Sunday, January 19, 2020


Survival Can Be Deadly: A Discount Detective by Charlotte Stuart

Survival Can Be Deadly

Publisher: Walrus Publishing (September 10, 2019) 
An imprint of Amphorae Publishing Group 
Paperback: 308 pages 
ISBN-10: 1940442265
ISBN-13: 978-1940442266 
Digital ASIN: B07Q8TKP7T

When single mom and recent widow Cameron Chandler takes a much-needed job at Penny-wise Investigations, a detective agency conveniently located in a suburban shopping mall, she grabs the chance to reinvent herself. Her first case is to locate a runaway girl, something her predecessor had been pursuing before he disappeared. Following in his footsteps, the trail leads to a survivalist camp on a remote island in northern Puget Sound. Armed with only a Swiss Army Knife and her quirky on-the-job training as a suburban sleuth, Cameron uncovers more than she bargained for. She soon finds herself in a fight for her own survival in this lighthearted mystery set in Seattle and the San Juan Islands to the north.

About Charlotte Stuart

 In a world filled with uncertainty and too little chocolate, Charlotte Stuart, PhD, has taught college courses in communication, gone commercial fishing in Alaska, and was the VP of HR and Training for a large credit union.
Her current passion is for writing lighthearted mysteries with a pinch of adventure and a dollop of humor.
When she isn’t writing, she enjoys watching herons, eagles, seals and other sea life from her Vashon Island home office.
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Saturday, January 18, 2020

Cloth of Grace by Rachel J Bonner

Cloth of Grace
Choices and Consequences Book 4
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When the fate of the world rests on your shoulders, how do you choose between what you ought to do and the only thing you really want?

Leonie finally knows who she is. But now she needs to decide who she is going to be. Her choice will affect not just her family, not just those she knows, but tens, hundreds of thousands, millions of people that she doesn’t. And every path that’s open to her will put Perry under the pressures that caused his breakdown before. How can she do what she must and still protect Perry?
Perry desperately wants to make things easier for Leonie. Somehow he has to find the strength to face the things that all but destroyed him in the past. But every way he turns, some aspect of his past lies waiting to pounce – even during his happiest moments. And he can never forget that Leonie’s life is in danger from someone, somewhere.

Gabriel has managed to negotiate peace, at least in theory. Now he must put that into practice and reunite Leonie with the family she never knew she had. Then disaster strikes right in the middle of his own sanctuary. Can he still protect those he loves, or has he been harbouring a villain the whole time?

Weave of Love
Choices and Consequences Book 3
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What if the choice you have to make has devastating consequences for others?
How can anyone know the right thing to do?
Leonie chose to sacrifice everything to save other people. Now those around her have to face the consequences – and those consequences are not what they expected.
Prospero must deal with his own guilt. He was the one who gave Leonie the tools she needed – her life was in his hands. To make the most of what she did, he will have to face up to all the family issues he has avoided for so long. Whatever he chooses to do, someone he loves will be hurt. For Leonie’s sake, is he now strong enough to make the choice he couldn’t make before?
The crisis predicted by Lord Gabriel has come and gone. But his task isn’t over. Leonie’s very existence may be out in the open but Gabriel discovers that the past is never what it seems – and nor is the present. How can he use what he now knows to bring together those who have been enemies for as long as anyone can remember? If he fails in this, everything he’s had to do so far will be in vain.

Thread of Hope
Choices and Consequences Book 2
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What if your secrets are so dangerous they could destroy the one you love?
Is honesty always the best policy?

Leonie may have run away but Prospero will find her. He loves her and he wants a future with her by his side whatever the consequences. Only when he does find her, he ought to tell her who he really is, outside the monastery. That’ll make her run again. Dare he risk it? But if he doesn’t tell her, someone else may...

Marriage to Prospero is what Leonie wants most and the one thing she knows she can’t have. If he found out what she was really like, what she’d been, what she’d done, he’d despise her and she couldn’t bear that. Better to leave now than live a lie – but it’s harder than she expected. If only…

Gabriel is starting to discover the secrets inherent in Leonie, secrets that not even she knows, secrets that will tear the world apart. And the secrets he is keeping are tearing him apart. How can sacrificing those he loves possibly achieve peace when everything he discovers risks the death of millions?

Strand of Faith
Choices and Consequences Book 1
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A girl. A monk. An unthinkable sacrifice.
When the choice is between love and life, how can anyone decide?

In a post-apocalyptic future, a girl and a monk, both with extraordinary mental powers, have compelling reasons not to fall in love. But their choices will have consequences for the rest of the world.

After the troubles of his youth, Brother Prospero has found comfort and fulfilment in the monastery. Then he discovers something that forces him to reconsider his whole vocation. How can it possibly be right to leave a life of worship and service for human desire? And if he does leave, will the pressures from his past destroy him?

Orphaned and mistreated, Leonie has found sanctuary and safety at the Abbey. When she comes into contact with Prospero everything spirals out of her control. Everyone she’s ever loved has died. She can’t do that to him. But how can she walk away from the first place she’s truly belonged?

Abbot Gabriel is faced with an impossible choice. He can do nothing and watch the world descend into war. Or he can manipulate events and ensure peace – at the cost of two lives that he is responsible for. Is he strong enough to sacrifice those he loves?


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Rachel J Bonner is the author of the compelling and enthralling four book Choices and Consequences series.  The first book in the series, Strand of Faith, was published in November 2018. Book 2, Thread of Hope, released on 2nd May 2019, followed by Weave of Love on 24th October, and Cloth of Grace at the end of February 2020.
Getting a degree in engineering, followed by a career in accountancy is probably not a conventional path to becoming an author, particularly in fantasy or romance.  Rachel says that, although accountancy isn’t anything like as boring as everyone thinks, writing is a lot more fun.  When not writing, she can be found walking in the beautiful countryside near where she lives, which has influenced much of the scenery in her books, or shooting things with her local archery club.  Shooting targets only, honest.  Nothing to worry about. (Okay, sometimes we shoot Polo mints. Or cabbages. Still nothing to worry about.)
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Friday, January 17, 2020

Perfect Match by Zoe May

Perfect Match
Can you ever find true love online?
Sophia Jones is an expert in all things online dating: the best sites, how to write a decent bio, which questions to ask and the right type of photos to use. The only thing she’s not so great at? Picking the guys…

After sitting through yet another dreadful date with a man who isn’t quite what she expected, Sophia is just about ready to give up on the whole dating scene. But her flatmate, Kate, persuades her to give it one more chance, only this time she must create a profile describing her ‘perfect’ man.
Yes, he must look like Robert Pattinson and needs to own a multi-million pound business, but there are a couple of other deal breakers, too! So, when a guy comes along who ticks every box, surely there’s got to be a catch?
A laugh-out-loud romantic comedy, perfect for fans of Catherine Bennetto and Rosie Blake!
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Different from other rom-coms I have read, so this book goes get a 5 for originality.
Everyone who reads this book seems to have a different favorite character. I haven't quite chosen mine yet. They are well written and need to be allowed to be absorbed.

Finding a good relationship shouldn't be so hard! Sophia looked in all the right places and all the wrong ways and places. She endured the dates (and men.)
What happens when you have given up hope of finding Mr. Right? You just decide to ask for everything you want in a man and in great detail!  And Sophia Jones is an expert with words, phrases and details.  So what could go wrong when you find him?

Is finding true love a meet-cute event, an accidental alignment. or a matter of fate?
Could the right person be staring at you daily and you never acknowledge it

This book is not for everyone. I think some of the humor was wasted on me but I see how it will appeal to a young audience.  I look forward to see how this talented author grows with each book.

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Zoe May lives in southeast London and writes romantic comedies. Zoe has dreamt of being a novelist since she was a teenager. She worked in journalism and copywriting before writing her debut novel, Perfect Match. Having experienced the London dating scene first hand, Zoe could not resist writing a novel about dating, since it seems to supply endless amounts of weird and wonderful material!

Perfect Match was one of Apple's top-selling books of 2018. It was also shortlisted for the Romantic Novelists' Association's Joan Hessayon Award, with judges describing it as 'a laugh out loud look at love and self-discovery - fresh and very funny'.

As well as writing, Zoe enjoys walking her dog, painting and, of course, reading! She adores animals and if she's not taking a photo of a vegan meal, she's probably tweeting about the dairy industry. She is half Greek and half Irish and can make a mean baklava. Zoe has a thing for horror films, India, swimming, hip hop and Radiohead. She has an encyclopaedic knowledge of handbags having spent several years working in fashion copywriting and could probably win Mastermind if this was her specialist subject!

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Lavender Toes (A Cold Cream Murder Mystery) by Barbara Silkstone

 Lavender Toes

Lavender Toes (A Cold Cream Murder Mystery)
Cozy Mystery 5th in Series
Independently Published (December 1, 2019)
Paperback: 174 pages 
ISBN-10: 1712435833
 ISBN-13: 978-1712435830 
Digital ASIN: B0821NHR9V

Someone dear to Olive is found dead—toes up and barefooted—in Digby’s Bees lavender field. Olive and Lizzy team up with WonderDog to find the killer. Digby’s hives are home to the wondrous Soprano bees. The little buzzers are the source of the secret ingredient that powers their Nonna’s Cold Cream—a fountain of youth in a jar.
Finding the killer becomes more of a challenge as the gals protect Digby’s bees from a determined land developer who wants the beekeeper’s farm. The clock ticks as saving the honeybees becomes every bit as important as finding the cousin-killer.
While Olive and Lizzy buzz about, Grams, nonagenarian ace reporter for the Silverfish Gazette, takes on the story of a diamond heist in nearby Sarasota. Can the gals protect Grams from another near catastrophe or can the feisty lady handle it alone?
Help the Cold Cream gals solve the mystery of the Lavender Toes while once again bailing Grams out of trouble. And what about those bees?
Every book comes with a recipe for a homemade beauty product.

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Robert B. Parker Author Bumping

Author Bumping is a talent I come by naturally. I have literally fallen into a full body bump with some big name writers. These unplanned slams usually occur with hilarious results.

Robert B. Parker was a lovely man. Readers and reviewers considered him to be the Dean of American Crime Fiction. He created the wisecracking, street-smart Boston private eye, Spenser. The New York Times said of the Spenser novels, “We are witness to one of the great series in the history of the American Detective Story.”

My first meeting with Robert B. Parker was not the auspicious event I would have preferred.  I slammed into him as if he were home base. All one hundred and twenty-five pounds of me hitting his chubby frame with an “oomph!”
But let me back up and get a running start into this story.

I was attending a writers’ workshop in London. It was comprised of a small group of dedicated hopefuls who were there to hone their craft with instructors, Bob Parker, Stephen King and PD James.
The workshop took place at the London Polytechnic University campus located on Marylebone Road across from Madame Tussaud’s Wax Museum and near White Chapel the hunting grounds of Jack the Ripper. It was summer and the inner city buildings were deserted.
Red graffiti decorated the walls using words I’d never heard before. The buildings have since been renovated but at the time, the setting was pretty eerie.
I took a seat in the old lecture theater, laying my knapsack and duffle bag on the floor at my feet. I was pleased I had traveled light and finally got the hang of looking like a writer. I had dropped the sissy pink dresses and kitten heels after the last writers’ conference. Dressed in black slacks and a black sweater I was determined to look like what I thought serious writers looked like.

Someone spoke from the stage – I can’t remember who – telling us where and how to find our room assignments in the dorms and that someone would be addressing the group, shortly. I settled back and admired the carved wood paneling and Phantom of the Opera ambience.
A professor-like woman turned to me in the dimly lit room. “Hi. My name is Shirley. I’ve really got to find a ladies’ room. Would you mind my bags for me?” 
“Sure.” But even as I spoke I knew I needed a loo trip, too. Now was as good a time as any. Shirley and I set out in search of a potty leaving our bags in the care of an honest-looking lady.
The halls outside the auditorium were silent. Slippery, polished marble floor, stonewalls, and dim lights but no restrooms.
“Maybe they’re on the second floor,” I said.
We walked up a level. No loos,  just dimmer lighting. Shirley and I agreed to head up one more level. With the school abandoned for the summer, someone had taken to making a career out of polishing the marble floors. They were as slippery as ice.
No potty. No loo. “One more floor?” I asked. Shirley nodded, her eyes like two giant robin’s eggs behind her thick glasses. It was awfully quiet. We made our way to the fourth floor clinging to the banister to steady ourselves. A good tinkle was now at the top of my list of most desirable things to do in London.

On the fourth floor we finally found a ladies’ loo. We entered the harsh greenish light. The room felt like the men’s room scene in The Shining. Jack Nicholson meets the long dead manager of the Overlook Hotel. The guy who slaughtered his family with an ax.
Okay, my nerves were prickly.
Shirley grabbed one stall and I hit another. I’d clicked the door shut and was in bladder emptying ecstasy when the door shook. “Open up or I’ll break the door down!” said a male voice with a cockney accent. He rattled my stall door.
 Knowing it would do no good to scream, I said… “Absolutely not!”  (I’m notoriously polite.)
“Barbara! What’s going on?” Shirley whimpered.

Then there was silence. Not a word. Not a footstep. Only the sound of Shirley sobbing from her position two stalls down. More silence. He was either waiting outside the door with a Jack the Ripper knife or he had run away.
I made an executive decision. “Shirley, at the count of three let’s make a run for it. One…”
“Barbara! I can’t! I can’t get my girdle up. I’m too scared!”

Girdle? Who wears a girdle nowadays?  I was trapped in a farce with a woman in a girdle, and a guy who might be very large and definitely evil.
“Shirley ditch your girdle. We’re running for it! Two-Three!”

We broke out of our stalls like two racehorses out for the Triple Crown. We hit the marble floor with Flintstone feet flying. Funny thing about running on slippery surfaces—you can build up some real speed.

At the second level Shirley went reeling. “Turn into the skid!” I yelled at her as I grabbed the railing. She squealed and then righted herself. By the time we hit the ground floor it felt as if we were going a hundred miles an hour.

A group of people stood at the entrance to the auditorium. Robert B. Parker was among them. I lost control and went into a slide. Of the dozen people I ended up bumping headfirst into his portly belly.  Slam!  I knocked the air out of him and gave myself a dose of vertigo.
Security came running. Shirley blubbered while I recounted what had happened.
“What did this bloke look like?” asked the guard.  “I didn’t get a look at him. But he had a cockney accent, and he hadn’t made an honest mistake.”
I’ll never forget the look on Bob Parker’s face. It was a mix of concern and a hearty laugh as my feet were still Flintstone- running with my head pressed against his belly.  I tried to sound rational, but it was too late. The laughter echoed off the stone and marble.


When Olive Peroni put out her family therapy sign, she never thought her top client would be the retired head of a New York crime family. When Olive’s Nonna dies leaving her a condo in Florida and a secret recipe for miracle cold cream, Olive grabs the chance at a new life in Starfish Cove, Florida, making designer creams for ladies who spend far too much time at the beach.

The quiet little community on the Gulf of Mexico soon begins to compete with a certain notorious coastal village in Maine, Olive finds herself solving oddball murders as often as she soothes wrinkles.

Clean, wholesome, and loaded with laughs!
Each book contains a recipe for homemade cosmetics!

If you love to laugh as you ride along with your amateur sleuth, this is the series for you.
Olive, Lizzy, Wonder Dog, Grams and gang are busy making miracle creams, reporting the latest crime news, and following clues to surprising ends.
Heading directly to the lavender fields, Grams needed a quick bathroom break. That's where the troubles began. Disaster struck when newly met cousin Cosette is picked off by an arrow as Digby complains that his bees are being singled out by a neighbor who covets his land. Throw in a corrupt and bumbling Sheriff and everyone is lucky to survive this case.

An over the top series as fun as it is scary for those on the front lines of mystery solving.

Author of the Florence Nightingale Comedy Mystery Series: The Giggling Corpse, The Killer Corset, and The Cheeky Corner, Barbara Silkstone is also the creator of the best selling Mister Darcy series of comedic mysteries ~ 9 Books plus 10 Regency novels and novellas, all with a light, humorous touch. She is also the author of the Wendy Darlin Comedy Mysteries – 5 Cozy Romantic Adventures reviewers describe as Nick and Nora Charles meet Lara Croft.
Plus standalone cozies based on fairy tales: The Secret Diary of Alice in Wonderland and Zo White and the Seven Morphs.

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About Barbara Silkstone

Barbara Silkstone's most current series is COLD CREAM MURDERS ~ GLOSSY LIPS, SMOKEY EYES ~SOAP ON A ROPE.
Book 5 in the series is LAVENDER TOES.
This series will have at least 6 books when complete.
The adventures take place in the imaginary burg of Starfish Cove, Florida ~ a place near and dear to Silkstone's hometown of Redington Beach on the Gulf of Mexico just north of St. Petersburg, Florida.
Barbara currently lives in Central Florida with her eccentric kitty who adores Liam Neeson and chasing lizards (the cat, not Barbara) :)
Silkstone is the best-selling author of both Regency Pride and Prejudice variations, including the popular the MISTER DARCY SERIES OF COMEDIC MYSTERIES ~ PRIDE AND PREJUDICE contemporary variations.
All her books are light-hearted adventures based on Jane Austen's timeless tales of love denied and love discovered. "Feel good" tales to warm your heart.
She is also the author of the Wendy Darlin Comedy Mystery series. Five coffee-snorting tales that combine Cozy with outrageous adventures. Plus a mixed bag of standalone cozy comedy mysteries: Zo White and the Seven Morphs, Cold Case Morphs, The Secret Diary of Alice in Wonderland ... and more.

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Wednesday, January 15, 2020

The Cornish Secret of Summer's Promise by Laura Briggs

The Cornish Secret of Summer’s Promise
As spring slips away from the hotel Penmarrow, excitement builds for an exclusive auction hosted at the hotel, featuring priceless possessions from a Hollywood actress turned lady of the manor, including her famous diamonds. Celebrities and collectors form a crowd that is keeping Maisie and the rest of staff busy, even as Maisie faces a crossroads for her manuscript.

But when the diamonds are stolen and Sidney is accused by the authorities, Maisie's dilemma as a writer is pushed aside out of fear that his future in Port Hewer is in jeopardy. Desperation to prove that someone else is behind the theft will lead Maisie to uncover a very different secret outside of jewel thieves and village rumors ... one that could change her life and her future forever.

Can Maisie deal with the latest secrets exposed — including those that paint Sidney's past in a questionable light? And as summer's dawn alters her idyllic life in Cornwall, will Maisie's feelings for Sidney change as well?
You can read and enjoy this as a stand alone book, but I know you will appreciate knowing what brought Maisie to the hotel and how her relationship with Sydney has unfolded and deepened from the start. The hotel itself and the staff have interesting histories. and ambitions.
Maisie is an American who ended up at the hotel in search of a mentor. She has grown fond of the staff and one particular neighbor.
Now she is hearing rumors of this special person having a dark and devious reputation.

However, as the hotel is in the process of hosting an auction of expensive and famous proportion, Maisie is still busy writing her own novel and people watching as the wealthy gather to bid on auction items, while in hopes of rubbing elbows with others even more rich and famous than themselves.
An auction of this caliber most often is too attractive to thieves to resist. The author, herself, admits to a touch of "Ocean's Eleven" influence.

Will Maisie admit her feeling to Sydney when he becomes a person of interest for the auction heist?
Will she finally meet Alistair, the mentor she came to the hotel to find? Her novel is ready for the next step. What does that mean? Which dream will Maisie follow?

I am not telling!

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Laura Briggs is the author of several feel-good romance reads, including the Top 100 Amazon UK seller 'A Wedding in Cornwall'. She has a fondness for vintage style dresses (especially ones with polka dots), and reads everything from Jane Austen to modern day mysteries. When she's not writing, she enjoys spending time with family and friends, caring for her pets, gardening, and seeing the occasional movie or play.
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Cozy Corgi Mysteries by Mildred Abbott


 The Cozy Corgi Mysteries

Cozy Mystery 1st in Series 
Independently published (December 5, 2017)
Paperback: 280 pages
ISBN-10: 1973449293
ISBN-13: 978-1973449294 
Digital ASIN: B077XMYWNQ

Estes Park, Colorado: picturesque mountains, charming shops, delightful bakeries, a cozy bookstore… and murder.
Winifred Page and her corgi, Watson, move to Estes Park to hit the Reset button on life. Fred is about to open her dream bookshop, and the only challenges she anticipates are adjusting to small-town life, tourists, and living close to her loveable mother, Phyllis, and hippy stepfather, Barry.
When Fred steps into her soon-to-be-bookshop for the first time, she expects dust bunnies and spiders… not the dead body in the upstairs kitchen. The local police have an easy suspect—Barry. Determined to prove quirky Barry innocent of murder, Fred puts on her detective hat, and with Watson by her side, she explores her new town and gets acquainted with her fellow shopkeepers. Could one of her friendly neighbors be the real culprit? And what would be the motive for killing the owner of the Sinful Bites candy store? The secrets Fred discover put her at odds with the local police sergeant and threaten her cozy future in Estes.
With snow falling outside, all Fred wants to do is curl up by the fire with a good book and Watson snuggled at her feet. But before she can begin her new life and put her plans for her bookshop into action, Fred and Watson have a mystery to solve…
(This culinary cozy mystery includes a recipe for delectable lemon bars.)

Cozy Mystery 2nd in Series 
Independently published (December 17, 2017) 
Paperback: 276 pages 
ISBN-10: 1973571080 
ISBN-13: 978-1973571087
Digital ASIN: B078GCQC46

It’s Christmas in Estes Park, Colorado: cozy fires, twinkling lights, soft snowfall, and… murder.
The winter holidays in charming Estes Park lulls Winifred Page and her corgi, Watson, into thoughts of spiced chai and gingerbread as they settle into their new home. Fred’s dream bookshop is becoming a reality, and with Christmas only days away, her only concerns are spending time with family, enforcing Watson’s diet, and finding the perfect gifts.
The toy store beckons Fred and her friend Katie, who dash in out of the cold, during a shopping spree to discover handmade toys, cuddly stuffed animals… and a dying man on the floor.
When Katie’s desperate attempts to save the man ends in her being taken in for his murder, Fred once again dons her detective hat. She puts aside her Christmas list and—with Watson sniffing around—begins a list of suspects. But as quickly as clues point to one person, new discoveries shift the spotlight to another.
With Katie’s freedom in the balance, Fred has little time to think about gifts or to enjoy the holiday lights and music. A killer is on the loose, one who became violent in a picture-perfect Christmas toy shop, and Fred and Watson can’t begin to predict what might happen next. . .
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Cozy Mystery 3rd in Series 
Independently published (January 25, 2018) 
Paperback: 278 pages 
ISBN-10: 1976950767 I
SBN-13: 978-1976950766 
Digital ASIN: B0798LMPHP

Rocky Mountain National Park has it all: rugged peaks, pine-scented forests, enchanting bird-watching locations, and… murder.
The Cozy Corgi bookshop finally opens, and Winifred Page and her headstrong corgi, Watson, are ready to welcome their first patrons. With her new best friend, Katie, creating heavenly pastries in the bakery on the top floor of the store, Fred’s dreams are all coming together in delicious and unexpected ways.
When Katie caters a meeting of the Feathered Friends Brigade and drags Fred along, they expect nothing more than loquacious chatter about birds as they endeavor to build a professional relationship with the owner of the wild bird shop. Fred and Katie are quickly roped into a moonlight snowshoeing hike in hopes of spotting a rare owl. While the endangered bird proves elusive… the murdered man in the snow is hard to miss.
Fred’s growing relationship with Sergeant Wexler hits a snag when he forbids her from donning her sleuth hat yet again. But Fred is a lot like her corgi—she doesn’t like being told what to do, even if it puts an end to a possible romance.
As Fred and Watson delve into the lives of the ornithological club members, the tangled birds’ nest of an investigation makes Fred wonder if she should have left this one to the police. But when feathers begin to fly, Fred has no choice but to flush out a killer…
(This culinary cozy mystery includes a recipe for delectable ham and cheese croissants.)

Cozy Mysteries 4th in Series 
Independently published (February 21, 2018)
Paperback: 294 pages 
ISBN-10: 1980355282
ISBN-13: 978-1980355281
Digital ASIN: B079Y9H8MG

Opening the Cozy Corgi in Estes Park is a dream come true: small-town charm, fresh-baked bread, hours by the fire reading mysteries, and… murder.
For Winifred Page and her devoted corgi, Watson, the puzzle pieces of life are falling into place as they settle into their home in the Colorado mountains. Surrounded by family and friends, Fred begins to relax into the charm and beauty of being the owner of a bookshop and bakery.
The buzz of possible romance—though Fred wasn’t looking for a relationship—has quieted as one of her suitors is no longer a viable option while the other has moved into the friend zone. But all thoughts of romance, wanted or not, fly out the window when Fred finds a dead body in the Cozy Corgi bakery… again.
Things get stickier when Fred’s main suspect turns out to be a family member of one of the local police officers—the one who already despises Fred and her little dog. Determined not to let past grievances cloud her judgment, Fred tips her detective hat and pokes deeper into the murder investigation. But in a mystery that becomes smoke and mirrors, nothing is as it seems.
The revelations Fred unveils threaten not only her picture-perfect world but her very life….
(This culinary cozy mystery includes a recipe for delectable sourdough bread.)

Cozy Mystery 5th in Series 
Independently published (April 27, 2018)
Paperback: 300 pages 
ISBN-10: 1980944709 
ISBN-13: 978-1980944706 
Digital ASIN: B07CPL9MH7

With summer approaching, Estes Park is abuzz with flowers, baking, tourists, and… murder.
Tourist season is about to begin, and the lovely weather has Winifred Page and her corgi sidekick, Watson, leaving the comfort of the Cozy Corgi Bookshop and Bakery to reluctantly attend a celebration at the Black Bear Roaster coffee shop. But a chill of uncertainty settles over Fred when a choking death doesn’t seem so accidental—despite the dry, hazardous scones.
As Fred and Police Sergeant Branson Wexler rekindle a possible romance, Fred shares her suspicions. But is she seeing murder at every turn? Learning to trust her gut feelings, Fred risks the ire of the coffee shop owner to investigate not one, but two, deaths.
As suspects and motives abound, old resentments are uncovered, and Fred and Watson build new friendships even as they follow the crumbs to find clues to a killer.
(This culinary cozy mystery includes a recipe for delectable scones.)

Cozy Mystery 6th in Series 
Independently published (June 24, 2018)
Paperback: 310 pages 
ISBN-10: 1983240605 
ISBN-13: 978-1983240607 
Digital ASIN: B07DXSB1MM

At the height of the summer season, Estes Park explodes with people, wildlife, fireworks, and… murder.
The Cozy Corgi Bookshop and Bakery is buzzing with tourists, and Winifred Page and her quirky corgi, Watson, celebrate the Fourth of July picnicking with family and friends—of the human and four-legged variety. As summer blooms with romance for Fred and Sergeant Branson Wexler, murder lurks around the corner.
With a friend’s life in danger, Fred and Watson doggedly pursue the investigation, even as Fred finds herself once again at odds with the police department. But caring for two chaotic corgis while navigating emotions from the past in the midst of solving a mystery might be too much, and Fred hits a roadblock.
As relationships are tested and secrets exposed, Fred might lose more than one person she loves…
(This culinary cozy mystery includes a recipe for delectable dog treat bars, but are also human friendly.)

Cozy Mystery 7th in Series 
Independently published (July 31, 2018)
Paperback: 338 pages 
ISBN-10: 1718003374 
ISBN-13: 978-1718003378 
Digital ASIN: B07FZVN8N4 

A New Age conference comes to Estes Park, Colorado, bringing a cacophony of tie-dye, crystals, and murder. . .
As summer draws to a close, the Spirit, Health, and Heart Conference arrives, just in time for Winifred’s sisters to open their store next to the Cozy Corgi Bookshop. To Fred’s surprise, Chakras turns out to be a beautiful addition to the delightful mountain town. The shop even has a room so pleasing in its crystal tranquility that Fred’s corgi, Watson, approves—and hardly anything impresses him.
But not everyone is charmed by the crystals, tarot readings, and messages of personal enlightenment. When a famous spiritualist is found dead, Chakras and the entire town is plunged into a conflict that touches the lives of those closest to Fred.
Although she is hesitant to become involved, it is simply not in the cards for Fred to sit out the investigation. As she and Watson embark on a journey that forces them to take a look into the darker shadows of Estes Park, Fred soon finds herself digging into the secrets of those she loves…
(This culinary cozy mystery includes a recipe for delectable quiches.)

Cozy Mystery 8th in Series 
Independently published (October 11, 2018) 
Paperback: 336 pages 
ISBN-10: 1728671647 
ISBN-13: 978-1728671642 
Digital ASIN: B07GV4LX6L

Fall gives way to winter in the Colorado mountains, ushering in snow, pumpkin spice, the bugling of elk, and murder…
Estes Park bustles with tourists and locals for its Halloween celebration, and Winifred Page and her corgi sidekick, Watson, are enjoying their favorite pastries as they greet trick-or-treaters outside the Cozy Corgi Bookstore and Bakery. But a chilling afterhours break-in at the charming bookshop leaves Fred and Watson shaken, especially with its connection to a recent poaching incident in the national park. By daybreak, on a cool morning walk through town, Fred discovers the body of one of the poachers…
When Fred’s close friend, park ranger Leo Lopez, asks for her help in proving the innocence of a fellow ranger, Fred and Watson join the investigation. But with every uncovered clue hinting the police have the right person, Fred must uncover a mystery whose webs reach into the past and her experiences over the past year.
Even amid the beauty of the snow covering the mountains and the twinkling lights of the beginning holiday season, Fred and Watson won’t make it to Thanksgiving without facing dangers and revelations that will change their lives.
(This culinary cozy mystery includes a recipe for delectable artisan garlic-infused bread.)
Cozy Mystery 9th in Series
Independently published (November 15, 2018) 
Paperback: 338 pages 
ISBN-10: 1731191324
ISBN-13: 978-1731191328 
Digital ASIN: B07HR2VX3X

Christmas week sparkles with holiday decorations, sweet potato pie, lively tourists, and murder…
Estes Park is a wonderland of twinkling lights and softly falling snow, and Winifred Page wants nothing more than to snuggle up in the mystery room with Watson at her feet—after all, Katie’s pastries are tempting pieces of heaven, especially beside a warm fire. But Christmas is fast approaching, and Fred is out on a cold morning visiting neighboring stores and planning a celebration at the Cozy Corgi Bookshop and Bakery.
Fred is welcoming the holiday spirit and appreciating the friendships, love, and support she’s found during her first year in her new hometown. But the night’s festivities become a scene for local drama, and by morning a trip to the magic shop to collect a present has Fred and Watson stumbling upon a murder scene. In an unexpected twist, Fred is asked to investigate, but the suspect list keeps growing, and every one of them would give Ebenezer Scrooge a run for his money.
With Fred still coming to grips with a recent betrayal, shifting through all the curmudgeons to crack the case may take more holiday magic than she and Watson possess.
(This culinary cozy mystery includes a recipe for delectable sweet potato pie.)

 Not as emotionally shocking as the previous book, my enjoyment of this series continues. The relationships continue to be strong and provide plenty of material to work with. Watson is his adorable and enduring self. Fred manages to surprise me as she has to help her nemesis this time around if Susan Green will accept her help.

Cozy Mystery 10th in Series
Independently published (January 24, 2019)
ISBN-10: 1794678808
ISBN-13: 978-1794678804 

A celebratory weekend at a historic inn brings a blizzard, delicious cornbread, a cozy fire, and a murder… or two… Winifred Page and her sidekick corgi, Watson, join an assortment of family and friends to celebrate her uncles’ anniversary at Baldpate Inn, nestled above Estes Park, Colorado. A blizzard is approaching, but the prospect of being snowed in means more time in the lovely mountain retreat—complete with river rock fireplaces, log cabin rooms, and a collection of thousands of keys from around the world. With the blizzard raging outside the rustic inn, the early arrival of a knitting group adds a touch of drama, but nothing can unravel the cozy party spirit. Even when the power goes out, the merrymaking continues by lantern light. But in the flickering shadows and twisting hallways, relationships transform, secrets are uncovered, and death comes calling. A weekend of glittering celebration unlocks a storm of change for Fred and Watson… (This culinary cozy mystery includes a recipe for scrumptious cornbread.)

Cozy Mystery 11th in the Series 
Independently published (March 5, 2019)
Paperback: 308 pages 
ISBN-10: 1798779625 
ISBN-13: 978-1798779620 
Digital ASIN: B07N31J2LY

Estes Park is fired up by a new coffee shop and pottery studio bringing chocolate espresso pastries, fierce competitive spirits, and murder…
Winifred Page might feel apprehension as she steps into the Koffee Kiln—Carla Beaker’s new charming coffee shop and pottery studio—but her corgi sidekick, Watson, welcomes the idea of a new place for snacks. With Carla’s disdain for the Cozy Corgi Bookshop and Bakery, Fred fears the caffeine will come with a side of drama. What she finds is delicious chocolate espresso scones, decaf coffee… and a dead body.
As Fred and Watson fire up their investigative savvy, they face down one of Estes Park’s cold-hearted matriarchs. To solve a murder, Fred must confront her own insecurities as she navigates the tangled coils of obsessions, business deals, and betrayals.
(This culinary cozy mystery includes a recipe for a sinfully delicious chocolate espresso torte.)

Cozy Mystery 12th in Series 
Independently published (May 10, 2019)
ISBN-10: 1097658295 
ISBN-13: 978-1097658299 
Digital ASIN: B07P9GPQ7M

As the summer tourist season begins, downtown Estes Park bustles with celebrations, inventions, pastries, and murder…
Winifred Page’s twin brothers-in-law are finally ready to open their invention shop right next to the Cozy Corgi Bookshop and Bakery. But the noise level is keeping customers away from the bookshop and driving Fred and her corgi sidekick, Watson, out of their minds.
Adding to her stress, family and friends are gearing up to celebrate Fred’s fortieth birthday—not that she’s overly concerned about her age…. Mere hours after entering her new decade of life, resentments reach an explosive level as downtown Estes Park is rocked by a fearsome calamity.
As the shop owners of Elkhorn Avenue come to grips with the crisis, Fred and Watson are pulled into the investigation. While she’s unsure there’s a murder to solve, Fred soon discovers a host of secrets and lies….
(This culinary cozy mystery includes a recipe for tasty cream puffs.)


Cozy Mystery 13th in Series
Independently published (August 5, 2019) 
Paperback: 386 pages
ISBN-10: 1088449247 
ISBN-13: 978-1088449240 

Summer in Estes Park is filled with tourists, wildlife, pastries, and scandal…
The Chipmunk Chronicles, the local newspaper, has a new gossip column—and gossip is great for the Cozy Corgi Bookshop and Bakery. Though infuriated by the way people are treated by the column’s author, Winifred Page can’t help wondering about the outrageous revelations. Fred’s grumpy corgi, Watson, however, is more concerned with an endless search for treats than the rumors flying around town.
When Gerald Jackson, a less than brilliant local lawyer, is featured in the column, people begin to suspect he’s working the town over in a quest for wealth rather than fighting for justice. As his status sinks, others are pulled under with him—people Fred loves.
For once, Fred and Watson are cajoled into investigation mode not for murder, but to help clear her friends’ names and their tarnished reputations. But while the greed and secret dealings in the dark she uncovers bring more questions than answers, murder finds a way to make an appearance after all…
(This culinary cozy mystery includes a recipe for crispy, golden empanadas.)


Cozy Mystery 14th in Series 
Independently published (October 22, 2019) 
Paperback: 414 pages 
ISBN-10: 1701847396
ISBN-13: 978-1701847392
Digital ASIN: B07ZG45BKR 

Halloween creeps in, bringing costumes, carbs, and a corpse or two…
Estes Park is bustling with fall tourists as Winifred and Katie deck out the Cozy Corgi Bookstore and Bakery, while corgi mascot, Watson, helps in his own special way—snacking, napping, and being his adorable grumpy self.
When Fred and Leo’s date at the romantic restaurant, Pasta Thyme, leads to an invitation of a murder scene, instead of ghouls and goblins, Fred is haunted by ghosts from the past. Death might lurk around every corner as Fred investigates motives of infidelity, jealousy, and the dark shadow cast by a crime syndicate.
By the time Halloween night arrives, not everyone will get out alive…
(This culinary cozy mystery includes a recipe for luscious tiramisu.)


Cozy Mystery 15th in Series 
Independently published (December 17, 2019) 
Paperback: 360 pages 
ISBN-10: 1676477276
ISBN-13: 978-1676477273 
Digital ASIN: B07ZM2182S

Christmas ushers in snowstorms, fruitcake, and a horde of Santa’s naughty elves…
No place is more perfect for the winter holidays than the charming mountain town of Estes Park. As the Cozy Corgi Bookshop and Bakery glistens with lights and garlands, Winifred Page allows the seasonal merriment to brush away all worry and fear. Watson, her grumpy corgi, is about as far from stressed as possible—after all, with the holiday baking, delectable crumbs are everywhere.
Estes Park’s new Christmas store is chosen to receive exclusive rights to sell a much-coveted collection of tiny elf figurines, but not everyone is thrilled, especially not the owner of the original Christmas shop. Bickering between local merchants is nothing new and doesn’t dampen the Christmas cheer or holiday glee. However, when nightly break-ins begin to occur, Santa himself is caught in the act, Fred and Watson are pulled away from the bookshop to investigate the holiday mayhem.
Unfortunately, while Santa keeps a list of nice and naughty children, he’s allowed his elves to have free rein, and there’s nothing nice about them…
(This culinary cozy mystery includes a recipe for honestly delicious fruitcake.)

About Mildred Abbot

Reading the Cozy Corgi series is pretty much all you need to know about Mildred. 
In real life, she’s obsessed with everything she writes about: 
Corgis, Books, Cozy Mountain Towns, and Baked Goods. 
She’s not obsessed with murder, however. At least not at her own hands (nor paid for… no contract killing here). But since childhood, starting with Nancy Drew, trying to figure out who-dun-it has played a formative role in her personality. Having Fred and Watson stroll into her mind was a touch of kismet.

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