Leslie is the author of The Spice Shop Mysteries, set in Seattle’s Pike Place Market as well as the author of The Food Lover’s Village Mysteries featuring Erin Murphy and The Merc in Jewel Bay, Montana.
Music and festivals are a big part of my life in Northwest Montana, and I’m delighted to share the fun with readers near and far. I’m also the author of the Spice Shop Mysteries, set in Seattle’s famed Pike Place Market. The first Food Lovers’ Village Mystery, DEATH A DENTE won the 2013 Agatha Award for Best First novel. That followed my 2011 Agatha Award for Best Nonfiction for BOOKS, CROOKS & COUNSELORS: How to Write Accurately About Criminal Law & Courtroom Procedure, drawing on my thirty-plus years as a lawyer—and making me the first author to win Agatha Awards for both fiction and nonfiction.
I’m the past president of Sisters in Crime, and passionate about writers helping other writers. I love to cook, eat, hike, travel, garden, and paint—not necessarily in that order. I lives in northwest Montana with my husband Don Beans, a doctor of natural medicine, and our gray tuxedo cat, an avid bird watcher.
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There really is a Cozy Mystery for all interests and parts of the world. If you have an interest or a hobby, there’s a book for you somewhere!
Maggie Crozat is back home in bayou country during the most magical time of the year. In Pelican, Louisiana, Christmastime is a season of giant bonfires on the levee, zydeco carols, and pots of gumbo. Except, this year, the Grinch has come to stay at the family-run Crozat Plantation B&B. When he floods travel websites with vicious reviews, Maggie thinks she’s identified him as rival businessman Donald Baxter. That is, until he’s found stabbed to death at Maggie’s workplace. And Maggie and her loved ones become top suspects.
The Crozats quickly establish alibis, but Maggie’s boyfriend, Detective Bo Durand, remains under suspicion. With Bo sidelined during the investigation, Maggie finds herself forced to work with an unlikely ally: longtime family enemy Rufus Durand. Her sleuthing uncovers more suspects than drummers drumming, and lands her in the crosshairs of the murderer.
The sleigh bells are jingling, and the clock is ticking for Maggie and Rufus, who must catch the killer or it will be the opposite of a Joyeux Noel in A Cajun Christmas Killing, the recipe-stuffed third installment of USA Today bestselling author Ellen Byron’s Cajun Country mysteries.
This third installment in the Cajun Country series is just as good as all the others!
Going back to Pelican,Louisiana feels like going home. All of the characters are real and human and funny. There are no goofy cops and simpering single women here. No. This book is based on family and love and colorful characters that Louisiana is known for.
The fact that there are recipes in the back is a huge bonus! The descriptions of the food, and the bayou and all of the bonfires on the levee, leading Papa Noel to the children of Pelican were all spot on and there is nothing I love more than an intelligent bunch of characters in a well written cozy mystery!
Netgalley/Crooked Lane Books October 10, 2017 Release
n aspiring suspense author finds herself writing mysteries by day and solving them by night in the second Writer’s Apprentice Mystery by the author of A Dark and Stormy Murder and the Undercover Dish Mysteries.
In the quaint town of Blue Lake, Indiana, Lena London is settling into her dream job, but someone is making her life a nightmare…
Things are beginning to go right for Lena. She’s got a new job assisting suspense novelist and friend, Camilla Graham. She lives rent-free in Camilla’s beautiful, Gothic house. She even has a handsome new boyfriend, Sam West.
After being under attack by the media and his neighbors, Sam has recently been cleared of suspicion for murder. Journalists and townsfolk alike are remorseful, and one blogger would even like to apologize to him in person. But when she’s found dead behind Sam’s house, Lena must dodge paparazzi as she unravels the many mysteries that threaten to darken the skies of her little town and her newfound love with Sam
After having proved in Book 1 that Sam’s wife is still alive, the drama isn’t over. When Lena finds a dead body in Sam’s backyard, things start going crazy all over again.
Reporters descend on the small town and it seems Sam isn’t the only one in this town with secrets.
This is the first of Julia’s books that I have read. She is new to me, but thanks to the excerpt of her Undercover Dishes first book, The Big Chili, I’ll be reading the ones I’ve missed!
I’m always looking for new Cozy authors and it looks as though I’ve found one!
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Number Five in The Jaya Jones Treasure Hunt Mystery Series published by Henery Press.
A fabled illusion performed by a stage magician who claims to possess real supernatural powers. A treasure from the colonial era in India when international supremacies vied for power. A phantom trading ship lost over 200 years ago. And a ninja whose murderous intentions in present-day Japan connect the deeds of a long-dead trader who was much more than he seemed…
When Jaya travels from San Francisco to Japan with her stage magician best friend Sanjay—a.k.a. The Hindi Houdini—for his Japanese debut, she jumps at the chance to pursue her own research that could solve a tantalizing centuries-old mystery.
With the colorful autumn leaves of historic Kyoto falling around her, Jaya soon loses sight of what’s real and what’s a deception. A mysterious ninja attempts sabotage on Sanjay’s trick, along with Japan’s most controversial magician, Akira. Ancient folklore blurs the lines between illusion and reality when a magician’s assistant appears to be a kitsune, a mythical fox spirit. As tricks escalate to murder, Jaya and her friends must unravel secrets hidden in the ancient capital of Japan, before one of their own becomes the next victim.
In this the fifth installment of the Jaya Jones mysteries, Jaya is meeting her best bud Sanjay in Kyoto to see his act and the famed Akira do his impossible rope climbing illusion.
From the start things aren’t quite as they appear. Who is this mysterious Ninja they keep catching glimpses of? While tricks turn into murder Jaya turns to research and hidden secrets about a missing ship hundreds of years ago.
I enjoyed the mystery and the history of this clever book! Jaya and her friends are memorable and talented. A very entertaining and informative book. My favorite type!
Netgalley/Henery Press Release Date is this Tuesday, October 3rd!
I had 6 books that released today. Here they are!
All worthy of a read. You can catch my reviews on the website.
Congratulations to you all! It was a pleasure to read them all!
xx Patricia, Book,Books and More Books
The highly anticipated twenty-first FBI thriller by New York Times #1 bestselling author Catherine Coulter presents Agents Savich and Sherlock with two baffling mysteries. Working with Agent Cam Wittier (Insidious) and New York-based former Special Forces agent Jack Cabot, they must race against the clock to catch an international criminal and solve the enigma of the man called John Doe.
When Agent Dillon Savich saves Kara Moody from a seemingly crazy man, he doesn’t realize he will soon be facing a scientist who wants to live forever and is using “John Doe” to help him. But when the scientist, Lister Maddox, loses him, he ups the stakes and targets another to take his experiments to the next level.
It’s a race against time literally as Savich and Sherlock rush to stop him and save both present and future victims of his experiments. In the meantime, Cam Wittier and Jack Cabot must track a violent criminal through the Daniel Boone National Forest. When he escapes through a daring rescue, the agents have to find out who set his escape in motion and how it all ties into the murder of Mia Prevost, the girlfriend of the president’s Chief of Staff’s only son, Saxton Hainny. It’s international intrigue at the highest levels and they know they have to succeed or national security is compromised.
Dueling timelines and stories with exceptional characters and plots that have you holding on to the edge of your seat. It’s what we’ve come to expect from Coulter and her FBI series. Savich and Sherlock are easily two of my favorite characters ever. And the rest of the gang is equally engaging.
In this 21st book in the series, we have a seeminly crazy man breaking into a pregnant woman’s house and both of them end up in the hospital. While the team tries to figure out who this man is and what he wanted with Kara, Cam and Jack are traipsing all over the forest trying to find an escaped prisoner who has no problem killing.
There are enough twists and turns to give you whiplash in this one! And some very timely subjects are delved into.
Netgalley/Gallery Books Sept. 12th release. That’s Tuesday so you can order it today!!
Jack Blackjack is ordered to eliminate a spy in Princess Elizabeth’s household in this engaging Tudor mystery.
June, 1554. Former cutpurse and now professional assassin Jack Blackjack has deep misgivings about his latest assignment. He has been despatched to the Palace of Woodstock, where Queen Mary’s half-sister Princess Elizabeth is being kept under close guard. Jack’s employer has reason to believe that a spy has been installed within the princess’s household, and Jack has been ordered to kill her.
Jack has no choice but to agree. But he arrives at Woodstock to discover that a murder has already been committed.
As he sets out to prove his innocence by uncovering the real killer, Jack finds the palace to be a place steeped in misery and deceit; a hotbed of illicit love affairs, seething resentments, clashing egos and bitter jealousies. But who among Woodstock’s residents is hiding a deadly secret – and will Jack survive long enough to find out?
Jack is one of my favorite characters. No longer a common street thief, he is living well due to the fortune of his benefactor. Only now his benefactor is demanding payment in the form of killing a Lady who is believed to be a spy planted in Princess Elizabeth’s court.
Jack balks at this assignment and tries his best to get out of it, but he must pay the piper.
When he arrives, he must be sharp and stay focused as he tries to figure out who killed who and why. At the same time, he’s trying to keep himself from ending up a corpse.
This is such an entertaining character and series. I enjoy the Templar series as well but Jack is just a great character.
Give it a try and you will soon see why!
Netgalley/Severn House Release Date is September 1, 2017