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Coming Attractions: Beach Edition


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

by Sunny Frazier

Info on how to win 3 books by past Coming Attraction authors at the end of this post.

Ah, summer! A chance to lie in the sun coated with sunscreen and read. Quench your thirst for a good story with these novels:

bookKRL “fave,” Nancy J. Parra has a new series out featuring event planner/sleuth, Pepper Pomeroy. A surprise marriage proposal and getaway for her sister gets hijacked at a private airport when a man’s body is found in the women’s restroom. Does the fiancé have more to hide than an engagement ring? Pepper’s on the case! Engaged in Murder is available in trade and on Kindle.

Be an armchair traveler and go to the Dark Continent with another KRL favorite, Annamaria Alfieri. In the early 1900s, the rules for the Brits in East Africa were decidedly different from the natives. Scottish missionary Vera McIntosh feels like an outsider to both groups. When her uncle dies from a spear in the back, suspicion falls on the medicine man, but Vera knows the lance is not his tribe’s markings. Vera is attracted to the policeman spearheading the investigation. Strange Gods has dark romance and plenty of mystery. I’ll be reviewing it in an upcoming article. This stand-alone is available in hardbound and on Kindle.

bookVoodoo Ridge is NOT set in Africa or Haiti but touches down in the Sierra Nevadas. In 1956 a plane with a mysterious cargo disappears. Fast forward to 2010 and investigator (and former military assassin) Cordell Logan spots remnants while flying over the mountain range. Now guiding a search team to the crash site, he discovers a body found shot and killed only hours earlier. The third in the series penned by Pulitzer Prize winning LA Times reporter, David Freed, is both in hardbound and in Kindle format.

Leave chores behind and instead enjoy Jan Christensen’s Buried Under Clutter. Professional organizer Tina Shaw lives next door to a Victorian House where an old woman is murdered. Asked to clean up the clutter, she finds clues to the woman’s wealth. All relatives are suspects but when the will is read, Tina becomes a suspect too! How is she going to clean up this mess? This 2nd in the series is on Kindle only.

Prague ex-pat Aneta Adamcova-Cruz (and winner of Desert Literary Society Fiction award) has penned a novel pitting a doctor against the Gestapo in The Guardian. Dr. Josef Stein believed in science until his patients started seeing ghosts. Supernatural evidence mounts until the Gestapo steps in. Has research driven him mad? Don’t need the AC on while reading this chilly mystery. Brrr!

bookInterior decorator, Rainey Bliss Adams, buys her ancestral home in the Blue Ridge foothills and throws a housewarming. Unfortunately, a ghost falls to her death after the party and a real body shows up. Secrets the domicile holds are horrific in Laura Benedict’s Bliss House. Available in hardcover and in Kindle versions.

Plan a mystery dinner with Cozy Food: 128 Cozy Mystery Writers Share Their Favorite Recipes. Editor Nancy Lynn Jarvis has selected 241 stirring recipes from the ladles of Marja McGraw, Sparkle Abbey, Rebecca Dahlke, Vinnie Hansen and Edith Maxwell. Sip an Orient Espresso Martini, munch on Perfectly Pleasing Popovers and try the Tastiest Mac You Ever Did Cheese. There’s even treats for the pets! Buy it in paperback or order on Kindle. Yum!

To enter to win a print copies of Target, the brand new book by LJ Sellers, & 2 books by Cathy Perkins-The Professor and Honor Code (FYI Cathy has a .99 sale going on for ebook copies of Honor Code this weekend on Amazon, B & N and Kobo), simply email KRL at krlcontests@gmail[dot]com by replacing the [dot] with a period, and with the subject line “attractions beach,” or comment on this article. A winner will be chosen June 7, 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.

{ 8 comments… read them below or add one }

1 pat canterbury May 31, 2014 at 10:55am

Loved this list of books. Especially loved the “spearhead” pun in Strange Gods. Contacting my local indy bookstore for copies.
Thanks for the wonderful suggestions.


2 Linda Thorne
Twitter: @lindamthorne
May 31, 2014 at 2:24pm

I normally read whatever book I’m into on my one-hour lunch break at my day job. For me, summer means I stop doing this in my car under a shade tree. Instead, I drive to a hospital about a mile from where I work and sit in the large lobby. This is my way of making time for reading. I work in human resources, and trying to read in the break room has never worked.
How nice to enter a contest for free books just with a comment.


3 Linda Thorne
Twitter: @lindamthorne
June 3, 2014 at 6:39pm

The cover pages alone perked interest in the list of books.


4 Lynn June 4, 2014 at 11:14am

I always need more books for my to-read pile! Thanks muchly!


5 Tedi Whetsell June 5, 2014 at 11:19am

I need some new reading material!!


6 Tedi Whetsell June 5, 2014 at 11:21am

I am so excited about the possibility of new reading material. I need a good book to curl up with!


7 Lorie
Twitter: @mysteryrat
June 10, 2014 at 10:15am

We have a winner
Lorie Ham, KRL Publisher


8 Linda Thorne
Twitter: @lindamthorne
June 14, 2014 at 5:36am

Congratulations Lorie.


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