2 Interviews, a Book Bite and a Monster Giveaway: Mysteries, Midsummer Sun and Murders

Giveaway Thru 6/20

Today we are joined by the delightful Daphne Jones, a self-described ‘ordinary’ woman who loves puzzles. Even when those puzzles lead to uncovering a murderer. 

Phillipa: Welcome, Daphne. Would you like to tell us about yourself?

Daphne: My John says I have a way with words. He’s my high school sweetheart and we’ve been married for more than forty years. My goodness, that shows my age! We sadly never had a family but were blessed with foster children.

Phillipa: You used to run Rivers End Real Estate with John, but now you’ve both retired. What are you doing with all the extra time?

Daphne: Since we renovated Bluebell – our caravan – we visit towns all over the place. John gets to fish and take photographs and research genealogy, while I read and do my new work. These days I am a wedding officiant. A celebrant for weddings, funerals, goodbye ceremonies… anything needing special words. 

Phillipa: I hear you also do a bit of – sleuthing?

Daphne: Yes indeedy. If it isn’t a body in a pool at a wedding, it is a missing body at a funeral! Poisonous preserves. Family feuds. It takes up so much time, I hardly get the chance to make cookies.

Phillipa: And you like making cookies.

Daphne: It makes me happy. And John says he loves them. Would you like one?

Phillipa: Er. No thanks.

Daphne: You don’t like my cookies?

Phillipa: I didn’t say that. Thank you for agreeing to this interview… Daphne? Okay, so Daphne has left the interview. She isn’t usually easy to offend, not with her heart of gold. Oh here she is.

Daphne: You made me love baking so I have brought my latest batch of cookies and now you can eat them. Go on, dear.

Phillipa: I can write you out of the series.

Daphne: You called it the Daphne Jones Mysteries. 



Phillipa: Thank you Daphne for joining us today and to our readers I hope you love Daphne as much as I do.

Daphne: Cookie. Author. Now.

Phillipa: Yes, ma’am.

The Daphne Jones Mysteries are set in regional Australia so expect beautiful scenery, cute Aussie animals, and cookies. 

Cate Lawley writes the Fairmont Finds Canine Cozy Mysteries series, featuring a former cadaver dog, a divorcée starting a new life in small-town Texas, and her beau. 

Luke McCord is the sheriff of Sage County, Zella Marek’s significant other, and a very big fan of a spotted German shorthair pointer named Fairmont. A brief interview of Luke follows!

Q: You’re the sheriff of Sage County in Texas. Can you tell us a little about the county seat, White Sage?

Luke: Sure. I grew up here but moved away to attend college. I came back in my thirties, and in that time the town had doubled in size. It’s only around five thousand now, but the citizens of White Sage have enough personality to fill a city. 

Q:  Is it true that White Sage has its own crime-fighting dog?

Luke: Ah, you mean my girlfriend’s dog, Fairmont. I wouldn’t say crime-fighting, but he’s been useful in a few difficult situations.

Q: Like when he tracked a kidnapped woman’s blood to her location, or when he tracked a killer who was threatening your girlfriend, Zella, or—

Luke: Yes, like in those situations.

Q: Maybe Fairmont should run against you in the next election.

Luke: If he could, he’d win, hands down. White Sage loves Fairmont. He’s done a lot of good for this town. 

Q: What else can you tell us about Fairmont?

Luke: He’s a very, very good boy.

For a summer mystery involving Fairmont, former cadaver dog and current pet of Zella, preorder your copy of Mysteries, Midsummer Sun, and Murders!

I find anthologies to be fun. They are a great way to find something new from favorite authors and to find new authors to enjoy.  My first anthology of the summer season is Mysteries, Midsummer Sun and Murders: A Cozy Mystery Anthology. It is chock of summer fun and mystery.  From seaside resort towns, to beach picnics and pools, the settings are the best of summer. Best selling, well loved authors have offered up Cozies of all stripes. Filled to the brim with witty amateur, and a few professional, sleuths, quirky sidekicks, lovable pets, and delicious food, along with trails of clues that lead the reader to the one whodunnit. 

While I found fun moments in each novella, I particularly enjoyed the museum of the macabre in A CORPSE BESIDE THE SEASIDE BENEDICT BROWN. I felt for poor Izzy being the inspiration for it.  In addition to the novellas, there are recipes for Killer Summer Salads, Dastardly Desserts and Drinks to Die For. Reading the novellas side of the box set was enjoyable, but I had huge fun thumbing through the recipes, the titles of which are more than worth the price of admission. ‘Seven-Slayer Salad’, ‘Murderous Melon Salad’, and ‘Perfectly Puzzling Potato Salad’ to name a few. Then there are the desserts, my favorite of which is the Deceptively Fancy Fruit Salad Fluff which is a staple of mine under a different alias. Even the Cranberry Crime Margarita sounds delish.

I received a copy of this book for free and it is totally worth the $.99 pre order price offering hours of cozy conundrums and fun recipes. The authors have outdone themselves on this one. It seems like a fun project.

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.

I received an advance review copy for free through Great Escapes Virtual Book Tours, and I am leaving this review voluntarily

Mysteries, Midsummer Sun and Murders:
A Cozy Mystery Anthology

Poisonous picnics, burgled barbeques, deadly deckchairs… and midsummer mayhem!

From a brilliant bunch of amazing authors, including multiple prizewinners and USA Today best sellers, comes this wonderful collection of 21 summer-themed cozy mysteries.

Featuring peril at the pool, blood on the beach, and felony at the festival, these fabulous stories—21 brand new and exclusive tales—will keep you entertained until long after the sun has set.

With stories from Hillary Avis, Benedict Brown, Catherine Coles, Paula Darnell, Connie B. Dowell, Ellen Jacobson, Joann Keder, Patti Larsen, Cate Lawley, Gayle Leeson, Daisy Linh, Rimmy London, R.B. Marshall, Megan Mayfair, Wendy Meadows, Phillipa Nefri Clark, Michele Pariza Wacek, Erin Scoggins, Cathy Tully, Victoria LK Williams and Carly Winter, you’ll surely find some of your favourite authors and discover some great new writers within the ~1600 pages of this set.

This collection will only be available for a limited time so don’t miss out – grab yourself a bargain today!

Purchase Link – Amazon

About Ellen Jacobson

Ellen Jacobson is a writer, cat lover & obsessed with chocolate. She writes cozy mysteries and romantic comedies including the Mollie McGhie Mysteries and the Smitten with Travel Rom-Coms.

You can find out more on her website (ellenjacobsonauthor.com), sign up for her newsletter (https://www.subscribepage.com/m4g9m4).

About Patti Larsen

I’m a multiple award-winning writer with a passion for the voices in my head. With many (many!) titles across many (many!) genres, all in happy publication, there’s no end in sight…

That being said, I’m short (permanent), happy (I have the best life ever) and blonde (for ever and ever). I love to talk one on one about the deepest topics and can’t seem to stop seeing the big picture. I happily live on Prince Edward Island, Canada, home to Anne of Green Gables and the most beautiful red beaches in the world, with my multiple cats, pug overlord and lady and Gypsy Vanner gelding, Fynn.

About R.B. Marshall

Like my amateur sleuth, Izzy, I’m a dressage-riding computer geek who loves coffee – but there the similarity ends. She is far smarter than me, and a lot younger! I hope you’ll join me in discovering where her curiosity leads to next…

Pretty much all my books are set in my native Scotland, and my mystery stories are no exception. You’ll meet colourful characters solving perplexing puzzles in the most glorious landscape imaginable. Throw in a castle or two, the occasional royal, and maybe even a delicious cake shop, and you’ll have the recipe for my new series.

I also write fantasy and clean romance/women’s fiction, as Roz Marshall: http://viewAuthor.at/RozMarshall

and Historical Romance telling the story of Mary Queen of Scots, as Belle McInnes: http://viewauthor.at/BelleMcInnes

About Hillary Avis

Hillary Avis writes cozy mysteries about smart women who persist until they uncover the truth—about themselves, about their communities, and of course about any unsolved murders.

She grew up in a small town on the west coast, went to college in a small town on the east coast, and now lives in beautiful Eugene, Oregon. She has two charming children, three fluffy dogs, and two practically perfect felines named Mystery and Intrigue. She also has too many chickens and one very patient husband.

When Hillary’s not reading, writing, or editing, she bakes bread, makes pottery, drinks coffee, and streams The Great British Bake-Off, but not all at the same time.

About Cate Lawley

Cate Lawley writes humorous, action-filled mysteries that frequently contain a paranormal twist.

When Cate’s not tapping away at her keyboard or in deep contemplation of her next fanciful writing project, she’s sweeping up hairy dust bunnies and watching British mysteries.

Cate is from Austin, Texas (where many of her stories take place) but has recently migrated north to Boise, Idaho, where soup season (her favorite time of year) lasts more than two weeks.

She’s worked as an attorney, a dog trainer, and in various other positions, but writer is the hands-down winner. She’s thankful readers keep reading, so she can keep writing!

Paranormal cozy mystery series:
-Vegan Vamp Mysteries
-Night Shift Witch Mysteries
-Death Retired Mysteries
-Cursed Candy Mysteries

Cozy mystery series:
-Fairmont Finds Canine Cozy Mysteries

Cate’s sweet romance series:
-Love Ever After
-Lucky Magic

For bonus materials and updates, visit her website to join her mailing list: http://www.CateLawley.com

About Rimmy London

Snuggle up with one of Rimmy’s cozies… if you dare.

Follow on Amazon or sign up for her newsletter at http://www.rimmylondon.com

About Phillipa Nefri Clark

Phillipa lives just outside a beautiful town in country Victoria, Australia. She also lives in the many worlds of her imagination and stockpiles stories beside her laptop.

She writes from the heart about love, dreams, secrets, discovery, the sea, the world as she knows it… or wishes it could be. She loves happy endings, heart-pounding suspense, and characters who stay with you long after the final page.

With a passion for music, the ocean, nature, reading, and writing, she is often found in the vegetable garden pondering a new story.

To connect more with Phillipa and her writing, visit http://www.phillipaclark.com.

About Wendy Meadows

Wendy Meadows is a USA Today best-selling author whose meticulously crafted stories showcase witty women sleuths and engaging plots. Her primary influences include but are not limited to mystery genre greats Joanne Fluke, Ellery Adams, and James Patterson. To date, she has published dozens of books, which include her popular Sweetfern Harbor Series, Maple Hill Series, and Alaska Cozy Series, to name a few.

When she isn’t writing about female detectives and their tactful crime solving, you can find Wendy either tending to her hobby farm, playing video games, relaxing on her back porch, or coloring in her growing collection of adult coloring books. She also loves spending quality time with her husband, two sons, two cats, and one adorable Labradoodle. Together, they call “The Granite State” home sweet home.

Visit Wendy at http://wendymeadows.com

About Erin Scoggins

Erin is a long-time Southerner with a fondness for offbeat humor and fresh fried chicken. After fifteen years in marketing with a Fortune 500 company, she traded her MBA for fictional crime scenes and feisty small-town families. She writes fun, flirty mysteries that are celebrations of food, family, and the killer South.

Visit her at http://www.erinscoggins.com for book news and shenanigans.

About Victoria LK Williams

Cozy Mysteries with A Tropical Twist!

Fun Cozy Mysteries, Paranormal Mysteries (with a fantasy twist) all set on the Florida Coast. A Romantic Christian Series, with a strong sense of family set in upstate New York. These are the stories Victoria writes. A hopeless animal lover, Victoria adds plenty of cats and dogs in each book, and her love of gardening shows through the characters. As a storyteller, it is important for Victoria to draw the reader into the story; to make you feel the sultry tropical heat or the numbing cold of the north. Victoria and her husband live in South Florida and own a landscape garden service. Two feisty cats make themselves at home, usually on her desk as she writes. A lover of a good mystery, she is an avid reader and likes to be outdoors. When she is not reading, you may find her working on a needlepoint project. Visit her website to learn about new and upcoming books. http://www.VictoriaLKWilliams.com

About Michele Pariza Wacek

When Michele was 3 years old, she taught herself to read because she wanted to write stories so badly. It took some time (and some detours) but now she does spend much of her time writing stories. Mystery stories, to be exact. They’re clean and twisty, and range from psychological thrillers to cozies, with a dash of romance and supernatural thrown into the mix. If that wasn’t enough, she posts lots of fun things on her blog, including short stories, puzzles, recipes and more, at MPWNovels.com. For a free prequel to her cozy mystery series, The Charlie Kingsley Mysteries, visit https://mpwnovels.com/freebies/

Michele holds a double major in English and Communications from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Currently, she lives in the mountains of Prescott, Arizona with her husband Paul and southern squirrel hunter Cassie.

Author Links
Website – https://mpwnovels.com/
Facebook – facebook.com/michelepwauthor
Linked In linkedin.com/in/michelepw
Twitter – twitter.com/michelepw
Instagram – instagram.com/themichelepw

About Joann Keder

Joann Keder spent most of her years in the Midwest, growing up and raising a family on the Great Plains of Nebraska. She worked for sixteen years as a piano teacher before returning to school to receive a master’s degree in creative writing. A mid-life move to the Pacific Northwest lead her to re-examine her priorities. She now creates stories about life and relationships in small towns while her ever-patient husband encourages her on.

Author Links
Website – Facebook – Instagram – Amazon – GoodReads Link

About Cathy Tully

Cathy Tully is the pen name of E.C. Tully. A graduate of Georgetown University, she studied foreign languages and linguistics before changing gears and graduating from Chiropractic School. Her award-nominated first novel, Dr. Shine Cracks the Case, features a chiropractor practicing in small town Georgia. She writes the ChiroCozy Mystery Series.

About Carly Winter

Carly Winter is the author of the Sedona Sprit Cozy Mystery series and the Tri-Town Murders Cozy Mystery series. When not writing, she likes spending time with her family and enjoying the fantastic Arizona weather (except summer – she doesn’t like summer). She does like dogs, wine and chocolate and wishes Christmas happened twice a year.

About Gayle Leeson

Gayle Leeson is an author living in Virginia with a beautiful family and quite a few pets. She also writes–or has written–as Gayle Trent, Amanda Lee, and G. Leeson. As Gayle Trent, she writes the Daphne Martin Cake Mystery series and the Myrtle Crumb Mystery series. As Amanda Lee, she wrote the Embroidery Mystery series. As Gayle Leeson, she writes the Down South Cafe Mystery series and the Ghostly Fashionista mystery series. And as G. Leeson, she is writing the Literatia mystery series.

About Catherine Coles

Catherine Coles writes cosy mysteries that take place in the English countryside. Her extremely popular Tommy & Evelyn Christie mysteries are set in 1920s North Yorkshire. Her new series, the Martha Miller cosy mysteries, are set in the years following the Second World War in Berkshire.

Catherine lives in northeast England with the youngest of her five children and two spoiled dogs who have no idea they are not human!

About Megan Mayfair

Megan Mayfair writes fiction with a dash of mystery, a sprinkling of humour and a spoonful of romance. Her books include the award-winning Tangled Vines and the Lemon Tree Bay mysteries. Megan lives in Melbourne, Australia with her husband and three young children and works in PR. When not writing fiction or press releases, she enjoys spending time with her family, drinking coffee, and seeking the perfect shade of red lipstick.

About Paula Darnell

Award-winning author Paula Darnell is a former college instructor who writes two cozy mystery series: the DIY Diva Mysteries and the Fine Art Mysteries. Killer Art in the Park is a story in the Fine Art Mystery series. All her cozies feature arts and crafts and a lovable dog. She’s a former board member of the Clark County Artists Guild, and she sells handmade jewelry in her Etsy shop, Paula D Jewelry. She and her husband Gary live in Las Vegas with their adorable golden retriever Lindsey Lou.

About Benedict Brown

Benedict Brown writes historical and contemporary mysteries in his two bestselling series, “Lord Edgington Investigates…” and “The Izzy Palmer Mysteries”. Both series feature twists by the bookful, a wicked sense of humour and a huge cast of quirky, curious and cunning characters. He’s a Welsh-Irish Londoner who lives in Spain with his French wife and multi-national four-year-old daughter, and he spends all his time writing (when his daughter lets him).

About Connie B. Dowell

Connie B. Dowell writes cozy stories with LGBTQ+ characters, including the Emmie and Dessa mysteries (set 1918 and onward) and the Millie Monroe Bookmobile Mysteries. She also writes nonfiction and children’s stories and hosts two writing podcasts, Authoring Onward and Let’s Start Writing. When not writing or illustrating, she gardens, plays violin badly, and binge watches Midsomer Murders.


List of prizes: CLICK HERE TO ENTER

1 Nook

1 x ebook copy of Oceanberry Blues & Tangerine Troubles by Joann Keder

Signed paperback of The Murder Before Christmas by Michele Pariza Wacek

1 x signed paperback of Cabernet & Confessions by Daisy Linh (US only)

1 x ebook of Cabernet & Confessions by Daisy Linh (international)

1 x audio book of each of A Cop & A Coop, A Flock & A Fluke; and A Roost & Arrest by Hillary Avis

1 x ebook of Bride & Doom by Erin Scoggins

1 x ebook of each of The After Hours Deception, The Hothouse Deception, and The Backstage Deception by Patti Larsen

1 x ebook of winner’s choice from the Izzy Palmer mysteries and the Lord Edgington Investigates series by Benedict Brown

1 x ebook boxset of 4 first in series books by Victoria L K Williams

1 x signed paperback of Murder for Neptune’s Trident by Victoria L K Williams (US only)

1 x ebook of both Apples & Alibis and Designs on Murder by Gayle Leeson

1 x paperback of Artistic License to Kill by Paula Darnell

1 x signed paperback of The Body in the Bookmobile & A Villain in the Vineyard by Connie B Dowell

1 x ebook of Till Daph Do Us Part by Phillipa Nefri Clark

1 x paperback (signed if winner in the US) of Murder by Numbers by Megan Mayfair

1 x ebook of the Mollie McGhee cozy collection: books 1-3 by Ellen Jacobson

1 x paperback of Murder at the Marina by Ellen Jacobson (US only)

1 x ebook of A Corpse at the Castle by R B Marshall

1 x paperback of Clues, Christmas Trees, & Corpses anthology – various authors

1 x ebook of Fairmont Finds Canine Cozy Mysteries Books 1-3 by Cate Lawley

1 x signed paperback of Dr Shine Cracks the Case by Cathy Tully (US only)

1 x signed paperback of The Guest is a Goner & News and Nectarines by Carly Winter

1 x ebook box set of the Tommy & Evelyn Christie mysteries Books 1-3 by Catherine Coles

1 x signed paperback of Murder at the Manor by Catherine Coles

1 x signed paperback of Poison at the Village Show by Catherine Coles

1 x $25 gift card to winner’s e-bookstore of choice

2 x $10 gift card to winner’s e-bookstore of choice

3 x $5 gift card to winner’s e-bookstore of choice

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