Thursday, January 1, 2015

New Cozy Mystery Releases for January 2015!

What could be better than starting the year with some new cozy mysteries?

Happy New Year! Enjoy these new releases from our Killer Character authors!

Book #6 in the Cat in the Stacks Mysteries

Miranda James
Cat in the Stacks #6
Berkley Prime Crime

Lucinda Beckwith Long, the mayor of Athena, has donated a set of Civil War-era diaries to the archives of Athena College. The books were recently discovered among the personal effects of an ancestor of Mrs. Long’s husband. The mayor would like Charlie to preserve and to substantiate them as a part of the Long family legacy—something that could benefit her son, Beck, as he prepares to campaign for the state senate.

 Beck’s biggest rival is Jasper Singletary. His Southern roots are as deep as Beck’s, and their families have been bitter enemies since the Civil War. Jasper claims the Long clan has a history of underhanded behavior at the expense of the Singletarys. He’d like to get a look at the diaries in an attempt to expose the Long family’s past sins. Meanwhile, a history professor at the college is also determined to get her hands on the books in a last-ditch bid for tenure. But their interest suddenly turns deadly.

Now Charlie is left with a catalog of questions. The diaries seem worth killing for, and one thing is certain: Charlie will need to be careful, because the more he reads, the closer he could be coming to his final chapter.

J.J. Cook
Sweet Pepper Fire Brigade Mysteries
Berkley Prime Crime

Sweet Pepper, Tennessee, has the world’s hottest and sweetest peppers—as well as a ghost that cooks and a fire chief who fights crime.

Stella Griffin should be bubbling over with joy now that she’s the full-time fire chief of Sweet Pepper, except trouble is brewing on her doorstep. 

An angry resident has purchased her cabin, and—with a bulldozer in tow—is ready to tear it down. But as Stella worries over the fate of her home and Eric, her ghostly roommate, there’s soon an even greater cause for alarm.

A suspicious house fire in the pricey Sunset Beach community at Sweet Pepper Lake claims the life of ex-state representative Barney Falk. The nature of the death has Stella feeling out of her depth, so she teams up with the state’s arson investigator. Moving full steam ahead with the case, they must smoke out a killer before the firebug strikes again.


E-novella in the Biscuit Bowl Mysteries

Gator Bowl
J.J. Cook
Biscuit Bowl food Truck Mysteries 
Berkley Prime Crime
B00KGH5HU0 - E-novella special only

From the national bestselling authors of the Biscuit Bowl Mysteries comes a tasty prequel novella featuring Zoe Chase, a Southern food truck chef who serves justice on the side.

After quitting her job, the first thing Zoe Chase has to do is to drive out to the swamp to see her Uncle Saul. He still has the old Airstream trailer he once used for his own restaurant many years before, and Zoe is sure she can convince him to let her make a food truck out of it.

After making the perilous journey from Mobile, Alabama into the backcountry, Zoe finds her uncle embroiled in a cook-off with his neighbor—with the life of Saul’s albino alligator, Alabaster, in the balance. Once again, the gator has eaten chickens that didn’t belong to her. So Saul and his neighbor will each prepare a meal for a church social, and if Saul wins, the gator lives.

Now it’s up to Zoe to prove herself in the kitchen and come up with something no one has seen before—the biscuit bowl!

Praise for Death on Eat Street, Book #1 in the Biscuit Bowl Mysteries

“Fast, fun and so foodworthy!”—Victoria Abbott, author of the Book Collector mysteries
“An eclectic cast of characters and a great new cozy heroine.”—Deb’s Book Bag
“A fantastic new culinary cozy…a feisty, determined protagonist.”—Melissa’s Mochas, Mysteries and Meows



  1. 2015 just started and three great books are waiting to be read...woo hoo!

  2. Cant wait to read In Hot Water, and the others look great too. 2015 will be a fine cozy year.

  3. I have my copy of Hot Water and I can't wait to read it. Gator Bowl and Miranda's new book are on my kill to find list. 2015 is going to be a ROCKING year. My advance titles list is already reaching into the start of 2016 which means I see tons of great reading in everyone's future.

    1. Just found and have only read a few. Can't wait to read more. Thank you for some great entertainment.

  4. Happy New Year to all the authors and characters! I hope to get to a book store this weekend, when we go to visit our daughter and son in law. My list is lengthy. That's the problem with living in a town of only 15,000 people. We do not have a book store, unless you count the meager offerings found in Walmart and K-mart.

  5. I tried to convince myself that I do not need every single new cozy mystery that comes out and then I see these book covers and some of the great authors series that I have read previous books in, and there goes all my willpower. Now I want to order each one of these tonight with no regard for less than one day of saying I will cut back or ordering. See why some people should NOT make resolutions or even promises about books?? Have read all five previous books in Miranda James series of Cat In The Stacks, and loved them all, so I KNOW that I will be ordering this one for sure. Would LOVE to win one of these or others to start my New Year off right/ :) Love to find out on your sight about all the great additions that tease me and make me want to get off the computer and to go and read some more pages of my most current selection. Thank you for all the information. Cynthia