Sleuthing Women: 10 First-in-Series Mysteries edited by Lois Winston

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Being a mystery author, I know quite a few other mystery authors. However, there are many I don’t know and haven’t read. I began to wonder how many wonderful mysteries I’m missing out on because I just don’t know about them. And then I wondered, how many readers don’t know about my books? Or the books I’ve enjoyed by some of my fellow authors? What if there was an easy way to introduce mystery readers to some of my favorite authors and their series? That’s when inspiration hit, and I began contacting some of my mystery author friends. They loved my idea and joined me in producing Sleuthing Women: 10 First-in-Series Mysteries.

Sleuthing Women: 10 First-in-Series Mysteries is a collection of full-length mysteries featuring murder and assorted mayhem by ten critically acclaimed, award-winning, and bestselling authors. Each novel in the set is the first book in an established multi-book series—a total of over 3,000 pages of reading pleasure for lovers of amateur sleuth, caper, and cozy mysteries, with a combined total of over 1700 reviews on Amazon, averaging 4 stars. Titles include:

Assault With a Deadly Glue Gun, an Anastasia Pollack Crafting Mystery by Lois Winston—Working mom Anastasia is clueless about her husband’s gambling addiction until he permanently cashes in his chips and her comfortable middle-class life craps out. He leaves her with staggering debt, his communist mother, and a loan shark demanding $50,000. Then she’s accused of murder. . .

Murder Among Neighbors, a Kate Austen Suburban Mystery by Jonnie Jacobs — When Kate Austen’s socialite neighbor, Pepper Livingston, is murdered, Kate becomes involved in a sea of steamy secrets that bring her face to face with shocking truths—and handsome detective Michael Stone.

Skeleton in a Dead Space, a Kelly O’Connell Mystery by Judy Alter—Real estate isn’t a dangerous profession until Kelly O’Connell stumbles over a skeleton and runs into serial killers and cold-blooded murderers in a home being renovated in Fort Worth. Kelly barges through life trying to keep from angering her policeman boyfriend Mike and protect her two young daughters.

In for a Penny, a Cleopatra Jones Mystery by Maggie Toussaint—Accountant Cleo faces an unwanted hazard when her golf ball lands on a dead banker. The cops think her BFF shot him, so Cleo sets out to prove them wrong. She ventures into the dating world, wrangles her teens, adopts the victim’s dog, and tries to rein in her mom. . .until the killer puts a target on Cleo’s back.

The Hydrogen Murder, a Periodic Table Mystery by Camille Minichino—A retired physicist returns to her hometown of Revere, Massachusetts and moves into an apartment above her friends’ funeral home. When she signs on to help the Police Department with a science-related homicide, she doesn’t realize she may have hundreds of cases ahead of her.

Retirement Can Be Murder, A Baby Boomer Mystery by Susan Santangelo—Carol Andrews dreads her husband Jim’s upcoming retirement more than a root canal without Novocain. She can’t imagine anything worse than having an at-home husband with time on his hands and nothing to fill it—until Jim is suspected of murdering his retirement coach.

Dead Air, A Talk Radio Mystery by Mary Kennedy—Psychologist Maggie Walsh moves from NY to Florida to become the host of WYME’s On the Couch with Maggie Walsh. When her guest, New Age prophet Guru Sanjay Gingii, turns up dead, her new roommate Lark becomes the prime suspect. Maggie must prove Lark innocent while dealing with a killer who needs more than just therapy.

A Dead Red Cadillac, A Dead Red Mystery by RP Dahlke—When her vintage Cadillac is found tail-fins up in a nearby lake, the police ask aero-ag pilot Lalla Bains why an elderly widowed piano teacher is found strapped in the driver’s seat. Lalla confronts suspects, informants, cross-dressers, drug-running crop dusters, and a crazy Chihuahua on her quest to find the killer.

Murder is a Family Business, an Alvarez Family Murder Mystery by Heather Haven—Just because a man cheats on his wife and makes Danny DeVito look tall, dark and handsome, is that any reason to kill him? The reluctant and quirky PI, Lee Alvarez, has her work cut out for her when the man is murdered on her watch. Of all the nerve.

Murder, Honey, a Carol Sabala Mystery by Vinnie Hansen—When the head chef collapses into baker Carol Sabala’s cookie dough, she is thrust into her first murder investigation. Suspects abound at Archibald’s, the swanky Santa Cruz restaurant where Carol works. The head chef cut a swath of people who wanted him dead from ex-lovers to bitter rivals to greedy relatives.

I hope I’ve piqued your curiosity with these short blurbs, and you’ll soon find some new favorite authors in Sleuthing Women: 10 First-in-Series Mysteries. The boxed set e-book is available through Amazon Kindle, Barnes & Noble Nook, Kobo, and iTunes.

About Lois Winston
USA Today bestselling and award-winning author Lois Winston writes mystery, romance, romantic suspense, chick lit, women’s fiction, children’s chapter books, and nonfiction under her own name and her Emma lois-winston-med-res-fileCarlyle pen name. Kirkus Reviews dubbed her critically acclaimed Anastasia Pollack Crafting Mystery series, “North Jersey’s more mature answer to Stephanie Plum.” In addition, Lois is an award-winning craft and needlework designer who often draws much of her source material for both her characters and plots from her experiences in the crafts industry. Visit Lois/Emma at and Anastasia at the Killer Crafts & Crafty Killers blog. Follow her on Pinterest, and on Twitter. Sign up for her newsletter here.

Giveaway: Leave comment below for your chance to win a Kindle version of Sleuthing Women: 10 First-in-Series Mysteries. The giveaway will end May 6, 2016 at 12 AM EST. Good luck everyone!

All comments are welcomed.

46 responses to “Sleuthing Women: 10 First-in-Series Mysteries edited by Lois Winston

  1. Lynne Moody

    Wow what a Wonderful giveaway 💟💟👍👍 Love to read so many great books 🙂 Would love a chance to win 💟💟

  2. Patricia Lafferty

    So many new authors and series – it would be a great intro to new settings. Thank you – would love to win.

  3. Would love to win this! What an awesome set! Thank you!

  4. I would love to win a Kindle version Sleuthing Women. Thank you

  5. What a great idea! I would love to have this set.

  6. Valerie Consoer

    They all sound delightful! Thanks for the giveaway!

  7. Barbara Hackel

    A great collection of books-Lois Winston happens to be one of my favorite authors. Many of the others are “old friends” and a couple new ones. How nice! Thanks Dru and thanks to the Sleuthing Ladies as well! 🙂

  8. Wow great collection breath giveaway,

  9. Meant great giveaway😊

  10. authorlois

    Thank you all for your enthusiasm over Sleuthing Women and special thanks to Dru Ann for featuring it here today. (And a shout-out to Barbara Hackel for making my day!)

  11. Patty Allen

    Great Giveaway!! Thanks for the chance to win these books.

  12. Angela Adams

    Happy Release Day! Great line-up of books!

  13. What a fabulous idea! I’m familiar with a couple of these authors and this is a great way to meet some more. Well done Ms Winston!

  14. Sounds so fabulous. Thanks for the giveaway!

  15. What’s better than a mystery? A box set of mysteries!

  16. Wow, what a great way to find new authors and all mysterys, would love to win, ty,

    wow, what a great way

  17. Sounds like a great way to expand my reading list.

  18. Mary Jane H.

    What a great idea this is!

  19. Celia Fowler

    This is a great way to meet so many authors that are new to me. Thanks for the giveaway Dru!

  20. So excited to have Retirement Can Be Murder in this boxed set. I’m in very good company!

  21. I’m honored to be in the set. I’ve read several of the books, and look forward to reading the rest.

  22. This is a great way to find new authors and series, and I’m thrilled to be part of it.

  23. Doward Wilson

    Thanks for the chance to win. What a wonderful way to meet new authors and series!

  24. Wow! 10 at one time! What a deal!

  25. Thanks so much, Dru! It was great fun to participate in this boxed set and Lois Winston deserves a major shout-out for pulling it all together!

  26. A set of 10 books, especially mystery are a real bonus. Thank you for the opportunity to enter this giveaway.

  27. Kristin Orlowski

    It would be awesome to win this collection!

  28. I admire the way you keep those books coming! I’m excited for you!

  29. What a great set of mysteries. Looking forward to reading. Thanks for the giveaway.

  30. What a fantastic idea. Always want to discover new series to love!!

  31. Susan Slovinsky

    Awesome set! Some really interesting reading and new authors to explore. Thanks so much for cluing us in and for the chance to win the set.

  32. Wow! This looks like an awesome bunch of books. Hope you keep us up-to-date as they release.

  33. The set is interesting and introduces me to authors whose novels I have not read. Thank you for the chance to win the set.

  34. Lisbeth Mizula

    Great idea!

  35. Aleta Anderson

    This sounds like a wonderful anthology and I would love a chance to win it.

  36. What a great idea!

  37. Amazing! This sounds really good, but I looked for a link to click to send me to Amazon to buy it. Need more coffee, I know it must be there somewhere! Of course, winning it free wouldn’t hurt my feelings either.

  38. Great way to meet new authors.

  39. authorlois

    Jean, Dru Ann doesn’t include buy links. You can find all the links at my website:

  40. This looks like a great book. Right up my alley!
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  41. Some great reads in this set. Thanks

  42. rosemary pfeiffer

    wow,what a great way to find new authors..thanks for this chance

  43. Peggy Hyndman

    Great way to discover new authors and series. Thank you for the chance to win a Kindle version Sleuthing Women.

  44. Barb Bristol Wiesmann

    What a great way to get to new series!

  45. MarilynDenler

    What a fun way to get to know different authors!