New Cozy Mystery Series!

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BOOK NEWS!!!

I’m so happy that I can now share the news that I’ll have a new cozy mystery series starting in early 2019! The setting is a literary-themed pub in a renovated grist mill in Vermont. The books will be released in hardcover and ebook, with paperback reprint. I’m having an absolute blast writing this series and I hope you’ll enjoy it too! Below is the deal announcement from Publishers Marketplace.

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USA Today bestselling author Sarah Fox’s TEQUILA MOCKINGBIRD, the first in a series, in which a pub owner hosts book clubs, serves up literary-themed cocktails and solves murders, to Martin Biro at Kensington, in a nice deal, in a four-book deal, for publication in Early 2019, by Jessica Faust at BookEnds (World English).

If you’re wondering about my Pancake House Mysteries, there will be more of those as well! After the third book is released in November 2017, the series will move from Penguin Random House to Kensington.

Audiobooks!

Audiobooks Coming Soon

I’m happy to say that the first two Pancake House Mysteries (The Crêpes of Wrath and For Whom the Bread Rolls) will soon be available as audiobooks! I’m not yet sure of the exact release dates, but both are currently available for pre-order on Amazon. The books will be narrated by Marguerite Gavin, winner of numerous AudioFile Earphones and Publishers Weekly awards. Gavin has narrated many audiobooks, including cozy mysteries by Sofie Ryan and Sheila Connolly. 😀

Release Day: For Whom the Bread Rolls

fox_forwhombreadrolls_cvr_all_r3Today is the day the second Pancake House Mystery makes its way out into the world! For Whom the Bread Rolls is the sequel to the USA Today bestseller The Crêpes of Wrath and takes readers back to the seaside town of Wildwood Cove, where pancake house owner Marley McKinney tangles with a salty trouble maker… and a ravenous killer.

As with The Crêpes of Wrath, For Whom the Bread Rolls includes recipes inspired by the menu of The Flip Side pancake house.

Here’s more about the book:

Tourist season’s in full swing in the small seaside town of Wildwood Cove, and Marley McKinney couldn’t be happier. Since taking over the Flip Side restaurant, she’s made a few close friends, adopted a cat named Flapjack, and started dating her childhood crush. The only cloud on the horizon is local nuisance Ida Winkler, who blames Marley for landing her nephew in prison. Trying to get a rise out of Marley, Ida’s been making crank calls and even vandalizing the pancake house.

The police can’t do much about the pranks, so Marley sets out to bury the hatchet once and for all. But someone’s beat her to it—in the most shocking way possible. After stumbling across Ida’s dead body, Marley’s suddenly the number-one suspect in her murder. Clearing her good name is going to be a tall order, but Marley’s not about to let Ida keep ruining her life—especially from beyond the grave.

You can find For Whom the Bread Rolls wherever ebooks are sold, including Amazon.com and Barnes and Noble.

Cover Reveal: For Whom the Bread Rolls

I got my first glimpse of the cover for the second Pancake House Mystery, For Whom the Bread Rolls, about a week ago and I absolutely loved it right away. It’s so cute and cozy and perfect for the story, which is, after all, a cozy mystery. 🙂

I’m super excited that I can now share the cover with the world, so I won’t delay any longer!

Here it is:

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Isn’t the cat adorable?

I’m so grateful to the Alibi design team for creating such a great cover, and I can’t wait until the book is out in the world too. For Whom the Bread Rolls will be released in March 2017. In the meantime, if you haven’t yet checked out the first book in the series, The Crêpes of Wrath, you can find it here.

Thanks for coming by to see my new cover! 🙂

Release Day: The Crêpes of Wrath

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The release day for The Crêpes of Wrath is finally here! I’m beyond excited that this book is now out in the world, kicking off my new cozy mystery series!

The first book in the Pancake House Mystery series, The Crêpes of Wrath introduces my newest heroine, Marley McKinney, who finds herself in a sticky situation: stacking pancakes, pouring coffee, and investigating murder.

Here’s more about the book:

When Marley McKinney’s aging cousin, Jimmy, is hospitalized with pneumonia, she agrees to help run his pancake house while he recovers. With its rustic interior and syrupy scent, the Flip Side Pancake House is just as she pictured it—and the surly chef is a wizard with crêpes. Marley expects to spend a leisurely week or two in Wildwood Cove, the quaint, coastal community where she used to spend her summers, but then Cousin Jimmy is found murdered, sprawled on the rocks beneath a nearby cliff.
 
After she stumbles across evidence of stolen goods in Jimmy’s workshop, Marley is determined to find out what’s really going on in the not-so-quiet town of Wildwood Cove. With help from her childhood crush and her adopted cat, Flapjack, Marley sinks her teeth into the investigation. But if she’s not careful, she’s going to get burned by a killer who’s only interested in serving up trouble.

The Crêpes of Wrath is available from online retailers such as Amazon.com, Amazon.ca, Chapters, Barnes and Noble, Google Play, and iTunes.

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Release Day for Deadly Overtures!

A composing competition rises to a murderous crescendo in author Sarah Fox’s third Music Lover’s Mystery.

Deadly OverturesDeadly Overtures is now available! This is the third book in the Music Lover’s Mystery series and I’m incredibly excited that readers can now join Midori (professional violinist and amateur sleuth) on her latest adventure. I had so much fun writing this book (and the others in the series) and I hope people will enjoy reading it. Deadly Overtures is currently available in e-book form and the trade paperback will be released on July 12, 2016. You can find Deadly Overtures and the other two books in the series (Dead Ringer and Death in A Major) on Amazon, Chapters, Barnes & Noble, and other online retailer sites.

Here’s what Deadly Overtures is about:

Four talented classical music composers have been named finalists in a composing competition hosted by the Point Grey Philharmonic. With money and egos on the line, it doesn’t surprise violinist Midori Bishop that the competition has brought out jealousy and bitter rivalries among the entrants. What does surprise her is finding one of the finalists murdered in the theater. With a cloud of suspicion hanging over the symphony’s esteemed concertmaster, Midori orchestrates her own investigation, uncovering a medley of dark secrets and motives for murder. But can she bring the truth to light before the killer silences her forever?

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Music and Mysteries

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With the release of my third Music Lover’s Mystery less than a month away, I thought I’d share a bit about the music mentioned in the first two books. I’ve also included links to the music on YouTube.

For those who don’t know, the main character of the series, Midori Bishop, is a professional violinist and amateur sleuth. In the first book, Dead Ringer, Midori is feeling blue at one point and starts to play the first movement of Beethoven’s Moonlight Sonata on the piano in an attempt to improve her mood. While it doesn’t work, because an injury prevents her from being able to continue playing, I thought that the Moonlight Sonata would be a natural choice for her in that situation. I personally find the first movement to be very peaceful and calming, and I always enjoy listening to it. It’s also a very well known piece, so I figured many readers would know the music.

Here’s Ottavia Maria Maceratini playing the movement:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nhEey0Zeyic

Also in Dead Ringer, and in that same scene, Midori plays Scott Joplin’s The Entertainer with her best friend, JT. Again, this is a well-known piece that many people recognize by name. But I also chose this piece because who wouldn’t feel cheered up by a bit of ragtime? 🙂

Here’s Cory Hall playing The Entertainer:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t9gzZJ344Co

In the second book of the series, Death in A Major, Midori takes comfort in playing Méditation, the intermezzo from Jules Massenet’s opera Thaïs. I played this when I was in orchestra in high school and it’s a piece I never get tired of. While perhaps not as many readers would know this piece as with the Moonlight Sonata or The Entertainer, I think many classical music fans would know it, and it was a perfect fit for the scene in Death in A Major.

If you’d like to listen to this piece, here’s a video of it played by Sarah Chang on violin:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ss1URTJYlfQ

Dead Ringer and Death in A Major are both available in paperback and ebook format. The third book in the series, Deadly Overtures, will be released in June 2016.

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Cover Reveal: The Crêpes of Wrath

A while back I announced that I’ll have a new cozy mystery series (published by Penguin Random House) beginning in September 2016 – the Pancake House Mysteries. The Crêpes of Wrath is the first book in the series and will be released as an e-book on September 20, 2016. Today I’m excited to share the cover for The Crêpes of Wrath for the first time.

Here it is:

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I love how the designer incorporated a glimpse of the ocean and really captured the cozy feel of the story and the setting – the seaside town of Wildwood Cove.

I’m also excited to share the cover copy for the book, so you can find out what it’s about:

In the debut of a delightful cozy mystery series, Sarah Fox introduces a charming new heroine who finds herself in a sticky situation: stacking pancakes, pouring coffee, and investigating murder.

When Marley McKinney’s aging cousin, Jimmy, is hospitalized with pneumonia, she agrees to help run his pancake house while he recovers. With its rustic interior and syrupy scent, the Flip Side Pancake House is just as she pictured it—and the surly chef is a wizard with crêpes. Marley expects to spend a leisurely week or two in Wildwood Cove, the quaint, coastal community where she used to spend her summers, but then Cousin Jimmy is found murdered, sprawled on the rocks beneath a nearby cliff.

 After she stumbles across evidence of stolen goods in Jimmy’s workshop, Marley is determined to find out what’s really going on in the not-so-quiet town of Wildwood Cove. With help from her childhood crush and her adopted cat, Flapjack, Marley sinks her teeth into the investigation. But if she’s not careful, she’s going to get burned by a killer who’s only interested in serving up trouble.

I can’t wait for this book to get out in the world and for readers to spend time with the main character, Marley, in Wildwood Cove! 😀

The Crêpes of Wrath is currently available for pre-order from online retailers like Amazon.

Favourite Cozy Mystery Series

Public Domain - 450px-Bouquin_électronique_iLiad_sur_une_pile_de_livre_dehors_au_soleilIt won’t be a surprise to anyone who knows me that the cozy mystery genre is my favourite of all book genres. I love to read them and I love to write them. For those who aren’t familiar with the cozy mystery genre, some of the most common elements include minimal violence, an amateur sleuth, and a small community (either a small town or a specific community within a larger city). Cozies often have a theme as well (such as food, crafts, or books) and a romantic subplot that runs through the series.

While I follow and enjoy a long list of cozy series, I thought I’d share a few of my absolute favourites. These series tend to have a couple of things in common, aside from intriguing murder mysteries. The characters and settings draw me back time and time again, and whenever I read a book from these series, I feel like I’m spending time in a familiar, cozy place with people I know well. These series also have romantic subplots that I’m invested in, and all of these elements keep me eager to read each subsequent book in the series.

My list of favourites includes:

The Orchard Mysteries by Sheila Connolly

Set in the quaint New England town of Granford, Massachusetts, Meg Corey solves mysteries while managing an apple orchard.

The County Cork Mysteries by Sheila Connolly

American Maura Donovan forges a new life for herself in Ireland, where she finds more than she bargained for: relatives she never knew she had, a new job, new friends, and dead bodies.

The DIY Mysteries by Jennie Bentley

Textile designer Avery Baker, formerly of New York, settles in small town Maine where she teams up with her new boyfriend, Derek, to remodel houses and solve murders.

The Magical Cats Mysteries by Sofie Kelly

Librarian Kathleen Paulson solves mysteries in her Minnesota town along with former stray cats Owen and Hercules, who have some rather unusual abilities.

The Black Cat Bookshop Mysteries by Ali Brandon

New York bookshop owner Darla Pettistone solves mysteries with the help of her friends and her cat (and bookshop mascot) Hamlet.

The Renaissance Faire Mysteries by Joyce and Jim Lavene

Jessie Morton spends her summers with a cast of quirky characters at the Renaissance Village, where she hones her Renaissance skills and tracks down killers.

That’s just a taste of my favourite cozies. If you’re a fan of the genre, what are some of your favourite series?