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.
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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.

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Until next time, happy reading!

bobbi c.


  1. What a great idea for an e-zine! I have A Murder is Announced bookmarked, since I read (and write) mysteries.

    I'm familiar with two of these authors, Maggie Toussaint and Judy Alter, and recommend their books. Now I have two new authors to check out, too!

  2. Fantastic blog! I loved No Neighborhood for Old Women. Now I have more ideas for my TBR list.

  3. Thanks so much Cheryl and Suzanne. Forgive me for taking so long to get to the comments here. I appreciate them! Happy trails, bobbi c.

  4. I am always looking for ideas on new mysteries to read besides the very commercial lists I get from Amazon. Thank you for starting this blog, I am off to get a few of the books you've noted already!