Debra H. Goldstein


Debra H. Goldstein, Agatha and Anthony Nominee, joins me to chat about the second book in her new cozy mystery series, Two Bites Too Many. We discuss following your passion, how to handle “heavy” topics in a “light” mystery, and how to make Jell-O (TM) in a can.

Books in the Sarah Blair Mysteries, from Kensington:

One Taste Too Many

Two Bites Too Many

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Connie Berry


Connie Berry, one of my Missdemeanors blog mates and the author of the Kate Hamilton Mysteries, joins me in the Cozy Corner. We chat about the second Kate Hamilton book, A Legacy of Murder. We discuss English history, antiques, and Connie’s refreshing take on the cozy amateur sleuth.

Find Connie at:


Facebook: Connie Berry, Author

Twitter @conniecberry

Pinterest: Connie Campbell Berry


Michelle Cox


Michelle Cox joins me in the Cozy Corner to chat about A Veil Removed, book 4 in the award-winning Henrietta and Inspector Howard series.

A blend of history, romance, and mystery, the Henrietta and Inspector Howard series has been described as “Downtown Abbey meets Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries” with a dash of Jane Austen.

Michelle also writes “Novel Notes of Local Lore,” a weekly blog dedicated to Chicago’s forgotten residents.

Find Michelle at

Twitter: @michellecox33

Facebook: @michellecoxwrites

Instagram: michellecoxwrites



Ellen Byron


Ellen Byron, who also writes as Maria DiRico, joins me in the Cozy Corner to chat about Fatal Cajun Festival, the fifth book in her Cajun Country mystery series and Here Comes the Body, the first book in her new Catering Hall mystery series.

The Cajun Country Mysteries, which have won Agatha and Lefty Awards and hit the USA Today bestseller list, immerse readers in small town Louisiana. The Catering Hall Mysteries will take readers to New York City. Both contain recipes. Fatal Cajun Festival is available now and Here Comes the Body debuts February 25, 2020 under the pen name Maria DiRico.

Find out more about Ellen at

Find out more about Ellen as Maria DiRico at

Ellen/Maria is also on Facebook: and

Catriona McPherson


All treat, no tricks. Just in time for Halloween, Catriona McPherson, author of the Dandy Gilver and Lexy Campbell mysteries, as well as almost a dozen stand-alones, joins me in the Cozy Corner to chat about A Step So Grave (Dandy Gilver Book 13) and Strangers at the Gate (a stand-alone suspense).

The Dandy Gilver series channels Golden Age detective fiction as it transports readers to the 1930s. Strangers at the Gate is set in an eerie contemporary Scotland, a perfect read for the spooky season.

Catriona is a Scottish-born California resident who says “book” in the most charming way. She’s a multi-award-winning full-time author and a doctor (PhD) of linguistics. She’s a member of Sisters in Crime, Mystery Writers of America, The Crimewriters’ Association, and The Society of Authors. She’ll be the Toastmaster at Bouchercon 2020, the SleuthFest 2020 Guest of Honor, and a Left Coast Crime 2021 Guest of Honor.

Find out more about Strangers at the Gate and A Step So Grave on Catriona’s website,

She’s also on Facebook:

Susanna Calkins


Just in time for the 100th anniversary of the Volstead Act (the National Prohibition Act, (H.R. 6810)), which went into effect on October 28, 1919 when the 66th Congress overrode President Woodrow Wilson’s veto (, Susanna Calkins joins me at the historic Deer Path Inn ( to chat about her new Speakeasy Murders mystery, Murder Knocks Twice.

Susanna Calkins is the author of the award-winning Lucy Campion Mysteries and the Speakeasy Murders (Minotaur Books/St. Martin’s)

Learn more about MURDER KNOCKS TWICE (2019)

Book 2 in the series, The Fate of a Flapper, is out in July 2020

Check out her Agatha-nominated short story “A Postcard for the Dead”

Susanna is also:

Vice-President of Sisters in Crime Chicagoland Chapter

Instructor, StoryStudio Chicago

Twitter: @scalkins3

Instagram: scalkinsauthor


Edith Maxwell


Edith Maxwell writes the Quaker Midwife Mysteries and award-winning short crime fiction. As Maddie Day she writes the Country Store Mysteries and the Cozy Capers Book Group Mysteries. Maxwell, with twenty novels in print and four more completed, has been nominated for an Agatha Award six times. She lives north of Boston with her beau and an elderly cat, and gardens and cooks when she isn’t killing people on the page or wasting time on Facebook. Please find her at, on Instagram, at the Wicked Authors blog, and at Killer Characters. 

Meet Edith when the Wickeds go on tour, October 4-6:

Other appearances:

Jabberwocky Books, Newburyport, MA Oct 6, 7 pm

Country Bookseller, Wolfeboro, NH Oct 7, 4-6 pm

White Birch Books, Conway, NH Oct 8 2 pm

Boston Book Festival, Boston, MA Oct 19 11 am

New England Crime Bake, Woburn, MA Nov 8-10

Judge Thee Not: No stranger to judgmental attitudes in her small town, 1880s Quaker midwife, Rose Carroll, is nonetheless stunned when society matron Mayme Settle publicly snubs Rose’s good friend, Bertie, for her nontraditional ways. When Mrs. Settle is later found murdered—and a supposed witness insists Bertie was spotted near the scene of the crime—the police blame her. Rose is certain her friend is innocent, and she enlists the help of a blind pregnant client—who’s endured her own share of prejudice—to help her sift through the clues. As the two uncover a slew of suspects tied to financial intrigues, illicit love, and an age-old grudge over perceived wrongs, circumstantial evidence looms large in small minds, and Rose fears her friend will soon become the victim of a grave injustice—or worse. 

Kathleen Valenti


Kathleen Valenti, author of the Maggie O’Malley Mysteries, joins me to talk about As Directed, the third book in the series from Henery Press. We discuss poison, the pharmaceutical industry, research, and invent a new genre, the cozy thriller.

Find Kathleen at:

Find her books at:  and wherever fine books are sold.

L.A. Chandlar Live at Killer Nashville


Infused with historical fact, figures, and culture, L.A. Chandlar’s third Art Deco Mystery, The Pearl Dagger, brings the 1930s to life as Lane Sanders helps her boss, Mayor Fiorello La Guardia, fight organized crime on both sides of the Atlantic.

Find out more about Agatha- and Silver Falchion-nominated, bestselling author, L.A. Chandlar at And check out her red shoe collection at

Follow her on Twitter at @LAChandlar

Alison von Rosenvinge/D.A. Bartley


Alison von Rosenvinge, author (as D.A. Bartley) of the Abish Taylor Mysteries from Crooked Lane, joins me in the Cozy Corner. We discuss how an empty house leads to a compelling murder mystery that examines the consequences of a community’s refusal to disavow violent doctrine, whether it’s harder to come up with a blog post or a way to murder someone, and what Kellye Garrett, Richie Narvaez, and Lee Child have in common. Tune in and find out what fields (yes, plural) Alison holds doctoral degrees in and what the D in her pen name stands for.

Don’t miss Alison at the first meeting of the NYC/Tristate Chapter of Sisters in Crime: Bold Voices Expanding Horizons in Crime Fiction with Cate Holahan, Richie Narvaez, Laura Joh Rowland, and Catherine Maiorisi on Thursday, September 19th (moderated by Alison von Rosenvinge, President of NYC Chapter of SinC). The meet-and-greet starts at 6:00 pm Eastern, and the panel starts promptly at 6:30 pm at the Jefferson Market Public Library, 425 6th Avenue.

Twitter: @DA_Bartley