Poisonous picnics, burgled
barbeques, deadly deckchairs... and midsummer mayhem!
From a brilliant bunch of amazing
authors, including multiple prizewinners and USA Today best sellers, comes this
wonderful collection of 21 summer-themed cozy mysteries.
Featuring peril at the pool,
blood on the beach, and felony at the festival, these fabulous stories—21 brand
new and exclusive tales—will keep you entertained until long after the sun has
With stories from Hillary Avis,
Benedict Brown, Catherine Coles, Paula Darnell, Connie B. Dowell, Ellen
Jacobson, Joann Keder, Patti Larsen, Cate Lawley, Gayle Leeson, Daisy Linh, Rimmy
London, R.B. Marshall, Megan Mayfair, Wendy Meadows, Phillipa Nefri Clark,
Michele Pariza Wacek, Erin Scoggins, Cathy Tully, Victoria LK Williams and
Carly Winter, you'll surely find some of your favourite authors and discover
some great new writers within the ~1600 pages of this set.
This collection will only be
available for a limited time so don't miss out - grab yourself a bargain today!
DAPH ON THE BEACH
By Phillipa Nefri Clark
A beachside wedding to die for
The sun was peeking above the horizon as Daphne walked across the old
timber boards to the end of the jetty. The soft slapping of water against the
pylons below accompanied the cry of a seagull circling her in the hope of
With another sweltering day forecast, she’d left the house early. Once
she’d finished here, she’d go home and change for work but for now she had
fresh sea air to inhale and a beach to herself. Fingers of pink and gold lit
the sky in a typical midsummer Rivers End dawn. If there was any sight more
beautiful, she hadn’t seen it.
“But you’re not here to admire the scenery.”
She turned to face the beach. The sand glowed gold from the sunrise and
the waves whooshed in unison, the foam sparkling as it was left behind. It was
a fabulous backdrop for a wedding…or was the sea the backdrop? Either way, this
was the first time she’d officiate a wedding in this spot, but certainly not
the first time one had been performed here.
Her dear friends, Thomas and Martha held their own wedding here a little
over a year ago. She touched her heart and her lips lifted with a smile. The
reunion of the older couple brought joy to many in Rivers End. Their romance
and wedding was one of the factors in her becoming a celebrant. She’d fallen in
love with love.
A dog barked from further up the beach. It was Randall, who’d spotted
her and galloped in her direction as his owner, Martin, raised a hand to wave.
Even as Randall ran along the jetty, Martin was paddling his surfboard out. The
beach might not be hers alone but she’d share with these two any day.
“Hello, Randall.” The golden retriever flopped against her legs, soft
brown eyes bright and tail thudding on the timber boards. “Are you coming to
the wedding?” He licked her hand and then tore back to the beach to fossick.
As the sky lightened, Daphne took some photos on her phone. The wedding,
which was two days away, would begin as the sun set. Barry and Sylvia wanted a
simple ceremony, which Daphne had already written and had it approved by them.
It was now about choosing the perfect spot for them to stand and practice how
loudly she needed to speak, given that this part of the jetty was over the
water and some of the guests would be further away.
Randall was barking again, but this wasn’t his welcome bark. He was
fixated on a spot in the shallows not far from the jetty where something
floated in the water, bobbing about. Her gaze shot to the direction Martin had
paddled. The waves were hardly strong enough for him to come off his board and
be hurt, not with his experience. And he was still there, a fair way out,
waiting for a big enough wave to bring him in.
Daphne hurried to get a better look. Randall was knee-deep in the water,
his bark now a low growl at a mound of material, or clothing. Why would anyone
throw clothes into the sea? Unless they’d fallen off a boat. Either way, she’d
wade in and fetch them.
“Settle down, boy. I’ll fix this.” She removed her sandals and tossed
them back, further away from the tideline.
There was a winter glove swirling around in a circle and Randall scooped
it up and bounded to the beach where he dropped it on the sand. A brimmed hat
picked up a wave and followed him in.
The water was warm as Daphne waded deeper. Good thing she’d worn shorts.
There was an undertow which pulled the clothes just out of reach. She went in a
bit further and grabbed the end of a long, heavy scarf.
“Come on. We’re getting you away from the sea creatures.” She muttered.
“Not going to risk harming any of our marine life with this.”
She tugged at the pile and when the scarf didn’t make a difference she
reached for the arm of a shirt. There was something inside the material.
A wave lifted the pile.
Strands of seaweed floated around it.
Except…it wasn’t seaweed.
It was hair.
Long, flowing hair.
Heart in her mouth, Daphne lifted some of the hair.
About the Authors
Ellen Jacobson is a writer, cat
lover & obsessed with chocolate. She writes cozy mysteries and romantic
comedies including the Mollie McGhie Mysteries and the Smitten with Travel
You can find out more on her
website (ellenjacobsonauthor.com), sign up for her newsletter (https://www.subscribepage.com/m4g9m4).
I'm a multiple award-winning
writer with a passion for the voices in my head. With many (many!) titles
across many (many!) genres, all in happy publication, there's no end in
That being said, I'm short
(permanent), happy (I have the best life ever) and blonde (for ever and ever).
I love to talk one on one about the deepest topics and can't seem to stop
seeing the big picture. I happily live on Prince Edward Island, Canada, home to
Anne of Green Gables and the most beautiful red beaches in the world, with my
multiple cats, pug overlord and lady and Gypsy Vanner gelding, Fynn.
Like my amateur sleuth, Izzy, I'm
a dressage-riding computer geek who loves coffee - but there the similarity
ends. She is far smarter than me, and a lot younger! I hope you'll join me in
discovering where her curiosity leads to next...
Pretty much all my books are set
in my native Scotland, and my mystery stories are no exception. You'll meet
colourful characters solving perplexing puzzles in the most glorious landscape
imaginable. Throw in a castle or two, the occasional royal, and maybe even a
delicious cake shop, and you'll have the recipe for my new series.
I also write fantasy and clean
romance/women's fiction, as Roz Marshall: http://viewAuthor.at/RozMarshall
and Historical Romance telling
the story of Mary Queen of Scots, as Belle McInnes: http://viewauthor.at/BelleMcInnes
Hillary Avis writes cozy
mysteries about smart women who persist until they uncover the truth—about
themselves, about their communities, and of course about any unsolved murders.
She grew up in a small town on
the west coast, went to college in a small town on the east coast, and now
lives in beautiful Eugene, Oregon. She has two charming children, three fluffy
dogs, and two practically perfect felines named Mystery and Intrigue. She also
has too many chickens and one very patient husband.
When Hillary’s not reading,
writing, or editing, she bakes bread, makes pottery, drinks coffee, and streams
The Great British Bake-Off, but not all at the same time.
Cate Lawley writes humorous,
action-filled mysteries that frequently contain a paranormal twist.
When Cate’s not tapping away at
her keyboard or in deep contemplation of her next fanciful writing project,
she's sweeping up hairy dust bunnies and watching British mysteries.
Cate is from Austin, Texas (where
many of her stories take place) but has recently migrated north to Boise,
Idaho, where soup season (her favorite time of year) lasts more than two weeks.
She's worked as an attorney, a
dog trainer, and in various other positions, but writer is the hands-down
winner. She's thankful readers keep reading, so she can keep writing!
Paranormal cozy mystery series:
-Vegan Vamp Mysteries
-Night Shift Witch Mysteries
-Death Retired Mysteries
-Cursed Candy Mysteries
Cozy mystery series:
-Fairmont Finds Canine Cozy
Cate's sweet romance series:
-Love Ever After
For bonus materials and updates,
visit her website to join her mailing list: www.CateLawley.com
Snuggle up with one of Rimmy's
cozies... if you dare.
Follow on Amazon or sign up for
her newsletter at www.rimmylondon.com
Phillipa Nefri Clark
Phillipa lives just outside a
beautiful town in country Victoria, Australia. She also lives in the many
worlds of her imagination and stockpiles stories beside her laptop.
She writes from the heart about
love, dreams, secrets, discovery, the sea, the world as she knows it… or wishes
it could be. She loves happy endings, heart-pounding suspense, and characters
who stay with you long after the final page.
With a passion for music, the
ocean, nature, reading, and writing, she is often found in the vegetable garden
pondering a new story.
To connect more with Phillipa and
her writing, visit www.phillipaclark.com.
Wendy Meadows is a USA Today
best-selling author whose meticulously crafted stories showcase witty women
sleuths and engaging plots. Her primary influences include but are not limited
to mystery genre greats Joanne Fluke, Ellery Adams, and James Patterson. To
date, she has published dozens of books, which include her popular Sweetfern
Harbor Series, Maple Hill Series, and Alaska Cozy Series, to name a few.
When she isn’t writing about
female detectives and their tactful crime solving, you can find Wendy either
tending to her hobby farm, playing video games, relaxing on her back porch, or
coloring in her growing collection of adult coloring books. She also loves
spending quality time with her husband, two sons, two cats, and one adorable
Labradoodle. Together, they call “The Granite State” home sweet home.
Visit Wendy at http://wendymeadows.com
Erin is a long-time Southerner
with a fondness for offbeat humor and fresh fried chicken. After fifteen years
in marketing with a Fortune 500 company, she traded her MBA for fictional crime
scenes and feisty small-town families. She writes fun, flirty mysteries that
are celebrations of food, family, and the killer South.
Visit her at www.erinscoggins.com for book news and shenanigans.
Victoria LK Williams
Cozy Mysteries with A Tropical
Fun Cozy Mysteries, Paranormal
Mysteries (with a fantasy twist) all set on the Florida Coast. A Romantic
Christian Series, with a strong sense of family set in upstate New York. These
are the stories Victoria writes. A hopeless animal lover, Victoria adds plenty
of cats and dogs in each book, and her love of gardening shows through the characters.
As a storyteller, it is important for Victoria to draw the reader into the
story; to make you feel the sultry tropical heat or the numbing cold of the
north. Victoria and her husband live in South Florida and own a landscape
garden service. Two feisty cats make themselves at home, usually on her desk as
she writes. A lover of a good mystery, she is an avid reader and likes to be
outdoors. When she is not reading, you may find her working on a needlepoint
project. Visit her website to learn about new and upcoming books. http://www.VictoriaLKWilliams.com
Michele Pariza Wacek
When Michele was 3 years old, she
taught herself to read because she wanted to write stories so badly. It
took some time (and some detours) but now she does spend much of her
time writing stories. Mystery stories, to be exact. They’re clean and
twisty, and range from psychological thrillers to cozies, with a dash of
romance and supernatural thrown into the mix. If that wasn’t enough,
she posts lots of fun things on her blog, including short
stories, puzzles, recipes and more, at MPWNovels.com. For a free prequel to her cozy mystery
series, The Charlie Kingsley Mysteries, visit https://mpwnovels.com/freebies/
Michele holds a double major in
English and Communications from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Currently,
she lives in the mountains of Prescott, Arizona with her husband Paul and
southern squirrel hunter Cassie.
Website – https://mpwnovels.com/
Facebook – facebook.com/michelepwauthor
Linked In linkedin.com/in/michelepw
Twitter – twitter.com/michelepw
Instagram – instagram.com/themichelepw
Joann Keder spent most of her years in the Midwest,
growing up and raising a family on the Great Plains of Nebraska. She worked for
sixteen years as a piano teacher before returning to school to receive a master’s
degree in creative writing. A mid-life move to the Pacific Northwest lead her
to re-examine her priorities. She now creates stories about life and
relationships in small towns while her ever-patient husband encourages her on.
Author Links: Website – Facebook – Instagram – Amazon – GoodReads Link
Cathy Tully is the pen name of
E.C. Tully. A graduate of Georgetown University, she studied foreign languages
and linguistics before changing gears and graduating from Chiropractic School.
Her award-nominated first novel, Dr. Shine Cracks the Case, features a
chiropractor practicing in small town Georgia. She writes the ChiroCozy Mystery
Carly Winter is the author of the
Sedona Sprit Cozy Mystery series and the Tri-Town Murders Cozy Mystery series.
When not writing, she likes spending time with her family and enjoying the
fantastic Arizona weather (except summer - she doesn't like summer). She does
like dogs, wine and chocolate and wishes Christmas happened twice a year.
Gayle Leeson is an author living
in Virginia with a beautiful family and quite a few pets. She also writes--or
has written--as Gayle Trent, Amanda Lee, and G. Leeson. As Gayle Trent, she
writes the Daphne Martin Cake Mystery series and the Myrtle Crumb Mystery
series. As Amanda Lee, she wrote the Embroidery Mystery series. As Gayle
Leeson, she writes the Down South Cafe Mystery series and the Ghostly
Fashionista mystery series. And as G. Leeson, she is writing the Literatia
Catherine Coles writes cosy
mysteries that take place in the English countryside. Her extremely popular
Tommy & Evelyn Christie mysteries are set in 1920s North Yorkshire. Her new
series, the Martha Miller cosy mysteries, are set in the years following the
Second World War in Berkshire.
Catherine lives in northeast
England with the youngest of her five children and two spoiled dogs who have no
idea they are not human!
Megan Mayfair writes fiction with
a dash of mystery, a sprinkling of humour and a spoonful of romance. Her books
include the award-winning Tangled Vines and the Lemon Tree Bay mysteries. Megan
lives in Melbourne, Australia with her husband and three young children and
works in PR. When not writing fiction or press releases, she enjoys spending
time with her family, drinking coffee, and seeking the perfect shade of red
Award-winning author Paula
Darnell is a former college instructor who writes two cozy mystery series: the
DIY Diva Mysteries and the Fine Art Mysteries. Killer Art in the Park is a
story in the Fine Art Mystery series. All her cozies feature arts and crafts
and a lovable dog. She’s a former board member of the Clark County Artists
Guild, and she sells handmade jewelry in her Etsy shop, Paula D Jewelry. She
and her husband Gary live in Las Vegas with their adorable golden retriever
Benedict Brown writes historical
and contemporary mysteries in his two bestselling series, "Lord Edgington
Investigates..." and "The Izzy Palmer Mysteries". Both series
feature twists by the bookful, a wicked sense of humour and a huge cast of
quirky, curious and cunning characters. He's a Welsh-Irish Londoner who lives
in Spain with his French wife and multi-national four-year-old daughter, and he
spends all his time writing (when his daughter lets him).
Connie B. Dowell
Connie B. Dowell writes cozy
stories with LGBTQ+ characters, including the Emmie and Dessa mysteries (set
1918 and onward) and the Millie Monroe Bookmobile Mysteries. She also writes
nonfiction and children’s stories and hosts two writing podcasts, Authoring
Onward and Let's Start Writing. When not writing or illustrating, she gardens,
plays violin badly, and binge watches Midsomer Murders.
List of prizes:
1 x ebook copy of Oceanberry
Blues & Tangerine Troubles by Joann Keder
Signed paperback of The Murder
Before Christmas by Michele Pariza Wacek
1 x signed paperback of Cabernet
& Confessions by Daisy Linh (US only)
1 x ebook of Cabernet &
Confessions by Daisy Linh (international)
1 x audio book of each of A Cop
& A Coop, A Flock & A Fluke; and A Roost & Arrest by Hillary Avis
1 x ebook of Bride & Doom by
1 x ebook of each of The After
Hours Deception, The Hothouse Deception, and The Backstage Deception by Patti
1 x ebook of winner’s choice from
the Izzy Palmer mysteries and the Lord Edgington Investigates series by
1 x ebook boxset of 4 first in
series books by Victoria L K Williams
1 x signed paperback of Murder
for Neptune’s Trident by Victoria L K Williams (US only)
1 x ebook of both Apples &
Alibis and Designs on Murder by Gayle Leeson
1 x paperback of Artistic License
to Kill by Paula Darnell
1 x signed paperback of The Body
in the Bookmobile & A Villain in the Vineyard by Connie B Dowell
1 x ebook of Till Daph Do Us Part
by Phillipa Nefri Clark
1 x paperback (signed if winner
in the US) of Murder by Numbers by Megan Mayfair
1 x ebook of the Mollie McGhee
cozy collection: books 1-3 by Ellen Jacobson
1 x paperback of Murder at the
Marina by Ellen Jacobson (US only)
1 x ebook of A Corpse at the
Castle by R B Marshall
1 x paperback of Clues, Christmas
Trees, & Corpses anthology – various authors
1 x ebook of Fairmont Finds
Canine Cozy Mysteries Books 1-3 by Cate Lawley
1 x signed paperback of Dr Shine
Cracks the Case by Cathy Tully (US only)
1 x signed paperback of The Guest
is a Goner & News and Nectarines by Carly Winter
1 x ebook box set of the Tommy
& Evelyn Christie mysteries Books 1-3 by Catherine Coles
1 x signed paperback of Murder at
the Manor by Catherine Coles
1 x signed paperback of Poison at
the Village Show by Catherine Coles
1 x $25 gift card to winner’s
e-bookstore of choice
2 x $10 gift card to winner’s
e-bookstore of choice
3 x $5 gift card to winner’s
e-bookstore of choice
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