Cozy Prizes Friday: The Spook in the Stacks

The Spook in the Stacks: A Lighthouse Library Mystery
by Eva Gates

Ooooh. I like the sounds of this one.  How about a creepy Halloween mystery to read during one of those summer thunderstorms? Eva Gates is back with another Lighthouse Library Mystery to chill you to the bone–even in this weather! Be sure to look for the Prize Guy. Today he’s giving you the chance at a print copy of The Spook in the Stacks!

About the Book

The Spook in the Stacks: A Lighthouse Library Mystery
Cozy Mystery
4th in Series
Crooked Lane Books (June 12, 2018)

Halloween in North Carolina’s Outer Banks becomes seriously tricky when librarian Lucy Richardson stumbles across something extra unusual in the rare books section: a dead body.

Wealthy businessman Jay Ruddle is considering donating his extensive collection of North Carolina historical documents to the Bodie Island Lighthouse Library, but the competition for the collection is fierce. Unfortunately, while the library is hosting a lecture on ghostly legends, Jay becomes one of the dearly departed in the rare books section. Now, it’s up to Lucy Richardson and her fellow librarians to bone up on their detective skills and discover who is responsible for this wicked Halloween homicide.

Meanwhile, very strange things are happening at the library―haunted horses are materializing in the marsh, the lights seem to have an eerie life of their own, and the tiny crew of a model ship appears to move around when no one is watching. Is Lucy at her wit’s end? Or can it be that the Bodie Island Lighthouse really is haunted?

With The Legend of Sleepy Hollow on everyone’s minds and ghoulish gossip on everyone’s lips, Lucy will need to separate the clues from the boos if she wants to crack this case without losing her head in The Spook in the Stacks, the delightful fourth in national bestseller Eva Gates’ Lighthouse Library mysteries.

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About the Author

Vicki Delany is one of Canada’s most prolific and varied crime writers and a national bestseller in the U.S. She has written more than twenty-five books: clever cozies to Gothic thrillers to gritty police procedurals, to historical fiction and novellas for adult literacy. She is currently writing three cozy mystery series: the Sherlock Holmes Bookshop series for Crooked Lane, the Year Round Christmas mysteries for Penguin Random House and, under the pen name of Eva Gates, the Lighthouse Library series, for Crooked Lane Books.

Vicki lives and writes in bucolic Prince Edward County, Ontario. She is the past president of the Crime Writers of Canada. Her work has been nominated for the Derringer, the Bony Blithe, the Ontario Library Association Golden Oak, and the Arthur Ellis Awards.


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Book Blast Tuesday: Murder Gone Missing

Murder Gone Missing: A Southern California Mystery
by Lida Sideris

Today we are talking to Lida Sideris, an ex-entertainment lawyer who has just come out with her latest mystery, Murder Gone Missing.  My favorite part of her interview is her description of her main character, Corrie, who has a recessive gene for caution. I’m pretty sure she must have been driving in my neighborhood recently!

Giveaway: Make sure to leave a comment. Lida will be giving away a digital or print copy of Murder Gone Missing to one commenter. Who knows? You may be the one!

About the Book

Murder Gone Missing: A Southern California Mystery
Cozy Mystery/Soft Boiled Mystery
2nd in Series

Newly minted lawyer Corrie Locke has taken a vow of abstinence. From PI work, that is. Until her best friend Michael finds his bully of a boss stabbed in the back after confronting him earlier that day. Michael panics, accidentally tampering with the crime scene…which could lead the cops to Michael instead of the real culprit. He turns to Corrie to track down the killer. She doesn’t need much coaxing. Her late great PI dad taught her the ropes…and left her his cache of illegal weaponry.

They return to the scene of the crime, but the body’s missing. Racing against time, Corrie dredges a prestigious Los Angeles college in pursuit of clues. All she finds are false leads. Armed with attitude and romantic feelings toward Michael, Corrie dives into a school of suspects to find the slippery fugitive. Will she clear Michael’s name before he’s arrested for murder?

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About the Author

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

I wanted to write a mystery for a very long time, but I wasn’t sure what to write or how to begin. So I followed a common piece of advice: Write what you know. The first book in my series is loosely based on my former life as an entertainment attorney. My heroine is a newly minted lawyer whose gene for caution is a recessive one. My own gene for caution is quite dominant, fortunately.

  • What scene do you hope your readers enjoy the most?

In my latest, MURDER GONE MISSING, my heroine and her side-kick visit an animal farm and end up finding something unexpected in the pig pen. 🙂 I have a lot of fun writing my books; I hope my readers have fun, as well!

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

The first book in the Southern California Mystery series is: MURDER AND OTHER UNNATURAL DISASTERS. I wrote the tagline for that novel before I started writing the book: She swore she’d never turn into her PI father…but that was before she ran over the body. My first short story, “The Nut Job” was published last fall in SNOWBOUND: THE BEST NEW ENGLAND CRIME STORIES. And I’m currently working on the third book in my Southern California Mystery series.

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

I wrote the first chapter to a historical fiction novel, submitted it to a contest sponsored by the San Francisco Writers’ Conference and was fortunate to win a scholarship to the Conference. This was before I started writing mysteries.  I’d still love to write historical fiction.

  • Is there a giveaway or promotion with this book?
Yes, I’m happy to send one print or e-version to one of the visitors who leaves a comment.
  • Where can readers leave reviews of your book?

I would so much appreciate a review on Amazon, Goodreads and anywhere else they’d like to leave one. Thanks very much for asking, Teresa!

Many thanks for hosting me, Teresa!

Lida Sideris is an author, lawyer and all around book enthusiast. She was one of two national recipients of the Helen McCloy Mystery Writers of America scholarship for her first novel, MURDER AND OTHER UNNATURAL DISASTERS. MURDER GONE MISSING is the second book in the Corrie Locke series. Like her heroine, Lida worked as an entertainment attorney in a movie studio. Unlike her heroine, she keeps her distance from homicides. To learn more about Lida, please visit her website:

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Cozy Prizes Friday: Confound It

Confound It (A Dreamwalker Mystery)
by Maggie Toussaint

Maggie’s back with her latest Dreamwalker Mystery, Confound It!  I read this one and enjoyed not only the mystery but romance.  Hububba 🙂 I left my review below and don’t forget to look for the Prize Guy. He’s giving you the chance at a print copy of Confound It!

About the Book

Confound It (A Dreamwalker Mystery)

Paranormal Cozy Mystery
5th in Series
Camel Press (June 1, 2018)
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While hosting out-of-town guests at her Georgia home, Dreamwalker Baxley Powell is called upon to help investigate a suspicious fire. One of her guests, close friend and fellow dreamwalker Deputy Sam Mayes, accompanies her to the scene.

A meth cook is dead, and when Baxley visits her beyond the Veil of Life, she determines that the woman was murdered. Baxley pities Mandy Patterson, a single mother with aspirations for her teenage son Doodle. Unconcerned about the death of a criminal, the authorities pursue the drug-supply chain angle. Baxley worries about Doodle and vows to find out who killed his mother.

As the case grows more baffling, Baxley struggles against her attraction to Sam. Although her husband is missing and declared dead, she does not feel free to love again until she is sure of his fate.

Two suspects have the strongest motive, but Baxley has reason to believe they are pawns in a deeper game. And unless she can stop them, the world will never be the same.

My Review-5 Stars

This is Maggie Toussaint’s best book yet! I’ve enjoyed seeing the character of Baxley Powell grow in each book and now she has to decide how long she will wait for her husband to return. Her motivation is a handsome Native American named Sam who bonds with her in the paranormal world like no one else. The mystery is well-plotted and the obstacles the characters face will really grab you.  I really enjoyed Confound It!

About the Author

Southern author Maggie Toussaint writes mystery, suspense, and dystopian fiction. Her work won the Silver Falchion Award for best mystery, the Readers’ Choice Award, and the EPIC Award. She’s published seventeen novels as well as several short stories and novellas. The next book in her paranormal mystery series, Dadgummit, releases August 2017. Maggie serves on the national board for Mystery Writers of America, is President of Southeast Mystery Writers of America, and is Co-VP of Low Country Sisters In Crime. Visit her at

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Book Blast Tuesday: Bark Twice for Danger

Have you ever been to a comic con? I’ll admit the closest thing to it I’ve ever attended is a Star Trek convention and love to tell people it was the only time I was ever asked out on an escalator.  (I was flattered but declined). Bark Twice for Danger also involves a little searching for that perfect mate at a convention and includes a dog named Max who is hot on the trail of an identity thief. My longtime readers know I would particularly love that name because of my Max.  Why…here he is now!

Max is really loving that new sweater, right? Such anger in one so small.

Bark Twice for Danger is part of a virtual book tour organized by Goddess Fish Promotions. The author will be awarding a $25 Amazon or B/N GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour. Scroll down and find the prize guy for your chance to enter!


Comic Con is in full-swing and all is well. But no sooner does the biggest event of the year begin before a mysterious wave of identify thefts overshadows the grand affair.

While Nala tries to rein in Karly’s efforts to use the con for dating purposes, she also finds herself the target of a brazen thief. If she and her crime-solving canine companion don’t find the culprit, her bank accounts could be wiped cleaned.

Can Nala and Max bring an end to the chaos before it’s too late?

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What happens to a girl who can’t say no? Most people would assume she’d end up pregnant before her fifteen birthday. The idea made Emma wrinkle her nose at the impossibility of that happening to her. It would involve someone asking her to do something more interesting than pet sitting their parrot or run papers to a client on her way home. Truthfully, she didn’t mind too much. She didn’t have children to drive to soccer practice or the need to start dinner for her partner when she got home from work. What she did resent was people assuming, since she had no life, she’d automatically do the things they had no time to do.

Delivering papers wasn’t in her job description. Technically it wasn’t on anyone’s job descriptions in the office. The others were smart enough to make themselves scarce, while Emma merely took the papers and agreed to go out of her way to Carmel to deliver them before the end of the workday. The only perk was she got to leave early to arrive while the client’s office was still open.

After she delivered the papers, she exited the art deco building, only to almost bump into him. She couldn’t say she didn’t notice him. He was the type of male who drew all eyes to him by simply existing. He’d erupted into the parking lot riding a wave of sound and testosterone. Instead of a surfboard, his mode of transportation was a Triumph motorcycle. The bike drew her eye first. Back when she was barely thirteen, she longed for a motorcycle. Her fantasies, however, didn’t include her hanging onto some guy steering the bike. It was always her bike.

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About the Author:

M. K. Scott is the husband and wife writing team behind The Painted Lady Inn Mysteries and The Talking Dog Detective Agency. Morgan K Wyatt is the general wordsmith, while her husband, Scott, is the grammar hammer and physics specialist. He uses his engineering skills to explain how fast a body falls when pushed over a cliff and various other felonious activities. The Internet and experts in the field provide forensic information, while the recipes and B and B details require a more hands-on approach. Morgan’s daughter, who manages a hotel, provides guest horror stories to fuel the plot lines. The couple’s dog, Chance, is the inspiration behind Jasper, Donna’s dog. Overall, both are a fun series to create and read.



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Cozy Prizes Friday: Confessions of a Red Herring

It’s  Friday!  Have you finished this week’s to-do list? Lately, mine seems to be never-ending.  Today’s mystery, Confessions of a Red Herring,  features a reporter with things to do and plenty of family members to interfere with it. (Something else we have in common!)  Don’t forget to look for the Prize Guy for your chance at a print copy of Dana Dratch’s latest mystery!

About the Book

Confessions of a Red Herring (A Red Herring Mystery)
1st in Series

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As a reporter, she’s used to covering the news.
Now she’s the headline.

Alex Vlodnachek has been a reporter for 12 years, a P.R. rep for three months, and a murder suspect for all of 24 hours. When her agency’s double-dealing CEO is stabbed, scheming co-workers cast the new redhead as a compelling red herring. The story is media catnip—especially her salacious nickname: Vlod the Impaler.

Even Alex has to admit she looks guilty.

Out of a job and under suspicion, Alex is running low on cash, when she’s visited by a second disaster: her family. Soon her tiny bungalow is bursting with her nearest and not-so-dearest. To keep herself out of jail—and save what’s left of her sanity—Alex returns to her reporting roots. She goes undercover to reclaim her life, break the story, and unmask a murderer. Pretty much in that order.

What she doesn’t know: The killer also has a to-do list.
And Alex is on it.

About the Author

Dana Dratch is a former newspaper reporter and current personal finance writer. When she’s not finishing Seeing Red—the next Alex Vlodnachek mystery—you’ll spot her byline on a host of top news sites. You can learn more about her mysteries at

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Good books have a rhythm and this one never lost a beat. Books really do have a rhythm. There are those which seem to stop and start and those which flow as smoothly as a waltz. There is nothing more enjoyable than to read a book with no “hiccups” in the rhythm. Well, this first book in the Piney Woods Mystery Series was a waltz. I enjoyed every moment of it and the author truly never missed a step.
~Long and Short Reviews

This story has a great vibe to it and fits the cozy mystery category perfectly. [….] I thoroughly enjoyed all of the twists, some I did not even see coming. All of the characters were well-developed and each added their own touch.”
~Coffeetime Romance and More

This is the first in Trent’s series set in Piney Woods, and it bodes well for the series. As cozies go, this is not only a fun read, but it moves along quite well. [….] This is a keeper
~New York Journal of Books

“Small town Texas charm and a fabulous eye for detail.
~Joanna Campbell Slan, author of the Kiki Lowenstein Mystery Series


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Cozy Prizes Friday: Southern Charm

Time for that great detective team Mayson and Dickson!  We have an excerpt from Jocie McKade’s latest in the Mayson-Dickson series as well as a highly informative guest post about the history of the Mason Dixon Line. I always thought it had to do with cornbread getting sweeter the further south you go? There is a giveaway for this one and someone who visits this site will win an ebook copy of Southern Charm. Keep an eye out for the prize guy!

The REAL Mason – Dixon Line

A Guest Post by Jocie McKade

When people hear Mason – Dixon and they immediately think of it as a line between the Northern states and the Southern states.  While that has become an accepted fact, it is not historically true.

Way back in 1632 when land grants were being given to the American colonies by Britain, that line moved a bit here and there. Of course, it wasn’t yet known as the Mason-Dixon line. When things got testy between the colonies of Maryland, Delaware, Virginia, and Pennsylvania, Charles Mason and Jeremiah Dixon, were charged with surveying the area and ending the catfight between those states.

There was a political dispute (political disputes go WAY back) and Charles Calvert, 5th Baron Baltimore in an agreement with the heirs of William Penn, said he renounced his claim to land in Delaware. A short time later, he said he didn’t say that. (Sound familiar?)

This lead to a little-known war – Cresap’s War erupted between settlers in the contested areas, complete with property disputes, law enforcement issues, and I’m sure, who paid taxes to what colony. The militia was called in. Things got so bad King George II had to get involved and order a cease-fire to end the bloodshed, because who wants to be in Delaware when you could be living in Maryland. This was when Mason-Dixon were enlisted to survey the line. They surveyed the entire area between 1763 and 1767. There was a lot of area to be surveyed.

However, it wasn’t until 1779 that Pennsylvania and Virginia finally agreed to the line. “To extend Mason’s and Dixon’s line, due west, five degrees of longitude, to be computed from the river Delaware, for the southern boundary of Pennsylvania, and that a meridian, drawn from the western extremity thereof to the northern limit of the said state, be the western boundary of Pennsylvania forever.” And we thought legalese was a new thing!

During the Civil War, the line approximated the separation of slave states and free states, which lead to its popular usage as the most recognizable term for North versus South.

Which leads me to segway into my mystery series, Mayson-Dickson, and the latest book SOUTHERN CHARM.

Mayson & Dickson are back, and they’ve uncovered a dead body. Well, as usual, the dead body found them.

The annual Neptune Festival is in full swing in Virginia Beach, and so is the Sand Art Contest. This year, the beautiful art is covering up a very dead body. Leave it to Emme and Jackie to uncover it. Finding the killer, however, will lead them to places they never imagined, and to a completely unexpected killer.
And, their mysterious past is catching up to them, complicating their lives even more.

Mayson-Dickson – Northern logic, Southern charm, and murder!

About the Book

Southern Charm (Mayson-Dickson Mystery)
Cozy Mystery
3rd in Series

In their latest adventure, in SOUTHERN CHARM, Emme and Jackie are enjoying, well Emme is enjoying a stroll along the Virginia Beach boardwalk when they attend the Neptune Festival and a sand art exhibit. Jackie tags along reluctantly, then a series of events, sends Emme sprawling into a sand sculpture. But it’s no ordinary sand sculpture; it’s hiding a dead body with lots of secrets.

Complicating their lives are cryptic GPS coordinates that lead them to their parent’s mysterious safe house, where they encounter protective drones. I’ll let you find out what happens next.

Mayson & Dickson, when they crossed the line, it was murder.

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“You’re heading south.”
“Yes, ma’am.” Emme smiled keeping the window half-way down.
“No. I am not going any farther into Dixieland. Bang-a-u-eey, now.” Jackie snapped her fingers, getting a grunt from her sister. “I mean it. I cannot take more ain’t and y’alls.”
“Look, North Carolina is right down the road,” sliding her sunglasses down her nose she gave Jackie a sarcastic smile. “I don’t know about you, but I don’t want to take a chance on Sydney, Meechum, Zack, or those Eights tracing us. Across state lines might make it harder. You want to know what’s on the flash drives, don’t you?”
“Fine, but we do this quick. No reason to linger, no suh.” Glaring at the half rolled down window and the hot breeze it brought inside the car, she turned two AC vents toward her face. “If I have to go deeper into Bubba-land, you have to roll up that window.”
Emme sighed and relented. Then she began guiding the car with her knee against the steering wheel while putting her hair in a ponytail. It was like riding with a stunt driver in the circus; only there weren’t any safety nets.
Two hours later they were sitting in the restaurant at a stock car race track. What had she done to piss off the universe? Jackie’s mind wandered to Boston, to brick streets, ice cream with Jimmies, walking in the cold air along the harbor, five-star restaurants. Now, she sat in a town whose name wasn’t even pronounced the way it was spelled on their welcome sign. A good old boy announcer was calling a car race, and there was a plate of ribs, biscuits, and something called ‘sopping sauce’ in front of her. One lone ceiling fan was turning slowly in the ceiling doing nothing more than moving the hot air around.
“Why do you look like there is a dead possum on your plate?” Wow, Emme had a way with words.
“I’m afraid it might be.” Jackie took a sip of cold tea…..dear gawd, her taste buds did the hula, her eyes began to water, and the syrupy stuff went down her throat in a slow crawl unleashing a coughing spasm.
“Are you alright?” Emme smacked her hard across the back, making the thick liquid stick in her throat. “Take a breath.”
“C…aaaannnn’t……..stuck……” the coughing continued.
“Here,” a handsome man, maybe, she couldn’t really tell through her watering eyes, handed her a can of soda. “Drink you some Coke; it’ll cut through anything.”
Jackie wasn’t a fan of Coke, but if it washed that crap down her throat, she’d guzzle it. Whatever was in that can wasn’t Coke, but it did cut the sugar clog, although it did nothing for her dancing taste buds.
“That’s,” she coughed, “not Coca-Cola.” Oh gawd, she sounded like a wounded parrot.
“It’s RC Cola.” He laughed. “Do you feel better?”
Jackie nodded, wishing for all the world she had water with lemon.
“I’m Rex, Rex Hollopeter. I drive number seventeen.” He nodded out the window toward the dust storm they called a race track.

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About the Author

Jocie McKade has worked at several jobs before landing her perfect one as a librarian. With a soft spot for U.S. Veterans, she chaired the Veteran’s Oral History Project and her work with the program lead to her speaking before the Project committee and the U.S. Library of Congress. She has won several awards for her non-fiction writing on a multitude of subjects.

Her fiction writing has received the Author / Ambassador at Library Journal Self-e Authors,
Winner Queen of the West Reader Favorite Award, Amazon Bestseller – Historical,
Double finalist in the Next Generation Indie Book Awards in the Mystery and Humorous Categories, and her novel Baer Truth received 4.5 stars from RT Book Reviews.

Writing mostly romantic comedy and humorous cozy fiction, Jocie can humor in most everything. She lives in the Midwest on Dust Bunny Farm with her family and Diesel the Wonder Dog. When not writing, she grows ArnoldSwartzaWeeds in her garden and camps whenever the opportunity presents itself.

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Memories of Malice

I attended my first Malice Domestic this weekend in Bethesda, Maryland!  I loved getting to meet Nicole Leiren, Jim Cangany, Sandra Bretting, Colleen Shogun, Jenna Harte, Maggie Touissant, Dane McCaslin, along with my agent Dawn Dowdle and so many others. I had two favorite things: Doing my first panel with Sandra Bretting and getting to listen to Rhys Bowen interview Louise Penney.  All those mystery writers in one hotel, and yet no one tripped over a body, not even at the bar.

All of these panels and interviews will be on in the future so if you want to listen to my panel or one of the many others, you can!  Here I am with Sandra Bretting, also from Houston!

Gone Malicing!

I know “Malicing” is not a word, but the good news is I will be at Malice Domestic in Bethesda, Maryland this weekend!  There will be over 190 authors including some heavy hitters like Louise Penny, Catriona McPherson, and Nancy Pickard. I am so excited to get to meet face to face some of the authors and bloggers I’ve had on my blog.  See you next week!