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The Punniest Cozy Mystery Titles

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, APRIL 10, 2014 | PERMALINK

Who doesn't love a good pun? Wait, don't answer that. Unless the answer is yes. Because your RT Web Team can't resist punning. And some of the best puns can be found in the titles of cozy mystery novels. Not gonna lie, we kind of envy the editors who get to participate in these title brainstorming sessions. We've collected some of our recent favorites below — they'll slay you!

The cover of A Tale of Two Biddies

Bloom and Doom by Beverly Allen (Berkley, April 2014)

Shunned and Dangerous by Laura Bradford (Berkley, March 2014)

A Tale of Two Biddies by Kylie Logan (Berkley, February 2014)


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Killer Jobs: Occupational Hazards In April's Mysteries

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, APRIL 02, 2014 | PERMALINK

Sure, work can be stressful, but the characters in this month’s mystery overview have jobs that are absolute killers. Reading our April mystery picks will make you feel better after a bad day at the office! Take a look:

The cover of Rick Mofina's Whirlwind

In Rick Mofina’s latest, Whirlwind, reporter Kate Page’s life takes a suspenseful turn after she begins an internship at a Dallas newspaper. Hoping to earn a full-time position, Kate works tirelessly to showcase her talents, even though she misses her daughter terribly. When she’s sent to cover the aftermath of a deadly tornado, Kate meets a woman searching for her son, who was last seen with a stranger during the storm. Kate takes it upon herself to find the woman’s son, but will she solve the mystery before it’s too late?


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Allison Brennan on Her New Series and the Changing Face of Publishing

BY Faygie Levy, MARCH 27, 2014 | PERMALINK

In the mood for a good mystery? (We almost always are.) Well, Allison Brennan’s launching a new series this week with Notorious. It’s the story of Maxine Revere, in-your-face TV investigative journalist, and the long ago murder of her best friend. We caught up with Allison to hear more about her writing life, and her thoughts on publishing as a whole.

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Your books are so full of twists and turns, how do you continue to keep your writing fresh?

The cover of Notorious

Thank you! I'm glad you think I’m still fresh, because that’s always a struggle. I want every book to be better than the last, and that pressure can sometimes stifle my creativity. For example, many of my earlier books were serial killer books, and in the Lucy series I tried to change it up a bit. I haven’t had a true serial killer since Kiss Me, Kill Me (2011, Ballantine), and even that book wasn’t a traditional serial killer. I’m actually thinking of going back to that with an upcoming Lucy book because I haven’t done it for awhile.


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Exclusive Cover Reveal: Hit By Delilah S. Dawson

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, MARCH 24, 2014 | PERMALINK

Cover reveal time! You ready? Today we're pleased to reveal the brand spanking new cover of Delilah S. Dawson's upcoming YA novel, Hit. Although the book doesn't hit shelves until 2015, we are super excited to see the face of this killer story of a teen assassin in a bank-owned America. 

First, the book's back cover blurb:

NO ONE READS THE FINE PRINT.

The good news is that the USA is finally out of debt. The bad news is that we were bought out by Valor National Bank, and debtors are the new big game, thanks to a tricky little clause hidden deep in the fine print of a credit card application. Now, after a swift and silent takeover that leaves 9-1-1 calls going through to Valor voicemail, they’re unleashing a wave of anarchy across the country.

Patsy didn’t have much of a choice. When the suits showed up at her house threatening to kill her mother then and there for outstanding debt unless Patsy agreed to be an indentured assassin, what was she supposed to do? Let her own mother die?

Patsy is forced to take on a five-day mission to complete a hit list of ten names. Each name on Patsy's list has only three choices: pay the debt on the spot, agree to work as a bounty hunter, or die. And Patsy has to kill them personally, or else her mom takes a bullet of her own.


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Haiku 4 U: March Mysteries

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, MARCH 11, 2014 | PERMALINK

Every month your RT Web Team examines the books releasing. We plot and plan how best to cover them for you. Sometimes the process becomes almost … meditative, as we ogle the book covers and back cover copy. So it makes sense (in our minds, anyway) that we've come up with a new feature: Haiku 4 U. In it, we'll cover a genre trend in that beloved 5-7-5 syllable format, and then wax on about why these titles are the ones for you. Join us in the mindful exercise, or just check out the reads we recommend!

This month’s best mysteries feature blasts from the past!

The past, it lingers

We must learn from our mistakes

Only if we can


   

PAST MURDERS …


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