The stories in this fifth collection from Plan B Magazine occur at the intersection of the familiar and the strange, the rise of the unexpected and the twist in the road. Let’s take a journey to the unknown.
Table of Contents:
"Honeymoon Sweet" by Craig Faustus Buck
"Broad Daylight" by Eve Fisher
"This Land of the Strange" by Math Bird
"Please Wait" by Robert Dawson
"Fill In The Blanks" by Stephen D. Rogers
"The Double Iron Cross" by William E. Wallace
"Red Bait" by Edd Vick & Manny Frishberg
"Broken Hearts" by Laird Long
"Intimate Knowledge" by Suzanne Baginskie
"The Asshat Fund" by Todd Morr
"Mysterious Private Investigations" by Peter DiChellis
"Coffee and Killings" by Simon Maltman
"The Good Neighbor" by Lawrence Buentello
Join us at our table for ten great stories from returning Cranberry authors Big Jim Williams, Lesley A. Diehl, Earl Staggs, Barbara Metzger, Steve Shrott, Laird Long and Barb Goffman. We've brought along some new friends too: Sandra Murphy, Rob Chirico and Debra H. Goldstein. And, again this year, Lisa Wagner presents three recipes in-between the stories that are sure to have your guests killing for seconds!
At the head of our table is J. Alan Hartman, the Editor-in-Chief of Untreed Reads Publishing who has curated all four installments of The Killer Wore Cranberry plus the anthologies Year's End, The Untreed Detectives and Moon Shot.
So, turn off that football game. Tell Grandma you just don't have time for green bean casserole or gelatin mold. Let Uncle Bernie sleep off the tryptophan in the recliner. Then, find yourself a comfortable spot away from the carving knives and get ready to laugh, solve crimes and experience our fourth meal of pure mayhem!
Fame. Mystery. Romance. From CHRISTMAS to VALENTINE'S DAY. The box set includes FOUR fun novellas at 20,000 words each.
Killer Christmas (Book 1)
After breaking up with hunky movie star Nick Doyle, superstar singer Emma Wild returns to her hometown for Christmas to get away from it all. In Hartfield, a small town in Ontario, Canada, she gets caught up in a murder case after a fan's drink is poisoned at the Chocoholic Cafe, owned by Emma's sister Mirabelle.
Who is the killer and was the drink originally intended for Emma? To add to the chaos, Sterling Matthews is the detective on the case. He'd shattered her heart nine years ago and inspired all her hit singles, but now they must work together to find the murderer before the murderer finds Emma.
Includes holiday drink recipes.
New Year’s Slay (Book 2)
Things are heating up with Emma’s high school sweetheart, the handsome Detective Sterling Matthews, but when her movie star ex, Nick Doyle, comes looking for her with a huge diamond engagement ring, Emma’s world turns upside down.
When the owner of The Sweet Dreams Inn is stabbed to death with a chunky knitting needle, Nick is the prime suspect because he is the inn's only guest. Emma and Sterling must work together once again to prove Nick's innocence and find the real killer.
Three’s a crowd in this murder case. Will Emma make up her mind between her first love and her Hollywood hunk?
Includes special recipes.
Death of a Snowman (Book 3)
Everything's going well for singer Emma Wild. Taking a break from her crazy celebrity life in Hartfield has been a refreshing change, even if she did have some difficulty choosing between her movie star boyfriend Nick Doyle and her high school sweetheart Detective Sterling Matthews. But she has made up her mind: she knows who she wants to spend the rest of her life with.
The mayor of Hartfield asks Emma to perform at the annual Snowman Festival, where there are a plethora of fun activities to cure the townspeople of their winter blues every January. But when the mayor’s two children are kidnapped in broad daylight during the snowman building contest, Emma snaps into detective mode. The only clue she has is a ransom note, which contains a couple of lines from an obscure poet named Harold Winken. She thought she also saw the children talking to a man from the stage when she was performing, but she has no idea who this mysterious man could be.
Emma asks Detective Sterling Matthews for help, but he has a new partner, a smart and beautiful brunette named Sandra who only sees Emma as a shallow nuisance. Can Emma solve the case on her own and prove that she’s more than a pretty face.
Includes snow cone recipes.
Valentine’s Day Victim (Book 4)
It looks like superstar singer Emma Wild is going to be single on Valentine’s Day. She’s ignoring all of Detective Sterling Matthew’s calls and evading her promotional duties for her third album release. All she wants to do is sit at home, watch trashy TV shows and eat junk food.
But a journalist from Rolling Stone magazine on a tight deadline tracks her down and follows her around town the same time that Emma’s sister Mirabelle invites her to be one of the judges for the town’s annual baking contest. After the contest is over, Emma finds the winner’s dead body in a toilet stall! While Sterling and his partner Sandra arrests a contestant named Cherry, Emma thinks they have the wrong suspect.
Can she figure out who it is before the murderer kills someone else?
Includes cupcake recipes.
holiday cozy mystery series
christmas cozy mystery
small town cozy mystery
cozy mystery with recipes
The Ironic Story of The Stevenson-Doyle Letters by Gary Lovisi The Contributions of William S. Baring-Gould, by Daniel DiQuinzio A Medieval Mystery, by Peter James Quirk Happy Birthday, Birthday Girl! by Richard A. Lupoff Hangin' with Iron Mike, by Stan Trybulski Inspector Romford's Greatest Cases by John Grant The Last Song, by Dianne Neral Ell Santa and The Shortstop, by Steve Liskow The Case of the Addinton Tragedy, by Jack Grochot Gold-Digger, by Laird Long The Yellow Face, by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
"Sherlock Holmes Mystery Magazine" is produced under license from Conan Doyle Estate Ltd.
In 2010, The Killer Wore Cranberry showed how funny murder and food could be.
In 2012, Untreed Reads presented a new installment of the worldwide, bestselling anthology (The Killer Wore Cranberry: A Second Helping) proving that this was a hilarious mystery anthology with legs. Drumsticks, to be exact.
It’s 2013 and Killer is back with all new crimes, all new capers and all new laughs that are guaranteed to make you forget the in-laws at this year’s holiday gathering.
Join all of these fantastic authors as they make your Thanksgiving holiday murderous and fill you with laughter: Barbara Metzger, Mary Mackey, Toni Goodyear, Barb Goffman, Herschel Cozine, Lesley A. Diehl, Big Jim Williams, Elizabeth Hosang, Randall DeWitt, Sharon Daynard, Sarafina Gravagno, Laird Long, Rhett Shepard, Warren Bull, Lee Hammerschmidt and Mary Patterson Thornburg.
This year Killer is also introducing great recipes from vegan cookbook author Lisa Wagner to accompany the stories. After all, you can’t have murder and humor on an empty stomach!
So loosen your belt, push out from the table a bit and get ready to devour some of the funniest crimes you’ll ever experience at a Thanksgiving table. There’s always Room for Thirds!