Murder Circle

Winston Gets Crafty; Stanley Curses; Duncan Is Revived

January 22nd, 2011

When her husband cashes out at a Vegas roulette wheel, widow Anastasia Pollack is left with two teenagers, debt, a shark for a mother-in-law and a loan shark churning up the waters. But it’s the corpse super-glued to her office chair that puts her in the hot seat and the #1 suspect. I’m gambling you’ll love ASSAULT WITH A DEADLY GLUE GUN, the first of a craft mystery series by Lois Winston.  And check out  for crafting tips!

Curse you, Kelli Stanley! We have to wait a few more weeks until the launch of your next novel featuring Arcturus, physician and private eye to Agricola, Governor of Britannia. Okay, it’s been centuries in the making, but THE CURSE-MAKER is sure to be worth waiting for.

Pecos Valley, NM, 1923: There’s a tent revival and a rodeo in town, both attractive to Annabelle Blue. But the main attraction is murder when a cowboy is found poisoned. The Wild West remains wild in Alice Duncan’s latest, PECOS VALLEY REVIVAL. Out just in time for Left Coast Crime, NM.

Tina Whittle is on THE DANGEROUS EDGE OF THINGS with her debut novel. When Tai Randolph inherits a Confederate-themed gun shop she finds a roadblock with a corpse in her brother’s driveway. The ensuing mystery takes readers on a road trip from Atlanta’s adult entertainment scene to Tuxedo Row.  Catch Tina’s book debut party in Statesboro, GA, on Feb. 26.

Another book launch to note, this one in Thousand Oaks, CA, at Mysteries To Die For: Sue Ann Jaffarian launches the second in the Granny Apple series, GHOST IN THE POLKA DOT BIKINI.  What if you had to spend eternity frolicking on a Catalina beach? Not exactly what I call Hell. Ghost whisperer Emma Whitecastle and Granny come across a starlet waiting for “Curtis” before crossing over. But, who’s Curtis? That’s just one of the mysteries in the 2nd book of this “haunting” series.

It takes one to know one: When P.M. Terrell decided to write A BANKER’S GREED, she enlisted bank CEO  T. Randy Stevens to be a co-author.  A banker’s daughter gets kidnapped and upon her escape discovers the man behind the kidnapping is her own father! Does she take the witness stand to testify against him?

Sometimes even smart women fall for cyber-Romeos. A friend of Ali Reynolds makes that FATAL ERROR in the latest from J.A. Jance. This is the 6th outing for the series and the first time Judy is taking Bella, her miniature dachshund on tour.

Cindy Sample, author of DYING FOR A DATE, asked me to remind everyone that low registration for LCC 2012, Sacramento, ends March 27. Featured authors at the convention are John Lescroart, Jacqueline Winspear and Harley Jane Kozak. Hope to see many of you there.

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