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Cover Reveal ~ Bear Witness to Murder by Meg Macy

I am thrilled to share with you the cover for the second book in the “Shamelessly Adorable Teddy Bear” mystery series from Kensington, coming May 29, 2018.


Title: Bear Witness To Murder
Series: Shamelessly Adorable Teddy Bear #2
Genre: Cozy Mystery
Publisher: Kensington Books
Website: Meg Macy

As autumn air settles into the quaint small town of Silver Hollow, there’s nothing more popular than Sasha’s teddy bears—and murder in cold blood . . .

Silver Bear Shop and Factory manager Sasha Silverman is cozying up to the fall season by hosting Silver Hollow’s Cranbeary Tea Party, the opening event of the village’s Oktobear Fest—a too-cute celebration themed around teddy bears. She barely has a moment to agonize over the return of her former high school rival, Holly Parker, whose new toy and bookstore in town could spell big trouble for her shop and her cousin’s small bookstore . . .

But when Sasha discovers Holly’s shop assistant dead with a knife plunged in her body, the unpleasant woman suddenly looks like a real backstabber. So does Sasha’s ex-husband, rumored to have rekindled the fiery extramarital affair he once had with the victim. Now, before a gruesome homicide case takes the fun out of both the Fest and her personal life, Sasha must identify the true culprit from a daunting suspect list—or risk becoming as lifeless as one of her stuffed bears . . .

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Giveaway: Leave a comment below for your chance to win a paperback copy of Bearly Departed, (U.S. residents only, sorry!), along with a few teddy treats! The giveaway will end October 10, 2017. Good luck everyone!


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About the author
MEG MACY (aka: Meg Mims) is an award-winning mystery author living in Southeast Michigan, close to Ann Arbor, Chelsea, and Dexter—the area where she has set her Shamelessly Adorable Teddy Bear cozy mystery series for Kensington. Meg also co-writes—under the pseudonym D. E. Ireland—the Eliza Doolittle & Henry Higgins Mystery series, two of which have been named Agatha Award finalists. Meg’s first published book, Double Crossing, won the 2012 Best First Novel Spur Award from Western Writers of America. She’s a graduate of Seton Hill University’s Writing Popular Fiction program. Meg is a member of WWA, Western Fictioneers, and Sisters in Crime. Born and raised in Michigan, Meg lives with her husband and enjoys gardening, crafts, and reading mysteries, historical fiction, and adding more books to her Kindle.

Visit Meg at megmacy.com

A day in the life with Verity Kent by Anna Lee Huber

I pressed a hand to my temple, closing my eyes as the beat of the drums grew ever louder, synchronizing with the pounding in my skull. I silently willed my man-of-all-work to hurry, praying I wasn’t already trapped. That it wasn’t too late.

I’d originally planned to attend the Trooping the Colour, the first since the war had ended. As such, it was to be the largest ever, and consequently would be held in Hyde Park to accommodate all of the soldiers. But when I’d woken to the sounds of drumming and marching only a few short blocks away from my Berkeley Square residence, panic gripped my chest.

I simply couldn’t do it. I couldn’t sit in my flat and listen to all that pomp and circumstance. And I certainly couldn’t stand among the other spectators and pretend I wasn’t a wreck inside. What if I should fail to hold it in? What if I should break down?

I inhaled sharply at the horrifying thought. No, it was best, for all, if I left.

I would weave my way north if I had to before doubling back to the southwest. I’d planned to leave tomorrow anyway and make my way down to the Derby at Epsom before traveling on to Winchester and then Umbersea Island. What did it matter if I left a day early? There was so little demand on my time anymore.

Not so long ago, I would’ve woken early to hurry off to my job, grateful for the warmth of the sun on my cheeks even though I knew such clear skies could mean zeppelin raids in the evening. Ostensibly, I worked for a shipping company who helped supply victuals to the troops at the front, but in actuality my work took me to Whitehall Court and into the domain of the Secret Service, where my days were filled with exhausting, but important work, with purpose. In my more reflective moments, I recognized my job had been the only thing to keep me on my feet after my husband, Sidney, died in early 1918.

But then the war had ended, and soon enough, so had my usefulness. I’d been released from service to wander our empty, echoing flat. I’d volunteered where I could, frantic to fill my hours during the day, while at night I frequented parties and nightclubs with friends equally desperate to stifle their pain, to dance and drown themselves into forgetfulness.

I suspect my life would have continued in that vein had the letter not arrived.

I know the secrets you hide. Why shouldn’t I also know your husband’s?

Then I couldn’t go on ignoring it all. I couldn’t continue to banish the memories. Not when my anonymous letterwriter had made such terrible accusations against Sidney. So I’d followed his instructions. I’d telephoned and told one of my husband’s oldest friends I’d had a change of plans and would be able to attend his engagement house party on Umbersea Island after all. What would happen when I arrived, I couldn’t guess. But I certainly wasn’t going to allow this mysterious correspondent’s claims about Sidney to go unchallenged.

I heard the engine of my late husband’s Pierce-Arrow before I saw it, and stepped through the door to meet my man-of-all-work as he brought the current-red motorcar to a stop. The sleek little Runabout had been Sidney’s pride and joy, and had since become mine.

“She’s all ready for ye, Mrs. Kent,” Rufus declared as he hopped out, holding the door for me.

I climbed in behind the driving wheel, wondering why men always referred to motorcars as females. Not that I disagreed, for I thought the same of this lovely girl. Especially when she was so keenly complicit in my escapes.

I checked the mirrors and resisted the urge to fidget as I waited impatiently for him to load my luggage.

“All set.” Rufus’s head turned to the side so he could gaze down the street, eager to catch a glimpse of the proceedings at Hyde Park.

“Go on,” I told him. Let someone enjoy the spectacle. “I won’t return until Monday, so you’ve your ease until then.”

He nodded, careful concern banked in his eyes. It simply wouldn’t do for a man of his station to be telling me what to do, even if he had served under Sidney. “Take ‘er easy through the acceleration. The clutch is stickin’ a tad. I’ll take another look when ye return.”

I couldn’t tell whether this was true or if it was simply his way of urging me to be safe, but I offered him an artless smile. “Don’t fuss, Rufus. We’ll return in one piece.”

I sped away oblivious to what was to come.


You can read more about Verity in This Side of Murder, the first book in the NEW “Verity Kent” mystery series.

The Great War is over, but in this captivating new mystery from award-winning author Anna Lee Huber, one young widow discovers the real intrigue has only just begun . . .

England, 1919. Verity Kent’s grief over the loss of her husband pierces anew when she receives a cryptic letter, suggesting her beloved Sidney may have committed treason before his untimely death. Determined to dull her pain with revelry, Verity’s first impulse is to dismiss the derogatory claim. But the mystery sender knows too much—including the fact that during the war, Verity worked for the Secret Service, something not even Sidney knew.

Lured to Umbersea Island to attend the engagement party of one of Sidney’s fellow officers, Verity mingles among the men her husband once fought beside, and discovers dark secrets—along with a murder clearly meant to conceal them. Relying on little more than a coded letter, the help of a dashing stranger, and her own sharp instincts, Verity is forced down a path she never imagined—and comes face to face with the shattering possibility that her husband may not have been the man she thought he was. It’s a truth that could set her free—or draw her ever deeper into his deception . . .

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About the author
Anna Lee Huber is the Daphne award-winning author of the national bestselling Lady Darby Mysteries, the Verity Kent Mysteries, and the Gothic Myths series, as well as the forthcoming anthology The Jacobite’s Watch. She is a summa cum laude graduate of Lipscomb University in Nashville, Tennessee, where she majored in music and minored in psychology. She currently resides in Indiana with her family and is hard at work on her next novel. Visit her online at www.annaleehuber.com.

All comments are welcomed.

A day in the life of Melanie Travis by Laurien Berenson

When I was little, I always wanted a sister. Instead I got a baby brother. The first time I saw Frank, he was an infant nestled in my mother’s arms. Mouth open, face screwed into a ugly scowl, he was shrieking at the top of his lungs. Despite the noise, my mother gazed down at him with delight.

Looking back now, I realize that initial meeting set the tone for the remainder of our sibling relationship. Frank screwed up. I tried to fix things. Frank skated through life with his head in the clouds while I, big sister Melanie, was forced to be the voice of reason.

So when Frank showed up at my house on a snowy December morning and announced that he’d raised his hand at a real estate auction and was now the owner of a dilapidated, overgrown, Christmas tree farm, the first words out of my mouth were not, “What can I do to help?”

That didn’t stop Frank. It didn’t even slow him down. He was already making a list of all the various ways he thought family members should pitch in and aid his quest to quickly turn the impetuous purchase into a viable business. Not only that, but he was sure he could make it happen in time for the holiday season—which was already upon us.

I like Christmas as much as anyone, except perhaps for my Aunt Peg who is an utter fanatic. But since I have a husband, two young sons, and a houseful of dogs—five Standard Poodles and one small mutt—not to mention a job as a special needs tutor at a local private school, my December was already fully booked.

So all I agreed to do was go with the rest of the family on Sunday morning to have a look. That was my first mistake.

My second mistake was accompanying Aunt Peg deep into the woods behind the office because my older son thought he heard someone crying. As it turned out, he was right. There was someone whimpering in the snow covered forest. A dirty, matted, Maltese puppy was lying in a snow drift, burrowed beneath the cold body of his recently deceased owner.

Frank says that I attract trouble like a magnet. But this time I could lay the blame squarely on him. If it wasn’t for my brother, I would have been sitting in my cozy house, surrounded by my pack of Poodles, happily minding my own business. Instead of frantically dialing 911.

The police recognized the dead man. They identified him as a vagrant known only as Pete. They recognized Snowball too. By the time the authorities arrived, the little Maltese was tucked snugly inside Aunt Peg’s warm jacket. The problem of what to do with him had already been settled.

Pete was another matter.

Aunt Peg has never been able to resist the lure of a mystery that needs solving. And I had plenty of questions of my own. By later that afternoon she and I were already trying to figure out who Pete was, where he’d come from, and how he’d ended up dead on my brother’s new Christmas tree farm. Aunt Peg and I thought we might be able to offer Pete’s family closure. We hoped to be able to return Snowball to their loving home.

Little did we know that things weren’t nearly as simple as they seemed. And that we were on the trail of a cold-blooded killer who didn’t care how many people’s holidays ended up in ruins.


You can read more about Melanie in Wagging Through The Snow, the 21st book in the “Melanie Travis” mystery series.

Melanie Travis needs a little peace from her busy life this Christmas. But the usual holiday hubbub is a joy compared to the killer surprise she finds tucked underneath the tree . . .

With a demanding teaching job at Connecticut’s elite Howard Academy and five poodles scampering around the house, Melanie barely has energy for the upcoming Christmas rush. But she unwraps an unexpected challenge when her brother and ex-husband, elated by the recent success of their country café, make a spontaneous bid on a dilapidated pine tree farm. Although the ten-acre lot had been a popular seasonal destination while the original owner was still alive, it’ll take some sprucing up—and a small miracle or two—before the neglected place is in shape for December.

Unfortunately, the impromptu business venture goes cold when the group discovers a purebred Maltese whimpering in the snow-covered grove—right beside a dead body. Pete, a squatter who camped out on the land, apparently met his end after a fallen fir tree branch knocked him on the head. But as Melanie and Aunt Peg investigate Pete’s history and the terrible habit that cost him everything, it’s clear his death was no accident. Now, Melanie must run through a flurry of likely suspects and muzzle a dogged murderer in time—or she’ll be next on someone’s deadly list.

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Giveaway: Leave a comment below for your chance to win a print copy of Wagging Through The Snow. U.S. entries only, please. The giveaway ends September 29, 2017. Good luck everyone!

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About the author
Laurien Berenson is a bestselling author whose books have sold two million copies worldwide. Her cozy mystery series revolves around the world of dog shows, a milieu she knows well as her family has been involved in the sport of dogs for three generations. There are currently twenty-one Melanie Travis canine mysteries including the newest book, Wagging Through The Snow.

Berenson is a four-time winner of the Maxwell Award for Fiction from the Dog Writers Assoc. of America and a winner of the Romantic Times Reviewer’s Choice Award. She is also an Agatha and Macavity nominee. Her work has appeared in The New York Times as well as numerous magazines. She is a graduate of Vassar College, and she and her husband live on a farm in Kentucky, surrounded by horses and dogs.

Connect with Laurien at laurienberenson.com, on Facebook, on Twitter and on Goodreads.

All comments are welcomed.

A day in the life of Cassie McGlone by Eileen Watkins

Considering how things ended up, it’s hard to believe this day started out so well.

Early spring always fills me with optimism, and this morning I had even more reason to be cheerful. Two new callers had inquired about the boarding and grooming services offered at my shop, Cassie’s Comfy Cats, and made appointments. Plus, I’d be interviewing yet another potential assistant at ten o’clock. I’d rejected two hopefuls so far, both younger than me—and I’m only twenty-seven. One didn’t seem to know or care that much about cats and the other acted enthusiastic but ditsy. Today’s candidate was an older woman, though, so maybe she’d be different.

Turns out, I finally struck gold with Sarah Wilcox, a retired math teacher who’d worked in inner-city schools. Maybe because of that background, and because she’d had cats of her own, a hissing tabby didn’t rattle her too much. I also liked her intelligent, responsible and slightly old-fashioned style. I told her she could start tomorrow.

I’ve been operating my shop in the small, picturesque town of Chadwick, New Jersey for four months, and as the business grew it got harder to function on my own. Hiring an assistant meant I’d finally have someone to help hold the cats while I groomed. I’d also be able to run an errand without locking my door and possibly discouraging customers.

For example, today I had to close early to make a house call. I do that for only one client—George DeLeuw, a semi-retired Wall Street executive who lives on the outskirts of town. His McMansion is filled with fabulous artworks, from pre-Colombian to contemporary; I studied art in college, so when I go there I gawk like a kid in a candy store. He’s also got a fully equipped grooming studio for his Persian cat, Harpo (DeLeuw tried grooming Harpo himself until I moved into town). The job suits me fine, because Harpo is as calm and friendly as he is beautiful. I comb the mats out of his dense fur twice a month, and DeLeuw pays generously, which has helped keep me in business.

This afternoon I drove along the main street of our quaint, semi-historic town, past flowering cherry trees, and thought things were finally going my way. Guess I jinxed myself! When I pulled up to DeLeuw’s house, I found Harpo hiding in the bushes, though he’s not allowed outside. The front door stood ajar, so I brought the cat in and followed him down the marble-tiled front hall to the study. There, my best client lay face-down on the oriental carpet, dead, an ugly gash across the back of his head.

Now I sit across from a police detective being interviewed as a witness…or maybe as a suspect! Meanwhile, my mind races with questions. Who would kill DeLeuw, a fairly quiet older guy who lived alone? Did he catch someone trying to steal one of his artworks—in the middle of the afternoon, with his landscaper and his housekeeper both working on the premises? Did his ex-wife drop by to even up some old grudge?

How badly would this loss of income set back my fledgling business? And last but not least, from my standpoint, would anyone step up to take care of Harpo?


You can read more about Cassie in The Persian Always Meows Twice, the first book in the NEW “Cat Groomer” mystery series.

Cat lovers are thrilled to welcome an expert groomer to the picturesque town of Chadwick. But scratch below the surface, and unmasking a killer becomes a game of cat and mouse . . .

Professional cat grooming isn’t all fluff—when the fur starts flying, Cassie McGlone, owner of Cassie’s Comfy Cats, handles her feistiest four-legged clients with a caring touch and nerves of steel. While these qualities help keep her business purring, they also come in handy when she makes a house call to her best client, millionaire George DeLeuw, and discovers his murdered body next to his newly orphaned Persian, Harpo.

To help the local police find the actual killer, Cassie begins her own investigation. But no one, from George’s housekeeper to his vindictive ex-wife, is giving up clues. Not until Cassie is given permission to temporarily board Harpo does anyone show interest in the Persian’s well-being. Someone is desperate to get their paws on Harpo before the feline helps untangle a felony. Are there deadly truths that a cat whisperer like Cassie can coax out? She needs to tread lightly and remember she gets one life, not nine. . . .

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About the author
Eileen Watkins worked for daily newspapers for most of her career, writing and editing stories on fine art, architecture, interior design, and home improvement. She has also published paranormal mystery and suspense novels. A confirmed “Jersey Girl,” she prefers older houses, has always shared her home with at least one cat, and makes frequent visits to the nearest riding stable. She is a member of Sisters in Crime and Mystery Writers of America.

Visit her at www.efwatkins.com or on Facebook as E. F. Watkins.

All comments are welcomed.

My Musing ~ Wagging Through The Snow by Laurien Berenson

Wagging Through The Snow by Laurien Berenson is the 21st book in the “Melanie Travis” mystery series. Publisher: Kensington, coming September 26, 2017

Melanie Travis needs a little peace from her busy life this Christmas. But the usual holiday hubbub is a joy compared to the killer surprise she finds tucked underneath the tree . . .

With a demanding teaching job at Connecticut’s elite Howard Academy and five poodles scampering around the house, Melanie barely has energy for the upcoming Christmas rush. But she unwraps an unexpected challenge when her brother and ex-husband, elated by the recent success of their country café, make a spontaneous bid on a dilapidated pine tree farm. Although the ten-acre lot had been a popular seasonal destination while the original owner was still alive, it’ll take some sprucing up—and a small miracle or two—before the neglected place is in shape for December.

Unfortunately, the impromptu business venture goes cold when the group discovers a purebred Maltese whimpering in the snow-covered grove—right beside a dead body. Pete, a squatter who camped out on the land, apparently met his end after a fallen fir tree branch knocked him on the head. But as Melanie and Aunt Peg investigate Pete’s history and the terrible habit that cost him everything, it’s clear his death was no accident. Now, Melanie must run through a flurry of likely suspects and muzzle a dogged murderer in time—or she’ll be next on someone’s deadly list.

The latest adventures with Melanie and her friends quickly embroiled me in all that was happening, making it hard to put down until the last page was read. The author did a great job in telling this story with narrative that was visually descriptive and dialogue that was engaging and humorous at times. The mystery was well-written and I like that the author keeps me in suspense mode with how Melanie’s investigative efforts will turn out. I also love the family dynamics that plays heavily in this story which always warms my heart. This was an enjoyable read and I look forward to the next book in this endearing series.

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FTC Full Disclosure – I received an Advanced Reader Copy (ARC) from the author.

My Musing ~ The Persian Always Meows Twice by Eileen Watkins

The Persian Always Meows Twice by Eileen Watkins is the first book in the NEW “Cat Groomer” mystery series. Publisher: Kensington, coming September 26, 2017

Cat lovers are thrilled to welcome an expert groomer to the picturesque town of Chadwick. But scratch below the surface, and unmasking a killer becomes a game of cat and mouse . . .

Professional cat grooming isn’t all fluff—when the fur starts flying, Cassie McGlone, owner of Cassie’s Comfy Cats, handles her feistiest four-legged clients with a caring touch and nerves of steel. While these qualities certainly help keep her business purring, they also come in handy when she makes a house call to her best client, millionaire George DeLeuw, and discovers his murdered body next to his newly orphaned Persian, Harpo.

To help the local police find the actual killer, Cassie begins her own investigation. But no one, from George’s housekeeper to his vindictive ex-wife, is giving up clues. Not until Cassie is given permission to temporarily board Harpo does anyone show interest in the Persian’s wellbeing. Someone is desperate to get their paws on Harpo before the feline helps untangle a felony. Are there deadly truths that a cat whisperer like Cassie can coax out? She needs to tread lightly and remember she gets one life, not nine. . . .

This was a fun and enjoyable book to read. I love the comfortable tone and the pacing of this whodunit, creating an easy story to follow from beginning to end. The mystery was nicely done with a slew of suspects and I liked the clues kept me busy trying to figure it all out with a few red herrings that enhanced the telling of this tale. The narrative was visually descriptive putting me right there in the middle of all the action as Cassie groomed her pets (I liked that the author gave me an inside look at this), queried the suspects, confronted a person from her past, and worked with the police. This I liked, that she worked cooperatively with the local police. I enjoyed meeting Cassie, Dawn, Sarah and Mark which I look forward to seeing their relationship grow. Boasting a lovable cast of characters that also included the furry ones, engaging dialogue and a small town atmosphere, this was a great debut story and a welcome addition to the cozy genre.

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FTC Full Disclosure – I received an Advanced Reader Copy (ARC) from the author.

My Musing ~ Assaulted Caramel by Amanda Flower

Assaulted Caramel by Amanda Flower is the first book in the NEW “Amish Candy Shop” mystery series. Publisher: Kensington, August 2017

Sometimes you need a sweet tooth to take a bite out of crime . . .

Bailey King is living the sweet life as assistant chocolatier at world-famous JP Chocolates in New York City. But just when Bailey’s up for a life-changing promotion, her grandmother calls with news that her grandfather’s heart condition has worsened. Bailey rushes to Harvest, Ohio, where her grandparents still run Swissmen Sweets, the Amish candy shop where she was first introduced to delicious fudge, truffles, and other assorted delights.

She finds her grandfather is doing better than she feared. Unfortunately, the same can’t be said for a local Englisch developer, whom Bailey finds dead in the candy shop kitchen—with Jebediah King’s chocolate knife buried in his chest. Now the police are sweet on her grandfather as the prime suspect. Despite the sincere efforts of a yummy deputy with chocolate-brown eyes, Bailey takes it on herself to clear Jebediah. But as a cunning killer tries to fudge the truth, Bailey may be headed straight into a whole batch of trouble . . .

Recipe Included!

Amanda has done it again. She’s created a delectably enticing new whodunit that was engagingly entertaining. I love the comfortable tone and how well it paired with the pacing as the story moved to its conclusion. The mystery was nice done with suspects aplenty and clues that were strategically placed with a few twists and turns that added to my enjoyment of this drama. The narrative pulled me in making me feel like I was in the middle of all the action as Bailey’s investigation took her closer to a killer who would do anything to stay hidden. The author did a great job in keeping my interest high and when I thought I had a handle on the killer, the author changed direction all to enhanced the telling of this tale. With a lovable cast of characters that included Jethro, good conversations and a small-town feel, this was a great read and I look forward to the next foray with Bailey and her friends.

My Musing ~ Macramé Murder by Mollie Cox Bryan

Macramé Murder by Mollie Cox Bryan is the third book in the “Cora Crafts” mystery series. Publisher: Kensington, August 2017

As the head of a bustling crafting retreat, Cora Chevalier could use a break of her own. So she and her creative cohorts temporarily swap small-town Indigo Gap for the Sea Glass Island Craft Retreat, where they teach classes and create beachy crafts like shell mosaics and sea glass chimes. Cora and her boyfriend Adrian are enchanted by their surroundings—especially the stunning wedding and blissful newlyweds they encounter on the beach. But awe becomes shock when the bride turns up dead the next day . . .

The woman’s death appears to be the result of a severe jellyfish sting. But when it’s revealed that she was murdered and Adrian becomes a suspect, Cora must hitch the real culprit to the crime—and fast. Because it just might take everything she has to crack a case more twisted than her most complex macramé knot!

Includes crafting tips!

This time the main characters are taken out of their normal element in a new setting where all seem glorious until murder lands at their feet. This well-crafted mystery grabbed my attention immediately and quickly became a page turner. The comfortable tone and pacing made for an easy and fun read that I could not put down until the last chapter was read and boy did it leave a smile on my face. The author knows how to set up a murder mystery with strategically placed clues, and a few twists and turns that enriched the telling of this tale. Bonus to me was watching Cora and Adrian’s relationship grow amid this latest entanglement of murder. Once again, Mollie has created an enticingly entertaining story and I look forward to the next book in this delightfully endearing series.

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A day in the life with Cora Chevalier by Mollie Cox Bryan

My colleagues and I have been invited to the “Big Island Craft Retreat,” situated on Sea Glass Island, off the coast of South Carolina. We’ll be guest teaching, but we’re all hoping to get some beach time in. It’s been years for all of us. My boyfriend, Adrian is also coming to the retreat.

In the meantime, we’ve got plenty to do to prepare for our trip. We’ve rented a van so we can all travel together. We’re all a little nervous about being in the van with each other for that long of a time. Ruby is concerned about pit-stops. Jane is worried that London will get cranky and misbehave. I’m a little concerned about getting car sick, though if I sit in the front seat, and take turns driving, I should be okay.

Ruby, Jane and I have all of our teaching materials in the van already. For me, I just have a few handouts and my computers. I plan to make copies at the retreat center. When you’re teaching a class on blogging, you really don’t need much. Ruby found the exact sea shell she wanted for her sea shell candle making class a little too late to be shipped to the island on time. But they were beautiful shells just fitting in the palm you your hand.

Aside from my class, I very much looking forward to walking the beaches and finding sea glass, which I’ve become enamored by. It’s so gorgeous and it’s becoming rare. Sea glass island was fortunate to be blessed with it, as well as a multitude of shells, from what I understand.

We’re all almost packed and ready to go. Excitement fills the air— a long weekend with beach crafts at a gorgeous remote island. Sounds like heaven to me.


You can read more about Cora in Macramé Murder, the third book in the “Cora Crafts” mystery series.

As the head of a bustling crafting retreat, Cora Chevalier could use a break of her own. So she and her creative cohorts temporarily swap small-town Indigo Gap for the Sea Glass Island Craft Retreat, where they teach classes and create beachy crafts like shell mosaics and sea glass chimes. Cora and her boyfriend Adrian are enchanted by their surroundings—especially the stunning wedding and blissful newlyweds they encounter on the beach. But awe becomes shock when the bride turns up dead the next day . . .

The woman’s death appears to be the result of a severe jellyfish sting. But when it’s revealed that she was murdered and Adrian becomes a suspect, Cora must hitch the real culprit to the crime—and fast. Because it just might take everything she has to crack a case more twisted than her most complex macramé knot!

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About the author
Mollie Cox Bryan writes cozies with an edge and romances with a slow, sweet burn. Her first book, Scrapbook of Secrets, was nominated for an Agatha award. Several of the books in her Cumberland Creek series have been honored with Library of Virginia People’s Choice nominations. Death Among the Doilies is finalist for the Daphne du Maurier Award. No Charm Intended, the second book in her second mystery series, was named one of the Top Ten Beach Reads by Woman’s World magazine.

Her second romance novella has just come out as well—Every Fiber Of You. Her romances and mysteries feature crafters of all sorts. She spends her days working as a fact checker and researcher, her early mornings writing, and the rest of the time she’s a full-time mom and wife. She longs for the day to have the time to craft as much as her characters do.

Connect with Mollie at molliecoxbryan.com.

All comments are welcomed.