Thursday, December 12, 2019

Something New...Something Older

by Katie Bonner of Murder Ink, by Lorraine Bartlett and Gayle Leeson

Even though it's Christmas now, my mind keeps returning to an incident that happened a few months ago.

You see, we were having a Victoria Square Merchants Association meeting when newcomer Paul Fenton announced he was buying one of the vacant buildings on the Square and opening his tattoo studio there. There were quite a few merchants who weren't in favor of a tattoo parlor becoming part of their quaint square--they thought Paul's business wouldn't project the proper vibe. In fact, after Paul stormed out of our meeting, we took a vote to buy the building ourselves.

I was busy with the hiring of a new chef for Tealicious, my recently-acquired tea shop. But when it was determined that several of the merchants were planning to make an offer on the vacant building, I decided to join in. I can always use some extra income, and it appeared to me that a rental property with several merchants sharing the responsibility was a good investment.

When I went to speak with Paul Fenton's brother, Ken--who was renovating the building for its current owner--the man got electrocuted with his own circular saw! If you'd like to read more about this latest Victoria Square adventure, please pre-order the book here or find out more at the authors' websites (links above).

Since Murder Ink won't be released until December 30 (the something new from the title of this post), I'll be giving away a copy of Better Off Thread, an embroidery mystery, and an adorable snowman cross-stitch kit! To enter the giveaway, please leave a comment below telling me what book(s) you're looking forward to reading in the coming year. Don't forget to include your email, so I can let you know if you win! Giveaway will run through Thursday, December 14, 2019. Good luck!


  1. There are so many good books coming out. I’d especially like to read The Grace Kelly Dress, And They Called It Camelot and, of course, Murder Ink.

  2. I am looking forward to reading more cozy mysteries in 2020! Lindaherold999@gmail(dot)com

  3. Tealicious is a great many of these shops in cozies should really be shops. Thank you for the chance.

  4. I am looking forward to many more cozies.
    debby236 at gmail dot com

  5. My TBR will carry me into the New Year quite easily. I just hope they let me renew them as I go down the pile.

    My Current Library TBR List

    Apple Cider Slaying – Julie Anne Lindsey Due 12-23-19
    Christmas in Silver Springs – Brenda Novak Due 12-23-19

    A Christmas Gathering – Anne Perry Due 01-02-20
    Three Widows and a Corpse Due 01-02-20
    Pure Bred Dead – Kathleen Delaney Due 01-02-20
    A Mackenzie Clan Christmas – Jennifer Ashley Due 01-02-20
    The Blue Ribbon Jalapeno Society Jubilee – Carolyn Brown Due 01-02-20
    The Yellow Rose Beauty Shop – Carolyn Brown Due 01-02-20
    Hounds of the Basket Stitch – Anne Canadeo Due 01-02-20
    Here Comes Santa Paws – Laurien Berenson Due 01-02-20
    What Happens in Texas – Carolyn Brown Due 01-02-20
    The Angel’s Share – Ellen Crosby Due 01-02-20
    All Fired Up – Lori Foster Due 01-02-20
    Potions are for Pushovers – Tamara Berry Due 01-02-20
    Invitation Only Murder – Leslie Meier Due 01-02-20
    An Ale of Two Cities – Sarah Fox Due 01-02-20
    Catalyst – Anne McCaffrey and Elizabeth Ann Scarborough Due 01-02-20
    Shop on Main Street – Carolyn Brown Due 01-02-20
    Cake Walk – Rita Mae Brown Due 01-02-20
    Have Yourself a Beary Little Murder – Meg Macy Due 01-02-20

    If I'm the lucky winner I going to gift granddaughter number 1 with the cross stitching kit. She's very crafty.

    NoraAdrienne (at) Gmail (dot) com

  6. I'm looking forward to continuing with Meg Langslow series and discovering new to me authors, such as yourself. Thank you for the chance.

  7. To name just a few right off the top of my head:
    Murder at the Taffy Shop and Nacho Average Murder by Maddie Day
    Coconut Layer Cake Murder by Joanne Fluke
    The next book in the An Aspen Adams Novel of Suspense series by Daryl Wood Gerber
    There's A Murder Afoot by Vicki Delany
    The Diva Spices It Up by Krista Davis
    Mums and Mayhem by Amanda Flower

    Thank you for the fabulous opportunity to win such a wonderful giveaway including a copy of “Better Off Thread”, an embroidery mystery, and an adorable snowman cross-stitch kit.
    2clowns at arkansas dot net

  8. I am looking forward to the next in all my favorite cozy series, plus Lisa Scottoline's new books.

  9. I'm looking forward to Deanna Raybourn, CS Harris, Ellery Adams, and Jenn Mckinlay's new hat shop releases...and many more. Dmskrug3 at hotmail dot com

  10. Thanks for this lovely feature and giveaway. I have many books which I am looking forward to enjoying Cartier's Hope, Vanishing girls, Mercy road, Gold digger and many more. elliotbencan(at)hotmail(dot)com

  11. I am looking forward to any book written by Donna Andrews or Denise Swanson

  12. One of the books I'm looking forward to is Sheila Connolly's Fatal Roots.
    turtle6422 at gmail dot com

  13. I'm looking forward to reading lots of the new cozies being released in 2020. Also looking forward to reading Nancy Coco's new series. Happy Holidays!

  14. Whatever my favorite authors have lined up! Janie Crouch, Janet Evanovich, Tanya Kappes, and Jonathan Kellerman.

  15. Thanks for the chance! I’m looking forward to reading all the cozies stacked on my night stand that I haven’t had a chance to read because of this blasted surgery. Seems as I’m either doing therapy or sleeping! So the next one on top is by cleo coyle. For every “real book” I read, I read an ebook. The next one in that book is a binge read of the last five in Gemma Halliday’s high heel series.

  16. Death Bee Comes Her and Coconut Layer Cake Murder are top of the list but there are too many others to list!

  17. There are so many books I’m looking forward to. I know that Daryl Wood Gerber is coming out with a new series, so I know that will be good.

  18. Two not mentioned above are Dana Stabenow's No Fixed Line and Charles Todd's A Divided Loyalty.

    jtcgc at yahoo dot com

  19. Thank you for the preview and a chance to win. There are so many books I am looking forward to. Not only from authors that I love but also new to me authors. I already have 2 notebooks full of Books and authors that I want to read.


  20. Donna Andrews' newest Meg Langslow & Dana Stabenow's newest. schmokercarol(at)gmail(dot)com

  21. I'm looking forward to reading another 100 books this year and hopefully upping my number to 115. Looking forward to your new one and also Ellery Adams, Krista Davis, Heather Webber, Alexia Gordon...just to name a few. Kkcochran (at) hotmail (dot) com

  22. Murder Ink sounds really good for next year. Thanks for the chance

  23. Murder Ink sounds really good!! I loved Better Off Thread and that entire series!! Thanks for the chance.
    ematov (at) comcast (dot) net

  24. Looking forward to more cozies and thrillers. I'm currently reading Cat About Town by Cate Conte, with the next two books waiting. Also looking forward to Lisa Preston's newest Dead Blow.


  25. I want to catch up on the OUTLANDER series.


  26. I'm looking forward to reading Louise Penny's latest, A Better Man, and also starting the Cat in the Stacks series. Thank you for the giveaway and Happy Holidays! aut1063(at)gmail(dot)com

  27. Murder Ink, of course! teabird17 **@**

    Thank you!

  28. congrats on your book. This is a very generous give a way. thank you. I look forward to reading: Have Yourself a Beary Little Murder by Meg Macy and The Garage Sale Mysteries by Sherry Harris
    Merry Christmas quilting dash lady at comcast dot net

  29. This is a new series to me, I love it when I discover a whole new set of books to read! kc20083 (at) gmail (dot) com

  30. I'm looking forward to reading any cozy book I can get my hands on..nani_geplcs(at)yahoo(dot)com

  31. Congratulations to our prize winner of the day, Dianne KC [diannekc8(at)gmail(dot)com]! I'll be emailing you right away, Dianne.

    Thanks to everyone for your interest in my books and for the wonderful ideas for books to be added to my TBR list! I hope you have a wonderful holiday season and many blessings in the coming year!


  32. Far too many to pick just one! Just to get thru my TBR pile will take more than a year! But, it doesn't stop me from adding to it. Any cozy or romcom that features pets always grabs my attention.
    Thanks for the chance to win & Merry Christmas to All!

  33. I am looking forward to reading every book I can get my hands on. I am an eclectic reader, yet my favorite genre is mystery.