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It's a Mystery 10/07/08

Season's Readings


Though we may not be ready, many holiday-related mysteries will soon be appearing in our new book section.  Here is a sampling:

A Christmas Grace - by Anne Perry - Now a holiday tradition, this sixth Christmas mystery, featuring Perry's popular Victorian sleuth Thomas Pitt, tells the chilling story of a storm-wracked coastal village that hides a terrible secret.

Fleece Navidad - by Maggie Sefton - It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas for the knitters of Fort Connor, Colorado, who are furiously working on their holiday projects. Juliet, the town’s “little brown wren” librarian, is known for her beautiful handmade Christmas capes, and she has extra reason to be joyful this year—she’s in love. But as soon as she finds happiness, death finds her.

Hark! The Herald Angel Screamed - by Mignon F. Ballard - It's Christmastime in the seemingly tranquil town of Stone's Throw, South Carolina, but amid all the caroling, cookies, and cheer, a murderer casts a not-so-jolly pall on the holiday season.

Ringing in Murder - by Kate Kingsbury - At the start of Kingsbury's engaging fourth holiday Pennyfoot Hotel mystery, amateur sleuth Cecily Sinclair Baxter is hoping for a festive winter season at her hotel on England's windy southeast coast, but the Christmas curse strikes again.

Santa Clawed - by Rita Mae Brown - New York Times bestselling authors Rita Mae Brown and her feline partner, Sneaky Pie Brown, are back for the holidays in a new mystery featuring Mary Minor “Harry” Haristeen, the sleuthing cats Mrs. Murphy and Pewter, and corgi Tee Tucker. Can they save the season from a killjoy who’s decided to gift the festive little town…with murder?

Six Geese A-Slaying - by Donna Andrews - Meg volunteers to organize the community Christmas parade, but, unfortunately, the grouchy man playing Santa is murdered.  Readers can look forward to another zany Meg Langslow mystery, this one filled with outrageous Christmas spirit and mayhem.


Local Author News

Cleveland mystery author Casey Daniels served as a guide when 38 WPPL mystery lovers boarded Lolley the Trolley on Sept. 27 for a tour of Cleveland.  Daniels, who writes the Pepper Martin mystery series, took us to many locations in Cleveland, including Lake View Cemetery, that serve as settings for her stories.  It was an informative, entertaining day.

An interesting note - Casey Daniels also writes another mystery series, the Cooking Class mysteries, under the name Miranda Bliss.  The main characters are Annie Capshaw, recently divorced, and her ex-beauty queen best friend, Eve DeCateur.  The stories take place in Arlington, Virginia.


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