The Cozy Cookbook: More than 100 Recipes from Today’s Bestselling Mystery Authors

The Cozy Cookbook: More than 100 Recipes from Today's Bestselling Mystery AuthorsI know this is way early, but I thought I would tell you about a cookbook that is being released in April. (I told you I’m a little early with this!)

The Cozy Cookbook: More than 100 Recipes from Today’s Bestselling Mystery Authors will be published, and wait until you see who the contributing Cozy Mystery authors are!

Avery Aames/Daryl Wood Gerber

Ellery Adams/J.B. Stanley/Jennifer Stanley

Connie Archer

Leslie Budewitz

Laura Childs

Cleo Coyle/Alice Kimberly

Victoria Hamilton/Amanda Cooper

B.B. Haywood

Julie Hyzy

Jenn McKinlay/Josie Belle/Lucy Lawrence

Paige Shelton

How’s that for a great cast of Cozy characters who love to bake/cook/prepare delicious Cozy delectables? The Cozy Cookbook has more than 100 recipes, which cover appetizers, entrées, and desserts.

(Now I have to go add this terrific-looking The Cozy Cookbook to all of the Cozy authors pages - as well as the Culinary theme - on the Cozy Mystery site!)

Free, Cheap, or On-Sale Kindle Mysteries AND Free, Cheap, or On-Sale Nook Mysteries – August 10, 2014

My Gal Sunday by Mary Higgins ClarkHere are the Free, Cheap, or On-Sale Kindle Mysteries that I have recently found. This list is made up of the Kindle (and Nook) mysteries that cost less than $5.00.

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Carol Higgins Clark

Wrecked ….. $1.99 (book #13)

Carol Higgins Clark on Nook

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Mary Higgins Clark

Mary Higgins Clark eBook Sampler ….. FREE

My Gal Sunday ….. $1.99 (book #13)

Before I Say Good-Bye ….. $1.99 (book #13)

Mary Higgins Clark on Nook

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Susan Rogers Cooper
MILT KOVAK Mysteries:

The Man in the Green Chevy ….. $0.99 (book #1)

Houston in the Rearview Mirror ….. $0.99 (book #2)

Other People’s Houses ….. $0.99 (book #3)

Susan Rogers Cooper on Nook

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Diane Mott Davidson
GOLDY BEAR Mysteries:

Catering to Nobody ….. $3.99 (book #1)

Double Shot ….. $4.74 (book #12)

Diane Mott Davidson on Nook

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Mary Anna Evans

Artifacts ….. $0.99 (book #1)

Relics ….. $4.99 (book #2)

Effigies ….. $4.99 (book #3)

Findings ….. $4.99 (book #4)

Floodgates ….. $4.99 (book #5)

Strangers ….. $4.99 (book #6)

Plunder ….. $4.99 (book #7)

Mary Anna Evans on Nook

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Jane Haddam

Somebody Else’s Music ….. $2.99 (book #18)

Flowering Judas ….. $4.74 (book #26)

Blood in the Water ….. $1.99 (book #27)

Jane Haddam on Nook

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Lyn Hamilton

The Xibalba Murders ….. $1.99 (book #1)

The Maltese Goddess ….. $3.99 (book #2)

The Moche Warrior ….. $3.99 (book #3)

The Celtic Riddle ….. $3.99 (book #4)

The African Quest ….. $3.99 (book #5)

The Etruscan Chimera ….. $3.99 (book #6)

The Thai Amulet ….. $3.99 (book #7)

The Magyar Venus ….. $3.99 (book #8)

The Moai Murders ….. $4.99 (book #9)

The Orkney Scroll ….. $3.99 (book #10)

Lyn Hamilton on Nook

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Janis Harrison


Lilies that Fester ….. $4.74 (book #3)

Reap a Wicked Harvest ….. $4.74 (book #5)

Janis Harrison on Nook

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Cynthia Hickey

Anything For a Mystery ….. $0.99 (book #1)

A Killer Plot ….. $2.99 (book #2)


Deadly Neighbors ….. $0.99 (book #1)

Advance Notice ….. $2.99 (book #2)

The Librarian’s Last Chapter ….. $2.99 (book #3)


Fudge-Laced Felonies ….. $0.99 (book #1)

Candy-Coated Secrets ….. $2.99 (book #2)

Chocolate-Covered Crime ….. $2.99 (book #3)

Maui Macadamia Madness ….. $2.99 (book #4)

Cynthia Hickey on Nook

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Mary Ellen Hughes

Wreath of Deception ….. $3.99 (book #1)

String of Lies ….. $3.99 (book #2)

Paper-Thin Alibi ….. $3.99 (book #3)


Resort to Murder ….. $2.99 (book #1)

A Taste of Death ….. $2.99 (book #2)

The Woman on the Train ….. $0.99 (Stand Alone short story)

Mary Ellen Hughes on Nook

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Judith K. Ivie

Waiting for Armando ….. $2.99 (book #1)

Murder on Old Main Street ….. $2.99 (book #2)

A Skeleton in the Closet ….. $2.99 (book #3)

Drowning in Christmas ….. $2.99 (book #4)

Dying Wishes ….. $2.99 (book #5)

Judith K. Ivie on Nook

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Joyce and Jim Lavene

Murderous Matrimony ….. $4.99 (book #6)

Bewitching Boots ….. $4.99 (book #7)

Perilous Pranks ….. $2.99 (Novella)


Undead by Morning ….. $0.99 (Novella)

Broken Hearted Ghoul ….. $4.99 (book #1)


Buried by Buttercups ….. $0.99 (Novella)

A Thyme to Die ….. $4.99 (book #6)

Lethal Lily ….. $4.99 (book #7)


Glory’s Last Victim ….. $3.99 (book #8)

Last Rites ….. $3.99 (book #9)

Last One Down ….. $3.99 (book #10)

Before the Last Lap ….. $3.99 (book #11)

The First Shall Be Last ….. $3.99 (book #12)

Joyce and Jim Lavene on Nook

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Laura Levine

This Pen for Hire ….. $3.66 (book #1)

The PMS Murder ….. $4.30 (book #5)

Killer Cruise ….. $4.59 (book #8)

Candy Cane Murders ….. $4.99 (w/Joanne Fluke & Leslie Meier)

Laura Levine on Nook

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Karen Musser Nortman

Bats and Bones ….. $2.99 (book #1)

The Blue Coyote ….. $2.99 (book #2)

Peete and Repeat ….. $2.99 (book #3)

The Lady of the Lake ….. $2.99 (book #4)

Karen Musser Nortman on Nook

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Elaine Orr

Appraisal for Murder ….. $2.99 (book #1)

Rekindling Motives ….. $2.99 (book #2)

When the Carny Comes to Town ….. $2.99 (book #3)

Any Port in a Storm ….. $2.99 (book #4)

Trouble on the Doorstep ….. $2.99 (book #5)

Behind the Walls ….. $0.99 (book #6)

Vague Images ….. $2.99 (book #7)

Elaine Orr on Nook

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Gillian Roberts

Caught Dead in Philadelphia ….. $0.99 (book #1)

Gillian Roberts on Nook

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Maggie Sefton

Scandals, Secrets and Murder ….. $3.99 (book #1)


Dying to Sell ….. $3.99 (book #1)

Maggie Sefton on Nook

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Phoebe Atwood Taylor


The Cape Cod Mystery ….. $4.99 (book #1)

Punch with Care ….. $4.99 (book #23)

Diplomatic Corpse ….. $4.99 (book #24)

Written as Alice Tilton:

Beginning with a Bash ….. $4.99 (book #1)

The Iron Clew ….. $4.99 (book #8)

Written as Freeman Dana:

Murder at the New York World’s Fair ….. $4.99

Phoebe Atwood Taylor on Nook

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Tamara Ward

Private Deception ….. $0.99 (book #1)

Hidden Betrayal ….. $3.99 (book #2)

Jade O’Reilly and the Ice Queen ….. $0.99 (novella)

Jade O’Reilly and the Mysterious Magician ….. $0.99 (novella)

Jade O’Reilly and the 12 Days of Christmas ….. $0.99 (novella)

Jade O’Reilly and the Graveyard Shift ….. $0.99 (novella)


Storm Surge ….. $3.99 (book #1)

Silver Flashing ….. $3.99 (book #2)

Tamara Ward on Nook

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(All of these mystery Kindle and Nook books are on sale right now, but I don’t know how long this will last, so please check the price before you get one. Also, if you take a look at some of the older Free and Cheap Kindle/Nook mysteries, you may find some that are still under $5.00. The link is below.)

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♦For more Free and Cheap Kindle Mystery Books click here.♦

Re-Trying an Old Favorite Author Who You Discarded…

negative nellieSo, a few months ago Angela gave me this great idea for an entry. I’m going to post her comment, and then my comment back. BUT I’d love to know what you ALL think.


With current series, I have found that I have burned out on the series after a few books and I do wonder if I had spaced them out more if I would have been more tolerant of all the things that bugged me so much I decided to stop reading the series. But ultimately I figure there are so many books out there to discover and by dropping one series I just made room for another one that I will potentially enjoy so much more than the one I just dropped so either way I win. To take the question further, how many of us go back to a dropped series years later and find that we do like it?

My Answer:

Angela, I have a good friend who shares a lot of my favorite authors. She has persuaded me twice to go back to an author who I finally decided to drop. Both times, she was absolutely sure I was going to add these authors right back to my favorite authors lists. Nope! The same things that caused me to drop the authors kept me from enjoying them.

Good grief, now that I just re-read that answer of mine, I know I look like a “Negative Nellie” (I think that’s the expression, although I could be wrong…) When I wrote that answer, I had forgotten that one of my current favorite Cozy Mystery authors is someone who I tried reading way back in the early 2000s >>> who I put my “*****YUCK” next to. Now I read one of her Cozy Mystery books whenever I’m looking for a really good, light Cozy Mystery. She simply writes what I think of as a good, light, and enjoyable Cozy Mystery.

When I try to re-read an author who I previously enjoyed, and then moved to my “*****YUCK” list, I try to remain positive >>> since I know there were things I loved about this author before. However, that doesn’t always work! (Actually, it barely ever works for me!)

How about you? Do you ever re-try an author who you absolutely knew you didn’t like, and then find that you enjoy him/her? Or, once you put an author on your personal “*****YUCK” list, does he/she remain there forever? Do you even re-try him/her once you have sent him/her to your “don’t-want-to-see-you-again”list?

(Since I’m asking about authors who you don’t like, or at least didn’t like in the past, please do not name specific authors!)

Valentine’s Day Mystery Books being Released during September 2014!

Here is our final batch of holiday theme mysteries that will be released very soon. These Valentine’s Day mysteries will be released during September 2014. (I know it seems early for Valentine’s Day mysteries, but maybe we can wait to read them. Hmmm… that could be a difficult task for some of us!)

New Valentine’s Day Mysteries:

Marked Down for Murder by Josie Belle (aka Jenn McKinlay & Lucy Lawrence) Josie Belle (aka Jenn McKinlay & Lucy Lawrence) will be releasing the 4th in her Good Buy Girls Mystery Series, entitled Marked Down for Murder. This Valentine’s Day theme mystery has the founder of the Good Buy Girls barbain hunters group, Maggie Gerber, vying for her sweetheart, Sam. Unfortunately, Maggie is going to have to prove that her nemesis isn’t guilty of a murder. Hmmm… This could pose a do-I-do the right thing, or do-I-just-let-things happen dilemma! (As Jenn McKinlay she writes the Cupcake Bakery Mystery Series, the Library Lover’s Mystery Series, and the Hat Shop Mystery Series. As Lucy Lawrence she writes the Decoupage Mystery Series.)

The Coniston Case by Rebecca Tope The Coniston Case is the 3rd Lake District Mystery Series by Rebecca Tope. This Valentine’s Day mystery sees Simmy going through one of the busiest time of the year at a floral shop. As Simmy delivers her Valentine’s Day bouquets, she finds that some of the recipients aren’t happy to recieve the flower arrangements. For those of you who are Rosemary and Thyme fans, Rebecca Tope is the ghostwriter of those mystery novels. (Rebecca Tope writes three other British mystery series: the Cotswold Mystery Series, the Den Cooper Mystery Series, and the Drew Slocombe Mystery Series.)

If you would like to see more Cozy Mystery Valentine’s Day mystery books, click on this link to take you to the Valentine’s Day theme mysteries page.

(If you are interested in all sorts of holiday mysteries, click on this link to take you to the Holiday Mystery Book page.)

Christmas Mystery Books being Released during September 2014!

Here is the holiday theme that I most look forward to. I know I have talked (many times!) about how I miss my seasons down here in San Antonio. I sometimes rely on a good Christmas Cozy Mystery to get me in the holiday mood. I especially like the ones that are set in cold, snowy areas.

New Christmas Mysteries:

The Edison Effect by Bernadette Pajer Bernadette Pajer‘s 4th book in her  Professor Bradshaw Mystery Series, entitled The Edison Effectwill soon be released. This Christmas theme mystery has Professor Benjamin Bradshaw, an early 1900s electrical engineer and inventor in Seattle, investigating the murder of an electrician at a men’s clothing store  who is found with holiday lights in his hand. Professor Bradshaw, his friend, and a detective try to follow the clues in order to solve the case.

 Festive in Death by J.D. Robb (aka Nora Roberts) J. D. Robb (aka Nora Roberts) is releasing Festive in Death, the 40th in her Eve Dallas in Death Mystery Series. Eve is a lieutenant in the New York police force in a futuristic 21st century (2050s – 2060s). As Nora Roberts she writes romantic suspense novels. While this is an extremely popular mystery series, it is not Cozy.

Shadows on a Maine Christmas by Lea Wait Lea Wait is also releasing a Christmas theme mystery. Wait’s 7th Shadows Antique Print Mystery Series entitled Shadows on a Maine Christmas will soon be available for reading.  Maggie Summer is an antique print dealer. She and her antiques dealer beau (along with his great aunt) head to Maine to spend a wonderful Christmas holiday. Wait also writes the Mainely Needlepoint Mystery Series, and historical novels for children.

If you would like to see more Cozy Mystery Christmas mystery books, click on this link to take you to the Christmas Theme Mystery page.

(If you are interested in all sorts of holiday mysteries, click on this link to take you to the Holiday Mystery Book page.)

Thanksgiving Mystery Books being Released during September 2014!

Now that I have told you about the Halloween theme mystery books that are going to be released during September 2014, let’s go to our next seasonal holiday. There are two Thanksgiving theme mysteries that will be released.

New Thanksgiving Mysteries:

The Wolfe Widow by Victoria Abbott (aka Mary Jane Maffini & Victoria Maffini)  Victoria Abbott (aka Mary Jane Maffini & Victoria Maffini) will be releasing The Wolfe Widow, which will be the 3rd in her Book Collector Mystery Series. This Thanksgiving theme mystery will have Jordan still working for Vera Van Alst, however she is told she has been fired by a visitor to the Van Alst house. This series is a collaboration of a mother/daughter writing duo. [Mary Jane Maffini writes the Charlotte Adams Mystery Series (featuring a professional organizer), the Camilla MacPhee Mystery Series (with a sleuth who is a violent victim's advocate in Canada), and the Fiona Silk Mystery Series (Fiona is a not-so-successful author of romance novels).]

Hit and Run by Sandra BalzoSandra Balzo is releasing Hit and Run, the 3rd in the Main Street Mystery Series. This Thanksgiving theme mystery will follow AnnaLise Griggs and her mother, Daisy, as they visit with Anna Lise’s (possible) philandering father, who happens to be very rich. Dickens Hart (her possible father) has organized a Thanksgiving celebration with all of his past lovers and possible children. Sounds like a setting for a lot of bad things to happen! (Balzo also writes the Maggie Thorsen Mystery Series.)

If you would like to see more Cozy Mystery Thanksgiving mystery books, click on this link to take you to the Thanksgiving Theme Mystery page.

(If you are interested in all sorts of holiday mysteries, click on this link to take you to the Holiday Mystery Book page.)

Halloween Mystery Books being Released during September 2014!

I have got to say, I can’t get over how many Holiday Mysteries are being released during September 2014. This is great news for those of us who love our holiday Cozy Mysteries!

At first, I was going to list all of them together in one entry. However, there are so many Holiday Mysteries being released during September, that I decided to highlight each holiday separately. Since Halloween is the closest on our calendar, I’ll start with it.

New Halloween Mysteries:

Rebel Without a Cake by Jacklyn Brady (aka Sherry Lewis) Jacklyn Brady (aka Sherry Lewis) will be releasing Rebel Without a Cake. This will be the 5th in her Piece of Cake Mystery Series. Rita Lucero is a pastry chef in New Orleans. She and Miss Frankie, her mother-in-law (previous MIL), own the Zydeco Cakes bakery. In this Halloween theme mystery, they will be catering a big event. Oh, and if you enjoy your mysteries with recipes, your in luck with this series! (As Sherry Lewis she writes the Senior Sleuth Fred Vickery Mystery Series, which has a retiree as its sleuth.)

Stirring the Plot by Daryl Wood Gerber (aka Avery Aames) Daryl Wood Gerber (aka Avery Aames) is releasing Stirring the Plot, which will be the 3rd in her Cookbook Nook Mystery Series. This Halloween mystery is set in Crystal Cove, California. Jenna Hart is the sleuth, and she has stocked her café and cooking bookshop with all sorts of Halloween-y items. Unfortunately for Jenna, the murder that takes place is not a trick-or-treat prank. (As Avery Aames, she writes the Cheese Shop Mystery Series which takes place in Ohio and has, as its sleuth, the co-owner of a cheese shop.)

If you would like to see more Cozy Mystery Halloween mystery books, click on this link to take you to the Halloween Mystery Book page.

(If you are interested in all sorts of holiday mysteries, click on this link to take you to the Holiday Mystery Book page.)