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Coming Attractions: Impatient for Fall Edition


FROM THE 2016 Articles,
andComing Attractions!,
andMysteryrat's Maze,
andSunny Frazier

by Sunny Frazier

Details at the end of this column on how to win a copy of 3 books from past Coming Attractions columns-a print copy of Murder Most Fowl by Edith Maxwell, and an e-book copy of A Silver Medallion by James Callahan, and a print copy of The Diva Serves High Tea by Krista Davis.

Is it too soon to think about Halloween? Apparently not! Several authors are jumping the gun and offering novel treats, recipes, and first-in-a-series titles for those of you searching for the next good read.

bookIt’s Pumpkin Picking With Murder in Otter Lake, New Hampshire. Back in her hometown, Erica Bloom is trying to enjoy herself at the Fall Festival. Then a swan boat sails out of the Tunnel of Love with a dead man slumped over a wing. The only other passenger in the boat is her aunt, and she becomes the prime suspect. While trying to clear her aunt’s name, small-town secrets are dredged up. This is the second in the Otter Lake series by Auralee Wallace.

On Halloween, food and cocktails columnist Hayley Powell can’t imagine a worse trick than her ex-husband returning to Bar Harbor, Maine. The haunted holiday is about to get a whole lot scarier after his uncle is found dead next in a cemetery, and her ex becomes the prime suspect. Hayley will have to dig deep into her bag of tricks to unmask the real killer. Death of a Pumpkin Carver is the eighth outing for Lee Hollis and her Hayley Powell Food and Cocktails mysteries.

bookMeanwhile, in Ashton Falls, Halloween means the annual haunted house. Zoe Donovan is determined not to have her plans ruined this year, since it is also homecoming weekend and a lot of old friends are in town. When Zoe receives a message that reads, “One is dead, two more will die, unless you can stop it,” she thinks the note is a prank. After one of the friends turns up dead, she races against time before someone else dies. Costume Catastrophe by Kathi Daley is the twenty-first book in the Zoe Donovan series.

In Hollywood, struggling screenwriter Arden writes a script about her last ghostly adventure and a director wants to hire her. But not as a screenwriter, he wants to use her ghost-hunting talents on his accident-plagued movie set. Arden attempts to rid the yacht film set of its dangerous ghost and winds up in some seriously Haunt Water herself. This is the second Ghost Cozy Mystery by Leigh Selfman.

bookSan Ladrón, California’s annual Miss Tangorli beauty pageant asks fabric shop owner Polyester Monroe to use inventory from her shop, Material Girl, for the gowns. But when the millionaire who revived the city’s citrus trade with his imported tangorli tree is found dead, something sour takes over the town. Poly’s on a mission to squeeze out the truth. As she searches for a pattern, the killer seems intent on cutting up the evidence. Silk Stalkings is the third Material Witness Mystery by Diane Vallere.

Author Daryl Wood Gerber is Grilling the Subject in her fifth Cookbook Nook Mystery. As the Wild West Extravaganza rides into Crystal Cove, California, Jenna Hart, owner of the Cookbook Nook, is hungry for grilled and barbecued treats. But when her father’s neighbor is found smoldering in a bonfire, the rodeo revelry is extinguished. There was bad blood between them, and her dad has no alibi for the time of the murder. Now it’s up to Jenna to clear his name before the real killer turns up the heat.

bookThree mysteries take us back in time. In San Francisco, circa 1860, British-born nurse Celia Davies runs a free medical clinic aided in her endeavors by her half-Chinese cousin and her housekeeper. A young orphan confides that he’s stumbled upon a corpse in the basement of the ruthless real estate owner he works for. One of the main suspects is a friend’s husband. Nancy Herriman’s No Pity for the Dead is the second in her Mysteries of Old San Francisco.

Murder at Rough Point is the fourth in the Gilded Newport mysteries by Alyssa Maxwell. Newport, Rhode Island, in the nineteenth century is the vacation playground for wealthy people like the Vanderbilts. Fashion reporter Emma Cross is sent by her newspaper to cover an elite party at Rough Point. To her surprise, her estranged parents as well as notables like author Edith Wharton are there. When an English baronet is found dead at the bottom of a cliff and a second guest is murdered, Emma must become an “investigative” reporter.

bookCarolyn Haines is starting her new Pluto’s Snitch Mysteries with The Book of Beloved. Raissa James is a WWI widow. She’s ready to move on and accepts her uncle’s invitation to a party in her honor in Mobile, Alabama. As an aspiring author, she’s also interested in the dark history that haunts the estate. But the party ends when one of the guests takes a deadly plunge. A ghost, once a Confederate soldier, reveals himself to Raissa and she brings in a medium to hold a séance and uncover buried secrets.

Elaine Viets is introducing her Death Investigator mysteries with Brain Storm. The wealthy families of Chouteau Forest look down on death investigator Angela Richman, but they also rely on her. When a horrific car crash kills a teenager, Angela is among the first on the scene. Her investigation is hardly underway when she suffers a series of crippling strokes. Misdiagnosed by the resident neurologist and cured by a brilliant neurosurgeon, Angela faces a harrowing recovery. When the neurologist is found murdered, the suspect is the surgeon who saved her life. Angela’s brain trauma might mean she’ll never recover her investigative skills, but she’s determined to save the doctor from a death-row sentence.

bookAre you looking for some new recipes? Then try Murder with Macaroni and Cheese, second Mahalia Watkins Soul Food mysteries by A.L. Herbert. Mahalia’s Sweet Tea serves the best soul food in Prince George’s County, Maryland. Her high school reunion needs a caterer, so Halia steps up to the plate. Many classmates have changed but not the school’s mean girl. When she is found dead, possible suspects could fill the school gym. With her cousin’s help, Halia needs to track down the killer. Recipes include Double Crust Chicken Pot Pie, Chocolate Marshmallow Cake, and 5 more recipes.

It’s Much Ado About Muffin in the fourth outing of Victoria Hamilton’s Merry Muffin Mysteries. Merry Wynter’s Castle in Autumn Vale, NY, is bringing in an opera singer for a performance and owner Merry Wynter has her hands full with the rivalry between the singer and the postmistress. When the postmistress is found dead at the post office, Merry is eager to get her mitts on the killer.

bookAlso in NY is Blue House, a revamped art complex that brings a theater, art gallery, restaurant and coffee bar to the town of Longely. Catering sisters Bernie and Libby Simmons agree to throw an Alice in Wonderland tea party the billionaire developer insisted on. But when an electric tea kettle shorts out his pacemaker, it’s not an accident, but murder. A Catered Tea Party is the twelfth in A Mystery With Recipes by Isis Crawford.

Cora Chevalier is a blogger writing from Indigo Gap, North Carolina. She’s pouring all her talents and money into a craft retreat business with a close pal and resident potter. When the local librarian is found dead and her friend’s fingerprints are found at the scene, Cora not only worries about her friend, but her own reputation. Angry townsfolk put the retreat at risk, so she must unlace the truth. If the killer’s patterns aren’t pinned, Cora’s handiwork could end up in stitches. Death Among the Doilies is the first in Mollie Cox Bryan’s Cora Crafts mystery series.

bookThe town of Littleboro, NC, is abuzz with Crazy Reba’s upcoming wedding. The homeless lady’s marriage seems peculiar. Her diamond’s big, but no one can tell if it’s real or a Cracker Jack prize. When Reba is arrested for her fiancé’s murder, Beth McKenzie, owner of the Dixie Dew Bed and Breakfast, is determined to clear Reba’s name. Wedding Bell Blues is the second in the Dixie Dew mystery series by Ruth Moose.

Another bed and breakfast is the blue Victorian in Colorado that Cat Latimer inherited from her ex. That’s where she hosts writers’ retreats. When a best-selling NY author is murdered in his room, Cat calls her uncle, the local police chief, to find the killer and throw the book at him or her. A Story to Kill is first in the Cat Latimer series by Lynn Cahoon.

bookIn Heaven, Colorado, Amy-Faye Johnson has her hands full coordinating the Celebration of Gothic Novels. The weekend is soon cursed with large egos, old resentments, and uninvited guests. Matters become truly grave when a dead body is found at the costume party. Skeletons turn up in all of the suspects’ closets, and it’s up to Amy-Faye and the Readaholics to find a killer who lurks in the shadows. Daphne Du Maurier’s Rebecca is featured in Laura DiSilverio’s The Readaholics and the Gothic Gala, third in the Book Club Mystery series by Laura DiSilverio.

Ruth Clagan is owner of the Cog & Sprocket clock shop in Orchard, Massachusetts. She is having trouble with a bookstore owner who’s trying to put other shops out of business. He even tried to hire her watchmaker away from her. When Ruth discovers her employee’s body, she decides to investigate and make the murderer serve time. Clock and Dagger is the second in the Clock Shop Mysteries by Julianne Holmes.

bookFormer NYPD homicide detective Elizabeth Harris has gained trust in the Amish community of Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. When a fatal illness hits, many believe it’s hexerei, an old-world curse. Elizabeth doesn’t believe in curses and when an Amish family is found dead, she begins to suspect something more sinister. Customers buying Amish raw milk start dying and the CDC is called in to investigate. Elizabeth must fight superstition to save the livelihood and lives of the entire community. In the Land of Milk and Honey is the second in Elizabeth Harris mystery by Jane Jensen.

To enter to win copies of 3 books from past Coming Attractions columns-a print copy of Murder Most Fowl by Edith Maxwell, and an e-book copy of A Silver Medallion by James Callahan, and a print copy of The Diva Serves High Tea by Krista Davis, simply email KRL at krlcontests@gmail[dot]com by replacing the [dot] with a period, and with the subject line “fall attractions” or comment on this article. A winner will be chosen after August 6, 2016. U.S. residents only.

Check out other mystery articles, reviews, book giveaways & short stories in our mystery section. Check back every month for Coming Attractions!

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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.

{ 52 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Andrea Coates July 30, 2016 at 9:22am

I always love learning about new authors. These books sound wonderful.


2 Marilyn Levinson
Twitter: @MarilynLevinson
July 30, 2016 at 10:09am

A great array of new mysteries coming soon. Thanks for the list, Sunny.


3 Amy Reade
Twitter: @readeandwrite
July 30, 2016 at 10:11am

These all sound great! I can vouch for Nancy Herriman’s No Pity for the Dead- I got an ARC. Congratulations to all the authors with books coming soon!


4 Dianne Mossor July 30, 2016 at 10:12am

Those all sound good! Lots to add to my TBR list. ?


5 Carol Crigger
Twitter: @C.K.Crigger
July 30, 2016 at 10:27am

A great bunch of new titles and something for everyone.


6 Jeannie D. July 30, 2016 at 11:10am

All of these books sounds awesome. Always look forward to the Fall themed cozies.


7 Maggie King
Twitter: @MaggieKingAuthr
July 30, 2016 at 12:23pm

Some great tiles here! Thanks, Sunny.
A recent post from Maggie King: If You Like Mysteries Set in Bookstores, Here’s a List For You …My Profile


8 Pam July 30, 2016 at 12:55pm

These books sound wonderful!


9 Dianne Casey July 30, 2016 at 2:18pm

What a great article, so many great books for both current and new authors. Thanks for keeping us readers informed. Thanks for the great giveaway for the books from a previous article. Looking forward to reading.


10 Dianne Casey July 30, 2016 at 2:26pm

Forgot to leave my email address:


11 Paula Adams
Twitter: @qnofdnile
July 30, 2016 at 2:50pm

All of these books are going to be added to my TBR list, my ever growing list.


12 Kristin Lundgren
Twitter: @thehouseai
July 30, 2016 at 2:56pm

Great listing of new books, and of authors new to me. Some books I will be on the watch for! More than I can afford.


13 Cheryl Corbitt July 30, 2016 at 3:12pm

Each of the books reviewed sound FANTASTIC. I’m familiar with some of the series and anxious to read others. Thanks for the intriguing reviews and the giveaway!


14 Della Williamson
Twitter: @DellaWilliamso6
July 30, 2016 at 3:38pm

New author/new book. Always such a treat. You never disappoint. Thank you for this chance to get them. And if not? Thanks for the heads up and new books on my TBR. My bookdealer loves you as much as I do.


15 Sunny Frazier August 5, 2016 at 10:19pm

I feel so good that my hard work is appreciated! It’s a labor of love (of reading).


16 Barbara Hawk
Twitter: @angelhwk68
July 30, 2016 at 4:31pm

Love Halloween! Looking forward to reading the fall cozies! Thanks for the chance!


17 Dona Kutska
Twitter: @donamaekutska
July 30, 2016 at 4:41pm

Sounds awesome!


18 Jennifer Hansen July 30, 2016 at 5:03pm

I love mysteries would love this prize!


19 Linda Thorne
Twitter: @lindamthorne
July 30, 2016 at 5:19pm

The last thing I need is to win a book. I have so many still waiting to be read, but after seeing these with established and new authors, I may go in tomorrow and give my notice at work. Well, considering I have bills to pay, I may wait a while. Lots of good things here.
A recent post from Linda Thorne: Southern Festival of Books Reveal PartyMy Profile


20 Margaret Rushton
Twitter: @cupcake5858
July 30, 2016 at 5:52pm

Wow, so many great books and cool that one is set in NH where I live. Can’t wait to check them out.


21 Linda May July 30, 2016 at 6:21pm

All these books sound amazing & I would be Thankful to win anyone of these.


22 Rosemary Pfeiffer
Twitter: @Rosiebear 56
July 30, 2016 at 8:19pm

These stories sound like such fun to read..thanks for the chance to find out lol


23 SHELLEY S July 30, 2016 at 8:55pm



24 Rita Quante July 30, 2016 at 10:31pm

I would love the chance to win! I love books, and winning them is like Christmas for me! So many new authors and such interesting venues to become invested in – doesn’t get better than finding new authors to love. Thank you for the chance!


25 Patricia Pinkston July 30, 2016 at 11:10pm

Would love to win these books. I’ve been waiting for my library to get The Diva Serves High Tea by Krista Davis.


26 Jill Lauder July 31, 2016 at 3:35am

Thank you for the giveaway opportunity!!! Jillian.lauder@yahoo.com


27 holdenj
Twitter: @.
July 31, 2016 at 4:04am

After the heat last week, I think I am almost ready for some fall reads! Many favorites and new ones headed our way! Thanks for the chance to win!


28 Kristie D July 31, 2016 at 4:39am

Definitely some great books mentioned here! I can’t wait to read them all! Thanks for the awesome giveaway!


29 Terri Crossley July 31, 2016 at 4:52am

All of these sound great! I can’t wait to read them all!


30 Debbie Riley July 31, 2016 at 5:47am

My TBR pile just got bigger!


31 Mary M July 31, 2016 at 6:19am

I cannot wait to read lots of these book. I just love Cozy Mysteries with food. Sonny I always look forward to reading your reviews. Thanks ??


32 Sunny Frazier August 5, 2016 at 10:25pm

Mary, wait until you see the “yummy” mysteries I’ve got lined up for next month! They will make your mouth water!


33 Kelly Braun
Twitter: @69steelers2
July 31, 2016 at 7:17am

Holy Cow! So many Awesome new reads- Thanks for the heads up!!


34 Kristi Gilbert July 31, 2016 at 1:39pm

These sound so interesting. I’d love to win.


35 Jo Anne Potter Vincenti July 31, 2016 at 2:51pm

super awesome stories and authors — I want them all!!!


36 Heather Holland July 31, 2016 at 3:21pm

Looks like some great books. Love cozy mystery.
Thank you for the chance


37 Jess dimovski July 31, 2016 at 5:57pm

Love to read these titles! Thank you for the chance!


38 Brooke Bumgardner
Twitter: @xbrookeb28x
July 31, 2016 at 6:09pm

I love fall & Halloween, so it’s never too early to start thinking about it! I’m excited for these upcoming mysteries. Thank you so much for sharing. I’ve added a few new ones to my TBR.
A recent post from Brooke Bumgardner: You Before Anyone Else by Julie Cross and Mark Perini – PreRelease Campaign + Giveaway @juliecross1980 @MarkTPerini @TastyBookTours #breakingthemoldMy Profile


39 Kristin Schadler July 31, 2016 at 7:09pm

So excited to read several of these!!


40 Linda Herold
Twitter: @Linda
July 31, 2016 at 8:38pm

Great books and great authors! I would LOVE to win! Thanks so much for the chance!! lindaherold999@gmail.com


41 Amanda Wilcox
Twitter: @cherryredh2
July 31, 2016 at 9:02pm

Thanks for the chance to win! These are an amazing group of books coming up!


42 Diane Blaser
Twitter: @DblaserDiane
July 31, 2016 at 10:02pm

I’m adding all of these books to my TBR list. I just love the artwork on the covers too! Thank you for the great giveaway!


43 Lizz Reeves Fidler
Twitter: @Lizzdmc
July 31, 2016 at 10:40pm

Looking forward to reading some of these!


44 Marilyn Watson
Twitter: @MarilynWatson18
August 3, 2016 at 5:00am

Some great reads here and how nice to have a contest. I would love to read all of them. Thank you.
Marilyn ewatvess@yahoo.com


45 Barbara August 3, 2016 at 8:53am

Wow so many good bks where to start as I would love to read them all


46 Lisa Cejka
Twitter: @llcejka
August 3, 2016 at 10:59am

I can’t wait to read some of these book!

llcejka at gmail dot com


47 Tami Norman August 3, 2016 at 11:04am

All of these books look fantastic! Love to learn about new books and authors, great website!!


48 Sharon F. August 3, 2016 at 1:43pm

I love your magazine and what an amazing line-up of books! I am putting them all on my TBR list and hoping to win some (or all) of them.


49 Jess d August 4, 2016 at 5:29pm

All great reads to add to my TBR list


50 Candace knight August 5, 2016 at 9:47pm

All of these books sound great. It is never to early to be in the mood for Fall.


51 Kathleen
Twitter: @Kathleen
August 5, 2016 at 11:43pm

These sound great. Adding them to my TBR. Kckendler@gmail(dot)com


52 Lorie
Twitter: @mysteryrat
August 15, 2016 at 1:45pm

We have a winner!


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