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

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

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

Antiques Maul (Barbara Allan)

Antiques Slay Ride (Barbara Allan)

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

A Pedigree to Die For (Laurien Berenson)

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

Scrapped (Mollie Cox Bryan)

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

Homicide in Hardcover (Kate Carlisle)

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

Murder Simply Brewed (Vannetta Chapman)

Falling to Pieces (Vannetta Chapman)

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

By Cook or By Crook (Maya Corrigan)

A Catered Murder (Isis Crawford – aka Barbara Block)

Dial C for Chihuahua (Waverly Curtis)

Kilt Dead (Kaitlyn Dunnett – aka Kathy Lynn Emerson)

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

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

Death by Cashmere (Sally Goldenbaum)

Tagged for Death (Sherry Harris)

Death of a Kitchen Diva (Lee Hollis)

Handbags and Homicide (Dorothy Howell)

Brush with Death (Karen MacInerney)

Forget me Knot (Mary Marks)

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

Mad as Helen (Susan McBride)

Chorus Lines, Caviar, and Corpses (Mary McHugh)

Just Desserts (G.A. McKevett)

Killer Honeymoon (G.A. McKevett)

Going Organic Can Kill You (Staci McLaughlin)

Mistletoe Murder (Leslie Meier)

Killer Honeymoon by G.A. McKevett

A Biscuit, a Casket (Liz Mugavero)

Skeleton in the Closet (Marcia Muller)

Caught Dead-Handed (Carol J. Perry)

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

Boiled Over (Barbara Ross)

Working Stiff (Annelise Ryan)

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

Final Appeal (Lisa Scottoline)

Dirty Blonde (Lisa Scottoline)

Staged to Death (Karen Rose Smith)

An Unwilling Accomplice (Charles Todd)

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


Cold White Fury ….. $2.99

Eyes of Night ….. $2.99

Second Sight ….. $2.99

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Sandra BalzoRunning on Empty by Sandra Balzo


Uncommon Grounds ….. $3.03 (book #1)

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

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

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

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

A Cup of Jo ….. $3.99 (book #6)

Triple Shot ….. $3.99 (book #7)


Running on Empty ….. $3.99 (book #1)

Dead Ends ….. $3.99 (book #2)

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

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

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

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

Where Did You Die ….. $2.99 (book #4)

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

Just Desserts ….. $1.99 (book #1)

Sour Grapes ….. $4.61 (book #6)

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

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

Cereal Killer ….. $4.61 (book #9)

Murder à la Mode ….. $4.30 (book #10)

Corpse Suzette ….. $4.61 (book #11)

Poisoned Tarts ….. $4.58 (book #13)

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

Wicked Craving ….. $4.58 (book #15)

Killer Honeymoon ….. $1.99 (book #18)

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Barbara RossBoiled Over by Barbara Ross

Clammed Up ….. $2.51 (book #1)

Boiled Over ….. $1.99 (book #2)

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

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

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

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

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

The Death of an Ambitious Woman ….. $3.99

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Rebecca TopeA Cotswold Killing by Rebecca Tope

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


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

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


A Dirty Death ….. $3.74 (book #1)

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

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

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

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Maids of Misfortune by M. Louisa LockeFREE KINDLE LIST

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

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

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

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

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

March 2015

February 2015

January 2015

November 2014

September 2014

August 2014

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

Free and Cheap Kindle Mystery Books

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

Upcoming Television Mystery Movies for April 2015 Has Been Updated

Garage Sale Mystery television movieThe Hallmark Movies and Mysteries site has finally put up the rest of their schedule for April, which means I just updated my Upcoming Television Mystery Movies for April 2015 entry. April will be a wonderful month for Cozy Mystery lovers! They are going to be premiering several Cozy Mystery television movies:

On Saturday, April 4 they premiered A Bone to Pick: An Aurora Teagarden Mystery, based on the Charlaine Harris mystery series of that same name. If you missed it, don’t worry! They will be airing it many times. The next showing is tomorrow, April 7 at 8:00 AM (central). Go set up your DVR now!

Saturday, April 11 will bring us a new Garage Sale television mystery movie. Garage Sale Mystery: The Deadly Room will air at 8:00 PM (central). These Garage Sale mystery movies are based on Suzi Weinert’s Garage Sale Mystery Series. So far there have been two Cozy books (Garage Sale Stalker and Garage Sale Diamonds) and this will be the third movie in the series. If you haven’t seen the previous two Garage Sale movies, they will air right before this movie premieres. Garage Sale Mystery at 4:00 PM and Garage Sale Mystery: All That Glitters at 6:00 PM – central.

Saturday, May 2 will be a Cozy Mystery television movie bonanza day! They will be playing a lot of Cozy Mystery movies, including one based on a Mary Higgins Clark mystery. Murder, She Baked: A Chocolate Chip Cookie Mystery, based on Joanne Fluke‘s Hannah Swensen Mystery Series will premiere at 8:00 PM (Central).

Since I was finally able to complete the April 2015 television mystery movies entry, I thought I would tell you so that you can take a look at the finalized list:
Upcoming Television Mystery Movies for April 2015

Carolyn Haines’ Bone to Be Wild: One New Halloween-Themed Cozy Mystery Coming May 2015

Bone to Be Wild by Carolyn Haines

So here we are again, ready to discuss the great upcoming holiday mystery releases… Well… “release”, since we only have one entry this month, but it should be a good one!

Carolyn Haines will be releasing the second Halloween-themed novel in her long-running Sarah Booth Delaney Mystery SeriesBone to Be Wild. Sarah’s relationship with long-time fiance Graf has come to a sudden end, leaving Sarah feeling like she needs to hit the town and get back into a better state of mind, and what better than the Halloween ball her old friend Scott is holding in New Orleans? But when Scott’s band is threatened and the bartender at his club is gunned down, Sarah will need to once again get back to sleuthing to help make sure the party will go off without a hitch!

I have to admit I get too excited when I see a holiday Cozy Mystery book! I have written before about our two seasons down here in San Antonio, Texas. We pretty much have hot humidity or a few months of pleasant to cool humidity. I miss the four seasons! However a holiday Cozy Mystery will usually help me feel more in the fall or winter mood. Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s are my very favorite Cozy Mystery holiday themes.

Three New Cozy Mystery Series Coming May 2015 – Amanda Flower: Living History Museum, Linda O. Johnston: Barkery & Biscuits, Tracy Kiely: Nic & Nigel

Last month I told you about the new Cozy Mystery series that will be starting this month (Two New Cozy Mysteries Starting in April 2015) and now I’m going to tell you about three new Cozy series that will be heading our way in May. All three of these new Cozy Mystery series come to us from established authors on this site.

The Final Reveille by Amanda Flower (aka Isabella Alan)First up is Amanda Flower, who will be releasing her fifth series this May… the Living History Museum Mystery Series, starting with it’s first book, The Final Reveille. This series will star Kelsey Cambridge, the director of Barton Farm, a living history museum in Ohio. When the relative of one of her museum’s benefactors turns up dead after threatening to have the museum’s funding cut, Kelsey quickly becomes one of the leading suspects, forcing her to solve the murder herself! As already mentioned, Amanda Flower is the author of multiple popular series, including the Appleseed Creek Mystery Series starring a computer specialist in Ohio’s Amish country, the India Hayes Mystery Series starring an Ohio librarian, and (as Isabella Alan) the Amish Quilt Shop Mystery Series… also set in Ohio.

Bite the Biscuit by Linda O. JohnstonNext is Linda O. Johnston‘s book Bite the Biscuit, the first book in her new Barkery & Biscuits Mystery Series. This series will star canine treat store owner and ex-veterinarian technician, Carrie Kennersly. Carrie’s only just opened up her Barkery, and it’s already making waves, particularly with the owner of another pet supply store nearby… who turns up dead! Unfortunately, Carrie might be suspected, so she’ll need to solve the crime to protect her good name… and her freedom! Linda O. Johnston also writes several other popular series, including the Pet Rescue Mystery Series, starring the operator of a California-based pet rescue shelter, and the Kendra Ballantyne Pet-Sitter Mystery Series, starring an attorney/pet-sitter and her Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, Lexie.

Murder with a Twist by Tracy KielyFinally, Tracy Kiely will be putting out the first book in her second series, the Nic & Nigel Mystery Series. The first entry, Murder with a Twist, will introduce us to Nic and Nigel Martini, as they search for the missing husband of a friend… a task made both easier and more complicated by Nic’s history as a former detective. Tracy Kiely also writes the Elizabeth Parker Mystery Series, starring a far more amateur sleuth.

If you would like to see more new Cozy Mystery series coming our way, be sure to click on this link to go to that page on my site: New Cozy Mystery Book Series.

Also, if you want to see many of the upcoming Cozy Mystery books that will be released, I have lots and lots of them listed on this page: Soon to be Released Mysteries. You may be surprised at how many new Cozy Mysteries are just around the bend!

Washington D.C., the Metro, “Walkability”…

Washington D.C.Our daughter will be moving to Washington D.C. this summer. She will be living there permanently. I remember about the times I moved when I was single, or after my husband and I got married, we did everything by mail and phone calls. Now things have become so easy! The internet has made looking for an apartment almost as easy as just a few clicks.

Our daughter is currently click, click, clicking through D.C.’s different metro (subway) stations, “walkability” ratings, tenant reviews, neighborhood police reports, let’s face it, everything! She is coming up with a list of apartment complexes she thinks look promising. My husband and I are then going to fly out and check out the complexes and their areas. We’ve done this before, but this time we decided that since she will be doing all of her commuting to and from work via the metro, we’re going to do the same thing.

This should be interesting! The last time I was on a subway was in Boston (the “T’ in Boston), and let me tell you, I was a little disillusioned with what I saw going on! Let’s just say that the subway today is a whole lot different than from what you might see in an old black and white movie! (Did they even have subway systems back then?!?) I was surprised to see men and women of all ages sitting on the T while eight-month pregnant women were forced to stand. Hmmm…

Even though our daughter won’t be moving for several months, my husband and I have discussed D.C.’s hot summer months, so we are planning on going during April. When our children were little we lived in Maryland for a while, so this will be a going-home of sorts for us. However, it will be our first trip to neither rent a car nor take our own, so this might prove to be … hmmm… fun. (???)

May 2015 Mystery Book New Releases

Hiss and Tell by Claire DonallyThe following Mystery Books will be released in May 2015:

Cathy Ace: The Corpse with the Sapphire Eyes (This will be the 5th in the Cait Morgan Mystery Series.)

Donna Ball: Flash (This will be the 1st in the NEW Dogleg Island Mystery Series.)

Maeve Binchy: Full House (This will be a stand alone non-mystery short story.)

Heather Blake (aka Heather Webber): Some Like It Witchy (This will be the 5th in the Wishcraft Mystery Series.)

Janet Bolin: Seven Threadly Sins (This will be the 5th in the Threadville Mystery Series.)

Rita Mae Brown: Tail Gait (This will be the 24th in the Mrs. Murphy Mystery Series.)

Vannetta Chapman: Protected (This will be the 2nd in the Jacobs Family Mystery Series.)

Laura Childs: Ming Tea Murder (This will be the 16th in the Tea Shop Mystery Series.)

Ann Cleeves: Thin Air (This will be the 6th in the Shetland Island Mystery Series.)

Gary Corby: Death Ex Machina (This will be the 5th in the Ancient Greecy Mystery Series.)

Jeffery Deaver: Solitude Creek (This will be the 4th in the Kathryn Dance Mystery Series.)

Hannah Dennison: Deadly Desires at Honeychurch Hall (This will be the 2nd in the Honeychurch Hall Mystery Series.)

Claire Donally: Hiss and Tell (This will be the 4th in the Sunny & Shadow Mystery Series.)

Amanda Flower (aka Isabella Alan): The Final Reveille (This will be the 1st in the NEW Living History Museum Mystery Series.)

Mae Fox & Amy Lillard: Pattern of Betrayal (This will be the 2nd in the Vineyard Quilt Mystery Series.)

Elizabeth George: The Edge of the Shadows (This will be the 3rd in the young adult Edge of Nowhere Mystery Series.)

Sally Goldenbaum: A Finely Knit Murder (This will be the 9th in the Seaside Knitters Mystery Series.)

John Grisham: Theodore Boone: Fugitive (This will be the 5th in the young adult Theodore Boone Mystery Series.)

Carolyn Haines: Bone to Be Wild (This will be the 15th in the Sarah Booth Delaney Mystery Series.) (This will be a Halloween theme mystery.)

Charlaine Harris: Day Shift (This will be the 2nd in the Midnight, Texas Mystery Series.)

Carolyn Hart: Don’t Go Home (This will be the 25th in the Death on Demand Mystery Series.)

Lee Hollis: Death of a Cupcake Queen (This will be the 6h in the Hailey Powell Food & Cocktail Mystery Series.)

J.A. Jance: Stand Down (This will be a J.P. Beaumont Mystery Series novella.)

Linda O. Johnston: Bite the Biscuit (This will be the 1st in the NEW Barkery & Biscuits Mystery Series.)

Tracy Kiely: Murder with a Twist (This will be the 1st in the NEW Nic & Nigel Mystery Series.)

Joyce and Jim Lavene (aka J.J. Cook & Ellie Grant): Killing Weeds (This will be the 8th in the Peggy Lee Garden Mystery Series.)

Alyssa Maxwell: Murder at Beechwood (This will be the 3rd in the Gilded Newport Mystery Series.)

Edith Maxwell (aka Maddie Day & Tace Baker): Farmed and Dangerous (This will be the 3rd in the Local Foods Mystery Series.)

Catriona McPherson: Come to Harm (This will be a Stand Alone mystery.)

Joyce Carol Oates: Jack of Spades (This will be a Stand Alone novel.)

Katherine Hall Page: The Body in the Birches (This will be the 22nd in the Faith Fairchild Mystery Series.)

Nancy J. Parra (aka Nancy Coco): Flourless to Stop Him (This will be the 3rd in the Baker’s Treat Mystery Series.)

James Patterson & Maxine Paetro: 14th Deadly Sin (This will be the book in the Women’s Murder Club Mystery Series.)

James Patterson: Maximum Ride Forever (This will be the 9th in the young adult Maximum Ride Mystery Series.)

Alexander McCall Smith: At the Reunion Buffet (This will be an Isabel Dalhousie non-mystery story.)

Victoria Thompson: Murder on Amsterdam Avenue (This will be the 17th in the Gaslight Mystery Series.)

Rebecca Tope: The Troutbeck Testimony (This will be the 4th in the Lake District Mystery Series.)

Maggie Toussaint: Bubba Done It (This will be the 2nd in the Dreamwalker Mystery Series.)

Elaine Viets: Checked Out (This will be the 14th in the Dead-End Job Mystery Series.)

Since I post these releases a whole month early, here are the April  2015 Mystery Book New Releases.

If you would like to see lots and lots of Cozy Mystery books that are scheduled to be released, please click on this link to go to the Soon to be Released Mysteries page on the site.

(These are the mysteries by authors who are currently on the Cozy Mystery site.)

Kindle Format of the 1st 20 Cozy Mysteries in Leslie Meier’s Lucy Stone Series: on SALE Right Now!

Easter Bunny Murder by Leslie MeierCyn wrote me a note telling me:

20 Lucy Stone mysteries are $1.99 today! Wow!

Cyn, Wow! I couldn’t have said it better! Thank you so much for sending me this information!

Leslie Meier writes the Lucy Stone Mystery Series. The Kindle format of the fist 20 mysteries in this series of 22 books are currently on sale for $1.99!

***The sale is over, I just checked on April 2.***

  1. Mistletoe Murder (aka Mail Order Murder)
  2. Tippy Toe Murder
  3. Trick or Treat Murder
  4. Back to School Murder
  5. Valentine Murder 
  6. Christmas Cookie Murder
  7. The Turkey Day Murder
  8. Wedding Day Murder 
  9. Birthday Party Murder
  10. Father’s Day Murder
  11. Star Spangled Murder
  12. New Year’s Eve Murder
  13. Bake Sale Murder
  14. St. Patrick’s Day Murder
  15. Mother’s Day Murder
  16. Wicked Witch Murder
  17. English Tea Murder
  18. Chocolate Covered Murder
  19. Easter Bunny Murder
  20. Christmas Carol Murder
  21. French Pasty Murder – not on sale
  22. Candy Corn Murder – not on sale

Again, Cyn, thank you!

(I am guessing that this is time-sensitive, so I’m posting it right now, rather than wait a few days.)

Vicki Delany: Rest Ye Murdered Gentlemen, Victoria Hamilton: White Colander Crime, Elizabeth Lee: Nuts and Buried, Anne Perry: A Christmas Escape, Jessica Beck: Troubled Treats, & Simon Brett: Blotto, Twinks and the Heir to the Tsar – New Mystery Releases

Here is the second part of my entry. As I mentioned I found out about ten new Cozy Mystery book covers. Also, I found Jessica Beck’s book yesterday, which was released a few days ago. I missed it somehow, so I added it to this entry. I’m going to try to convince myself that it’s better late than never…

Rest Ye Murdered Gentlemen by Vicki Delany (aka Eva Gates)

Vicki Delany (aka Eva Gates): Rest Ye Murdered Gentlemen (This will be the 1st in the NEW Year-Round Christmas Mystery Series.) (This is a Christmas themed mystery.)



White Colander Crime by Victoria Hamilton (aka Amanda Cooper & Donna Lea Simpson) Victoria Hamilton (aka Amanda Cooper & Donna Lea Simpson): White Colander Crime (This will be the 5th in the Vintage Kitchen Mystery Series.)
Nuts and Buried by Elizabeth Lee Elizabeth Lee (aka Elizabeth Kane Buzzelli): Nuts and Buried (This will be the 3rd in the Nut House Mystery Series.)
A Christmas Escape by Anne Perry Anne Perry: A Christmas Escape (This will be the 13th in the Christmas Series.) (This is a Christmas themed mystery.)
 Blotto, Twinks and the Heir to the Tsar by Simon Brett Simon Brett: Blotto, Twinks and the Heir to the Tsar (This will be the 6th in the Blotto and Twinks Mystery Series.)
Troubled Treats by Jessica Beck Jessica Beck (aka Elizabeth Bright, Melissa Glazer,Chris Cavender, Casey Mayes, Tim Myers, & D.B. Morgan): Troubled Treats (This will be the 19th in the Donut Shop Mystery Series.)

If you click on this link, it will take you to the page on my site that has all of the Cozy Mystery books that are scheduled to be released, but authors on my Cozy-Mystery site. Soon to be Released Mysteries page.

Isabella Alan: Murder, Plainly Read, Tasha Alexander: The Adventuress, Linda O. Johnston: Knock on Wood, Ali Brandon: Plot Boiler, & Sue Ann Jaffarian – New Mystery Book Releases

OK, I know it says something about my life when I tell you how excited I get when I finally find the new covers for Cozy Mysteries that will soon be released. This time I have ten new Cozy Mystery book covers to show you, but since I only know how to post eight total rows, I’m going to cut this into two entries. It’s crazy how excited I get when I find a new Cozy Mystery book’s cover! I hope you take a look at them. As usual, the covers are beautiful!

Murder, Plainly Read by Isabella Alan (aka Amanda Flower) Isabella Alan (aka Amanda Flower): Murder, Plainly Read (This will be the 4th in the Amish Quilt Shop Mystery Series.)
The Adventuress by Tasha Alexander Tasha Alexander: The Adventuress (This will be the 10th in the Lady Emily Mystery Series.)
Knock on Wood by Linda O. Johnston Linda O. Johnston: Knock on Wood (This will be the 2nd in the Superstition Mystery Series.)
 Plot Boiler by Ali Brandon Ali Brandon: Plot Boiler (This will be the 5th in the Black Cat Bookshop Mystery Series.)
A Body to Spare by Sue Ann Jafarian Sue Ann Jaffarian: A Body to Spare (This will be the 10th in the Odelia Grey Mystery Series.)

Make sure to click on this link Soon to be Released Mysteries page if you would like to see many Cozy Mystery books that will soon be released.

Easter Cozy Mystery Series Already?

Nickeled-and-Dimed to Death by Denise SwansonIs anyone here reading an Easter Cozy Mystery? I’m just about to begin reading Nickeled-and-Dimed to Death, a Devereaux’s Dime Store Mystery by Denise Swanson. I have been wanting to read it for a while but as some of you know, I love to read my holiday Cozies during their appropriate holiday seasons, so I have saved it to read this Easter.

Rather than spend my time reading an Easter Cozy, I should be getting our house cleaned and buying a ham. Our daughter has decided to come home for Easter this year. I think she’s taking advantage of being so close to us >>> New Orleans to San Antonio. This is the last year she’ll be in our area. She’s moving to Washington D.C. this summer, where she’ll be starting her permanent job.

As I was saying, I should be out getting a ham or I should at least be cleaning, but instead, I find myself at my computer, writing about the Easter Cozy I’m excited to be starting. My priorities seem a little UNprioritized!

Are any of you reading an exceptionally good Easter Cozy Mystery? If you’re not reading one right now, do you remember a particularly good Easter Cozy Mystery that you’ve read in the past? If so, would you mind leaving a comment? Thank you!

P.S. Click here to see my Easter Mystery Book ListAlso, while you’re there, if you notice any Easter mysteries that are missing, could you please either send me a note or leave a comment?

Mystery Book Recommendations – March 2015

Getting Old is Très Dangereux by Rita LakinSpring is here! This means the weather is improving drastically, so much so that a lot of us will spend more time outside enjoying the spring-like weather, thus (possibly) reducing our Cozy Mystery reading time. If the gorgeous weather truly does cut down on our reading time, then it stands to reason that we will want to be even more selective when choosing which Cozies we read!

It’s at this time that I ask you to please tell us about a particularly good Cozy Mystery you read in March 2015. Also, please tell us why you think this Cozy Mystery book stands out amongst all the other good Cozies you read during March. If you tell us about more than one really stand-out-above-the-rest Cozy, please put the one you enjoyed the very most at the top of your list, or at least let us know which one is your very most favorite.

I’m going to start by recommending Rita Lakin‘s Gladdy Gold Mystery Series. This is one of my favorite Cozy Mystery series, and because I know it has a limited amount of books (7 total), I know that if I rush through them, it will be a case of And Then There Were None! So I take very long breaks between the books.

Rita Lakin has a background in television, both as a producer, creator, and writer. I’m glad she decided to write these Cozies!  Her humorous series focuses on Gladdy Gold, who along with her sister and friends at a Florida retirement community, solves crimes. Gladdy is such a good sleuth that she starts her own private detective agency. Gladdy doesn’t do her sleuthing alone, the other ladies all play important roles in the solving of crimes. The relationships of the women play a big part in why I enjoy the series so much. Rita Lakin has also been able to fill the retirement community with secondary characters who co-mingle with the ladies and the crimes. (Hope that makes sense!) All of the characters are believable to me. I can only hope to be as spry as some of them when I hit the retirement community age!

Rita Lakin’s writing is crisp and easy to read. The sleuths are all smart, although a lot of that is because Gladdy keeps an eye on things, and pretty much directs all of their efforts. On the whole, the other ladies don’t seem to mind Gladdy taking over all of the time, and actually seem to depend on Gladdy to be the voice of reason.

Please do not tell us about the Cozy/Cozies you read that you did not like.

What really good Cozy Mystery book did you read during March 2015 that you know the rest of us would enjoy reading, and why did you enjoy it?

Here are the current recommended authors who some of you have read and recommended this past month:

Victoria Abbott (aka Mary Jane Maffini & Victoria Maffini): Book Collectors Mystery Series

Ellie Alexander (aka Kate Dyer-Seeley): Bakeshop Mystery Series

Ella Barrick (aka Laura DiSilverio & Lila Dare): Ballroom Dance Mystery Series

Rhys Bowen: Molly Murphy Mystery Series

Eric Brown: Murder at the Chase

Leslie Budewitz: Seattle Spice Shop Mystery Series

Kate Carlisle: Fixer-Upper Mystery Series

Laurie Cass (aka Laura Alden): Bookmobile Cat Mystery Series

Erika Chase: Ashton Corners Mystery Series

John Clement: Dixie Hemingway Mystery Series

E.J. Copperman (aka Jeffrey Cohen): Haunted Guesthouse Mystery Series

MaryJo Dawson: The Strange Situation at Emlee

Jo Dereske: Miss Zukas Mystery Series

Kate Dyer-Seeley (aka Ellie Alexander): Pacific Northwest Mystery Series

Joanne Fluke: Hannah Swensen Mystery Series

Parnell Hall: Puzzle Lady Mystery Series

Miranda James (aka Honor Hartman, Jimmie Ruth Evans, & Dean James): Southern Ladies Mystery Series

Laurie R. King: Mary Russell Mystery Series

Laurie R. King & Leslie S. Klinger, Editors: In the Company of Sherlock Holmes (Anthology)

Rita Lakin: Gladdy Gold Mystery Series

Colette London: Criminal Confections (Chocolate Whisperer Mystery Series, book #1)

Ada Madison (aka Camille Menicino & Margaret Grace): Sophie Knowles Mystery Series

Margaret Maron: Deborah Knott Mystery Series

Catriona McPherson: Dandy Gilver Mystery Series

Camille Minichino (aka Margaret Grace & Ada Madison): Periodic Table Mystery Series

Mary Grace Murphy: Noshes Up North Mystery Series

Diana Orgain: Love or Money Mystery Series

Cate Price: Deadly Notions Mystery Series

Denise Swanson:  Devereaux’s Dime Store Mystery Series

Elaine Viets: Mystery Shopper Mystery Series

[If you click on the author’s name (blue) link, it will take you to his/her page on the Cozy Mystery site. The pages have all of the authors’ books listed chronologically.]

Since everyone is writing why they like the particular Cozy they’re recommending, I encourage you to read the comments below.

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P.S. While I try to respond to all of the comments that are made on the Cozy Mystery blog, I generally don’t respond to the comments on these monthly recommendation entries.