Friday, September 20, 2019

Mum's the Word!

by Ernie Johnson
From the Garden Squad Mystery Series by Julia Henry

I think I ordered too many mums.

Now, I hear what you're saying. "Ernie, don't you own Bits, Bolts & Bulbs? How can your garden center have too many mums this time of year?"

Well, let me explain. You can have too many mums when your new assistant assumed I meant dozen every time I said "order 1". Since the quantity was already a dozen, that means we have a lot of mums.

You can have too many mums when you've ordered four dozen mums all in purple hues for a wedding that got canceled. Probably for the best--I know the couple and it wasn't a good match. But still.

Needless to say, the Triple B is awash in mums. Fortunately for me, Lilly Jayne has offered to come down to the shop and help me with the display. She promises we'll get rid of them all one way or another. I've chosen to believe her.

For now, any time someone comes into the store looking for a plant, mums the word.

Thursday, September 19, 2019


By Carmela Bertrand from the Scrapbooking Mystery Series by Laura Childs with Terrie Farley Moran  

I am so excited to be visiting Killer Characters. My name is Carmela Bertrand and I own the Memory Mine Scrapbooking shop on Governor Nicholls Street in the French Quarter of New Orleans. 

You may have followed my adventures along with my BFF Ava Gruiex. Believe me when I tell you that we make the most of living in the Big Easy, so when Jazz Fest rolled around we were right out front on Royal Street following the parade of giant Beastmaster puppets marching around the French Quarter. Suddenly we heard a loud crash. Oh my, it came from our dear friend Devon Dowling’s antique shop. We rushed over and found Devon’s body lying on the floor. So there you have the beginning of MUMBO GUMBO MURDER due to be released on October 2, 2019 and you know I can’t even hint as to how it will all end. Suffice it to say that Ava and I are not about to let Devon’s killer go free.

While you are waiting for MUMBO GUMBO MURDER, anyone who isn’t caught up on our most recent adventure,  the one that began with an exploding Mardi Gras float, well this is your lucky day.

We are giving away a copy of GLITTER BOMB to TWO lucky commenters below. Just say a word about Mardi Gras. Anything at all. Don’t forget to include your email addy in this format: name (AT) server (DOT) com to avoid the spam bots. Giveaway closes at midnight Saturday, September  21st.

Wednesday, September 18, 2019

What's Happening?

by Dr. Reed Storme, veterinarian at the Knobcone Heights Veterinary Clinic, featured in the Barkery & Biscuits Mysteries by Linda O. Johnston

Hi, everyone.  This is Dr. Reed Storme.  Just checking in here to say hi, which I do now and then.

This time, I'm wondering what's going on with my dear buddy and more, Carrie Kennersly, on the murder front.  She's the owner of two adjoining bakeries in Knobcone Heights, California--Barkery & Biscuits which sells the wonderful, healthy dog treats she developed, and Icing on the Cake which sells people baked goods. 

She's also turned into an amateur sleuth and keeps solving murders that occur here in town since the wrong people, often her friends--like me--wind up becoming the prime suspects.

She recently solved a murder that was described in a book called For A Good Paws.   And a year or so ago she helped to clear me from being a murder suspect, and that tale was told in the book Pick and Chews.

Now?  Well, she and I continue to grow closer.  And I gather she's not currently involved in solving a mystery.  A good thing, since that can be dangerous.

But will that change?  We'll see.

Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Our Embarrassing, Shameless Author

By: The Crozat Family
Series: The Cajun Country Mysteries
Release Date: September 10th, 2019
Publisher: Crooked Lane Books
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Hello! The entire Crozat family here from Crozat Plantation B&B. We're staging on intervention for our author. She insists on doing these crazy "Shameless Shilling" campaigns whenever one of the books she writes about us launches. Here are photos from the first campaign, which started with the series' third book, A CAJUN CHRISTMAS KILLING...

And here are photos from the release of her fourth book, MARDI GRAS MURDER

And here are photos from last week's release of her fifth book, FATAL CAJUN FESTIVAL...

 Honestly, if you have any idea how to stop this insanity, please let us know, because she doesn't seem remotely responsive to our entreaties. Then again... if you can't beat 'em, join 'em. So...

Readers, the next book about us, MURDER ON THE BAYOU BONEYARD, which will be out in September 2020, revolves around Halloween in Cajun Country. Any ideas for Ellen's Shameless Shilling Campaign? 

Monday, September 16, 2019

Fall Weddings are the Best

Hi all, Reagan Summerside here. 
Guess what! Walker Boone and I are getting married...finally and yep, there’s a murder in the works and a dead body right in the middle of it all. 
But let’s not think of that right now. Let’s think of the wedding part. I love Savannah all year long but to me fall is a truly fave time of year. That’s why I decided to get married in September. So let me tell you a bit about the fave time of year. 
-The first day of deer season is a holiday.
-You switch from AC to turning on the heat all in the same day.
-You finally get away from things that stick, craw and bit you to pieces. 
-You help grandma with puttin’ up tomato and okra from the garden. Sure going to taste great on the Thanksgiving table.
-You look at the pics you took at the state festivals named after a fruit, vegetable, grain, insect or animal.
-You’re getting fav pic together from family reunions to put on the Christmas cards.
-You make room in the freezer for all the garden goodies so you can enjoy them al year long.
-You know to keep an eye out for the 10,000 known types of spiders in the South, plus some no one has ever seen before because they’re coming in you house right now.
-You know there are 5,000 types of snakes on Earth and 4,998 live real close by and hiding in the woodpile
-You take granddaddy’s shotgun out for a run. 
-You start thing about who’s going to host Thanksgiving dinner and do you need a new dining room table so everyone can fit. 
-The kids are finally back in school and you have two minutes of peace and quiet. 
This is how you can tell its fall in Savannah but what about where you live? How can you tell it’s autumn in your neck of the woods? Let me know and I’ll give away two Demise in Denim totes from the answers. Happy fall y’all.
Duffy Brown
Consignment Shop Mysteries


Sunday, September 15, 2019

Life is a funny thing, isn’t it?

You just never know what’s around the corner or what might fall into your lap, or who you’re about to meet.  I’m Gale Hymson.  You’ve met me before in the Zodiac Mysteries, I know, and I’m proud to say I’m in every single book and there are more stories to come.

Lately, I’ve been reflecting on the strangeness of serendipity and synchronicity.  Big words you say?  Yup, I guess they are.  But sometimes the best things in life happen just by accident. 

That’s how I met my dear friend Julia Bonatti.  Right about that time I was in the process of opening my occult bookshop in North Beach.  Julia was helping her grandmother out at a theatre nearby and we met over a wall in a parking lot, of all places!  She spotted me unloading boxes for the shop and said hello and we struck up a friendship from that day on.  I won’t tell you everything that happened because it would give the whole story away, but I was very glad to be nearby to help her out in an emergency.
Just think -- if Julia’s grandmother Gloria didn’t happen to be doing the wardrobe for that ill-starred theater production, Julia wouldn’t have been present either.  We would never have met.  Sometimes you meet someone quite by accident and you know, you just know, that this is a person who will stay in your life and become a really good friend.  I consider myself blessed that Julia and I found each other. 

You can learn all about the beginnings of our story in the upcoming Enter a Wizard, Stage Left.  A new novella in e-book format from our author, Connie di Marco.  I can’t wait to read it!  And there are even more exciting Zodiac Mysteries to come! 

You can visit our author at or Facebook or Twitter @askzodia. 
See you there!

Saturday, September 14, 2019


FROM:   Ethan Brady
OF:       The Bad Luck Cat Mysteries
BY:        Kay Finch

You can probably guess from the title – I Won’t Grow Up – what my favorite book was as a kid.  I probably have every version ever printed. Here's a clue from the shelf in my bedroom:

Peter Pan. YES! Adults say I’m still a kid – and I like it that way. My mom’s been after me all year about applying to colleges.  

I agree that's something I need to pay attention to – soon. But I’m not ready – so every time she brings up the subject I start singing:
I won’t grow up – I don’t want to go to school.
Just to learn to be a parrot – and recite a silly rule. 

Mom just looks at me and shakes her head. There’s more to this than me acting childish, though. There is a whole grown-up side of me – the side that loves working at  Knead to Read, the bookstore in Lavender, Texas where I live. 

I love books, and I love my job – working around the smell of books, opening cartons filled with brand new books, learning about the new releases. 

It’s not all about the books either. I have a great boss, we have two cool resident cats in the store, and even a local writer named Sabrina who has another cool cat named Hitchcock. 

Maybe I can take online college classes and keep my job at the store.  Until I come to a final decision, I’ll keep on singing.

If growing up means it will be – beneath my dignity to climb a tree,
I’ll never grow up, never grow up, never grow up. Not me!

Kay Finch is the National Best-Selling author of the Bad Luck Cat Mysteries, including the June 2019 release – The Black Cat Steps On A Crack. Though her character, Sabrina Tate, has left the paralegal profession behind to move to the Texas Hill Country, Kay still works as a paralegal at a Houston, Texas law firm. She resides in a Houston suburb with her husband and pets. Visit her at