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Year-Round Trouble: 14 Original Cozy Holiday Mysteries (Familiar Legacy) #Spotlight

Year-Round Trouble: 14 Original Cozy Holiday Mysteries (Familiar Legacy)
by Susan Y. Tanner, Miranda James, Carolyn Haines, Joanne Pence, Caroline Fardig, Connie Shelton, Ritter Ames, Larissa Reinhart, Pamela Sue DuMond, Jaden Terrell, Susan Boles, Ava Mallory, Claire Matturro, Rebecca Barrett

Series: Familiar Legacy
Cozy Mysteries
Publisher: KaliOka Press (January 3, 2020)
Paperback: 476 pages
ISBN-10: 0984700196
ISBN-13: 978-098470019
Kindle ASIN: B081XS1L33

14 talented mystery authors team up with Trouble, the black cat detective, to take a whirlwind tour of mystery locales—and holidays—across the country and the calendar. In this unique collection of original stories, the black cat shows his charm and sass as he works with cozy sleuths you know and love!

From facing down the spirits of Halloween with a Maine Coon Cat named Diesel in Mississippi to Christmas in Taos, Trouble is on the prowl for arch criminals, and he’s never needed the skills he learned from watching Benedict Cumberbatch on the telly as Sherlock Holmes more.

Join the wise-cracking cat and a host of “biped” sleuths for a romp across the mystery map—where he works with only the finest amateur sleuths to bring justice.

Read the stories all at once—or savor them as each holiday approaches! Just remember: Life is never the same when Trouble takes a holiday!

 

About the Authors

Even as a child, I was aware of my daddy’s love for and pride in America. During WWII, he served on a naval aircraft carrier and in its planes as an aviation radioman. He met and married my mama while stationed in New York, far from his Mississippi home. I love the picture from their wedding day which sits on my dresser. He’s in uniform, standing behind her, his arms around her. Daddy talked very little about his time in the service and only as an adult did I realize the wounds he carried inside from things experienced during battle. I’ll always stand for the Pledge of Allegiance and I’ll always respect our country and our flag. That’s a part of my daddy’s legacy to me.

Miranda (aka Dean) James grew up in Mississippi on the family farm. After high school, Dean headed to college and eventually to graduate school in Houston, Texas, where he earned a Ph.D. in history, concentrating on medieval England. The academic job market being so abysmal then, he went on to get a master’s degree in library science and has worked, off and on, for the past thirty-three years as a medical librarian with a long stint as a bookseller in addition. Greatly influenced by Nancy Drew, Trixie Belden, and the Hardy Boys, Dean wanted to become a writer from an early age and tell his own stories about ordinary people who solve mysteries.

Carolyn Haines is the USA Today bestselling author of over 80 books, including the Sarah Booth Delaney mystery series, the Pluto’s Snitch spirit detectives series, and Trouble, the black cat detective series. She has been awarded a lifetime achievement award by the Alabama Public Library Association and the Mississippi Writer’s Guild and in 2020 she was inducted into the Alabama Writers Hall of Fame. She lives on a small farm in south Alabama with a number of rescue animals. She is an advocate for animals and the environment.

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#Spotlight – Southern Discomfort: A Southern B&B Mystery by Caroline Fardig – Great Escapes Book Tour @readalibi

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Southern Discomfort: A Southern B&B Mystery
Cozy Mystery
1st in Series
Setting – Georgia
Alibi (March 6, 2018)
ASIN: B071K4DV7W

Southern hospitality meets deadly deception in the start of a charming new mystery series from the USA Today bestselling author of the Java Jive novels.

Quinn Bellandini loves her life in Savannah, Georgia, where she runs her grandfather’s B&B with her sister, Delilah. From baking fresh scones and serving up grits every morning to ensuring the guests see the best of their historic city, Quinn can’t imagine doing anything else—even if it means dealing with nuisances like the occasional malfunctioning commode. But when Quinn drops by the local restaurant owned by her friend Drew Green, and stumbles upon a murder, her whole world comes crashing down.

Drew’s brother was always a little surly, but Quinn can’t imagine that someone disliked the prickly chef enough to kill him. The police, on the other hand, don’t believe that Quinn was simply in the wrong place at the wrong time. Before her guests can even digest the next morning’s gourmet breakfast, Quinn learns that she and Drew are suspects.

Drew thinks they should do some investigating of their own. Quinn is pretty sure she’s better suited to playing hostess than amateur sleuth. But with Delilah as her cynical sidekick, Quinn starts looking for the real killer—before she gets put away faster than you can say “sugar.”

Praise for Southern Discomfort: A Southern B&B Mystery
by Caroline Fardig

I appreciated the diversity of suspects and motives as we got to know more about Quinn and Delilah as well as learning how their thinking patterns worked on chasing clues while staying safe.
~Laura’s Interests

I love stories about the (American) South. I love the punny titles of cozy mystery stories. And I love a stronger-than-she-thinks heroine. A writer that combines all of these with finesse is Caroline Fardig.
~Back Porchervations

If you love Southern cozy mysteries then Southern Discomfort is for you. Great debut cozy!
~MysteriesEtc

About the Author

 

CAROLINE FARDIG is the USA TODAY BESTSELLING AUTHOR of the Java Jive Mysteries series and the Lizzie Hart Mysteries series. Fardig’s BAD MEDICINE was named one of the “Best Books of 2015” by Suspense Magazine. She worked as a schoolteacher, church organist, insurance agent, funeral parlor associate, and stay-at-home mom before she realized that she wanted to be a writer when she grew up. Born and raised in a small town in Indiana, Fardig still lives in that same town with an understanding husband, two sweet kids, two energetic dogs, and one malevolent cat.

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Don’t miss Caroline Fardig’s thrilling Java Jive mysteries, which can be read together or separately:
DEATH BEFORE DECAF | MUG SHOT | A WHOLE LATTE MURDER | BREW OR DIE | MURDER OVER MOCHAS

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#Spotlight – Murder Over Mochas: A Java Jive Mystery by Caroline Fardig – @PenguinRandom


Murder Over Mochas: A Java Jive Mystery
Cozy Mystery
5th in Series
Alibi (October 24, 2017)
E-Book ASIN: B06XR15TRC

A blast from the past gets Nashville PI and coffeehouse manager Juliet Langley in hot water in this explosive mystery from the USA Today bestselling author of Death Before Decaf.

As a newly minted private eye, Juliet Langley has sworn to leave homicide to the authorities, limiting the scope of her investigations to cheating spouses and dirty business partners . . . like her ex-fiancé, Scott O’Malley. When Scott shows up unannounced at her coffeehouse, Java Jive, Juliet’s first instinct is to punch him in the nose. Her second is to turn down his desperate plea for help with a case that’s way too dangerous for her liking. But when Scott drops dead before her eyes, Juliet isn’t going to wait around for someone else to clear her name.

It’s only a matter of time before her tumultuous past with her ex-fiancé comes out, so Juliet teams up with her ex-boyfriend, police detective Ryder Hamilton, to figure out who poisoned Scott. They soon confirm that Scott was involved in an illegal scheme that’s definitely grounds for concern.

Just as romance is finally beginning to percolate for Juliet and her best friend, Pete Bennett, she has no choice but to head back to her hometown to seek out the truth. And she’ll need help from the locals to find the real killer—otherwise her happily ever after could easily end up including an actual ball and chain.

Caroline Fardig’s thrilling Java Jive mysteries can be read together or separately:
DEATH BEFORE DECAF | MUG SHOT | A WHOLE LATTE MURDER | BREW OR DIE | MURDER OVER MOCHAS


About The Author

CAROLINE FARDIG is the USA TODAY BESTSELLING AUTHOR of the Java Jive Mysteries series and the Lizzie Hart Mysteries series. Fardig’s BAD MEDICINE was named one of the “Best Books of 2015” by Suspense Magazine. She worked as a schoolteacher, church organist, insurance agent, funeral parlor associate, and stay-at-home mom before she realized that she wanted to be a writer when she grew up. Born and raised in a small town in Indiana, Fardig still lives in that same town with an understanding husband, two sweet kids, two energetic dogs, and one malevolent cat.

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Praise for Murder Over Mochas: A Java Jive Mystery
by Caroline Fardig

Murder Over Mocha’s was so good! Juliet and all the cast are delightful and left me really wanting to get the whole scoop about what’s been going on!
~My Reading Journeys

Exciting and intriguing this well written mystery keeps you turning pages wondering who will turn up next with a motive. Sassy and sarcastic, the characters are so much fun.
~Laura’s Interests

The characters in this story are shining stars.
~Writing Pearls

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Guest Post/Giveaway – Death Before Decaf by Caroline Fardig Great Escapes Book Tour

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Death Before Decaf
by Caroline Fardig

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Playlist for DEATH BEFORE DECAF

 

I love music.  I’m a musician like my DEATH BEFORE DECAF heroine, Juliet, although I opted for a Music Education degree rather than a Music Performance degree.  The joke among the Music Ed students at my school was that our slogan should be:  “Music Ed—because we’re not good enough to be performance majors.”  (Which was totally true in my case.)  Not only that, I realized belatedly that trying to teach a little music to a lot of kids wasn’t my scene.  As a result, I have a rather useless degree, although I did come out of college with an awesome husband who encouraged me to follow my dream of becoming a writer.  So there you go.

Music inspires my writing.  Certain songs come on the radio, and it’s like someone has started a movie inside my head.  Sometimes it’s the lyrics that get me going and sometimes it’s simply the feelings the sound of the music invokes.  That being said, I can’t write while music is playing.  Like, at all.  I can’t concentrate.  So, when I’m formulating a story in my head, music plays a big role.  But when I’m actually putting pen to paper (or fingers to keyboard), the music gets kicked to the curb.

Here’s my playlist of what inspired me throughout the writing of DEATH BEFORE DECAF.  It’s generally singer-songwriter type music like the kind you’d hear at a coffeehouse—laid back and mellow.  And yes, I do have a bit of an obsession with Obadiah Parker.  Listen to his music and you’ll totally understand.

“Check Yes Juliet” We the Kings

This song is just fun.  Pete (Juliet’s BFF) is always singing “Juliet” song lyrics at her, so I included one of my favorites.

“Let’s Stay Together” Obadiah Parker

This one is a cover of the famous Al Green song.  I love Motown soul as well as the thought of staying together forever in love.  Juliet had this idea about Pete once upon a time.

“If I Sing It” Obadiah Parker

This is an Obadiah original about wanting someone you love to just leave and let you go for your own good.  Juliet had to stifle her love for Pete in order to preserve their close friendship, and I feel like this song would have resonated with her while she was trying to get over her feelings for him.

“Baia da Santa” Obadiah Parker

Let’s just call a spade a spade.  This song is about sex.  Juliet needs a little comforting around the middle of the book, and one certain guy is more than happy to help her out.

Begin Again” Taylor Swift

This should be Juliet’s theme song.  Her ex-fiancé didn’t appreciate her, but with a nice guy who likes to laugh, on a Wednesday in a café, she can begin again.

Broken” Berteal

Berteal is the brother-sister duo of Chad Gentry and Kim Gentry.  Kim was one of my college friends, and I’m so thrilled that she’s taken her talent and run with it.  “Broken” is one of their originals, and it should probably be Juliet’s other theme song.  The song tells us it’s okay to be broken, but you have to go on living.

“She’s a Mess” Caroline Fardig

Of course my own song had to make the list!  While other cozy mystery authors include recipes or quilt patterns with their novels, I wanted to do something completely different and add sheet music.  Juliet and Pete sing “She’s a Mess” during one scene of the book, and at the end I’ve included the melody and guitar chords for it.  It’s a song I’ve actually performed at an open mic night at a coffeehouse in Nashville.  Cool, huh?

~Caroline

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A Java Jive Mystery

Publisher: Alibi (November 17, 2015)
Random House LLC
ASIN: B00VOYNDKK
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Perfect for fans of Janet Evanovich and Diane Mott Davidson, Caroline Fardig’s captivating new mystery novel takes readers behind the counter of a seemingly run-of-the-mill coffeehouse . . . where murder is brewing.

After her music career crashes and burns spectacularly, Juliet Langley is forced to turn to the only other business she knows: food service. Unfortunately, bad luck strikes yet again when her two-timing fiancé robs her blind and runs off with her best waitress. Flushing what’s left of her beloved café down the toilet with her failed engagement, Juliet packs up and moves back to her college stomping grounds in Nashville to manage an old friend’s coffeehouse. At first glance, it seems as though nothing’s changed at Java Jive. What could possibly go wrong? Only that the place is hemorrhaging money, the staff is in open revolt, and Juliet finds one unlucky employee dead in the dumpster out back before her first day is even over.

The corpse just so happens to belong to the cook who’d locked horns with Juliet over the finer points of the health code. Unimpressed with her management style, the other disgruntled employees are only too eager to spill the beans about her fiery temper to the detective on the case. Add to the mix a hunky stranger who’s asking way too many questions, and suddenly Juliet finds herself in some very hot water. If she can’t simmer down and sleuth her way to the real killer, she’s going to get burned.

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About This Author

Caroline Fardig is the author of Death Before Decaf and the Lizzie Hart series. She worked as a schoolteacher, church organist, insurance agent, funeral parlor associate, and stay-at-home mom before she realized that she wanted to be a writer when she grew up. Born and raised in a small town in Indiana, Fardig still lives in that same town with an understanding husband, two sweet kids, two energetic dogs, and one malevolent cat.

 
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