Fantastic Firsts Cozy Mystery Series Starters

Just for fun, we want to help cozy mystery readers find new series they can love and look forward to reading for years to come. We hope you will welcome these new authors and /or new series ... for many years to come.

  • Subscribers receive 20% off cover price of selected titles which can be picked up in store or scheduled to arrive in a special FFBC box shipped by the 20th of each month.
  • You may pick up your new book at either Mysterious Galaxy San Diego or at the Redondo Beach satellite office.
  • Customers have the option of purchasing a FF subscription as a gift in a 3, 6, or 12-month subscription.
  • Many, but not all selections will be signed.
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To sign up, or for more information, contact the staff in San Diego (858-268-4747). Club membership lists will be maintained by the San Diego location, but all fantastic titles can be picked up in either store, or shipped to you!

A new title will be revealed each month!

 

The Good Byline Cover Image
$11.99
ISBN: 9781938849923
Availability: Available Now
Published: Prospect Park Books - March 19th, 2017

April 2017

Staff Reviews


 

This laugh-out-loud debut cozy features broken-hearted wannabe obituary writer Riley Ellison. She works in the local library by day, and tries out a dating service in her off-hours in an effort to move on with her life after her long-time sweetheart leaves her in Tuttle Corner, Virginia for greener pastures in Colorado. Riley has a reputation as a bit of a troublemaker after her grandfather (an obituary writer) died under mysterious circumstances and she pressed the town to look into his “suicide.” So when her high school friend, Jordon James “commits suicide,” Riley doesn’t believe it for a moment and begins to look into her death when she agrees to write Jordon’s obituary. All of these plot lines are wrapped around some humorous moments and some great quotes about writing obituaries. For those looking for a new cozy heroine to root for, give Jill and Riley a try.

— From Terry's Traffic Light Delights

 

Description


 

-Who knew obituaries could be this much fun?-
-- Gretchen Archer, USA TODAY-bestselling author of the Davis Way Crime Capers 
Meet Riley Ellison, a quirky young library assistant who has become known in her hometown of Tuttle Corner, Virginia, as Riley Bless-Her-Heart. Riley's odd habit of living vicariously through people she reads about in the obituary pages hits a little too close to home when she is asked to write one for her childhood best friend, Jordan James. Jordan's unexpected suicide has left Riley desperate to understand why a young woman with so much to live for would suddenly opt out, so she steps out of her comfort zone and into the role of obituary writer. 
Things get messy, however, when Jordan's co-worker, a paranoid reporter with a penchant for conspiracy theories, convinces Riley that Jordan's death was no suicide. He leads her down a dangerous path toward organized crime, secret lovers, and suspicious taco trucks. Eventually, Riley's serpentine hunt for the truth leads to a discovery that puts everything she holds dear--her job, the people she loves, and even her life--in danger. Will writing this obituary be the death of her?

 


Death by Chocolate Lab Cover Image
$7.99
ISBN: 9781496707383
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Published: Kensington Publishing Corporation - February 28th, 2017

March 2017 

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Pet sitter Daphne Templeton has a soft spot for every stray and misfit who wanders into the quaint, lakeside village of Sylvan Creek. But even Daphne doesn't like arrogant, womanizing Steve Beamus, the controversial owner of Blue Ribbon K-9 Academy. When Steve turns up dead during a dog agility trial, Daphne can think of a long list of people with motives for homicide, and so can the police. Unfortunately, at the top of the list is Daphne's sister, Piper--Steve's latest wronged girlfriend. 
Certain that Piper is innocent, in spite of mounting evidence to the contrary, Daphne sets out to clear her sister's name--and find Axis, Steve's prize-winning chocolate Labrador, who went missing the night of Steve's death. Aided by Socrates, her taciturn basset hound, and a hyperactive one-eared Chihuahua named Artie, Daphne quickly runs afoul of Detective Jonathan Black, a handsome and enigmatic newcomer to town, who has no appreciation for Daphne's unorthodox sleuthing. 
Can a free-spirited pet sitter, armed only with a Ph.D. in Philosophy and her two incompatible dogs, find the real killer before she becomes the next victim? 
Includes recipes for homemade dog treats 
"When murder is unleashed in the idyllic town of Sylvan Creek, it's up to spunky pet sitter Daphne and her darling duo of misfit mutts to catch the killer. A doggone charming read from start to finish " --Cleo Coyle, New York Times bestselling author.


Blown Away Cover Image
$7.99
ISBN: 9780425283547
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Berkley Books - February 7th, 2017

February 2017 

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In the all-new Kite Shop Mystery series set in the beachside community of Rock Point, Oregon, kite shop owner Emmy Adler gets swept up in a murder investigation. 


Emmy is finally living her dream. She's moved to the coastal town of Rock Point, Oregon, and is starting a kite business. Strings Attached features her own unique designs, inspired by everything from Picasso to Matisse's colorful cutouts. Her spirits are soaring sky-high the morning of the grand opening--until she stumbles upon a dead man washed up on the beach. 
The body belongs to local chef Miles Logan, and the gash across his chest indicates he's been murdered. The sheriff suspects Emmy's best friend, Avery, who used to date the chef. Emmy is sure Avery would never hurt anyone, but her pal doesn't have an alibi for the night of the murder. With Avery's freedom and the fate of her kite shop up in the air, Emmy takes it upon herself to follow the string of clues and solve the murder before the real killer takes flight.

 


Death at First Sight Cover Image
$7.99
ISBN: 9780425282748
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Berkley Books - November 1st, 2016

November 2016 

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FIRST IN A VISIONARY NEW MYSTERY SERIES.

It doesn t take a crystal ball to see that something's not right on Bay Island...

Since she left her psychiatric practice in New York City to open up a psychic shop in her hometown on Bay Island, Cass Donovan has given her fair share of readings to conflicted customers. But what she sees in Ellie Callahan's future doesn t bode well. 
When Ellie's mother, Marge, publicly confronts Cass about the reading, the embarrassment makes her want to curl up and die. And when she later stumbles across Marge's body and is a suspect in her murder Cass is suddenly the star of Bay Island's rumor mill. 
Cass is determined to prove her innocence and save Ellie from meeting the fate in her unfortunate vision. But even with the help of her friends Bee and Stephanie, Cass will have to channel some serious sleuthing instincts to find the real killer...

 


Dying for Strawberries Cover Image
$7.99
ISBN: 9781496704863
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Published: Kensington Publishing Corporation - October 25th, 2016

October 2016

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With seasonal crowds flocking to its sandy beaches, lively downtown shops, and the Berry Basket, a berry emporium with something for everyone, the lakeshore village of Oriole Point is ripe for summer fun and murder.

Much has changed for Marlee Jacob since she returned to Oriole Point, Michigan, three years ago. Between running the Berry Basket, dodging local gossip, and whipping up strawberry muffins, smoothies, and margaritas to celebrate the town's first annual Strawberry Moon Bash, the twenty-nine-year-old hardly has time for her fiance, let alone grim memories of her old life in New York . . . 
But unfortunately for Marlee, Oriole Point is muddled with secrets of its own. First her friend Natasha disappears after an ominous dream. Next the seediest man in town threatens to crush her business. Then an unknown person nearly kills her on the night of the Bash. When she discovers a dead body while searching for Natasha, Marlee realizes she ll have to foil a killer's plot herself before the past permanently stains her future.

 


A Story to Kill Cover Image
$7.99
ISBN: 9781496704351
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Kensington Publishing Corporation - August 30th, 2016

September 2016

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A new series from the author of the Tourist Trap Mysteries 
Former English professor Cat Latimer is back in Colorado, hosting writers retreats in the big blue Victorian she's inherited, much to her surprise, from none other than her carousing ex-husband Now it's an authors getaway but Cat won t let anyone get away with murder 
The bed-and-breakfast is open for business, and bestselling author Tom Cook is among its first guests. Cat doesn t know why he came all the way from New York, but she's glad to have him among the quirkier and far less famous attendees. 
Cat's high school sweetheart Seth, who's fixing up the weathered home, brings on mixed emotions for Cat some of them a little overpowering. But it's her uncle, the local police chief, whom she ll call for help when there's a surprise ending for Tom Cook in his cozy guest room. Will a killer have the last word on the new life Cat has barely begun? 
Praise for Lynn Cahoon's Tourist Trap Mysteries 
Murder, dirty politics, pirate lore, and a hot police detective: "Guidebook to Murder" has it all A cozy lover's dream come true. Susan McBride, author of "Say Yes to the Death" 
Lynn Cahoon has created an absorbing, good fun mystery in "Mission to Murder." "Fresh Fiction.

 


Midsummer Night's Mischief Cover Image
$7.99
ISBN: 9781496704924
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Kensington Publishing Corporation - July 26th, 2016

August 2016 

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As the Summer Solstice approaches in idyllic Edindale, Illinois, attorney Keli Milanni isn't feeling the magic. She's about to land in a cauldron of hot water at work. Good thing she has her private practice to fall back on--as a Wiccan. She'll just have to summon her inner Goddess and set the world to rights. . . 
Midsummer Eve is meant for gratitude and celebration, but Keli is not in her typically upbeat mood. The family of a recently deceased client is blaming her for the loss of a Shakespearean heirloom worth millions, and Keli's career may be on the line. With both a Renaissance Faire and a literary convention in town, Edindale is rife with suspicious characters, and the intrepid attorney decides to tap into her unique skills to crack the case. . . 
But Keli weaves a tangled web when her investigation brings her up-close and personal with her suspects--including sexy Wes Callahan, her client's grandson. The tattooed bartender could be the man she's been looking for in more ways than one. As the sun sets on the mystical holiday, Keli will need just a touch of the divine to ferret out the real villain and return Edindale, and her heart, to a state of perfect harmony. . ..

 


A Dark and Stormy Murder Cover Image
$7.99
ISBN: 9780425282601
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Berkley Books - July 5th, 2016

July 2016 

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An aspiring suspense novelist lands in the middle of a real crime, in the first in a captivating new series by the author of the Undercover Dish Mysteries. 
"Lena London's literary dreams are coming true as long as she can avoid any real-life villains..." 
Camilla Graham's bestselling suspense novels inspired Lena London to become a writer, so when she lands a job as Camilla's new assistant, she can t believe her luck. Not only will she help her idol craft an enchanting new mystery, she ll get to live rent-free in Camilla's gorgeous Victorian home in the quaint town of Blue Lake, Indiana. 
But Lena's fortune soon changes for the worse. First, she lands in the center of small town gossip for befriending the local recluse. Then, she stumbles across one thing that a Camilla Graham novel is never without a dead body, found on her new boss's lakefront property. 
Now Lena must take a page out of one of Camilla's books to hunt down clues in a real crime that seems to be connected to the novelist's mysterious estate before the killer writes them both out of the story for good...

 


Eclair and Present Danger Cover Image
$7.99
ISBN: 9780425280898
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Berkley Books - June 7th, 2016

June 2016 

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This month's pick is the first in the delicious new Emergency Dessert Squad Mystery series. With her rent rising faster than her pie crust, bakery owner Winnie Johnson had hoped to be rescued by an inheritance from her wealthy friend and neighbor Gertrude Redenbacher. Intead all she inherits is the widow's hostile hissing tabby and a vintage ambulance restored by Gertrude's late husband. As her dream crumbles, Winnie makes her final delivery to an elderly widower, where she finds Bart Wagner lying dead on his kitchen floor, smothered by a pillow.

To comfort her frightened and grieving neighbors, an idea is born: a new business called the Emergency Dessert Squad. When she's not speeding to the scenes of dessert emergencies, Winnie is racing to track down Bart's killer before she needs to call a real ambulance for the next victim...

 


Irish Stewed Cover Image
$7.99
ISBN: 9780425274880
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Berkley Books - May 3rd, 2016

May 2016 

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We want to help cozy mystery readers find new series they can love and look forward to reading for years to come. This month's pick takes us to Hubbard, Ohio, where the jobless Laurel Inwood finds herself humbled after flopping as a personal chef to a Hollywood movie star. Much to Laurel's dismay, the restaurant run by her Aunt Sophie is not the cozy bistro her aunt would have had her believe, but a run-down greasy spoon in an old railroad station. To save the dingy diner, Laurel cooks up a plan to feature alternating ethnic cuisine as specials.

But then Jack Lancer, the Lance of Justice, an investigative reporter for local TV news, is found slumped over a table with a receipt spike in his back. Assisted by the drop-dead gorgeous owner of the neighboring Irish store who may or may not be a suspect, Laurel sets out to track down a killer who had no reservations about impaling a newshound. But as she turns up the heat, will she end up in the soup herself?
 


Crime & Poetry Cover Image
$7.99
ISBN: 9780451477446
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Published: Signet Book - April 5th, 2016

April 2016 

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Rushing home to sit by her ailing grandmother’s bedside, Violet Waverly is shocked to find Grandma Daisy the picture of perfect health. Violet doesn’t need to read between the lines: her grandma wants Violet back home and working in her magical store, Charming Books. It’s where the perfect book tends to fly off the shelf and pick you...

Violet has every intention to hightail it back to Chicago, but then a dead man is discovered clutching a volume of Emily Dickinson’s poems from Grandma Daisy’s shop. The victim is Benedict Raisin, who recently put Grandma Daisy in his will, making her a prime suspect. Now, with the help of a tuxedo cat named Emerson, Violet will have to find a killer to keep Grandma from getting booked for good...      

 


Skinny Dipping with Murder Cover Image
$7.99
ISBN: 9781250077776
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: St. Martin's Press - March 1st, 2016

March 2016 

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Welcome to Otter Lake, where the relaxing, restorative atmosphere is to die for.

Erica Bloom is in no rush to return to Otter Lake, the site of her mother's spiritual retreat for women. Erica met her inner goddess years ago and she's happy to have forged a new identity on her own, thank you very much. But her new-age-y, well-meaning mother is losing her grip on the business, and needs Erica's help. So she heads back to her New Hampshire hometown, where nothing much has changed-except for maybe the body in the well...

When Erica was a teenager, she fell prey to a practical joke that left her near-naked in Otter Lake's annual Raspberry Social. The incident was humiliating, but it wasn't like anyone got killed-until now. Those who were behind that long-ago prank are starting to turn up dead, and Erica's appearance in town makes her a prime suspect. To make matters worse, the town sheriff just happens to be Erica's old nemesis, Grady Forrester...who also happens to be hotter than ever. Can Erica find a way to dig up the truth-before someone digs her grave?

The first book in Auralee Wallace's Otter Lake Mystery series is a killer good time.

 


A Familiar Tail Cover Image
$7.99
ISBN: 9780451476579
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Published: Berkley Books - February 2nd, 2016

February 2016 

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In the first book of the Witch's Cat Mystery series, unlucky-in-love artist Annabelle Britton decides that a visit to the seaside town of Porstmouth, New Hampshire, is the perfect way to get over her problems. But when she stumbles upon a smoky gray cat named Alastair and follows him into a charming cottage, Annabelle finds herself in a whole spellbook full of trouble.

Suddenly saddled with a witch's wand and a furry familiar, Annabelle soon meets a friendly group of women who use their spells, charms, and potions to keep the people of Portsmouth safe. But despite their gifts, the witches can't prevent every wicked deed in town. Soon, the mystery surrounding Alistair's former owner, who died under unusual circumstances, grows when another local turns up dead. Armed with magic, friends, and the charmed cat who adopted her more than the other way around, Annabelle sets out to paw through the evidence and uncover a killer.