal wake-up time. It’s kind of a pain but very effective. Other alternative was to kennel him or lock him up in the bathroom. Neither one is much fun for him or us. Accidents have been minimal and he’s much happier so we are much happier.

            Finished “Unraveled Secrets” yesterday. Jan tied everything together nicely. I was not shocked as to the murderer’s identity but did not think it would be who it was. I was pleased with the ending of the book but will really miss reading about these ladies. Am enjoying the “Mysteries Unraveled” series in Texas as well. Would still love to see some kind of an Annie updated series.

            Joe’s up and running loose down here so I’m outta here to chase after him. ; )


            • Virginia F, Joe sounds like he never gets tired of the throwing the ball and having you get it. >>> Sort of like he’s training you to “fetch” the ball! From what you have written about him, I can see that he’s bringing a lot of joy into your home. That’s one of the things I miss the most about Sprite. No matter how bad one’s day might have been, she would make things so much better! Pets are truly a comfort!

              I have never heard about your alarm system of taking a dog outside. It sounds like a keeper!

              Now go find out what Joe is up to!

              • We had Joe neutered yesterday. I was up all night with him because he had a reaction to the anesthesia. Threw up horrendously. Finally quit throwing up around 3:30. Poor little dude. He’s eating and drinking now, just in very small portions. Hopefully we’re over the hump now.

                The next book in Mysteries Unraveled is “Brass Chains” but I don’t know who the author is yet.


                • Virginia F, poor Joe! I know how difficult it is to take a pet to be neutered/spayed, but it’s the best thing to do. It’s just so hard to see how miserable they are for a few days after the procedure.

                  Thank you for telling us about Brass Chains. I have added it to the Annie’s Mysteries Unraveled list.

            • Just popping in to thank you for the kind words about my writing and about UNRAVELED SECRETS — it’s actually my favorite in that series as sometimes I even made myself laugh in that one. [Also wanted to say that Joe sounds like a charmer — I miss having a dog so much.]

              • I can see how you could be laughing while writing. I do that sometimes when posting a message. LOL.

                Joe can be many things, depending on his mood, and charming is certainly one of them. He’s snowbound today and has a horrible case of cabin fever so today’s description would be adorable terrorist. He has one of our cats absolutely beside herself. I did take him outside for about 15 minutes (23 below with wind chill) and let him run like crazy. Sadly he is still running amuck in the house. I am downstairs hiding out in Sew & Sew. ; )


  106. Hi!

    “Brass Chains” is written by Donna Kelly. Just received her book in today’s mail. WHO HOOO

    Now, just have to settle Joe down this evening so that I have time to read. Bob & I did leave the house together this morning for the first time since Joe’s arrival. To my amazement, the house and contents were just as we left them : o


    • Virginia F, thank you for the Brass Chains information. I just added Donna Kelly to the Annie’s Mysteries Unraveled page.

      I can’t get over you being able to leave Joe in the house alone and him not damaging anything! What a good boy!

  107. “Proper Tension” is the latest Mysteries Unraveled title. I do not have author information. Will know that once I receive the book (due to ship out on the 10th).

    Slowly settling down here as we get MIL’s affairs in order. Joe was good as gold the 4+ hours we were at her funeral/luncheon. Of course he was a holy terror when we got home ; )


    • Virginia and Danna….

      New pets are a lot work and yes I understand about putting pets down…we had to put our cat Trouble (he was 16) down a couple of years ago. He had developed Cancer and it had metastized into his stomach…the vet offered chemo, but since I had just gone through chemo, there was no way I was going to put him through that.
      About a month or so after we had him put down, we started looking at Petfinder and found two cats who needed homes. They aren’t sibs but have been around each other ever since Thunder (the male) was a kitten. He will be four this spring and Katie is almost nine…so this might be an option for Danna…older cats in need of a good home.
      Still waiting for my last book in the Quilt series, and finally Dottie Faye has grown on me.

      Virginia….so sorry about your dog and also your more-in-law.

    • Virginia F, thank you for the “Proper Tension” information!

      It sounds like you really lucked out with Joe!

  108. Should be mother-in-law

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