Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Cozy Cooking

Are you a culinary cozy aficionado? Fans of Laura Childs,  Avery Aames, Cleo Coyle (to name just a few) will rejoice to find The Cozy Cookbook with more than 100 recipes from your favorite bestselling mystery authors.

Enjoy the mouthwatering recipes for  everything from breakfast to entrees to desserts. In addition to Laura Childs, Avery Aames/Daryl wood Gerber, and Cleo Coyle, Ellery Adams, Connie Archer, Leslie Budewitz, Victoria Hamilton, B.B. Haywood, Julie Hyzy, Jenn McKinlay, and Paige Shelton are represented. Nestled among the recipes are snippets from the authors' books. A list of the various tasty series and short bios of the authors are also included.

This collection is a treasure trove for culinary cozy fans. Add a little mystery to your cooking! Bon appetit.



Monday, May 18, 2015

Brewing a Cozy

Ok, brew up a cup of your favorite tea and settle in with the latest Tea Shop Mystery by Laura Childs. Ming Tea Murder, the 16th offering in this popular series, is as refreshing as a steaming pot of Jasmine tea.

Theodosia Browning, proprietor of Charleston's Indigo Tea Shop, once again finds herself in the middle of a murder investigation. One of the museum's wealthy benefactors is found murdered at a fancy black tie event celebrating the recent acquisition of an 18th century Chinese tea house. With so many suspects, including Theo's boyfriend, Max, will she be able to deduce the killer in time?

As with all Laura Child's Tea Shop Mysteries, the reader will enjoy the quirky characters and the delicious ambiance of this culinary cozy. Each of the books in the series includes recipes for the yummy treats mentioned in the story and tips for hosting your own themed tea.

This cozy series is one of my favorites. If you've never imbibed, give it a try!

Friday, May 1, 2015

May's Murderous Offerings

Where did April go?? It's May already and summer not far behind! Here are the latest mysteries with many new series entries. So rev up your engines and let the reading begin!
  • Robert B. Parker’s Kickback [Spenser continuation] by Ace Atkins
  • A God in Ruins [Life After Life sequel] by Kate Atkinson
  • Little Black Lies by Sharon Bolton
  • Dead Girl Walking [Jack Parlabane] by Christopher Brookmyre
  • Tail Gait [Mrs. Murphy] by Rita Mae Brown
  • The Forgotten Room [Jeremy Logan] by Lincoln Child
  • Ming Tea Murder [Tea Shop] by Laura Childs
  • Thin Air [Shetland Island] by Ann Cleeves
  • Independence Day [Dewey Andreas] by Ben Coes
  • Flame Out [June Lyons] by M.P. Cooley
  • Death Ex Machina [Athenian] by Gary Corby
  • Six and a Half Deadly Sins [Siri Paiboun] by Colin Cotterill
  • Piranha [Oregon Files] by Clive Cussler & Boyd Morrison
  • Solitude Creek [Kathryn Dance] by Jeffery Deaver
  • Radiant Angel [John Corey] by Nelson DeMille
  • Deadly Desires at Honeychurch Hall [Honeychurch Hall] by
    Hannah Dennison
  • Thanksgiving Angels [Mercy Allcutt] by Alice Duncan
  • Remember Me This Way by Sabine Durrant
  • The Storm Murders [Emile Cinq-Mars] by John Farro
  • The Fatal Flame by Lyndsay Faye
  • The Harvest Man [Scotland Yard Murder Squad] by Alex Grecian
  • The Ghost Fields [Ruth Galloway] by Elly Griffiths
  • Bone To Be Wild [Sarah Booth Delaney] by Carolyn Haines
  • Skies of Ash [Elouise Norton] by Rachel Howzell Hall
  • Don’t Go Home [Death on Demand] by Carolyn Hart
  • Disengaged by Mischa Hiller
  • Rock with Wings [Bernadette Manualito] by Anne Hillerman
  • I, Ripper by Stephen Hunter
  • Dry Bones [Walt Longmire] by Craig Johnson
  • Eighth Grave After Dark [Charley Davidson] by Darynda Jones
  • The Murderer’s Daughter by Jonathan Kellerman
  • The Fall [Dismas Hardy] by John Lescroart
  • GBH by Ted Lewis
  • Palace of Treason [Dominika Egorova & Nate Nash] by Jason Matthews
  • And Sometimes I Wonder About You [Leonid McGill ] by Walter Mosley
  • Murder in Ely [Third-Culture Kid] by D-L Nelson
  • Jack of Spades by Joyce Carol Oates
  • Neighing with Fire [Colleen McCabe] by Kathryn O’Sullivan
  • The Body in the Birches [Faith Fairchild] by Katherine Hall Page
  • Constant Fear by Daniel Palmer
  • Trauma by Michael Palmer & Daniel Palmer
  • 14th Deadly Sin [Women’s Murder Club ] by James Patterson & Maxine Paetro
  • Burnt River [Macy Greeley ] by Karin Salvalaggio
  • Seveneves by Neal Stephenson
  • Murder on Amsterdam Avenue [Gaslight] by Victoria Thompson
  • Killing Frost [Deets Shanahan] by Ronald Tierney
  • Mariner’s Ark [Richard Mariner] by Peter Tonkin
  • The Troutbeck Testimony[Lake District] by Rebecca Tope
  • Bubba Done It [Dreamwalker] by Maggie Toussaint
  • The Searcher [Solomon Creed #1] by Simon Toyne

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Have you read these award-winning mysteries?


Mystery Writers of America announced the winners of the 2015 Edgar Allan Poe Awards, honoring the best in mystery fiction, non-fiction and television published or produced in 2014. The Edgar® Awards were presented to the winners at the 69th Gala Banquet, April 29, 2015 at the Grand Hyatt Hotel, New York City. Congratulations to all!

BEST NOVEL 
Mr. Mercedes by Stephen King (Simon & Schuster – Scribner) 

BEST FIRST NOVEL BY AN AMERICAN AUTHOR 
Dry Bones in the Valley by Tom Bouman (W.W. Norton) 

BEST PAPERBACK ORIGINAL 
The Secret History of Las Vegas by Chris Abani (Penguin Random House – Penguin Books) 

BEST FACT CRIME 
Tinseltown: Murder, Morphine, and Madness at the Dawn of Hollywood
by William J. Mann (HarperCollins Publishers – Harper) 

BEST CRITICAL/BIOGRAPHICAL 
Poe-Land: The Hallowed Haunts of Edgar Allan Poe 
by J.W. Ocker (W.W. Norton – Countryman Press) 

BEST SHORT STORY 
"What Do You Do?” – Rogues by Gillian Flynn 
(Penguin Random House Publishing – Bantam Books)  

BEST JUVENILE 
Greenglass House by Kate Milford
 (Clarion Books – Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Books for Young Readers) 

BEST YOUNG ADULT 
The Art of Secrets by James Klise (Algonquin Young Readers) 

BEST TELEVISION EPISODE TELEPLAY
 “Episode 1” – Happy Valley, Teleplay by Sally Wainwright (Netflix) 

ROBERT L. FISH MEMORIAL AWARD 
"Getaway Girl" – Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine By Zoë Z. Dean (Dell Magazines) 

GRAND MASTER
 Lois Duncan & James Ellroy 

RAVEN AWARDS 
Ruth & Jon Jordan, Crimespree Magazine Kathryn Kennison, Magna Cum Murder 

ELLERY QUEEN AWARD 
Charles Ardai, Editor & Founder, Hard Case Crime

 THE SIMON & SCHUSTER - MARY HIGGINS CLARK AWARD
 (Presented at MWA’s Agents & Editors Party on Tuesday, April 28, 2015) 
The Stranger You Know by Jane Casey (Minotaur Books) 

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Ian McKellen as Mr. Holmes

How would we find Mr. Sherlock Holmes in the twilight of his long and eventful life?

Ian McKellen portrays the iconic detective as a 93-year-old in Mr. Holmes, a new motion picture coming out this summer. It's based on the novel A Slight Trick of the Mind by Mitch Cullen, and takes place in 1947. After returning from a visit to Japan where he witnessed the devastation of nuclear warfare, an aging Holmes faces the end of his days tending to the care of his bees. So Holmes turns his mind to the unsolved case that forced him into retirement.

the film opens June 19 in the UK and July 17 in the US.

Check out the new trailer:

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Latest News for Louise Penny Fans

If you are as big a Louise Penny fan as I am, you'll be happy to know that her 11th book in the Chief Inspector Gamache series will be published on August 25th. The book is titled The Nature of the Beast and is set in Three Pines, Quebec. Here is a synopsis from Penny's website:

Hardly a day goes by when nine year old Laurent Lepage doesn't cry wolf. From alien invasions, to walking trees, to winged beasts in the woods, to dinosaurs spotted in the village of Three Pines, his tales are so extraordinary no one can possibly believe him. Including Armand and Reine-Marie Gamache, who now live in the little Quebec village.

But when the boy disappears the villagers are faced with the possibility that one of his tall tales might have been true.
And so begins a frantic search for the boy and the truth. What they uncover deep in the forest sets off a sequence of events that leads to murder, leads to an old crime, leads to an old betrayal. Leads right to the door of an old poet.

And now it is now, writes Ruth Zardo. And the dark thing is here. A monster once visited Three Pines. And put down deep roots. And now, Ruth knows, it is back.

Armand Gamache, the former head of homicide for the Sûreté du Québec, must face the possibility that, in not believing the boy, he himself played a terrible part in what happens next.


Leading up to the release of The Nature of the Beast, Minotaur Books invites fans to discover the real places that inspired Louise Penny while writing the Chief Inspector Gamache series. Click here to explore. Every two weeks a real place will be revealed with photos, an essay, and an area open for discussion.


Saturday, April 11, 2015

A Huge Celebration of Books


Come out to the 20th Los Angeles Times Festival of Books April 18-19. If you've never participated in this outstanding celebration of the written word, you'll be truly amazed! It's an opportunity to see many of your favorite authors in person, discover new favorites, and enjoy many book-related activities with like-minded individuals. It's a great weekend!

So mark your calendars. Check out the website here to see what authors will be at the event.