Cozy Case Files: A Cozy Mystery Sampler

Cozy Case Files

Looking for a new cozy mystery author to love? Dive in to this collection of excerpts from the Minotaur Books/St. Martin's Press SPRING 2018 season (May-July). The Cozy Case Files collection includes:

Dressed for Death in Burgundy by Susan Shea
Down the Aisle with Murder by Auraleee Wallace
A Howl of Wolves by Judith Flanders
Toucan Keep a Secret by Donna Andrews
Charmed Bones by Carolyn Haines
Murder at the Mansion by Sheila Connolly
Till Death Do Us Tart by Ellie Alexander
The Corpse at the Crystal Palace by Carola Dunn

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About the author

SUSAN C. SHEA spent more than two decades as a non-profit executive before beginning her career as a mystery author. Susan is past-president of the northern California chapter of Sisters in Crime and secretary of the national SinC board, a member of MWA, and blogs on CriminalMinds. She is also the author of the Dani O’Rourke mystery series. Susan lives in Marin County, California and travels to France as often as she can.

AURALEE WALLACE is the author of The Otter Lake Mystery series which includes Skinny Dipping with Murder and Pumpkin Picking with Murder. She has played many roles in her life, including college professor, balloon seller, and collections agent. When this semi-natural blonde mother of three children (and psychiatric nurse to two rescue cats) isn't writing humorous novels about quirky characters, she can often be found pontificating about the Golden Age of soap operas or warring with a family of peregrine falcons for the rights to her backyard.

JUDITH FLANDERS is the New York Times bestselling author of The Invention of Murder and is one of the foremost social historians of the Victorian era. Her book The Victorian City was a finalist for the 2014 Los Angeles Times Book Prize. She lives in London.


DONNA ANDREWS is a winner of the Agatha, Anthony, and Barry Awards, a Romantic Times Award for best first novel, and four Lefty and two Toby Bromberg awards for funniest mystery. She is a member of MWA, Sisters in Crime, and the Private Investigators and Security Association. Andrews lives in Reston, Virginia. Toucan Keep a Secret is Andrews's 23rd mystery in the Meg Langslow series.


CAROLYN HAINES is the author of the Sarah Booth Delaney Mysteries. She is the recipient of both the Harper Lee Distinguished Writing Award and the Richard Wright Award for Literary Excellence. Born and raised in Mississippi, she now lives in Semmes, Alabama on a farm with more dogs, cats, and horses than she can possibly keep track of.


SHEILA CONNOLLY has published over thirty mysteries, including several New York Times bestsellers. Her series include the Orchard Mysteries, the Museum Mysteries, The County Cork Mysteries, and the newest, the Victorian Village Mysteries. She is a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution and the Society of Mayflower Descendants, and owns a cottage in West Cork. She lives in a too-big Victorian in southeastern Massachusetts with her husband and three cats.


ELLIE ALEXANDER is a Pacific Northwest native who spends ample time testing pastry recipes in her home kitchen or at one of the many famed coffeehouses nearby. When she's not coated in flour, you'll find her outside exploring hiking trails and trying to burn off calories consumed in the name of "research." Find her on Facebook to learn more!



CAROLA DUNN is the author of many previous mysteries featuring Daisy Dalrymple, including Superfluous Women, as well as numerous historical novels. Born and raised in England, she lives in Eugene, Oregon.

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Publisher
Minotaur Books
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Published on
May 1, 2018
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Pages
480
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ISBN
9781250315779
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Language
English
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Genres
Fiction / Mystery & Detective / Collections & Anthologies
Fiction / Mystery & Detective / Cozy / General
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A six-book collection of cozy mystery stories:


A Secret Killer - A Julia Blake Cozy Mystery

A Lesson In Deceit - A Julia Blake Short Cozy Mystery

The Death Planner - A Storage Ghost Murder

A Lonely Death - A Pearl and Derek Mystery

Playing At Murder - A Butterworth Mystery

A Ghost In The Store - A Ruby and Nessa Mystery


A Secret Killer - A Julia Blake Cozy Mystery


Julia Blake runs a cleaning business. She also has the uncanny knack of discovering murdered people.

In this story Julia visits one of her clients, a genealogist called Hugo Barnes. Hugo has uncovered a family secret during the course of his work. He tells Julia that the client won’t be happy about the secret he’s discovered.

Julia finds Hugo’s dead body the next day. She makes her own investigations into Hugo’s death and soon discovers that his assistant, Dinah, and his brother, Gilbert, have strong motives for killing him.

Julia also finds out who the last client of Hugo’s was. Did they have a motive to kill Hugo too?

And who is the man who’s been watching Julia’s house?


A Lesson In Deceit - A Julia Blake Short Cozy Mystery


In this story, Julia travels to Edinburgh University to visit her son, Sam. It’s not long before she stumbles upon a dead body. Julia is happy to leave the murder investigation to the police – until her son becomes one of their suspects. Julia has no option but to get herself involved, despite the danger she puts herself in.



The Death Planner - A Storage Ghost Murder


Grace Abrahams helps ghosts – particularly those who were murdered. She meets the ghosts at storage locker auctions. 

Grace meets Jenny Lorrimer. Jenny was strangled by the lead of her headset. Grace finds out that Jenny was an events planner and she was murdered at a wedding that she’d organised. Grace delves further and discovers two suspects – Jenny’s sister and Jenny’s best friend. A shock discovery leads her down a different route.



A Lonely Death - A Pearl And Derek Mystery


Derek Quill is an elderly gent who can see the ghosts of murdered people. With the help of his ghostly friend, Pearl, he finds out who killed them.

In his first investigation, Derek meets the ghost of Eric Malone. Derek knows Eric from his schooldays. Eric bullied Derek mercilessly back then and now he’s asking for Derek’s help. Derek soon discovers that Eric never changed his bullying ways and there is more than one person who could be a suspect.



Playing At Murder - A Butterworth Mystery


A short murder mystery story


It’s always been a dream of Connie Butterworth’s to be a private investigator. Now that she’s retired, she makes that dream a reality and sets herself up as an investigator.

With reluctant help from her sister-in-law, Sable, Connie takes on her first client.

What starts out as a simple case of tracking down a missing person soon turns into an intriguing case of deception, phone hacking and murder.



A Ghost In The Store - A Ruby And Nessa Mystery


A short ghost story.


Ruby Laurel is a ghost hunter. She locates ghosts who are haunting places – or people.


In this first story, Ruby is called upon to investigate a haunting in a supermarket. She soon discovers the ghost of a young woman called Mary Jackson. How is Mary connected to the supermarket? And why is she haunting it?


Ruby’s investigation is made more difficult by the arrival of her troublesome younger sister, Nessa. Will Nessa help, or hinder, the investigation?


 

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