Tuesday, June 1, 2010


Holy smoke--it's June 1st and five of my chums have new releases.  They are:

Killer plot Ellery Adams - A KILLER PLOT

In the small coastal town of Oyster Bay, North Carolina, you'll find plenty of characters, ne'er-do-wells, and even a few celebs trying to duck the paparazzi. But when murder joins this curious community, the Bayside Book Writers are there to get the story...

Olivia Limoges is the subject of constant gossip. Ever since she came back to town-a return as mysterious as her departure-Olivia has kept to herself, her dog, and her unfinished novel. With a little cajoling from the eminently charming writer Camden Ford, she agrees to join the Bayside Book Writers, break her writer's block, and even make a few friends...

But when townspeople start turning up dead with haiku poems left by the bodies, anyone with a flair for language is suddenly suspect. And it's up to Olivia to catch the killer before she meets her own surprise endi
Available on Amazon & Barnes & Noble.com
WEB SITE:  ElleryAdamsMysteries.com

Living deed E.J. Copperman - NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEED
Newly divorced Alison Kerby wants a second chance for herself and her nine-year-old daughter. She's returned to her hometown on the Jersey Shore to transform a Victorian fixer-upper into a charming-and profitable-guest house. One small problem: the house is haunted, and the two ghosts insist Alison must find out who killed them.
WEB SITE:  www.ejcopperman.com

BLOG:  Sliced Bread
Available on Amazon and Barnes & Noble.com

Grace under pressure Julie Hyzy -- GRACE UNDER PRESSURE
Publishers Weekly -- Starred Review. Launching the Manor of Murder series with plenty of thrills and laughs, Hyzy (the White House Chef mysteries) creates the well-researched and believable estate of Marshfield Manor, part mansion and part museum. As assistant curator Grace Wheaton is handling a loud disturbance in the tea room, gunshots ring out from the fourth floor. Head curator Abe is killed, and the murderer mysteriously vanishes from the study. When billionaire Bennett Marshfield reveals that he's been receiving threatening letters from someone who might be the killer, Grace undertakes an amateur investigation, which includes looking into a local Ponzi scheme and her own family secrets. Well-drawn characters like busybody secretary Frances, handsome landscape architect Jack, and stalking wannabe PI Ronny are supported by lively subplots, laying series groundwork to rival Marshfield Manor's own elaborate structure.
WEB SITE:  JulieHyzy.com
BLOG:  Julie Hyzy and her Blog

Available on Amazon and Barnes & Noble.com

Reel murder Mary Kennedy - REEL MURDER

Maggie is really getting into the swing of her daily radio show. She loves her new life in Cypress Grove, Florida, where she considers herself a Dr. Phil–minus the money and the fame. Unfortunately, she’s also minus the fans. So when a big movie company hits town, Maggie’s producer thinks a few exclusive on-set interviews could mean a ratings boost.

But no sooner does Maggie slip her way into a job as a script consultant than the leading lady ends up dead from a prop gun that’s been tampered with. With the help of sexy Detective Rafe Martino, Maggie discovers a bevy of behind-the-scenes secrets that could be motives for murder. Now she’d better find the killer before the credits roll–or it might be her own final performance. 

WEB SITE:  MaryKennedy.net

Available on Amazon and Barnes & Noble.com

Skein of crime Maggie Sefton - SKEIN OF THE CRIME

From BOOKLIST:  It’s autumn in Fort Connor, Colorado, which means the knitters are working in overdrive at the House of Lambspun knit shop. Kelly Flynn lives next door and is happy to help out shop owner Maggie with classes. But when a special young friend of Maggie’s is found dead, Kelly wants to find out why a girl who was trying to get her life together ran out of time. Eagle-eyed readers may spot the murderer early on, but Sefton still manages to neatly wrap her yarn around a mystery. An upset in Kelly’s personal life adds a nice twist. 

WEB SITE:  MaggieSefton.com
BLOGThe Cozy Chicks (Maggie posts on Tuesdays--hey, that's today!)

Available on Amazon and Barnes & Noble.com

These are all worthy books and I hope you'll give them a try.
Oh, and there's another (e) book that just came out on Kindle and Smashwords -- by some hack named L.L. Bartlett.  It's called CHEATED BY DEATH.

In this third of a series, Jeff Resnick faces a new dilemma:  someone is stalking his sister-in-law, Brenda, who fears that violence from pro-life supporters will escalate near the women’s clinic where she works.  Or could the vandalism, threatening phone calls, and letters against her have come from her abusive ex-husband?  Meanwhile, Jeff grapples with meeting his estranged father and the sister he never knew existed.  

June 1st also marks the start of a brand new blog I'm a part of called KILLER CHARACTERS. It's a group blog with 24 authors -- but it's not the authors who are doing the blogging, it's their characters.  Up first, Ellery Adams.  I hope you'll give it a try.  If you're not going to order the above books right away (and why not?) hop on over and take a look at KILLER CHARACTERS.  (BTW, I post on the 16th of every month.)