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FREEBIES – Free Cozy Mysteries

This is a tough time in the world today. Sheltering in place may sound easy at first, but as your days at home continue you are going to need an escape. Working from home partnered with childcare, homeschooling, or taking care for elderly relatives all add pressure to your day. You also may be worried about money and the uncertainty of how long we will need to remain at home as well. So, I have done a little searching and found some FREE Kindle Cozy Mysteries on Amazon written by Indie Authors to help you wind down your day and escape into a good book.

Note: I have not read these books, but have grabbed them for future reading. Books were free at the time I created this post. Amazon can change prices at any time. 

Cozy Mystery Starter Set – Six Books
by Gillian Larkin

A six-book collection of cozy mystery stories:

A Secret Killer – A Julia Blake Cozy Mystery
A Lesson In Deceit – A Julia Blake Short Cozy Mystery
The Death Planner – A Storage Ghost Murder
A Lonely Death – A Pearl and Derek Mystery
Playing At Murder – A Butterworth Mystery
A Ghost In The Store – A Ruby and Nessa Mystery

A Secret Killer – A Julia Blake Cozy Mystery

Julia Blake runs a cleaning business. She also has the uncanny knack of discovering murdered people.
In this story Julia visits one of her clients, a genealogist called Hugo Barnes. Hugo has uncovered a family secret during the course of his work. He tells Julia that the client won’t be happy about the secret he’s discovered.

Julia finds Hugo’s dead body the next day. She makes her own investigations into Hugo’s death and soon discovers that his assistant, Dinah, and his brother, Gilbert, have strong motives for killing him.
Julia also finds out who the last client of Hugo’s was. Did they have a motive to kill Hugo too?

And who is the man who’s been watching Julia’s house?

A Lesson In Deceit – A Julia Blake Short Cozy Mystery

In this story, Julia travels to Edinburgh University to visit her son, Sam. It’s not long before she stumbles upon a dead body. Julia is happy to leave the murder investigation to the police – until her son becomes one of their suspects. Julia has no option but to get herself involved, despite the danger she puts herself in.

The Death Planner – A Storage Ghost Murder

Grace Abrahams helps ghosts – particularly those who were murdered. She meets the ghosts at storage locker auctions.

Grace meets Jenny Lorrimer. Jenny was strangled by the lead of her headset. Grace finds out that Jenny was an events planner and she was murdered at a wedding that she’d organised. Grace delves further and discovers two suspects – Jenny’s sister and Jenny’s best friend. A shock discovery leads her down a different route.

A Lonely Death – A Pearl And Derek Mystery

Derek Quill is an elderly gent who can see the ghosts of murdered people. With the help of his ghostly friend, Pearl, he finds out who killed them.

In his first investigation, Derek meets the ghost of Eric Malone. Derek knows Eric from his schooldays. Eric bullied Derek mercilessly back then and now he’s asking for Derek’s help. Derek soon discovers that Eric never changed his bullying ways and there is more than one person who could be a suspect.

Playing At Murder – A Butterworth Mystery

A short murder mystery story

It’s always been a dream of Connie Butterworth’s to be a private investigator. Now that she’s retired, she makes that dream a reality and sets herself up as an investigator.

With reluctant help from her sister-in-law, Sable, Connie takes on her first client.

What starts out as a simple case of tracking down a missing person soon turns into an intriguing case of deception, phone hacking and murder.

A Ghost In The Store – A Ruby And Nessa Mystery

A short ghost story.

Ruby Laurel is a ghost hunter. She locates ghosts who are haunting places – or people.

In this first story, Ruby is called upon to investigate a haunting in a supermarket. She soon discovers the ghost of a young woman called Mary Jackson. How is Mary connected to the supermarket? And why is she haunting it?

Ruby’s investigation is made more difficult by the arrival of her troublesome younger sister, Nessa. Will Nessa help, or hinder, the investigation?

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Dial P For Poison (Movie Club Mysteries, Book 1): An Irish Cozy Mystery
by Zara Keane

You can take the girl out of the force, but you can’t keep her away from the action…

Maggie Doyle moves to Ireland to escape her cheating ex and crumbling career in the San Francisco PD. When the most hated woman on Whisper Island is poisoned at her aunt’s Movie Theater Cafe, Maggie and her rock-hard muffins are hurled into the murder investigation.

With the help of her UFO-enthusiast friend, a nun, and a feral puppy, Maggie is determined to clear her aunt’s name. Can she catch the murderer before they strike again? Or will her terrible baking skills burn down the cafe first?

Includes a recipe for the fatal cocktail—minus the deadly ingredient!

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Darcy Sweet Mystery – Books One to Six: Box Set One (Darcy Sweet Mystery Box Set)
by K.J. Emrick

The first six mysteries in the popular Darcy Sweet Cozy Mystery series: Death Comes to Town, Mists of the Past, From the Ashes, The Ghost of Christmas, The Stolen Valentine and Hiding From Death.

Introducing Darcy Sweet…

She isn’t what you would call a girly girl. She almost never wears makeup and loves nothing more than to wear a well-worn pair of jeans, a t-shirt and her most comfortable pair of sneakers.

She would like to think she is just an ordinary woman, but she’s not. She has a connection to the spirit world that seems to draw her into mysterious situations more often than not.

Add to the mix the antics of a rather naughty, slightly psychic cat and the eccentric ghost of her great-aunt Millie, and you have a life that is anything but ordinary.

658 pages of paranormal mystery fun. Over 200 positive reviews. Find out why over 100,000 readers have fallen for Darcy Sweet!

Pick up your copy of the box set to get six books you won’t want to put down!

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Death by Chocolate
by Sally Berneathy

First book in the Death by Chocolate series

Lindsay loves chocolate. It tastes good, it makes her feel good, it never cheats on her like her almost-ex-husband. It’s her best friend. But someone wants her dead and uses her weak spot—chocolate—to try to murder her.

Lindsay’s only secret is the recipe for her chocolate chip cookies, but she is surrounded by neighbors with deadly secrets. Suddenly she finds herself battling poisoned chocolate, a psycho stalker, and a dead man who seems awfully active for a corpse.

Her best friend and co-worker, Paula, dyes her blond hair brown, hides from everybody and insists on always having an emergency exit from any room. Secrets from Paula’s past have come back to put lives in jeopardy.

Determined to help Paula, Lindsay enlists the reluctant aid of another neighbor, Fred, an OCD computer nerd. In spite of his mundane existence, Fred possesses tidbits of knowledge about such things as hidden microphones, guns, the inside of maximum security prisons and how to take someone down with a well-aimed kick to his chin.

As Lindsay battles the elusive stalker, poisoned chocolate, and the dead man, she will need more than a chocolate fix to survive. But that’s always a good start.

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Twenty-Eight and a Half Wishes (Rose Gardner Mystery)
by Denise Grover Swank

The first book of the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today bestselling series!

“Though much of the book is light-hearted and occasionally outright hilarious, the author sneaks in a few home truths along the way that will hit you where it counts, like how even someone’s best intentions can box you in.” –Everybody Needs a Little Romance

“This was one of those books that I kept telling myself one more page, then I need to put it down. Instead, I found myself tearing through the book instead, needing to know the outcome.” –Just Jump Book Reviews

“A southern mystery full of romance and fun!” –Goodreads review


For Rose Gardner, working at the DMV on a Friday afternoon is bad even before she sees a vision of herself dead. She’s had plenty of visions, usually boring ones like someone’s toilet’s overflowed, but she’s never seen one of herself before. When her overbearing momma winds up murdered on her sofa instead, two things are certain: There isn’t enough hydrogen peroxide in the state of Arkansas to get that stain out, and Rose is the prime suspect.

Rose realizes she’s wasted twenty-four years of living and makes a list on the back of a Wal-Mart receipt: twenty-eight things she wants to accomplish before her vision comes true. She’s well on her way with the help of her next-door neighbor Joe, who has no trouble teaching Rose the rules of drinking, but won’t help with number fifteen– do more with a man. Joe’s new to town, but it doesn’t take a vision for Rose to realize he’s got plenty of secrets of his own.

Somebody thinks Rose has something they want and they’ll do anything to get it. Her house is broken into, someone else she knows is murdered, and suddenly, dying a virgin in the Fenton County jail isn’t her biggest worry after all.

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#SpecialGuest – Zara Keane – Author of Deadline with Death (Time-Slip Mysteries) #Interview / #Giveaway

Deadline with Death
(Time-Slip Mysteries)
by Zara Keane

I am so happy to have Zara Keane drop by for a visit today!

Hi Zara, 

Tell us a little bit about yourself.

I write Irish-set cozy mysteries. Before I became a full-time writer, I taught English and History. I’m Irish but currently live in Switzerland with my family.

What are three things most people dont know about you?

  1. When I was a kid, I loved Madonna’s ‘Like a Virgin’ and decided I wanted to become a nun. I think it’s safe to say I didn’t quite “get” the lyrics!
  2. I’m afraid of flames. I’ll go out of my way to avoid having to light a match.
  3. I took Norwegian as a minor in college.

What is the first book you remember reading?

I can’t recall the title but it was about a little girl and her alpaca.

What are you reading now?

Four Funerals and Maybe a Wedding
by Rhys Bowen. It’s the twelfth book in the Her Royal Spyness series.

What books have most inspired you?

So many! Several Agatha Christie mysteries. Mary Stewart’s romantic suspenses. Julia Spencer-Fleming’s Clare Fergusson series.

What made you decide you wanted to write mysteries?

It’s my favourite genre to read. I love books with a puzzle to solve, interesting characters, and a dash of romance.

Do you have a special place you like to write?

My red armchair.

Where do the ideas for your books come from?

Everywhere. I get ideas from books (fiction and non-fiction), TV, overheard snippets of conversation, newspaper articles, real-life stories people tell me. When an idea won’t go away, I brainstorm possibilities and see where that takes me.

Is there anything about writing you find most challenging?

The first draft. I find it hard to switch off my inner editor and just get the words on the page.

What do you think makes a good story?

Characters readers love (or love to hate), and a plot that’s driven by the characters’ actions, reactions, needs, and wants.

Which, of all your characters, do you think is the most like you?

I’d say all my main female characters share some of my interests and character traits, but they’re definitely not me.

What makes your books different from others out there in this genre?

The Irish setting for both my mystery series and the time travel angle in the Time-Slip Mysteries.

Whats next on the horizon for you?

I’m working on Some Like It Shot, the sixth book in the Movie Club Mysteries. Once that’s finished, I’ll write Fatal Front Page, the second story in the Time-Slip Mysteries. I also have an international spy idea percolating, but I’m not sure when I’ll have the time to write it!

Thanks so much for having me on your blog, Lori!

Thank you, Zara!

Keep reading to learn about Zara’s new book/series! 

About the Book

Deadline with Death (Time-Slip Mysteries)
Cozy Mystery
1st in Series
Beaverstone Press (June 21, 2019)
Number of Pages: ~ 394

Dee Flanagan loves Irish history, bad rom-coms, and red lipstick. Dead clowns, injured time travelers, and shootouts don’t make it onto the small town reporter’s Top Ten list. After the bullets stop flying in Dunleagh Castle’s courtyard, it’s up to Dee to convince people she didn’t imagine a gunfight played out between two centuries. With the body count rising, and no one willing to believe Dee’s time travel theory, she’s forced to team up with a man who’s either a bona fide fruit cake or a police officer from the year 1919. Using her expert knowledge of the Irish War of Independence, Dee sets out to solve a century-old crime, plus a modern-day murder.

About the Author

USA Today bestselling author Zara Keane grew up in Dublin, Ireland, but spent her summers in a small town very similar to the fictional Ballybeg and Smuggler’s Cove.

She currently lives in Switzerland with her family. When she’s not writing or wrestling small people, she drinks far too much coffee, and tries – with occasional success – to resist the siren call of Swiss chocolate.

Author Links – My Website – My Newsletter  –  Reader Group  – Facebook – Instagram  – Goodreads

Praise for Deadline with Death
(Time-Slip Mysteries)
by Zara Keane

This to me is a comedic tale of a crazy and dysfunctional family with a soupcon of paranormal mystery added in for additional fun!
~A Wytch’s Book Review Blog

Deadline with Death by Zara Keane is a stellar story, with fabulous characters, a marvelous mystery or two, and a setting that I adored.
~Baroness’ Book Trove

Purchase Links:   Amazon

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