As promised earlier this week, here’s a quick synopsis of the rest of the holiday-themed Cozy Mysteries coming out in September, 2018! This will be the Christmas-themed Cozies, and there will be six of them.
First up, Allison Brook will be releasing Read and Gone, the 2nd entry in her Haunted Library Mystery Series. Librarian Carrie Singleton is preparing for Christmas when her father turns up, but it isn’t the festive occasion you might think – he’s been in trouble with the law for most of his life, and as she expects his arrival is an attempt to drag her into another questionable enterprise. But she knows he isn’t a murderer, so when he turns up in jail for killing a local jeweler, she knows she’ll need to do something to keep him from being charged with the one crime he actually didn’t commit. Allison Brook also writes under the name Marilyn Levinson, under which she has written the Golden Age of Mystery book Club Mystery Series and the Lydia Krause Mystery Series.
Next, Amanda Flower will be releasing the third book in her Amish Candy Shop Mystery Series, titled Premeditated Peppermint. Bailey King is preparing for her first holiday season in Harvest, Ohio, but it’s interrupted when a former boyfriend turns up unexpected to film an authentic Amish Christmas. She may not be fond of her ex, but when his producer turns up dead and he seems the only suspect, she knows she’ll have to stop him from paying for a crime he didn’t commit. Amanda Flower also writes the Magic Garden Mystery Series, the Living History Museum Mystery Series, the Magical Bookshop Mystery Series, the Appleseed Creek Mystery Series, the India Hayes Mystery Series, and (as Isabella Alan) the Amish Quilt Shop Mystery Series.
Joanne Fluke will be releasing Christmas Cake Murder, the 23rd in her very popular Hannah Swensen Mystery Series (at least the 3rd Christmas as well!). This might be the 23rd entry, but it’s actually set much earlier in the series – it’s actually a prequel, starring a young Hannah who has yet to open the Cookie Jar! She has been volunteering at the local hospice, and is surprised to find out that what she had thought to be a crime fiction piece by one of the residents was actually a true accounting of a story. To prevent a disaster in the holiday season, she’ll find herself solving yet another (and yet possibly her first) potential mystery.
Next, Tonya Kappes will be releasing Tangled Up in Tinsel, the 6th in her Kenni Lowry Mystery Series. Christmas in Cottonwood Kentucky evidently involves murder this year, as Sheriff Kenni’s grandfather (former sheriff himself, current ghost) arrives once again to help solve an unexpected death. Tonya Kappes also writes the Killer Coffee Mystery Series, the Camper & Criminals Mystery Series, the Ghostly Southern Mystery Series, the Magical Cures Mystery Series, the Spies and Spells Mystery Series, and the Divorced Diva Mystery Series… among others, plus the Southerner Cake Baker Mystery Series written as Maymee Bell.
Colette London will be releasing the fifth in her Chocolate Whisperer Mystery Series, The Peppermint Mocha Murder. Luxury consultant and chocolate connoisseur Haydon Mundy Moore is preparing for a vacation, but for now she’s off to New England with her friend and financial adviser Travis for the opening of his holiday musical. Unfortunately, the show may not go on when the show’s producer turns up dead. She’ll need to crack the case – and learn a few mysteries about Travis in the process – to enjoy a happy holiday.
Finally, Carol J. Perry will be releasing Bells, Spells, and Murders, the 7th in her Witch City Mystery Series. Lee Barrett, reporter at WICH-TV in Salem, Massachusetts, will have a busy holiday season, covering live events. Unfortunately, one of her interviews turns out to be with a dead man, as she finds the chairman of a walking tour dead in his office, still wearing a bloody Santa hat. As usual, Lee will need to rely on her cat O’Ryan and her own psychic abilities to get to the bottom of this murder most foul.
Whew! That’s quite the list. Christmas in September, I suppose? If you’re still in the mood for more Christmas-themed Cozies, be sure to visit the Christmas Cozies pages on the site.
Here is the list of new releases for August 6 to August 12! Sorry this is so late! I’ve been off for a while since I needed to start this month with recommendations, then Cozy Mystery news, which I can never really entirely predict.
Here’s the Cozy Mystery news for this month, August 2018! It’s a bit less NEWS than the last few months – but there’s still plenty to talk about!
First, Susanna Calkins will be writing a new series, the Speakeasy Murders Mystery Series, starting with Murder Knocks Twice. This will be a series set in 1920s Chicago. I wonder if it will revolve around the prohibition theme! Susanna Calkins also writes the Lucy Campion Mystery Series (which I happen to enjoy a lot!) – another period piece set in 17th century London, starring a chambermaid.
Next, best-selling Amanda Flower will be beginning a spin-off of her Amish Candy Shop Mystery Series, with the series titled the Amish Matchmaker Mystery Series. It will star a senior sleuth who is an Amish widow who sets up Amish couples. Of course, she will also solve crimes. In addition to the already-mentioned Amish Candy Shop Mystery Series, Amanda Flower writes the Magic Garden Mystery Series, the Living History Museum Mystery Series, the Magical Bookshop Mystery Series, the Appleseed Creek Mystery Series, the India Hayes Mystery Series, and the Andi Boggs Mystery Series (for children). She writes the Amish Quilt Shop Mystery Series under the name Isabella Alan.
Finally, New York Times best-selling author Lee Goldberg will be starting a new mystery series starring a young female homicide detective in the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department. Lee Goldberg wrote the FBI Special Agent Kate O’Hare Mystery Series (with Janet Evanovich), the Ian Ludlow Thrillers, the Diagnosis Murder Mystery Series, and of course the Mr. Monk Mystery Series (starring Adrian Monk, from the TV show Monk – which he also wrote and produced).
Well, it might not be as long a news list as usual, but 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! (And, it looks like October is going to be a great month for new holiday Cozies!)
Well, it’s Monday, so I’d normally post the list of the upcoming weeks… but I’ve been so behind on this from the end of the month rolling right into new month and then another week of releases finally getting posted a few days ago, I wanted to post something a bit more substantive. So I’m going to hold off on the normal Monday post for a few days, and instead begin discussing September’s holiday book releases.
There will be a lot of them! Enough that it makes sense to split it up into two sections, a non-Christmas post and a Christmas themed post. Today will be the non-Christmas holiday themed posts.
First will be Lynn Cahoon‘s A Deadly Brew, a novella in the Tourist Trap Mystery Series. This Halloween-themed mystery Will see the return of Jill Gardner, owner of the Coffee, Books, and More in South Cove, California. A haunted house is being set up, and for whatever reason the town decides that setting it up in the residence of a formerly vacant estate whose owner disappeared fifteen years ago. Of course, Jill can’t let this chance go to get to the bottom of the mysterious event! Lynn Cahoon also writes the Cat Latimer Mystery Series, starring a former English professor running a bed and breakfast, and the Farm-to-Fork Mystery Series, starring the owner of a restaurant in Idaho.
Second will be Forever Fudge, the 7th in Nancy Coco‘s Candy-Coated Mystery Series, and a Labor Day themed mystery! (Super rare! But these do exist…) Labor Day weekend has come at last, the end of the tourist season on Mackinac Island, and fudge shop owner Allie McMurphy would be expecting a bit more peace and quiet, except that a TV crew has arrived to film a murder mystery show. When a note is found on a very real body found in a nearby alley challenging Allie to solve the crime, she feels like it’s her responsibility to stop a crazed killer from striking again! Nancy Coco also writes (as Nancy J. Parra) the Wine County Mystery Series, starring the owner of a family winery, the Baker’s Treat Mystery Series starring a gluten free bakery owner, the Perfect Proposals Mystery Series, starring an event planner, and (as Nell Hampton) the Kensington Palace Chef Mystery Series starring a personal chef to the royal family.
So, that’s it for non-Christmas themed Cozies for September! I know that’s only two, but there will be several more coming up, all Christmas themed – probably after I do this week’s new releases.
For more Halloween Themed Cozies, visit the Halloween Cozies list on the site.
For more Labor Day Themed Cozies, visit the Labor Day Cozies list on the site.