Coming Attractions: Yuletide Edition

Nov 29, 2014 | 2014 Articles, Coming Attractions!, Mysteryrat's Maze, Sunny Frazier

by Sunny Frazier

Details at the end of this post on how to enter to win copies of these books featured in past Coming Attractions columns-Fatal Brushstroke by Sybil Johnson and Meow If It’s Murder by T. C. LoTempio.

Whew! Bouchercon is over! I put out a call to all my mystery sources for December releases. Enough authors responded to fill Santa’s sack with plenty of good

Tagged for Death is the first in the Sarah Winston Garage Sale Series by Sherry Harris. When her husband runs off with a 19-year-old, middle age Sarah Winston uses bargain hunting as therapy. A yard sale bag contains a bloodstained shirt of her ex, now Chief of Police of Ellington, Mass. His teenage squeeze is missing and it’s up to Sarah to prove her ex is not a murderer.

Author Maggie King has a “novel” concept for her Murder on Tour Mystery Series. Each mystery will bring in real authors, their books, and a different geographical setting. She debuts with Murder At the Book Group set in

Steven Brown, the author of The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Private Investigating and 5 Things Women Need To Know About the Men They Date has produced a P.I. Morman Murder Mystery. Redeeming the Dead offers insights into both the Morman religion and the P.I. Business.

bookGordon Hepler promised his mentor that he would accept the job as Chief of Police in Mapleton, Colorado, but he’d rather be on the streets than behind a desk. When a fatal traffic accident connects two of Mapleton’s elderly citizens, it’s also tied to the other town’s only murder that anyone can remember. Deadly Secrets come to light as the couple is linked to a secret Nazi journal. Author Terry Odell also has a short story/novelette, Seeing Red, coming out this month.

coffee house books Cleo Coyle has two Coffee House Mysteries to savor over the holidays. Once Upon a Grind is book #14 in the series, and has coffeehouse manager Clare Cosi solving the NY crime against “Sleeping Beauty” as she investigates an unsolved cold case from the Cold War. Then, in #12 in the series, Clare is making Fa-la-la-la Lattes at the Great NY Cookie Swap. When a baker’s assistant is murdered, the police believe the crime is one of “The Christmas Stalkings.” A second victim causes Clare to investigate “Saint Nick,” crash a pro-hockey party and dodge reality TV divas. It’s a Holiday Buzz and a lot of ho-ho-ho’s. Cookie recipes included.

It’s High Stakes in the Jack Doyle Horse Racing Mysteries #6. Two FBI agents Doyle worked with in his checkered past ask him to identify a mercy-killing animal activist targeting retired racehorses donated to a vet school and a pair of Chicago seniors are threatened by a millionaire who wants their horse. In Ireland, Doyle’s bookmaking friend is found under attack. From prison, an old enemy puts out a hit on our hero. Author John McEvoy keeps the reins tight and heart racing right up to the finish line.

bookSan Diego vet-tech Randi Sterling is turning 30 and feels it’s time to repair family relationships, but when Mom shows up unannounced with her spoiled canine and a passion for dog agility competitions, it’s not the family reunion Randi envisioned. Mom’s friend drops dead on an agility course and Randi is pressured into investigating. It’s all going to the dogs in Paws for Death by Susan Union.

No sooner do reporter Sydney Lockhart and P.I. boyfriend Ralph open the door to their detective agency in Austin, TX, than an influential businessman comes knocking. He wants his business partner/brother-in-law investigated before the man runs for governor. Invited to the Driskill Hotel for the formal announcement of candidacy, the man is shot dead and the team is on the case. As the suspect list grows, Sydney gets an unwanted partner, a 12-year-old who wants to clear her father’s name. Murder at the Driskill is #4 in the Sydney Lockhart Mysteries by Kathleen Kaska.

Venice, 1643. Fifteen-year-old Isabella is forbidden to sing in an all-male choir. Her singing teacher (and courtesan) introduces her to opera before being murdered. Motives range from someone trying to steal the woman’s saffron crocus business to her past in the Jewish Ghetto. Isabella and the woman’s son have to solve the case before the young man is unjustly condemned for murder. The Saffron Crocus is a Y/A mystery penned by Alison McMahan.

To enter to win copies of Fatal Brushstroke by Sybil Johnson and Meow If It’s Murder by T. C. LoTempio simply email KRL at krlcontests@gmail[dot]com by replacing the [dot] with a period, and with the subject line “Yuletide” or comment on this article. A winner will be chosen after December 6, 2014. U.S. residents only.

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

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.


  1. A real selection box of talent.

  2. That must really be an interesting show to go to – sounds like you had fun and lots of happy reading to share with us!

  3. Holy Book Addict, Batman. I would love to win this collection, each one would be such a lovely addition to my reading enjoyment.

  4. I agree with you, Sunny, Bouchercon was quite an experience! Good selection of books this month, too!

  5. Good and broad selection of books, Sunny. Thanks for bringing them to our attention. Definitely need to check out several of these.

  6. Great to see all the December mystery releases. Thanks for the giveaway.

  7. Interesting set of books!

  8. I want to read them all! Thanks for spotlighting my latest!

  9. Wow what a fun giveaway,

  10. A lot of good-looking mysteries here, cozies mostly. I love them just to relax. I wish I had more time. Beautiful covers too.

  11. Cleo Coyle and I go way back, well, not Cleo herself, but she and her husband Marc who write the Coffeehouse series. I began with book 1 and have ingested, swallowed up these books and then digested them all, if you don’t mind the reference, and they were Oh, so, tasty and good!!!!. The books give so much wonderful coffee information with history of some coffee locations/farms in each book, along with a story that will knock your socks off each time. The characters are wonderful and have depth but are totally relatable and likeable, even the ones who have some rough edges. I hope that the caffeine that these authors drink will keep them going strong with many more books in this series as well. I have not read Once Upon A Grind yet due to many reasons, but I certainly hope to get a copy very soon and spend a day or so delighting in the greatness of the pages.
    Cynthia Blain

  12. Great book selection

  13. We have a winner
    Lorie Ham, KRL Publisher



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