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Victoria Abbott (aka Mary Jane Maffini & daughter Victoria Maffini): The Christie Curse (This will be the 1st in the NEW Book Collector’s Mystery Series.)
Ellery Adams (aka J. B. Stanley, Jennifer Stanley, & 1/2 of Lucy Arlington): Peach Pies and Alibis (This will be the 2nd in the Charmed Pie Shoppe Mystery Series.)
Jo Bannister: Deadly Virtues (This will be a Stand Alone.)
M. C. Beaton (: Death of Yesterday (This will be the 29th in the Hamish Macbeth Mystery Series.)
Claudia Bishop (aka Mary Stanton): A Fete Worse than Death (This will be the 18th in the Hemlock Falls Mystery Series.)
Rhys Bowen: The Family Way (This will be the 12th in the Molly Murphy Mystery Series.)
Laura Bradford (aka Elizabeth Lynn Casey): Assaulted Pretzel (This will be the 2nd in the Amish Mystery Series.)
Laura Childs: Sweet Tea Revenge (This will be the 14th in the Tea Shop Mystery Series.)
Harlan Coben: Six Years (This will be a Stand Alone.)
Clive Cussler & Justin Scott: The Striker (This will be the 6th in the Isaac Bell Series.)
Lila Dare (currently aka Joanna Campbell Slan, no longer aka Laura DiSilverio & Ella Barrick): Wave Good-Bye (This will be the 4th in the Southern Beauty Shop Mystery Series.)
Victoria Hamilton: Bowled Over (This will be the 2nd in the Vintage Kitchen Mystery Series.) (This is a Fourth of July theme mystery book.)
Erin Hart: The Book of Killowen (This will be the 4th in the Nora Gavin / Cormac Maguire Mystery Series.)
Veronica Heley: False Alarm (This will be the 7th in the Abbott Agency Mystery Series.)
Sue Ann Jaffarian: The Silent Ghost (This will be a novella in the Ghost of Granny Apples Mystery Series.)
William Kent Krueger: Ordinary Grace (This will be a Stand Alone.)
G. A. McKevett: Killer Honeymoon (This will be the 18th in the Savannah Reid Mystery Series.)
Joyce Carol Oates: The Accursed (This will be a Stand Alone.)
Thomas Perry: The Boyfriend (This will be a Stand Alone.)
Denise Swanson: Nickeled-and-Dimed to Death (This will be the 2nd in the Devereaux Dime Store Mystery Series.) (This is an Easter theme mystery book.)
Kari Lee Townsend: Trouble in the Tarot (This will be the 3rd in the Fortune Teller Mystery Series.)
Jacqueline Winspear: Leaving Everything Most Loved (This will be the 10th in the Maisie Dobbs Mystery Series.)
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Must add The Christie Curse by mother/daughter writing team Victoria Abbott! The “mom in team” is none other than the prolific Mary Jane Maffini.
Thank you for creating this wonderful Cozy forum!
Thank you, Readingprincess, for telling me about Victoria Abbott (aka Mary Jane Maffini & daughter Victoria Maffini). I just added her page on the site.
The fourth Lila Dare book is now being written by Joanna Campbell Slan.
Thanks for the “Lila Dare” information, Dru. Boy, that says a lot to me!
Do you happen to know what happened to the original author of this series, and why she decided to not continue writing it? Did the publishing house actually own the rights to the Southern Beauty Shop Mystery Series, and what’s to become of “Laura DiSilverio’s and Ella Barrick’s” other series? (This is yet another reason I don’t like the new push for one author having all sorts of pseudonyms!)
Laura is still writing her other three series.
Weird, Dru. The publishing house must have owned the rights to the series.
I find this Laura DiSilverio, Lila Dare, Joanna Campbell-Slan situation VERY confusing. In fact at JoAnna Campbell-Slan’s website she announces she just signed a new 3 book deal creating another new series. She now writes the Kiki Lowenstein Mystery series, Jane Eyre chronicles, the Beauty Shop (Lila Dare) series, and now a new series. Also at the Joanna Campbell-Slan website, she says she will be ‘appearing’ at the following:
Feb. 14–Online Valentine’s Day Party, Feb. 14
at 7 p.m. EST, in the Chat Room at http://www.Lila-Dare.com
Evidently she was approached by her agent to write for an existing series. The following is from the Lila Dare website:
Note: Joanna Campbell Slan took the plunge and agreed to write under a pseudonym. Here she explains how she made her decision.
When my agent asked me if I’d be interested in working on an existing series and writing under the pen name of “Lila Dare,” I hesitated. I was already busy with two series—the Kiki Lowenstein Mysteries and The Jane Eyre Chronicles. But that said, I’m always up for a challenge. So I gave my agent a firm, “Maybe.”
That “maybe” quickly turned into a “yes” when I heard more about the Southern Beauty Shop mystery series.
MJ, I found the same site. My problem is >>> I wonder why the publishers think one author is so “interchangeable” with another.
What I’m really wondering, Danna, are the publishers forcing authors to use several pen names (several authors have stated they don’t like this) because they (the publisher) then own the name and consequently the series? Or perhaps in this case, the original author has a lot on her plate and didn’t feel she could continue with the series and then ‘allowed’ the publisher to find another author.
These are two distinctly different authors. I will read ‘Waved Goodbye’ to ascertain if the writing style is similar to the original author, or to the current author. Perhaps I won’t be able to tell the difference. I have found one of these authors finishes the story (except for a continuing romance) at the ‘end’ of the book. The other one leaves the reader hanging with several dilemmas (not only romance, which I expect) at the end. I imagine it’s done so the reader will be sure to get the next book, however I find it very frustrating because the story isn’t complete.
MJ, I would find an author who ends each mystery in a series with a cliff-hanger as highly frustrating. (None of the authors on my current favorite authors list does that!)
Thanks for the list. I often find a book that I missed on my own list.
Looking forward to a few of the books from the March list. Here is a book I found while surfing B&N site. Kneading to Die by Liz Mugaver. Another first in series. This one is set in Connecticut (my home state). It should be May 7, 2013. For those readers with a Nook the book is 6.29.
How to survive the Blizzard of 2013 is to go back to reading.
Sheila, I hope all is going well for you with that awful blizzard moving through the East. These electronic reading devices are sure nice to have all powered up when you don’t know if your electricity is going to be on or off. (I hope you were able to keep all of your utilities.)
No problem. I charged my Nook and my cell phone. Never lost power though. Sunday they finally came to the Condo and dug us out. Taking Monday as vacation. Glad too because the road aren’t well plowed. Also it is raining today. Blizzard over the weekend; rain today getting into the 40’s. Go figure!
Sheila, as much as I miss the four seasons, being in Colorado Springs and trying to get around after just a few inches of snow reminded me what having four real seasons costs. I’m glad you made it through the big blizzard.
Thanks for the list. I love M.C. Beaton
Bill, I always enjoy seeing my favorite authors on these monthly lists, too.
Danna, looks like March will be another good month for reading favorites. I really liked the “Brodie Farrell” series by Jo Bannister. I wonder if she quit writing this series. This series was one of my all time favorites.
I will also look forward to the Hamish Macbeth series. This is another favorite.
Linda C, I hope you were able to figure out how to access your books on your Kindle. You never did tell us how that YWCA class went.
Danna, The kindle class that I went to turned out fairly well. Almost everyone in attendance were people around my age (will soon be 68.) I learned that in order to have the books that I want to appear on my kindle I need to buy a WiFi (close enough). Since I am in one of the area libraries almost every week, I decided that I would just use their WiFi to have the books show up and not spend the money for my own.
I know how to select the books that I want but I just can’t figure out how to transfer the books to my Kindle. But I have been able to get quite a few books. All I have had to do is to go to Amazon, click on the books that I want. I get a message saying that the book that I chose has been sent to my Kindle. When I go to places that have the WiFi, all I have to do is to punch in sync and check for items. It’s amazing how I can just watch as the books are being loaded and added to my list.
It’s amazing how the modern technology is.. Who would ever believe we would ever be able to just place a small gadget in our purses that we can whip out any time we want to and read whatever we want at just a click. This computer stuff is really something.
I know how to select the books that I want to read once I get the to appear but that’s all. I push the button on whatever book I want to read at any given time and there it is, all ready for me to read.
I love my Kindle. I have about 150 books downloaded so far. Some of the books I have downloaded are the free or cheap versions but some of the authors I have never heard of. So in order for me to not buy some books that have a lot of rather racy subject matter or some very bad language I will try these new authors out this way first. Here’s hoping I am able to find a lot of new -to-me favorites
Linda C, how terrific is it that you are able to download your books for free at your library! I am so glad you are happy with your Kindle. (I know I am with mine.) My mother doesn’t have WiFi, either, but since I already have a long queue of books, it doesn’t matter to me. I am still able to read when I’m at her house.
I’m glad your YWCA had this class for you. It sounds like it helped you a lot.
Danna, how are things going with your mom now? Is the new care plan going okay?
BB, thanks for asking. Things are going as well as can be expected, considering that she insist on staying in Colorado, and I’m in San Antonio and my sister is in Chicago. I’ll probably have to go up there in a couple of months to see how her home care is doing. It’s difficult to know how reliable the information is that she gives me over the phone these days…
That’s going to be so hard on you, Danna, and parents have a tendency to not be completely honest at this stage.
Is there someone who can be a “spy” for you? One of your mom’s friends or neighbors?
BB, it’s sort of strange how her friends and neighbors have sort of made themselves scarce…
Linda, I’m glad Danna asked you how the class went because I was curious, too. So happy you are now able to download and read the digital books!
Thanks, Danna! My to be read list is getting very high. Love this site and all you do!
You’re welcome, Patti S. I’m glad you enjoy the site.
Thanks for the list! I enjoy the G.A. McKevett series! =)
Wow March list is out. I am behind on book buying. But I will get caught up before these great books come out.
Ginger, I know this is a busy time for you at your school.
Danna WE survived the blizzard of 2013. I had my Nook all charged in case we lost power, but we did not. I started reading Carole Shmurak on my Nook and I like it very much so far. The latest Peter Robinson’s book was up to his usual standard. It appears that he may have a new lady love.
Regina, what a great idea to have your Nook all charged up. I’m glad you “survived the blizzard of 2013″! You must have just gotten back from your cruise when it hit the East coast. What a way to return home from a lovely holiday.
Just wanted to give you guys the heads-up that Cathy Ace’s second Cait Morgan Mystery, THE CORPSE WITH THE GOLDEN NOSE, also launches in March. It picks up a few months after the end of THE CORPSE WITH THE SILVER TONGUE ends.
Thanks, Cathy Ace, for telling us about your books.
I just finished Touch and Go by Lisa Gardner. Great book. My wife and mother-in-law just finished Until The End Of Time by Danielle Steel. They said it was very very good. . Love your site. One new author leads to multiple others.
Jerry, I remember reading Danielle Steel years and years ago. Thanks for reminding us about her.
You mentioned in a previous writing a list of mysteries that take place on boats. I have read 2 books by Candy Calvert “Dressed to Keel” and “Mai Tai to Murder”. They were both very good. Thank you for the suggestions. I have the third book Aye Do or Die but have not gotten to it yet
Thanks, Jerry, for telling us how much you enjoyed Candy Calvert’s Darcy Cavanaugh Cruise Mystery Series.
I just saw on overstocked.com that Melinda Wells next book Seven-Layer Death is to be released 03/30/13. I wonder if this is accurate.
Toni, please let us know if you actually see Seven-Layer Death at your store this March. I don’t show it as publishing this month.
Crossing my fingers and toes that March 30th is the release date for “Seven-layer Death”. Anyone know what delayed the release?
SO excited about the new G.A. McKevett!
Could anyone please tell me, is the series by Ann Purser featuring Lois Meade, an English housekeeper, been renamed? Now I see “Found Guilty At Five” and some titles including a day of the week. Is this the original Lois Meade series or a completely different series. I find it very confusing when authors, or their publishers, decide to do this. Once again, thanks for all your help, Fellow Readers.
Kay It’s the same series, when she ran out of days of the week (Sorrow on Sunday) she switched to numbers (Warning at One). I hope this means we will have a great deal more Lois Mead mysteries, as she can’t run out of numbers! She is one of my favorites! You my also want to try her Ivy Beasley mysteries they are good too.
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