Thursday, May 2, 2019

Deadly Southern Charm: A Lethal Ladies Mystery Anthology

Deadly Southern Charm (Cozy Mystery Anthology)

by Sisters in Crime – Central Virginia

Frances Aylor, Mollie Cox Bryan, Lynn Cahoon, J.A. Chalkley, Stacie Giles, Barb Goffman, Libby Hall, Bradley Harper, Sherry Harris, Maggie King, Kristin Kisska, Samantha McGraw, K.L. Murphy, Genilee Swope Parente, Deb Rolfe, Rod Sterling, S.E. Warwick, Heather Weidner

Editors: Mary Burton and Mary Miley

About the Book

Cozy Mystery
Wildside Press (March 27, 2019)
Paperback: 173 pages
ISBN-10: 1479448397
ISBN-13: 978-1479448395

About the Authors 

Frances Aylor, CFA combines her investing experience and love of travel in her financial thrillers. MONEY GRAB is the first in the series.

Mollie Cox Bryan is the author of cookbooks, articles, essays, poetry, and fiction.  An Agatha Award nominee, she lives in Central Virginia.

Lynn Cahoon is the NYT and USA Today author of the best-selling Tourist Trap, Cat Latimer and Farm-to-Fork mystery series.

 A. Chalkley is a native Virginian. She is a writer, retired public safety communications officer, and a member of Sisters in Crime.

 Stacie Giles lived many places before settling in Virginia where she is returning to ancestral Southern roots, including a grandfather who was a Memphis policeman.

Barb Goffman has won the Agatha, Macavity, and Silver Falchion awards for her short stories, and is a two-time finalist for US crime-writing

Libby Hall is a communication analyst with a consulting firm in Richmond, Virginia.  She is also a blogger, freelance writer, wife, and mother of two.

Bradley Harper is a retired Army pathologist.  Library Journal named his debut novel, A KNIFE IN THE FOG, Debut of the Month for October 2018.

Sherry Harris is the Agatha Award-nominated author of the Sarah Winston Garage Sale mystery series and is the president of Sisters in

Maggie King penned the Hazel Rose Book Group mysteries. Her short stories appear in the Virginia is for Mysteries and 50 Shades of Cabernet anthologies.

Kristin Kisska is a member of International Thriller Writers and Sisters in Crime, and programs chair of the Sisters in Crime – Central Virginia chapter.

Samantha McGraw has a love of mysteries and afternoon tea. She lives in Richmond with her husband and blogs at Tea Cottage

K.L. Murphy is a freelance writer and the author of the Detective Cancini Mysteries.  She lives in Richmond, Virginia, with her husband, four children, and two

Genilee Swope Parente has written the romantic mystery The Fate Series with her mother F. Sharon Swope. The two also have several collections of short stories.

Deb Rolfe primarily writes mystery novels. This is her first published short story. She and her husband enjoy life in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia.

Ronald Sterling is the author of six books and draws upon his colorful and varied life experience as a U.S. Airman, saloonkeeper, private detective, realtor, and New Jersey mayor.

S.A. Warwick, in the last century earned a bachelor’s degree in American Studies. Ever since, she has been trying to decipher the American enigma.

Heather Weidner is the author of the Delanie Fitzgerald Mysteries.  She has short stories in the Virginia is for Mysteries series, 50 SHADES OF CABERNET and TO FETCH A THIEF.  She lives in Central Virginia with her husband and Jack Russell terriers.


Mary Burton is a New York Times, USA Today and Kindle best-selling author.  She is currently working on her latest suspense.

Mary Miley is a historian and writer with 14 nonfiction books and 5 mystery novels to her credit.


Deadly Southern Charm: A Lethal Ladies Mystery Anthology

My Thoughts

Deadly Southern Charm contains eighteen original short cozy mysteries from the Sisters in Crime in Central Virginia along with some guest authors.  These varied tales are all set in the Southern states.  Each unique story features a female sleuth.  These Southern women are feminine yet formidable.  In the South, they are called steel magnolias because “they have strength of steel, yet the gentleness of a magnolia”.  They are short stories that can be read quickly since each one is about ten to twelve pages in length.  The stories are well-written and easy to read. The authors crafted special mysteries that suit this smaller format.  They capture the charm of the South in the setting, language, and attitudes.  My favorite story was Cayce’s Treasures by Lynn Cahoon.  It featured Cayce Andrews who just bought an antique shop in New Orleans.  She finds the owner dead in his office and gets help from the buildings ghost, Harry.  This would make a wonderful prequel to a new series (hint hint).  These brief tales range from light hearted to spooky (like Shadow Man by Brad Harper).  I found some new authors thanks to Deadly Southern Charm.  I thought the stories were a like potato chips.  You cannot eat just one chip or read just one novella (hard to put down).  Cozy mystery fans will be delighted with the eighteen mysteries in Deadly Southern Charm.

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Deadly Southern Charm is available at AmazonWildside, and Wildside eBook. I hope you check out this anthology.  Please visit the other stops on the tour guest posts, author interviews, spotlights, reviews, and recipes (schedule below).  I will return tomorrow with my review of Terrier Transgressions by Molly Fitz.  It is the second book in the Pet Whisperer PI series. I hope you have a blissful day.  Take care and Happy Reading!

The Avid Reader

Tour Participants

April 21 – Books, Movies, Reviews. Oh my! – SPOTLIGHT

April 22 – Cozy Up With Kathy – REVIEW, GUEST POST

April 23 – A Holland Reads – SPOTLIGHT

April 24 – Lisa Ks Book Reviews – REVIEW, AUTHOR INTERVIEW

April 25 – LibriAmoriMiei – REVIEW

April 26 – Laura's Interests – REVIEW

April 27 – I'm All About Books – GUEST POST

April 28 – Community Bookstop – REVIEW, RECIPE   

April 29 – Escape With Dollycas Into A Good Book – REVIEW, AUTHOR INTERVIEW 

April 30 – Ruff Drafts – SPOTLIGHT, RECIPE

May 1 – The Pulp and Mystery Shelf – AUTHOR INTERVIEW

May 1 – Island Confidential – SPOTLIGHT

May 2 – The Avid Reader – REVIEW

May 2 – Literary Gold - SPOTLIGHT

May 3 – StoreyBook Reviews – SPOTLIGHT, RECIPE

May 4 – MJB Reviewers – SPOTLIGHT

May 5 – Here's How It Happened – SPOTLIGHT
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