Mysteries, Midsummer Sun and Murders: A Cozy Mystery Anthology
by Hillary Avis, Benedict Brown, Catherine Coles, Paula Darnell, Connie B. Dowell, Ellen Jacobson, Joann Keder, Patti Larsen, Cate Lawley, Gayle Leeson, Daisy Linh, Rimmy London, R.B. Marshall, Megan Mayfair, Wendy Meadows, Phillipa Nefri Clark, Michele Pariza Wacek, Erin Scoggins, Cathy Tully, Victoria LK Williams and Carly Winter
About Mysteries, Midsummer Sun and Murders
Mysteries, Midsummer Sun and Murders: A Cozy Mystery Anthology
Aye Alba Publishing (June 21, 2022)
Number of Pages ~1600
Poisonous picnics, burgled barbeques, deadly deckchairs… and midsummer mayhem!
From a brilliant bunch of amazing authors, including multiple prizewinners and USA Today best sellers, comes this wonderful collection of 21 summer-themed cozy mysteries.
Featuring peril at the pool, blood on the beach, and felony at the festival, these fabulous stories—21 brand new and exclusive tales—will keep you entertained until long after the sun has set.
With stories from Hillary Avis, Benedict Brown, Catherine Coles, Paula Darnell, Connie B. Dowell, Ellen Jacobson, Joann Keder, Patti Larsen, Cate Lawley, Gayle Leeson, Daisy Linh, Rimmy London, R.B. Marshall, Megan Mayfair, Wendy Meadows, Phillipa Nefri Clark, Michele Pariza Wacek, Erin Scoggins, Cathy Tully, Victoria LK Williams and Carly Winter, you’ll surely find some of your favourite authors and discover some great new writers within the ~1600 pages of this set.
This collection will only be available for a limited time so don’t miss out – grab yourself a bargain today!
About The Authors
About Ellen Jacobson
Ellen Jacobson is a writer, cat lover & obsessed with chocolate. She writes cozy mysteries and romantic comedies including the Mollie McGhie Mysteries and the Smitten with Travel Rom-Coms.
You can find out more on her website (ellenjacobsonauthor.com), sign up for her newsletter (https://www.subscribepage.com/m4g9m4).
About Patti Larsen
I’m a multiple award-winning writer with a passion for the voices in my head. With many (many!) titles across many (many!) genres, all in happy publication, there’s no end in sight…
That being said, I’m short (permanent), happy (I have the best life ever) and blonde (for ever and ever). I love to talk one on one about the deepest topics and can’t seem to stop seeing the big picture. I happily live on Prince Edward Island, Canada, home to Anne of Green Gables and the most beautiful red beaches in the world, with my multiple cats, pug overlord and lady and Gypsy Vanner gelding, Fynn.
About R.B. Marshall
Like my amateur sleuth, Izzy, I’m a dressage-riding computer geek who loves coffee – but there the similarity ends. She is far smarter than me, and a lot younger! I hope you’ll join me in discovering where her curiosity leads to next…
Pretty much all my books are set in my native Scotland, and my mystery stories are no exception. You’ll meet colourful characters solving perplexing puzzles in the most glorious landscape imaginable. Throw in a castle or two, the occasional royal, and maybe even a delicious cake shop, and you’ll have the recipe for my new series.
I also write fantasy and clean romance/women’s fiction, as Roz Marshall: http://viewAuthor.at/RozMarshall
and Historical Romance telling the story of Mary Queen of Scots, as Belle McInnes: http://viewauthor.at/BelleMcInnes
About Hillary Avis
Hillary Avis writes cozy mysteries about smart women who persist until they uncover the truth—about themselves, about their communities, and of course about any unsolved murders.
She grew up in a small town on the west coast, went to college in a small town on the east coast, and now lives in beautiful Eugene, Oregon. She has two charming children, three fluffy dogs, and two practically perfect felines named Mystery and Intrigue. She also has too many chickens and one very patient husband.
When Hillary’s not reading, writing, or editing, she bakes bread, makes pottery, drinks coffee, and streams The Great British Bake-Off, but not all at the same time.
About Cate Lawley
Cate Lawley writes humorous, action-filled mysteries that frequently contain a paranormal twist.
When Cate’s not tapping away at her keyboard or in deep contemplation of her next fanciful writing project, she’s sweeping up hairy dust bunnies and watching British mysteries.
Cate is from Austin, Texas (where many of her stories take place) but has recently migrated north to Boise, Idaho, where soup season (her favorite time of year) lasts more than two weeks.
She’s worked as an attorney, a dog trainer, and in various other positions, but writer is the hands-down winner. She’s thankful readers keep reading, so she can keep writing!
Paranormal cozy mystery series:
-Vegan Vamp Mysteries
-Night Shift Witch Mysteries
-Death Retired Mysteries
-Cursed Candy Mysteries
Cozy mystery series:
-Fairmont Finds Canine Cozy Mysteries
Cate’s sweet romance series:
-Love Ever After
For bonus materials and updates, visit her website to join her mailing list: www.CateLawley.com
About Rimmy London
Snuggle up with one of Rimmy’s cozies… if you dare.
Follow on Amazon or sign up for her newsletter at www.rimmylondon.com
About Phillipa Nefri Clark
Phillipa lives just outside a beautiful town in country Victoria, Australia. She also lives in the many worlds of her imagination and stockpiles stories beside her laptop.
She writes from the heart about love, dreams, secrets, discovery, the sea, the world as she knows it… or wishes it could be. She loves happy endings, heart-pounding suspense, and characters who stay with you long after the final page.
With a passion for music, the ocean, nature, reading, and writing, she is often found in the vegetable garden pondering a new story.
To connect more with Phillipa and her writing, visit www.phillipaclark.com.
About Wendy Meadows
Wendy Meadows is a USA Today best-selling author whose meticulously crafted stories showcase witty women sleuths and engaging plots. Her primary influences include but are not limited to mystery genre greats Joanne Fluke, Ellery Adams, and James Patterson. To date, she has published dozens of books, which include her popular Sweetfern Harbor Series, Maple Hill Series, and Alaska Cozy Series, to name a few.
When she isn’t writing about female detectives and their tactful crime solving, you can find Wendy either tending to her hobby farm, playing video games, relaxing on her back porch, or coloring in her growing collection of adult coloring books. She also loves spending quality time with her husband, two sons, two cats, and one adorable Labradoodle. Together, they call “The Granite State” home sweet home.
Visit Wendy at http://wendymeadows.com
About Erin Scoggins
Erin is a long-time Southerner with a fondness for offbeat humor and fresh fried chicken. After fifteen years in marketing with a Fortune 500 company, she traded her MBA for fictional crime scenes and feisty small-town families. She writes fun, flirty mysteries that are celebrations of food, family, and the killer South.
Visit her at www.erinscoggins.com for book news and shenanigans.
About Victoria LK Williams
Cozy Mysteries with A Tropical Twist!
Fun Cozy Mysteries, Paranormal Mysteries (with a fantasy twist) all set on the Florida Coast. A Romantic Christian Series, with a strong sense of family set in upstate New York. These are the stories Victoria writes. A hopeless animal lover, Victoria adds plenty of cats and dogs in each book, and her love of gardening shows through the characters. As a storyteller, it is important for Victoria to draw the reader into the story; to make you feel the sultry tropical heat or the numbing cold of the north. Victoria and her husband live in South Florida and own a landscape garden service. Two feisty cats make themselves at home, usually on her desk as she writes. A lover of a good mystery, she is an avid reader and likes to be outdoors. When she is not reading, you may find her working on a needlepoint project. Visit her website to learn about new and upcoming books. http://www.VictoriaLKWilliams.com
About Michele Pariza Wacek
When Michele was 3 years old, she taught herself to read because she wanted to write stories so badly. It took some time (and some detours) but now she does spend much of her time writing stories. Mystery stories, to be exact. They’re clean and twisty, and range from psychological thrillers to cozies, with a dash of romance and supernatural thrown into the mix. If that wasn’t enough, she posts lots of fun things on her blog, including short stories, puzzles, recipes and more, at MPWNovels.com. For a free prequel to her cozy mystery series, The Charlie Kingsley Mysteries, visit https://mpwnovels.com/freebies/
Michele holds a double major in English and Communications from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Currently, she lives in the mountains of Prescott, Arizona with her husband Paul and southern squirrel hunter Cassie.
Website – https://mpwnovels.com/
Facebook – facebook.com/michelepwauthor
Linked In linkedin.com/in/michelepw
Twitter – twitter.com/michelepw
Instagram – instagram.com/themichelepw
About Joann Keder
Joann Keder spent most of her years in the Midwest, growing up and raising a family on the Great Plains of Nebraska. She worked for sixteen years as a piano teacher before returning to school to receive a master’s degree in creative writing. A mid-life move to the Pacific Northwest lead her to re-examine her priorities. She now creates stories about life and relationships in small towns while her ever-patient husband encourages her on.
Website – Facebook – Instagram – Amazon – GoodReads Link
About Cathy Tully
Cathy Tully is the pen name of E.C. Tully. A graduate of Georgetown University, she studied foreign languages and linguistics before changing gears and graduating from Chiropractic School. Her award-nominated first novel, Dr. Shine Cracks the Case, features a chiropractor practicing in small town Georgia. She writes the ChiroCozy Mystery Series.
About Carly Winter
Carly Winter is the author of the Sedona Sprit Cozy Mystery series and the Tri-Town Murders Cozy Mystery series. When not writing, she likes spending time with her family and enjoying the fantastic Arizona weather (except summer – she doesn’t like summer). She does like dogs, wine and chocolate and wishes Christmas happened twice a year.
About Gayle Leeson
Gayle Leeson is an author living in Virginia with a beautiful family and quite a few pets. She also writes–or has written–as Gayle Trent, Amanda Lee, and G. Leeson. As Gayle Trent, she writes the Daphne Martin Cake Mystery series and the Myrtle Crumb Mystery series. As Amanda Lee, she wrote the Embroidery Mystery series. As Gayle Leeson, she writes the Down South Cafe Mystery series and the Ghostly Fashionista mystery series. And as G. Leeson, she is writing the Literatia mystery series.
About Catherine Coles
Catherine Coles writes cosy mysteries that take place in the English countryside. Her extremely popular Tommy & Evelyn Christie mysteries are set in 1920s North Yorkshire. Her new series, the Martha Miller cosy mysteries, are set in the years following the Second World War in Berkshire.
Catherine lives in northeast England with the youngest of her five children and two spoiled dogs who have no idea they are not human!
About Megan Mayfair
Megan Mayfair writes fiction with a dash of mystery, a sprinkling of humour and a spoonful of romance. Her books include the award-winning Tangled Vines and the Lemon Tree Bay mysteries. Megan lives in Melbourne, Australia with her husband and three young children and works in PR. When not writing fiction or press releases, she enjoys spending time with her family, drinking coffee, and seeking the perfect shade of red lipstick.
About Paula Darnell
Award-winning author Paula Darnell is a former college instructor who writes two cozy mystery series: the DIY Diva Mysteries and the Fine Art Mysteries. Killer Art in the Park is a story in the Fine Art Mystery series. All her cozies feature arts and crafts and a lovable dog. She’s a former board member of the Clark County Artists Guild, and she sells handmade jewelry in her Etsy shop, Paula D Jewelry. She and her husband Gary live in Las Vegas with their adorable golden retriever Lindsey Lou.
About Benedict Brown
Benedict Brown writes historical and contemporary mysteries in his two bestselling series, “Lord Edgington Investigates…” and “The Izzy Palmer Mysteries”. Both series feature twists by the bookful, a wicked sense of humour and a huge cast of quirky, curious and cunning characters. He’s a Welsh-Irish Londoner who lives in Spain with his French wife and multi-national four-year-old daughter, and he spends all his time writing (when his daughter lets him).
About Connie B. Dowell
Connie B. Dowell writes cozy stories with LGBTQ+ characters, including the Emmie and Dessa mysteries (set 1918 and onward) and the Millie Monroe Bookmobile Mysteries. She also writes nonfiction and children’s stories and hosts two writing podcasts, Authoring Onward and Let’s Start Writing. When not writing or illustrating, she gardens, plays violin badly, and binge watches Midsomer Murders.
Purchase Link – Amazon
Excerpt of ‘Til Death Do Us Part by Erin Scoggins
Everybody loves a summer wedding at the beach. From sultry breezes, fragrant with the scent of gardenias and salty ocean air, to sweet seafood pulled fresh from the water and piled high atop beds of crisp lettuce, the carpet of warm sand and glittering waves whisper promises of lifelong happiness.
Summer weddings are romantic.
But summer anniversaries? Not so much. After a decade or two of sunburns and mosquitos the size of old pickup trucks, even couples with perfect relationships gathered a bit of rust under the relentless coastal North Carolina sun.
Which is why, after spending the better part of two months flipping through magazines and talking to the ladies at the Food Barn about the proper twentieth wedding anniversary present for her husband, Scoots Gillespie didn’t gaze at the foil-wrapped gift cradled in her palm and ponder what a delight the last twenty years had been.
Instead, she shot a glare at the empty guest room bed where she’d normally find him still sleeping and stomped into the kitchen, tightening the belt of her threadbare navy robe before dropping the present on the Formica counter with a thud.
“George?” Scoots called.
The keys to his flashy sports car weren’t hanging in their normal spot on the hook. She opened the door leading to the garage and cursed when she discovered the cherry red Corvette George insisted he needed after turning fifty was gone.
Scoots had done everything Woman’s Day recommended. She left a brochure for a weekend getaway in the mountains prominently displayed on top of his golfing magazine and commented more than once on the nice pair of pearl earrings Darlene at the office received from her husband for her birthday. She bought a new bra. With underwire.
Despite her over-scheduled calendar, Scoots had even allowed her best friend to talk her into planning a surprise party that weekend, complete with a justice of the peace, so she and George could renew their vows. “It will be marvelous,” Beverlee had promised. “You’ll fall in love all over again.”
But when Scoots glanced around the quiet room, it wasn’t love that welled up inside her. George hadn’t left her a sweet note, but he did spare the time to drop the phone bill on the counter so she could pay it. He hadn’t made her breakfast in bed, but the floral-rimmed plate from his reheated dinner still rested in the sink, even though the dishwasher was less than two feet away. George hadn’t given her a box of chocolates or even left her a lukewarm cup of coffee next to the dirty dishes before he splashed on his new cologne and took off for work.
Despite her gentle hints over the past month, it appeared that George had forgotten their anniversary.
Excerpt of Evilon the Eastern Shore by Connie B Dowell
“I sure hope The Marigold B&B is everything they said it would be online,” said Millie. When Abby had proposed this besties’ vacation–a rare four-day stretch when the library could actually fill in for both Millie’s and Abby’s absences–Millie had been the one to pick the accommodations. They’d be sure to spend loads of time outdoors during the day, so Millie wanted lots of cozy comfort where they stayed at night. The Marigold had glowing reviews, gushing over the cute Queen Anne Style house, the delicious breakfasts, and the complimentary fresh cookies every afternoon. Millie had a feeling that keeping up with Abby would work up an appetite for those.
Millie daydreamed about those cookies all the rest of the drive until they reached the village of Sandpiper’s Spot where they slowed and rolled through streets of brightly colored Victorian houses. At last, they turned into the little parking area for The Marigold.
Abby practically jumped out of the car. “You outdid yourself on this one, Millie,” she said, craning her neck to look up at the building. Millie did the same. From the gingerbread detailing to the wraparound porch to the abundant garden Millie could see just over the fence, The Marigold in person was even better than the pictures.
“The colors,” Millie breathed. She popped open the trunk and grabbed her suitcase and backpack. She couldn’t wait to paint this place.
“They’re like rainbows, these Queen Anne houses,” said Abby. “Purple trim, yellow over there, and look! Haint blue on the porch ceiling.”
Millie shot her a quizzical look.
“Haint blue,” Abby repeated. “It’s supposed to keep evil spirits away.”
“Well, good. We sure don’t need any of those,” said Millie, thinking back to the murders that kept happening in and around their town of Sorrelville. Somehow Millie, Abby, and their friends and coworkers kept getting involved. They were overdue for a break.
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List of prizes:
1 x ebook copy of Oceanberry Blues & Tangerine Troubles by Joann Keder
Signed paperback of The Murder Before Christmas by Michele Pariza Wacek
1 x signed paperback of Cabernet & Confessions by Daisy Linh (US only)
1 x ebook of Cabernet & Confessions by Daisy Linh (international)
1 x audio book of each of A Cop & A Coop, A Flock & A Fluke; and A Roost & Arrest by Hillary Avis
1 x ebook of Bride & Doom by Erin Scoggins
1 x ebook of each of The After Hours Deception, The Hothouse Deception, and The Backstage Deception by Patti Larsen
1 x ebook of winner’s choice from the Izzy Palmer mysteries and the Lord Edgington Investigates series by Benedict Brown
1 x ebook boxset of 4 first in series books by Victoria L K Williams
1 x signed paperback of Murder for Neptune’s Trident by Victoria L K Williams (US only)
1 x ebook of both Apples & Alibis and Designs on Murder by Gayle Leeson
1 x paperback of Artistic License to Kill by Paula Darnell
1 x signed paperback of The Body in the Bookmobile & A Villain in the Vineyard by Connie B Dowell
1 x ebook of Till Daph Do Us Part by Phillipa Nefri Clark
1 x paperback (signed if winner in the US) of Murder by Numbers by Megan Mayfair
1 x ebook of the Mollie McGhee cozy collection: books 1-3 by Ellen Jacobson
1 x paperback of Murder at the Marina by Ellen Jacobson (US only)
1 x ebook of A Corpse at the Castle by R B Marshall
1 x paperback of Clues, Christmas Trees, & Corpses anthology – various authors
1 x ebook of Fairmont Finds Canine Cozy Mysteries Books 1-3 by Cate Lawley
1 x signed paperback of Dr Shine Cracks the Case by Cathy Tully (US only)
1 x signed paperback of The Guest is a Goner & News and Nectarines by Carly Winter
1 x ebook box set of the Tommy & Evelyn Christie mysteries Books 1-3 by Catherine Coles
1 x signed paperback of Murder at the Manor by Catherine Coles
1 x signed paperback of Poison at the Village Show by Catherine Coles
1 x $25 gift card to winner’s e-bookstore of choice
2 x $10 gift card to winner’s e-bookstore of choice
3 x $5 gift card to winner’s e-bookstore of choice
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