Let’s See Those Apartments, Oh, and Our Daughter!)

DC5I’ve been busy doing the wash, getting the house tidied up, stocking the freezer, in short, getting ready to head out to New Orleans, followed by Washington D.C. I know stocking the freezer sounds like an odd thing to do right before you head out on a trip, but that’s because our son will be here taking care of our house while we are gone. So the freezer being full is just what a mom does!

We had planned on going last month, but my husband became ill, so we postponed our trip. We had wanted to get this “apartment fact-finding trip to D.C.” done before the capitol gets too over-crowded with families taking their vacations. (And also to avoid the D.C. summer humid heat!)

This time, however, we won’t be flying. We’ll be driving to New Orleans to visit our daughter for a few days, and then heading out east. We have some things we want to deliver to her so that she can take them with her to D.C., since this will be her permanent place of residence. (For the last three years she has been in one-year clerkships.)

She has finally zeroed in on the areas she wants us to focus on, with a few apartment buildings in each of those areas. Hopefully we will find a few that are perfect, rather than have to look at all 26 complexes. They are located in different communities, in and around D.C.

Well, so much for my break. I’ve got to get back to my wash. I won’t be doing a whole lot of Cozy Mystery reading today!

Ten Soon to be Released Cozy Mystery Books

We recently discussed some of the things we look for when we decide whether or not to read a Cozy Mystery. I was sort of surprised by how many of us think the book’s cover influences us in determining our interest in a book. I know it impacts my interest >>> so I don’t know why this came to me as a surprise! (Who said you can’t judge a book by its cover?) I’m excited to tell you (I probably should say show you) these Cozy Mystery books, six of which were just “unveiled” for the public.

Pouncing on Murder by Laurie Cass (aka Laurie Alden) Laurie Cass (aka Laurie Alden): Pouncing on Murder (This will be the 4th in the Book Mobile Cat Mystery Series.)
Dead to the Last Drop by Cleo Coyle (aka Alice Kimberly) Cleo Coyle (aka Alice Kimberly): Dead to the Last Drop (This will be the 15th in the Coffeehouse Mystery Series.)
Fudging the Books by Daryl Wood Gerber (aka Avery Aames) Daryl Wood Gerber (aka Avery Aames) Fudging the Books (This will be the 4th in the Cookbook Nook Mystery Series.)
Ghost to the Rescue by Carolyn Hart Carolyn Hart: Ghost to the Rescue (This will be the 6th in the Bailey Ruth Ghost Mystery Series.)
Scene of the Brine by Mary Ellen Hughes Mary Ellen Hughes: Scene of the Brine (This will be the 3rd in the Pickled and Preserved Mystery Series.)
The Iced Princess by Christine Husom Christine Hussom: The Iced Princess (This will be the 2nd in the Snow Globe Shop Mystery Series.)
Grace Cries Uncle by Julie Hyzy Julie Hyzy: Grace Cries Uncle (This will be the 6th in the Manor House Mystery Series.)
Dead with the Wind by Miranda James  (aka Jimmie Ruth Evans, Honor Hartman, & Dean James) Miranda James (aka Jimmie Ruth Evans, Honor Hartman, & Dean James): Dead with the Wind (This will be the 2nd in the Southern Ladies Mystery Series.)
A Likely Story by Jenn McKinlay (aka Josie Belle & Lucy Lawrence) Jenn McKinlay (aka Josie Belle & Lucy Lawrence): A Likely Story (This will be the 6th in the Library Lover Mystery Series.)
The Cat, the Sneak and the Secret by Leann Sweeney Leann Sweeney: The Cat, the Sneak and the Secret (This will be the 7th in the Cats in Trouble Mystery Series.)

These book covers are from books that can be found on my Soon to be Released Mysteries page, which you can see by clicking this link:  Soon to be Released Mysteries page.

Two (or More!) Cozy Mysteries at the Same Time?

Death by Cashmere by Sally Goldenbaum - book #1 in Seaside Knitters MysteryI stayed up reading last night. I am currently reading one of my favorite Cozy Mystery authors, so this isn’t uncommon. Unfortunately, I had a very early dental appointment this morning. Hmmm… What’s a gal to do! Reading a favorite author VS sleeping…

Getting back to my reading:

I am currently reading a Sally Goldenbaum Seaside Knitters Cozy. I don’t knit but I did as a child. For years I supplied everyone in my family with their too-bulky, too-long, too-heavy knit scarves. I do, however, crochet >>> which is pretty similar to me. Nothing fancy, but I love to crochet.

So this morning, I rushed to get ready, made sure I had my Kindle in tow, and drove myself to my dentist’s office. As I got back to listening to the audio book I have going in my car, I was sort of confused. Who is this character? What’s this person doing in this book? OK, I recognized needlecrafting references being talked about. OK, I knew the characters in this close-knit “village”. But good grief, what’s Monica Ferris‘ Betsy Devonshire (who lives in Minnesota) doing in Sea Harbor, Massachusetts?

Crewel World by Monica Ferris - book #1 in Needlecraft MysteryThat’s when it dawned on me. I was currently reading two of my favorite Cozy Mystery series and they both have needlecrafting themes. I usually try to avoid this sort of thing, but I had decided I wanted to take a break from trying new-to-me authors and focus on two of my favorite Cozy Mystery authors.

How about you? Do you read just one Cozy Mystery at a time, or do you ever have a few Cozies going simultaneously? If you do read more than one Cozy Mystery at a time, do you ever confuse their plots for just a few tiny moments, or am I the only one who does that?

 

The Incomparable Ruth Rendell Dies – Great Mystery Author

220px-RuthRendellOver the weekend, Ruth Rendell passed away. What very sad news for the world of great mystery-writing. For the last half century, she has given us many great works of fiction. I have long considered her one of my very favorite mystery authors, and am so grateful to her for the many hours of mystery-reading enjoyment she has given me and others around the world.

In 1990, the British Crime Writer’s Association compiled a list of the top 100 crime novels of all time. Two of Ruth Rendell’s novels were on that list: A Demon in My View and Judgement in Stone. Five years later, the Mystery Writers of America compiled a list of the top 100 novels of all time, and Ruth Rendell’s A Judgement in Stone was on that list.

I am partial to her Inspector Wexford mysteries, however I read (and enjoy!) both her stand alone novels written as Barbara Vine, as well as Ruth Rendell. The world of mystery books has lost one of its finest authors.

Here is an article on the BBC site with more information about Ruth Rendell.

2014 Agatha Award Winners (presented in 2015)

teapotFirst of all, CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL OF THE AGATHA AWARD WINNERS AND NOMINEES!

I know the title may sound a little confusing with both 2015 and 2014 in it, but that’s because the Agatha Awards for the mystery books published in 2014 were just announced at the Malice Domestic convention in May 2015.

Here are the 2014 Agatha Award Winners:

Best Contemporary Novel: Truth Be Told by Hank Phillippi Ryan

Best Historical Novel: Queen of Hearts by Rhys Bowen

Best First Novel: Well Read, Then Dead by Terrie Farley Moran

Best Children’s/Young Adult Novel: The Code Buster’s Club, Case #4: The Mummy’s Curse by Penny Warner

Best Non-Fiction: Writes of Passage: Adventures on the Writer’s Journey by Hank Phillippi Ryan, Editor

Best Short Story: The Odds are Against Us by Art Taylor

Lifetime Achievement: Lifetime Achievement: Sara Paretsky

Again, Congratulations to ALL!

If you would like to see some of the past Agatha Award winners and nominees, click on this link to go to my Mystery Book Award page.

P.S. The Agatha Awards are actually teapots! You can’t get much Cozier than that!

June 2015 Mystery Book New Releases

The Diva Steals a Chocolate Kiss by Krista DavisThe following Mystery Books will be released in June 2015:

Kathy Aarons: Truffled to Death (This will be the 2nd in the Chocolate Covered Mystery Series.)

Sparkle Abbey: Downton Tabby (This will be the 7th in the Pampered Pets Mystery Series.)

Ellie Alexander (aka Kate Dyer Seeley): A Batter of Life and Death (This will be the in the Bakeshop Mystery Series.)

Lorna Barrett (aka Lorraine Bartlett & L.L. Bartlett): A Fatal Chapter (This will be the 9th in the Booktown Mystery Series.)

Christy Barritt: Random Acts of Deceit (This will be the 2nd in the Holly Anna Paladin Mystery Series.)

L.L. Bartlett (aka Lorna Barrett & Lorraine Bartlett): Eyewitness (This will be a Jeff Resnick Mystery series story.)

Jenna Bennett (aka Jennie Bentley & Bente Gallagher): Unfinished Business (This will be the 10th in the Savannah Martin Mystery Series.)

Nancy Bush: You Can’t Escape (This will be the 4th in the Nowhere Mystery Series.)

Lynn Cahoon: Dressed to Kill (This will be the 4th in the Tourist Trap Mystery Series.)

Janet Cantrell (aka Kaye George): Fat Cat Spreads Out (This will be the 2nd in the Fat Cat Mystery Series.)

Kate Carlisle: Ripped from the Pages (This will be the 10th in the Bibliophile Mystery Series.)

Vannetta Chapman: Murder Freshly Baked (This will be the 3rd in the Amish Village Mystery Series.)

Sheila Connolly (aka Sarah Atwell): Privy to the Dead (This will be the 6th book in the Museum Mystery Series.)

Lesley Cookman: Murder in the Blood (This will be the 15th book in the Libby Sarjeant Mystery Series.)

Maya Corrigan: Scam Chowder (This will be the 2nd in the Five-Ingredient Mystery Series.)

Elizabeth Craig (aka Elizabeth Spann Craig & Riley Adams): Tying the Knot (This will be the 5th in the Southern Quilting Mystery Series.)

Kathi Daley: Heavenly Honeymoon (This will be the 15th in the Zoe Donovan Mystery Series.)

Jeanne M. Dams: The Gentle Art of Murder (This will be the 16th in the Dorothy Martin Mystery Series.)

Krista Davis: The Diva Steals a Chocolate Kiss (This will be the 9th in the Domestic Diva Mystery Series.)

Carola Dunn: Superfluous Women (This will be the 22nd in the Daisy Dalrymple Mystery Series.)

Janet Evanovich & Phoef Sutton: Wicked Charms (This will be the 3rd in the Lizzy & Diesel Mystery Series.)

Susanna Gregory: A Poisonous Plot (This will be the 21st in the Chronicles of Matthew Bartholomew Mystery Series.)

April Henry: Blood Will Tell (This will be the 2nd in the Point Last Seen Mystery Series.)

Heather Horrocks: Inn the Family Way (This will be the 3rd in the Who-Dun-Him Inn Mystery Series.)

Victoria Houston: Dead Rapunzel (This will be the in the 15th Loon Lake Fishing Mystery Series.)

Annie Knox (aka Wendy Lyn Watson): Collared for Murder (This will be the 3rd in the Pet Boutique Mystery Series.)

Joyce and Jim Lavene (aka J.J. Cook & Ellie Grant): A Watery Death (This will be the 7th in the Missing Pieces Mystery Series.) (This is a Fourth of July themed mystery.)

Laura Levine: Death by Tiara (This will be the 13th in the Jaine Austen Mystery Series.)

Jeanne Mackin (aka Anna Maclean): A Lady of Good Family (This will be a Stand Alone novel.) (not a mystery)

Edward Marston (aka Conrad Allen & Keith Miles): Timetable of Death (This will be the 12th in the Railway Detective Mystery Series.)

Nancy J. Parra (aka Nancy Coco): Bodice of Evidence (This will be the 2nd in the Perfect Proposals Mystery Series.)

James Patterson & Howard Roughan: Truth or Die (This will be a Stand Alone mystery.)

James Patterson & Chris Tebbetts: Just My Rotten Luck (This will be the 4th in the Middle School Series.)

Penny Pike (aka Penny Warner): Death of a Chocolate Cheater (This will be the 2nd in the Food Festival Mystery Series.)

Rose Pressey: All Dressed Up and No Place to Haunt (This will be the 2nd in the Haunted Vintage Mystery Series.)

Peter Robinson: In the Dark Places (This will be the 23rd in the Inspector Banks Mystery Series.)

Maggie Sefton: Purl Up and Die (This will be the 13th in the Knitting Mystery Series.)

Paige Shelton: Bushel Full of Murder (This will be the in the 7th in the Farmers’ Market Mystery Series.)

I know these are a whole month early, so here are the May  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.)

Mystery Book Recommendations – April 2015

Nightmares Can Be Murder by Mary KennedyIt’s the end of April already! Where has the time gone. It seems like just yesterday we were celebrating Easter, and we’re already looking at Memorial Day being right around the corner!

I’m going to try to keep this super short, so we can get right to our April 2015 Cozy Mystery book recommendations. If you read a Cozy Mystery this month that you think far exceeded your expectations, would you please tell the rest of us about it. We’d not only like to see which Cozy you think was the best you read this month, but also why you think it was better than all the rest of the Cozies you read during April.

Also, if you tell us about several great Cozies you read this month (and why you liked them so much) please put the one that you think was the absolute best of the best at the top of your list.

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 April 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:

Sparkle Abbey: Pampered Pets Mystery Series

Susan Wittig Albert: China Bayles Mystery Series

Simon Brett: Fethering Mystery Series

Simon Brett: Melita Pargeter Mystery Series

Duffy Brown: Consignment Shop Mystery Series

Christina A. Burke & Elizabeth Ashby: Danger Cove Renovation Mystery Series (The Secret of the Painted Lady, book #1)

Jessie Crockett: Sugar Grove Mystery Series

Kathi Daley: Zoe Donovan Mystery Series

Jana DeLeon: Miss Fortune Mystery Series

Laura DiSilverio (aka Ella Barrick & Lila Dare): Readaholics Book Club Mystery Series

Claire Donally: Sunny & Shadow Mystery Series

Margaret Grace (aka Camille Minichino, Ada Madison, & Jean Flowers): Miniature Mystery Series

Joan Hess: Claire Malloy Mystery Series

Edward D. Hoch: The Sherlock Holmes Stories of Edward D. Hoch (short stories)

Alan Hunter: Inspector George Gently Mystery Series (Gently Does It is book #1)

D.E. Ireland: Eliza Doolittle & Henry Higgins Mystery Series

Miranda James (aka Dean James, Jimmie Ruth Evans, & Honor Hartman): Cat in the Stacks Mystery Series

Diane Kelly: Tara Holloway Mystery Series

Leigh Perry (aka Toni L.P. Kelner): Family Skeleton Mystery Series

Josi S. Kilpack: Culinary Mystery Series

Joyce and Jim Lavene (aka J.J. Cook & Ellie Grant): Taxi for the Dead Mystery Series

Anna Loan-Wilsey: Hattie Davish Mystery Series

Kylie Logan (aka Miranda Bliss & Casey Daniels): Chili Cook-off Mystery Series

Anne Perry: Charlotte & Thomas Pitt Mystery Series

Barbara Ross: Maine Clambake Mystery Series

Mark Reutlinger: Mrs. Kaplan and the Matzoh Ball of Death

M.L. Rowland: Search and Rescue Mystery Series (Zero-Degree Murder is book #1)

Jane Sevier: Psychic Socialite Mystery Series (Fortune’s Fool, book #1)

Liz Trenow: The Forgotten Seamstress (possibly not a mystery)

Ashley Weaver: Murder at the Brightwell

[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.

♦To access more Cozy Mystery Books Recommendations, click on this link♦

P.S. I try to respond to all of the comments on the Cozy Mystery blog, however I don’t usually respond to the comments on these monthly recommendation entries.

Malice Domestic 2014 Agatha Awards – Do You Have a Favorite?

19844584[1]The 27th Malice Domestic is going to be held next weekend. That’s right! Next weekend (May 1-3, 2015), the Bethesda, Maryland’s Hyatt Regency Hotel will be the place to be! Those people attending the convention will be voting for the authors/mysteries they think should win in each of the categories. Pretty exciting!

I especially like these awards because they are supposed to go to mysteries that are similar to Agatha Christie’s books >>> thus their name! These are mysteries without gratuitous sex, violence, or gore >>> in short, pretty Cozy! I know I have said (more than too many times for some of you!) that these are the Coziest of Cozy Mystery awards out there.

The mystery books that have been nominated are those that were published (in any format) during 2014. By that I mean they can be paperbacks, hard covers, or even e-books.

I see lots of very familiar names and titles. I’m guessing there are a few of your very favorite Cozy Mystery authors within these categories. I think it would be pretty difficult to vote for one Cozy over another in some of these categories!

Congratulations to ALL the nominees!

AGATHA AWARD BEST NOVEL:
The Good, The Bad and The Emus by Donna Andrews
A Demon Summer by G.M. Malliet
Designated Daughters by Margaret Maron
The Long Way Home by Louise Penny
Truth Be Told by Hank Phillippi Ryan

AGATHA AWARD BEST HISTORICAL NOVEL:
Queen of Hearts by Rhys Bowen
Wouldn’t it Be Deadly by D.E. Ireland
Murder in Murray Hill by Victoria Thompson
Hunting Shadows by Charles Todd
An Unwilling Accomplice by Charles Todd

AGATHA AWARD BEST FIRST NOVEL:
Circle of Influence by Annette Dashofy
Tagged for Death by Sherry Harris
Finding Sky by Susan O’Brien
Well Read, Then Dead by Terrie Farley Moran
Murder Strikes a Pose by Tracy Weber

AGATHA AWARD BEST CHILDREN’S/YOUNG ADULT NOVEL:
Found by Harlen Coben
Andi Under Pressure  by Amanda Flower
Greenglass House by Kate Milford
Uncertain Glory by Lea Wait
The Code Buster’s Club, Case #4: The Mummy’s Curse by Penny Warner

AGATHA AWARD BEST SHORT STORY:
The Blessing Witch by Kathy Lynn Emerson
The Shadow Knows by Barb Goffman
Just Desserts for Johnny by Edith Maxwell
The Odds are Against Us by Art Taylor
Premonition by Art Taylor

AGATHA AWARD BEST NON-FICTION
The Poisoner: The Life and Crimes of Victorian England’s Most Notorious Doctor by Stephen Bates
Death Dealer: How Cops and Cadaver Dogs Brought a Killer to Justice by Kate Flora
400 Things Cops Know: Street Smart Lessons from a Veteran Patrolman by Adam Plantinga
Writes of Passage: Adventures on the Writer’s Journey by Hank Phillippi Ryan, Editor
The Art of the English Murder by Lucy Worsley

Guest of Honor: Charles Todd & Ann Cleeves
Toastmaster: Toni L.P. Kelner
Lifetime Achievement: Sara Paretsky

Are any of your personal favorites nominated? 

P.S. If you would like to take a look at some of the winners and nominees from previous years, the categories can be found on my Mystery Book Awards page. (I’m pretty sure you’ll recognize a lot of the Cozy Mystery authors’ names!)

Upcoming Television Mystery Movies for May 2015

Jane Eyre with Orson Welles & Joan FontaineMay 2015 is going to be bringing us two new Hallmark Movies & Mysteries movies that are based on two Cozy Mystery Series. Joanne Fluke’s Hannah Swensen movie will be premiering on Saturday, May 2 and Peter King’s Gourmet Detective will debut on Saturday, May 16. I have the Hallmark Movies & Mysteries channel schedule right below the Turner Classic Movies channel schedule.

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

May 2015 Turner Classic Movies Channel Mystery Movies (Central time zone):

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

Friday – May 1, 2015

11:00 PM
Jane Eyre (1944)
A governess at a remote estate falls in love with her brooding employer.
Dir: Robert Stevenson Cast: Orson Welles, Joan Fontaine, Margaret O’Brien.
BW-96 mins, CC

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

Sunday – May 3, 2015

11:00 AM
Kiss Me Deadly (1955)
Detective Mike Hammer fights to solve the murder of a beautiful hitchhiker with a mysterious connection to the Mob.
Dir: Robert Aldrich Cast: Ralph Meeker, Albert Dekker, Paul Stewart.
BW-106 mins, CC, Letterbox Format

The Blue Dahlia with Alan Ladd & Veronica Lake9:00 PM
The Blue Dahlia (1946)
A veteran fights to prove he didn’t kill his cheating wife.
Dir: George Marshall Cast: Alan Ladd, Veronica Lake, William Bendix.
BW-100 mins, CC

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

Monday – May 4, 2015

9:00 AM
Public Enemy’s Wife (1936)
An escaped convict’s bride joins forces with the FBI.
Dir: Nick Grinde Cast: Pat O’Brien, Margaret Lindsay, Robert Armstrong.
BW-69 mins

12:30 PM
Ocean’s Eleven (1960)
A group of friends plot to rob a Las Vegas casino.
Dir: Lewis Milestone Cast: Peter Lawford, Dean Martin, Frank Sinatra.
C-127 mins, CC, Letterbox Format

11:15 PM
Beyond a Reasonable Doubt (1956)
A novelist frames himself for murder to prove the fallibility of circumstantial evidence.
Dir: Fritz Lang Cast: Dana Andrews, Joan Fontaine, Sidney Blackmer.
BW-80 mins, CC, Letterbox Format

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

Tuesday – May 5, 2015

9:00 AM
Gallant Sons (1940)
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

1:30 PM
Secret Enemies (1942)
The FBI tracks Nazi agents to a luxury hotel.
Dir: Ben Stoloff Cast: Craig Stevens, Faye Emerson, John Ridgely.
BW-58 mins

2:30 PM
The Hidden Hand (1942)
The body count rises during the competition for a family inheritance.
Dir: Ben Stoloff Cast: Craig Stevens, Elisabeth Fraser, Julie Bishop.
BW-67 mins

5:30 PM
Two In the Dark (1936)
A man with amnesia fights to prove himself innocent of murder.
Dir: Ben Stoloff Cast: Walter Abel, Margot Grahame, Wallace Ford.
BW-74 mins

Agatha with Vanessa Redgrave & Dustin Hoffman10:30 PM
Agatha (1979)
A fictional account of the real life, eleven day, never explained 1926 disappearance of famed murder mystery writer Agatha Christie.
Dir: Michael Apted Cast: Dustin Hoffman, Vanessa Redgrave, Timothy Dalton.
C-105 mins
***This looks like it might be interesting.***

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

Wednesday – May 6, 2015

12:15 AM
And Then There Were None (1945)
Guests at a remote island mansion realize a crazed killer is stalking them.
Dir: René Clair Cast: Barry Fitzgerald, Walter Huston, Louis Hayward.
BW-97 mins, CC

5:00 AM
Night Nurse (1931)
A nurse discovers that the children she’s caring for are murder targets.
Dir: William A. Wellman Cast: Barbara Stanwyck, Ben Lyon, Joan Blondell.
BW-72 mins, CC

9:30 AM
Angel of Mercy (1939)
This short film details the life of Clara Barton, founder of the Red Cross.
Dir: Edward L. Cahn Cast: Cliff Danielson, Claire McDowell, Oscar Apfel.
BW-10 mins
***This is a very short documentary about Clara Barton, not a mystery, but it may be interesting.***

11:45 AM
The Nurse’s Secret (1941)
When her patient is murdered, a private-duty nurse investigates the crime.
Dir: Noel M. Smith Cast: Lee Patrick, Regis Toomey, Julie Bishop.
BW-64 mins

7:00 PM
The Killing (1956)
A team of specialists plots a daring racetrack robbery, but they don’t reckon with human frailty.
Dir: Stanley Kubrick Cast: Sterling Hayden, Coleen Gray, Vince Edwards.
BW-84 mins, CC

The Asphalt Jungle with Sterling Hayden & Louis Calhern8:45 PM
The Asphalt Jungle (1950)
A gang of small time crooks plots an elaborate jewel heist.
Dir: John Huston Cast: Sterling Hayden, Louis Calhern, Jean Hagen.
BW-112 mins, CC

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

Thursday – May 7, 2015

12:15 AM
Suddenly (1954)
Gunmen take over a suburban home to plot a presidential assassination.
Dir: Lewis Allen Cast: Frank Sinatra, Sterling Hayden, James Gleason.
BW-77 mins, CC

1:45 AM
Crime of Passion (1957)
An executive’s wife barters sex for her husband’s business success.
Dir: Gerd Oswald Cast: Barbara Stanwyck, Sterling Hayden, Raymond Burr.
BW-86 mins, CC, Letterbox Format

7:00 PM
Airport (1970)
A mad bomber plots to blow up a jet on a snowy night.
Dir: George Seaton Cast: Burt Lancaster, Dean Martin, Jean Seberg.
C-137 mins, Letterbox Format

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

Friday – May 8, 2015

10:30 AM
Purple Noon (1961)
French adaptation of Patricia Highsmith’s novel, about Tom Ripley, a talented mimic, moocher, forger and all-around
criminal improviser.
Dir: René Clément Cast: Alain Delon, Marie Laforêt, Maurice Ronet.
C-117 mins
*** I’m guessing this is in French with English subtitles.***

7:00 PM
Touch of Evil (1958)
A narcotics agent risks his wife’s life to investigate a crooked cop.
Dir: Orson Welles Cast: Charlton Heston, Janet Leigh, Orson Welles.
BW-111 mins, CC, Letterbox Format

Mr. Arkadin with Orson Welles10:45 PM
Mr. Arkadin (1955)
A private eye investigates a millionaire’s mysterious past before a murderer can get to the witnesses.
Dir: Orson Welles Cast: Orson Welles, Robert Arden, Paola Mori.
BW-106 mins

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

Saturday – May 9, 2015

2:15 AM
Foreign Correspondent (1940)
An American reporter covering the war in Europe gets mixed up in the assassination of a Dutch diplomat.
Dir: Alfred Hitchcock Cast: Joel McCrea, Laraine Day, Herbert Marshall.
BW-120 mins, CC

1:30 PM
The Wild North (1952)
A Mountie tracks an accused killer through the Canadian wilderness.
Dir: Andrew Marton Cast: Stewart Granger, Wendell Corey, Cyd Charisse.
C-97 mins, CC

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

Sunday – May 10, 2015

***TCM is celebrating Mother’s Day with a day full of movies that feature mothers.***

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

Monday – May 11, 2015

*** The five Agatha Christie movies they are showing today may not be for everyone. These are comedic mysteries.***

5:45 AM
Murder, She Said (1961)
When nobody will believe she witnessed a murder, elderly sleuth Miss Marple takes a job as a maid to ferret out
clues.
Dir: George Pollock Cast: Margaret Rutherford, Arthur Kennedy, Muriel Pavlow.
BW-86 mins, CC, Letterbox Format

7:15 AM
Murder at the Gallop (1963)
Elderly sleuth Miss Marple suspects foul play when an old friend is supposedly scared to death by a cat.
Dir: George Pollock Cast: Margaret Rutherford, Robert Morley, Flora Robson.
BW-81 mins, CC, Letterbox Format

8:45 AM
Murder Most Foul (1964)
Elderly sleuth Miss Marple joins a small-town theatre to investigate a murder.
Dir: George Pollock Cast: Margaret Rutherford, Ron Moody, Charles Tingwell.
BW-91 mins, CC, Letterbox Format

10:30 AM
Murder Ahoy with Margaret RutherfordMurder Ahoy (1964)
Elderly sleuth Miss Marple takes to the seas to investigate murder on a naval training ship.
Dir: George Pollock Cast: Margaret Rutherford, Lionel Jeffries, Charles Tingwell.
BW-93 mins, CC, Letterbox Format

12:15 PM
The Alphabet Murders (1965)
Belgian detective Hercule Poirot investigates a series of murders committed in alphabetical order.
Dir: Frank Tashlin Cast: Tony Randall, Anita Ekberg, Robert Morley.
BW-91 mins, CC

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

Wednesday – May 13, 2015

2:15 AM
I’ll Be Seeing You (1944)
A soldier meets a woman on Christmas furlough from prison and they fall in love.
Dir: William Dieterle Cast: Ginger Rogers, Joseph Cotten, Shirley Temple.
BW-85 mins, CC
***This is an overlooked Christmas movie.***

11:15 AM
Genius at Work (1947)
Two radio sleuths tackle a real murder case.
Dir: Leslie Goodwins Cast: Wally Brown, Alan Carney, Anne Jeffreys.
BW-61 mins

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

Thursday – May 14, 2015

8:15 AM
Village of the Damned (1961)
After a mysterious blackout, the inhabitants of a British village give birth to emotionless, super-powered offspring.
Dir: Wolf Rilla Cast: George Sanders, Barbara Shelley, Martin Stephens.
BW-77 mins, CC, Letterbox Format

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

Friday – May 15, 2015

5:00 AM
The Reckless Moment (1949)
A mother attempts to protect her murderous daughter.
Dir: Max Opuls Cast: James Mason, Joan Bennett, Geraldine Brooks.
BW-82 mins, CC

11:30 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

4:45 PM
The Last of Sheila (1973)
A game of murder among wealthy vacationers turns into the real thing.
Dir: Herbert Ross Cast: James Coburn, Raquel Welch, Dyan Cannon.
C-119 mins, Letterbox Format

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

Sunday – May 17, 2015

11:00 AM
Scaramouche (1952)
In 18th-century France, a young man masquerades as an actor to avenge his friend’s murder.
Dir: George Sidney Cast: Stewart Granger, Eleanor Parker, Janet Leigh.
C-115 mins, CC

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

Monday – May 18, 2015

Arsenic and Old Lace with Cary Grant4:45 PM
Arsenic and Old Lace (1944)
A young man about to be married discovers the two aunts who raised him have been poisoning lonely old men.
Dir: Frank Capra Cast: Cary Grant, Priscilla Lane, Raymond Massey.
BW-118 mins, CC

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

Tuesday – May 19, 2015

1:00 PM
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

11:00 PM
The Late Show (1977)
An aging private eye hooks up with a Hollywood eccentric to investigate his partner’s murder.
Dir: Robert Benton Cast: Art Carney, Lily Tomlin, Bill Macy.
C-92 mins, Letterbox Format

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

Wednesday – May 20, 2015

1:00 AM
Still of the Night (1982)
A psychiatrist falls for the chief suspect in a patient’s murder.
Dir: Robert Benton Cast: Roy Scheider, Meryl Streep, Jessica Tandy.
C-91 mins, Letterbox Format

3:00 AM
Nadine (1987)
A woman trying to recover photos of herself and divorce her husband witnesses a murder and uncovers corrupt
land dealings.
Dir: Robert Benton Cast: Jeff Bridges, Kim Basinger, Rip Torn.
C-78 mins

The Murder man with Spencer Tracy5:00 AM
The Murder Man (1935)
A hard-drinking reporter specializes in murder cases, until he becomes a suspect in one himself.
Dir: Tim Whelan Cast: Spencer Tracy, Virginia Bruce, Lionel Atwill.
BW-69 mins, CC,

9:30 AM
The Last Gangster (1937)
When a notorious gangster gets out of prison, he vows revenge on the wife who left him.
Dir: Edward Ludwig Cast: Edward G. Robinson, James Stewart, Rose Stradner.
BW-81 mins, CC

5:30 PM
James Stewart: A Wonderful Life (1987)
A retrospective on the life and career of actor James Stewart, with clips from many of his films and interviews with
people who have worked with him.
Dir: David Heeley Cast: Johnny Carson, James Stewart, Ronald Reagan.
C-86 mins
***This documentary on Jimmy Stewart might be fun!***

7:00 PM
Johnny Guitar (1954)
A lady saloon owner battles a female rancher out to frame her for murder.
Dir: Nicholas Ray Cast: Joan Crawford, Sterling Hayden, Mercedes McCambridge.
C-110 mins, CC

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

Thursday – May 21, 2015

1:30 AM
The Iron Sheriff (1957)
A sheriff tries to clear his son of the murder of a stagecoach driver.
Dir: Sidney Salkow Cast: Sterling Hayden, Constance Ford, John Dehner.
BW-73 mins, CC

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

Friday – May 22, 2015

5:15 AM
Friends and Lovers (1931)
A society woman and her husband blackmail the men who flirt with her.
Dir: Victor Schertzinger Cast: Adolphe Menjou, Lily Damita, Laurence Olivier.
BW-68 mins

3:00 PM
Term of Trial (1962)
A schoolgirl obsessed with her teacher accuses him of molesting her.
Dir: Peter Glenville Cast: Laurence Olivier, Simone Signoret, Sarah Miles.
BW-113 mins, CC, Letterbox Format

The Stranger with Edward G. Robinson, Loretta Young, & Orson Welles7:00 PM
The Stranger (1946)
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

9:00 PM
The Trial (1963)
In this adaptation of Kafka’s classic, a man in a nameless country stands trial for an unnamed crime.
Dir: Orson Welles Cast: Anthony Perkins, Jeanne Moreau, Romy Schneider.
BW-120 mins, CC

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

Saturday – May 23, 2015

12:30 AM
F for Fake (1973)
Director Orson Welles examines the career of a notorious art forger.
Dir: Orson Welles Cast: Orson Welles, Oja Kodar, Joseph Cotten.
C-88 mins, CC, Letterbox Format

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

Saturday – May 23, 2015 through Monday – May 25, 2015

***TCM honors Memorial Day with war-time movies.***

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

Wednesday – May 27, 2015

10:45 PM
The Long Goodbye (1973)
Detective Phillip Marlowe investigates shady characters involved in a long-lost friend’s murder.
Dir: Robert Altman Cast: Elliott Gould, Nina Van Pallandt, Sterling Hayden.
C-107 mins, Letterbox Format

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

Thursday – May 28, 2015

8:00 AM
The Runaway Bride (1930)
A criminal gang goes after the jewels their dying leader stashed in a woman’s handbag.
Dir: Donald Crisp Cast: Mary Astor, Lloyd Hughes, David Newell.
BW-66 mins

Time After Time with Malcolm McDowell & Mary Steenburgen8:45 PM
Time After Time (1979)
When Jack the Ripper steals his time machine, author H.G. Wells travels to modern-day San Francisco to track him down.
Dir: Nicholas Meyer Cast: Malcolm McDowell, David Warner, Mary Steenburgen.
C-112 mins, Letterbox Format

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

Friday – May 29, 2015

5:00 AM
The Case of the Lucky Legs (1935)
Perry Mason tries to stay on the wagon while investigating the murder of a crooked beauty contest promoter.
Dir: Archie L. Mayo Cast: Warren William, Genevieve Tobin, Patricia Ellis.
BW-78 mins, CC

12:45 PM
Fast and Furious (1939)
Married book-dealers Joel and Garda Sloane get mixed up with murder during a beauty pageant .
Dir: Busby Berkeley Cast: Franchot Tone, Ann Sothern, Ruth Hussey.
BW-73 mins, CC

2:00 PM
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 Third Man (1949)
A man’s investigation of a friend’s death uncovers corruption in post-World War II Vienna.
Dir: Carol Reed Cast: Joseph Cotten, Alida Valli, Orson Welles.
BW-104 mins, CC

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

Saturday – May 30, 2015

Another Thin Man with William Powell & Myrna Loy11:00 AM
Another Thin Man (1939)
Not even the joys of parenthood can stop married sleuths Nick and Nora Charles from investigating a murder on a
Long Island estate.
Dir: W. S. Van Dyke II Cast: William Powell, Myrna Loy, Virginia Grey.
BW-103 mins, CC,

3:15 PM
Bad Day at Black Rock (1955)
A one-armed veteran uncovers small-town secrets when he tries to visit an Asian-American war hero’s family.
Dir: John Sturges Cast: Spencer Tracy, Robert Ryan, Anne Francis.
C-82 mins, CC, Letterbox Format

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

Sunday – May 31, 2015

1:00 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

3:15 PM
The Carey Treatment (1972)
A doctor uncovers a hotbed of corruption when he tries to clear a colleague of a murder charge.
Dir: Blake Edwards Cast: James Coburn, Jennifer O’Neill, Pat Hingle.
C-101 mins, CC, Letterbox Format

5:15 PM
Mystery Street (1950)
Criminal pathologists try to crack a case with nothing but the victim’s bones to go on.
Dir: John Sturges Cast: Ricardo Montalban, Sally Forrest, Bruce Bennett.
BW-93 mins, CC

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

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

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

May 2015 Hallmark Movies & Mystery Channel Mystery Movies (Central time zone):

***** ***** ***** *****
Garage Sale Mystery with Lori Loughlin(***Since the Hallmark Movies & Mystery channel only lists its schedule for four weeks at a time, I’m not able to get the entire month of May. However, I will be updating this list as soon as I find their updated monthly list.***)

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

Friday – May 1, 2015

6:00 AM
Columbo: Agenda for Murder
This time Columbo is put on a murder that was made to look like a suicide. However, he notices some loose ends, and asks a lawyer and a governor to clear these problems up.

12:00 – 4:00 PM
Diagnosis Murder marathon

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

Saturday – May 2, 2015

10:00 AM
Wedding Planner Mystery
A young wedding planner is framed for a crime and struggles to clear her name as she learns that love does not always arrive in a pretty package. Stars Erica Durance, Andrew Walker and Brandon Beemer.

12:00 PM
Garage Sale Mystery: All That Glitters
Jennifer Shannon has an eye for antiques and a mind for solving mysteries. When she buys a storage unit at auction, she has no idea she’s opening the door to murder, and realizes the killer is after something in the storage unit. Stolen diamonds, antique Teddy Bears and handsome strangers are the clues to solving the crime. Stars Lori Loughlin, Sarah Strange, and Steve Bacic.

2:00 PM
Garage Sale Mystery: The Deadly Room
Jennifer’s real-estate agent pal dies while trying to negate rumors about a home she’s selling. The police believe there was no foul play, but Jennifer suspects that her friend was killed after she researches other deaths that occurred in the same room. Stars Lori Loughlin, Steve Bacic, Sarah Strange and Kevin O’Grady.

4:00 PM
Along Came a Nanny
Detective Mike Logan takes on a special undercover assignment as a nanny when a quiet, upscale neighborhood is turned upside down by a string of robberies. When the mystery begins to unravel, new relationships are threatened as he struggles to protect his secret identity and solve a difficult case. Stars Sarah Lancaster and Cameron Mathison.

6:00 PM
A Bone to Pick: An Aurora Teagarden Mystery
Librarian Aurora Teagarden is known around her small town as a master sleuth. When her friend Jane
unexpectedly dies and leaves Aurora everything in her will, she also leaves a troubling murder mystery. It is up to Aurora to piece together the clues and solve the murder before she becomes the next victim. Stars Candace Cameron Bure, Marilu Henner and Alexa Doig.

8:00 PM
Murder, She Baked: A Chocolate Chip Cookie Mystery
Free spirited cookie baker Hannah Swensen jumps in to help a handsome new detective track down the culprit and uncover the mystery surrounding the death of her friend and local milk delivery man. Stars Alison Sweeney, Cameron Mathison and Barbara Niven.

10:00 PM
Garage Sale Mystery: The Deadly Room
Jennifer’s real-estate agent pal dies while trying to negate rumors about a home she’s selling. The police believe there was no foul play, but Jennifer suspects that her friend was killed after she researches other deaths that occurred in the same room. Stars Lori Loughlin, Steve Bacic, Sarah Strange and Kevin O’Grady.

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

Sunday – May 3, 2015

6:00 AM – 11:59 PM
Murder, She Wrote marathon

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

Monday – May 4, 2015

Columbo Mystery Movie Collection (Includes Rest in Peace, Mrs. Columbo)6:00 AM
Columbo: Rest in Peace, Mrs. Columbo
A woman who blames Lt. Columbo for the loss of her husband sets out to get back at him. But before she goes after him, she first goes after the man who informed on her husband and by showing the Lt. how it feels to lose a love one; by going after his wife.

12:00 – 4:00 PM
Diagnosis Murder marathon

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

Tuesday – May 5, 2015

6:00 AM
Columbo: Uneasy Lies the Crown
The unsuccessful junior partner in a dental group, a bad husband and degenerate gambler, faces divorce and ostracism from his father-in-law’s firm.

12:00 – 4:00 PM
Diagnosis Murder marathon

4:00 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.

6:00 PM
Murder, She Baked: A Chocolate Chip Cookie Mystery
Free spirited cookie baker Hannah Swensen jumps in to help a handsome new detective track down the culprit and uncover the mystery surrounding the death of her friend and local milk delivery man. Stars Alison Sweeney, Cameron Mathison and Barbara Niven.

8:00 PM
Jesse Stone: Benefit of the Doubt
When a shocking double homicide rocks the quiet town of Paradise, Jesse Stone is forced out of retirement. With his police department nearly emptied of staff, he has to rely on his expert intuition to sort through a maze of misleading clues as he attempts to unravel the mysterious murders. Stars Tom Selleck, Kathy Baker and Kohl Sudduth.

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

Wednesday – May 6, 2015

6:00 AM
Columbo: Murder in Malibu
A successful writer of romance novels who is involved with a young, ambitious womanizer, is found shot to death in her Malibu home.

8:00 AM
Murder, She Baked: A Chocolate Chip Cookie Mystery
Free spirited cookie baker Hannah Swensen jumps in to help a handsome new detective track down the culprit and uncover the mystery surrounding the death of her friend and local milk delivery man. Stars Alison Sweeney, Cameron Mathison and Barbara Niven.

10:00 AMMary Higgins Clark's My Gal Sunday
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.

12:00 – 4:00 PM
Diagnosis Murder marathon

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

Thursday – May 7, 2015

6:00 AM
Columbo: Columbo Goes to College
Two arrogant college students in Columbo’s class on criminology kill a professor that discovers they are cheating.

8:00 AM
Lies Between Friends
When art restorer Joss Jenner joins her old college friends for a weekend reunion, old jealousies and deeply buried secrets lead to murder. Devastated by the loss, Joss is unable to rest until she figures out who is responsible for the crime. Stars Gabrielle Anwar and Craig Sheffer.

10:00 AM
Murder, She Baked: A Chocolate Chip Cookie Mystery
Free spirited cookie baker Hannah Swensen jumps in to help a handsome new detective track down the culprit and uncover the mystery surrounding the death of her friend and local milk delivery man. Stars Alison Sweeney, Cameron Mathison and Barbara Niven.

12:00 – 4:00 PM
Diagnosis Murder marathon

After All These Years with Wendy Mallick & Gregory Harrison6:00 PM
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.

8:00 PM
Murder, She Baked: A Chocolate Chip Cookie Mystery
Free spirited cookie baker Hannah Swensen jumps in to help a handsome new detective track down the culprit and uncover the mystery surrounding the death of her friend and local milk delivery man. Stars Alison Sweeney, Cameron Mathison and Barbara Niven.

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

Friday – May 8, 2015

6:00 AM
Columbo: Caution: Murder Can Be Hazardous to Your Health
Wade Anders host of a highly popular anti-crime television show, has to murder a blackmailer.

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

Saturday – May 9, 2015

*** Columbo marathon day.***

8:00 AM
Columbo: Murder by the Book
A well-known detective story writer is accused of killing his co-author after a disagreement. When Columbo comes in to investigate, he discovers that this “perfect crime” had been already imagined… by the victim. Stars Peter Falk.

Columbo: Complete First Season (Includes Death Lends a Hand)9:30 AM
Columbo: Death Lends a Hand
When the CEO of a private detective agency threatens the wife of a publisher with blackmail and she threatens to expose him, he accidentally kills her. Stars Peter Falk.

11:00 AM
Columbo: Dead Weight
A war hero shoots and kills his business partner; an easily manipulated young divorcée is the only witness. Stars Peter Falk.

12:30 PM
Columbo: Suitable for Framing
An art critic, Dale Kingston, kills his uncle for his valuable collection of paintings. All the clues lead to the dead man’s first wife. Can Columbo correct the Lieutenant’s error before it is too late? Stars Peter Falk.

2:00 PM
Columbo: Lady in Waiting
A mousy heiress murders her brother, pretending she thought he was a burglar. Lt. Columbo unravels her alibi. Stars Peter Falk.

3:30 PM
Columbo: Short Fuse
A chemical plant’s director gets threats and issues threats, and one of the employees develops and plants a bomb in his car. When the car turns out to be missing, Columbo is called to find out what happened. Stars Peter Falk.

5:00 PM
Columbo: Blueprint for Murder
Elliot Markham, a brilliant architect and con-man, murders a Texas millionaire and hides his body in order to keep his visionary construction project financed. Stars Peter Falk.

6:30 PM
Columbo: The Greenhouse Jungle
Columbo arrives at a kidnapping case, which at some point turns into a murder. Everything seems to be related to a trust fund managed by a man with a great love for orchids. Stars Peter Falk.

8:00 PM
Columbo: The Most Crucial Game
The owner of a football team is found dead in a swimming pool. It looks like an accident, but Columbo doesn’t really believe it is and investigates as if it was a murder case. The person he suspects, however, has a powerful alibi.

9:30 PM
Columbo: Requiem for a Falling Star
A faded movie actress commits murder. Lt. Columbo, one of her biggest fans, is on the case. Stars Peter Falk.

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

Sunday – May 10, 2015

*** Jesse Stone marathon day.***

Stone Cold with Tom Selleck8:00 AM
Stone Cold
Jesse Stone is a former L.A. homicide detective who left behind the big city and an ex-wife to become the police chief of the quiet New England fishing town of Paradise. When a series of murders takes place, he’s forced to face his own demons in order to solve the crimes. Stars Tom Selleck and Mimi Rodgers.

10:00 AM
Jesse Stone: Night Passage
Tom Selleck returns to the role of small town police chief Jesse Stone in this prequel to Stone Cold. His first assignment is to investigate the murder of his predecessor whose death may or may not be tied in with a local domestic-abuse case. Also stars Stephen Baldwin and Saul Rubinek.

12:00 PM
Jesse Stone: Death in Paradise
Tom Selleck returns to the role of Jesse Stone, the troubled police chief of Paradise, Mass. As Stone obsesses on solving a local murder, he also works a domestic violence case and faces a run-in with Boston mobsters that may lead to grave consequences. Stars Tom Selleck.

2:00 PM
Jesse Stone: Sea Change
The fourth installment of the Jesse Stone series finds restless New England police chief Stone fighting boredom by attempting to solve a twelve year-old cold case involving a murdered bank teller. Stars Tom Selleck, Kathy Baker and Sean Young.

4:00 PM
Jesse Stone: Thin Ice
Jesse Stone and Captain Healy are shot during an unauthorized stake-out in Boston. Meanwhile, a cryptic letter sent from Paradise leads the mother of a kidnapped child to Stone. Though her son was declared dead, she hopes he will reopen the case. Stars Tom Selleck, Kathy Baker and William Devane.

6:00 PM
Jesse Stone: No Remorse
Police Chief Jesse Stone, who was suspended by the Paradise, Mass. Town Council, begins moonlighting for his friend, State Homicide Commander Healy, by investigating a series of murders in Boston, leaving Rose and Suitcase to handle a crime spree in Paradise on their own. Jesse pours his energy into his work in an effort to push away his twin demons: booze and women. When his investigation leads to notorious mob boss Gino Fish, Jesse’s pursuit becomes hazardous. Stars Tom Selleck, Kathy Baker and Kohl Sudduth.

Innocents Lost with Tom Selleck8:00 PM
Jesse Stone: Innocents Lost
After his involuntary retirement, Jesse Stone investigates the suspicious death of a young friend while the Paradise police force deals with the arrogant new chief, who is the son-in-law of a town councilman. Stars Tom Selleck, Kathy Baker and Kohl Sudduth.

10:00 PM
Jesse Stone: Benefit of the Doubt
When a shocking double homicide rocks the quiet town of Paradise, Jesse Stone is forced out of retirement. With his police department nearly emptied of staff, he has to rely on his expert intuition to sort through a maze of misleading clues as he attempts to unravel the mysterious murders. Stars Tom Selleck, Kathy Baker and Kohl Sudduth.

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

Monday – May 11, 2015

6:00 AM
Columbo: Columbo and the Murder of a Rock Star
Lt. Columbo matches wits with a defense lawyer who has never lost a case in his career.

12:00 – 4:00 PM
Diagnosis Murder marathon

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

Tuesday – May 12, 2015

6:00 AM
Columbo: Death Hits the Jackpot
A struggling photographer is murdered in an elaborate scheme to get hold of his lottery winnings.

8:00 AM
Missing Pieces
A Colorado rancher uncovers a bed of lies and unanswered questions as he investigates his son’s apparent
suicide. Stars James Coburn.

12:00 – 4:00 PM
Diagnosis Murder marathon

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

Wednesday – May 13, 2015

6:00 AM
Columbo: No Time to Die
Columbo attends his nephew’s wedding and as the couple get ready to leave on their honeymoon, the bride
disappears. Columbo investigates, thinking his nephew may have made a few enemies on the police force.

12:00 – 4:00 PM
Diagnosis Murder marathon

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

Thursday, May 14, 2015

6:00 AM
Columbo: A Bird in the Hand…
A rich man disliked by his family has a bomb planted in his car, but before it explodes, he is run over and killed, but by who?

Diagnosis Murder Complete First Season12:00 – 4:00 PM
Diagnosis Murder marathon

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

Friday – May 15, 2015

6:00 AM
Columbo: It’s All in the Game
Nick Franco is a violent, two-timing gigolo and his current paramour, Laura Stanton, has had enough. With the help of a young woman named Lisa, she murders her lover and sets herself up with an airtight alibi. When Columbo starts sniffing on her trail, Laura quickly works to seduce the married detective, hoping that her sex appeal will throw the usually stubborn Lieutenant off the scent.

12:00 – 4:00 PM
Diagnosis Murder marathon

4:00 PM
Wedding Planner Mystery
A young wedding planner is framed for a crime and struggles to clear her name as she learns that love does not always arrive in a pretty package. Stars Erica Durance, Andrew Walker and Brandon Beemer.

6:00 PM
A Bone to Pick: An Aurora Teagarden Mystery
Librarian Aurora Teagarden is known around her small town as a master sleuth. When her friend Jane
unexpectedly dies and leaves Aurora everything in her will, she also leaves a troubling murder mystery. It is up to Aurora to piece together the clues and solve the murder before she becomes the next victim. Stars Candace Cameron Bure, Marilu Henner and Alexa Doig.

8:00 PM
Undercover Bridesmaid
Tanya, a highly-trained security guard who lost her zest for romance after being left at the altar, takes an assignment where she poses as a bridesmaid for a woman who has been receiving death threats before her wedding day. While undercover, Tanya not only solves the mystery, but she is finally able to put the past behind her and give love a second chance. Stars Brooke Burns, Nicole Paggi, and Gregory Harrison.

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

Saturday – May 16, 2015

8:00 AM
Murder, She Baked: A Chocolate Chip Cookie Mystery
Free spirited cookie baker Hannah Swensen jumps in to help a handsome new detective track down the culprit and uncover the mystery surrounding the death of her friend and local milk delivery man. Stars Alison Sweeney, Cameron Mathison and Barbara Niven.

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.

12:00 PM
Wedding Planner Mystery
A young wedding planner is framed for a crime and struggles to clear her name as she learns that love does not always arrive in a pretty package. Stars Erica Durance, Andrew Walker and Brandon Beemer.

2:00 PM
A Bone to Pick: An Aurora Teagarden Mystery
Librarian Aurora Teagarden is known around her small town as a master sleuth. When her friend Jane
unexpectedly dies and leaves Aurora everything in her will, she also leaves a troubling murder mystery. It is up to Aurora to piece together the clues and solve the murder before she becomes the next victim. Stars Candace Cameron Bure, Marilu Henner and Alexa Doig.

4:00 PM
Undercover Bridesmaid
Tanya, a highly-trained security guard who lost her zest for romance after being left at the altar, takes an assignment where she poses as a bridesmaid for a woman who has been receiving death threats before her wedding day. While undercover, Tanya not only solves the mystery, but she is finally able to put the past behind her and give love a second chance. Stars Brooke Burns, Nicole Paggi, and Gregory Harrison.

6:00 PM
Murder, She Baked: A Chocolate Chip Cookie Mystery
Free spirited cookie baker Hannah Swensen jumps in to help a handsome new detective track down the culprit and uncover the mystery surrounding the death of her friend and local milk delivery man. Stars Alison Sweeney, Cameron Mathison and Barbara Niven.

8:00 PM
Gourmet Detective
A chef turned culinary sleuth is partnered with a beautiful detective to unravel the clues surrounding the unexpected death of a guest at a prestigious dinner party. Stars Dylan Neal, Brooke Burns and Matthew Kevin Anderson.

10:00 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 – May 17, 2015

8:00 AM – 11:59 PM
Hart to Hart marathon

Monday – May 18, 2015

6:00 AM
Columbo: Butterfly in Shades of Grey
Ego-maniac Fielding Chase, is a radio talk show host who in order to prevent his daughter from moving to New York, murders a member of his staff.

12:00 – 4:00 PM
Diagnosis Murder marathon

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

Tuesday – May 19, 2015

Columbo: Undercover
A photograph is the only clue for Columbo when two dead men and a seven year old mystery with $4 million dollars involved as well as an obnoxious insurance investigator come into play.

12:00 – 4:00 PM
Diagnosis Murder marathon

4:00 PM
Along Came a Nanny
Detective Mike Logan takes on a special undercover assignment as a nanny when a quiet, upscale neighborhood is turned upside down by a string of robberies. When the mystery begins to unravel, new relationships are threatened as he struggles to protect his secret identity and solve a difficult case. Stars Sarah Lancaster and Cameron Mathison.

6:00 PM
Gourmet Detective
A chef turned culinary sleuth is partnered with a beautiful detective to unravel the clues surrounding the unexpected death of a guest at a prestigious dinner party. Stars Dylan Neal, Brooke Burns and Matthew Kevin Anderson.

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

Wednesday – May 20, 2015

6:00 AM
Columbo: Strange Bedfellows
A corrupt horse breeder and the gambling syndicate are fixing the horse races puts Columbo into a double investigation while investigating a very clever killer.

8:00 AM
Along Came a Nanny
Detective Mike Logan takes on a special undercover assignment as a nanny when a quiet, upscale neighborhood is turned upside down by a string of robberies. When the mystery begins to unravel, new relationships are threatened as he struggles to protect his secret identity and solve a difficult case. Stars Sarah Lancaster and Cameron Mathison.

10:00 AM
Gourmet Detective
A chef turned culinary sleuth is partnered with a beautiful detective to unravel the clues surrounding the unexpected death of a guest at a prestigious dinner party. Stars Dylan Neal, Brooke Burns and Matthew Kevin Anderson.

12:00 – 4:00 PM
Diagnosis Murder marathon

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

Thursday – May 21, 2015

6:00 AM
Columbo: A Trace of Murder
Millionaire Clifford Calvert is framed for murdering a man he did business with and who in turn filed a lawsuit against him. Columbo investigates and finds out that Mrs. Calvert has been having an affair and has lots of motive to set up her husband.

12:00 – 4:00 PM
Diagnosis Murder marathon

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

Friday – May 22, 2015

6:00 AM
Columbo: Ashes to Ashes
Columbo is called in to solve the murder of Hollywood gossip journalist Verity Chandler whose last target was Eric Prince, mortician to the stars.

8:00 AM
Gourmet Detective
A chef turned culinary sleuth is partnered with a beautiful detective to unravel the clues surrounding the unexpected death of a guest at a prestigious dinner party. Stars Dylan Neal, Brooke Burns and Matthew Kevin Anderson.

12:00 – 4:00 PM
Diagnosis Murder marathon

8:00 PM
Gourmet Detective
A chef turned culinary sleuth is partnered with a beautiful detective to unravel the clues surrounding the unexpected death of a guest at a prestigious dinner party. Stars Dylan Neal, Brooke Burns and Matthew Kevin Anderson.

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

Saturday – May 23, 2015

8:00 AM – 11:59 PM
Mystery Woman marathon

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

Sunday – May 24, 2015

8:00 AM – 11:59 PM
Diagnosis Murder marathon

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

Monday – May 25, 2015

6:00 AM
Columbo: Murder with Too Many Notes
Findlay Crawford, a Hollywood film composer and conductor, murders a talented composer/musician who has been ghostwriting most of Crawford’s work in recent years, including the entire score for the last film, which won an Oscar. Crawford is jealous of the young musician whose talent outshines his own. Will Columbo find out who did it?

8:00 AM
Hart to Hart: Two Harts in 3/4 Time
Grief-stricken Jonathan and Jennifer travel to Montreal for the reading of Max’s will. A special gift from Max to the Harts holds the key to murder, intrigue, and suicide. Stars Robert Wagner, Stefanie Powers and Joan Collins.

10:00 AM
Hart to Hart: Harts in High Season
The Harts travel to Australia to purchase a wildlife reserve from Jennifer’s former love interest. Believing that Jonathan stole Jennifer from him years before, Elliott Manning plots to frame Jonathan for his murder and take back his beloved Jennifer. Stars Robert Wagner, Stefanie Powers and James Brolin.

12:00 – 4:00 PM
Diagnosis Murder marathon

4:00 PM
Garage Sale Mystery
Jennifer loves scouring garage sales to look for items to sell in her resell shop, but when she realizes a series of burglaries and a friend’s murder may have a connection to the sales, she not only helps the cops, but does some undercover sleuthing of her own. Stars Lori Loughlin and Andrew Dunbar.

6:00 PM
Garage Sale Mystery: All That Glitters
Jennifer Shannon has an eye for antiques and a mind for solving mysteries. When she buys a storage unit at auction, she has no idea she’s opening the door to murder, and realizes the killer is after something in the storage unit. Stolen diamonds, antique Teddy Bears and handsome strangers are the clues to solving the crime. Stars Lori Loughlin, Sarah Strange, and Steve Bacic.

8:00 PM
Garage Sale Mystery: The Deadly Room
Jennifer’s real-estate agent pal dies while trying to negate rumors about a home she’s selling. The police believe there was no foul play, but Jennifer suspects that her friend was killed after she researches other deaths that occurred in the same room. Stars Lori Loughlin, Steve Bacic, Sarah Strange and Kevin O’Grady.

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

Tuesday – May 26, 2015

6:00 AM
Columbo: Columbo Likes the Nightlife
Columbo gets a taste of the Los Angeles rave scene as he investigates the apparent suicide of a tabloid reporter.

8:00 AM
Garage Sale Mystery: The Deadly Room
Jennifer’s real-estate agent pal dies while trying to negate rumors about a home she’s selling. The police believe there was no foul play, but Jennifer suspects that her friend was killed after she researches other deaths that occurred in the same room. Stars Lori Loughlin, Steve Bacic, Sarah Strange and Kevin O’Grady.

12:00 – 4:00 PM
Diagnosis Murder marathon

4:00 PM
Murder, She Baked: A Chocolate Chip Cookie Mystery
Free spirited cookie baker Hannah Swensen jumps in to help a handsome new detective track down the culprit and uncover the mystery surrounding the death of her friend and local milk delivery man. Stars Alison Sweeney, Cameron Mathison and Barbara Niven.

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

Wednesday – May 27, 2015

6:00 AM
Columbo: Prescription Murder
Columbo investigates the murder of a prominent doctor’s wife. As the investigation continues, the doctor’s involvement in the murder becomes clear. Stars Peter Falk.

12:00 – 4:00 PM
Diagnosis Murder marathon

8:00 PM
Gourmet Detective
A chef turned culinary sleuth is partnered with a beautiful detective to unravel the clues surrounding the unexpected death of a guest at a prestigious dinner party. Stars Dylan Neal, Brooke Burns and Matthew Kevin Anderson.

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

Thursday – May 28, 2015

6:00 AM
Columbo: Ransom for a Dead Man
A lawyer comes up with a clever plan to murder her husband. After the deed is done, a seemingly slow-witted, homicide detective is assigned to the case–but he’s not nearly as incompetent as he appears to be. Stars Peter Falk.

8:00 AM
Gourmet Detective
A chef turned culinary sleuth is partnered with a beautiful detective to unravel the clues surrounding the unexpected death of a guest at a prestigious dinner party. Stars Dylan Neal, Brooke Burns and Matthew Kevin Anderson.

10:00 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.

12:00 – 4:00 PM
Diagnosis Murder marathon

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

Friday – May 29, 2015

6:00 AM
Columbo: Etude in Black
The mistress of a symphony conductor becomes a target for murder after threatening to tell all to her lover’s wife. Stars Peter Falk.

12:00 – 4:00 PM
Diagnosis Murder marathon

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

(All of the above Hallmark Movies & Mysteries descriptions were copied from the Hallmark Movies & Mysteries site. When I prepared this entry their channel schedule stopped at Saturday – May 30, 2015. I will update the schedule as they make their listing available.)

***** ***** ***** ***** ***** *****

The rest of us would love to hear about any other television mystery themed movies that will be aired during May. If you know of any, please post a comment.

In case you want to see which mystery movies are playing for the rest of April 2015, here’s the link:

Upcoming Television Mystery Movies for April 2015

Also, if you are looking for some ideas about TV shows and movies you might enjoy, I have this page on the site with lots of titles (with the entries I wrote about them) that you might be interested in:

Cozy Mystery List TV and Movie Section

Mignon F. Ballard Fans Are In for a Treat: Miss Dimple & Augusta Goodnight Together!

Angel at Troublesome Creek by Mignon F. BallardGood news for a whole bunch of Cozy Mystery readers! As the title of this entry says, Mignon F. Ballard‘s Miss Dimple and Augusta Goodnight will be sharing the spotlight in the 5th Miss Dimple (and I guess the 8th Augusta Goodnight) Mystery Series: Miss Dimple and the Slightly Bewildered Angel. It won’t be released until the fall of 2016 so we all have a long wait, but it sure is good to know!

A lot of Cozy Mystery readers were very disappointed back in 2008 when they realized Hark! The Herald Angel Screamed was the last they would see of Augusta Goodnight. For those of you who aren’t familiar with Augusta Goodnight, she started out as a “temp” guardian angel who went from one case to another during the course of the first four Cozy Mysteries in the series. She then became permanently attached to Lucy Nan Pilgrim in Stone’s Throw, South Carolina. I should mention that Augusta isn’t the one who actually solves the mysteries, but she sure helps guide the actions of the people she’s with.

Miss Dimple Disappears by Mignon F. BallardMiss Dimple Kilpatrick, on the other hand, is a teacher at Elderberry Grammar School in Georgia, during World War II. She has a close group of friends, and a younger brother she adores. She loves her quaint town and all of her students. Oh, and she wears purple in honor of her fiancé who died in the Spanish American War.

I can only imagine, looking at the title of this Cozy (Miss Dimple and the Slightly Bewildered Angel) how these two strong personalities are going to mesh!

Eight Soon to be Released Mystery Books

I thought I would show you all my most recent mystery book finds. Actually, several of them I already had on my Soon to be Released Mysteries page, but since I was looking around to find new Cozy Mystery books, I thought I’d quickly tell you about these. (As usual, I’m going to post them alphabetically so that it doesn’t look like I have a favorite – or two!)

Guilty as Cinnamon by Leslie Budewitz Leslie Budewitz (Leslie Ann Budewitz): Guilty as Cinnamon (This will be the 2nd in the Spice Shop Mystery Series.)
Murder Most Howl by Krista Davis Krista Davis: Murder Most Howl (This will be the 3rd in the Paws and Claws Mystery Series.)
Claws for Alarm by T.C. LoTempio T.C. LoTempio: Claws for Alarm (This will be the 2nd in the Nick and Nora Mystery Series.)
 Murder Most Finicky by Liz Mugavero Liz Mugavero (aka Cate Conte): Murder Most Finicky (This will be the in the 4th Pawsitively Organic Mystery Series.)
The Nature of the Beast by Louise Penny Louise Penny: The Nature of the Beast (This will be the 11th in the Chief Inspector Gamache Mystery Series.)
 Dark Corners by Ruth Rendell (aka Barbara Vine) Ruth Rendell (aka Barbara Vine): Dark Corners (This will be a Stand Alone mystery.) (This isn’t a Wexford mystery, and not Cozy, but if it’s like her other mysteries, it’s terrific!)
The Troutbeck Testimony by Rebecca Tope Rebecca Tope: The Troutbeck Testimony (This will be the 4th in the Lake District Mystery Series.)
 Thread and Gone by Lea Wait Lea Wait: Thread and Gone (This will be the 3rd in the Mainely Needlepoint Mystery Series.) (This is a Fourth of July themed mystery.)

I have added some new Cozy Mystery books to the Soon to be Released Mysteries page, so you might want to click on this link to go see what all is new:  Soon to be Released Mysteries page.

Cozy Mystery Site is Now Accessible to Mobile Phones & Tablets

Mobile Phone/TabletI have an announcement to make. For those of you who use either your mobile phones or tablets to browse the Cozy Mystery site, my “tech guy” (aka my husband) just reformatted my site so that you can view it on a small screen. (There shouldn’t be much of a difference for those of you who use your computers to see my site.)

I have mentioned that I am a hold-out for my old flip cell phone, but he finally got a smart phone a few months ago. When he accessed my site on his smart phone, he was shocked to see how difficult it was to read.

Long story, short >>> Since 2006 I have used Microsoft Frontpage for the Cozy Mystery site. However, Frontpage has been obsolete/discontinued for years. Frontpage wasn’t able to reformat the site so that you all who use your mobile phones and tablets could see it.

For those of you using your smart phones and tablets, the menu is at the top of your screen on the left side. The menu should be on every page. If you press the menu button (the one with three lines) it will drop the menu down so that it will be easier for you to navigate my Cozy Mystery site. (The mobile menu has been added to the blog too).

Whatever screen you have, big or small, would you please let me know if you notice any glitches? There shouldn’t be any, but my husband isn’t a “real tech guy”, just a dabbler, so there might be some (hopefully minor) glitches. Please let me know, and I’ll pass the information along to him.

You know, they say you should never work with family members. You can’t fire them, but you (I guess I should say “I”!) can always complain!