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

Well, it’s that time of month again to look at some of the FREE and cheap Kindle format Cozy Mysteries that are available right now. As always, the list includes only books that are currently $5 or less at the time of this posting…


Laurien Berenson
A Pedigree to Die For by Laurien BerensonMELANIE TRAVIS Series:

A Pedigree to Die For ….. $1.99 (book #1)

Hush Puppy ….. $3.82 (book #6)

Unleashed ….. $3.82 (book #7)

Best in Show ….. $4.61 (book #10)

Jingle Bell Bark ….. $4.61 (book #11)

Raining Cats and Dogs ….. $4.30 (book #12)

Chow Down ….. $4.61 (book #13)

Hounded to Death ….. $4.30 (book #14)

Doggie Day Care Murder ….. $4.61 (book #15)


Kerry J Charles
Portrait of a Murder by Kerry J CharlesDULCIE CHAMBERS MYSTERY Series:

Portrait of a Murder ….. $2.99 (book #1)

From the Murky Deep ….. $3.99 (book #2)

The Fragile Flower ….. $3.99 (book #3)


Agatha Christie

Murder at the Vicarage ….. $3.99 (book #1)

The Tuesday Club Murders ….. $4.99 (book #2)

The Regatta Mystery ….. $4.74 (book #3)

The Body in the Library ….. $3.99 (book #4)The Murder at the Vicarage by Agatha Christie

4:50 from Paddington ….. $1.99 (book #10)

Double Sin & Other Stories ….. $4.74 (book #11)

At Bertram’s Hotel ….. $4.74 (book #14)

Sleeping Murder ….. $3.99 (book #16)

Miss Marple: The Complete Short Stories ….. $4.99 (short story collection)

HERCULE POIROT, Private Investigator Mysteries:

The Mysterious Affair at Styles ….. $1.99 (book #1)

Murder on the Links ….. $3.99 (book #2)

The Under Dog and Other Stories ….. $4.74 (book #7)

Peril at End House ….. $4.74 (book #8)

Lord Edgware Dies ….. $3.99 (book #9)

Murder on the Orient Express ….. $3.99 (book #10)

Three Act Tragedy ….. $4.99 (book #11)

Death in the Clouds ….. $3.99 (book #12)

Murder in Mesopotamia ….. $3.99 (book #15)

Cards on the Table ….. $4.99 (book #16)

Dumb Witness ….. $4.99 (book #17)

Death on the Nile ….. $3.99 (book #18)

Appointment With Death ….. $4.74 (book #19)

Hercule Poirot’s Christmas ….. $2.99 (book #20)

The Regatta Mystery ….. $4.74 (book #21)

One, Two Buckle My Shoe ….. $4.74 (book #23)

Evil Under the Sun ….. $3.99 (book #24)

Five Little Pigs ….. $3.99 (book #25)

The Hollow ….. $3.99 (book #26)

The Labours of Hercules ….. $4.74 (book #27)

The Witness for the Prosecution & Other Stories ….. $4.74 (book #29)

Mrs. McGinty’s Dead ….. $3.99 (book #32)

After the Funeral ….. $3.99 (book #33)

Hickory, Dickory, Death ….. $4.74 (book #34)

Cat Among the Pigeons ….. $4.74 (book #36)

Double Sin and Other Stories ….. $4.74 (book #38)

The Clocks ….. $3.99 (book #39)

Elephants Can Remember ….. $4.74 (book #42)


The Secret Adversary ….. FREE (book #1)

Partners in Crime ….. $3.99 (book #2)


The Secret of Chimneys ….. $3.99 (book #1)

Cards on the Table ….. $4.99 (book #3)


The Love Detectives ….. $0.99 (short story)

The Christmas Tragedy ….. $0.99 (short story)

The Jewel Robbery ….. $0.99 (short story)

The Incredible Theft ….. $0.99 (short story)

The Man in the Brown Suit ….. $3.99

Why Didn’t They Ask Evans ….. $4.74

The Regatta Mystery and Other Stories ….. $4.74

And Then There Were None ….. $3.99

Sparkling Cyanide ….. $3.99

They Came to Baghdad ….. $4.74

The Golden Ball and Other Stories ….. $4.74

Harlequin Tea Set and Other Stories ….. $4.74


Edie Claire: Never Buried….. FREE (Leigh Koslow mysteries, book #1)


Lesley Cookman
Murder in Steeple Martin by Lesley CookmanLIBBY SARJEANT MYSTERY Series:

Murder in Steeple Martin ….. $0.99 (book #1)

Murder at the Laurels ….. $2.99 (book #2)

Murder in Midwinter ….. $2.99 (book #3)

Murder by the Sea ….. $2.99 (book #4)

Murder in Bloom ….. $1.99 (book #5)

Murder in the Green ….. $2.99 (book #6)

Murder Imperfect ….. $2.99 (book #7)

Murder to Music ….. $2.99 (book #8)

Murder at the Manor ….. $2.99 (book #9)

Murder by Magic ….. $2.99 (book #10)

Murder in the Monastery ….. $2.99 (book #11)

Murder in the Dark ….. $2.99 (book #12)

Murder in a Different Place ….. $2.99 (book #13)

Murder Out of Tune ….. $4.99 (book #14)

Murder at Mallowan Manor ….. $0.99 (Christmas story)


Isis Crawford   (aka Barbara Block)
A Catered Murder by Isis CrawfordMYSTERY WITH RECIPES Series:

A Catered Murder ….. $1.99 (book #1)

A Catered Wedding ….. $4.61 (book #2)

A Catered Christmas ….. $4.30 (book #3)

A Catered Valentine’s Day ….. $4.30 (book #4)

A Catered Birthday Party ….. $4.30 (book #6)

Written as Barbara Block:
ROBIN LIGHT Mysteries:

Chutes and Adders ….. $3.79 (book #1)

Twister ….. $3.79 (book #2)

In Plain Sight ….. $3.19 (book #3)

The Scent of Murder ….. $3.99 (book #4)

Vanishing Act ….. $3.99 (book #5)

Endangered Species ….. $4.99 (book #6)

Blowing Smoke ….. $3.99 (book #7)

Rubbed Out ….. $4.99 (book #8)


Anne George
Murder on a Girls' Night Out by Anne GerogeSOUTHERN SISTERS Series:

Murder on a Girls’ Night Out ….. $2.99 (book #1)

Murder on a Bad Hair Day ….. $4.74 (book #2)

Murder Runs in the Family ….. $4.74 (book #3)

Murder Makes Waves ….. $4.74 (book #4)

Murder Gets a Life ….. $4.74 (book #5)

Murder Carries a Torch ….. $4.74 (book #7)

Murder Boogies with Elvis ….. $4.74 (book #8)


Celina Grace: Death at the Manor ….. FREE(Sharton Manor mysteries, book #1)


Barbara Graham
Murder By Serpents by Barbara GrahamQUILTED MYSTERY Series:

Murder by Serpents: The Mystery Quilt ….. $3.99 (book #1)

Murder by Artifact: The Murder Quilt ….. $3.99 (book #2)

Murder by Music: The Wedding Quilt ….. $3.99 (book #3)

Murder by Vegetable: The Baby Quilt ….. $3.99 (book #4)

Murder by Sunlight: The Charity Quilt ….. $3.99 (book #5)

Murder by Gravity ….. $3.19 (book #6)


Susan McBride
Blue Blood by Susan McBrideDEBUTANTE DROPOUT MYSTERY Series:

Blue Blood ….. $1.99 (book #1)

The Good Girl’s Guide to Murder ….. $2.99 (book #2)

The Lone Star Lonely Hearts Club ….. $2.99 (book #3)

The Night of the Living Deb ….. $2.99 (book #4)

Too Pretty to Die ….. $2.99 (book #5)


To Helen Back ….. $1.99 (book #1)

Mad as Helen ….. $1.99 (book #2)

Not a Chance in Helen ….. $2.99 (book #3)


Jeff Shelby (aka Jeffrey Allen): The Murder Pit ….. FREE (Moose River mysteries, book #1)


Clea Simon
Dogs Don't Lie by Clea SimonPRU MARLOWE, PET NOIR MYSTERY Series:

Dogs Don’t Lie ….. $0.99 (book #1)

Cats Can’t Shoot ….. $4.99 (book #2)


Mew is for Murder ….. $2.99 (book #1)

Cattery Row ….. $4.99 (book #2)


Joanna Campbell Slan  (aka Lila Dare)
Ink, Red, Dead by Joanna Campbell SlanKIKI LOWENSTEIN SCRAP-N-CRAFT MYSTERY Series:

Ink, Red, and Dead ….. $0.99 (book #3)

Killer, Paper, Cut ….. $2.99 (book #9)


Kiki Lowenstein and the Cupcake Caper ….. $0.99 (short story)

Kiki Lowenstein and the Secret Santa ….. $0.99 (short story)

Kiki Lowenstein and the White Elephant ….. $0.99 (short story)

Kiki Lowenstein and the Empty Heart ….. $0.99 (short story)

Kiki Lowenstein and the Lucky Charm ….. $0.99 (short story)

Kiki Lowenstein and the Purple Passion ….. $0.99 (short story)

Kiki Lowenstein and the Lilac Festival ….. $0.99 (short story)

Kiki Lowenstein and Too Much Squash ….. $0.99 (short story)

Kiki Lowenstein and the Halloween Close Call ….. $0.99 (short story)

Kiki Lowenstein Short Stories Anthology Vol. 1 ….. $2.99 (short story anthology)

Kiki Lowenstein Short Stories Anthology Vol. 2 ….. $0.99 (short story anthology)

Kiki Lowenstein Short Stories Anthology Vol. 3 ….. $2.99 (short story anthology)

A Kiki Lowenstein Christmas Anthology ….. $0.99 (short story anthology)

Kiki and Cara Mia’s Holiday Celebration ….. $3.99 (Novella)


Tear Down and Die ….. $2.99 (book #1)

Kicked to the Curb ….. $3.99 (book #2)

Kiki and Cara Mia’s Holiday Celebration ….. $3.99 (Novella)

Cara Mia Delgatto and the Thanksgiving Gift ….. $2.99 (Story) 70


I try to avoid reusing the same authors over and over again in these posts, so if you’re interested in FREE/cheap Kindle books but don’t see anything specific you like here, you might try checking the following posts:

February 2015

January 2015

November 2014

September 2014

August 2014

July 2014

And of course there is always the page where I list all former FREE/cheap Kindle book posts:

Free and Cheap Kindle Mystery Books

These Kindle books are cheap now, but might not be on sale forever, so please do check the current price before hitting the buy button!

Two Mystery Awards – Lefty and Lovey!

Catriona McPherson's A Deadly Measure of BrimstoneI want to be sure all of you know about these nominations for prestigious mystery awards for which some of the authors on the Cozy Mystery site have been nominated. Congratulations to ALL of the nominees!

The Lefties are awarded at Left Coast Crime, an annual event taking place right now! This year, Left Coast Crime is March 12-15, in Portland, Oregon, and attendees will be voting on which of the fantastic nominees they want to see go home with the Lefty. The Lefty itself is intended for the finest in humorous mystery fiction, and this year’s nominees include many very funny and skilled writers, including some Cozy Mystery authors who are currently listed on the site.

The Good, the Bad, and the Emus by Donna Andrews

Lefty Award nominees:
The Good, the Bad, and the Emus by Donna Andrews
January Thaw by Jess Lourey
Dying for a Dude by Cindy Sample
Suede to Rest by Diane Vallere
Herbie’s Game by Timothy Hallinan

Also awarded at Left Coast Crime is the Bruce Alexander Memorial Mystery Award, considering all novels primarily taking place in or before the 1950s. The nominees for this award also include a number of site authors.

From the Charred Remains by Susanna CalkinsBruce Alexander Memorial Mystery Award nominees:
Queen of Hearts by Rhys Bowen
From the Charred Remains by Susanna Calkins
A Deadly Measure of Brimstone by Catriona McPherson
City of Ghosts by Kelli Stanley
Cup of Blood by Jeri Westerson

Another award recently named their winners… the LOVEY awards were recently released for this year. The LOVEYS are selected at the Love is Murder Writers & Readers Conference, this year hosted February 6-8 in Chicago. (yes… I know I am a bit late on reporting this… I like to “consolidate” these sort of awards posts so I can post on other topics as necessary.)

Dead Between the Lines by Denise SwansonThe LOVEYS are organized into nine different categories, many of which have many entries, so I’m not going to post a full list here… for a full list check the Love is Murder website. However I will list some of our own favorite authors who were recognized, either by winning or the honor of a nomination…

LOVEY Best Traditional/Amateur Sleuth:
Tradition of Deceit by Kathleen Ernst
Dead Between the Lines by Denise Swanson (Winner)

The Counterfeit Heiress by Tasha AlexanderLOVEY Best Historical:
The Counterfeit Heiress by Tasha Alexander
From the Charred Remains by Susanna Calkins

LOVEY Best Paranormal/SiFi:
Plagued by Quilt by Molly MacRae (Winner)

LOVEY Best Series:
The Leigh Girard Series by Gail Lukasik
Haunted Yarn Shop Mysteries by Molly MacRae
The Scumble River Mysteries by Denise Swanson

Plagued by Quilt by Molly MacRaeCongratulations to all the nominees! Wow, that sure is a lot of great books just for 2014! Here’s hoping that 2015 provides another great crop!

Do you have any personal favorites mentioned above? Please leave a comment below, as I always love to hear from you!

Oh-Oh! It’s Friday the 13th!

Friday the 13thYikes!

Don’t step on any cracks!

This is a particularly STRANGE Friday the 13th! It’s the second month in a row we’ve had a Friday 13th, and the last time this happened was something like eleven years ago! Now that I know all of this, here’s my second warning:

If you encounter a ladder, be sure to walk around it!

Ellery Adams aka Jennifer Stanley & J.B. Stanley

Carbs and Cadavers by Ellery AdamsThis is so doggone refreshing! In this day of Cozy Mystery authors adopting a pseudonym for each of their various series, New York Times bestselling author Ellery Adams, rather than adding a new pseudonym to her repertoire, is consolidating most of her various Cozy Mystery series to be under her “Ellery Adams” moniker!

Way back in 2006, J.B. Stanley started writing both the Supper Club and Collectibles mystery series. Her Collectible Mystery Series features Molly Appleby, an antiques magazine reporter. Stanley’s Supper Club Mystery Series quickly became one of my favorites. It features James Henry, an English Lit. professor who gives up hisA Killer Collection by Ellery Adams college teaching job to return to Virginia in order to move in with his aging dad. Their relationship was never close in the past, so there are some major adjustments that have to be made for both of these men. James becomes his hometown’s librarian and founds the Flab Five Supper Club. I was drawn to the series because of the dieting theme, but stayed with it because of the characters, settings, mysteries, and writing.

Back to the purpose of this entry!

Three years later, in 2009, Jennifer Stanley began writing the Hope Street Church Mystery Series. This series features Cooper Lee and the Sunrise Bible Study group.

The Path of the Crooked by Ellery Adams

In 2010, the Cozy Mystery arena was introduced to Ellery Adams when she published her first Books by the Bay mystery book. In 2012, the Charmed Pie Shoppe Mystery Series premiered, and in 2014 we were treated to Ellery Adams’ Book Retreat Mystery Series.

So, this is where the refreshing thing comes in!

In 2014, Ellery Adams released her Hope Street Church books (which she wrote as Jennifer Stanley), this time changing the books’ titles. She made a point of telling her readers that although the plots are the same, she has edited them so they are “crisper, cleaner, more engaging books.” (She has since then also released a new Hope Street Church mystery, with Elizabeth Lockard.)

The reason I decided to write this entry is that I recently was made aware that as Ellery Adams, she is now releasing all of the books she wrote as J.B. Stanley and Jennifer Stanley. So, for those of you who have been having a difficult time following your favorite Cozy Mystery authors’ pseudonyms, at least some of you are going to be helped in a major way!

Kerry J Charles, Eva Gates (aka Vicki Delany), Heather Horrocks, T.C. LoTempio, Mary Grace Murphy: Five New Authors on the Cozy Mystery Site

Taken as usual from your suggestions, five (or is it six?) new authors being added to the Cozy Mystery Site. With at least one series each, I’m sure that all of these authors will find a great audience here!

Portrait of a Murder by Kerry J Charles Kerry J. Charles   With her Masters degree in Art History, Charles has worked for many prestigious employers, such as National Geographic Magazine, the Smithsonian Museum, and Harvard University. Lucky for us, she is now writing the Dulcie Chambers Mystery Series, starring a museum curator!



By Book or by Crook by Eva Gates 
Eva Gates (aka Vicki Delany)   Gates writes the Lighthouse Library Mystery Series. A single mother with three daughters, Eva began writing part-time, working as a computer programmer as her main job. When her writing career took off and her daughters grew up, she retired from her programming job and began writing full time. The Lighthouse Library series features Lucy Richardson, the librarian/sleuth and Charles, the library cat. Eva Gates also writes the Constable Molly Smith Mystery Series and Klondike Mystery Series as Vicki Delany. Delany  also writes the Merry Wilkinson Mystery Series.

Snowed Inn by Heather Horrocks 
Heather Horrocks     Horrocks pens the Bad Mothers Club Mystery Series which features Becky Montgomery, a stay-at-home mom in Denver who does a little sleuthing on the side. She also writes the Who-Dun-Him Inn Mystery Series. Vicki Butler is the owner of a bed and breakfast and she is also a lover of mysteries, which comes in very handy in her sleuthing.


Meow if it's Murder by T.C. LoTempio T.C. LoTempio    LoTempio has long been a fan of mystery novels, and still loves reading them even after starting her own series, the Nick and Nora Mystery Series. Nora is a sandwich shop owner who, along with Nick (her cat) has taken up solving mysteries.




Death Knock by Mary Grace Murphy Mary Grace Murphy    Murphy, upon retiring from her job as a school teacher after 30+ years, decided the time was right to start writing full-time. Murphy now writes the Noshes Up North Cozy Mystery Series, which stars Nell Bailey, herself a recent retiree who has started up a food review blog – and found herself at the center of a number of murders!

Crossword Puzzle Cozy Mystery Series…

calendarI got a letter asking for help in identifying a Cozy Mystery book that Brenda read a while back.


… I started keeping track of my fav authors/books/characters on a spreadsheet, however about a year (ago) I let it slide, but have since taken it up again.
I had picked up a pocketbook at the library about a lady that created crossword puzzles. Before I go on, no it is not Parnell Hall or the other gentlemen who uses crossword puzzles as a theme.
I can remember the plot but can’t remember the characters name or author’s name, and it is driving me crazy. Because it’s a pocketbook our local library does not keep detailed records on their site, as I have tried looking for it in their search engine.
Here is what I can remember…….she is late twenties/early thirties, married to a former law officer who I think has become a private eye. She creates crossword puzzles and has them syndicated for National Newspapers. In this book, she and 4 other “specialist” columnists are called to a meeting by their agent and are coerced into signing new contracts for less money under threat of losing their newspapers. The Agent is killed, hence the mystery…

I’m at a loss! I have no idea who this author could be. The only two crossword puzzle mystery series I can think of are Parnell Hall and Nero Blanc, but Brenda is sure that neither of them is the author. If you think you know who Brenda is looking for, please post a comment below. Thank you!

Favorite Dogs in Cozy Mysteries

vallere111111111111111f;agjpajgpjRecently I posted a blog about some of our favorite cats featured in Cozy Mysteries, and I thought it would only be fair to give the same treatment to our other four-legged friends, dogs. Naturally, we’ve already got a Dog Themed Mysteries List, but here I’m hoping to be both more selective and less in a way – more selective because we’re only talking about our favorites, and less because we can talk about dogs that aren’t necessarily the stars of the show, so to speak, but instead favorite side characters.

To get the ball rolling, I’m going to say one of my current personal favorites >>> Rocky, the adorable Shih Tzu from Diane Vallere‘s Mad for Mod Mystery Series. Rocky is named after one of his owner’s favorite actors, Rock Hudson. (Some of you know that I’m mad for Doris Day/Rock Hudson movies!) Though only a minor character of the series, he helps bring a charm and life to his owner’s time away from murder and intrigue, helping give the series a much more real feeling while also amusing us with his adorable antics.

So, what are some of your favorite dogs in Cozy mysteries? Let me know in the comments below, so I can start up a list of our most favorite canine crime-solving companions!

Here’s a list of our favorite Dogs in Cozy Mystery Series:

Victoria Abbot: Book Collectors Mystery Series: Walter & Cobain

Ellery Adams: Books by the Bay mysteries: Captain Haviland

Isabella Alan (aka Amanda Flower): Amish Quilt Shop mysteries: Oliver

Barbara Allan: Trash ’n’ Treasure mysteries: Sushi

Donna Andrews: Meg Langslow mysteries: Spike

Donna Ball: Raine Stockton mysteries: Cisco

Laurien Berenson: Melanie Travis: Faith and Hope

Heather Blake (aka Heather Webber): Wishcraft mysteries: Missy

Emily Brightwell: Mrs. Jeffries mysteries: Fred

Rita Mae Brown: Mrs. Murphy Mystery Series: Tee Tucker

Rita Mae Brown: Fox Hunting mysteries: Diana

Leslie Budewitz: Seattle Spice Shop mysteries: Arf

Laura Childs: Tea Shop mysteries: Earl Grey

Laura Childs: Scrapbooking mysteries: Boo and Poobah

Margaret Coel: Wind River mysteries: Walks On Three Legs

Krista Davis: Domestic Diva mysteries: Daisy

Krista Davis: Paws and Claws mysteries: Trixie

Janet Evanovich: Stephanie Plum mysteries: Bob

Carolyn Haines: Sarah Booth Delaney mysteries: Chablis

Dashiell Hammett: Thin Man mysteries: Asta

Linda O’Johnston: Pet Rescue mysteries: Zoey

Annie Knox (aka Wendy Lyn Watson): Pet Boutique mysteries: Packer

Amanda Lee (aka Gayle Trent): Embroidery mysteries: Angus O’Ruff

Virginia Lowell: Cookie Cutter Shop mysteries: Spunky

Judi McCoy: Dog Walker mysteries: Rudy

Laura Morrigan: Call of the Wilde mysteries: Moss

Leigh Perry (aka Toni L.P. Kelner): Family Skeleton mysteries: Byron

Spencer Quinn (aka Peter Abrahams): Chet and Bernie mysteries: Chet

Maggie Sefton: Knitting mysteries: Carl

Karen Rose Smith: Caprice DeLuca mysteries: Lady

Diane Vallere: Mad for Mod mysteries: Rocky

Tracy Weber: Downward Dog mysteries: Bella

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Three New Holiday Releases Coming April 2015 – Fourth of July, Mother’s Day, and Christmas!

Three of our favorite Cozy authors will be releasing holiday-themed mysteries this April! Let’s jump right into them!

Coco111111111111111a;akl;lweesFirst, Nancy Coco will be releasing a Fourth of July themed mystery, Oh Say Can You Fudge, the third entry in the Candy-Coated Mystery Series. This Fourth of July, Allie McMurphy, owner of the Historic McMurphy Hotel and Fudge Shop, plans to hire an aerial skywriter for a holiday display… but he turns up murdered! Allie will need to get to the bottom of this mystery fast, before she (and the rest of the island) can enjoy their independence day! Nancy Coco also writes the Baker’s Treat Mystery Series and the Perfect Proposals Mystery Series as Nancy J. Parra.

Crawford1111111111a;ak;lclcl;;wwsThe second holiday mystery will be Isis Crawford‘s A Catered Mother’s Day, the 11th book in her Mystery with Recipes Series. This entry in the holiday-themed series will focus on Mother’s Day, and the returning mystery-solving adventures of sisters Bernie & Libby Simmons, owners of A Little Taste of Heaven Catering and Bake Shop. When what starts out as a friends’ ill-conceived but harmless ploy for attention from her family uncovers murder, the sisters will need to work fast to get their friend out of trouble! Isis Crawford also writes the Robin Light Mystery Series as Barbara Block.

Grace1111111111a;ae;lk;essseeThe third holiday Cozy will be about the most popular holiday for Cozies – Christmas! Margaret Grace‘s Manhattan in Miniature will be the eighth adventure for Geraldine (Gerry) Porter, miniatures enthusiast, who is taking her granddaughter Maggie to a big craft fair in New York. But will the two detectives be able to discover the truths behind the death that will no doubt coincidentally occur on their visit to the Big Apple? Margaret Grace also writes the Periodic Table Mystery Series as Camille Minichino, the Sophie Knowles Mystery Series as Ada Madison, and the Post Office Mystery Series as Jean Flowers.

Originally I thought we had four new Cozy Mystery holiday themed books that would be released in April. However, I contacted Ann B. Ross to make sure her Miss Julia Lays Down the Law is truly a Christmas themed mystery. She very kindly responded telling me that Miss Julia Lays Down the Law is set in the cold of November and the ladies are getting together to make Christmas ornaments to sell at the Christmas bazaar, but it’s not a Christmas themed mystery.

Laura DiSilverio’s Readaholics Book Club Mysteries & Vineyard Quilt Mysteries: Two New Cozy Series Coming April 2015!

Looks like we’ll be looking forward to the first releases for two NEW Cozy Mystery series coming out in April 2015!

DiSilverio1111111111a;akl;cwwwFirst up will be the first entry of Laura DiSilverio‘s Readaholics Book Club Mystery Series, The Readaholics and the Falcon Fiasco. The Readaholics series will star Amy-Faye Johnson, an event planner in the scenic mountain town of Heaven, Colorado, as well as a member of the Readaholics Book Club. When one of the other Readaholics dies a sudden and suspicious death, it will be up to Amy-Faye to help crack the case and discover what happened to her friend! Laura DiSilverio also writes the Charlie Swift and Mall Cop Mystery Series, as well as the Southern Beauty Shop Mystery Series as Lila Dare and the Ballroom Dance Mystery Series as Ella Barrick.

Fox111111111111a;la;ceewThe other new book isn’t by one author, but by two >>> Mae Fox and Jan Fields will be putting out Threads of Deceit, the first book in the Vineyard Quilt Mystery Series. (This is yet another in the Annie’s Crafts Company’s Cozy Mystery series. I have been listing the Annie’s Crafts Company series ever since a Cozy Mystery reader told me about these series which do not contain profanity. Annie’s Crafts Company also publishes the Annie’s Attic, Annie’s Quilted Mysteries, Annie’s Mysteries Unraveled, & the Creative Woman Mystery Series.) The Vineyard Quilt series will feature Mae Fox and a different co-author every book, as she works with the guest author to tell another story in the tales of Julie Ellis, former antiquities bounty hunter and current manager of quilt-themed inn, Quilt Haus Inn, situated in Missouri’s scenic Wine Country. When a corpse is found at the dig site for a famous sunken ship at a nearby farm, Julie will need to use her old expertise to help try to pin down the murderer!

April 2015 Mystery Book New Releases

Murder, She Wrote: Killer in the Kitchen by Donald Bain & "Jessica Fletcher"

The following Mystery Books will be released in April 2015:

Ellery Adams (aka J.B. Stanley & Jennifer Stanley): Lemon Pies and Little White Lies (This will be the 4th in the Charmed Pie Shoppe Mystery Series.)

Susan Wittig Albert (aka 1/2 of Robin Paige): Bittersweet (This will be the 23rd in the China Bayles Mystery Series.)

Barbara Allan: Antiques Swap (This will be the 9th in the Trash ‘n’ Treasures Mystery Series.)

Nancy Atherton: Aunt Dimity and the Summer King (This will be the 15th in the Aunt Dimity Mystery Series.)

Donald Bain & “Jessica Fletcher”: Killer in the Kitchen (This will be the 43rd in the Murder, She Wrote Mystery Series.)

David Baldacci: Memory Man (This will be the 1st in the NEW Amos Decker Mystery Series.)

Christy Barritt: Gone by Dark (This will be the 2nd in the Carolina Moon Mystery Series.)

Duffy Brown: Demise in Denim (This will be the 5th in the Consignment Mystery Series.)

Mollie Cox Bryan: Scrappily Ever After (This will be a Cumberland Creek Mystery Series novella.)

Susanna CalkinsThe Masque of a Murderer (This will be the 3rd in the Lucy Campion Mystery Series.)

Anne Canadeo (aka Katherine Spencer): The Postman Always Purls Twice (This will be the 7th in the Black Sheep Knitting Mystery Series.)

Elizabeth Lynn Casey (aka Laura Bradford): Wedding Duress(This will be the 10th in the Southern Sewing Circle Mystery Series.)

Kate Charles: False Tongues (This will be the 4th in the Callie Anson Mystery Series.)

Mary Higgins Clark: The Melody Lingers On (This will be a Stand Alone Mystery.)

Nancy Coco (aka Nancy J. Parra): Oh Say Can You Fudge (This will be the 3rd in the Candy-coated Mystery Series.) (This will be a Fourth of July theme mystery.)

Amanda Cooper (aka Victoria Hamilton & Donna Lea Simpson): Shadow of a Spout (This will be the 2nd in the Teapot Collector Mystery Series.)

Isis Crawford (aka Barbara Block): A Catered Mother’s Day (This will be the 11th in the Mystery with Recipes Mystery Series.) (This is a Mother’s Day theme mystery.)

Jessie CrockettA Sticky Situation (This will be the 3rd in the Sugar Grove Mystery Series.)

Ellen CrosbyGhost Image (This will be the 2nd in the Sophie Medina Mystery Series.)

Mary Daheim: The Alpine Zen (This will be the 26th in the Emma Lord Mystery Series.)

Kathi Daley: Matrimony Meltdown (This will be the 13th in the Zoe Donovan Mystery Series.)

Christine DeSmet: Five-Alarm Fudge (This will be the 3rd in the Fudge Shop Mystery Series.)

Laura DiSilverio (aka Lila Dare & Ella Barrick): The Readaholics and the Falcon Fiasco (This will be the 1st in the NEW Readaholics Book Club Mystery Series.)

Alice Duncan: Thanksgiving Angels (This will be the 5th in the Mercy Allcutt Mystery Series.)

Elizabeth J. DuncanSlated for Death (This will be the 6th in the Penny Brannigan Mystery Series.)

Dawn Eastman: A Fright to the Death (This will be the 3rd in the Family Fortune Mystery Series.)

Jessica Fletcher” & Donald Bain: Killer in the Kitchen (This will be the 43rd in the Murder, She Wrote Mystery Series.)

G.M. Ford: Threshold (This will be the 1st in the NEW Mickey Dolan Mystery Series.) (not Cozy)

Margaret Grace (aka Ada Madison & Camille Minichino): Manhattan in Miniature (This will be the 8th in the Miniature Mystery Series.) (This is a Christmas themed mystery.)

Dee Henderson: Taken (This will be a Stand Alone mystery.)

Joan Hess (aka Joan Hadley): Pride v. Prejudice (This will be the 20th in the Claire Malloy Mystery Series.)

Iris Johansen: Your Next Breath (This will be the 3rd in the Catherine Ling Mystery Series.)

Joyce and Jim Lavene (aka J.J. Cook & Ellie Grant): Dead Girl Blues (This will be the 3rd in the Taxi for the Dead Mystery Series.)

Amanda Lee (aka Gayle Trent): Wicked Stitch (This will be the 8th in the Embroidery Mystery Series.)

Donna Leon: Falling in Love (This will be the 24th in the Guido Brunetti Mystery Series.)

Jenn McKinlay (aka Josie Belle & Lucy Lawrence): Dark Chocolate Demise (This will be the 7th in the Cupcake Bakery Mystery Series.)

James Patterson & Peter de Jonge: Miracle at Augusta (This will be the 2nd in the non-mystery Travis McKinley Series.)

Paula Paul (aka Paula Carter): Medium Dead (This will be the 4th in the Dr. Alexandra Gladstone Mystery Series.)

Elizabeth Peters: The Painted Queen (This will be the 20th published and possibly the 14th chronologically in the Amelia Peabody Mystery Series.)

Spencer Quinn (aka Peter Abrahams) Woof (This will be a mystery for ages 8 – 12, grades 3 – 7. Looks absolutely delightful!)

Sarah Rayne: Deadlight Hall (This will be the 5th in the Nell West and Michael Flint Mystery Series.)

Ann B. Ross: Miss Julia Lays Down the Law (This will be the 17th in the Miss Julia Mystery Series.)

Barbara Ross: Musseled Out (This will be the 3rd in the Maine Clambake Mystery Series.)

Sofie Ryan (aka Sofie Kelly) Buy a Whisker (This will be the 2nd in the Second Chance Cat Mystery Series.)

Lisa Scottoline: Every Fifteen Minutes (This will be a Stand Alone mystery.)

Aimée & David Thurlo: Grave Consequences (This will be the 2nd in the Charlie Henry Series.)

Diane Vallere: With Vics You Get Eggroll (This will be the 3rd in the Mad for Mod Mystery Series.)

Mae Fox & Jan Fields: Threads of Deceit (This will be the 1st in the NEW Vineyard Quilt Mystery Series.)

The Cozy Cookbook: More than 100 Recipes from Today’s Bestselling Mystery Authors (w/ Avery Aames, Ellery Adams, Leslie Budewitz, Laura Childs, Cleo Coyle, Victoria Hamilton, B.B. Haywood, Julie Hyzy, Jenn McKinlay, & Paige Shelton)

March 2015 Mystery Book New Releases

Since I post these monthly Mystery Book New Releases a month early, I thought some of you may be interested in taking a look at the March 2015 current releases. Click here to see the March 2015 Mystery Book New Releases.

To go back to the Cozy Mystery New Book Release page, click here.

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

Mystery Book Recommendations – February 2015

Buttercream Bump Off by Jenn McKinlayDo you have a favorite Valentine’s Day book you read every February? Well February is almost over, so I’d like to ask you all if you read an extremely good Cozy Mystery this month, would you pleased tell the rest of us about it? (Obviously, if you read two, three, or more extremely good Cozy Mysteries, we’d love to hear about them, too!) Please tell us why this particular Cozy (or these particular Cozies) are better than the rest of the Cozies you read during February.

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

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

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

Tessa Arlen: Death of a Dishonorable Gentleman

Lorraine Bartlett (aka Lorna Barrett & L.L. Bartlett): Lotus Bay Mystery Series

M.C. Beaton (aka Marion Chesney): Hamish Macbeth Mystery Series

Kate Carlisle: Fixer-Upper Mystery Series

Amanda Carmack: Elizabethan Mystery Series (book #1 Murder at Hatfield House)

Maia Chance: Fairy Tale Fatal Mystery Series (book #1 Snow White Red-Handed)

Kate Collins: Flower Shop Mystery Series

Sheila Connolly (aka Sarah Atwell): County Cork Mystery Series

Hy Conrad: Amy’s Travel Mystery Series

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

Cleo Coyle (aka Alice Kimberly): Coffeehouse Mystery Series

Monica Ferris: Needlecraft Mystery Series

Eva Gates: Lighthouse Library Mystery Series (book #1 By Book or By Crook)

Mary Ellen Hughes: Pickled and Preserved Mystery Series

Christine Husom: Snow Globe Shop Mystery Series

J.A. Jance: Ali Reynolds Mystery Series

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

Mary Lou Kirwin: Librarian Mystery Series

Kylie Logan (aka Miranda Bliss & Casey Daniels ): League of Literary Ladies Mystery Series

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

Jenn McKinlay (aka Josie Belle & Lucy Lawrence): Hat Shop Mystery Series

Catriona McPherson: Dandy Gilver Mystery Series

Leslie Meier: Lucy Stone Mystery Series

Cate Price: Deadly Notions Mystery Series

Loretta Ross: Auction Block Mystery Series (book #1  Death and the Redheaded Woman)

James Runcie: Grantchester Mystery Mystery Series (book #1 Sydney Chambers and the Shadow of Death)

Dell Shannon (aka Leslie Egan, Elizabeth Linington, & Anne Blaisdell): Luis Mendoza Mystery Series

Karen Rose Smith: Caprice De Luca

Lea Wait: Mainely Needlepoint Mystery Series

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

Christine Wenger: Comfort Food Mystery Series

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

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

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

Sleuth with Criminal History

Feint of Art by Hailey Lind (aka Juliet Blackwell)A while back, Linda M. asked a very interesting question:

Have you ever thought about adding a category where the hero is a bad guy? I’m just finishing Lawrence Block’s Bernie Rhodenbarr’s series (a very likeable burglar) and I loved them! I can think of a few others just now – such as Mary Anna Evans’ Faye Longchamp who in the first few books dug for artifacts to sell on the black market to keep her crumbling plantation house from falling down. Also, Lee Child’s Jack Reacher (definitely NOT a cozy). I would like to find more in this category and I can’t – but I’m sure there are some. I get tired of the goody-goody heroes and these are exciting and refreshing – something different! Anyway, just a suggestion – and I could just click on this category and there they would all be!

Angela replied:

Hailey Lind (aka Juliet Blackwell) writes the art lovers series. Her main character is the granddaughter of an international art forger and while she’s “gone good” she has a past as an art forger that haunts her. Meanwhile her frequent sidekick is an art thief and her art forging grandpa and his friends make appearances often as well. There’s only 4 books in the series now but I am hopeful she’ll write more. Might be one you’d like to check out as part of your “bad guy” idea.

My question for all of you is this: Can you think of any other Cozy Mystery series that feature a sleuth with criminal (past or present) tendencies? If so, please post a comment below.

Sleuth with Criminal History:

Lawrence Block: Bernie Rhodenbarr Mystery Series

Simon Brett: Mrs. Pargeter Mystery Series

Leslie Charteris: Simon Templar, the Saint Mystery Series

Lee Child: Jack Reacher Mystery Series (not Cozy)

Janet Evanovich & Lee Goldberg: Fox and O’Hare Mystery Series

Mary Anna Evans: Faye Longchap Mystery Series

Jonathan Gash: Lovejoy Mystery Series

Bruce Graeme: Blackshirt the Burglar Series

E.W. Hornung: Raffles Series

Maurice LeBlanc: Arsene Lupin Series

Hailey Lind (aka Juliet Blackwell): Art Lover’s Mystery Series

Wyndham Martyn: Anthony Trent Series

J. Michael Orenduff: Pot Thief Mystery Series

Frank L. Packard: Grey Seal Series

Elaine Viets: Dead-End Job Mystery Series

If you’re interested in finding all sorts of other mystery themes, make sure to visit the Cozy Mystery by Themes page on the site.