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
Publisher: KaliOka Press (January 3, 2020)
Paperback: 476 pages
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.
Organized for Murder:
Organized Mysteries book #1 (Volume 1)
New Cozy Mystery Series
Gemma Halliday Publishing (February 23, 2014)
Paperback: 254 pages
File Size: 1728 KB
Amazon – ASIN: B00ILBRNXC
BN ID: 2940148290353
Organization expert Kate McKenzie is on track to make her new business, STACKED IN YOUR FAVOR, a hit in small-town Vermont. But when her first client, the wealthy Amelia Nethercutt, is found dead, the job takes a decidedly sinister turn.
Kate thought she and her family were making a fresh start in her husband’s hometown, but she quickly learns that small towns can hold big secrets. When her first client is poisoned just after Kate leaves her mansion, she knows she’s gotten off to a bad start. But things only get worse when the police find Kate’s fingerprints on the murder weapon, suddenly putting her in the position of suspect number one. The stopwatch is ticking for Kate to prove she had nothing to do with the murder, and the odds are further stacked against her when items stolen from the Nethercutt mansion start showing up in the McKenzie home. Now, Kate must trust her methodical skills and expert eye to sort out who is trying to frame her and to find the real killer before she’s organized right into a jail cell.
A nice start for this new series!
Kate is a very likeable protagonist. Her first organization job turns out to be huge and she needs to bring in her friend Eve and her nemesis Valerie as well to help her inventory the vast collections at the Nethercutt mansion. I enjoyed Eve and Kate friendly relationship and the way they dealt with Valerie, who was really there as a spy for Sophia, Amelia Nethercutt’s stepdaughter. The entire Nethercutt family are all very interesting characters. They all made viable suspects.
The plot was well paced and I enjoyed the way Kate followed the clues in a very organized fashion. The author added some great twists, I was surprised by the actual murderer.
I enjoyed all the organizational tips that started each chapter. They could easily be spun off into another book. Several will be introduced into my own household.
About The Author
Ritter Ames lives in a small town in the middle of America, but spends each day globe trotting the art world from her laptop, with her cat riding shotgun and Pandora blasting from the speakers. COUNTERFEIT CONSPIRACIES is her first full-length fiction. A second cozy mystery series, starting with ORGANIZED FOR MURDER will be released by Gemma Halliday Publishing in January 2014. She tries to blog regularly at http://ritterames.wordpress.com/ and uses her Pinterest boards at http://www.pinterest.com/ritterames/ to capture great places and ideas she wants to use in both series. Follow her blog and boards to learn more about Ritter and her upcoming books.
Web page: http://ritterames.wordpress.com/
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