I have just a few Cozy Mystery news tidbits to share with you this month. All six of these authors have pages on my Cozy Mystery site. (That’s how I determine what news items to tell you about each month.)
Great news for those of us who follow the sleuthing exploits of Cora (from the Cora Crafts Mystery Series) and Annie (from the Cumberland Creek Mystery Series). Mollie Cox Bryan will be starting a new Cozy Mystery series, and it will feature a sleuth who is a cheese cream maker in Virginia’s beautiful Shenandoah Valley. The first book looks like it will take place during Christmas – so I’m hoping it will be out by next year’s holiday season.
Some of us have been reading Cozies by Laurie Cass since way back in 2010 when she released her first Cozy in the PTA Mystery Series (as Laura Alden). And a lot of us follow Minnie as she solves mysteries with Eddie, her bookmobile-riding rescue cat in Laurie Cass’s Bookmobile Cat Mystery Series. Here’s some really terrific news: Laurie Cass has just gotten the go-ahead for at least two more Bookmobile Cat Cozies. Yahoo!
Sheila Connolly (aka Sarah Atwell) has been busy, busy, busy releasing Cozies for us to enjoy reading. Connolly is the author of the very popular Orchard Mystery Series (featuring apple orchard owner Meg Corey), Museum Mystery Series (which stars Nell, a museum fundraiser), Relatively Dead Mystery Series (with ghost-seeing Abby), and the County Cork Mystery Series. (And, as Sarah Atwell, she released the Glassblowing Mystery Series , which features Em, the owner of a glassblowing shop in Tucson.) Well, it looks like County Cork’s Bostonian Maura Donovan will be able to continue to sleuth in Ireland at least two more times. That’s right… Sheila Connolly will be releasing at least two more County Cork Mysteries!
Fans of Denise Dietz‘s Diet Club Mystery Series are in for a very welcome surprise. Deni Dietz will be releasing a historical mystery (with a lot of romance!) that will take place during the 1950s. She will be releasing this as Mary Ellen Dennis. [I’m not entirely sure, but I wonder if Cirque (the name of the book) could possibly be her Dream Dancer book that she released as Deni Dietz…]
Now here is some terrific news for all the Cozy Mystery readers who enjoy Paige Shelton‘s books. Most of us already know that Shelton writes several very popular Cozy series: the Scottish Bookshop Mystery Series (starring Delaney – a rare book & manuscript expert in Scotland), the Dangerous Type Mystery Series (featuring printing press shop expert Clare Henry), the Farmers’ Market Mystery Series (with Becca, a sleuth who makes jams), and the County Cooking School Mystery Series (with Betts & Gram running their cooking school). Here’s some great Paige Shelton news: she’s going to be releasing Murder on Ice which is not a part of any of the previously listed series. This book will feature an author who is trying to rid herself of a stalker, and it is set in Alaska. (Let’s hope this is the beginning of a new series!)
Leslie Wheeler has her Bachelor’s from Stanford (in English and History) and her Master’s from UC Berkeley (in English) which she puts to great use writing the Living History Mystery Series. She will be starting the new Berkshire Hilltown Mystery Series with Rattlesnake Hill. The series will have, as it’s sleuth, a curator of a Boston library.
This wraps up my Cozy Mystery news for December 2017. I hope one of your favorite authors can be found amongst the above authors!