Danger in Edinburgh by Emma Dakin

Danger in Edinburghby Emma Dakin Tea? Check.Coffee? Check.Cookies? Of course.  Isobel Ferguson, a character in Danger in Edinburgh, stopped by for a wee chat before she headed out to get involved in a most murderous murder. Danger in Edinburgh (The British Book Tour...

The Haunted Bookshop Mysteries by Cleo Coyle

Book Reviews Haunted Bookshop Mysteries Cleo Coyle and the Haunted Bookshop Mysteries.      Have you met Jack Shepard? To catch up with all things Jack and Pen, click here: https://amzn.to/31rrPKW.More goodness from Cleo Coyle: https://amzn.to/2OsCJV4...

Zac Bissonnette’s Hooray for Hollywood

Zac Bissonnette Hooray for HollywoodA Killing in Costumes (A Hollywood Treasures Mystery) Stardom fades fast when you’re on the line for murder.   Zac Bissonnette is the New York Times bestselling author of several nonfiction books, including The Great Beanie...

Stage Directions in a novel?

  Ask Lucy!   Lucy, My editor has several margin comments about “stage directions.” I’m not writing a play, it’s a novel. What does she mean by too many stage directions?Sincerely, Befuddled     Dearest Befuddled, Your...

Granny and Jezabelle: Crossover Characters

Weed Lake: A Fuchsia/Brilliant, MN CrossoverGrannyEdith Press (March 1, 2022)   Hermiony Vidalia Criony Fiddlestadt, aka Granny, and Jezabelle Jingle are supersleuths in their own communities, Granny from Fuchsia and Jezabelle from Brilliant. Because they live...

Coffeehouse Mysteries by Cleo Coyle

Coffeehouse Mysteries by Cleo Coyle   Honey Roasted Cozy Mystery, 19th in SeriesBerkley (January 25, 2022) Clare Cosi is busy as a bee planning her honeymoon when murder buzzes into the Village Blend in this all-new mystery in the beloved New York Times...

How many tea bags does it take to fill a cup?

  Ask Lucy!   Dear Lucy, How many tea bags? I am quarantined with my college-age daughter, and she always uses two tea bags instead of one.  I’ve asked her to please conserve our precious supply, but she keeps “forgetting.” My tea is running out...

Writing a relatable memoir – by Linda Strader

WRITING A RELATABLE MEMOIR   Author Linda Strader is here to talk with us about writing memoirs and Summers of Fire. Check out her bio below. Oh, the stories Linda must have in her notebooks.     When I initially wrote my memoir, it never occurred to me to...

Interview with Elizabeth Pantley

Interview with Elizabeth Pantley Elizabeth Pantley braved the drive over for a short interview, so I got out my best tea service and freshly baked cookies. She arrived with a giveaway for you!   Interview with Elizabeth Pantley It’s great to meet you! I hope you...

Excessive Alliteration Nay or Yay?

Lucy Leaf / Betsy Bean     Dear Lucy, I love excessive alliteration, okay maybe just a healthy dose of alliteration. Sometimes I’m not even aware I’ve done it until I see all the highlighted words from my editor. But why is it frowned upon in my...

The Masque of a Murderer by Susanna Calkins

Susanna Calkins The Masque of a Murderer Right from the first pages, the author’s rich touches of setting and locale immediately had me engrossed in the story. I was drawn to the characters and their complex relationships, particularly between Sarah and her father. I...

Elizabeth Price visits with Haunted Ends

Elizabeth Price visits! We’re really excited to have Elizabeth Price here with us. Tea is ready and we’ve got some goodies to munch that are hot out of the oven just as Ms. Price seated herself on a comfy chair in our interview room. Hello, Ms. Price! We always...

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 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 a cozy mystery?

Cozy Mystery    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...

Raining Cats and Cats

Lucy Leaf / Betsy Bean     Raining Cats   Dear Lucy: It’s raining cats at my house! I’ve got a stack of new urban fantasy books to read, but my cat keeps climbing on my tea table, then leaping onto my lap, right on top of the open pages. How am I...

Tea Shop Mysteries by Laura Childs

  Haunted Hibiscus (A Tea Shop Mystery)Cozy Mystery22nd in SeriesPublisher: Berkley  Reviewby Julie S., staff reviewer I love these Tea Shop Mysteries. Settling in to read Haunted Hibiscus felt as if I were coming home. The Indigo Teahouse, a comfortable place filled...

Do Not Disturb. Seriously… Do Not Disturb.

    Ask Lucy Dear Lucy Do Not Disturb doesn’t work anymore! 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...

Gluten-Free Murder by P. D. Workman

P. D. Workman’s Gluten-free Murder https://dl.bookfunnel.com/4p94d2ap0k Julie S., Staff Reviewer Reading the title of P. D. Workman’s Gluten-Free Murder, I thought it was going to be another fluffy murder mystery. I was wrong. Erin Price moves to Bald...

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...