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Partings are bittersweet, but this one hits us in the heart a bit more. One of our founding members, Terry Odell, has left our ranks. She was the impetus behind creating a group of authors in a “lifeboat,” and since our inception has guided the ship. We’ve weathered storms in publishing houses and an ever-changing market dynamic and through it all, we relied on Terry to be our Captain. Her indelible stamp of forthrightness, diligence, and can-do remains with us and we will try to live up to her ideals. We wish you well, Terry. So long but not goodbye.

Please join us in welcoming cozy author Lois Winston as our newest Booklover’s Bench author. She’s been published since 2006, with sixteen novels in a variety of genres, including seven Anastasia Pollack Crafting Mysteries and two Empty Nest Mysteries. She has also written four mystery novellas. Lois is a champion of authors, often featuring them on her blog, Killer Crafts and Crafty Killers, and she’s been the driving force behind the successful Sleuthing Women anthologies. She’ll be featured on our Let’s Talk page later this month and we hope you will drop by to leave Lois a personalized welcome. Read more about Lois here.

Get to know us–links to our social media sites are in the left sidebar. Each month, we’ll be hosting contests and different ways to win our books and other exciting prizes. These can change in the blink of an eye–our authors are generous people and are constantly thinking of ways to reward readers.

Our monthly contest now features books as prizes for our friends and fans. The winner of the Rafflecopter contest will select a prize from our Prize Vault. Click Here to Enter 

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Nancy J. Cohen has reissued KILLER KNOTS, #9 in the Bad Hair Day Mysteries, in a revised Author’s Edition in print and ebook formats.

Debra H. Goldstein will be a “Mystery in the Midlands” panelist on June 22.

Cheryl Hollon will be on a panel titled “Why I Write the Kind of Mysteries I Write” on June 29th at the 2019 Mystery Fest Key West conference.

Diane A.S. Stuckart will speak on “How I got Started as a Mystery Writer” at the 2019 Mystery Fest Key West conference at the end of June.

Maggie Toussaint will be a “Mystery in the Midlands” panelist on June 22.

Lois Winston, in her alternate role as semi-retired literary agent, recently negotiated a 3-book deal for The Alaska Diner Mysteries by Camille Minichino (writing as Elizabeth Logan) with Berkley Prime Crime.




Win a Free Book – June 2019

Enter to Win June 1 – 18, 2019 Our monthly contest features books as prizes for our friends and fans. The winner of the Rafflecopter contest will select a prize from our monthly Prize Vault. The book format will be in print or digital, and the graphic will illustrate the title shown on a reader […]

Let’s Talk with Debra H. Goldstein

My TBR Shelf is Growing and Growing by Debra H. Goldstein I love to read. For years, before I started writing, I divided my To-Be-Read books between the top of a short bookcase in my home office and the corner of my dresser. When the books reached the middle of my dresser and my husband made one comment too many, I bought another small bookcase, put it in my bedroom closet, and filled it … [Read More...]