It’s the beginning of July, and two things haven’t changed since June… first, it’s still hot and humid here (way too hot and humid!) and second, I’ve still got Cozy Mystery news to share with you!
So, here’s the Cozy Mystery news for July 2018!
First, Kate Carlisle will be writing two more Cozies in her Fixer-Upper Mystery Series. This is terrific news for those of us who sleuth right along with home renovator Shannon Hammer. It’s also great news for those of us who watch the Fixer-Upper Hallmark mystery movies. Kate Carlisle also writes the very popular Bibliophile Mystery Series starring Brooklyn Wainwright, bookbinder and rare book expert in San Francisco.
And speaking of mystery movies, relative newcomer to the Cozy Mystery scene Victoria Gilbert has several pieces of good news – her Blue Ridge Library Mystery Series, starring public library manager Amy Webber in Virginia, will apparently be seeing both a television adaptation and audiobook versions. So, now we’ll not only be able to read about Amy’s mystery-solving but we’ll also be able to watch and hear about Amy’s sleuthing!
Meg Macy will be releasing the third in her Teddy Bear Mystery Series, a tale that will be titled Have Yourself a Beary Little Murder. The series stars Sasha Silverman, a teddy bear shop and factory manager in Silver Hollow, Michigan. Meg Macy is also half of D.E. Ireland, the writing team who write the Eliza Doolittle & Henry Higgins Mystery Series, starring Eliza Doolittle & Henry Higgins of Edwardian London, the characters of the same name from the movie My Fair Lady.
Maddie Day will be releasing three more books in the Country Store Mystery Series, bringing the Indiana based series starring Robbie Jordan at the Pans ‘N Pancakes Country Store Restaurant to a total of nine entries. Maddie Day also writes under the names Edith Maxwell, under which she writes the Quaker Midwife Mystery Series, starring Rose Carroll, a Quaker midwife in late 1880s Massachusetts, and the Local Foods Mystery Series, starring Cam Flaherty, an organic farmer. Additionally, she writes the Speaking of Mystery Mystery Series, starring a Quaker linguistics professor in New England, under the name Tace Baker. She will also be releasing three Christmas novellas next year.
Jenn McKinlay (a New York Times bestselling author) will be writing Buried to the Brim, the sixth in her Hat Shop Mystery Series, starring Scarlett Parker and Viv Tremont, the owners of a ladies’ hat shop in London. Scarlett and Viv will find themselves sleuthing at a very upper-crust dog show this time. She also writes the Cupcake Mystery Series, starring Melanie Cooper, a cupcakes bakery owner, and the Library Lover’s Mystery Series, starring Lindsey Norris, a library director in Connecticut. As Josie Bell, she writes the Good Buy Girls Mystery Series, starring Maggie Gerber, the founder of a bargain hunters club. She also writes the Decoupage Mystery Series, starring Brenna Miller, a paper shop employee – as Lucy Lawrence.
Bestselling New York Times author Denise Swanson got the green light to release at least two more Cozies in her Welcome Back to Scumble River Mystery Series, taking the continuation of the Scumble River Mystery Series to a total of four books, or 23 if you consider them part of the original series. It’s pretty official: Skye’s back and has been back since 2017! Denise Swanson also writes the Deveraux’s Dime Store Mystery Series, starring Dev Sinclair, the owner of a five-and-dime store in Missouri. Denise also writes the Chef-to-Go Mystery Series which features Dani, the owner of Chef-to-Go, a company preparing delicious ready-made meals for students in a college town.
Finally, Marty Wingate will be starting a new series starring the curator of Bath, England’s largest collection of first edition mysteries. The problem the sleuth will have is that she has never read a mystery! The series will be called the The Bodies in the Library Mystery Series, which will be at least three books long. Marty Wingate already writes the Potting Shed Mystery Series, starring Pru Parke, a Texan gardener in London, and the Birds of a Feather Mystery Series, starring Julia Lanchester, a tourist manager in a small English village.
Another pretty good list of Cozy Mystery news! As always, if you want to find out more about what some of your favorite Cozy Mystery authors will be releasing in the near future, be sure to check out the Soon to be Released page on my Cozy Mystery site. I’m guessing you’ll find that several of your favorite Cozy Mystery authors are planning on releasing new Cozies in the near future!
PS: Happy Fourth of July as well!