This is Book 1 in the long-running Lucy Stone series (there are 26 books in the series!).
MAIL-ORDER MURDER As if baking holiday cookies, knitting a sweater for her husband’s gift, and making her daughter’s angel costume for the church pageant weren’t enough things for Lucy Stone’s busy Christmas schedule, she’s also working nights at the famous mail-order company Country Cousins. But when she discovers Sam Miller, its very wealthy founder, dead in his car from an apparent suicide, the sleuth in her knows something just doesn’t smell right.
Taking time out from her hectic holiday life to find out what really happened, her investigation leads to a backlog of secrets as long as Santa’s Christmas Eve route. Lucy is convinced that someone murdered Sam Miller. But who and why? With each harrowing twist she uncovers in this bizarre case, another shocking revelation is exposed. Now, as Christmas draws near and Lucy gets dangerously closer to the truth, she’s about to receive a present from Santa she didn’t ask for--a killer who won’t be satisfied until everyone on his shopping list is dead, including Lucy herself.
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Cadaver on Candy Cane Lane by Leighann Dobbs
This cozy mystery is a short novella-length book.
When Ember Quinn visits Christmas Village to assist her elderly great-aunt Phoebe in the holiday chocolate-making tasks, the last thing she expects is for an elf to get murdered at their back door.
She soon discovers that toy-making elf, Alfie Svenson, was up to no good. Not only that, but he had a mysterious accomplice. Too bad Ember suspects that accomplice might be Phoebe.
With the reluctant help of Brimstone the snarky cat, Ember must dodge lying elves, creepy snowmen, unfriendly reindeer, an angry toy factory manager, and a sleigh-transportation boss who might be involved in organized crime in order to find the real killer.
This humorous Christmas cozy mystery novella features Ember Quinn and Brimstone from Leighann Dobbs’s Silver Hollow series in a twisty, old-fashioned whodunit in a warm and cozy Christmas village setting.
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Yule Be Sorry by by Kim M. Watt
This cozy is billed as "a funny cozy mystery with dragons."
A festive tale of kidnapping, explosions, & stolen turkeys....
One should never meddle in the affairs of dragons, but someone has been doing just that. They’ve been making imitation dragon scale baubles that are nothing short of lethal, and kidnapping delivery drivers all over the Yorkshire Dales. They’ve also been leaving behind some distinctly dragon-ish traces.
Beaufort Scales, High Lord of the Cloverly Dragons, is hot on the trail – or would be, if he wasn’t having certain political problems at home. That leaves Alice and Miriam to track down the real culprits, rescue the hostages, and salvage Mortimer’s bauble reputation, all while misleading the police regarding the of existence of dragons, and hopefully without being blown up by unexpectedly aggressive Christmas decorations in the process. Luckily they have the full resources of the Toot Hansell Women’s Institute at their disposal. They’ll need it.
And then there’s the small question of who stole all the Christmas turkeys…
Dragons, the Women's Institute, and one very suspicious cat. What could possibly go wrong?
Yule Be Sorry is the perfect Christmas cozy mystery for anyone who likes their crime funny, dragonish, and full of cake and friendship.
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The 12 Cozy Mystery Carols of Christmas
This is a collection of holiday cozy mystery novellas. Each of the twelve novellas is written by a different author.
Deck the Halls with books of mystery, fa la la la la, it’s murder most foul.
The season is rife with tasks and obligations. Shopping, cleaning, cooking, and parties...you need some downtime. So, cue up your favorite holiday album and stoke up a blazing fire. Grab your preferred beverage and a bowl of freshly popped corn, and immerse yourself in murderous fun from a dozen goddesses of mystery, mayhem, and murder.
Deck the halls with mystery, hear sleigh-bells in the bloody snow, wish for a merry murder, and make this holiday season your very own with this fun collection of cozy mystery novellas featuring Ava Mallory, Carolyn Ridder Aspenson, Jenna St. James, K.M. Waller, Laina Turner, Rachael Stapleton, Sam Cheever, Stephanie Damore, Susan Boles, Tara Meyers, Tricia L. Sanders, and Wendy Meadows.
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Divorce can be murder!
From award-winning author Paula Darnell comes this fast paced historical mystery.
Never guessing that their very lives might be in danger, well-to-do
women come from all over the country to stay at guest ranches around
Reno to establish the six weeks' residency required for a quickie Nevada
divorce in 1955.
When a Circle E Ranch guest dies after her Cadillac plunges off Mount Rose Highway, a mountain road between Lake Tahoe and Reno, Washoe County Deputy Sheriff Ben Cameron is assigned to investigate the accident. His inquiries lead him to question everyone at the Circle E, where he meets Mary, an attractive prospective divorcée from New York.
"This thoroughly engrossing mystery is especially recommended for detective story readers looking for a blend of intrigue set against Nevada historical and cultural backdrops."
"Like many of the characters in the story I came for the location but was spellbound by the story. . . this is a great story and one that I recommend checking out. It is the first book that I have read by Paula Darnell but it definitely won't be my last."
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Available in both e-book and paperback editions!
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Death by Association, A DIY Diva Mystery, is published by Cozy Cat Press.
Here's a quick and easy DIY project that can add some colorful vintage vibe to a tablescape. To make your own vintage handkerchief vases, you'll need the following items:
1. Vintage hankies in matching, contrasting, or coordinating colors.
4. Ribbons in matching, coordinating, or contrasting colors.
The first step is to remove the lids. I usually save them because they come in handy when I draw circle templates for the centers of fabric flowers.
Next place the bottle in the center of the hanky, hold the four corners up above the center of the bottle, and put a rubber band around the neck of the bottle. Double the rubber band if necessary to obtain a tight fit.
You can also wear it as a lariat necklace. Just fold it in half, drape around your neck, and drop both ends through the loop that forms from the fold.
I ordered a starter set of Jacquard Piñata Color alcohol inks along with a bottle of 99% isopropyl alcohol. The alcohol is used to thin the ink and to clean brushes.
Here's a purple tweed jacket, lined with black silk, that I made of a nubby purple tweed fabric. The fabric is a blend of both synthetic and natural fibers, and the yarn in the weave is thick enough to be used as a strand in making a braid, which is what I did to trim the jacket. I made the trim, which goes all around the jacket's edges and trims the sleeves, by pulling out individual strands of the fiber and braiding them together, then sewing the braid in the center of a black grosgrain ribbon.
These cozy mystery series are listed in the order of the number of books in the series, from the longest series to the shortest.
1. Needlecraft Mystery Series by Monica Ferris
When Betsy Devonshire takes over a needlework shop in Excelsior, Minnesota, she finds that she has a knack for knitting as well as a hidden talent for crime solving. 19 books.
2. Knitting Mystery Series by Maggie Sefton
This series is also known as the Kelly Flynn Mystery Series. Kelly is a knitter, living in Colorado, who often visits the fabulous yard shop next to her office and also solves mysteries in her spare time. 16 books.
3. Crochet Mystery Series by Betty Hechtman
4. Seaside Knitters Series by Sally Goldenbaum
Not long after Isabel “Izzy” Chambers opens up a knitting shop in the sleepy fishing town of Sea Harbor, Massachusetts, a diverse group of women begins congregating each week to form the Seaside Knitters. 11 books.
5. Black Sheep Knitting Mysteries by Anne Canadeo
The Black Sheep Knitters group meets once a week at Maggie Messina's Black Sheep Knitting Shop in Plum Harbor, Massachusetts, to share knitting tips, recipes, and gossip with murder thrown into the mix. 8 books.
6. Vampire Knitting Club by Nancy Warren
For readers who like their knitting hobby paired with a paranormal theme, the Vampire Knitting Club hits the mark. Lucy Swift runs
Cardinal Woolsey’s, a yarn shop in Oxford, England. 7 books.
7. Haunted Yarn Shop Mystery Series by Molly MacRae
When Kath Rutledge inherits her grandmother's yarn shop, The Weaver’s Cat, in Blue Plum, Tennessee, she also inherits a ghost and becomes involved with the Thank Goodness It's Fiber group. 4 books.
8. Friday Night Knitting Club by Kate Jacobs
From best-selling author Kate Jacobs, the Friday Night Knitting Club's sales top one million books. Walker and Daughter Yarn Shop, owned by Georgia Walker, in New York City, is where the Friday Night Knitting Club meets weekly . 3 books.
9. Knit and Nibble Mystery Series by Peggy Ehrhart
This series, set in a charming New Jersey town, features Pamela Paterson, founder of a knitting club called Knit and Nibble. Books in the series include ideas for knitting projects and recipes for goodies referenced in the books. 3 books.
10. Crabapple Yarns Mystery Series by Jaime Marsman
Mysteries, knitting, and a yarn shop, Crabapple Yarns, all figure into this cozy mystery duo: The Brief Haunting of Raspberry Hill and The Knitting Fairy. 2 books.
The Amelia Peabody series is set in Egypt during the Victorian Era. Author Elizabeth Peters (now deceased) had a Ph.D. in Egyptology, so look for authentic detail in the setting, and it's no wonder that the main character, Englishwoman Amelia Peabody, is an Egyptologist. There are twenty books in the series.
2. Isle of Man Cozy Mystery Series by Diana Xarissa
The author has lived on the Isle of Man, which is located in the Irish Sea between Great Britain and Ireland. The series features Aunt Bessie, who lives in a cottage on the Isle of Man. Stunning scenery and fascinating history form the backdrop. There are twenty-one books in the series.
The Lady Hardcastle Mystery Series is set in England during Edwardian times. The time of the first book in the series is 1908. Cozies are usually written by women, but series author T E Kinsey is one of the few cozy mystery writers who's a man. There are five books in the series.
The Lady Rample Mysteries are set in London during the jazz-age 1930s. The author lived in London for six years. In the first book, aristocratic "Lady Rample finds herself at odds after the death of her husband until her best friend drags her to a hot new jazz club." There are seven books in the series.
Maisie Dobbs decides to become a private investigator in 1929 England. According to the Mail on Sunday:“The book is much more than a cosy mystery—it is also about women's growing emancipation and the profound changes to society after the First World War.” There are ten books in the series.
Maisie Dobbs (Book 1)
In the first book of the series, Jane Austen fan Kate travels to England to scout the location for a new film version of one of Austen's novels. There she discovers that "even quaint and quirky English villages have a darker side." There are seven books in the series.
Author Agatha Frost "lives in a quaint village in a sleepy corner of England, which provides inspiration for her bestselling Peridale Cafe Cozy series!" The series features Julia South, who owns a cafe and loves cats. There are seventeen books in the series.
The main character in this series, which takes place in England in the 1930s, is Lady Victoria Georgiana Charlotte Eugenie, daughter of a duke, and thirty-fourth in line for the throne. The bestselling series author has won fourteen mystery writing awards. There are thirteen books in the series.
Violet Carlyle, "a spunky young woman determined to craft her own life," is the main character in this cozy mystery series set in the roaring twenties in England. There are thirteen books in the series.
Murder & the Heir (Book 1)
10. Yellow Cottage Vintage Mysteries by J. New
In this series, set in England in the 1930s, the main character, Ella Bridges, lives on Linhay Island in a large house known as the yellow cottage. The first book in this series is a novella; the rest are full-length novels. There are four books in the series.