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?

18 comments:

Sharon's Garden of Book Reviews said...

Had to look at my calendar real quick to make sure I hadn't slept through the week! Great looking offerings here!

Sharon
Sharon's Garden of Book Reviews

Dru said...

I'm so excited at February's book offering and every single book that you mentioned is already on my list and I'm eagerly awaiting Heather's new mystery series.

Anonymous said...

I'm looking forward to a bunch of these books and have put a few more on my wish list. Could you just figure out how to give me more time to read them?? :-)

Lorna Barrett said...

It's always a thrill to hear my book is on ANYONE'S shelf--but in a place where there's a chance many people can read it--WOW. Thanks for the heads up!

Melissa said...

My TBR pile already contains Krista's, Heather's, Melinda's and Kate Carlisle's. I'm currently reading Town in a Blueberry Jam...much fun!

Mason Canyon said...

So many wonderful new books coming out. Can't wait to read them all.

Jessica said...

My TBR pile will never dry up! You've added some wonderful books to the list! Thanks! :-)

Heather Webber said...

Aw, thanks, JB! MY TBR is definitely growing. What a great batch of books coming out.

Mare F said...

OMG! I had 2 of them on my list, but then I hadn't checked all of my lists. Thanks. LOL

signlady217 said...

It's a good thing I read fast, or I wouldn't get through as many books as I do! And I still keep adding more to the list! Wow! Can't wait!

Sheery said...

Those books sound awesome! I will definitely be adding some to my TBR list.

Also, I had the pleasure of reading an ARC of Truly, Madly and it is such a great book! I'm going to buy my best friend a copy when it comes out because I don't want to give mine up. LOL. Lucy Valentine and Sean Donahue are characters I fell in love with immediately. I am so looking forward to Deeply, Desperately.

Deb Baker said...

Thanks for the list, JB! It's so hard to keep track of what's coming out.

Hank Phillippi Ryan said...

What a lovely list to be part of! Thank you!
Now, off to buy all those wonderful books..

xo

Krista said...

Thanks for including The Diva Paints the Town, Jennifer! Melissa, I'm honored to be on your TBR pile! Hope you enjoy the divas!

~ Krista

Heather Webber said...

Oh Sheery, thank you!!!

Kate Carlisle said...

Thanks for including me, Jennifer! What a cool group to be a part of! And I was lucky enough to read an ARC of Kate Collins' new one. Don't miss it, it's fabulous!

Melissa, I'm excited to be on your TBR pile. Hope you enjoy it. :-)

Dave Chaudoir said...

I love recognizing favorite books in out of the way places, like hotel lending shelves. It always makes me want to point them out, just like you did, to the staff or anyone within range... "Do you know how good this book is?" etc etc. I guess it's not so wrong to be a book evangelist!

Speaking of which, I am halfway through "Stirring up Strife," which came in a box of paperback mysteries to me here in the UAE two weeks ago. I am really enjoying it a lot, for many reasons.

Just to show you how fiction is so meta-illuminating: Some of your descriptions of Richmond and the office park buildings where Cooper works reminded me of similar ones in Indianapolis, where I used to spend a lot of time a few years ago. It brought back good memories. Who knew?! I have a lot more to say about the book but for another time, after I've finished.

http://spicyt.wordpress.com said...

Truly Madley was AMAZING and I can't wait for the sequel. I will also be looking for the other books on the list! Thank you all so much!