October 2014 Mystery Book New Releases

The following Mystery Books will be released in October 2014:

Catherine AirdLast Writes (This will be a Stand Alone collection of short stories, including some with Inspector Sloan.)

Tasha Alexander: The Counterfeit Heiress (This will be the in the 9th Lady Emily Mystery Series.)

Donna Andrews: The Nightingale Before Christmas (This will be the 18th in the Meg Langslow Mystery Series.) (This is a Christmas theme mystery.)

Donald Bain & “Jessica Fletcher”: Death of a Blue Blood (This will be the 42nd in the Murder, She Wrote Mystery Series.)

Stephanie Barron (aka Francine Mathews): Jane and the Twelve Days of Christmas (This will be the 12th in the Jane Austen Mystery Series.) (This is a Christmas theme mystery.)

Maeve BinchyMaeve’s Times: In Her Own Words (This will be a collection of selected Maeve Binchy works.) (This is not a mystery.)

Juliet Blackwell (aka Hailey Lind): A Haunting is Brewing (This will be a novella in both the Haunted Home Renovation Mystery Series & the Witchcraft Mystery Series.) (This is a Halloween theme mystery.)

Heather Blake (aka Heather Webber): One Potion in the Grave (This will be the 2nd in the Magic Potion Mystery Series.)

Michael Bond: Monsieur Pamplemousse and the Tangled Web (This will be the 18th in the Monsieur Pamplemousse Mystery Series.)

Mollie Cox Bryan: A Crafty Christmas (This will be the 4th in the Cumberland Creek Mystery Series.) (This is a Christmas theme mystery.)

Laura Childs: Gossamer Ghost (This will be the 12th in the Scrapbooking Mystery Series.) (This is a Halloween theme mystery.)

Sheila Connolly (aka Sarah Atwell): Picked to Die (This will be the 8th in the Orchard Mystery Series.) (This is a Harvest Time mystery.)

E.J. Copperman (aka Jeffrey Cohen): The Question of the Missing Head (This will be the 1st in the NEW Asperger’s Mystery Series.)

Waverly CurtisA Chihuahua in Every Stocking (This will be a Barking Detective Novella.) (This is a Christmas theme mystery.)

Clive Cussler and Dirk Cussler: Havana Storm (This will be the 23rd in the Dirk Pitt Mystery series.) (not Cozy)

Kathi Daley: Turkeys, Tuxes, and Tabbies (This will be the 10th in the Zoe Donovan Mystery Series.) (This is a Thanksgiving theme mystery.)

Kaitlyn Dunnett (aka Kathy Lynn Emerson): Ho-Ho-Homicide (This will be the 8th in the Liss MacCrimmon Mystery Series.) (This is a Christmas theme mystery.)

Jessica Fletcher” & Donald Bain: Death of a Blue Blood (This will be the 42nd in the Murder, She Wrote Mystery Series.)

Amanda Flower (aka Isabella Alan): Andi Under Pressure (This will be the 2nd in the children’s Andi Boggs Mystery Series.)

Ellie Grant (aka Joyce and Jim Lavene & J.J. Cook): Treacherous Tart (This will be the 2nd in the Pie in the Sky Mystery Series.) (This is a Christmas theme mystery.)

John Grisham: Gray Mountain (This will be a Stand Alone mystery.)

Karen Harper: Forbidden Ground (This will be the 2nd in the Cold Creek Mystery Series.)

Carolyn Hart: Ghost Wanted (This will be the 5th in the Bailey Ruth Ghost Mystery Series.)

Ellen Hart: The Old Deep and Dark (This will be the 22nd in the Jane Lawless Mystery Series.)

L.B. Hathaway: The Tomb of the Honey Bee (This will be the 2nd in the Posie Parker Mystery Series.)

Lee Hollis: Death of a Christmas Caterer (This will be the 5th in the Hayley Powell Mystery Series.) (This is a Christmas theme mystery.)

Miranda James (aka Honor Hartman, Jimmie Ruth Evans, & Dean James): Bless Her Dead Little Heart (This will be the 1st in the NEW Southern Sisters Mystery Series.)

Maureen JenningsNo Known Grave (This will be the 3rd in the Detective Inspector Tom Tyler Mystery Series.)

Linda O. Johnston: Lost Under a Ladder (This will be the 1st in the NEW Superstition Mystery Series.)

Tonya KappesCheckered Past (This will be the 2nd in the Laurel London Mystery Series.)

Sofie Kelly (aka Sofie Ryan): A Midwinter’s Tail (This will be the 6th in the Magical Cats Mystery Series.) (This is a Christmas theme mystery.)

Lois Lavrisa: Murderous Muffins (This will be the 2nd in the Chubby Chicks Club Cozy Mystery Series.)

Kylie Logan (aka Miranda Bliss & Casey Daniels): The Legend of Sleepy Harlow (This will be the 3rd in the League of Literary Ladies) (This is a Halloween mystery.)

Debbie Macomber: Mr. Miracle (This will be the 3rd in the Mrs. Miracle series.) (This is a Christmas theme non-mystery book.)

G.M. Malliett: Demon Summer (This will be the 4th in the Max Tudor Mystery Series.)

Carol Ann Martin: Weave of Absence (This will be the 3rd in the Weaving Mystery Series.)

Sharyn McCrumbNora Bonesteel’s Christmas Past (This will be a 160 page novella in the Ballad Mystery Series.) (This is a Christmas theme mystery novella.)

Hannah Reed (aka Deb Baker): Off Kilter (This will be the 1st in the NEW Scottish Highlands Mystery Series.)

Peter RobinsonAbattoir Blues (This will be the 22nd in the Inspector Banks Mystery Series.)

Hank Phillippi Ryan: Truth Be Told (This will be the 3rd in the Jane Ryland Mystery Series.)

Sarah R. Shaber: Louise’s Blunder (This will be the 4th in the Louise Pearlie Mystery Series.)

Clea Simon: Stages of Grey (This will be the 8th in the Dulcie Schwartz Mystery Series.)

Penny Warner (aka Penny Pike): The Mummy’s Curse (This will be the 4th in the Code Busters Club Mystery Series.) (This is a children’s mystery book.)

Livia J. Washburn: Trick or Deadly Treat (This will be the 9th in the Fresh-Baked Mystery Series.) (This is a Halloween theme mystery.)

Betty Webb: Desert Rage (This will be the 8th in the Lena Jones Mystery Series.)

To go back to the Cozy Mystery New Book Release page, click here. I have added pictures of this month’s Cozy Mystery book covers on this page, so you are able to check them all out.

If you would like to see Cozy Mysteries that will be released several months from now, make sure to go to the Soon to be Released Mysteries page on the Cozy Mystery site.

(This list includes the mysteries that are going to be released by authors who are currently on the Cozy Mystery site.)

Upcoming Television Mystery Movies for September 2014

For the Defense with William Powell and Kay Francis

Here is the list of the mystery movies that I have been able to find for the month of September 2014. I have gone through the Turner Classic Movies channel, as well as the PBS Masterpiece Mystery shows, and the Hallmark Movie channel mystery movies. I hope there are a few that you enjoy!

As usual, if you know of any other mystery movie that will be airing during the month (September), please post a comment. We’d all love to know about it. Thank you!

September 2014 Turner Classic Movies Channel Mystery Movies (Central time zone):

Monday – September 1, 2014

3:00 PM
A big game hunter decides to stalk human prey.
Dir: Ernest B. Schoedsack Cast: Joel McCrea, Fay Wray, Robert Armstrong.
BW-63 mins, CC

9:30 PM
An artist discovers his gift when he falls for a beautiful ghost.
Dir: William Dieterle Cast: Jennifer Jones, Joseph Cotten, Ethel Barrymore.
C-86 mins, C

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

Wednesday – September 3, 2014

7:00 AM
ADAM’S RIB (1949)
Husband-and-wife lawyers argue opposite sides in a sensational women’s rights case.
Dir: George Cukor Cast: Spencer Tracy, Katharine Hepburn, Judy Holliday.
BW-101 mins, CC
*****I think this movie is terrific. How could it not be with Katherine Hepburn, Spencer Tracy, and Judy Holliday >>> not to mention George Cukor at the helm?

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

Thursday – September 4, 2014

3:30 PM
A jealous husband plots to dispose of his wife’s lover in an acid bath.
Dir: Edward Dmytryk Cast: Robert Newton, Sally Gray, Naunton Wayne.
BW-98 mins

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

Friday – September 5, 2014

12:30 PM
A district attorney prosecutes his own mother for murder.
Dir: William A. Wellman Cast: Ruth Chatterton, Louis Calhern, Helen Jerome Eddy.
BW-71 mins, CC

5:45 PM
This documentary looks at how the social, financial and moral forces all helped shape one of the most intriguing periods in Hollywood history.
C-68 mins, CC
*****Not a mystery. I think this is the documentary I saw a few years ago (?) that was pretty interesting to me. They’re airing this again on Saturday, Sept. 20.*****

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

Saturday – September 6, 2014

5:00 AM
After marrying while drunk, a cartoonist puts his murderous fantasies into his work.
Dir: Richard Quine Cast: Jack Lemmon, Virna Lisi, Terry-Thomas.
C-119 mins, CC, Letterbox Format
*****I’m not sure if this is a mystery or a comedy.*****

4:45 PM
A terrorist spreads a climate of fear by attacking amusement parks across the U.S.
Dir: James Goldstone Cast: George Segal, Richard Widmark, Timothy Bottoms.
C-118 mins, CC, Letterbox Format

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

Sunday – September 7, 2014

1:45 AM
A young woman is wrongly implicated in a crime and sent to prison for five years.
Dir: Walter Doniger Cast: Shirley Knight, Andrew Duggan, Constance Ford.
BW-85 mins, Letterbox Format

3:15 AM
CAGED (1950)
A young innocent fights to survive the harsh life in a women’s prison.
Dir: John Cromwell Cast: Eleanor Parker, Agnes Moorehead, Ellen Corby.
BW-97 mins, CC

11:00 AM
A wealthy wallflower suspects her penniless playboy husband of murder.
Dir: Alfred Hitchcock Cast: Cary Grant, Joan Fontaine, Sir Cedric Hardwicke.
BW-100 mins, CC

5:00 PM
A doctor tries to cope with his wife’s newfound stardom as an advertising pitch woman.
Dir: Norman Jewison Cast: Doris Day, James Garner, Arlene Francis.
C-108 mins, CC, Letterbox Format
*****Not a mystery. Doris Day and James Garner: How can you go wrong?

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

Tuesday – September 9, 2014

8:15 AM
A crusading DA goes into private practice and succumbs to the temptations of corruption.
Dir: James Flood Cast: Warren William, Sidney Fox, Aline MacMahon.
BW-86 mins

9:45 AM
A lady gas station attendant gets mixed up with escaped murderers.
Dir: Mervyn LeRoy Cast: Aline MacMahon, Ann Dvorak, Preston Foster.
BW-64 mins

12:15 PM
KIND LADY (1935)
A con artist and his criminal colleagues move in on a trusting old lady.
Dir: George B. Seitz Cast: Aline MacMahon, Basil Rathbone, Mary Carlisle.
BW-76 mins, CC

7:00 PM
A small-town schoolteacher suspects her new husband may be an escaped Nazi war criminal.
Dir: Orson Welles Cast: Edward G. Robinson, Loretta Young, Orson Welles.
BW-95 mins, CC

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

Wednesday – September 10, 2014

1:00 AM
An aging American judge presides over the trial of Nazi war criminals.
Dir: Stanley Kramer Cast: Spencer Tracy, Burt Lancaster, Richard Widmark.
BW-179 mins, CC, Letterbox Format
*****Not a mystery. William Shatner as Capt. Harrison Byers before he became Capt. James T. Kirk. What a cast!*****

5:00 AM
An undercover cop finds himself on the wrong side of the law when the mob discovers his true identity.
Dir: D. Ross Lederman Cast: Arthur Kennedy, Joan Perry, Jonathan Hale.
BW-63 mins

6:15 AM
A jailed cop befriends a mob chieftain and stages a breakout with him.
Dir: Edward Buzzell Cast: Robert Sterling, Charles Winninger, Donna Reed.
BW-89 mins, CC

8:45 AM
A news man’s political investigations land him in prison.
Dir: D. Ross Lederman Cast: Michael Ames, Julie Bishop, Regis Toomey.
BW-62 mins

11:00 AM
An actor playing a notorious killer begins to live the part.
Dir: Max Nosseck Cast: John Loder, June Duprez, Michael St. Angel.
BW-67 mins

12:15 PM
Blind detective Duncan Maclaine uses his other senses to piece together confusing clues behind a murder.
Dir: Richard Whorf Cast: Edward Arnold, Frances Rafferty, Ray Collins.
BW-69 mins

1:30 PM
After being framed for a policeman’s murder, a criminal escapes prison and sets out for revenge.
Dir: [Alberto] Cavalcanti Cast: Sally Gray, Trevor Howard, Griffith Jones.
BW-101 mins, CC

3:15 PM
Police track a mysterious killer nicknamed “The Judge.”
Dir: Richard O. Fleischer Cast: William Lundigan, Dorothy Patrick, Jeff Corey.
BW-59 mins, CC

4:15 PM
A young bookkeeper is framed for his boss’s murder.
Dir: Will Price Cast: Martha Scott, Jeffrey Lynn, Henry Morgan.
BW-68 mins, CC

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

Thursday – September 11, 2014

6:45 AM
A reformed jewel thief helps detectives track down a criminal.
Dir: Geo. Fitzmaurice Cast: Melvyn Douglas, Virginia Bruce, Warren William.
BW-81 mins

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

Friday – September 12, 2014

10:15 AM
An attorney, who specializes in springing criminals out of prison, is faced with a moral dilemma when his girlfriend drunkenly kills a pedestrian with her car and another man takes the blame.
Dir: John Cromwell Cast: William Powell, Kay Francis, Scott Kolk.
BW-63 mins, CC

11:30 AM
An out-of-luck con artist discovers a suitcase full of money at a train station.
Dir: Alfred E. Green Cast: Douglas Fairbanks Jr., Joan Blondell, Guy Kibbee.
BW-67 mins

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

Saturday – September 13, 2014

1:30 AM
A society girl gets mixed up with blackmail and murder after a vicious sexual assault.
Dir: Stephen Roberts Cast: Miriam Hopkins, William Gargan, Jack La Rue.
BW-71 mins, CC

11:15 PM
A district attorney prosecutes his own mother for murder.
Dir: William A. Wellman Cast: Ruth Chatterton, Louis Calhern, Helen Jerome Eddy.
BW-71 mins, CC

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

Sunday – September 14, 2014

1:00 AM
A horror star’s attempted comeback is complicated by a string of murders.
Dir: James Clark Cast: Vincent Price, Peter Cushing, Robert Quarry.
C-91 mins, Letterbox Format
*****This may be a bit “campy”,  >>> I’m pretty sure I have it, but can’t remember. I like to watch Vincent Price movies during the Halloween season.*****

8:15 AM
A beautiful murder victim recalls how she met her untimely end.
Dir: Christy Cabanne Cast: Bela Lugosi, George Zucco, Nat Pendleton.
C-68 mins

9:45 AM
A newswoman investigates a haunted house.
Dir: Lewis Seiler Cast: Wayne Morris, Brenda Marshall, Alexis Smith.
BW-71 mins, CC

7:00 PM
An unmarried mother gives her illegitimate child to her cousin.
Dir: Edmund Goulding Cast: Bette Davis, Miriam Hopkins, George Brent.
BW-95 mins, CC
*****Not a mystery. One of the Bette Davis/Miriam Hopkins movies I love to watch.*****

9:00 PM
Two writers, friends since childhood, fight over their books and lives.
Dir: Vincent Sherman Cast: Bette Davis, Miriam Hopkins, Gig Young.
BW-110 mins, CC
*****Not a mystery. Another treat with Bette Davis and Miriam Hopkins.*****

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

Monday – September 15, 2014

1:45 PM
When a man is charged with murder, his son’s schoolboy friends set out to solve the case.
Dir: William Ryan Cast: Jackie Cooper, Bonita Granville, Gene Reynolds.
BW-76 mins

7:00 PM
Lauren Bacall discusses her life and career with host Robert Osborne.
C-50 mins, CC
*****Not a mystery.*****

10:00 PM
Private eye Philip Marlowe investigates a society girl’s involvement in the murder of a pornographer.
Dir: Howard Hawks Cast: Humphrey Bogart, Lauren Bacall, John Ridgely.
BW-114 mins, CC

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

Tuesday – September 16, 2014

1:45 am
Lauren Bacall discusses her life and career with host Robert Osborne.
C-50 mins, CC
*****Not a mystery.*****

2:45 AM
HARPER (1966)
A broken-down private eye sets out to find a rich woman’s missing husband.
Dir: Jack Smight Cast: Paul Newman, Lauren Bacall, Julie Harris.
C-121 mins, CC, Letterbox Format

9:00 AM
A man falsely accused of his wife’s murder escapes to search for the real killer.
Dir: Delmer Daves Cast: Humphrey Bogart, Lauren Bacall, Bruce Bennett.
BW-106 mins, CC

5:00 PM
A sportswriter and a fashion designer have a lot of adjusting to do when they marry in haste.
Dir: Vincente Minnelli Cast: Gregory Peck, Lauren Bacall, Dolores Gray.
C-118 mins, CC, Letterbox Format
*****Not a mystery. Gregory Peck and Lauren Bacall!

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

Wednesday – September 17, 2014

10:30 AM
A telephone operator kills in self-defense but can’t remember the details of the encounter.
Dir: Fritz Lang Cast: Anne Baxter, Richard Conte, Ann Sothern.
BW-88 mins, CC

1:30 PM
When a journalist dies, his brother takes up his investigation of a smuggling ring.
Dir: Guy Green Cast: Terry Moore, Robert Beatty, William Sylvester.
BW-78 mins, Letterbox Format

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

Thursday – September 18, 2014

12:30 AM
Married book-dealers Joel and Gerda Sloane try to clear a friend in the murder of a rival book-seller .
Dir: Edward Buzzell Cast: Melvyn Douglas, Florence Rice, Claire Dodd.
BW-75 mins

3:45 AM
Friends uncover a dark secret when they compare notes about a theft and suicide.
Dir: Phil Rosen Cast: Virginia Bruce, Conrad Nagel, Melvyn Douglas.
BW-66 mins

6:15 AM
In search of a big scoop for his failing paper, an editor tries to solve a kidnapping case that’s turned into murder.
Dir: Leslie Fenton Cast: Melvyn Douglas, Louise Platt, Gene Lockhart.
BW-69 mins

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

Saturday – September 20, 2014

1:15 AM
This documentary looks at how the social, financial and moral forces all helped shape one of the most intriguing periods in Hollywood history.
C-68 mins, CC
*****Not a mystery. I think this is the documentary I saw a few years ago (?) that was pretty interesting to me. They aired this on Friday, Sept. 5.*****

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

Monday – September 22, 2014

10:45 AM
JEZEBEL (1938)
A tempestuous Southern belle’s willfulness threatens to destroy all who care for her.
Dir: William Wyler Cast: Bette Davis, Henry Fonda, George Brent.
BW-104 mins, CC
*****Not a mystery. Bette Davis at her best!*****

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

Tuesday – September 23, 2014

2:15 PM
A small-town judge’s Washington trip lands his son in hot water with a diplomat’s daughter.
Dir: George B. Seitz Cast: Lewis Stone, Mickey Rooney, Cecilia Parker.
BW-77 mins, CC
*****Not a mystery. I had never sat through an Andy Hardy movie before, but after watching the Nancy Drew movies last month, I watched a few that I had DVR-ed. I wanted to watch some more good, old, black and white family-fare movies. I truly enjoyed them. Now I look forward to the Andy Hardy movies!*****

3:45 PM
A small-town family inherits a fortune but has trouble adjusting to society life.
Dir: George B. Seitz Cast: Lewis Stone, Mickey Rooney, Cecilia Parker.
BW-81 mins, CC
*****Not a mystery.*****

5:15 PM
A small-town boy returns to college after the war only to find his sweetheart engaged to another.
Dir: Willis Goldbeck Cast: Mickey Rooney, Lewis Stone, Sara Haden.
BW-93 mins, CC
*****Not a mystery.*****

11:15 PM
A crusading district attorney investigates the murder of a Jewish man.
Dir: Edward Dmytryk Cast: Robert Young, Robert Mitchum, Robert Ryan.
BW-86 mins, CC

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

Thursday – September 25, 2014

11:15 AM
When he hires a killer to avenge an innocent girl’s death, a man gets caught up in a string of killings.
Dir: Burt Balaban Cast: Dennis O’Keefe, Ann Sears, Anton Differing.
BW-75 mins

12:45 PM
COVER-UP (1949)
An insurance investigator smells something wrong when he looks into a small-town suicide.
Dir: Alfred E. Green Cast: William Bendix, Dennis O’Keefe, Barbara Britton.
BW-82 mins

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

Friday – September 26, 2014

10:15 PM
The mob frames a lawyer for murder, so he enlists a call girl’s help in finding the real killer.
Dir: W. S. Van Dyke Cast: Warner Baxter, Myrna Loy, Charles Butterworth.
BW-89 mins

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

Saturday – September 27, 2014

2:30 PM
A man’s joking suggestion that he and a chance acquaintance trade murders turns deadly.
Dir: Alfred Hitchcock Cast: Farley Granger, Ruth Roman, Robert Walker.
BW-101 mins, CC

4:30 PM
An advertising man is mistaken for a spy, triggering a deadly cross-country chase.
Dir: Alfred Hitchcock Cast: Cary Grant, Eva Marie Saint, James Mason.
C-136 mins, CC, Letterbox Format

7:00 PM
LAURA (1944)
A police detective falls in love with the woman whose murder he’s investigating.
Dir: Otto Preminger Cast: Gene Tierney, Dana Andrews, Clifton Webb.
BW-88 mins, CC

11:00 PM
An eccentric heiress raises her nephew to be a free spirit.
Dir: Morton DaCosta Cast: Rosalind Russell, Forrest Tucker, Coral Browne.
C-143 mins, CC, Letterbox Format
*****Not a mystery. Delightful movie.*****

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

Sunday – September 28, 2014

5:00 PM
A newspaperman tracks a runaway heiress on a madcap cross-country tour.
Dir: Frank Capra Cast: Clark Gable, Claudette Colbert, Walter Connolly.
BW-105 mins, CC
*****Not a mystery. Delightful movie.*****

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

Monday – September 29, 2014

4:45 PM
A district attorney investigates a crook who seems to be in two places at the same time.
Dir: William Beaudine Cast: Dick Purcell, Joan Woodbury, John Hamilton.
BW-61 mins

6:00 PM
An heiress experiences a variety of strange goings on when she goes to collect her inheritance.
Dir: William Beaudine Cast: Helen Parrish, Dick Purcell, Tim Ryan.
BW-61 mins

(All of the above TCM descriptions were copied from the TCM site.)

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

PBS Masterpiece Mystery! (Central time zone)

Sundays – August 24 to Sundays -September 7, 2014

8:00 PM
This is a “medical drama” set in 1960s London.


Sunday – September 21 & Sunday – September 28, 2014

8:00 PM
Agatha Christie‘s Miss Marple returns in three mysteries: A Caribbean Mystery, Greenshaw’s Folly and Endless Night. (Since this is only slated for two nights, I’m not sure if they will be consolidating the novels, or if two of them will only run one hour.)


Sundays – October 5 to Sundays – October 19, 2014

8:00 PM
Inspector Lewis nad his sidekick, Hathaway will be returning. Remember that at the end of last season, Lewis was retiring, and Hathaway was working on being promoted to Inspector. (Based on Colin Dexter‘s Inspector Morse mysteries.)


Sundays – October 26 to Sundays – November 2, 2014

8:00 PM
Remember when I told you that P.D. James had ventured into a Jane Austen novel? Well this will bring that novel to life. Elizabeth and Darcy will be holding a ball at Pemberley, and what do you suppose happens?

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

Here are the mystery shows I found on the Hallmark Movie channel:

Hallmark Movie Channel (Central Time Zone)

Sunday – August 31, 2014

10:00 AM
Murder, She Wrote marathon begins.

Monday – September 01, 2014

2:00 AM
Murder, She Wrote marathon ends.

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

Wednesday September 3, 2014

08:00 AM
Dear Prudence – Prudence Macintyre is a humorous Martha Stewart-like advice columnist and TV personality, who escapes on a much needed vacation from her work-driven life. While on her vacation, she finds herself embroiled in solving a murder mystery by using her own quick wit and good housekeeping tips. Stars Jane Seymour and Jamey Sheridan.

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

Friday September 5, 2014

10:00 AM
After All These Years – When a woman is wrongly accused of the death of her ex-husband, she sets out to solve the murder mystery and find the real killer before the day of the funeral, when she is to be taken into custody. Based on the book by best-selling author Susan Isaacs. Stars Wendie Malick Gregory Harrison.

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

Sunday September 7, 2014

10:00 AM
Perry Mason marathon begins.

Monday September 8, 2014

4:00 AM
Perry Mason marathon ends.

08:00 AM
Recipe For Murder – Fed up with the system, Murray Maguire, Chief Medical Examiner for the City of New York, decides to personally investigate the death of his goddaughter. Stars Gary Basaraba.

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

Thursday September 11, 2014

10:00 AM
My Gal Sunday – A newlywed couple must prove their crime-solving prowess when their politically-tied parents are taken hostage by a vengeful kidnapper looking for justice for the wrongful murder conviction of his brother. Based on the book by Mary Higgins Clark. Stars Jack Wagner, Cameron Mathison and Rachel Blanchard.

06:00 PM
My Gal Sunday – A newlywed couple must prove their crime-solving prowess when their politically-tied parents are taken hostage by a vengeful kidnapper looking for justice for the wrongful murder conviction of his brother. Based on the book by Mary Higgins Clark. Stars Jack Wagner, Cameron Mathison and Rachel Blanchard.

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

Sunday September 14, 2014

10:00 AM
Matlock marthon begins.

Monday September 15, 2014

2:00 AM
Matlock marathon ends.

(The Hallmark Movie channel guide currently ends to Sept. 20, so I am not able to check beyond that date for any more mystery movies.)

Dark Passage with Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall(All of the above Hallmark Movie channel descriptions were copied from the Hallmark Movie channel site.)

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

If you know of any other mystery movies that are going to be aired on television during August 2014, please post a comment.

If you would like to see more Television and Movies ideas, click on this link.

Mystery Book Recommendations – August 2014

criminalThis past month I have sort of been off my Cozy Mystery reading pattern. I have read a few Cozy Mystery books, but I also have taken a little break from Cozies, and have filled my reading time with three non-mystery books. I am currently reading an Ann Rule true crime novel, which I am enjoying  a lot. I used to read her true crime novels quite frequently, but for some reason, I sort of forgot about them until this month. (I won’t be adding her to the Cozy Mystery recommendations, since she obviously isn’t a Cozy Mystery author.)

Another non Cozy Mystery book I have been reading this month is Katherine Hepburn’s Me. Being an old Hollywood movie fan, it’s been fun to hear about how things were back when they were making my favorite black and white movies. (I won’t be adding this book to the Cozy Mystery recommendations list, either!) I go back and forth between Ann Rule’s true crime and Hepburn’s autobiography, and let me tell you, they are truly different from each other!

Please tell us about a Cozy Mystery series (or a few!) that you read this past month and want the rest of us to know about, in case we don’t already. And, please tell us why. These should only be the Cozy Mysteries that you think stood out as being even better than the other Cozies you read during the month.

[As usual, I ask that you don't tell us about the mystery books you read that you didn't like.]

What Cozy Mystery book (or author) have you read during August 2014, and why did you enjoy it (or him/her)?

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

Avery Aames (aka Daryl Wood Gerber): Cheese Shop Mystery Series

Allyson K. Abbott (aka Annelise Ryan & Beth Amos): Mack’s Bar Mystery Series

Ellery Adams (aka J. B. Stanley, Jennifer Stanley, & 1/2 of Lucy Arlington): Book Retreat Mystery Series

Esri Allbritten: Tripping Magazine Mystery Series (Chihuahua of the Baskervilles book #1)

Connie Archer: Soup Lover’s Mystery Series

M.C. Beaton (aka Marion Chesney): Agatha Raisin Mystery Series

Jessica Beck (aka Elizabeth Bright, Casey Mayes, Melissa Glazer, Chris Cavender, Tim Myers, & D.B. Morgan): Donut Shop Mystery Series

Laurien Berenson: Melanie Travis Mystery Series

Rhys Bowen: Royal Spyness Mystery Series

Rhys Bowen: Molly Murphy Mystery Series

Ali Brandon (aka Diane A.S. Stuckart: Black Cat Bookshop Mystery Series

John Bude: The Cornish Coast Mystery

Lucy Burdette (aka Roberta Isleib): Key West Food Critic Mystery Series

Lynn Cahoon: Tourist Trap Mystery Series

Blaize Clement: Dixie Hemingway Mystery Series

V.C. Clinton-Baddeley: Only a Matter of Time

Nancy Coco (aka Nancy Parra): Candy-Coated Mystery Series

J.J. Cook (aka Joyce and Jim Lavene & Ellie Grant): Biscuit Bowl Food Truck  Mystery Series

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

Gina Cresse: Kate Cimaglia Mystery Series (Sinfandel is book #1)

Jessie Crockett: Sugar Grove Mystery Series

Mary Daheim: Hillside Manor Bed & Breakfast Mystery Series

Jeanne M. Dams: Dorothy Martin Mystery Series

Hannah Dennison: Honeychurch Hall Mystery Series

Anne George: Southern Sisters Mystery Series

Dorothy Gilman: Mrs. Pollifax Mystery Series

Elly Griffiths: Ruth Galloway Mystery Series (The Crossing Places is book #1)

Victoria Hamilton (aka Amanda Cooper & Donna Lea Simpson): Merry Muffin Mystery Series

Carolyn Hart: Death On Demand Mystery Series

Lee Hollis: Hailey Powell Food & Cocktail Mystery Series

J.A. Jance: Ali Reynolds Mystery Series

Annie Knox (Wendy Lynn Watson): Pet Boutique Mystery Series

Viginia Lowell: Cookie Cutter Shop Mystery Series

Charlotte MacLeod (aka Alisa Craig): Sarah Kelling & Max Bittersohn Mystery Series

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

Margaret Maron: Deborah Knott Mystery Series

Alyssa Maxwell: Gilded Newport Mystery Series

Jenn McKinlay (aka Josie Belle & Lucy Lawrence): Cupcake Bakery Mystery Series

Ruth Moose: Beth McKenzie Mystery Series (Doing it at the Dixie Dew is book #1)

Liz Mugavero: Pawsitively Organic Mystery Series

Katherine Hall Page: Faith Fairchild Mystery Series

Anne Perry: Thomas & Charlotte Pitt Mystery Series

Sara Rosett: Ellie Avery Mystery Series

Mark Schweizer: Liturgical Mystery Series

Heather Webber (aka Heather Blake): Lucy Valentine Mystery Series

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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. I do, however, list the recommended books that come via the Cozy Mystery blog’s comments!

Ruth Rendell: From Doon with Death, Reginald Wexford, Revisited

From Doon with Death by Ruth Rendell (Inspector Wexford Mystery Series, book #1)Once again I’ve decided to go on a trip down memory lane, this time to revisit another favorite of mine, this time one who doesn’t quite fit into the “Cozy” mold as easily as the majority of my most beloved authors – Ruth Rendell. I’ve just finished re-reading From Doon with Death, and I’m pleased to realize that I love it as much now as when I first read it.

Ruth Rendell is one of those authors I sometimes have difficulty calling “Cozy.”  There are a lot of elements to Rendell’s novels that don’t exactly fit into the “Cozy” mold as neatly as someone like Ngaio Marsh or Agatha Christie. Certainly her Inspector Wexford isn’t the typical Cozy sleuth – he’s a police inspector through and through, not an amateur who just happens to stumble into murder time and time again. Rendell even makes it a point to describe him as fitting into the mold the average person would imagine if asked to think of a police chief, at least by the standards of the day.

All that said, From Doon with Death is perhaps the Coziest of her novels that I can recall, and serves to show why I ultimately think her Inspector Wexford books can usually be considered… well, if not Cozy, at least somewhat Cozy-adjacent. The murder itself is quick, off-screen, and relatively painlessly conducted, while the backdrop of Kingsmarkham, England, feels very much like the comfortable Cozy settings we’re all familiar with. Old relationships are unearthed between most of the members of the cast of suspects, most of whom had made some attempt to distance themselves from the unfortunately departed.

That said, there are also elements present, even in From Doon with Death, that may certainly put off many Cozy-minded readers. However, these elements have mellowed somewhat with age, and what must have been considered ground-breaking at the time is no longer such a shock.

(As a side note, Rendell’s stand alone novels and the books she has written under the pseudonym Barbara Vine tend to veer a lot further from the standard Cozy mold, though like the Inspector Wexford series they are also very good books.)

Nancy Drew Mysteries – A Lot of Cozy Mystery Lovers Started Here

The Secret of the Old Clock by Carolyn Keene (Nancy Drew mysteries, book #1)Just last month, Turner Classic Movies channel ran several of the old, black and white Nancy Drew movies. I watched all of them, sort of in a nostalgic trance. I enjoyed them immensely. I was transported back to when I was in the fifth grade, when Nancy Drew and the Hardy Boys mystery books could be found in my bedroom. Back then I thought Carolyn Keene was the woman who wrote the Nancy Drew mysteries that I enjoyed so much. It probably would have been a surprise to most of us eleven year old girls that Carolyn was indeed not a “real person”.

Though the Nancy Drew series has always been attributed to “Carolyn Keene,” there never has been an author of this name, as the books were ghost-written by a series of anonymous and semi-anonymous authors. Edward Stratemeyer (creator of both Nancy Drew and the Hardy Boys) first hired Mildred Wirt (Benson) to write the Nancy Drew mysteries, using the Carolyn Keene pseudonym. From there, Stratemeyer’s daughter, Harriet Adams, took on the task, and she was followed by a string of authors including Susan Wittig Albert.  (Yes, that’s right! Susan Wittig Albert, author of the bestselling China Bayles mysteries, the Darling Dahlias mysteries, and the Cottage Tales of Beatrix Potter mysteries.) Actually, more than a dozen authors have written Nancy Drew books, all going by “Carolyn Keene”.

Over the years, and also since so many different authors donned the Carolyn Keene hat, Nancy Drew, as well as the mysteries, have evolved. In the 1960s there was a major revision of the earlier mystery books, which were quite dated. They not only shortened the books (to save on printing expenses) but they also got rid of the “dated” stereotypes that were in the earlier novels.

In the 1980s they over-hauled the series again, and created the Nancy Drew Files. Nancy Drew became a little older, so they sometimes added little romances as subplots in the books. In the 1990s they started two other spin-off series: Nancy Drew and the Clue Crew, which was intended for younger, elementary aged girls, while Nancy Drew on Campus aimed at older teenagers. (Yikes! That’s a lot of different Nancys! Or would that be Nancies?)

The Hidden Staircase by Carolyn Keene (Nancy Drew mysteries, book #2)In 2004, they officially retired the Nancy Drew series and started the Girl Detective series. They wanted to bring in a whole new audience to the books. However, this didn’t happen, so it was officially cancelled in 2012, and was replaced by the Nancy Drew Diaries series, which is still finding its footing.

Despite the many changes that have occurred to Nancy Drew over the years, “Carolyn Keene” should be proud of her accomplishments – with over 500 books credited to her name, she’s easily one of the most prolific authors of all time! Pretty impressive for someone who never existed!

From Boston to New Orleans, and a Ready-Made Family

houseJan made this comment a while ago asking for our help in identifying this missing author:

I recently read a mystery that took place in New Orleans about a young woman from, I think, Boston,who inherited a house on the coast of Louisiana from her best friend who died of cancer. She was also made guardian of her friend’s daughter. I can’t remember the name of the author. Does anyone know?

Jan, we usually have pretty good luck identifying mystery authors who are mysteries to the people asking. I hope someone can come up with the correct answer! (And I’m sorry it has taken me so long to post this.)

If you think you might know who Jan is trying to identify, please post a comment. Thank you!

Celina Grace, Jennifer McAndrews, Terrie Farley Moran, & Diane Vallere : Four New Cozy Mystery Authors on the Cozy Mystery Site

Here are the four newest Cozy Mystery authors who I have added to the Cozy Mystery site:

blog1aug14111111111111111111111111111 Celina Grace   Grace writes the Asharton Manor Mystery Series. This series is being released as novella-length mysteries. All of the mysteries take place in this English estate during different times in history. Death at the Manor is the first mystery at Asharton Manor and it takes place in 1929. The second mystery (A Prescription for Death) takes place after WWII, when Asharton Manor is no longer a beautiful residential estate, but a convalescent home for soldiers. Grace also writes the Kate Redman Mystery Series, which features Detective Sergeant Kate Redman in the south west part of England.

blog2aug22222222222222222222222222222222222222222222 Jennifer McAndrews  McAndrews writes the Stained-Glass Mystery Series which takes place in a small town in New York. Georgia Kelly comes back home to live with her grandfather and to start a new life, leaving her accounting skills behind and pursuing her love for stained-glass artistry. Ill-Gotten Panes is the first in this new Cozy Mystery series. Georgia has to make sure her grandfather doesn’t suffer because a murdered man is her grandpa’s nemesis. McAndrews also writes mysteries for Young Adults.

Terrie Farley Moranblog3aug33333333333333333333333333333333333333333  Moran pens the Read ‘Em and Eat Mystery Series. This series features the owners (Sassy Cabot and Bridgy Mayfield)of the Read ‘Em and Eat bookstore café. The first mystery in this series is Well Read, Then Dead. One of the members of the café’s book club is found murdered, and this doesn’t sit well with Sassy or Bridgy. They are determined to find the murderer! Moran also has contributed to several (as well as edited one) New York Tri-State Chapter of Sisters in Crime mystery anthologies.

 Diane Vallereblog4aug4444444444444444444444444444444444444444444  Vallere spent twenty years in the fashion industry, so it’s easy to see why her series are set in that arena. Her Material Witness Mystery Series features a sleuth named Poly Monroe (short for Polyester) who owns a clothing store in California. Poly also is a dress designer. Suede to Rest is the first in this series. Vellere’s Mad for Mod Mystery Series features a sleuth who is an interior decorator. Madison Night is also a fan of Doris Day. In Vallere’s Style & Error Mystery Series, Samantha Kidd is an ex-fashion buyer in Pennsylvania. Oh, and Vallere will also be writing the Costume Shop Mystery Series in 2015.