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Book Blast Tuesday: Murder in the Dog Days

Just as the heat begins to wane, we have the cozy mystery Murder in the Dog Days! 

Murder in the Dog Days

by P.M. Carlson


Murder in the Dog Days by P.M. Carlson

On a sweltering Virginia day in 1975, reporter Olivia Kerr, her husband Jerry Ryan, his very pregnant sister Maggie and her family decide to have a beach picnic. Olivia invites her colleague Dale Colby and his family to join them. At the last minute, Dale decides to stay home to pursue an important story. But when the beach-goers return, they find Dale lifeless in a pool of blood inside his locked office.

Police detective Holly Schreiner leads the investigation, battling Maggie—and demons of her own.

Don’t Miss These Great Reviews:

“An ingeniously plotted, fair-play, locked-room mystery, one of the best we’ve encountered.” — Tom and Enid Schantz, The Denver Post

“A dandy locked room murder…The investigation is a dangerous one… [the] solution both surprising and satisfying” — A Suitable Job for a Woman

“A satisfying, fast-paced whodunit that also explores a range of social issues, especially the violence of war and its aftermath.” — Cynthia R. Benjamins, Fairfax Journal

“[Maggie Ryan] has been a role model for women since the beginning and I loved watching her merge marriage and children with her talent for solving mysteries!” — Margaret Maron

Book Details:

Genre: Traditional Mystery
Published by: The Mystery Company / Crum Creek Press
Publication Date: April 2014
Number of Pages: 271
ISBN13: 978-1932325379
Series: Maggie Ryan and Nick O’Connor #6
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More: According to the author Murder in the Dog Days by P.M. Carlson does not include: Excessive Strong Language, Graphic Violence, Explicit Sexual Scenes, Rape, or other trigger situations. She does note that Murder in the Dog Days is about coping with post-traumatic stress. Vets use strong language, and have flashbacks; expect both.

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Read an excerpt:

“I don’t understand!” Donna Colby cried out. Her self-control cracked. She reached toward Holly in appeal, tears starting. “It was bolted! How could anyone—even if Dale let them in, they couldn’t bolt it again after they—”

“Yes, Mrs. Colby.” Holly broke in, firm and reassuring, to deflect the outburst. “We’ll check into it. You can depend on it.”

‘Thank you,” said Donna with a little choking sound.

“Now, what did you do when you realized the door was bolted?”

“Well, he usually takes a nap. I thought maybe he was asleep.” Donna Colby was trying to revert to her numbed monotone again, but a tremor underlay her words. “Then Maggie went to look in the window and came running back in and said hurry up, we had to get the door open. So she did, and—” She stopped. The next part was the unspeakable, Holly knew. Donna Colby turned her face back to the pink flower on the back of the sofa, tracing the outline with a forefinger. “All that blood,” she murmured. “I just don’t… Why?”

“I know, Mrs. Colby.” Holly tried to keep her voice soothing in the face of the incomprehensible. A husband and father lay twisted in the den. Why? Tell me why. And the others, so many others. A flash of reds at the back of her eyes. A blue-green stench. A tiny whispered beat, ten, eleven. Twelve. No more. Hey, cut the bullshit, Schreiner. Just get the details. Ain’t no time to wonder why, whoopee we’re all gonna die. Holly flipped to a new page, keeping her voice colorless. “What did you do when you got the door open?”

“We all ran in—I don’t remember, it was so—I couldn’t—the blood. Maggie went to him. Sent Olivia to call an ambulance. Told me to keep the kids out, take them to the kitchen.”

Holly noted it down. This Maggie sounded like a real take-charge type. “Okay. And then what?”

“I don’t remember much. She made me leave, take care of the kids.”

“What was she doing?”

“I don’t know. There was so much…” The word escaped Donna and she stared at Holly in mute terror before finding it again, with an almost pitiful triumph. “Confusion. The men came back. Maggie will tell you,” she added hopefully, trying to be helpful. All her life, probably, being nice had kept her out of trouble. But now she’d hit the big trouble, and Holly knew that no weapons, even niceness, could help now.

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Excerpt from Murder in the Dog Days by P.M. Carlson. Copyright © 2017 by P.M. Carlson. Reproduced with permission from P.M. Carlson. All rights reserved.


P.M. Carlson

Author Bio:

P.M. Carlson taught psychology and statistics at Cornell University before deciding that mystery writing was more fun. She has published twelve mystery novels and over a dozen short stories. Her novels have been nominated for an Edgar Award, a Macavity Award, and twice for Anthony Awards. Two short stories were finalists for Agatha Awards. She edited the Mystery Writers Annual for Mystery Writers of America for several years, and served as president of Sisters in Crime.

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Cozy Prizes Friday: Melinda Mullet Guest Posts on her Death Distilled Book Tour

Today we are honored to have a guest post by Melinda Mullet talking about strong women in fiction and her new cozy mystery Death Distilled. After making it through Hurricane Harvey here in Houston (ah, the alliteration fairly trips off the tongue today), the idea of a murder mystery taking place around liquor seems like a fine idea.

After you enjoy Melinda’s insights, be sure to scroll down and find the Prize Guy.  Enter for your chance to win an e-copy of Death Distilled!


Take it away, Melinda!


Melinda Mullett

Someone asked me the other day if I had a favorite toast when raising a glass of fine whisky.  My response was this:


To strong women.

May we know them,

May we be them,

May we raise them.


I love reading about strong women and I love writing about them.  Women who refuse to be defined by others and insist on defining themselves.  The protagonist in the Whisky Business Mystery series is one of those women.  Abi Logan spent years fighting for acceptance as a female war correspondent, and eventually became a celebrated photographer and journalist.  But breaking through one barrier didn’t make it any easier for her to approach the next one – distillery owner in Scotland.  Facing threats and even murder, she stands her ground and refuses to be intimidated or defined by tradition, eventually earning the grudging respect of the whisky fraternity.


Art mimics life, and today a significant number of women are taking on the traditionally male dominated distilling world.  Spirit producers and blenders often have backgrounds in chemistry and engineering, and as women worldwide are being encouraged to pursue degrees in STEM fields more and more of them are finding their way into the spirits industry. Now we see female distillers, master blenders, distillery managers, engineers and brand ambassadors where ten years ago there were virtually none. For me, one of the most enjoyable parts of researching the Whisky Business series has been getting to know some of these ladies and watching them pursue their dreams and passions.


Abi Logan had to fight for respect in her professional life, but oddly enough stepping up to help find a killer was a less controversial move. Intelligent, insightful and shrewd, fictional female detectives are refreshingly common in the mystery genre.  These women have refused to be defined by their male counterparts and have brought their own unique skill sets to the sleuthing business.  From classics characters like Miss Marple, Harriet Vane, Nancy Drew, Adela Bradley, and Miss Fisher, to the more contemporary ladies like Lisbeth Salander, Precious Ramotswe, Modesty Blaise and Kinsey Millhone, every one of them is a fabulous model of tenacity, grit, insight, and reason.


I am lucky to have been inspired by all of these ladies real and fictional.  When I left my day job to try my hand at writing mystery fiction, I had no practical experience at all, just desire and inspiration.  As many of you know, it takes a certain inner strength to throw your work open to the scrutiny of others. There’s always someone eager to make you feel incompetent or inadequate to the task.  It can be a real blow to your confidence, but it’s also a valuable lesson in dogged perseverance.  This is where our role models real and fictional inspire us to stand tall and be strong.  To forge ahead even in the face of steep odds.   Perseverance, a sense of humor and a thick skin worked for me and I try to share that message with my children – when I can get them to listen.


As the proud mother of two wonderful teenage girls I can tell you getting them to listen can be tough.  They are witty, intelligent and creative, but it saddens me that they still often lack confidence in themselves and in their own gifts and abilities.  I try to boost their sense of self worth and to teach by example, but they still accuse me of seeing them through a mother’s rose-colored glasses.  Fortunately, there are plenty of great female, ‘non-Mom’ role models in all aspect of their lives; business, politics, science and art.  Even pop culture, once a place where women were lauded mainly for their decorative selves, is stepping up to the plate and helping to redefine how women are seen and appreciated.


Earlier in the summer I took my daughters to see the new Wonder Woman movie.  It wildly exceeded my expectations not just because of the first class special effects, but for the depiction of a physically and emotionally strong female superhero.  The scriptwriters did a great job of crafting a leading lady of moral fortitude and admirable physical strength without resorting to a single shot of cleavage.  The girls were inspired and so was I.  And after more than 50 years, the Doctor of Doctor Who fame will at last be a woman.  The possibility has always been there, but for many years the producers argued that the time wasn’t right.  Finally, it seems, it is.  Rock on ladies!


So raise a glass and toast the strong women real and fictional that inspire us and our daughters.   Ladies, channel your inner wonder woman and have fun defining your own role in this changing world.

And now, more about Death Distilled

Photojournalist by trade, distillery owner by blood, and amateur sleuth by necessity, Abigail Logan learns that murder can’t stay bottled up forever in this charming Whisky Business Mystery.

It’s been three months since Abi Logan last checked in on Abbey Glen, the celebrated whisky distillery she inherited. With her oversize wheaten terrier, Liam, by her side, Abi returns to the quaint Scottish village of Balfour. But her relaxing Highland homecoming takes a stressful turn when she unearths an unseemly bit of village history, welcomes a group of Japanese whisky enthusiasts, and becomes shepherdess to an unexpected flock of sheep—all within the first twenty-four hours. Still, nothing’s more stressful than murder. . . .

Local celebrity Rory Hendricks is the hotheaded, hard-rocking former frontman of the Rebels—and Abi’s girlhood crush. After meeting him in person, Abi can’t say no to anything he asks, like photographing his upcoming show . . . or figuring out who’s trying to kill him. Turns out someone’s been bumping off his old bandmates, with the drummer dead under mysterious circumstances and the keyboardist in a coma following a hit-and-run. Now a series of threatening messages leads Rory to think he’s next on the chopping block. And the band has a devil’s share of broken hearts and bitter disputes in their past, leaving Abi a huge batch of suspects to sift through—all before the killer takes another shot.

Melinda Mullet’s delightful Whisky Business mysteries can be read together or separately. Enjoy responsibly:

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About the Author:

Melinda Mullet was born in Dallas and attended school in Texas, Washington D.C., England, and Austria. She spent many years as a practicing attorney before pursuing a career as a writer. Author of the Whisky Business Mystery series, Mullet is a passionate supporter of childhood literacy. She works with numerous domestic and international charities striving to promote functional literacy for all children. She lives in Washington, D.C., with her family.

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Webpage – http://melindamullet.com/

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Cranberry Bluff- A Cozy Mystery Review

One of the things I  enjoy in an Agatha Christie mystery is the character with a secret. I love how when you get to the end of the story, half of the characters are related, in business or are in bed with the other half of the characters. Good stuff.

In Deborah Garner’s Cranberry Bluff, the main character has just inherited a bed and breakfast, something that I think many readers would like to do. I entertained the thought for about five minutes once until I realized I would have to get up every day and bake. But wait, employing the Agatha Christie model of character development, things aren’t what they seem.

Here is my review posted on Amazon:

4 Stars

I enjoyed this mystery!  Molly Elliot is running a newly inherited B&B and is also running from a terrible mixup in Florida. She was caught in a bank robbery and just happened to look like the bank robber. Molly checks in are a honeymoon couple, an eccentric older lady, and a good looking guy at her Bed and Breakfast. At first, these people seem so average! Cranberry Bluff was an entertaining mystery from start to finish.


Interview of Jonnie Jacobs: Part of the Sleuthing Women Anthology

There is a big anthology on tour right now that includes some our favorite cozy mystery authors with their first in series. Sleuthing Women contains ten complete novels which makes it an incredible value and the chance to read some authors you may not know yet. Jonnie Jacobs, the author of Murder Among Neighbors, stopped by today to talk about her novel and shared a little about her life as a stay-at-home mom and as an attorney.  Be sure to look for the prize guy below to enter to win a FREE copy of this amazing anthology!

So, here’s Jonnie.

jonnie_newI came to writing as a third career, but in my head and heart, I’ve been a writer for as long as I can remember. However, I never thought about actually being an author until I took a leave of absence from my job as an attorney when my second child was three. I started a book just as a creative diversion from full time “stay-at-home-mom.” That book didn’t sell (it was pretty awful actually), but I was hooked. Murder Among Neighbors, the first book of the Kate Austen series, came next, and then Shadow of Doubt, the first book in the Kali O’Brien series of legal mysteries. I continued with both series and then branched out to a stand-alone title several years later. My three most recent books have all been single-title books.

I enjoy writing (except on days when things are not going well) because it lets me create my own fictional world and characters to “play” with. I get to put words in people’s mouths and tell them what to do (something I never get to do in real life.) Things work out the way I want them to (again, not always true in real life.) And I get to explore relationships, personal secrets, and individual psychologies. I’m curious by nature (my family calls it being nosey), and by writing, I can dig into a multitude of “whys” and “what ifs.”

What inspired the idea behind your story?

When most of us picture the quiet, tree-lined streets of suburbia, the last thing that comes to mind is murder. Yet there are often secrets and conflicts and real drama going on behind those closed doors. And it’s the drama leading up to the crime—the fractured relationships, emotional tensions and private fears of everyday people that interest me. I chose an amateur sleuth because I’m fascinated by the things we know about friends and neighbors that it would take the police a bit of digging to uncover. I also wanted a sleuth who was personally connected to the crime, who felt pain and loss in the way a professional investigator wouldn’t. And I wanted to use that sensitivity to explore the ripple effect of crime.

Is anything in your book based on real life experiences or purely all imagination?

The book is completely fictional but I think all writers draw on personal experience to some degree. My characters are generally an amalgam of people I’ve met, read about, heard about from friends, and observed (like most authors, I’m a great people watcher). There’s always a bit of myself thrown in, too. I’m interested in people’s stories. I want to know what happened and why, and how the person felt about it.

In my case, I also drew on two particular incidents involving murder. In the first, a workman who was at my house killed another woman he was working for the next week. It was a heart-thudding, oh-my-gosh kind of realization. And secondly, I had an oblique acquaintance who was convicted of murder. These experiences didn’t work their way into the book directly, but did feed my interest in knowing the story behind the headline news. We often learn that so-and-so was arrested for a crime but we never learn the backstory and motivation. I wanted to write a book where I could dig into that.

What was harder, being a lawyer or a mother?

Both are hard in different ways, but being both at once was more than I wanted to take on. Writing provided a nice balance and a much more flexible schedule. And my children have, over the years, unsuspectingly provided me with some great “kid lines.”

 I noticed you are an amateur photographer. Did you provide photos for any of your book covers?

I’m a very amateur photographer, but yes, I did provide photos for the ebook version of two of my books. Not because they are such great photographs, but because I couldn’t find a stock photo that was what I wanted. Intent to Harm, the sixth book in my Kali O’Brien series, takes place in the California Sierra near Lake Tahoe. In the opening scene, Kali meets with a mystery client who is shot before Kali has a chance to figure out who she is or what she wanted. The meeting took place in a mountain park, and all the photos I could find were either urban or eastern. During one of my favorite Sierra hikes, I saw exactly the setting I was looking for. I took a photo with my cell phone (while my husband grumbled about my lollygagging.) And a photo I took years ago of our then puppy is the cover of my short story, Doggone.

What advice would you give beginning writers?

Above all, write. I’ve met too many people who talk about writing but never actually write. You learn by doing, tweaking, editing, and re-writing. You can’t learn by simply thinking about it. Secondly, read. Read both broadly and in your chosen genre. Read critically as well as for enjoyment. See what works and doesn’t work, analyze how a writer you admire handles the things that give you trouble. And lastly, live life and keep your eyes open.

There are lots of books that cover techniques, and they are good to read, but read them with a healthy dose of skepticism. Classes and critique groups can also be a great help.

How can readers find your books?

My books are all available in print and digital formats, and, in increasing numbers, as audio books. They can be found at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, iBooks, Kobo, as well as through independent bookstores where they can be ordered if they aren’t in stock. All of the books were initially in libraries, although over time I’m sure copies have been lost.

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Murder Among Neighbors is one of the books featured in Sleuthing Women: 10 First-in-Series Mysteries, a collection of full-length mysteries featuring murder and assorted mayhem by ten critically acclaimed, award-winning, and bestselling authors. Each novel in the set is the first book in an established multi-book series—a total of over 3,000 pages of reading pleasure for lovers of amateur sleuth, caper, and cozy mysteries, with a combined total of over 1700 reviews on Amazon, averaging 4 stars.


Assault With a Deadly Glue Gun, an Anastasia Pollack Crafting Mystery by Lois Winston—Working mom Anastasia is clueless about her husband’s gambling addiction until he permanently cashes in his chips and her comfortable middle-class life craps out. He leaves her with staggering debt, his communist mother, and a loan shark demanding $50,000. Then she’s accused of murder…

Murder Among Neighbors, a Kate Austen Suburban Mystery by Jonnie Jacobs — When Kate Austen’s socialite neighbor, Pepper Livingston, is murdered, Kate becomes involved in a sea of steamy secrets that bring her face to face with shocking truths—and handsome detective Michael Stone.

Skeleton in a Dead Space, a Kelly O’Connell Mystery by Judy Alter—Real estate isn’t a dangerous profession until Kelly O’Connell stumbles over a skeleton and runs into serial killers and cold-blooded murderers in a home being renovated in Fort Worth. Kelly barges through life trying to keep from angering her policeman boyfriend Mike and protect her two young daughters.

In for a Penny, a Cleopatra Jones Mystery by Maggie Toussaint—Accountant Cleo faces an unwanted hazard when her golf ball lands on a dead banker. The cops think her BFF shot him, so Cleo sets out to prove them wrong. She ventures into the dating world, wrangles her teens, adopts the victim’s dog, and tries to rein in her mom…until the killer puts a target on Cleo’s back.

The Hydrogen Murder, a Periodic Table Mystery by Camille Minichino—A retired physicist returns to her hometown of Revere, Massachusetts and moves into an apartment above her friends’ funeral home. When she signs on to help the Police Department with a science-related homicide, she doesn’t realize she may have hundreds of cases ahead of her.

Retirement Can Be Murder, A Baby Boomer Mystery by Susan Santangelo—Carol Andrews dreads her husband Jim’s upcoming retirement more than a root canal without Novocain. She can’t imagine anything worse than having an at-home husband with time on his hands and nothing to fill it—until Jim is suspected of murdering his retirement coach.

Dead Air, A Talk Radio Mystery by Mary Kennedy—Psychologist Maggie Walsh moves from NY to Florida to become the host of WYME’s On the Couch with Maggie Walsh. When her guest, New Age prophet Guru Sanjay Gingii, turns up dead, her new roommate Lark becomes the prime suspect. Maggie must prove Lark innocent while dealing with a killer who needs more than just therapy.

A Dead Red Cadillac, A Dead Red Mystery by RP Dahlke—When her vintage Cadillac is found tail-fins up in a nearby lake, the police ask aero-ag pilot Lalla Bains why an elderly widowed piano teacher is found strapped in the driver’s seat. Lalla confronts suspects, informants, cross-dressers, drug-running crop dusters, and a crazy Chihuahua on her quest to find the killer.

Murder is a Family Business, an Alvarez Family Murder Mystery by Heather Haven—Just because a man cheats on his wife and makes Danny DeVito look tall, dark and handsome, is that any reason to kill him? The reluctant and quirky PI, Lee Alvarez, has her work cut out for her when the man is murdered on her watch. Of all the nerve.

Murder, Honey, a Carol Sabala Mystery by Vinnie Hansen—When the head chef collapses into baker Carol Sabala’s cookie dough, she is thrust into her first murder investigation. Suspects abound at Archibald’s, the swanky Santa Cruz restaurant where Carol works. The head chef cut a swath of people who wanted him dead from ex-lovers to bitter rivals to greedy relatives.

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Jonnie Jacobs is the author of fifteen novels. A former practicing attorney, she lives near San Francisco with her husband. Find her at www.jonniejacobs.com.

Murder for a Rainy Day is Now Available on Nook

To all of my Nook readers- you can now pick up a copy of the sixth book in the Pecan Bayou Series- Murder for a Rainy Day.





Betsy Livingston Fitzpatrick, local helpful hints columnist for the Pecan Bayou Gazette, is trying keep her mind off of being nine months pregnant in the blistering Texas summer heat. Troubled by haunting dreams, she pursues the odd animal thefts in a case that soon turns into murder. As Betsy closes in on the killer, a hurricane is headed straight for the Gulf Coast sending spin-off storms and tornadoes to the little town of Pecan Bayou. “Hunker down” with Betsy and the lovable characters of Pecan Bayou in the latest Betsy Livingston mystery from cozy author Teresa Trent. Recipes and helpful hints included.

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Building a New World in a Cozy Mystery

World Building Happy 2015!  I’ve been on the quiet side for the last month, but that’s actually a good thing.  I’m hard at work on my next book, which will be the first in my Piney Woods Series.  When starting a series, not only am I creating new characters, but I’m building a world for them to live, love, grow and of course, murder each other in.  When I finished with Pecan Bayou, I had folders full of pictures of almost every location in the six books, along with characters and even objects.

When creating new characters I love to go to Internet Movie Database and “cast” my character.  (I figure whenever Lifetime or Hallmark calls me to tell me they want to make one of my books into a movie, I have my casting decisions made, right?).  I may look up someone I remember from a movie or tv show, or I may toss the dice and go through the people on the “Born Today” page.  I need to see the person to get into my character’s head, movements, and even fashion sense, whatever.  I also need to see the setting.  This can be a geographical location or something small like a diner.  I can’t drive to every place I write about, but with the internet and  Google Earth, I can go for a little virtual drive.  All of this may sound like I’m playing, and to tell the truth, I’m have fun doing it, but it does lead to the world building needed to write a mystery.

I also keep tabs on crime stories around the world.  Today, I found an article about a woman who got drunk on Vanilla and received a DUI, or would it be DUIV?  What a great idea for one of my homey characters.  That goes in the “Wacky People” file.

Animal rustling is alive and well in the sleepy little town of Pecan Bayou, Texas--but with a particularly peculiar spin. Only the fake livestock seem to be at risk. First, cowboy legend Charlie Loper's  larger-than-life fiberglass horse disappears from the town square, but before the police can get any solid leads, the cow in front of the local steak house gets pinched.   Betsy Livingston Fitzpatrick, local helpful hints columnist for the Pecan Bayou Gazette, is trying keep her mind off of being nine months pregnant in the blistering Texas summer heat. Troubled by haunting dreams, she pursues the odd animal thefts in a case that soon turns into murder. As Betsy closes in on the killer, a hurricane is headed straight for the Gulf Coast sending spin-off storms and tornadoes to the little town of Pecan Bayou. "Hunker down" with Betsy and the lovable characters of Pecan Bayou in the latest Betsy Livingston mystery from cozy author Teresa Trent. Recipes and helpful hints included.

My Latest Book: #6 in the Pecan Bayou Series/Murder for a Rainy Day available on Amazon. Good News- Murder for a Rainy Day will be available on Nook, Sony, Apple and Smashwords in February.  Reviews are always welcomed and appreciated!

Betsy Livingston Fitzpatrick, local helpful hints columnist for the Pecan Bayou Gazette, is trying keep her mind off of being nine months pregnant in the blistering Texas summer heat. Troubled by haunting dreams, she pursues the odd animal thefts in a case that soon turns into murder. As Betsy closes in on the killer, a hurricane is headed straight for the Gulf Coast sending spin-off storms and tornadoes to the little town of Pecan Bayou. 

New Review for Murder for a Rainy Day at Kaisy Daisy’s Corner

MFRD_New ReviewMurder for a Rainy Day was reviewed at Kaisy Daisy’s Corner!

Here is some of what Kaisy Daisy had to say:

Once you start reading this book you will not be able to put it down. You will fall in love with this series as I did. 

Just a note to my readers- if you missed my free days for this book, good news!  It will be free again on December 4-5.  THANK YOU to everyone who downloaded the book.  Your response to my free days was wonderful.



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Bargain Book at Brooke’s- Burnout is free today!

I’m guest posting at Brooke Blogs today giving an overview of my little town of Pecan Bayou.  If you are new to the series, you can get to know the place without using Google maps or that pushy little voice on the navigation.

If you haven’t picked a FREE copy of BURNOUT yet-this is your last chance so grab yours and tell all your friends.

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Cozy Fans: Take The Small Town Setting Quiz




I’m over at Cozy Up With Kathy today writing about why small towns make the best settings.  At the end of my guest post I have included a ten question quiz for all of you avid readers to try.  If you know what town Jessica Fletcher rides that little bike of hers around in then you’ll want to try this quiz!  Also, don’t forget to enter for my $25 gift card for Amazon.  See you there!



Just in time for Halloween-Book Discussion Questions for A Dash of Murder

Discussion Questions for A Dash of MurderA Dash of Murder is my Halloween cozy mystery, so I’ve included a set of discussion questions whether you are in a book club or just want to answer them on your own.  If you do use them in your book club please let me know so I can acknowledge you on my Facebook page and Twitter (@ttrent_cozymys) account.  I also have a short ten question quiz at Goodreads with additional questions.

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I know I haven’t posted in awhile, but most of my readers know that’s a good sign–I’m busily finishing up my manuscript for my fifth mystery in the Pecan Bayou series.  I think I finally have a title, but I’m not ready to reveal that yet.

It’s Down Syndrome Awareness month so I’m sending my love to all my friends with Down Syndrome and their families .

 You are my inspiration in all you do every day.