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Tough As Nails Cozy Mystery Leads

IN THE November 10 ISSUE

FROM THE 2021 Articles,
andMysteryrat's Maze

by Olivia Blacke

When you think of the main character of a cozy mystery, what springs to mind? Baking cookies? Knitting sweaters? Organizing book shelves? Sweet, sometimes older, civilians that always follow the speed limit?
Well, yeah!
And that’s exactly why it’s so impressive that these amateur sleuths are tough as nails.


by Lorie Lewis Ham

This is the second in our series featuring mystery podcasts! This week we chatted with mystery author Alexia Gordon who hosts The Cozy Corner mystery podcast. Alexia is the author of the Gethsemane Brown Mysteries.


by Lois Winston

Back when I penned my first novel at the end of the last century, I thought that being an author meant sitting at my desk writing books. I also thought it was the publisher’s job to promote those books so that we both made money. Silly me! Once upon a time that was true, but by the time I sold my first book, publishers had abdicated this responsibility for all but a handful of their authors. Promotional efforts had become the responsibility of authors.


by Sandra Murphy
& Cynthia Chow

Trudi Hargrave is the woman you love to hate. She’s pushy, totally out for herself only, and, unfortunately, the tourism director for Briar Creek. She’s got the idea that Captain Kidd’s treasure is buried on one of the hundred islands -most uninhabited- and thinks a treasure hunt would bring fame and fortune to town. Residents complicate things—plus treasure hunters, tourists and logjams of traffic compound her problems.


by Terrell Byrd

This week we have a double header of great cozy mysteries & giveaways with a review of Elaine Viets latest book Final Sail & the first book in a new series, 50% Off Murder, by Josie Belle. Instructions at the end of this post on how to enter to win a copy of both books!


Pumped for Murder by Elaine Viets: Book Review

IN THE September 17 ISSUE

FROM THE 2011 Articles,
andMysteryrat's Maze

by Terell Byrd

I asked for this book to review. Well, all right, there was some begging and whining involved. I really wanted to read this novel – I spent more than my share of time in dead-end jobs in my college days and I was fascinated by the concept of a private investigator who takes dead-end jobs to gather information. People in the bottom jobs often know a great deal about what is going on. Agatha Christie used the principle, on more than one occasion that servants, waiters, cleaners and other people who provide small services can get away with murder because no one notices them.


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