Spring continues, and with it, more Cozy Mystery News! Spring’s a mixed blessing here in Texas – life is coming back, and there are flowers growing on the trees and bushes, but it also gets hot here so fast! It’s already 85 degrees or more many days…
Well, that’s just one more reason to stay in and do some Cozy Mystery reading! Speaking of which, here’s this month’s Cozy Mystery news! It’s a long one this time!
Good news for everyone who loves Lorna Barrett‘s Booktown mystery series – she’s been approved for books 13 and 14 in the series! (These two books should continue to keep Tricia very busy sleuthing.) The Booktown series is the only one Barrett writes under this name, but she also writes the Victoria Square Mystery Series, starring a member of an artisan co-op, the Life on Victoria Square spin-off series, and the Lotus Bay Mystery Series, starring a pair of best friends, under the name Lorraine Bartlett, as well a series starring an insurance investigator, the Jeff Resnick Mystery Series, under the name L. L. Bartlett.
Julia Buckley has been busy, as she recently has been approved to not only write two more Cozies in her Writer’s Apprentice Mystery Series, but she’s also arranged for audio versions of all five books! Great news for those of us who enjoy reading about Lena’s mystery-solving exploits! Julia also writes the Undercover Dish Mystery Series, starring the owner of a catering business, and the Madeline Mann Mystery Series, starring a small town reporter!
Author (and site blog participant!) Ellen Byron will be writing two more books in her award winning Cajun Country Mystery Series. This terrific series takes place in Louisiana – where Maggie not only runs a bed and breakfast on her family’s plantation, but where she also solves mysteries. For those of you who read the Cajun Country series, you know there’s nowhere better than the bayou for providing places to hide clues!
Sharon Farrow will be writing two more Cozies in her Berry Basket Mystery Series. Marlee owns the Berry Basket (a berry shop) on the shores of Lake Michigan. She’s kept pretty busy with all of the tourists who visit this beautiful area of the country as well as with solving mysteries. The Berry Basket series is the only one written by Sharon Farrow, but she (along with Meg Macy) is one half of the writing team working under the pseudonym D.E. Ireland. They use that pen name when writing the Eliza Doolittle & Henry Higgins Mystery Series.
Great news for fans of Sofie Kelly and for fans of (magical) cats out there, Sofie Kelly has been gotten the green light for writing two more Cozies in her Magical Cats Mystery Series! In addition to the Magical Cats Mystery Series, Sofie Kelly also writes the Second Chance Cat Mystery Series (under the name Sofie Ryan) starring the owner of a used book store and her stray cat (Elvis) in Maine, as well as young adult novels under the name Darlene Ryan. (I told you it was great news!)
Speaking of D.E. Ireland, both co-authors are being kept very busy! The other half of that team, Meg Macy, will be releasing the third mystery in her Teddy Bear Mystery Series, entitled Have Yourself a Beary Little Murder! No word yet on any details on the novel, but I’m hoping/guessing from the name that it might be a holiday release… As mentioned before, Meg Macy also writes the Eliza Doolittle & Henry Higgins Mystery Series as part of the writing team D.E. Ireland, which she co-writes with Sharon Farrow.
Mystery Writers of America will be putting out a 75th anniversary anthology entitled Deadly Anniversaries, edited by Bill Pronzini and Marcia Muller. The theme for this particular anthology will be the commemoration of a specific day or event, so if you’re looking for an anthology by some of the greatest authors in the mystery industry, be sure to check it out when it’s released!
Paige Shelton will be releasing two more books in the near future, as she’s been approved to write the fifth and sixth books in her Scottish Bookshop Mystery Series. The Kansas transplanted sleuth, Delaney Nichols, is fitting into the Scottish way-of-living, as well as fitting into the way-of-the-dead – by bringing murderers to justice! Paige Shelton also writes the Dangerous Type Mystery Series, starring the owner of a printing press and writing shop, the Farmers’ Market Mystery Series, starring a jam and preserves maker, and the Country Cooking School Mystery Series, starring a pair of teachers at a cooking school.
Last up (but definitely not least!), Marcia Talley will be writing another entry in her Hannah Ives Mystery Series, titled Tangled Roots. Hannah Ives is a cancer-survivor who lives in Maryland. Hannah has been kept very busy solving crimes as well as donating her time to many good causes. Those of us who are Hannah’s fans will no doubt be waiting to find out what Hannah will be up to in the near future. Great news for Hannah’s fans!
Yikes, that was a long one! If you want to find out what others 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 have just updated this page by adding many, many new releases we will be seeing in the near future. I hope you find some of your favorite authors there!