Happy Homicides is a collection of thirteen cozy mystery holiday stories—nearly 800 pages of reading material—by a dozen different authors, all bundled into one ebook. When the holidays get you too frazzled, you can relax with a bit of murder and assorted mayhem from some of your favorite bestselling and award-winning mystery authors—Lois Winston, Joanna Campbell Slan, Neil Plakcy, Annie Adams, Jenna Bennett, Nancy Warren, Sara Rosett, Camille Minichino (also known as Ada Madison, Margaret Grace, and Jean Flowers,) Nancy Jill Thames, Linda Gordon Hengerer, Joyce and Jim Lavene, and Teresa Trent.
And because we know budgets are tight around the holidays, Happy Homicides is being offered for the incredibly low price of only 99 cents! Not convinced yet? How about a Bonus gift? We also have a free holiday gift for you. The authors put together a bonus file crammed with recipes, craft tips, projects, and more. You’ll find the link for the free bonus material inside Happy Homicides.
Featured stories include:
Elementary, My Dear Gertie (the sequel to the award-winning Talk Gertie to Me) by Lois Winston -- Much to the dismay of her conservative parents, Nori Stedworth and her boyfriend Mackenzie Randolph are living together. Mom and Dad cope as best they can when Nori and Mac arrive in Ten Commandments, Iowa for the holidays. Mac is all for exchanging “I do’s,” but before he can pop the question, an explosion hurls him and Nori into the midst of a murder investigation. Can they uncover which of the town’s not-so-pious residents is the killer in time to catch their flight back to New York City?
Lost and Found Holiday Gifts: A Cara Mia Delgatto Novella by Joanna Campbell Slan -- Santa isn’t the only one who delivers presents during the holidays. Cara Mia Delgatto sets out to do a few small favors and quickly learns how a thoughtful gift can change a life.
Dog Forbid by Neil Plakcy -- A Thanksgiving trip with friends takes reformed hacker Steve Levitan and his crime-solving golden retriever, Rochester, to Pennsylvania Dutch Country. When Steve’s friend’s golden goes missing in an area notorious for local puppy mills, can Rochester nose out the missing puppy and save the holiday?
Flowers, Food and Felonies at the New Year’s Jubilee Cook-Off by Annie Adams -- Busy florist Quincy McKay thought that judging the annual Jubilee food contest would be as easy as picking daisies. Will the event turn deadly when someone cooks up a scheme to slice and dice the competition?
Contingent on Approval: A Savannah Martin Christmas Novella by Jenna Bennett -- On Christmas morning Savannah Martin finds herself looking at Rafe Collier, a pair of fuzzy handcuffs, an economy-sized box of condoms, and the rest of her life. But before her happily-ever-after can begin, she needs to get through a holiday dinner with her mother. Savannah has plenty to worry about, not the least of which is whether her new boyfriend will still want to stick around after the meal.
Teddy Saves Christmas by Nancy Jill Thames-- When Jillian Bradley finds herself alone for the holidays, her dog Teddy latches onto a homeless woman with a dangerous secret. Jillian is forced to get involved. Can she find a way to save her new friend in time for a Merry Christmas?
Menace at the Christmas Market by Sara Rosett -- With the holidays nearing, Kate has time off, a rare occurrence for a location scout. She plans to spend her time shopping for Christmas gifts, but when she goes to the local Regency-themed Christmas Market, a new acquaintance is poisoned and Kate gets drawn into the investigation.
The Neon Ornaments by Camille Minichino -- Physicist Gloria Lamerino meets her friend Rose in Boston for what she thinks is a girls’ getaway weekend. But Rose has other plans. She volunteers Gloria to help solve a murder. Will the chemistry between Gloria and the homicide detective get in the way of catching a killer?
A Diamond Choker for Christmas by Nancy Warren -- In order to borrow an extremely expensive diamond and sapphire necklace to wear at Christmas party, Toni Diamond's mother Linda offers her home as collateral. But the necklace is stolen right off her neck, and Toni has to solve the crime or her mother will be homeless for the holidays!
Dying for Holiday Tea: A Beach Tea Shop Novella by Linda Gordon Hengerer -- Sisters Danielle, Chelsea, and Alexandra Powell rejoice when Alex finds their grandmother’s old recipe book--and plan to bake her gingerbread for their upcoming holiday tea. But someone else wants the recipes and is willing to kill for them. Can the Powell sisters cook up a way to catch a murderer?
The Dog Who Came for Christmas by Joyce and Jim Lavene -- A woman running from her deadly past finds hope, a dog, and possibly a new love, at Christmas.
The Deadliest Christmas Pageant Ever by Teresa Trent -- It's Christmas time in Texas. Betsy Livingston and her boys are caught up in the Pecan Bayou Christmas Pageant to raise funds for needy children. Betsy gets tricked into replacing the absent director and quickly learns that show biz can be brutal—and this Christmas pageant is downright deadly.
The Rowan Tree Twig: A Kiki Lowenstein Novella by Joanna Campbell Slan -- The holidays offer Kiki the perfect chance to keep a promise to her late friend, Dodie Goldfader. But this sweet thought hits a sour note when Dodie’s husband is wrongly accused of murder.
“12 authors combine to ring in the holidays (and not just Christmas!) with Cozies for every taste, and authors you can rely on to deliver the thrills and ratchet a suspenseful plot while making readers empathize with the characters ( in some gorgeous settings, too). Don’t miss out!” – Mallory Heart Reviews
“Wonderful stories by a superb group of authors, you cannot go wrong with Happy Homicides. It’s a must have collection for every mystery reader.” –Lisa K’s Book Reviews
“This was a great book full of so many great stories…” – Community Bookstop
“If you enjoy Christmas stories and mysteries, this anthology will be a great way for you to get into the holiday spirit.” – The Self-Taught Cook
“Each short story/novella will help get you in the mood for Christmas. There is a lot of variety here…definitely something for everyone.” – MysteriesEtc.
“Each story, though not a full length novel, was so well written it felt complete. That shows the talent of these authors, giving you a beginning, middle, and end, in a limited amount of words.” – Fuonlyknew
“There are 13 stories in this collection. Some of the authors were familiar to me and there series I read. Some of them I have never heard of before but I now want to read…” – Readalot
“This is a must read for anyone who loves holiday related mysteries. The short story format makes it easy for you to get a taste of several different authors and their mysteries. It would make a great stocking stuffer for any mystery lover.” – Booklady’s Booknotes
“I’m not sure if I can pick out which one was my favorite because they were all good.” – Storeybook Reviews
“Although I had read books by a few of the writers, this boxed set presented a great chance to try some new authors. And with so many well-written and diverse stories to choose from, any mystery lover is likely to find all or many of the selections to his/her liking.” – Cassidy Salem Reads & Writes
“There are several somethings for everyone in this collection. Personally I was blown away by each and every contribution. The combined talent of these authors is OFF THE CHARTS! Amazing!!!” – Laura’s Interests
“Let’s just say there’s something for everyone here, from poisonings to stolen jewels, mob hits to dognappings and of course, a few murders topped off with a little romance. There’s even cookbook theft for people like Bubby who would commit murder over recipes.” – Bubble Bath Books