Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Witches, and Vampires, and Ghosts, Oh My!


Here are some of my favorite Halloween mysteries, some old, some new. How many have you enjoyed?


  • Witches Bane by Susan Wittig Albert (Cozy)
  • Antiques Maul by Barbara Allan (Cozy)
  • Aunt Dimity, Vampire Hunter by Nancy Atherton (Supernatural Cozy)
  • A Cast-off Coven by Juliet Blackwell (Cozy)
  • The Cat Who Talked to Ghosts by Lilian J. Braun (Cozy)
  • The Hunt Ball by Rita Mae Brown (Amateur Sleuth)
  • Fiber and Brimstone by Laura Childs (Cozy)
  • Hallowe'en Party by Agatha Christie (Detective Mystery)
  • A Catered Halloween by Isis Crawford (Culinary Cozy)
  • Crimes by Moonlight (Anthology edited by Charlaine Harris)
  • Ghostly Murders by P.C. Doherty (Historical Mystery)
  • Plum Spooky by Janet Evanovich (Humorous Mystery
  • Fudge Cupcake Murder by Joanne Fluke (Culinary Cozy)
  • Stirring the Plot by Daryl Wood Gerber (Culinary Cozy)
  • Skeleton Key by Jane Haddam (Amateur Sleuth)
  • Dead Ever After by Charlaine Harris (Final Sookie Stackhouse mystery)
  • Southern Ghost by Carolyn Hart (Cozy/Amateur Sleuth)
  • The Haunting of Hill House by SHirley Jackson (Suspense)
  • Murder in Vein: a Fang-In-Cheek Mystery by Sue Ann Jaffarian
  • Death of a Neighborhood Witch by Laura Levine (Humorous Mystery)
  • Poisoned Tarts by G.A. McKevett (Cozy)
  • Wicked Witch Murder by Leslie Meier (Cozy)
  • Murder for Halloween: Tales of Suspense
  • The Night Country by Stewart O'Nan (Horror/Mystery)
  • The Body in the Moonlight by Kathereine Hall Page (Cozy)
  • The Dracula Dossier by James Reese (Suspense)
  • Night Hunter by Michael Reeves (Horror/Mystery)
  • A Hole in Juan by Gillian Roberts (Cozy)
  • Dracula: the Un-Dead by Dacre Stoker (Horror)
  • Ghost Story by Peter Straub (Horror)



Monday, October 27, 2014

Bouchercon is Coming!

Are you attending Bouchercon 2014? It's a fantastic conference for mystery writers and readers held annually. This year Bouchercon is  in Long Beach, California, so I'll most certainly be there. It's not too late to register. Check out their website and see if your favorite mystery author is attending. It's a great chance to meet and greet authors, especially those international ones. When I was at Bouchercon 2012 in San Francisco, I was able to chat with so many of my favs, including a few from the other side of the pond!

Calling all librarians attending Bouchercon. Be sure to sign up for the FREE Librarian Tea hosted by the Southern California chapter of Mystery Writers of America.


Thursday, October 23, 2014

A Cozy Halloween Tale

Just in time for my favorite holiday -- Halloween! Daryl Wood Gerber recently released the Stirring the Plot, third in her Cookbook Nook series, and I'm really enjoying it as I get in the spooky holiday spirit.

Halloween in Crystal Cove, a charming California coastal community, is always spook-tacular. All the local businesses have haunting window displays, including Jenna Hart's Cookbook Nook. But the big celebration in town is the annual soiree put on by the Winsome Witches who raise funds for literacy.

When the Head Priestess of the Winsome Witches is found dead, and Jenna's Aunt Vera has lost her ability to foresee the future, Jenna begins to feel like her arrival in Crystal Cove has jinxed the place.

This is a really fun series (and I am a sucker for the lovely alliteration!). Daryl Wood Gerber also writes The Cheese Shop mysteries under her nom de plume, Avery Aames. Visit her websites at averyaames.com and darylwoodgerber.com. Her books always include yummy recipes in the back and you can find more on her websites. If you like foody mysteries and enjoy cooking yourself, be sure to check out www.mysteryloverskitchen.com; Daryl is one of mystery writer/bloggers.

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Changes in the Air and Something New

Aunt Agatha has been somewhat remiss in posting in recent weeks, and for that I do apologize. It's hard to believe a whole month has passed since the last post! But my alter ego is preparing to retire from the Burbank Public Library after a lifetime (it seems!) of happy service. Consequently, there's been a lot of tying up of loose ends in preparation of the transition (as well as hiding "evidence" and disposing of "bodies"). 

The good news is that after December, Aunt Agatha will have more time to dig up clues to good books.

In the meantime, take a look at the new releases for October:

Last Writes [SS] by Catherine Aird

The Counterfeit Heiress [Lady Emily Ashton] by Tasha Alexander

The Nightingale Before Christmas [Meg Langslow] by Donna Andrews

Sidney Sheldon’s Chasing Tomorrow by Tilly Bagshawe

Death of a Blue Blood [Murder She Wrote] by Donald Bain & Jessica Fletcher

Jane and the Twelve Days of Christmas [Jane Austen] byStephanie Barron

Close to the Bone [Theresa MacLean] by Lisa Black

The Empire of Night [Christopher Marlowe Cobb] by Robert Olen Butler

Gossamer Ghost [Scrapbooking] by Laura Childs

The Wolf in Winter [Charlie Parker] by John Connolly

Havana Storm [Dirk Pitt] by Clive Cussler & Dirk Cussler

Death in Elysium [Jodie Welsh] by Judith Cutler

Dark Spies [Will Cochrane] by Matthew Dunn

Dick Francis’s Damage by Felix Francis

Stirring the Plot (Cookbook Nook) by Daryl Wood Gerber

The Peripheral by William Gibson

Riders on the Storm [Sam McCain] by Ed Gorman

Run by Andrew Grant

Gray Mountain  by John Grisham

Ghost Wanted [Bailey Ruth Raeburn] by Carolyn Hart

The Old Deep and Dark [Jane Lawless] by Ellen Hart

Older than Goodbye [Judd Wheeler] by Richard Helms

Malice [Kyochiro Kaga] by Keigo Higashino

Bless Her Dead Little Heart (Southern Ladies) by Miranda James

The White Sea [Alex Mavros] by Paul Johnston

Seventh Grave and No Body [Charley Davidson] by Darynda Jones

The Legend of Sleepy Harlow (League of Literary Ladies) by Kylie Logan

First Impressions: A Novel of Old Books, Unexpected Love, and Jane Austen by Charlie Lovett

The Handsome Man’s Deluxe CafĂ© [No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency] by Alexander McCall Smith

I See You by Patricia MacDonald

Demon Summer [Max Tudor] by G.M. Malliet

Every Breath [Rachel Watts / YA] by Ellie Marney

Cobra [Benny Griessel] by Deon Meyer

Last Winter We Parted by Fuminori Nakamura

The Madness of July  by James Naughtie

The Final Silence [Jack Lennon] by Stuart Neville

Fear and Loathing [Sam Becket] by Hilary Norman

Leaving Time  by Jodi Picoult

Burned [Vanessa Pierson] by Valerie Plame & Sarah Lovett

Sour Grapes [Shakespeare in the Vineyard] by Carole Price

Assault with a Deadly Lie [Nick Hoffman] by Lev Raphael

Truth Be Told [Jane Ryland & Jake Brogan] by Hank Phillippi Ryan

Swann’s Lake of Despair [Henry Swann] by Charles Salzberg

Deadline [Virgil Flowers] by John Sandford

Louise’s Blunder [Louise Pearlie] by Sarah R. Shaber

The Pierced Heart [Charles Maddox] by Lynn Shepherd

Sons of Sparta [Andreas Kaldis] by Jeffrey Siger

Stages of Grey [Dulcie Schwartz] by Clea Simon

Supping with the Devil [Monika Paniatowski] by Sally Spencer

Thief [Robin Monarch] by Mark T. Sullivan

The Scent of Death [Edward Savill] by Andrew Taylor

Spark  by John Twelve Hawks

Sometimes the Wolf  by Urban Waite

Desert Rage [Lena Jones] by Betty Webb

Paris Match [Stone Barrington] by Stuart Woods

The Best American Mystery Stories of the 19th Century [SS] edited by Otto Penzler