Three New Cozy Mystery Series Coming in May

I don’t know if any of you have been keeping an eye on the Cozy Mystery site’s new page entitled New Cozy Mystery Book Series, but if you have, you already know that three of our Cozy Mystery authors are embarking on new series during the month of May. Wow! We had three new series during April, and now we have three more Cozy Mystery series to look forward to. Personally, I think that’s pretty neat!

 Dorothy Cannell, that’s right, Dorothy Cannell of the very popular Ellie Haskell Mystery Series (The Thin Woman, etc.) is starting the new Florence Norris Mystery Series. Florence is a housekeeper for the very upper-crust Stodmarsh family. She works at Mullings, the country house that has been in their family for three hundred years. The series takes place during the 1930s. Murder at Mullings will be the first in Cannell’s new Florence Norris Mystery Series.

 Hannah Dennison of the Vicky Hill Exclusive! Mystery Series is finally back, and after a three year absence she will be bringing us the new Kat Stanford Mystery Series. Kat Stanford was formerly a television celebrity host who now owns the Honeychurch Hall Antique Shop in England. Kat and her mother, Iris, had been planning on opening a fabulous antique shop, however Iris bought a shabby, old carriage house on a country estate that is not in a good location for an antique shop. Besides all of this bad news, Kat is discovering she doesn’t know everything there is to know about her mother. Murder at Honeychurch Hall is the first of the Kat Stanford Mystery Series.

hughes,maryellenmar141485876878 Mary Ellen Hughes, the author of the Craft Corner Mystery Series as well as the Maggie Olenski Mystery Series, will be giving us the new Pickled and Preserved Mystery Series. This series takes place in Cloverdale, a small town in New York. Piper Lamb is the owner of Piper’s Picklings, a shop which specializes in pickels and preserves. Piper is given a great opportunity to showcase her pickles at the Cloverdale Fair, but instead of highlighting her pickles, she ends up having to highlight her sleuthing skills.The Pickled Piper is the first mystery in the Pickled and Preserved Mystery Series.

I don’t have any new Holiday Cozy Mysteries to tell you about this month, but I believe there are a couple I’ll be telling you about next month.

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May 2014 Mystery Book New Releases

The following Mystery Books will be released in May 2014:

Donald Bain: Lights Out! (This will be a Stand Alone thriller mystery.)

Mike Befeler: Nursing Homes Are Murder (This will be the 6th in the Paul Jacobson Geezer-Lit Mystery Series.)

Heather Blake (aka Heather Webber): The Goodbye Witch (This will be the 4th in the Wishcraft Mystery Series.)

Lawrence Block: Borderline (This will be a Stand Alone.)

Mollie Cox Bryan: Scrappy Summer (This will be a Cumberland Creek Mystery novella.)

Dorothy Cannell: Murder at Mullings (This will be the 1st in the NEW Florence Norris Mystery Series.)

Clive Cussler & Graham Brown: Ghost Ship (This will be the 12th in the NUMA Files Series.)

Kathi Daley: Maui Madness (This will be the 7th in the Zoe Donovan Mystery Series.)

Kathi Daley: Bikinis in Paradise (This will be the 3rd in the TJ Jensen Paradise Lake Mystery Series.)

Jeffery Deaver: The Skin Collector (This will be the 11th in the Lincoln Rhyme Mystery Series.)

Hannah Dennison: Murder at Honeychurch Hall (This will be the 1st in the NEW Kat Standford Mystery Series.) (Actually, I am not sure about the title of the new series, but I’m taking a guess that this is it. Either this or Honeychurch Hall Mystery Series.)

Claire Donally: Last Licks (This will be the 3rd in the Sunny & Shadow Mystery Series.)

Kate Ellis: The Shroud Maker (This will be the 18th in the Wesley Peterson Mystery Series.)

Sally GoldenbaumMurder in Merino (This will be the 8th in the Seaside Knitters Mystery Series.)

Kerry Greenwood: Murder and Mendelssohn (This will be the 21st  in the Phryne Fisher Mystery Series.)

Carolyn Haines: Booty Bones (This will be the 14th in the Sarah Book Delaney Mystery Series.)

Carolyn Hart: Death at the Door (This will be the 24th in the Death on Demand Bookstore Mystery Series.)

Susan Hill: The Soul of Discretion (This will be the 8th in the Simon Serrailler Mystery Series.)

Suzette A. Hill: The Venetian Venture (This will be a Stand Alone mystery.)

Mary Ellen Hughes: The Pickled Piper (This will be the 1st in the NEW Pickled and Preserved Mystery Series.)

Maddy HunterFleur de Lies (This will be the 9th in the Passport to Peril Mystery Series.)

Joyce and Jim Lavene (aka J.J. Cook & Ellie Grant): Lethal Lily (This will be the 6th in the Peggy Lee Garden Mystery Series.)

Lizbeth Lipperman (aka Liz Lipperman): Jailhouse Glock (This will be the 2nd in the Dead Sister Talking Mystery Series.)

Karen MacInerney: Death Runs Adrift (This will be the 6th in the Gray Whale Inn Mystery Series.)

Edith Maxwell (aka Tace Baker): ‘Til Dirt Us Part (This will be the 2nd in the Local Foods Mystery Series.)

Jenn McKinlay (aka Josie Belle & Lucy Lawrence): Death of a Mad Hatter (This will be the 2nd in the Hat Shop Mystery Series.)

Catriona McPherson: The Day She Died (This will be a Stand Alone mystery.)

Laura Morrigan: A Tiger’s Tale (This will be the 2nd in the Call of the Wilde Mystery Series.)

Katherine Hall Page: Small Plates: Short Fiction (This will be a collection of mystery stories – including Faith Fairchild and Stand Alone mysteries.)

Nancy J. Parra (aka Nancy Coco): Murder Gone A-Rye (This will be the 2nd in the Baker’s Treat Mystery Series.)

James Patterson & Maxine Paetro: Unlucky 13 (This will be the 13th in the Women’s Murder Club Mystery Series.)

Cate Price: A Dollhouse to Die For (This will be the 2nd in the Deadly Notions Mystery Series.)

Barbara Ross: Boiled Over (This will be the 2nd in the Maine Clambake Mystery Series.)

Michele Scott: Dark Harmony (This will be the 2nd in the Vivienne Taylor Horse Lover’s Mystery Series.)

Victoria Thompson: Murder in Murray Hill (This will be the 16th in the Gaslight Mystery Series.)

Rebecca Tope: Trouble in the Cotswolds (This will be the 12th in the Thea Osborne Cotswolds Mystery Series.)

Elaine Viets: Catnapped! (This will be the 13th in the Dead-End Job Mystery Series.)

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

Upcoming Television Mystery Movies for April 2014

TCM will be celebrating both its 20th Anniversary as well as John Wayne during April. If you happen to be a John Wayne fan, you should be excited about the 58 movies TCM will be airing. (I know my younger brother is looking forward to those movies. they will be airing them (mostly?) during April 21 and the 25th, which explains the fact that I don’t have very many mystery movies showing that week.

Since they are celebrating an anniversary, they will be showing a few shows that might interest those of you who are especially interested in Hollywood’s Golden era. I have annotated some of those movies. As usual, I have included a few movies that are not mysteries, but that I particularly enjoy, and think some of you might also enjoy seeing them.

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

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Tuesday – April 1, 2014

9:30 AM
THE NITWITS (1935)
Two cigar-stand attendants get mixed up in a murder investigation.
Dir: George Stevens Cast: Bert Wheeler, Robert Woolsey, Fred Keating.
BW-82 mins

12:30 PM
THE PINK PANTHER (1964)
In the first Inspector Clouseau film, the bumbling French police detective tries to stop a notorious jewel thief from nabbing a princess’ diamond.
Dir: Blake Edwards Cast: David Niven, Peter Sellers, Capucine.
C-115 mins, CC, Letterbox Format

2:30 PM
THE TWELVE CHAIRS (1970)
A fallen aristocrat, a priest and a con artist search for a treasure of jewels hidden inside one of twelve dining chairs.
Dir: Mel Brooks Cast: Ron Moody, Frank Langella, Dom DeLuise.
C-93 mins, CC, Letterbox Format

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

Wednesday – April 2, 2014

11:00 AM
THE SCAPEGOAT (1959)
A man is tricked into trading places with a look-alike nobleman with murderous plans.
Dir: Robert Hamer Cast: Alec Guinness, Bette Davis, Nicole Maurey.
BW-92 mins, CC, Letterbox Format

12:45 PM
KIND HEARTS AND CORONETS (1949)
An ambitious young man sets out to kill everyone who stands between him and a fortune.
Dir: Robert Hamer Cast: Alec Guinness, Dennis Price, Joan Greenwood.
BW-106 mins, CC

2:45 PM
THE LAVENDER HILL MOB (1951)
An overlooked gold transporter with twenty years service plots to steal a million pounds of gold.
Dir: Charles Crichton Cast: Alec Guinness, Stanley Holloway, Sidney James.
BW-81 mins, CC

7:00 PM
THE LADYKILLERS (1955)
An eccentric bandit gang moves into a little old lady’s boardinghouse to plot a major heist.
Dir: Alexander Mackendrick Cast: Alec Guinness, Cecil Parker, Herbert Lom.
C-91 mins, CC, Letterbox Format

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

Thursday – April 3, 2014

7:00 AM
LOVER COME BACK (1961)
An ad exec in disguise courts his pretty female competitor.
Dir: Delbert Mann Cast: Rock Hudson, Doris Day, Tony Randall.
C-107 mins, CC, Letterbox Format
***OK, I guess I should disclose that I am a Doris Day/Rock Hudson comedies fan. This is not a mystery.***

7:00 PM
THE THRILL OF IT ALL (1963)
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
***I guess I’m just a Doris Day comedy fan.This one doesn’t have Rock Hudson in it, however, James Garner comes pretty close. This is not a mystery.***

11:00 PM
SEND ME NO FLOWERS (1964)
When he mistakenly thinks he’s dying, a hypochondriac tries to choose his wife’s next husband.
Dir: Norman Jewison Cast: Rock Hudson, Doris Day, Tony Randall.
C-100 mins, CC, Letterbox Format
***Not a Mystery, however it is a Doris Day/Rock Hudson comedy movie, of which (as I mentioned) I am a fan.***

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

Friday – April 4, 2014

6:00 AM
MISS PINKERTON (1932)
A private duty nurse gets herself mixed up in a murder investigation.
Dir: Lloyd Bacon Cast: Joan Blondell, George Brent, Ruth Hall.
BW-66 mins
***This movie is based on Mary Roberts Rinehart‘s Miss Pinkerton.*** 

9:45 AM
BABBITT (1934)
A small-town businessman bumbles into blackmail and a real-estate swindle.
Dir: William Keighley Cast: Aline MacMahon, Guy Kibbee, Claire Dodd.
BW-74 mins, CC

12:15 PM
THE MOONLIGHTER (1953)
A former jailbird makes good after the wrong man is accused for his crime.
Dir: Roy Rowland Cast: Barbara Stanwyck, Fred MacMurray, Ward Bond.
BW-78 mins, CC

4:45 PM
WHAT’S THE MATTER WITH HELEN? (1971)
After their sons are convicted of murder, two women relocate to Hollywood to start a talent school.
Dir: Curtis Harrington Cast: Debbie Reynolds, Shelley Winters, Dennis Weaver.
C-101 mins, CC, Letterbox Format

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

Saturday – April 5, 2014

10:45 AM
MGM: WHEN THE LION ROARS, PART I: THE LION ROARS (1992)
Patrick Stewart takes viewers through the history of Hollywood’s greatest film studio, MGM, from its formation in 1924 through the death of its greatest production genius, Irving J. Thalberg. Featuring interviews with Joan Crawford and Groucho Marx.
Dir: Frank Martin Cast: Patrick Stewart, Kirk Kerkorian, R E Turner (Ted).
C-122 mins
***I hope this three-part special is as good as it looks. All three parts will be shown during April.***

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Sunday – April 6, 2014

7:00 AM
THEY DRIVE BY NIGHT (1940)
Truck driving brothers are framed for murder by a lady psycho.
Dir: Raoul Walsh Cast: George Raft, Ann Sheridan, Ida Lupino.
BW-95 mins, CC

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

Monday – April 7, 2014

7:00 PM
NAKED CITY (1948)
A step-by-step look at a murder investigation on the streets of New York.
Dir: Jules Dassin Cast: Barry Fitzgerald, Howard Duff, Dorothy Hart.
BW-96 mins, CC

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

Tuesday – April 8, 2014

6:45 AM
SHERLOCK HOLMES IN DRESSED TO KILL (1946)
Sherlock Holmes sets out to find why people are killing each other over a seemingly inexpensive music box.
Dir: Roy William Neill Cast: Basil Rathbone, Nigel Bruce, Patricia Morison.
BW-71 mins

9:30 AM
BLACKMAIL (1939)
A man in prison on false charges escapes to save his family from a blackmailer.
Dir: H. C. Potter Cast: Edward G. Robinson, Ruth Hussey, Gene Lockhart.
BW-81 mins, CC

7:00 PM
THE CATERED AFFAIR (1956)
A working-class mother fights to give her daughter a big wedding whether the girl wants it or not.
Dir: Richard Brooks Cast: Bette Davis, Ernest Borgnine, Debbie Reynolds.
BW-94 mins, CC, Letterbox Format
***This is not a mystery, but I just love this movie. You might enjoy it, too.***

8:45 PM
WITNESS FOR THE PROSECUTION (1958)
A British lawyer gets caught up in a couple’s tangled marital affairs when he defends the husband for murder.
Dir: Billy Wilder Cast: Tyrone Power, Marlene Dietrich, Charles Laughton.
BW-116 mins, CC, Letterbox Format

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

Wednesday – April 9, 2014

6:45 AM
KID GLOVE KILLER (1942)
A police scientist investigates the mayor’s murder.
Dir: Fred Zinnemann Cast: Van Heflin, Marsha Hunt, Lee Bowman.
BW-74 mins, CC

10:00 AM
THE PRIZE (1963)
An American Nobel Prize-winner mixes it up with spies when he travels to Stockholm to collect his award.
Dir: Mark Robson Cast: Paul Newman, Edward G. Robinson, Elke Sommer.
C-135 mins, CC, Letterbox Format

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

Thursday – April 10, 2014

12:45 AM
12 ANGRY MEN (1957)
A jury holdout tries to convince his colleagues to vote not guilty.
Dir: Sidney Lumet Cast: Henry Fonda, Lee J. Cobb, Ed Begley.
BW-96 mins, CC, Letterbox Format

2:30 AM
TRIAL (1955)
A Mexican boy accused of rape and murder becomes a pawn for Communists and red-baiters.
Dir: Mark Robson Cast: Glenn Ford, Dorothy McGuire, Arthur Kennedy.
BW-109 mins, CC, Letterbox Format

1:15 PM
THE LADY VANISHES (1938)
A young woman on vacation triggers an international incident when she tries to track an elderly friend who has disappeared.
Dir: Alfred Hitchcock Cast: Margaret Lockwood, Michael Redgrave, Paul Lukas.
BW-96 mins, CC

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

Friday – April 11, 2014

9:00 AM
THE BLUE GARDENIA (1953)
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

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

Saturday – April 12, 2014

10:45 AM
MGM: WHEN THE LION ROARS, PART II: THE LION REIGNS SUPREME (1992)
Patrick Stewart takes viewers through the history of Hollywood’s greatest film studio at its height during the thirties and early forties. Featuring interviews with Katharine Hepburn and Joan Crawford.
Dir: Frank Martin Cast: Patrick Stewart, Kirk Kerkorian, R E Turner (Ted).
C-121 mins
***The second part of this three-part special.***

4:45 PM
THE BAD SEED (1956)
A woman suspects that her perfect little girl is a ruthless killer.
Dir: Mervyn LeRoy Cast: Gage Clarke, Jesse White, Joan Croyden.
C-129 mins, CC

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

Monday – April 14, 2014

6:00 AM
THE MALTESE FALCON (1941)
Hard-boiled detective Sam Spade gets caught up in the murderous search for a priceless statue.
Dir: John Huston Cast: Humphrey Bogart, Mary Astor, Gladys George.
BW-100 mins, CC

10:00 AM
GASLIGHT (1944)
A newlywed fears she’s going mad when strange things start happening at the family mansion.
Dir: George Cukor Cast: Charles Boyer, Ingrid Bergman, Joseph Cotten.
BW-114 mins, CC

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

Wednesday – April 16, 2014

7:00 PM
THE REMAINS OF THE DAY (1993)
A proper British butler sacrifices happiness to remain faithful to his position.
Dir: James Ivory Cast: Anthony Hopkins, Emma Thompson, Christopher Reeve.
C-134 mins, CC, Letterbox Format
***This is not a mystery, but is really, really good.***

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

Thursday – April 17, 2014

9:30 AM
THE THIN MAN (1934)
A husband-and-wife detective team takes on the search for a missing inventor and almost get killed for their efforts.
Dir: W. S. Van Dyke Cast: William Powell, Myrna Loy, Maureen O’Sullivan.
BW-91 mins, CC

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

Friday – April 18, 2014

10:00 AM
NORTH BY NORTHWEST (1959)
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

9:00 PM
THE POSTMAN ALWAYS RINGS TWICE (1946)
Illicit lovers plot to kill the woman’s older husband.
Dir: Tay Garnett Cast: Lana Turner, John Garfield, Cecil Kellaway.
BW-113 mins, CC

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

Saturday – April 19, 2014

10:45 AM
MGM: WHEN THE LION ROARS, PART III: THE LION IN WINTER (1992)
Patrick Stewart takes viewers through the history of Hollywoods greatest film studio as it fades from glory during the fifties. Featuring interviews with Gene Kelly and Charlton Heston.
Dir: Frank Martin Cast: Patrick Stewart, Kirk Kerkorian, R E Turner (Ted).
C-123 mins
***The third and final part of this special.***

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

8:45 PM
WHERE THE SIDEWALK ENDS (1950)
A police detective’s violent nature keeps him from being a good cop.
Dir: Otto Preminger Cast: Dana Andrews, Gene Tierney, Gary Merrill.
BW-95 mins, CC

10:30 PM
THE IRON CURTAIN (1948)
This film, based on real events, focuses on the defection of Soviet Embassy code specialist Igor Gouzenko.
Dir: William A. Wellman Cast: Dana Andrews, Gene Tierney, June Havoc.
BW-87 mins

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

Sunday – April 20, 2014

1:00 AM
HATCHET FOR THE HONEYMOON (1970) (horror?)
A bridal design shop owner kills various young brides-to-be.
Dir: Mario Bava Cast: Stephen Forsyth, Dagmar Lassander, Laura Betti.
C-88 mins

2:45 AM
THE TERROR (1963) (horror?)
A lost soldier discovers a mysterious beauty haunting a half-deserted castle.
Dir: Roger Corman Cast: Boris Karloff, Jack Nicholson, Sandra Knight.
C-79 mins, CC, Letterbox Format

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

Tuesday – April 22, 2014

3:00 AM
THOU SHALT NOT: SEX, SIN AND CENSORSHIP IN PRE-CODE HOLLYWOOD (2008)
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
***I had no idea how racy pre-code Hollywood was!***

5:30 PM
1939: HOLLYWOOD’S GREATEST YEAR (2009)
This documentary focuses on 1939, considered to be Hollywood’s greatest year, with film clips and insight into what made the year so special.
C-68 mins, CC
***Why not? Might as well end the TCM anniversary finding out about Hollywood’s greatest year.***

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

Sunday – April 27, 2014

2:45 AM
SEANCE ON A WET AFTERNOON (1964)
A medium kidnaps a child so she can help the police solve the crime.
Dir: Bryan Forbes Cast: Kim Stanley, Richard Attenborough, Mark Eden.
BW-116 mins, CC, Letterbox Format

7:30 AM
THE 39 STEPS (1935)
A man falsely suspected of killing a spy races across Scotland handcuffed to the beautiful blonde who turned him in.
Dir: Alfred Hitchcock Cast: Robert Donat, Madeleine Carroll, Lucie Mannheim.
BW-86 mins, CC

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

Monday – April 28, 2014

3:45 AM
GUN CRAZY (1950)
Two disturbed young people release their fascination with guns through a crime spree.
Dir: Joseph H. Lewis Cast: Peggy Cummins, John Dall, Berry Kroeger.
BW-87 mins, CC

6:45 AM
THE UNHOLY NIGHT (1929)
A mad strangler haunts the London fog.
Dir: Lionel Barrymore Cast: Ernest Torrence, Roland Young, Dorothy Sebastian.
BW-93 mins

10:15 AM
GUILTY HANDS (1931)
A district attorney tries to frame an innocent girl for the murder he committed.
Dir: W. S. Van Dyke Cast: Lionel Barrymore, Kay Francis, Madge Evans.
BW-69 mins, CC

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

Tuesday – April 29, 2014

4:30 AM
ANGEL FACE (1953)
An unscrupulous woman murders her loved ones for profit.
Dir: Otto Preminger Cast: Robert Mitchum, Jean Simmons, Mona Freeman.
BW-91 mins, CC

3:45 PM
SHOCK CORRIDOR (1963)
A reporter fakes insanity to crack a murder committed in an asylum.
Dir: Samuel Fuller Cast: Peter Breck, Constance Towers, Gene Evans.
C-101 mins, CC, Letterbox Format

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

Wednesday – April 30, 2014

7:00 PM
THE LETTER (1940)
A woman claims to have killed in self-defense, until a blackmailer turns up with incriminating evidence.
Dir: William Wyler Cast: Bette Davis, Herbert Marshall, James Stephenson.
BW-95 mins, CC

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

(All of the above descriptions were copied from the TCM site. There were a few mystery movies that appeared in my monthly TCM Now Playing that didn’t show up on TCM’s schedule online, so I didn’t add them to the list.)

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

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New Orleans, Here We Come!

Here’s a quick post to let you know my husband and I are heading out to New Orleans this morning. Google maps says it’s a nine hour trip, and I am hoping it (they?) is (are?) correct. Our son is going to be holding down the fort here, even though Sprite (our puppy) is no longer with us. Having him here let’s me enjoy my trips.

My husband and I are scoping out apartments for our daughter. Her clerkship is over in August and she will be starting another one the next week. So we will be trying to find a place for her to rent for the year she is in New Orleans. I hope we find a place she’ll be happy and SAFE. She has e-mailed us several complexes that she has looked into, which will make our scouting trip a little easier.

We still haven’t decided whether we are going to turn the scouting trip into a vacation. We’ll wait and see how many places we end up looking at, and how tired we get.

I’ve got a few posts that will be going up automatically: the TV Mystery Movies and the May New Releases. Other than that, I’ll probably be chatting about our trip. Hopefully it will be more amusing than just talking about the apartment situation.

I downloaded the latest Alexander McCall Smith No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency (The Minor Adjustment Beauty Salon) and his last 44 Scotland Street (Bertie Plays the Blues) as well as Spencer Quinn’s The Dog Who Knew Too Much and some Agatha Christie, Ruth Rendell, and Ngaio Marsh mysteries. We should be able to agree on at least one audio mystery!

Mystery Book Recommendations – March 2014

I got an email two days ago from my best friend (college roommate) who lives in Iowa. She mentioned just how tired she is of winter. While reading her letter, I was able to look outside and watch the birds (and squirrels) in our back yard as they flitted about enjoying the sunshine. What a drastic difference!

As March is finishing up, I am reminded that it is time for me to ask you all about the Cozy Mystery book(s) that you have read during March that stand out as really good Cozy Mysteries. Please tell us why you are recommending the book(s) so that by reading your reasons, we can see if we might be interested in it (them), also.

I am going to start by telling you about the Cozy Mystery author I am currently reading. I started reading her a short while back when I kept seeing her being recommended in these monthly recommendation entries. Some of you kept talking about Joanne Fluke. So, better late than never, bada-beem, bada-bum, I tried her. Boy am I glad I did!

Fluke’s Hannah Swensen mysteries have become my go-to books when I’m looking for a comfy-cozy read. I find the writing very easy to read, and I love the interaction Hannah has with her sister, niece, brother-in-law, and mother. The relationships she has with her loved ones rings very true to me. The books are a nice escape-type of reading. And I love experiencing the cold of Minnesota, as well as its beauty. I enjoy Hannah’s small, close-knit community, as well.

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

[If you click on the author's name (blue) link, it will take you to their page on the Cozy Mystery site. Their page has all of the author's books listed chronologically.]

What Cozy Mystery book (or author) have you read during March 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:

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

Susan Wittig Albert: China Bayles Mystery Series

Donna Andrews: Meg Langslow Mystery Series

Alex Archer: Rogue Angel (fantasy series?)

Mignon F. Ballard: Augusta Goodnight Mystery Series

C. J. Box: Joe Picket Mystery Series: Breaking Point  (not Cozy)

Laura Bradford (aka Elizabeth Lynn Casey): Amish Mystery Series

Duffy Brown: Consignment Shop Mystery Series

Laurie Cass: Bookmobile Cat Mystery Series

Laura Childs: Tea Shop Mystery Series

Alys Clare: Hawkenlye Mystery Series

Shelley Costa: Miracolo Mystery Series

Mary Daheim: Emma Lord Alpine Mystery Series

Krista Davis: Domestic Diva Mystery Series

Jo Dereske: Miss Zukas Mystery Series

Carola Dunn: Daisy Dalrymple Mystery Series

Dawn Eastman: Family Fortune Mystery Series

Chrystle Fiedler: Natural Remedies Mystery Series

Joanne Fluke: Hannah Swensen Cookie Jar Mystery Series

Sally Goldenbaum: Seaside Knitters Mystery Series

Kerry Greenwood: Corinna Chapman Mystery Series

Leslie Meier: Lucy Stone Mystery Series

Laura Morrigan: Woof at the Door (1st in the Call of the Wilde Mystery Series)

Kate Parker: Victorian Bookshop Mystery Series

Perri O’Shaughnessy: Nina Reilly Mystery Series (not Cozy)

Gail Oust: Piper Prescott Mystery Series

Patricia Rockwell: Essie Cobb, Senior Sleuth Mystery Series

Denise Swanson: Devereaux’s Dime Store Mystery Series

Victoria Thompson: Gaslight Mystery Series

Christine Wenger: Comfort Food Mystery Series

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Wait ‘Til Spring Begins…

Spring Fever. Spring Break. Spring Forward. Spring Bouquet. Spring Cleaning. Spring-in -your-step. Spring Flowers. Spring Semester. Well, you get the picture…

I actually just went over to my calendar to see when Spring will begin, so that I could wish you all great Spring times. Lo and behold, I missed it! Spring actually began last week, and I was totally oblivious to that fact. You would think that after changing/reprogramming several clocks in the house, it would have occurred to me! Perhaps that would explain why I have been in a springtime type of mood. (No, that doesn’t include Spring Cleaning!)

I prepared our Hummingbird feeder at the very beginning of March since we were having such spring-like weather. I knew it was too early, but with it being so warm, I thought perhaps the Hummingbirds hadn’t gotten the same memo they do about when to fly to San Antonio. I wanted to be sure that everything was ready for the little fellows. I knew they had traveled quite a distance to get here.

Of course, nature being what it is, the little birds didn’t appear until they were actually supposed to appear, regardless of our unusually warm weather for this time of year. The only thing that happened with our Hummingbird feeder is that it got very yucky, since the nectar was stagnate for so long. (That’s right, “It’s not nice to fool Mother Nature.”!)

This past Thursday, I bought two red hanging geraniums to catch the attention of the Hummingbirds and then I cleaned and re-fueled the Hummingbird feeder. I don’t know why I chose Thursday, it just felt like the right day to (again) get ready for the Hummingbirds. Within hours, our first Hummingbird arrived.

As I said, I just checked my calendar to see when Spring will arrive this year. Imagine my surprise when I saw that Spring sprang last Thursday. It appears like that little, tiny Hummingbird knew a whole lot more than I did!

Hope you ALL have wonderful Spring times!

Two New Holiday Cozy Mysteries Being Released in April

OK, OK, most of you know that I depend on my holiday mysteries to help get me in the seasonal mood. Living down here in San Antonio, where the weather is pretty much somewhat cold (only occasionally), warm, hot, humid, and hotter >>> I sometimes forget that it’s fall or winter. So I am pleased whenever I see a holiday mystery being released. And in April, I am glad to see that there are two of them.

The first seasonal mystery is the third in Connie Archer ‘s Soup Lover’s Mystery Series. It’s called  A Roux of Revenge and is set during the harvest festival in Snowflake, Vermont. Oh my gosh! Autumn in Vermont! How much better (and colder!) can you hope for? It takes place during the most beautiful time of the year, the time when the leaves are putting on their colorful shows. Different hues of browns, yellows, and reds. Put the Campbell soup away. It’s time to spend some time in By the Spoonful – a place where all soup lovers can converge.

Now that we have finished with the Harvest Festival, it’s time for Halloween. Liz Mugavero will be releasing her second mystery in her Pawsitively Organic Mystery Series. It’s called A Biscuit, a Casket and it’s a Halloween theme mystery. While our sleuth, Kristan “Stan” Connor, is making organic cat and dog treats, Halloween is descending on this little town in Connecticut. The organic dairy will be hosting a costume party for the dogs in town and also hosting a Halloween haunted maze. Unfortunately the maze turns out to be a whole lot scarier than expected!

These two holiday Cozy Mystery books will be joining the rest of the Halloween and Harvest Celebration page:
Halloween Mystery Book List