Saturday, September 16, 2017

Review: Midnight Mysteries: Nine Cozy Tales by Nine Bestselling Authors

Title: Midnight Mysteries: Nine Cozy Tales by Nine Bestselling Authors
Authors: Rita Ames, Morgana Best, Karen Cantwell, Carolyn Haines, Eleanor Cawood Jones, Larissa Reinhart, Connie Shelton, Maria Grazia Swan, LynDee Walker
Publisher: Kindle
Series: Orgainized Mysteries, The Kitchen Witch Mysteries, Sophie Rhodes mystery, Sarah Booth Delaney, Cherry Tucker Mysteries, Samantha Sweets Magical Cozy Mysteries, Lella York Mysteries, Nichelle Clarke Mysteries,
Pages: 377
Format: Kindle e-book
Source: Personal Purchase

Description:

Ritter Ames – “Organized for Masked Motives” (Organized Mysteries series)
Kate McKenzie never dreamed when she started her business, Stacked in Your Favor, she’d spend nearly as much time crime solving as organizing. But with Halloween approaching and too many items on the to-do list, she and Meg Berman find themselves in another puzzling dilemma—where every answer leads to another question.

Morgana Best – “No Time to Witch” (The Kitchen Witch mystery series)
In a historical mystery prequel to the novel MISS SPELLED, Thelma Spelled must discover the mystery around a murder that entangles her and her husband. The paranormal tale reveals more about the magic of the house and early 20th century Australia.

Karen Cantwell – “It Takes a Ghost” (tie-in to the Sophie Rhodes mystery series)
New detective Brenna Sage can’t solve a series of robberies—until she gains a partner in the guise of Marmaduke Dodsworth. While Marmaduke is better versed in decorum and refinement than forensics and interrogation, he has one decidedly clear advantage: He can walk through walls.

Carolyn Haines – “Clacking Bones” (Sarah Booth Delaney series)
When Jitty’s husband, Coker, goes missing from the Great Beyond, Sarah Booth Delaney, Tinkie, and all the animals sign on to find out why the spirit is AWOL. Sarah Booth has to dig deep into the past to find the answer to this puzzling mystery.

Eleanor Cawood Jones – “Salad Days, Halloween Nights” (author of A Baker’s Dozen)
A vegetable-loving chef has cooked his way into trouble when a Halloween treat leads to murder. If he wants a happy future, he must first make sure the police don’t have him down as the main ingredient in a recipe for a prison sentence.

Larissa Reinhart – “The Vigilante Vignette” (Cherry Tucker Mystery series)
When Cherry pays a mercy call on a neighbor, she’s roped into a quid pro quo deal—if she recovers a stolen family heirloom both somewhat embarrassing and due to be discovered missing very shortly, the neighbor will use family clout to help her with zoning issues. But if she fails, the expression “someone’s got her goat” takes on a whole new meaning. And when she discovers a thievery ring, illegal auctions, and green-eyed emotions after spotting Luke where he’s not expected—it’s another hilarious day in Halo, Georgia.

Connie Shelton – “Spellbound Sweets” (Samantha Sweets Magical Cozy Mysteries)
It’s Halloween, one of the busiest times of the year for Samantha Sweet and the crew at her pastry shop, Sweet’s Sweets. The gang looks forward to a gala costume party at the neighborhood bookstore, but the evening takes a different turn when a guest is murdered, a rare book vanishes, and Sam finds herself in the midst of another mystery.

Maria Grazia Swan – “Weeping Moon” (Lella York Mysteries series)
Lella York has a way of getting herself into trouble, even when she’s doing volunteer work. Who's the mysterious storyteller, and what's going on at the senior living center? Will Lella find out before it’s too late?

LynDee Walker – “Frightening Features” (Nichelle Clarke Mystery series)
Not a patient recovery patient, while Nichelle Clarke waits for an injury to heal all she really wants is a story to write and research—hard news to get her mind occupied. Instead, her boss gives her a fluff piece. Not her idea of fun. But with Nichelle snooping around, it’s not surprising her soft story takes a decidedly hard turn.

My Thoughts:

This great novella compilation covers so many great authors from LynDee Walker we get Nichelle Clarke whose writing a story while her leg heals and stumbles upon a mystery to solve.  All the way to Clacking Bones by Carolyn Haines Sarah Booth has her hands full finding out where Jitty's husband goes missing from the great beyond and Sarah has to figure out why.

This set of stories is great if your looking into various authors but want to learn more about them in these little novellas you get a taste of the adventure you could go on.  You also may find yourself seeking out a series after reading some of these stories I know I did and couldn't be happier with some of them.  One of the new authors I stumbled upon with this was Connie Shelton with Spellbound Sweets you meet everyone is Samantha Sweets world and it was great.  Some were authors I read before and was pleasantly surprised to revisit them again.

Definitely great series for Halloween lovers and cozy mystery lovers who want a break from a full novel and can enjoy the short stories and one to definitely keep around.

3 shout outs:

Carolyn said...

Thank you for the thoughtful review! I was so thrilled when I was invited to participate in this anthology. I love Halloween! And to share the holiday with these gifted writers was definitely a treat!

Maria G. Swan said...

Paula, what a delightful surprise. Thank you so much.

morganabest said...

Thank you for the review, Community Bookstop! :-)