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Edith/Maddie, just back to north of Boston from Cape Cod. I worked really hard writing during my solo retreat, but I also soaked up the sounds, smells, and tastes of the Cape – and took notes, of course, because the next Cozy Capers Book Group Mystery (#6) will be set during May.
Now I’m so excited to present not one but two new covers! Yes, I have a double book release in late September, a true embarrassment of riches . Let’s start with Murder in a Cape Cottage, Cozy Capers Book Group Mysteries #4.
Isn’t it pretty? Here’s the blurb: ʼTis the day after Christmas, following a wicked-busy time of year for Mac’s bike shop. It’s just as well her Cozy Capers Book Group’s new pick is a nerve-soothing coloring book mystery, especially when she has last-minute wedding planning to do. But all pre-wedding jitters fade into the background when Mac and her fiancé, Tim, begin a cottage renovation project and open up a wall to find a skeleton—sitting on a stool, dressed in an old-fashioned bridal gown.
As Mac delves into the decades-old mystery with the help of librarian Flo and her book group, she discovers a story of star-crossed lovers and feuding families worthy of the bard himself. Yet this tale has a modern-day villain still lurking in Mac’s quaint seaside town, ready to make this a murderous New Year’s Eve . . .
Yes, a skeleton in the wall! I’ve always wanted to write a book featuring that kind of decades-old victim and all the mystery surrounding who she was. This story also features a ticking clock. Mac has five days to solve the murder before her New Year’s Eve wedding. Murder in a Cape Cottage releases September 27 and is available for preorder wherever books are sold. Just a reminder – my publisher looks closely at preorders, as one factor to determine if the series should continue. I’d appreciate your preorder if you can swing it.
In addition to Murder in a Cape Cottage, I have “Scarfed Down,” a Country Store Mysteries novella in Christmas Scarf Murder. Including novellas by Carlene O’Connor and Peggy Ehrhart along with mine, the collection also releases on September 27. It has a great cover, too.
Here’s the blurb for my story:
It’s beginning to taste a lot like Christmas at Pans ‘N Pancakes, as twelve days of menu specials dazzle hungry locals. But the festivities go cold the instant a diner dies while knitting a brilliant green scarf. With Aunt Adele tied into a murder investigation, it’s all on Robbie Jordan to find out who’s really been naughty or nice in South Lick, Indiana.
And I happen to have a stack of advance copies of the collection burning up space in my office.
So, readers: What’s your favorite holiday dish, sweet or savory? What about a holiday garment you haul out every year that you might not wear at any other time? I’ll pick three (sorry, US only) to receive a copy of the collection.