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Coming Attractions: Countdown to Left Coast Crime Part 2

IN THE February 15 ISSUE

FROM THE 2014 Articles,
andComing Attractions!,
andMysteryrat's Maze,
andSunny Frazier

by Sunny Frazier

Details on how to win copies of 3 of the books Sunny mentioned last week, at the end of this post.

Continuing the countdown to Left Coast Crime Monterey, here are more authors who will be attending. For those of you who have to miss the Calamari Crime event, you might want to check these out for new reads.

It’s #5 in the Someday Quilts Mysteries by Clare O’Donohue. Grandma’s getting hitched but things go haywire when Nell Fizgerald’s boyfriend, Chief of Police Jesse Dewalt, is suspected of murdering his former NYPD partner. The Double Wedding Ring becomes a knotty affair unless Nell can find a solution.

Grandparents are again a problem in Donna Andrews‘ latest, The Hen of the Baskervilles, #15 in the Meg Langslow series. This time Meg’s grandfather steals all the animals from a shelter in order to protect their lives, but it costs one of the helpers her life. With four-month-old twins to raise, Meg’s environment is literally a zoo.

Turning back the hands of time, Victoria Heckman presents Kapu, a Coconut Man Mystery of Ancient Hawai’i. A nomadic basket weaver, only known as Coconut Man, travels to a village as it prepares for a visit from the chief and “chiefess.” Overhearing a murder plot, his lack of status means revealing the plot puts his own life on the line. Aloha to this island read.

Launching the second in the Jaya Jones Treasure Hunt Mysteries, Gigi Pandian introduces Pirate Vishnu. Just before the Frisco quake of 1906, Vishnu the pirate strikes the bay. A map drawn by one of Jaya’s ancestors stays undeciphered until historian Jaya learns its secrets. Now in the path of a killer and navigating an unexpected love affair, there’s more at stake in this treasured new series. Gigi is also an Agatha nominee for her short story, “The Hindi Houdini.”

Jump to Buenos Aries, 1945. A young woman is murdered, mistaken for Evita Peron. It’s up to police detective Roberto Leary to take on this sensuous dance of death in Annamaria Alfieri’s Blood Tango. Argentina, politics and murder make this a macabre dance of death.

What happens under the Big Top stays under the Big Top until murder makes an entrance in Heather Haven’s stand alone, Death of a Clown. The author’s own experience growing up with her trapeze artist mother and her father an elephant trainer makes this tale circus tale set during WWII all that much more authentic.

Good news: Gar Anthony Haywood’s first Joe and Dottie Loudermilk book, Going Nowhere Fast, is now available as an e-book. Ex-cop Joe and former English teacher Dottie have dreams of seeing the country in an Airstream but they are plagued by problems of their five grown children. A trip to the Grand Canyon becomes the vacation from hell when a corpse shows up in their bathroom.

A new urban noir thriller series by David Hansard introduces Porter Hall in One Minute Gone. Porter is a Westerner who understands wild varmints but is baffled by the wealthy and powerful of New York City. If being a single father trying to raise twins in the Big Apple isn’t tough enough, someone is trying to destroy his life. Spend more than a minute with this read!

You can enter to win copies of 3 of the books mentioned in last week’s column-Digging Too Deep by Jill Amadio; Art, Wine and Bullets by Vinnie Hansen; & Yip/Tuck by Sparkle Abbey, by sending an email KRL at krlcontests@gmail[dot]com by replacing the [dot] with a period, and with the subject line “Part 2,” or comment on this article. A winner will be chosen February 22, 2014. U.S. residents only.

Check out other mystery articles, reviews, book giveaways & short stories in our mystery section.

Click on this link to purchase any of these books & a portion goes to help support KRL!

Sunny Frazier worked with an undercover narcotics team in Fresno County for 17 years before turning her energies to writing the Christy Bristol Astrology Mysteries. Based in the San Joaquin Valley of California, the novels are inspired by real cases and 35 years of casting horoscopes.

{ 3 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Elaine.Faber. February 15, 2014 at 4:44pm

These all sound like pretty exciting stories. Lots of competition these days in the mystery department. Thank goodness, we all have our own idea and plots… all leading to murder, mayhem and mystery.


2 Lynn February 19, 2014 at 9:55am

These all sound just great and would be wonderful for Winter reading, thanks for keeping us informed!


3 Lorie
Twitter: @mysteryrat
February 26, 2014 at 3:19pm

We have a winner!
Lorie Ham, KRL Publisher


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