Tea and Murder with Terrie Moran

Author Terrie Moran dropped by ePen for a lovely visit. I baked cookies, brewed tea, and settled in. Hello Terrie! Before we settle down to tea and conversation, I love to ask authors what odd item is on their desk. What would we spy if we were peeking in on you?...
Murder, She Wrote: Killing in a Koi Pond

Murder, She Wrote: Killing in a Koi Pond

Murder, She Wrote: Killing in a Koi Pond by Jessica Fletcher & Terrie Farley Moran Murder, She Wrote: Killing in a Koi Pond Cozy Mystery 53rd in Series Publisher: Berkley (June 8, 2021) When a friend’s husband dies while Jessica Fletcher is in town visiting,...

What makes a mystery cozy?

What makes a mystery a cozy mystery? An amateur sleuth. A protagonist who could be me or you, just a regular person. A small-town setting. Community is key here. A local area where we can get to know the village or town citizens and take a visit to an interesting...

Words and Things

Writing tips, book and author news, and giveaways are moving to the newsletter. Sign up HERE! Take a look at prior newsletters here. Then hop over to Lucy Leaf’s column and ask her a question about books, writing, dogs, cookies…...
The Haunted Bookshop Mysteries by Cleo Coyle

The Haunted Bookshop Mysteries by Cleo Coyle

Cleo Coyle and the Haunted Bookshop Mysteries.  The Ghost and the Bogus Bestseller Penelope Thornton-McClure and her bookshop’s ghost-in-residence Jack Shepard are back on a new case in this delightful paranormal mystery from New York Times bestselling author...
Tea Shop Mysteries by Laura Childs

Tea Shop Mysteries by Laura Childs

There’s a new serving in the Tea Shop Mysteries!  Haunted Hibiscus (A Tea Shop Mystery) by Laura Childs Haunted Hibiscus (A Tea Shop Mystery) Cozy Mystery 22nd in Series Publisher: Berkley  Review by Julie S., staff reviewer Settling in to read Haunted Hibiscus...
Do Not Disturb. Seriously… Do Not Disturb.

Do Not Disturb. Seriously… Do Not Disturb.

Dear Lucy I am trying to get moving on my first novel, but I can’t seem to get past a brief outline. Either my mind is everywhere else, there are too many interruptions, or I can’t stop scrolling on social media. Do you have any advice for me? Sincerely, too much...
Gluten-Free Murder by P. D. Workman

Gluten-Free Murder by P. D. Workman

Gluten-Free Murder by P. D. Workman https://dl.bookfunnel.com/4p94d2ap0k Julie S., Staff Reviewer Reading the title, Gluten-Free Murder, I thought it was going to be another fluffy murder mystery. I was wrong. Erin Price moves to Bald River Falls after inheriting her...
Ballard, H. Byron: Asfidity and Mad-Stones

Ballard, H. Byron: Asfidity and Mad-Stones

Asfidity and Mad-Stones: A Further Ramble Through Hillfolks’ Hoodoo Publisher: Smith Bridge Press New!   E-book: https://books2read.com/u/4XZyy6 Print: Spring sale price: $14.00 Sharing these practices and this beloved but fading culture has led me far afield,...
Across the Lake by Nancy LiPetri

Across the Lake by Nancy LiPetri

Across the Lake Nancy LiPetri Contemporary Fiction Skye S., Staff Reviewer As a North Carolinian, the many North Carolina references scattered throughout the book warmed my heart. I especially loved when Matthew teased Kat for not knowing where the Outer Banks were. I...
UnOriginal Sin by Pat Herbert

UnOriginal Sin by Pat Herbert

UnOriginal Sin by Pat Herbert Review by Julie S., Staff Reviewer Jack the Ripper. Much has been written about the famous serial killer alive in the 1800s, who preyed on prostitutes in and around the White Chapel District in London.  He was never caught, but he lives...
Bait and Witch by Angela Sanders

Bait and Witch by Angela Sanders

Bait and Witch By Julie S., staff reviewer Do I believe in magic? I wasn’t sure when I began the book whether I could get caught up in the story. I knew anything with the word witch in the title would have unearthly happenings in it, and I wasn’t sure it was my cup of...
Yuletide Homicide

Yuletide Homicide

Yuletide Homicide by Jennifer David Hesse A Wiccan Wheel Mystery #3 Publisher: Kensington Books (September 26, 2017) It’s Christmas in Edindale, Illinois, and family law attorney Keli Milanni is preparing to celebrate the Wiccan holiday Yuletide, a celebration of...
Missing that holiday madness?

Missing that holiday madness?

Dear Lucy, After months (and months and months) of being in quarantine, the one thing I miss the most is being in a crowded store. Even though being around people gives me hives, there’s something about the energy in the air when a hustle of shoppers are all...
Open for Murder, A Happy Camper Mystery by Mary Angela

Open for Murder, A Happy Camper Mystery by Mary Angela

Open For Murder (A Happy Camper Mystery) By Mary Angela Cozy Mystery, 1st in Series Publisher: Lyrical Press (November 24, 2020) Paperback: 207 pages ISBN-13: 978-1516110728 Deep in the heart of touristy small-town Spirit Canyon, South Dakota, former journalist Zo...
Meet Isabel Puddles by M. V. Byrne

Meet Isabel Puddles by M. V. Byrne

Meet Isabel Puddles by M. V. Byrne Review by Julie S. Anyone named Isabel Puddles was sure to have a quirky life, quirky friends, and a quirky mystery. Isabel Puddles quickly lets us into her life with vivid descriptions of the community, her friends, and the little...
A Page Marked for Murder by Lauren Elliott

A Page Marked for Murder by Lauren Elliott

A Page Marked For Murder, by Lauren Elliott Review by Julie S., ePen staff reviewer. A cozy village, a winter festival, and sizzling secrets waiting to disrupt the peaceful nature of Greyborne Harbor all come together in a mystery needing to be solved. A Page Marked...
A Witches Tea Party with Mark Taylor

A Witches Tea Party with Mark Taylor

  Witches Tea Party with Mark Taylor We found Witches Tea Party and wanted to share with you a feisty female protagonist written by a male author. I find the whole Salem history captivating, so this novella just begged to be added to our Guest Author pages. ...
Social media scrolls and trolls

Social media scrolls and trolls

Dear Lucy Leaf, I enjoy sitting outside in the morning with a fresh cup of coffee and scrolling through my social media feeds. Along with my favorite cozy author pages, I enjoy a local college newspaper. Lately there’s a mean guy who posts horrible comments on the...
Tea, a Good Mystery, and Ursula Marlow

Tea, a Good Mystery, and Ursula Marlow

It’s so delightful when authors stop over to visit. When Ms. Langley-Hawthorne dropped by, I couldn’t decide whether to serve English Breakfast or Earl Grey. Which would you serve? Tea and Mystery and Ursula Marlow By Clare Langley-Hawthorne When my...