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Thursday, December 20, 2012

12 Cozies of Christmas: Rosemary and Thyme

As part of Spyglass Lane Mysteries' "12 Cozies of Christmas" campaign, here is a special guest post from cozy mystery author Candice Speare Prentice. Take it away, Candice!

I love a good murder mystery, but I don’t like gushing blood, raunchy language, and random naked body parts—dead or alive. For instance, I’ve never watched Silence of the Lambs. When it first came out on VCR years ago, my family rented it. After the first ten minutes, I left the room. Please understand that this isn’t criticism of people who loved that movie; it’s about my sensitivity. Television shows and movies live second lives as reruns in my brain—especially the vivid, gory ones.

That’s why I enjoy a good cozy mystery. I like to write them, I like to read them, and I like to watch them. They give me the satisfaction of a good murder mystery without gory, in-your-face violence. They also provide a bit of psychological thrill without weirdness.

(If you like cozy mysteries, check out the 12 Cozy Mysteries of Christmas eBook Giveaway below.)

Recently I discovered a BBC cozy mystery series through Netflix titled Rosemary and Thyme. Yes, I’m behind the times. The show ran from 2003 to 2007. The main characters are middle-aged gardening sleuths Rosemary Boxer and Laura Thyme. Rosemary, who is single, lost her job as a plant pathologist and lecturer at a college. Laura was a former police constable whose cheating husband recently asked for a divorce. Their joint gardening business gives them exposure to plenty of opportunities for mayhem to occur. Their friendship is realistic. The scenery is amazing. And I’m even learning a few things about plants.

Unfortunately the series was short-running, only 22 episodes. But I’m savoring each show, usually during my afternoon break while I have a cup of coffee. It makes me feel...cozy.

There are two ways to enter the 12 Cozy Mysteries of Christmas eBook Giveaway
  1. Create a Pinterest Pinboard entitled "My 12 Cozies of Christmas." Fill it with 12 Spyglass Lane titles that either you want to read, or have already read and love! Be sure to use the #12CoziesofChristmas hashtag in the description of each pinned book cover. One pinboard will automatically enter you in each daily drawing! 
  2. Tweet about Spyglass Lane mysteries. Simply Tweet about the giveaway or one of your favorite Spyglass Lane Mysteries or authors and include the #12CoziesofChristmas hashtag along with the link. You may Tweet as many times as you want each day! Only Tweets sent out the day of the giveaway will be considered for that day’s drawing. Follow us on the Spyglass Lane blog, Twitter @SpyglassMystery or Facebook for the latest info on the 12 Cozies of Christmas giveaway! Each day, we’ll reveal which Spyglass Lane cozy mystery we’ll be giving away.

Related links:
Cozy Mysteries under a dollar!
TRISH CUNNINGHAM (Mayhem in Maryland) by Candice Speare Prentice
150+ Mystery Series: 1841-2010

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Win a cozy mystery: 12 Cozy Mysteries of Christmas Ebook Giveaway!

Nursing a Grudge (The Earl Walker Mysteries) Starting today, Spyglass Lane Mysteries is giving away one cozy mystery each day for the next twelve days! I'm honored to discover that today's giveaway is my own whodunit, Nursing a Grudge, the first volume in the Earl Walker Mysteries. You can find details on how to enter here:
12 Cozy Mysteries of Christmas Ebook Giveaway!

Friday, December 07, 2012

Fixed link: You could win a 5-pack of Steven James thrillers

I posted this item yesterday but there was an error with the here is the updated version with the correct link:

For the next few days, we're running a contest where the winner gets a five-pack of thrillers written by Steven James, starring his FBI Special Agent Patrick Bowers. Just go here to get your name in the hat -- the final day to enter is Dec 12, 2012. Good luck!

Just to be safe: The contest link is

Related links:
Complete PATRICK BOWERS by Steven James
STEVEN JAMES: Make Things Worse
150+ Mystery Series: 1841-2010


Monday, October 01, 2012

Charade (1963) Opening Titles

In a few days, newsletter subscribers will receive details about our fall giveaway: A 'Charade' prize pack that includes the classic 1963 comedy thriller on DVD, a digital copy of the film, and a CD of the original score by Henry Mancini. NOTE: Today (October 1, 2012) is the last day to sign up for the newsletter and make sure you get the details first!

Charade (1963) Opening Titles

Charade is a stylish romantic-comedy-thriller directed by Stanley Donen. The cast includes Cary Grant, Audrey Hepburn, Walter Matthau, James Coburn, George Kennedy, and Ned Glass. The film is supported by a classic motion picture score by Henry Mancini.

HOW TO ENTER THE DRAWING: Sign up for my author newsletter and watch for details in the Fall 2012 issue! Deadline to sign up is October 1, 2012!

PLUS: Everyone who signs up gets this exclusive eBook! (Details below.)

Get these two exclusive eBooks FREE when you sign up for my author newsletter! (I promise you'll only hear from me every few months.) Free downloads available for Kindle, Nook, iPad, Kobo, and more. Sign up now!

Die Laughing: Funny Crime and Mystery Fiction


A woman with a complicated past returns home to become the small town's new sheriff. Best Mann For The Job is by the writer/artist team of Chris and Erica Well. Read it from the beginning at Watch the trailer on YouTube.