Award Winner – First Place – Bookfest – Spring 2022 – Historical Fiction – Mystery
A Mummy. A Mystery. A discovery. Will Kaili live to tell the world?
On a historic mummy hunt for the legendary Cleopatra, Dr. Kaili Worthy has no idea that she’s stepping into the path of a mysterious curse that stretches back nearly 4,000 years. Though the remains they find end up being from Cleopatra’s daughter, Selene, the millennia-spanning mystery has all the thrills of a classic treasure hunt, Dr. Kaili Worthy 5-book novella series by Kay Oliver is the latest jaw-dropping action-adventure series.
Meet Kay A. Oliver
After the success of her first fictional book series, Award-Winning “Voice of a Mummy: The Dr. Kaili Worthy Series,” Kay A. Oliver managed to merge her two biggest passions, the love for writing and science, in an emotional, romantic thriller that followed “Shooter’s Treasure,” earning her four stars out of four in reviews.
Kay A. Oliver was a writer in the entertainment industry for many years, and she has been writing since her youth, winning many different awards in the course of her career. Now she is following her passion for authoring fictional books.
This book, being her latest page-turner, leaves nothing to doubt. Her writing style and Hollywood experience never deliver a dull moment. Her imagination is quickly making her a legendary storyteller of our time.
Kay A. Oliver graduated from California State University, Fullerton with a Communication: Radio, TV, Film degree. She then obtained her master’s degree in Business, Finance. She is a current member of the TV academy.
Could a gorgeous old ballgown be used to commit murder? Deep in the heart of Texas, Chinese immigrant Daiyu Wu discovers a mysterious ballgown in her family’s laundry business. It reeks of burned garlic and there is money pinned to it to pay for the cleaning. But no one knows who left it there. Harnessing her instincts, knowledge, and determination, Dai sets out to learn everything she can about this strange green dress. Who wore it? Who left it at the laundry? As she unravels the mystery behind the dress, Dai discovers a lot more than she bargained for. Someone has committed a murder using arsenic. Dai believes the dress is the key and that the murderer is trying to use the laundry to hide this crucial piece of evidence, the green ballgown. Many factors conspire against Dai, but she remains undeterred. The police don’t even know about the murder. People think her blindness stops her from doing things. It’s Dallas in 1930, and Chinese people like Dai are not welcomed by the white residents of the city. Pushing these factors to one side, Dai turns detective. With Prince Razor, her canine best friend, and Jacques Haskins, her human one, she knows she must take on the challenges posed by a spoiled popinjay, his jealous self-appointed girlfriend, and Dai’s overprotective parents. Time is ticking, but even though the killer is unaware that Dai is on their trail, they are destroying any evidence of their foul deed. Can she and her friends work out the mystery despite all the obstacles stacked against them? Melanie Fletcher – ***** – An absolutely marvelous historical mystery. The last thing you’d expect in a mystery set in 1930’s Dallas is a blind Chinese female detective, but Gloria Oliver deftly makes Miss Daiyu Wu the equal of Holmes, Poirot, and Dupin.
Meet Gloria Oliver
Gloria Oliver lives in Texas, making sure to stay away from rolling tumbleweeds, freak storms, and bowing to the wishes of her feline and canine masters. She is the author of nine published novels in the genres of fantasy, YA fantasy, urban fantasy, science fiction, and cozy mysteries. Her first cozy mystery novel and first series book, “Black Jade – A Daiyu Wu Mystery” was released in June 2021. The second book in her first ever series, “The JOY of Murder – A Daiyu Wu Mystery”, is coming July 2022. She’s also a member in good standing of EPIC and BroadUniverse but hasn’t yet made it onto the list for Cat Slaves R Us. Sign up to her newsletter at www.gloriaoliver.com/subscribe and choose a gift! Sample chapters and more info on Gloria and her books can be found at www.gloriaoliver.com
A powerful new cozy mystery series from award-winning and bestselling author Krista Lockheart. Join greenhouse expert Heather Moore and her sassy chihuahua as they uncover something unexpected in her new estate garden in this buzz-worthy fresh novel.
There’s something growing in the garden . . . and it’s not a flower. A mystery is growing in the garden!
Greenhouse expert and horticulture Professor Heather Moore gets a new lease on life when she inherits her grandparents’ estate in New England. But the garden she loved as a child has seen better days. Determined to restore her grandfather’s garden to its former beauty, she’s accompanied by Ant, her charming chihuahua, and two of her favorite former students.
But wait, what? Ant suddenly digs up an even bigger challenge when he finds some human remains buried in an old potting shed. As she discovers clues and follows the evidence, a few suspects cross her mind, but ultimately they point to one wily and clever killer. Suddenly in danger herself, can Heather solve this puzzling mystery, restore her family’s legacy, and bring about justice?
April Showers Bring Dead Flowers is the first novel in the Murder on the Vine series. Join Heather and Ant as they explore the seedy underworld of gardens, greenhouses, and flower shops in this ‘unputdownable’ murder mystery! Extremely funny, with a fast-paced plot and appealing characters, this adorable and ingenious story will embed itself in your heart and grow into one of your favorite reads. Perfect for chick-lit fans and with a dash of sweet romance as well, this will appeal and be highly accessible to many readers. Don’t miss this breakout novel in the cozy genre and pick up a copy today!
Meet Krista Lockheart
Award-winning author Krista Lockheart writes irresistible cozy mysteries filled with humor, and buzz worthy characters and plots. Her favorite activity is interacting with her readers from all over the world, and she enjoys their feedback and comments on her social media platforms. She loves good food, good conversation, and good books! Cooking is a passion and she especially enjoys making pasta with vegetables. Chocolate, avocado, and seafood are her favorite foods to celebrate with. She loves being out in the sunshine and at the beach.
Krista comes from an artistic background and her art workshops sell out within a few hours of signup. Her work has earned cultural council grants and has been featured in newspapers, magazines, and on TV and on the radio.
In the past few months, her memoir, travel travels, and short stories were published three times in the Writer & Readers’ Magazine, and her travel tale about her expedition to Peru was the editorial feature in DRIFT Travel magazine.
She contributed a short story to a Halloween anthology and her debut novel was #1 in 12 categories on Amazon during its initial release (including in the Free Kindle Store and in New release categories).
It also earned seven book awards including First Place at TheBookFest in Humorous First Place at Royal Dragonfly Book Awards in Romance First Place in Winter Pinnacle Book Achievement Awards in Romance Finalist in the Book Excellence Awards in Romance Second Place at the BookFest Awards in Girls & Women Silver Award from Literary Titan Honorable Mention at TheBookFest Awards for Coming of Age It earned multiple five-star editorial reviews including from the Book Commentary and Readers’ Favorite. It was recommended by US Review of Books, and the Chick-Lit Cafe, as well as highly recommended and featured in the Midwest Book Review.
A strange ability. A discovered corpse. But will his supernatural sleuthing skills lead him into a killer’s trap?
England, 1990. Reed has travelled his whole life in search of someone who understands him. So he’s thrilled when his journey brings him to free-spirited Zoya, who shares his rare ability to dream-walk. But after his gift leads him to a hidden corpse, he becomes the prime suspect in the murder.
Despite the setback, Reed resolves to use his power to help crack the case.
When the real perpetrator delivers a violent threat, he’s tempted to give up, slip into his camper van and hit the road again. After all, who would miss him?
Will Reed flee the tiny seaside town and abandon his new friends – or will he risk everything to expose the murderer?
The Invisible Body is the first book of The Falling Awake Mysteries, a captivating, character-led series that blends amateur sleuth crime story with an exploration of human connection. If you like compelling characters, seaside settings and a hint of the paranormal, then you’ll love Jenny Cutts’ intriguing novel.
Buy The Invisible Body and unravel the mystery today.
Meet Jenny Cutts
Jenny Cutts is the author of The Falling Awake Mysteries, a sophisticated cozy mystery series set in the UK. A literature graduate and former archivist with a passion for cinema, she punctuates her writing time by watching the city bustling below her window and gazing at the big skies rolling above.
A secret liaison. A baffling murder. Can one woman solve the crime without joining the body count?
Northern England, 1953. Pauline Riddell has grand ambitions for her future at the armament factory. So, when her closest workmate reveals a salacious affair with a married man, Pauline refuses to risk her career by listening to the scandal. But she’s shaken to her core when the police arrive with news of her best friend’s homicide.
Desperate for justice, Pauline’s insistent poking into the investigation only makes her the prime suspect. And now to clear her name, she must unravel a web of deadly clues entangling her in a sinister plot.
Can Pauline catch the killer before they strike again?
In The Beginning, There Was a Murder is a riveting mystery novel. If you like whip-smart heroines, intriguing twists and turns, and nail-biting danger, then you’ll love P.C. James’s sensational story.
Buy In The Beginning, There Was a Murder to crack the case today!
Meet P.C. James
I’ve always loved mysteries, especially those involving Agatha Christie’s Miss Marple. Perhaps because Miss Marple reminded me of my aunts when I was growing up. But Christie never told us much about Miss Marple’s earlier life. When writing my own elderly super-sleuth series, I will trace her career from the start. As you’ll see if you follow the Miss Riddell Cozy Mysteries over the coming years – from this statement, you can deduce I’m not a fast writer.
However, this is my Bio, not Miss Riddell’s, so here goes with all you need to know about me: I’m a retired manager and a budding writer. When I’m not staring at the computer screen in the hope inspiration will strike, you’ll find me running, walking, and taking wildlife photographs around Whitby, Canada. My series begins in northern England because that was my home growing up and that’s also the home of so many great cozy mysteries. Stay with me though because the stories will take us to many different places around the world.
Hot isn’t a hot enough word to describe corporate raider Fletcher Wolf, but since he’s suing couturier Cara Fletcher for, oh, a gazillion dollars, she figures she shouldn’t hit on him…at least not too hard.
On top of that, she wonders if he’s responsible for the harassment and vandalism that’s plaguing her, irritants that escalate into crimes when her workshop is trashed to the tune of a hundred thousand dollars. The economic damage enables him to seize her company, bringing him into her life on a daily basis. When her Manhattan loft home is torched and her assistant murdered, Cara realizes that the man she wants is the only man who can keep her safe.
Miriam Webster and the Grand Old Lady Detectives [G.O.L.D.] take on their first case when the tenant in Shakespeare’s Cottage swears the Bard of Avon’s ghost is on the prowl.
Miriam’s not a believer in ghosts, but when she and her companions catch a glimpse of a hazy figure that bears Shakespeare’s unmistakable likeness, she’s no longer sure what to think. When the ghostly apparition suddenly disappears, it leaves them mystified.
Their investigation soon takes an even more bizarre twist when the ghost, to borrow a phrase from Shakespeare’s Hamlet, “shuffles off this mortal coil.” A murdered ghost means the G.O.L.D. team have no choice but to involve homicide detective Henry “Hank” Miller who complicates matters, especially for Miriam.
A dead ghost is just one of many surprises for Miriam Webster and her sleuthing pals. Poking into the past, they soon discover the cottage’s previous occupants had a few skeletons in their closets. Do those old bones hold the key to uncovering the motive for a new murder?
As Shakespeare’s Cottage gives up its secrets, can they figure out who murdered Shakespeare’s ghost before there’s another victim?
Grab your copy of this delightful cozy mystery by USA Today and Wall Street Journal bestselling author, Anna Celeste Burke to find out!
*****Voted one of the 50 Self-published books worth reading, 2015!***** We should all have a Bernadette in our lives… Set in California and Mexico in the 1960s this tale evokes a simpler, more innocent time and place. A story of love, loss, and resilience in the face of a haunting mystery. What readers are saying about Love a Foot Above the Ground 5***** “If you believe in love, please read this book and you will be enlightened by the power of everlasting love….Five stars to this one!” 5***** “This is a stunningly rich saga played out in the culture of Mexico’s Baja California, as a young girl learns the lessons of life, love, jealousy and betrayal. Against the odds, she ultimately finds peace and happiness, but not in any way you might expect from the intricacies of this fine saga.” 5***** “The writing style is fabulously romantic and mysterious and the scenery brilliantly described. By the end of the book I felt as though the people and places involved were actually real.” 5***** “The book was so powerful and a completely fascinating read.”
Few will hire competitive rider, Viola Parker, since the famous jumper, Wastrel, crashed to his death with her aboard. Not only that, her attitude just landed her out of work…again. She can barely afford her whipped-cream-in-a-can addiction.
Now, before she’s thirty, she must keep a job for one year and receive a glowing letter of recommendation to get a surprise trust fund set up by her absentee parents. A trust fund that could represent freedom and independence—or might be worth nothing.
Vi accepts a position and moves from Long Island to Missouri thinking that keeping her mouth shut and her head down for one year will be easy.
But when Wastrel begins haunting her dreams and dead bodies start piling up, the question isn’t whether she can earn a reference from her hunky boss, Malcolm, but whether she’ll live long enough to get it.
One mysterious death. One lazy sheriff. Two seekers of the truth.
Della Kincaid escaped to the mountains of N.C. to get away from it all.
When she and her dog, Jake, discover a woman dead in the wilderness, Della realizes she can’t escape her past and gets embroiled in the investigation. The sheriff says suicide. Della says murder, and as a former crime reporter in Washington, D.C., she knows how to chase the truth. Without her usual sources, she turns to an interesting cast of characters—friends, forger, former husband, and new neighbor Abit Bradshaw, a boy who’s spent the first 16 years of his life plagued by small-town bullies and family lies. They team up to search for answers to the possible murder—but things don’t turn out the way they planned.
FANS OF To Kill a Mockingbird, Where the Crawdads Sing, and The Extraordinary Life of Sam Hell will also enjoy this book.
A Life for a Life is the first book in Lynda McDaniel’s internationally acclaimed Appalachian Mountain Mysteries series. Reviewers have compared her work to To Kill a Mockingbird and her storytelling style to that of Fannie Flagg. If you like page-turning mysteries without over-the-top violence—but packed with suspense and character-driven stories—you’ll love this series.
BUYA LIFE FOR A LIFE TODAY AND DISCOVER ALL THAT HAPPENS WHEN A STRANGER MOVES TO TOWN.
“GREAT !! BOOK A good mystery that reads like a literary piece.” —Wooley, Amazon Vine Voice Reviewer
“A LIFE FOR A LIFE IS ONE OF THE MOST SATISFYING BOOKS I’VE READ THIS YEAR. A strong message of forgiveness, redemption and acceptance.” —Ana Manwaring, writer, creative writing instructor
“McDANIEL DELIVERS A PAIR OF UNFORGETTABLE CRIME-SOLVING CHARACTERS. She lured me into her story and kept me there.” —Virginia McCullough, award-winning author of Amber Light and Greta’s Grace