March will be bringing us three great-looking new Cozy Mystery series to look forward to:
First up will be Joyce and Jim Lavene‘s Those Who Walk In Darkness, the beginning of the Jacks Jackson Mystery Series. In this book, Julia “Jacks” Jackson is a young woman whose fiance was killed three years ago by a mysterious shooter. Determined to get justice (or perhaps just vengeance), Jacks is now a Pinkerton agent, pretending to be a man, to use their information network to hunt down the killer. Joyce and Jim Lavene also write as J.J. Cook & Ellie Grant, and have written multiple series, including the Missing Pieces Mystery Series starring a mayor, the Renaissance Faire Mystery Series, set at a renaissance fair, and the Retired Witches Mystery Series, starring a pair of retired witches who run a curio shop.
Next will be Paige Shelton‘s The Cracked Spine, the first in the new Scottish Bookshop Mystery Series. This book will introduce us to Delaney Nichols, who has uprooted her life to move across the world to Edinburgh, Scotland, to start a new job at Cracked Spine, a bookshop. When the sister of her new boss dies unexpectedly, Delaney will need to help solve the murder if she wants to keep the new life she’s building for herself. Paige Shelton also writes the Farmers’ Market Mystery Series, starring a farm owner, and the Country Cooking School Mystery Series, starring a pair of cooking school instructors in Missouri.
Finally will be The Ninth Life, the first in Clea Simon‘s new Blackie and Care Mystery Series. This series will star Blackie the cat (and narrator of the story) and Care, a pink-haired homeless teenager. Blackie will need to help Care bring to justice those responsible for the murder of Care’s mentor . Clea Simon also writes the Dulcie Schwartz Mystery Series, starring a grad student and the ghost of her cat, the Pru Marlowe, Pet Noir Mystery Series, starring an animal behaviorist and psychic, and the Theda Krakow Mystery Series, starring a music writer and her cat. (Clea Simon might like cats!)
These and many more upcoming series can be found on the New Cozy Mystery Book Series page, as can upcoming Cozy mysteries of new and old series on the Soon to Be Released Mysteries page on my Cozy-Mystery site.
Sheila UK says
All 3 sound great and I want them all! Cats, bookshops and the old West – my favourite topics!
Danna - cozy mystery list says
Sheila UK, I always feel like it a sort of dilemma having to decide which new Cozy Mysteries I want to start reading. I gravitate toward so many themes, that it really makes it difficult!
Danna, While at the library this week I took notice of how many paperback books had themes with cats in the stories. I love cats, so please don’t anyone get me wrong. But I think people are over using this talking cat theme.
It’s like someone gets an idea for a story line and too many other people want to hop on the band wagon. I have had many cats as pets and yes each one has had his or her own character but I have yet to have one to solve any kind of mystery. I have had some drag some things up on to the porch that were mysteries to me, though!!
There are so many copy cat (sorry for the pun) mystery themes in paperback mysteries I really look forward to finding writers with fresh approaches.
Danna - cozy mystery list says
Linda C, you’re right, here certainly are a lot of cat themed Cozies, but there are also a lot of dog themed Cozies as well. Maybe it’s because our “puppy” is no longer with us, but I find myself enjoying all of the antics the cats and dogs get up to in their series.