Cozy Mysteries

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Comment by Book Buzz on July 25, 2015 at 5:14pm

Cozy Mystery ARC Available For Review

Stabbing in the Senate
A Washington Whodunit
Colleen J. Shogan
Publisher: Camel Press
Release Date: November 15, 2015
Genre: Cozy Mystery
Formats Available For Review: print (limited quantities, only available to qualified reviewers/bloggers in the U.S.); pdf, epub, mobi

Life is good for Kit Marshall. She's a staffer in D.C. for a popular senator, and she lives with an adoring beagle and a brainy boyfriend with a trust fund. Then, one morning, Kit arrives at the office early and finds her boss, Senator Langsford, impaled by a stainless steel replica of an Army attack helicopter. Panicked, she pulls the weapon out of his chest and instantly becomes the prime suspect in his murder.

Circumstances back Kit's claim of innocence, but her photograph has gone viral, and the heat won't be off until the killer is found. Well-loved though the senator was, suspects abound. Langsford had begun to vote with his conscience, which meant he was often at odds with his party. Not only had the senator decided to quash the ambitions of a major military contractor, but his likely successor is a congressman he trounced in the last election. Then there's the suspiciously dry-eyed Widow Langsford.

Kit's tabloid infamy horrifies her boyfriend's upper-crust family, and it could destroy her career. However, she and her free-spirited friend Meg have a more pressing reason to play sleuth. The police are clueless in more ways than one, and Kit worries that the next task on the killer's agenda will be to end her life.

Book 1 in the Washington Whodunit series.

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Catherine Treadgold

Comment by Book Buzz on July 22, 2015 at 1:39pm

Cozy Mystery ARC For Review

Checked Out
An Aimee Machado Mystery
By Sharon St. George
Publisher: Camel Press
Release Date: October 2015
ISBN:  978-1603812252
Genre: Cozy Mystery
Formats Available For Review: print (limited quantities, available to qualified reviewers/bloggers in the U.S. only); pdf, epub, mobi

When rodeo cowboy Cody O’Brien is found dead in his horse trailer, it appears that his horse, Game Boy, is the culprit. Aimee Machado, health sciences librarian at Timbergate Medical Center, has no reason to doubt the preliminary finding—at first. Cody had been in the hospital awaiting an operation the night he died, but he checked himself out. Had he reason to believe his surgeon, Dr. Phyllis Poole, was incompetent? Or is his death related to his complex relationship with his family? It turns out his father is dying, and four people other than Cody stood to inherit: his young trophy wife Echo, his son James, his daughter Keely, and her fiancé Tucker. How does Dr. Poole fit into all this? Her surgical outcomes have not been the best. Not to mention that Laurie Popejoy, TMC nurse and Poole's rival in the hospital’s blues combo, disappeared the night of Cody’s death. Aimee is highly motivated to investigate. She once had a crush on Cody’s brother James, who has now set his sights on her. The missing nurse, Laurie, left Aimee a desperate phone message the night she disappeared. Moreover, Aimee’s friend and co-worker Cleo has elicited her help to discredit Dr. Poole. Aimee is already confused romantically. Although it pains her, she is trying to keep Nick, the pilot she loves but does not trust, at arm's length. But his help proves too invaluable to refuse. Can Aimee ferret out the truth without losing her job and her life? Checked Out is the second book in the Aimee Machado Mystery series, which began with Due for Discard.

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Catherine Treadgold

Comment by Book Buzz on July 22, 2015 at 12:54pm

Cozy Mystery Available For Review

A Leslie & Belinda Mystery, Book 1
By Linda S. Browning
Publisher: Buddhapuss Ink
Published: January 2015
Genre: Cozy Mystery
Formats Available For Review: kindle (.mobi)

Move over, Miss Marple; step aside, Jessica Fletcher—there’s a new gal on the case, well, two gals, that is. This pair of sassy, senior sleuths, Leslie and Belinda, are on the hunt for a missing girl; and it leads them on a crazy chase through a dark graveyard with Leslie’s eight-pound-dog, Riff-Raff, right in the middle of all the action. Buckle up and keep your hands and feet inside the car at all times; it’s going to be a bumpy ride!

When the granddaughter of a deceased church member goes missing, the two best friends are determined to solve the mystery and rescue the young woman. It seems no one, including the girl’s father, is all that concerned by her vanishing act, but this pair just know something’s amiss. Throw in one wandering bear, a flirtatious undertaker, a dustup with a TBI agent, an overweight corpse, and a trip to the Dollar Store for stakeout supplies and you have all the ingredients for one wild adventure. Sticky situations and comedic antics abound when these meddling senior citizens let their curiosity get the better of them.

"Where others are winding down in retirement, Leslie and Belinda are just getting started. Browning ‘s cozy mystery celebrates the second half of life with humor, delight and wit." ~ Sam Hilliard, author of the bestseller The Last Track

"Linda Browning has a a voice that is distinct, and fun to read. It lends itself well to the near-slapstick situations that Belinda and Leslie get into. This is cozy mystery at its best!" ~ Mariam Kobras, author of the award-winning Stone Trilogy

"[A] lighthearted cozy mystery with two likable characters, Leslie Barrett and her reluctant-sleuth of a friend, Belinda Honeycutt. Leslie, a retired social worker, is smart and witty, but she has an endearing tendency to holler charge and run in the wrong direction. You could say she has the instincts of Jessica Fletcher from Murder She Wrote and the wherewithal of Barney Fife. She means well, but what can you expect from someone who carries wasp spray as bear repellant?" ~ Linda K. Sienkiewicz, author of the upcoming In the Context of Love

BONUS - Includes award-winning short story NO WAKE

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Linda S. Browning

Comment by Harvee Lau on July 20, 2015 at 10:09am

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Comment by Book Buzz on July 8, 2015 at 7:51pm

Cozy Mystery For Review

You Can't Get Blood Out of Shag Carpet
The Study Club Mysteries, Book 1
By Juliette Harper
Publisher: Skye House Publishing
Published: May 2015
ISBN: 978-0986240799
Genre: Humorous Cozy Mystery
Formats Available For Review:  epub, mobi, pdf

Wanda Jean Milton discovers her husband, local exterminator Hilton Milton, dead on her new shag carpet with an Old Hickory carving knife sticking out of his chest. Beside herself over how she’ll remove the stain, and grief-stricken over Hilton’s demise, Wanda Jean finds herself the prime suspect in the case. But she is also a member of “the” local Study Club, a bastion of independent Texas feminism 1960s style. Club President Clara Wyler has no intention of allowing a member to be a murder suspect during her administration. Aided by her younger sister and County Clerk, Mae Ella Gormley; Sugar Watson, the proprietress of Sugar’s Style and Spray; and Wilma Schneider, Army MASH veteran and local RN, the Club women set out to clear Wanda Jean’s name — never guessing the local dirt they’ll uncover in the process.

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Juliette Harper

Comment by Chris Henderson on July 8, 2015 at 12:17pm

Liz Lipperman writes under two names. As Liz, she writes cozy mysteries. As Lizbeth she writes gritty, suspense thrillers. How she got started as a writer and what keeps her going, makes for an interesting read. Plus her quirky titles are a hoot. You can view the interview at

Comment by Book Buzz on June 28, 2015 at 5:16pm

Cozy Mystery Available For Review

Danger by Design
By Helen Macie Osterman
Publisher: Dark Oak Mysteries
Published: July 2014
ISBN: 978-1610091428
Genre: Cozy Mystery
Formats Available For Review: print (limited quantities, only available to qualified reviewers/bloggers in the U.S.) and kindle

Senior citizen, Net Petrone, resides in a retirement complex. The previous owner of her townhouse died suddenly of a heart attack.

The woman left all her assets to a suspicious organization for the betterment of the environment.

Net learns that a number of widows have joined the society and changed their wills, leaving everything to the society.

Many of them soon die of "natural causes."

Net is determined to uncover the scam and puts her life in danger.

The reader will love the journey, the characters, and the exhilarating climax.

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Helen Osterman

Comment by Erin Paine on June 12, 2015 at 3:43pm

Loving this author I simply cannot get enough! Be sure to connect with me for more featured reviews. If you have a new release, drop me a line.

Checked Out: A Dead-End Job Mystery by Elaine Viets Book Review! the newest hardcover in the national bestselling Dead-End Job Mystery series, Helen Hawthorne quietly goes undercover at a local library to search for a missing masterpiece. Wealthy socialite Elizabeth Cateman Kingsley has hired Helen to find a missing John Singer Sargent painting, owned by her late father. After his death, many of Davis Cateman’s books were donated to the Flora Park library, and his daughter suspects the small watercolor—worth millions—was tucked away inside one of those dusty tomes... - See more at:

Comment by Linda Weaver Clarke on May 20, 2015 at 5:34pm

It's wonderful to join a cozy mystery group. I have 18 books out, but only 5 are cozies, while others are mystery suspense and historical romances. But my favorite genre is cozy mystery.

Comment by Chris Henderson on March 31, 2015 at 3:24pm

NY Times best selling author, Jenn McKinlay is one prolific writer. For those of us who have trouble trying  to write one novel while editing another (which I am currently in the process of doing), she puts us to shame with the way she can multi-task doing several! Read how she does it at


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