It’s an afternoon of murder mystery as our five Los Angeles writers and Sisters in Crime board members come prepared to discuss jewelry thefts, dead stuntmen, and psychics. Nancy Cole Silverman’s television/radio background shapes her murder mystery series featuring radio reporter, Carol Childs. The third in the series, Without a Doubt, has Carol investigating a string of Beverly Hills jewelry heists. Will Zeilinger and Janet Elizabeth Lynn are the husband and wife team behind the Skyler Drake Mysteries set in 1955 Hollywood. In the second title, Strange Markings, movie stuntman Skyler Drake discovers the body of a dead stuntman. His investigation takes him to pre-statehood Hawaii. Carole Sojka, a world traveler and former Peace Corps volunteer, is signing her latest, Psychic Damage, which features deadly secrets, small town corruption, and murdered psychics. In Connie di Marco’s first in her new series, The Madness of Mercury, San Francisco astrologer and newspaper columnist Julia Bonatti speaks out against a power-hungry preacher and must fight for her life and livelihood. A Clue in the Stew, the final entry in her Snowflake, Vermont, series written as Connie Archer, was released in April.
An irresistible page-turner. Murders pile up along with bombs, car chases, and betrayal, but not without the droll humor that only a writer like Silverman knows how to blend into a story cozy readers won't soon forget." - Jill Amadio, Author of Digging Too Deep "Crackles with memorable characters, Hollywood legends, and as much action behind the mic as investigative reporter Carol Childs finds in the field. A fast-paced story of international jewel thieves and the politics that play out in the newsroom." - Mar Preston, Author of A Very Private High School "A rockin' thrill ride through the streets of LA and Bev Hills in search of stolen jewels and murderous thieves." - Paul D. Marks, Shamus Award-Winning Author of White Heat "Carol is a smart, savvy heroine that will appeal to readers. This is a cozy with a bite." - Rosemary Smith, Books for Avid Readers (on Shadow of Doubt) "Fast paced and cleverly plotted, an edgy cozy with undertones of noir." - Sue McGinty, Author of the Bella Kowalski Central Coast Mysteries (on Beyond a Doubt) "Silverman's books are un-put-downable and very well-written. Another stellar outing!" - Goodreads As radio reporter Carol Childs investigates a series of Beverly Hills jewelry heists, she realizes her FBI boyfriend, Eric, is working the same case. Even worse, she may have inadvertently helped the suspect escape. The situation intensifies when the suspect calls the radio station during a live broadcast, baiting Carol deeper into the investigation. In order for her to uncover the truth, Carol must choose between her job and her personal relationships. What started out as coincidence between Carol and Eric becomes a race for the facts-pitting them against one another-before the thieves can pull off a daring escape, leaving a trail of dead bodies behind, and taking the jewels with them.
At the dawn of the television age in 1955, Skylar Drake is called to identify the remains of a fellow movie stuntman found buried in a shallow grave. While there, he is shown mysterious wounds and strange tattoos on two additional bodies. A wealthy Bel Air matron sends her enticing niece to enlist Drake's help in locating a missing nephew. The search takes him back to pre-statehood Hawaii where he stopped off on his way to the hell of the Korean War. Unexplained deaths, politics and superstitious locals turn the tropical paradise into a nightmare where nothing is what it seems and no one can be trusted. The Pacific breezes blow many things in from the ocean, this time its power, greed, and murder.
Mercury retrograde wreaks havoc on astrologer Julia Bonatti
San Francisco astrologer Julia Bonatti’s life is turned upside down when she becomes the target of the city’s newest cult leader, Reverend Roy of the Prophet’s Tabernacle. Driven out of her apartment in the midst of a disastrous Mercury retrograde period, she takes shelter with a client who’s caring for two elderly aunts. One aunt appears stricken with dementia and the other has fallen under the spell of the Reverend Roy. To add to the confusion, a young man claiming to be a long-lost nephew arrives. The longer he stays, the more dangerous things become. Is the young man truly a member of the family? Can astrology confirm that? Julia’s not sure, but one thing she does know is that Mercury wasn’t merely the messenger of the gods—he was a trickster and a liar as well.
Soup shop owner Lucky Jamieson stirs up more trouble in the latest mystery from the national bestselling author of "Ladle to the Grave."..
When Lucky Jamieson opens up By the Spoonful to host an event with a famous author, she's not expecting a bunch of nuts to descend on her small-town soup shop. But the author's exasperating entourage from a prickly publicist to a snippy son and his tipsy wife give fresh meaning to the phrase, too many cooks spoil the broth.
The evening is more than spoiled, however, when it ends with a homicide. When the manner of the murder as well as another recent unsolved crime echoes the author's fiction, Police Chief Nate Edgerton realizes he has a copycat killer on his hands. And Lucky hopes that one of her regular customers who has mysteriously gone missing isn t involved. Once again, the soup shop owner will need to stir up some clues to find her friend and catch a cunning killer before things really take a tureen for the worse...
Murder and small town corruption mingle in sinister ways and threaten the life of computer analyst Eva Stuart after she overhears talk of a murder and finds there is no one she can trust.