Spring into fun with these spring themed short stories by New York Times USA Today bestselling and award winning authors! Enjoy a little mystery, a hint of romance, and a lot of laughter with these shorts from some of Gemma Halliday Publishing's bestselling series.
Stories include: The Missing Laughing Leprechaun (a Mini Martin Mystery) by Gemma Halliday Jackson Stein Fishing Badge Murder (a Merry Wrath Mystery) by Leslie Langtry A Drizzle Before Dying (a Cookies Chance Mystery) by Catherine Bruns Not-So-Bright Hopes (a Danger Cove Quilting Mystery) by Gin Jones Elizabeth Ashby Mystic Wedding Bell Blues (a Mystic Isle Mystery) by Sally J. Smith Jean Steffens Prugnolino Purple (a Franki Amato Mystery) by Traci Andrighetti Spring Ahead (an Assignment: Romance romantic comedy) by Barbara Valentin Rhinestone Ransom (a ¬¬¬¬¬Gemstone Mystery) by Jennifer Fischetto Strawberry Swirl Suspicion (a Cambria Clyne Mystery) by Erin Huss That Dog Won't Hunt (A Birdwell, Texas Mystery) by Aimee Gilchrist Second Chances (a romantic comedy) by Jayne Denker Making a Date with Magic (a Petra Paranormal Mystery) by Margaret C. Morse Sailing into Love (a Love in the City romantic comedy) by Melissa Baldwin
Gemma had a hard time figuring out what she wanted to be when she grew up. She worked as a film and television actress, a teddy bear importer, a department store administrator, a preschool teacher, a temporary tattoo artist, and a 900 number psychic, before finally selling her first book, Spying in High Heels, in 2005 and deciding to be a writer.
Since then, Gemma has written several mystery novels and been the recipient of numerous awards, including a National Reader's Choice award and three RITA nominations. Her books have hit both the USA Today and the New York Times Bestseller lists.
Gemma now makes her home in the San Francisco Bay area where she is hard at work on her next book.
From the first page any cozy mystery lover is going to like the book. So many great stories to keep the reader turning the pages. There are 14 authors who share a little bit about their series. Don’t let the snippets fool you this will give you a sense of what the authors are like and you might just get a glimpse of a new author or two for you. I don’t want to give anything away but trust me when I say you are going to love this book.
Spring Heralds Mayhem and Murder with 5+/5 Bunches of Delightful Daisies!
Many coziholics, especially me, love multi-author collections because you get to enjoy all at once short snippets of several author’s full-length series and often see the characters in a different predicament. Gemma Halliday Publishing has joined together fourteen of their popular “cozy” authors sharing a short look into their series…cozies, mysteries, and romantic comedies! But don't let “short” cause you to shy away from this collection, each story is well-written with a depth in its storyline that is very engaging along with continued entertainment of a plethora of rich characters from each author. It's a delightful “cozy” smorgasbord!
I was very excited to revisit some of my favorite authors—Sally J. Smith and Jean Steffens, Catherine Bruns, Leslie Langtry, Gin Jones, Jennifer Fischetto, Gemma Halliday and Jackson Stein, and Traci Andrighetti—enjoying favorite themes, settings, and characters. It's been a great introduction to authors I have yet tried leading me to click “Like” on their Facebook pages. But, it is important to note that as a newbie, I was never out of the loop. It was easy to join in and change my newbie status to fans of Barbara Valentin, Erin Huss, Aimee Gilchrist, Jayne Denver, Margaret C. Morse, Carol E. Ayer, and Melissa Baldwin. So many authors, so many delightful reads, such a wonderful time!
The Missing Laughing Leprechaun by Halliday and Stein: The leprechaun sign has disappeared from the town's Irish bar. Is it students or someone else? Do I care? No. Whiny MC, boring story. Barely stars
Fishing Badge Murder by Langtry: Merry Wrath is a CIA agent turned Girl Scout leader who finds dead bodies. I really enjoyed this amusing story, it had interesting characters and a nicely moving plot, and I would happily read more. 4 stars
A Drizzle Before Dying by Bruns: Ok, but nothing out of the ordinary. The solution to the mystery felt like an old Encyclopedia Brown story - really quick and not really having anything to do with the rest of the story. I might read something else by this author but I wouldn't search it out. 2 stars
Not-So-Bright Hopes by Ashby: I'm a quilter who has attended and volunteered at a few quilt shows, so this mystery set at a quilt show should be right up my alley. Unfortunately I thought it was rather dull. It might appeal to other readers; I wanted to like it but just couldn't. 1.5 stars
Mystic Wedding Bell Blues by Steffens: Not bad story but the writing was stilted and the book suffered from my just having read two in an amusing mystery series set in the bayous of Louisiana. That one is much better.
Prugnolino Purple by Andrighetti Spring Ahead by Valentin Rhinestone Ransom by Fischetto Strawberry Swirl Suspicion by Huss That Dog Won't Hunt by Gilchrist Second Chances by Denker Making a Date with Magic by Morse Daisies, Dandelions, and Death...Oh My! by Ayer Sailing into Love by Baldwin