by Barb–how is tomorrow September 1st?
It’s release day for Halloween Party Murder–the latest holiday novella collection with stories by Leslie Meier, Lee Hollis and me!
(If you follow along on these things and are wondering why Edith/Maddie’s Kensington book, No Grater Crime, was released last Tuesday and Halloween Party Murder was released this Tuesday– I have no idea.)
Here’s the description:
Small town traditions are celebrated throughout Maine during the holiday season. But when it comes to Halloween, some people are more than willing to reap a harvest of murder . . .
HALLOWEEN PARTY MURDER by LESLIE MEIER
Tinker’s Cove newest residents Ty and Heather Moon turn their Victorian home into a haunted house to raise funds for charity. But the Halloween fun turns to horrific fright when Heather overdoses on tainted drugs—and Ty finds himself accused of murder. Digging deep into the story, journalist Lucy Stone uncovers some sinister secrets in the Moons’ past linked to a conspiracy in her hometown . . .
DEATH OF A HALLOWEEN PARTY MONSTER by LEE HOLLIS
Everyone attending Island Times Food and Cocktail columnist Hayley Powell’s Halloween bash is dressed as their favorite movie monster from the Bride of Frankenstein and Jaws to Chucky and Pennywise the clown. But when partygoers stumble upon Boris Candy’s bludgeoned costumed corpse, it falls to Hayley to discover who among her guests wanted to stop the man from clowning around permanently . . .
SCARED OFF by BARBARA ROSS
Three teenage girls having a sleepover on Halloween night get spooked when high schoolers crash the house for a party. But no one expected to find a crasher like Mrs. Zelisko, the elderly third floor tenant, dead in the backyard—dressed in a sheet like a ghost. With her niece traumatized, Julia Snowden must uncover who among the uninvited guests was responsible for devising such a murderous trick . . .
To celebrate the release, I’m giving one lucky commenter below a complete set of the collections Maine Clambake novellas have appeared in to date.
And, if you want to join the Kensington Mystery and Thriller Launch Party on Facebook at 7:00 PM EDT tonight, August 31, there will be even more chances to win. Thirteen Kensington crime writers will be celebrating, including Maddie Day and Lee Hollis. There will be LOTS of giveaways and some great conversation.
The photo below is my granddaughter, Viola, and me making the pumpkin cookies using the recipe that is included in “Scared Off.” Viola did most of the mixing and all of the decorating. If you’re looking for the recipe, it will appear on the terrific blog Cinnamon and Sugar and a Little Bit of Murder on September 3rd.
I really enjoyed writing “Scared Off” for Halloween Party Murder and I truly hope you enjoy it.
Readers: Have you read any of the Kensington holiday novella collections? Would you like to? Comment below for a chance to win all four holiday novella collections that include a Maine Clambake Mystery story. Yule Log Murder, Haunted House Murder, and Halloween Party Murder will be hardcovers. Eggnog Murder is a trade paperback. Because the box will be heavy and therefore the postage expensive, this giveaway is restricted to U.S. residents only.