Tuesday, July 31, 2012

A Murder is Announced! Issue Two

Dear mystery reader friends,

In this issue of A Murder is Announced!  I feature books by Susan Cory, Carol Verburg, Sally Carpenter, Leon Shure and Judith Ivie.

Please take a look and support these authors.  Visit their blogs, comment, download and read free samples from the websites linked here, post on your Facebook pages, tweet away, post links on blogs and tell your friends.  
Oh yes, and BUY THEIR BOOKS.  :-)

Until next time, happy trails!  Bobbi C., Editor

A Murder is Announced! Issue Two 


A Debut Architectural Mystery in the Iris Reid series
murder mystery, architect sleuth, Susan Cory, Conundrum

When a Harvard Architecture School superstar plunges off the balcony at a graduation party, the police see an accident, not foul play. But fellow-student Iris Reid knows that any jealous member of the ruling clique would have relished pushing him off.

Twenty years later, a reunion is luring the same cast of characters back to Cambridge. The opening night dinner is being held in a Modernist house that Iris has designed. She hopes to untangle the events that led to her friend's death. But the murderer has other plans.

When a long-ago boyfriend turns up dead the night of the dinner, all the incriminating evidence points to Iris. What began as an attempt to avenge her old friend turns into a desperate race to avoid being framed by the clever killer—a killer capable of twisting the truth into a bloody conundrum.

"An exciting, engrossing tale of greed, deceit and murder"     THE KIRKUS REVIEW
architect mystery, murder mystery, Susan Cory novelist
About the Author

SUSAN CORY is an award-winning residential architect in Cambridge, Ma. Her debut mystery, CONUNDRUM, features Iris Reid, also a Cambridge architect, as an amateur sleuth trying to uncover a murderer at her Harvard reunion. 

Please visit Susan's website at http://www.susancory.com/

An Edgar Rowdey Cape Cod Mystery  

Cape Cod! To Lydia Vivaldi, it looks like sanctuary – until she learns her one friend in Quansett is dead. How could a skilled carpenter fall off a ladder at a film shoot? When Lydia lands a cooking job at Leo’s Back End, her questions are stonewalled by the flirtatious filmmaker and resented by the police. Only Edgar Rowdey, famous local author of creepy little books, shares Lydia’s doubts about the “accident.”

Can this unlikely pair of detectives find out what really happened before it happens again?


About the Author
Carol Verburg is best known as a playwright and director on Cape Cod, where she worked with remarkable artists including the late Edward Gorey, and as a freelance writer and editor in science and international literature. She now lives, writes, and teaches in San Francisco. The author of two mysteries, Croaked and Silent Night Violent Night, her most recent nonfiction book is Edward Gorey On Stage: Playwright, Director, Designer, Performer: a Multimedia Memoir.

For more information about Carol, visit her publisher's website:

# 5 in the Kate Lawrence mystery series

Kate’s turning 50, and as if that weren’t depressing enough, she’s about to become a grandmother—perhaps twice. Her investigation of a mysterious death at the Vista View retirement complex opens her eyes to the new realities of aging, some of which send her reeling. What really happened to the wealthy, tennis-playing cougar in Building One? Are residents covering up a sex-for-hire scandal? Will Kate’s longtime friend lose her job as Vista View’s business manager? Kate and her friends Margo and Strutter make it their business to discover the truth—or die trying.

Judith Ivey, murder mystery, Connecticut mystery

About the Author

A lifelong Connecticut resident, Judith Ivie has worked in PR, advertising and sales. In 2006, Judi broadened her repertoire to include fiction, and the popular Kate Lawrence mystery series, set in historic Wethersfield, Connecticut, was launched. Judith strives to provide entertaining reading that takes her readers away from their work and worries for a few hours, stimulates thought on a variety of contemporary issues, and gives them a laugh along the way.

Proceeds from on-line sales benefit Our Companions Domestic Animal Sanctuary in Ashford, CT.

Please visit Judith's website.

The first in the Kate Wehring Mystery series

by Leon Shure

Four bodies are found newly asphyxiated in a suburban park. Each has been missing and presumed dead for up to two years, and relatives have already been convicted for their murders. Reporter Kate Wehring is launched on a multi-state search that could solve a few of her own mysteries.
 The agency, Presumed Alive, proposed in Shure's story “The Search for Hanson Sted,” and its director, Hal Gordon, help Kate in the investigation.

About the Author

Leon Shure, a practicing attorney and former investigative reporter, is a life-long resident of the Chicago area. A graduate of Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism, Shure worked for the Lerner Newspapers, the Day Newspapers, (now the Chicago Sun-Times), and Paddock Publications, a chain of daily newspapers in the Northwest suburbs where he worked as a police reporter. He received the Jacob Sher Award for Outstanding Investigative Reporting.

For information on other books in this series, as well as Leon's other series, visit his Amazon page.
The First book in the Sandy Fairfax Teen Idol Series
Eureka! Award finalist for best first mystery novel, 2012 Left Coast Crime

by Sally Carpenter

Beatles mystery

In the 1970s, teen idol Sandy Fairfax recorded ten gold records and starred in the hit TV show "Buddy Brave, Boy Sleuth." Now he's a 38-year-old recovering alcoholic, desperate for a comeback. A guest appearance at a Midwest Beatles fan convention turns deadly when a member of the tribute band is shot and the boy sleuth is back in action to find the killer. 
Beatles mystery novel author, Sally Carpenter

About the Author

Sally Carpenter is a former Hoosier now living in Moorpark, CA. She has a master’s degree in theater from Indiana State University and a black belt in Tae Kwon Do. She’s worked as an actress, college writing instructor, jail chaplain, tour guide/page for a major movie studio and at a community newspaper. She’s a member of Sisters in Crime/Los Angeles.
For more information:

Thursday, July 19, 2012

A Murder is Announced! First Issue

Dear mystery reader friends,

In this issue of A Murder is Announced!  I feature books by Judy Alter, Kaye George and Maggie Toussaint.

Please take a look, leave comments and support these authors.  Visit their blogs, comment, download and read free samples from the websites linked here and tell your friends.  Thanks so much. 

Until next time, happy trails!  Bobbi C., Editor

Second in the Kelly O'Connell Mystery Series

Available in trade paperback and e-book
When a serial killer begins targeting older women in Fort Worth’s Fairmount neighborhood, realtor/renovator Kelly O’Connell investigates, in spite of the pleas of her companion, policeman Mike Shandy, and her assistant, the colorful Keisha, that she stay out of it. Kelly knows a serial killer will hurt business, and she worries about the frightened old women in the neighborhood.

And when Claire Guthrie, a friend and former client, shows up at Kelly’s front door announcing that she’s just shot her husband in the butt, Kelly becomes her champion. Kelly knows about bad marriages and bad husbands from her own experience. Then Kelly’s mom, the needy Cynthia O’Connell, decides to move to Fort Worth to be near her grandchildren. Kelly, a harried, hassled, and loving single mom of two young girls, unwittingly puts her children, her mom, and herself in danger and almost derails her love life.

Judy Alter of Ft. Worth, Texas
About the author:
 Judy has written fiction and nonfiction for adults and young adults. Her historical fiction titles feature  strong women as Elizabeth Bacon Custer, Jessie Benton Frémont, Lucille Mulhall and Etta Place, of Hole in the Wall gang fame. Now she’s turned her attention to mystery. Turquoise Morning Press has published two novels in the Kelly O’Connell Mysteries series: Skeleton in a Dead Space and No Neighborhood for Old Women. Coming next is Trouble in a Big Box.


First in the Imogene Duckworthy Mystery series

Twenty-two-year-old Imogene Duckworthy is waiting tables at Huey's Hash in tiny Saltlick, TX, itching to jump out of her rut and become a detective. When Uncle Huey is found murdered in the diner, a half-frozen package of mesquite-smoked sausage stuffed down his throat, Immy gets her chance. Immy's mother, Hortense is hauled in for the crime. Unclear of the exact duties of a PI, Immy starts a fire in the bathroom wastebasket to bust Mother out of jail. On the run from the law with her mother and her toddler daughter, Nancy Drew Duckworthy, Immy wonders, now what?

Buy CHOKE, read more details, download samples or read more of Kaye's writing:

Kaye George, near Waco,TX
About the author:

 Kaye George is a twice-Agatha-nominated novelist and short story writer. She belongs to Sisters in Crime and Guppies. Her stories have been published separately and in several anthologies. She reviews for "Suspense Magazine" and blogs for a group blog and a solo one. She and her husband live near Waco, Texas.
Facebook page:


A Cleopatra Jones Mystery
New ebook release of 2007 hardcover book

Cleopatra Jones’ very bad day just got worse. Not only did her golf shot go awry and land on a dead banker, but her best friend is accused of killing the man. A small town accountant, Cleo follows the money and becomes the killer’s next target.

Buy IN FOR A PENNY, read more details, download a sample or read more of Maggie's writing:

About the author:

Formerly an aquatic toxicologist contracted to the U.S. Army and currently a freelance reporter, Southern author Maggie Toussaint loves solving the puzzle of a mystery. 

Her most recent mystery titles are DEATH, ISLAND STYLE and MURDER IN THE BUFF. Her debut release, HOUSE OF LIES, won Best Romantic Suspense in the 2007 National Readers Choice Awards.

Facebook page:


Until next time, happy reading!

bobbi c.

Monday, July 16, 2012

Welcome to A Murder is Announced!

Dear mystery lovers,

After realizing that there aren't many places where authors can announce new books, awards, etc. except for a few listservs that allow such posts, I decided to start a new blog called A MURDER IS ANNOUNCED.  On this blog, I'll list news of new books (indie or otherwise), short synopses, awards, etc. sent to me by authors.

I've posted a separate FAQ page with more information.  

This is not taking the place of other online directories and lists of books.  It's in addition to them.

AMIA is still in the beginning stages, so we'll see how it goes. This will be a place where the announcements and links to samples and online bookstores will stay here unless the book goes out of print, or unless the author asks me to remove it.

I'm doing this as a way to promote my own mysteries and to help other authors get the word out about their books.  Hopefully, through inter-linking back and forth from the authors to the blog and vice versa, we'll all see a little more traffic and sales.

And I want it to be a place where readers can come to learn of new books or murder mystery news.

Note:  These listings will not be book reviews.  I do reserve the right as editor to either post books or not as I see fit.

Questions, please leave a comment here or e-mail me.  Thanks so much!

And please tell your friends about us!

Happy trails,

bobbi c.