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.