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Cozy Case Files: A Cozy Mystery Sampler, Volume 3

Cozy Case Files: A Cozy Mystery Sampler, Volume 3

Ashley Weaver, Frances Brody, M.C. Beaton, Donna Andrews, Maia Chance, Mandy Morton, Rhys Bowen, Ellen Crosby, Gail Oust, Charlaine Harris, Ellie Alexander

Minotaur Books

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Looking for a new cozy mystery author to love? Dive in to this collection of excerpts from the Minotaur Books/St. Martin's Press Fall 2017 season (books published from September to October). The Cozy Case Files collection includes:

The Essence of Malice by Ashley Weaver
Death at the Seaside by Frances Brody
The Witches' Tree by M.C. Beaton
How the Finch Stole Christmas! by Donna Andrews
Gin and Panic by Maia Chance
Cat Among the Pumpkins by Mandy Morton
The Ghost of Christmas Past by Rhys Bowen
Vineyard Victims by Ellen Crosby
Ginger Snapped by Gail Oust
Sleep Like a Baby by Charlaine Harris
Death on Tap by Ellie Alexander

About the author

Ashley Weaver, Frances Brody, M.C. Beaton, Donna Andrews, Maia Chance, Mandy Morton, Rhys Bowen, Ellen Crosby, Gail Oust, Charlaine Harris, Ellie Alexander

ASHLEY WEAVER is the technical services coordinator at the Allen Parish Libraries in Oberlin, Louisiana. Weaver has worked in libraries since she was fourteen; she was a page and then a clerk before obtaining her MLIS from Louisiana State University. She is the author of three previous Amory Ames mysteries, Murder at the Brightwell, Death Wears a Mask, and A Most Novel Revenge.

FRANCESBRODY is the author of the Kate Shackleton mysteries. She lives in the North of England, where she was born and grew up. Frances started her writing life in radio, with many plays and short stories broadcast by the BBC. She has also written for television and theater. Before turning to crime, she wrote sagas, winning the HarperCollins Elizabeth Elgin award for most regionally evocative debut saga of the millennium.

M.C. BEATON, who was the British guest of honor at Bouchercon 2006, has been hailed as the "Queen of Crime" (The Globe and Mail). In addition to her New York Times and USA Today bestselling Agatha Raisin novels, Beaton is the author of the Hamish Macbeth series and four Edwardian mysteries. Born in Scotland, she currently dividesher time between the English Cotswolds and Paris.

DONNA ANDREWS is a winner of the Agatha, Anthony, and Barry Awards, a Romantic Times Award for best first novel, and four Lefty and two Toby Bromberg awards for funniest mystery. She is a member of MWA, Sisters in Crime, and the Private Investigators and Security Association. Andrews lives in Reston, Virginia. How the Finch Stole Christmas! is Andrews's the 22nd book andfourth Christmas mystery in the Meg Langslow series.

MAIA CHANCE was a finalist for the 2004 Romance Writers of America Golden Heart Award and is a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Washington. She is writing her dissertation on nineteenth-century American literature. She is also the author of the Fairy Tale Fatal mystery series.

MANDY MORTON began her professional life as a musician. More recently, she has worked as a freelance arts journalist for national and local radio. The No. 2 Feline Detective Agency series was inspired by her own cats, Hettie and Tilly.

RHYS BOWEN is the author of the Anthony and Agatha Award–winning Molly Murphy mysteries, the Edgar Award-nominated Evan Evans series, In Farleigh Field, and the Royal Spyness series. Born in England, she lives in San Rafael, California.

ELLEN CROSBY is the author of the Virginia wine country mystery series, which began with The Merlot Murders. She has also written a mystery series featuring international photojournalist Sophie Medina. Previously she worked as a freelance reporter for The Washington Post, as the Moscow correspondent for ABC News Radio, and as an economist at the United States Senate.

GAIL OUST is often accused of flunking retirement. Hearing the words "maybe it's a dead body" while golfing fired her imagination for writing a cozy. Ever since then, she has spent more time on a computer than at a golf course. She lives with her husband in McCormick, South Carolina.

CHARLAINE HARRIS, a #1 New York Times bestselling author, was born and raised in the Mississippi River Delta area. She is the author of the Aurora Teagarden mysteries, which are the basis for the Hallmark Movies & Mysteries Aurora Teagarden original movies; the Sookie Stackhouse urban fantasy series, which was the basis for the HBO show True Blood; the Shakespeare mysteries; the Harper Connelly mysteries; and the Cemetery Girl mysteries. Harris now lives in Texas with her husband.

ELLIE ALEXANDER is a Pacific Northwest native who spends ample time testing pastry recipes in her home kitchen or at one of the many famed coffeehouses nearby. When she's not coated in flour, you'll find her outside exploring hiking trails and trying to burn off calories consumed in the name of "research." Ellie is the author of the Bakeshop Mysteries, including Another One Bites the Crust. Find her on Facebook to learn more!

Ellie Alexander

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Photo: Joe Henson, NYC

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