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Coming Attractions: Countdown To Left Coast Crime Part 6


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

by Sunny Frazier

Details on how to win a copy of 3 mysteries mentioned in past columns at the end of this post.

Only a week away! I couldn’t cover all the authors but Coming Attractions will continue to share about upcoming mystery novels even after LCC is but a memory.

In the eighth Maggy Thorson Mystery, the owner of Uncommon Grounds coffee shop in Wisconsin treks to a Southern Florida writers conference with her law-enforcement beau Jake. It’s Murder on the Oriental Espresso as a re-enactment of the Agatha Christie mystery on a train to the Everglades threatens to derail the outing. Sandra Balzo once again produces a novel with a caffeinated jolt.

He’s a grumpy old man and a Hiroshima survivor, but Mas Ari agrees to be best man at his friend’s wedding in the forth installment of Naomi Hirahara’s series. When the bride’s Japanese doll display goes missing, fingers point to the groom and the wedding is called off. It’s up to Mas to uncover heartbreaking memories and the truth in Blood Hina.

Three women, 3 South Carolina colleges, 3 coed murders. Agent Mick O’Shaughnessy is called in to find the killer and in the process he meets Meg Connelly, advisor to the latest victim. As the investigation and their relationship heats up, Meg becomes a target for the killer. The Professor is a stand-alone by Cathy Perkins.

James Champion III seeks the Counsel of Ravens in the second of M.M. Gornell’s Route 66 Mysteries. Although hiding out in the Mohave Desert, East Coast ties still bind. Time to revive this man’s skills as a psychologist!

It’s a cold case and the murderer would prefer to keep it that way. However, Thumper the black cat will bet one of his 9 lives that he can help Kimberlee find out who killed her father. Black Cat’s Legacy is the first in Elaine Faber’s Black Cat Mysteries. Meow! (a review of Black Cat’s Legacy coming soon in KRL)

Don’t “Come as you are,” but come as your future self to Joyce Mason’s The Crystal Ball. Meet astrologer Miki Michaels in her first mystery. She uses flower essences to solve problems while her ex-FBI agent boyfriend uses more traditional methods. Smells like trouble to me.

I’ve never heard the term “preppers” for those people who bunker down and get ready for the world to end. Agent Jamie Dallas learns about them from the inside when she infiltrates their Northern California compound called “Destiny” to look for a missing woman and child. There’s no way to reach her contacts so how will she escape in time to stop the end-of-the-world scheme? The Trigger is a hair-raising beginning for the Agent Dallas Thriller series by L.J. Sellers.

Toni Ryder has inherited the family homestead in Oiltop, Kansas. She sets up a bakery on Main St. and smells something sinister on the rise. A Gluten For Punishment is the first in the Baker’s Treat Mysteries by Nancy J. Parra (who also writes under pen name Nancy Coco). Added bonus: gluten-free recipes included. Yum!

It’s not a headline story, but burned-out journalist Liz Crane is assigned to write a piece about boarders who face eviction. Along the way she’s drawn into their battle. Flint House won 1st prize in the Northern California Publishers and Authors for Kathleen L. Asay. Special note: that’s her father’s art work on the cover.

To enter to win copies of A Tine To Live A Tine to Die Edith Maxwell, Mercury’s Rise Ann Parker, Bordeau: The Bitter Finish by Janet Hubbard Brown, which were all mentioned in Sunny’s column, simply email KRL at krlcontests@gmail[dot]com by replacing the [dot] with a period, and with the subject line “LCC Part 6,” or comment on this article. A winner will be chosen March 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.

{ 12 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Elaine.Faber. March 15, 2014 at 11:32am

Thanks Sunny for the nice write up. Hope you’ll be able to make the conference in Monterey. I’m thrilled to be mentioned in your column. Thanks again. Elaine


2 Annette N March 15, 2014 at 12:44pm

Makes me wish I could make it to Left Coast Crime.


3 Lynn March 16, 2014 at 1:01am

Would be wonderful to be able to go to this but …. maybe someday I can —- thanks for opportunity to win a book!


4 M.M. Gornell
Twitter: @mmgornell
March 16, 2014 at 7:50am

Thanks, Sunny, for mention me and Counsel of Ravens! Will miss you at the conference.



5 sara hyman March 16, 2014 at 8:51pm

unfortunately, life has intervened and I cannot get to LCC this year. Bouchercon is local and I can’t wait. I am always looking for new authors to try and hopefully fall in love with.


6 Naomi Hirahara March 17, 2014 at 11:39am

It won’t be the same without you, Sunny. Thanks for giving old Mas a shout-out!


7 Lyssa March 17, 2014 at 11:43am

Thanks for doing the giveaway, I hope I win! All of the books listed sound good. 🙂


8 Deborah Craytor
Twitter: @brandiecc
March 17, 2014 at 4:34pm

They all sound interesting. Please enter me in the giveaway.


9 Heather Hull March 17, 2014 at 9:06pm

Thanks for the giveaway, and the Info about newly released books! Have an awesome day!


10 Amy Reade
Twitter: @readeandwrite
March 19, 2014 at 10:38am

Hi, Sunny,

Wish I could get to LCC, but it’s way too far away for right now. Thanks for the list of new books/authors. They sound great. And congratulations to all the authors listed!


11 Nancy
Twitter: @nancyjparra
March 20, 2014 at 11:36pm

Thanks for the shoutout!! I was on deadline so I missed this.
You are awesome. 🙂


12 Lorie
Twitter: @mysteryrat
March 31, 2014 at 4:06pm

We have a winner
Lorie Ham, KRL Publisher


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