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Malice Books Gift Card Winner!

Congratulations to Carolyn D. who is the winner of my Amazon gift card!

I am back from Malice Domestic in Maryland where I hung out with a bunch of amazing authors and fans! My panel was “Putting the Fun in Murder” and here I am with Jenna Hart and Catriona McPherson. Catriona is Scottish and is asking why in America potluck means you invite guests to dinner and expect them to bring the food???

As you can tell, we laughed quite a bit during this panel. And thank you to Dru of Dru’s Book Musings for posting this picture ❤

Without further ado, here are the winners of this years Agatha Awards

Best Contemporary Novel-
Mardi Gras Murder by Ellen Byron (Crooked Lane Books)

Best Historical Novel

The Widows of Malabar Hill by Sujata Massey (Soho Crime)

Best First Novel- A Tie!

A Ladies Guide to Etiquette and Murder by Dianne Freeman (Kensington)
Curses Boiled Again by Shari Randall (St. Martin’s)

Cozy Prizes Friday: Trust Me Review

Today I’m reviewing another Agatha Award nominee–Hank Phillipi Ryan with Trust Me. Of all the books I’ve read on this list, this one was the most unique. If you haven’t entered my giveaway yet, scroll down add your name and email.

Malice Domestic, the mystery readers conference in Bethesda, Maryland is only a week or so away, and I’m getting so excited to meet other authors and readers. The panel I will be appearing in this year is “Putting the Fun in Murder” with Patricia Ruoccopa, Jenna Hart, V.M. Burns, Catriona McPherson, and Jeff Cohen.

My Review- 5 Stars

The first thing you need to know about Trust Me is that it may not be what you expect. Yes, it is a mystery, but instead of a dark and stormy night with the sleuth sorting out characters and motives, you have a troubled journalist sorting out the highly confusing and deceptive mind of a woman who was accused of killing her own child. It was so different that I loved it. The assumptions you make will change and then change again. This is a psychologically centered mystery that will mess with your head!

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Cozy Prizes Friday: Looking at Kingdom of the Blind

Today we continue with our Agatha Award nominees with Louise Penny’s Inspector Gamache mystery Kingdom of the Blind. You might want to put on some warm socks and sweater for this one because we’re headed to Canada and winter itself becomes a character. Can you imagine being named an executor of a will for a woman you have never met? That is exactly what happens to Gamache while he is waiting to be cleared in an investigation. There are several plots to sink your teeth into and some interesting characters. Find out more about the book below and read my review and don’t forget to put your name in for the giveaway for your chance at an Amazon gift card to buy some of these amazing Agatha nominated mysteries.

My Review:

Imagine being named the executor of somebody’s will that you have never met. That is what happens to Inspector Gamache in Kingdom of the Blind. Once again Louise Penny has given us a wonderful mystery and characters who are interesting and lovable. The construction of the mystery was well done and there were plenty of suspects to choose from. I was never exactly sure who to trust. This one was hard to put down.

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Cozy Prizes Friday: A Lady’s Guide to Etiquette and Murder Review-Agatha Award Nominee

I’m reviewing another Agatha nominee today, this time in the first novel category. If you enjoy light historical cozies, you might want to check this one out. I’ve given my review below, and if you haven’t already, be sure to enter my giveaway for some cozy cash on those Agatha’s.

My Review:

What a wonderful combination of regency romance and cozy mystery! Our amateur sleuth, Frances,  is a recently widowed woman who after escaping the grip of her husband’s greedy family, goes to London to sponsor her sister in the London season. London’s upper crust is being plagued by burglaries and she puts her sleuthing skills to work to catch the robber. Her efforts are hampered when the police suspect her of killing her husband. I enjoyed the unfolding of the mystery, the handsome neighbor, the supporting characters and the historical setting.

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The Mystery Writer Puzzle Is Up- Featuring Agatha Award Nominees

This month’s puzzle features the writers who have been nominated for Agatha Awards in three categories. Best Contemporary Mystery, Best Historical Mystery, and Best First Mystery Novel. Don’t worry if you haven’t read them all, like all good mysteries, there are a couple of ways you can figure out the answers.

Don’t forget to enter my giveaway for a $20 gift card to be awarded after Malice Domestic in May.

Click here to download and print this puzzle.

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