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It’s now possible to subscribe to my author newsletter! I’m hoping to send out the first issue in July. The newsletter will keep you up to date on my book releases and other news.

To subscribe, go here.

The signup link is also on the About page of my author website.

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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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?

Release Day: Death in A Major

Death in A MajorToday Death in A Major gets released into the world!!! 😀 😀 😀

This is the second book in my Music Lover’s Mystery series, which follows the sleuthing adventures of professional violinist Midori Bishop. Available today as an e-book, Death in A Major will also be released in trade paperback on February 23, 2016.

For those who haven’t yet read the official blurb, here it is:

When Archibald Major, local big wig and nasty tyrant, drops dead at a post-concert reception, violinist Midori Bishop soon suspects foul play. Although Midori has no intention of getting involved in another murder investigation, that all changes when Jordan—her violin student and the victim’s grandson—seeks her help convincing the police that the real killer is his uncle, a low-level criminal. As Midori digs into the victim’s life, she discovers that he was a man who created discord at every turn, even within his own family, and there is no shortage of potential suspects. When someone close to Midori unexpectedly confesses to the crime, Midori must race to discover the identity of the true killer before an innocent person goes to jail for a crime they didn’t commit…and before Midori herself becomes a victim in the killer’s deadly encore.

I hope readers will enjoy this book as much as I enjoyed writing it!

Here’s the Amazon link.

The first book in the series is called Dead Ringer and I’m currently working on the third book which will be released in June 2016.

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Blog Tour Sign-Up

Death in A Major

Death in A Major, the second book in my Music Lover’s Mystery series published by HarperCollins, will be release on January 5, 2016. A blog tour will take place between January 4th and 22nd.

I would love for more book bloggers to get involved. If you’re interested, here is the sign-up link: http://goo.gl/forms/3vmKvIn9e1

Death in A Major is a music-themed cozy mystery that follows the continued sleuthing adventures of professional violinist Midori Bishop. The first book in the series, Dead Ringer, was released in June 2015.

 

 

Favourite Reads of 2015: Part II

Back in July I wrote a post about some of my favourite reads of the year so far. Now that the year is almost at an end, I thought I’d write another post about the books I’ve read over the last few months. Although I read and enjoyed many books, these ones were my top favourites:

SNOWED INN by Heather Horrocks

In the middle of November I started craving books set during the winter, particularly during a snowstorm. When I came across Snowed Inn, I thought it might fit the bill perfectly, and I wasn’t disappointed. This is the first book in the Who-Dun-Him Inn mystery series and there were so many things I loved about it. Not only was it a great wintry mystery, the inn run by the main character was mystery-themed. All the rooms were named after famous fictional detectives and were decorated accordingly. And of course there was a real murder with plenty of suspects among the inn’s guests. All in all, Snowed Inn was a thoroughly enjoyable mystery.

Here is the link to the book on Amazon.

GREENGLASS HOUSE by Kate Milford (MG)

I also came across Greenglass House while looking for books to satisfy my craving for wintry stories. Set at a rambling old smugglers’ inn during icy, snowy weather, Greenglass House starts out with 12-year-old Milo – the innkeepers’ son – looking forward to a quiet holiday season. But then, one after the other, several odd guests arrive to stay at the inn, and all of them seem to be harboring secrets. When items go missing from several guest rooms, Milo and the cook’s daughter set out to untangle a mystery that is somehow connected to the history of Greenglass House. This book had the wintry atmosphere I was looking for, but it also had so much more — a whole host of colourful characters, a great setting, and an intriguing mystery. I started out reading the sample of this book on my Kindle, but as soon as I reached the end of the sample I had to purchase the entire book.

You can find it on Amazon here.

THE DEAD GIRLS OF HYSTERIA HALL by Katie Alender (YA)

I picked up this book because I was wanting to read something creepy. I’m so glad I decided to give it a try because I absolutely loved it. It kept me hooked from start to finish and there were times when I looked up from the book confused because I’d been so lost in the story that I’d forgotten there was a world around me. The main character, Delia, inherits an old house, but soon finds out that the house was once an insane asylum for women. Although the asylum was shut down long ago, the house still wants to hold on to troubled girls. It’s also haunted by many former inmates who died in the house. When the house gets Delia in its grasp, she has to uncover dark secrets before everyone she cares about is destroyed.

You can find out more about this book here.

So that wraps up my list of favourite reads for 2015. I’m looking forward to reading many more fabulous books in 2016 and hopefully I’ll remember to share some of my favourites here on my blog.

Book News!

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I’m happy to announce that I have another book deal! My fabulous agent, Jessica Faust, has sold my cozy mystery Crêpes of Wrath to Penguin Random House (Alibi) in a three book deal!

The first book in the Pancake House Mystery series, Crêpes of Wrath follows Marley McKinney as she works to solve a murder while managing the Flip Side pancake house in the seaside town of Wildwood Cove, Washington.

I had so much fun writing this book and I’m excited to write the second and third installments of the series over the next year. The seaside setting was inspired by the place where I vacationed each summer while growing up, and I’ve loved incorporating the setting into the story.

The pancake house mysteries will be available as ebooks and Crêpes of Wrath will be released in September 2016.

I’m so happy about this news, and I hope readers will enjoy this new series! 😀

Cover Reveal: Death in A Major

I’m so excited to be able to share the cover and blurb for the second book in the Music Lover’s Mystery Series, Death in A Major!

First, here’s the cover:

Death in A Major

I’m so grateful to the art department at HarperCollins for creating such gorgeous covers for my books!

As with the first book in the series, Dead Ringer, Death in A Major follows the sleuthing adventures of professional violinist Midori Bishop.

Here’s what the book is about:

When Archibald Major, local big wig and nasty tyrant, drops dead at a post-concert reception, violinist Midori Bishop soon suspects foul play. Although Midori has no intention of getting involved in another murder investigation, that all changes when Jordan—her violin student and the victim’s grandson—seeks her help convincing the police that the real killer is his uncle, a low-level criminal. As Midori digs into the victim’s life, she discovers that he was a man who created discord at every turn, even within his own family, and there is no shortage of potential suspects. When someone close to Midori unexpectedly confesses to the crime, Midori must race to discover the identity of the true killer before an innocent person goes to jail for a crime they didn’t commit…and before Midori herself becomes a victim in the killer’s deadly encore.

Death in A Major will be released in ebook format on January 5, 2016, with paperback to follow. The ebook is currently available for pre-order from many online retailers, including the HarperCollins website, Amazon, Amazon.ca, Chapters, iTunes, Google Play and Barnes & Noble.

You can find out more about the first book in the cozy mystery series (Dead Ringer) here.

My Favourite Reads of 2015 – Part One

Now that we’re past the halfway point of 2015, I thought I’d share some of my favourite reads of the year so far. Hopefully at the end of the year I’ll remember to do another post for books I’ll read in the coming months.

For now, here are four of my favourites:

RECLAIMED by Sarah Guillory (YA)

Reclaimed was the first book I read in 2015 and what a way to start the year! I can’t rave enough about this book. It’s beautifully written and it kept me riveted from beginning to end. I didn’t want to put it down and I had a book hangover that lasted several days after I finished it.

Here’s the blurb from Amazon:

Jenna Oliver doesn’t have time to get involved with one boy, let alone two. All Jenna wants is to escape her evaporating small town and her alcoholic mother. She’s determined she’ll go to college and find a life that is wholly hers-one that isn’t tainted by her family’s past. But when the McAlister twins move to town and Jenna gets involved with both of them, she learns the life she planned may not be the one she gets. Ian McAlister doesn’t want to start over; he wants to remember. Ian can’t recall a single thing from the last three months-and he seems to be losing more memories every day. His family knows the truth, but no one will tell him what really happened before he lost his memory. When he meets Jenna, Ian believes that he can be normal again because she makes not remembering something he can handle. The secret Ian can’t remember is the one Luke McAlister can’t forget. Luke has always lived in the shadow of his twin brother until Jenna stumbles into his life. She sees past who he’s supposed to be, and her kiss brings back the spark that life stole. Even though Luke feels like his brother deserves her more, Luke can’t resist Jenna-which is the trigger that makes Ian’s memory return. Jenna, Ian, & Luke are about to learn there are only so many secrets you can keep before the truth comes to reclaim you.

SUEDE TO REST by Diane Vallere (Cozy Mystery)

I absolutely love cozy mysteries and I’m always happy to discover a great new series like this one. Suede to Rest is the first in Vallere’s Material Witness series, and it’s a super fun read with a great main character and plenty of intrigue. I’m looking forward to reading more of this series in the future.

Blurb from Amazon:

When Poly Monroe was little, she loved playing in her family’s textile store. But after a fatal family tragedy, Land of A Thousand Fabrics was boarded up and Poly never expected to see the inside again. Now, as inheritor of the long-shuttered shop, she’s ready to restore the family business. However her two new kittens, Pins and Needles, aren’t the ones causing a snag in her plans…

Not everyone wants Poly back in San Ladrón, especially a powerful local developer pressuring her to sell–and leave town fast. But even when the threats turn deadly, she’s not ready to bolt. Because Poly is beginning to suspect that the murder behind the shop is tied to a mystery in her family’s unsettled past that she’s determined to solve…before her own life is left hanging by a thread.

BLESSED ARE THE DEAD by Kristi Belcamino (Mystery)

Blessed are the Dead is the first in a mystery series featuring San Francisco Bay Area newspaper reporter Gabriella Giovanni. This page-turner of a book is absolutely gripping and kept me on the edge of my seat the whole way through. I’m definitely going to continue reading the rest of the series!

Blurb from Amazon:

San Francisco Bay Area newspaper reporter Gabriella Giovanni spends her days on the crime beat, flitting in and out of other people’s nightmares, yet walking away unscathed. When a little girl disappears on the way to the school bus stop, her quest for justice and a front-page story leads her to a convicted kidnapper, Jack Dean Johnson, who reels her in with promises to reveal his exploits as a serial killer. But Gabriella’s passion for her job quickly spirals into obsession when she begins to suspect the kidnapper may have ties to her own dark past: her sister’s murder.

Risking her life, her job, and everything she holds dear, Gabriella embarks on a quest to find answers and stop a deranged murderer before he strikes again.

THE LAST LEAVES FALLING by Sarah Benwell (YA)

Reviewers of this book have use words like beautiful, haunting, memorable, and moving — and I agree with all those descriptors. I devoured this book in one day and it definitely made a lasting impression on me. I’m looking forward to reading more from Benwell in the future.

Blurb from Amazon:

Abe Sora is going to die, and he’s only seventeen years old. Diagnosed with ALS (Lou Gehrig’s disease), he’s already lost the use of his legs, which means he can no longer attend school. Seeking a sense of normality, Sora visits teen chat rooms online and finally finds what he’s been longing for: friendship without pity.

As much as he loves his new friends, he can’t ignore what’s ahead. He’s beginning to lose the function of his hands, and soon he’ll become even more of a burden to his mother. Inspired by the death poems of the legendary Japanese warriors known as samurai, Sora makes the decision to leave life on his own terms. And he needs his friends to help him.

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