Cozy Prizes Friday: Death Over Easy

Death Over Easy (A Country Store Mystery)
by Maddie Day

That’s it! I’m going to the first to acknowledge the elephant in the room. Banjos are dangerous. At least they’re dangerous in Maddie Day’s latest Country Store Mystery, Death Over Easy. (Cue the Deliverance theme song in the background…)

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About the Book

Death Over Easy (A Country Store Mystery)
Cozy Mystery
5th in Series
Kensington (July 31, 2018)
Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages
ISBN-13: 978-1496711236
Digital ASIN: B0776H5T7B

Restaurateur Robbie Jordan is ready for the boost in business a local music festival brings to South Lick, Indiana, but the beloved event strikes a sour note when one of the musicians is murdered . . .

June’s annual Brown County Bluegrass Festival at the Bill Monroe Music Park in neighboring Beanblossom is always a hit for Robbie’s country store and café, Pans ‘N Pancakes. This year, Robbie is even more excited, because she’s launching a new bed and breakfast above her shop. A few festival musicians will be among Robbie’s first guests, along with her father, Roberto, and his wife, Maria. But the celebration is cut short when a performer is found choked to death by a banjo string. Now all the banjo players are featured in a different kind of lineup. To clear their names, Robbie must pair up with an unexpected partner to pick at the clues and find the plucky killer before he can conduct an encore performance . . .

Includes Recipes for You to Try!

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About the Author

Maddie Day is a talented amateur chef and holds a Ph.D. in linguistics from Indiana University. An Agatha Award-nominated author, she is a member of Sisters in Crime and Mystery Writers of America and also writes award-winning short crime fiction. She lives with her beau and three cats in Massachusetts.

As Edith Maxwell, she writes the Local Foods Mysteries (Kensington Publishing) and the Quaker Midwife Mysteries (Midnight Ink).

You can find all Maddie’s/Edith’s identities at She blogs every weekday with the other Wicked Cozy Authors at Look for her as Edith M. Maxwell and Maddie Day on Facebook and @edithmaxwell and @maddiedayauthor on Twitter.

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Book Blast Tuesday: Death on the Menu

Death on the Menu: A Key West Food Critic Mystery
by Lucy Burdette

Happy Flan Time Day! Seriously, Death on the Menu takes place around Flan Time. If you didn’t know this already, a flan is a type of baked custard. So let’s head to Key West for Lucy Burdette’s latest mystery. Oh, and I’ll take a little of that flan, too!


About the Book

Death on the Menu: A Key West Food Critic Mystery
Cozy Mystery
8th in Series
Crooked Lane Books (August 7, 2018)
Hardcover: 295 Pages
ISBN-13: 978-1683317463
Digital ASIN: B078MBKH95

When a killer strikes just before flan time, beloved food critic Hayley Snow is forced to sniff out the killer before someone else bites the dust.

Hayley Snow, fiery food critic for Key Zest magazine, has just landed a ticket to one of the most prestigious events in Key West: a high-brow three-day conference at the Harry Truman Little White House. Even though she’ll be working the event helping her mother’s fledgling catering business, there’s plenty of spicy gossip to go around. But just before her mother’s decadent flan is put to the test, Key West’s most prized possession, Hemingway’s Nobel prize gold medal for The Old Man and the Sea, is discovered stolen from its case.

Unsavory suspicions point to Gabriel, a family friend and one of the new busboys working the event, who mysteriously goes missing moments later. Anxious to clear his name, Gabriel’s family enlists Hayley to help find him, but right as they begin their search, his body is found stabbed to death in the storeroom.

Hayley has no shortage of suspects to interrogate and very little time before the killer adds another victim to the menu in national bestselling author Lucy Burdette’s delectable eighth Key West Food Critic mystery, Death on the Menu.

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About the Author

Courtesy Carol Tedesco

Clinical psychologist Lucy Burdette (aka Roberta Isleib) has published 16 mysteries, including the latest in the Key West food critic series, DEATH ON THE MENU (Crooked Lane Books, August 2018.) Her books and stories have been short-listed for Agatha, Anthony, and Macavity awards. She’s a member of Mystery Writers of America and a past president of Sisters in Crime. She blogs at Jungle Red Writers and shares her love for food with the culinary writers at Mystery Lovers Kitchen She lives in Madison CT and Key West FL. Read more at

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Cozy Prizes Friday: The Scent of Waikiki

The Scent of Waikiki (Trouble in Paradise)
by Terry Ambrose

Pass me that Pina Colada because we’re back in paradise with Terry Ambrose and his Trouble in Paradise Series. We are also honored to be visited by his sleuth, Wilson McKenna who fills us in on life on the island. He tells us he resembles George Clooney-maybe-sort of. Close enough for me, McKenna!

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About the Book

The Scent of Waikiki (Trouble in Paradise)
Cozy Mystery
9th in Series
Satori (July 19, 2018)
Print Length: 330 pages
ASIN: B07CZ3B389

Honolulu landlord Wilson McKenna can smell a scam from across the room. So when one of his tenants loses everything in a work-at-home scam involving a new perfume, he’s shocked. With his wedding just weeks away, McKenna has to make a tough decision. Does he evict a woman who’s down on her luck? Or take time out from wedding planning to help his tenant?

Turning the case over to his PI-in-training friend Chance Logan seems like the perfect solution—until Chance tells McKenna he needs a wingman for a visit to fragrance entrepreneur Skye Pilkington-Winchester. McKenna’s sure he can keep everyone happy by helping Chance this one time. But nothing is ever as easy as it seems, and soon McKenna’s up to his board shorts in hot water. His tenant’s simple fragrance scam might involve industrial espionage, Skye’s assistant is murdered, and McKenna’s bride-to-be accuses him of having cold feet.

As McKenna and Chance dig deeper, it seems so much of what they’re being told doesn’t pass the sniff test. And the only way to get his life back is to find the dead girl’s missing boyfriend, unmask a killer, and finish up in time for the wedding. Other than that, it’s just another day in paradise.

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And now we welcome Wilson McKenna, the star of Trouble in Paradise Series…

Please tell us about your latest adventure.

I assume you’re talking about the whole debacle with my tenant Grace Takahashi and how she lost money to a scammer, not about my upcoming nuptials. That’s certainly going to be an adventure, but the real action came about when Grace told me she’d been cleaned out in one of those work-from-home scams.

Things got ugly when my buddy Chance Logan and I started following up on a lead. One thing led to another and the next thing you know we were investigating some girl’s murder. That all happened because Grace got a little greedy and thought she could make some quick bucks.

Do you have any friends/sidekicks helping you out?

Chance Logan is my sidekick in this adventure, as he has been in the last few. We also got an able assist from our girlfriends. Benni Kapono is my bride-to-be and she’s good friends with Chance’s girlfriend Lexie. When they put their heads together, they’re a formidable team.

Do you have any special skills to fight crime?

I’m a former skip tracer, so I was used to finding people who didn’t want to be found. But my strongest skill is my unwillingness to let things go. Some people say I’m like a dog with a bone. The problem with that analogy is that I can’t bark.

Are you a full-time detective or do you do something else?

I’m only a part-time sleuth. Although you’d never know it from the number of murders my friends and I keep stumbling across. My real job is being the apartment manager for the Sunsetter Apartments in Honolulu. It’s a sweet little gig that doesn’t take a lot of time—please don’t tell the owners I said that!

What are you most frightened of in this story?

The thing that scares me most in this story is Skye Pilkington-Winchester. You see, Skye’s a bit of a barracuda when it comes to men and really likes my friend Chance. If she sinks her teeth into him and he does something stupid, his girlfriend Lexie will be crushed, Benni will go ballistic, and I might as well go sit on a volcano and wait for the fires to settle down.

Is there anything funny that happens to you or another character in this story?

There’s always something funny going on in these adventures. I don’t plan it that way—well, maybe my writer does. Anyway, at one point I get kidnapped by an old geezer named Steward Johnson. He takes me on a wild ride through the streets of Honolulu as we’re trying to track down a bad guy. Personally, I wasn’t happy about the whole thing. And that’s why I’m planning a little revenge trip on my writer. I’m looking for drivers. The crazier the better.

If I were to choose an actor or actress to play your part in a movie, who would that be? Do you see any other characters in your story as actors or actresses that our readers might know?

You’d probably want to choose George Clooney for my part. That’s not because of any physical resemblance—well, there is a vague one. He’s male, so am I. We’ve both got some gray hair. And he’s…nope, that’s about it. Anyway, I like his timing, the way he knows how to deliver a line and make the audience laugh.

Do you have other mysteries you would like to tell us about? Is this the first book in the series, or have you cracked a few other cases?

I’ve had a number of other cases. Things began with Photo Finish. That was a low point in my life and I was pretty grumpy. Things were turning around for me by the time Chance and I jumped on the Honolulu Hottie case. That was where we first met Skye and Chance nearly—well, you know.

Do you have any final words you would like to leave with our readers?

Final words? You mean like a parting shot? And here I thought I’d been on my best behavior. Let’s try this—my writer can be a real slave driver at times. He keeps me busy with solving all these murders when I should be sitting back and enjoying life. But since I have to solve so many crimes, why shouldn’t my fans enjoy them? Imagine that—me, with fans.

Let’s give your author a chance to speak. Anything you would like to add?

McKenna seems to have forgotten who created him. However, I can understand a guy who’s living in paradise getting a bit testy over having to fight crime so often. And while I’ve got a moment, I’d like to mention that I also write the Seaside Cove Bed & Breakfast Mystery series featuring B&B owner Rick Atwood and his precocious ten-year-old daughter Alex—who also likes sticking her nose where it doesn’t belong (murder cases!).

About the Author

Terry Ambrose is a former skip tracer who tracked down deadbeats for a living. He’s long since turned his talents to writing mysteries and thrillers. Several of his books have been award finalists and in 2014 his thriller, “Con Game,” won the San Diego Book Awards for Best Action-Thriller. He likes cool photography, funny mysteries, and finding the oddest things while walking on the beach.

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Book Blast Tuesday: Knot My Sister’s Keeper

Knot My Sister’s Keeper (A Quilting Mystery)
by Mary Marks

Welcome to Book Blast Tuesday for our featured book, Knot My Sister’s Keeper! I am honored to have Mary visit on the opening day of her latest cozy mystery!  Are you a quilter? I was one until I had children and then…where does the time go? I still love to look at beautiful quilts and greatly admire all the hard work and artistry you see in them. Be sure to look for the Prize Guy because today he is offering you the chance at a print copy of Knot My Sister’s Keeper.

About the Book

Knot My Sister’s Keeper (A Quilting Mystery)
Cozy Mystery
6th in Series
Kensington (July 31, 2018)
Mass Market Paperback: 288 pages
ISBN-13: 978-1496701848
Digital ASIN: B0776GV62J

In tracing her ancestry, quilter Martha Rose discovers a ritzy half-sister, a stash of family secrets, and a decades-old mystery that only she can unravel . . .

Martha Rose is shocked to find she has a half-sister, especially one so different from her. Giselle Cole is wealthy, widowed, and lives a glamorous life in West Los Angeles. At least her grandmother was a quilter! But Giselle can’t answer Martha’s many questions about their father—he disappeared when she was only a child and the few clues left behind indicate he may have been murdered. So Martha and Giselle team up on an investigation that weaves them through the streets of L.A., their father’s hidden love affairs, and into some mysterious unfinished Cole family business . . .

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About the Author

Born and raised in Los Angeles and the San Francisco Bay Area, Mary Marks earned a B.A. in Anthropology from UCLA and an M.A. in Public Administration from the American Jewish University in Los Angeles. In 2004 she enrolled in the UCLA Extension Writers Program. Her first novel, Forget Me Knot, was a finalist in a national writing competition in 2011. She is currently a reviewer of cozy mysteries for The New York Journal of Books at

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Give me land lots of land....and a puppy on the loose. When Betsy Livingston's puppy runs away, she has no idea it will lead her to a murder on a movie cowboy star's estate. Not only has there been a murder, but the town reports sightings of the dead cowboy himself. He's out to seek revenge on all who wronged his daughter who became the victim of her own money-loving butler. Enjoy a little time on the Fourth of July in the tiny town of Pecan Bayou Texas where old cowboys never die...

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Cozy Prizes Friday: Airships, Crypts and Chocolate Chips

We are back into the magical realm of cozy mysteries this week with the sixth book in the Spells and Caramels Series. I have to say I love the covers of these whimsical mysteries. Check out Prize Guy at the bottom because Erin is giving away the full set of this series. Be sure to enter!

About the Book

Airships, Crypts & Chocolate Chips: A Cozy Witch Mystery (Spells & Caramels)
Cozy Mystery
6th in Series
Self Published
Publication Date: June 23, 2018

A bewitched prison. A brother with a deadly request. Can a magical baker launch a jailbreak and still keep her prince in the process?

Imogen’s magical bakery is thriving and she loves the company of the Water Kingdom’s dashing prince. But she’s not so enamored with the time she’s forced to spend with his awful Royal Family. She also can’t help but worry that the increased media scrutiny could reveal her secret contact with the Royal Family’s sworn enemy: her own brother.

When her sibling shows up and demands Imogen spring his cronies out of jail, she flat out refuses. But when he threatens to hurt the ones she loves the most, she balances her allegiance to the prince with her plan for a covert prison break. Can Imogen keep up family appearances and avoid betraying the kingdom or will her pie-in-the-sky scheme become a recipe for disaster?

Airships, Crypts & Chocolate Chips is the sixth standalone book in a clever paranormal cozy mystery series. If you like crafty witches, charming romances, and fabulous French settings, then you’ll love Erin Johnson’s enchanting adventure.

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About the Author

Erin Johnson is a native of Tempe, Arizona, Erin spends her time crafting mysterious, magical, romance-filled stories that’ll hopefully make you laugh. In between, she’s traveling, napping with her dogs, eating with her friends and family, and teaching Pilates (to allow her to eat more).

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Book Blast Tuesday: Tied Up With Strings

Tied Up with Strings (A Serebral Seniors Mystery)
by Madeline McEwen

Raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens…You know the song, right? Today we are featuring a Serebral Seniors Mystery Christmas Novella by Madeline McEwen. Madeline agreed to answer some of my questions and I was amazed to see she is the mother of four children with challenges. I guess all kids have challenges, though, right? Still, there is a special place in my heart for mothers who write and care for a special needs child or adult. Madeline is British so for her giveaway she is awarding a packet of British teabags and instructions on how to brew tea!  Here’s more about Tied Up With Strings.

About the Book

Tied Up with Strings (A Serebral Seniors Mystery)
Cozy Mystery
1st in Series
Imajin Qwickies, An imprint of Imajin Books (December 11, 2017)
Print Length: 85 pages

An Imajin Qwickies® Mystery/Crime Novella

Big mysteries often come in small packages…

When curmudgeonly private detective Betty Grape visits a young friend, who is housesitting in a remote village in England for Christmas vacation, something seems out of place. Her friend, Catia, is visibly nervous. Is she worried about the young men in the decrepit caravan in next door’s back garden? Or is Catia involved in the disappearance of the homeowner’s invalid wife?

As an American, Betty discovers the locals are full of friendly gossip but taciturn about solid facts. Though they are determined to keep Betty from butting in on their territory, she blunders through the social morass of narrow-minded foreigners and their broad Dorset accents. Can she unravel the tight knots of this mystery? Will she find the perpetrator under thickly thatched rooves or behind floral chintz curtains?

Author Interview

How did you come up with an idea for your book?

Ideas attack me every day. Unfortunately, life interferes and I never have enough time to get them all on paper.

What scene do you hope your readers enjoy the most?

The denouement—where everything slots into place and I pray that I’ve delivered a satisfying and complete ending without any loose ends or niggling questions.

What other things have you written or what projects might we see in the future?

I have a British cozy about to be published by Dark Passages Publishing, but no release date as yet. I’ve also written two erotic romances [M/M] They’re HEA capers. Additionally, I have two more novelettes about Betty Grape in the works.

If you could write any other genre what would that be?

I’ve dabbled with romance [haven’t we all?] and I always have a great many short stories on the go. My non-fiction floats about here and there too. But to answer your question more specifically, whatever I write in whichever genre, it MUST have humor, although that doesn’t always translate well. Everyone’s funny bone is different.

Where can readers leave reviews of your book?

The usual –Amazon or Goodreads would be great—but if you have another favorite, let me know!

More About the Author

Madeline McEwen is an ex-pat from the UK, bi-focaled and technically challenged. She and her Significant Other manage their four offspring, one major and three minors, two autistic, two neurotypical, plus a time-share with Alzheimer’s. In her free time, she walks the canines and chases the felines with her nose in a book and her fingers on a keyboard.


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Cozy Prizes Friday: Murder in the Cards

Ante up! Today we are sitting at the table with a psychic poker player. (And I can’t even produce a poker face!)  Murder in the Cards is the first book in this series and what an interesting idea for a sleuth. Talk about someone who can pick up on clues others miss!  Paige Sleuth spent some time telling us about her book, her background and herself, so check out the interview and then scroll on down to the Prize Guy for your chance at a digital copy of another Paige Sleuth mystery, Murder in Cherry Hills.

About the Book

Murder in the Cards (Psychic Poker Pro Mystery)
Cozy Mystery
1st in Series
Self Published (July 1, 2018)
Print Length – 252 Pages

Tiffany Swanson is finally living the dream when she quits her stressful job to become a poker pro. Except her dream job doesn’t turn out to be so perfect when she picks up the troubling vision of a murdered man from one of her opponents. Even more disturbing, Tiffany didn’t know she was telepathic.

Before long she finds herself spending more time investigating a homicide than playing cards. But with an entire wedding party to suspect and only one weekend to pinpoint the guilty party, how will Tiffany ever figure out “whodunit” in time?

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An Interview with Paige Sleuth

How did you come with an idea for your book?

Tiffany, the Psychic Poker Pro Mystery series heroine, and I are a lot alike in that we’re both half Vietnamese, live in Las Vegas, and gave up our day jobs for other interests. She’s basically the person I came up with when I asked myself, “If I weren’t so boring and went out and talked to people instead of spending my days reading and writing, what would I be doing?” Well, the answer was obvious: solving murder mysteries. I thought it would be an interesting twist to give her some telepathic abilities as well. And being a poker player provides her with a lot of opportunities to meet and talk to people (and by “people” I mean murder suspects).

What scene do you hope your readers enjoy the most?

I personally enjoy the scenes with Tiffany and her family the most. Tiffany’s firecracker of a mother, rational father, quirky aunt, and wacky cousin all feel like real people to me, so including them in the story allows me to keep in touch. I have to say though, I also had a lot of fun with the scene where Tiffany pretends to be a stripper to gain information about the murder. I won’t tell you if she’s successful or not.

What other things have you written or what projects might we see in the future?

I currently have 31 books published, 6 of which are standalone mysteries attached to my own name (Marla Bradeen), and 22 of which are part of my Cozy Cat Caper Mystery series. I don’t intend to end that series anytime soon, so you can look for more books to be added in the future. I also have more adventures planned for Tiffany. I’m not quite sure how I’ll juggle keeping up with two series yet, but supposedly other authors manage so I’m hopeful I’ll be able to figure it out.

If you could write any other genre what would that be?

I would love to try writing a psychological suspense novel. I personally love to read that genre, and it would be immensely satisfying to see one with my own name on it sitting on my bookshelf. Unfortunately, Tiffany and Kat (the Cozy Cat Caper Mystery heroine) object whenever I’m not working on one of their stories, so at this point I don’t know when I’ll find the time to make that happen. But never say never.

Is there a giveaway or promotion with this book?

Yes! My third annual “Buy in July” event is happening now. During the month of July, $1 from every Paige Sleuth book purchase (excluding ebook purchases of Murder in Cherry Hills) will be donated to the Community Cat Coalition of Clark County (C5). C5 does a wonderful job helping to reduce the number of cats euthanized here in Las Vegas through their work spay/neutering feral cats. I’m also giving away an ebook copy of Murder in Cherry Hills, Cozy Cat Caper Mystery book one, to someone who enters the Rafflecopter associated with this blog tour. That giveaway is being coordinated through Great Escapes, the organizer of the tour.

Where can readers leave reviews of your book?

Anywhere they’d like! We authors love reviews, whether they’re posted to Amazon, Goodreads, Barnes & Noble, Apple iBooks, Kobo, or on a personal blog or Facebook page. Even just telling a friend if you enjoyed a book is so appreciated.


About the Author

Paige Sleuth is a pseudonym for mystery author Marla Bradeen. She plots murder during the day and fights for mattress space with her two rescue cats at night. When not attending to her cats’ demands, she writes. She loves to hear from readers and welcomes emails at

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As part of Paige Sleuth’s third annual “Buy in July” event, $1 from every Paige Sleuth book purchase (excluding ebook purchases of Murder in Cherry Hills) will be donated to the Community Cat Coalition of Clark County (C5). C5 is a volunteer-powered organization that seeks to reduce the number of cats euthanized every year by trapping and spay/neutering feral cats in the Las Vegas area before releasing them back into their communities

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