Thursday, January 28, 2010

Fantastic February!

Not quite yet, but a new month is coming and I wanted to tell you about the cozy mysteries you may want to rush out and buy as soon as the calendar page turns. I need to begin by bragging about three Cozy Chicks.


First, I had to post this photo of Lorna’s Barrett’s Murder Is Binding. Why? Because when I was staying at this little Art Deco hotel in Miami Beach last week, her book was sitting on their lending library shelf! There were thirty books total at this place and there was Lorraine’s. I was so proud I nearly burst! I showed the book to the hotel staff and explained whom the author was until they all vowed to find time to read it.


And I get to boast about other Chicks too. Heather’s eagerly awaited Lucy Valentine debut, Truly, Madly hits the shelves February 2! Here’s what Publisher’s Weekly said:


“This clever paranormal mystery series launch is sure to delight fans of Webber's gardening detective, Nina Quinn (Weeding Out Trouble, etc.). The Boston Valentines have been professional matchmakers for generations, but Lucy Valentine's psychic talent tends to show her people's lost car keys rather than their ideal mates, so she's shocked when her parents stick her with running the company. A vision leaves her wondering whether a client murdered his girlfriend, so she hires sexy PI Sean Donahue to find the missing woman, but while she's imagining them naked in bed, he's suspecting her of murder. Lucy has to contend with her meddling grandmother's efforts to find her a new boyfriend as she dodges the cops, hunts a killer, and struggles to explain the truth to Sean. Fun characters, sparkling prose, and a twisty plot add up to a great beginning for Valentine Inc.”


Kate Collins has a new release too! Abby Knight is back in Sleeping Wth Anemone: A Flower Shop Mystery.


Blurb: Maybe Abby Knight shouldn't have chosen a home and garden show sponsored by Uniworld Food as the venue for her protest against the corporation's harmful farming practices. But being bodily removed from the event won't stop her campaign. Nor will a burning brick thrown through her flower shop's window.
After she narrowly escapes being kidnapped three times, Abby calls in the big guns-her ex-Ranger boyfriend Marco and her friends and family. And then the stakes are raised by murder...

Other cool February releases:
The Diva Paints the Town – Krista Davis
Drive Time – Hank Phillipi Ryan
Town in a Blueberry Jam – B.B. Haywood
The Proof is in the Pudding – Melinda Wells
<>If Books Could Kill – Kate Carlisle
<>How To Host A Killer Party – Penny Warner
A Stitch in Crime – Betty Hechtman


Did your TBR pile just grow?