Thank you from the Winter Whodunnits Authors & me!


Woohoo!! Thank you to all of you who bought our  WINTER WHODUNNITS box set! It made it to the USA Today Bestseller list! With your help, we ended up at #33, higher on the list than we did in July with Summer Whodunnits.  I can’t tell you how grateful I am for this amazing start to the new year.

That’s not all! I have another big thank you to the talented journalist Kathleen Costa for this wonderful article The Mysteries of Anna Celeste Burke in Kings River Life Magazine about my cozy mysteries. Book reviews, a giveaway, backstory on my characters and me plus a look forward to the new year with my take on making New Year’s resolutions. GOT YOUR MCGUFFIN?

Please stop by, leave a comment & you’re entered to win eBook or paperback copies of books in each of my series.  3 winners. GIVEAWAY ENDS JANUARY 20. To visit, leave a comment, and enter: CLICK HERE


Tis the season to roll out the resolutions, isn’t it? In 2018 I’m going to continue doing what I do: snooping into life’s mysteries with fun, fiction, and food–California style! Since food is a key element of my mystery writing, I always pay attention to news about food–and not just recipes.

Usually, January is the start of dieting season in an effort to make up for all the holiday splurging. Dieting is often at the top of the list when it comes to New Year’s Resolutions. What strikes me this year, is how many media outlets are championing NOT DIETING in the new year!

CNN has an article they published in the last days of 2017 about the “non-diet” approach to dieting in the new year. CLICK HERE to read it if you’d like. Here’s another one that suggests: If one of your New Year’s resolutions is to go on a diet, read this first! CLICK HERE to read it.

Even WebMD has chimed in with a post on 5 Diet resolutions for the new year that starts off with this bit of advice:

Why overhaul your diet in a day when you can take small steps over time – and still reach your diet goals!

This all seems to stem from a surge in two currents that have been around for years: a mindfulness approach to eating and the body acceptance movement. If “Mindful Eating” is unfamiliar to you, CLICK HERE to read a really short piece from Harvard Health Publishing about the concept and how to give it a try.

Intuitive eating appears to be the newer variation on this idea, although fans of the approach put more emphasis on body acceptance, changing your relationship with food [yes, we have one!], and eating for health reasons rather than focusing on weight loss. An article in Fitness puts in a plug for intuitive eating as The Anti-Diet: How Not Dieting Is the Key to Losing Weight.

So many cozy mystery authors, like me, incorporate food into our stories. To me, cozy means comfort like the feeling you get from putting on a soft pair of pajamas or an old pair of slippers at the end of a long day at work.

Food, too, is a source of comfort. In my mind, “comfort food” is the perfect antidote to the suspense that keeps us tagging along behind our favorite cozy mystery sleuths as they hunt down the bad guys.

Anyway, I’d love to hear from you about why food is such a big deal in so many cozy mysteries. What the heck do you make of this anti-dieting trend?

While we’re on the subject of cozy mysteries where the characters eat well…


If you’d like to have a signed paperback copy of Jessica’s newest mystery, A Dead Mother, I’ve set up a giveaway on Goodreads. Just CLICK HERE to enter. It ends JANUARY 15th!! It’s not too late to get the eBook version for 99c on AMAZON–just CLICK HERE.



CONGRATULATIONS to the winners–there are lots of you!! I wish I could give everyone who participated in this giveaway a gift. Especially, if I had the power to give you what you want most in 2018. Thank you for your thoughtful comments and the inspiration I took from them.

Winners are listed below and were randomly chosen from all comments made either on Facebook or by email. To claim your gift you need to email me at

2 WINNERS: $10 Amazon gift cards plus your choice of Jessica’s new audiobook version of A DEAD HUSBAND or any of my eBooks in any series.

Pat Cummings & Jenne Turner

4 WINNERS: $5 AMAZON gift cards plus your choice of any eBook in any series

Scott Dauman, Janet Morrissey, Anne Carpenter, & Catherine Wilson Bogert

10 WINNERS: Your choice of any eBook in any series.

Deborah Bates, Nina Bilik, Shirley Loges, Mary Wild. Shirley Cochran, Laurie Emerson, Dorothy Porter, Beth Edwards, Kat Vickers, Holly Stover


Please scroll down to find several new releases from some of my favorite cozy mystery authors.


Murder at Le Bijou Bistro: Northwest Cozy Mystery Series (Northwest Cozy Mysteries Book 5)

When the wrong person’s murdered, just who was the intended victim of death by chocolate cake?

Was it the retired mobster, Al De Duco? Could it have been an act of jealousy by his ex-girlfriend, Kitten Knight, or an act of revenge by Mario Carlucci, a long-time enemy of his from Al’s days with the Mafia in Chicago?

Or was the intended victim Al’s wife of two weeks, Cassie, the very popular food critic who writes the Food Spy column for The Seattle Times? But who would want to murder Cassie? Maybe it was Myles Lambert, the food critic she was filling in for at the Times and who was jealous of her success. Then there’s the Gourmand’s Guide to Good Eats food blogger, Jessica Simmons, who’d always hated Cassie. Or even the owner of Frogities Restaurant, Jules Moreau, who would love to see the bad publicity resulting from a murder at Le Bijou Bistro.

And what about the kidnapping of Briana, Cassie’s daughter?

Join Jake and DeeDee as they search for a motive and a murderer!

This is Book 5 in the popular Northwest Cozy Mystery series by USA Today Bestselling Author and seven-time Amazon All-Star, Dianne Harman.

To get your copy from AMAZON for 99c: CLICK HERE


Cherry Pie Or Die (Baker Street Cozy Mysteries Book 1)

USA Today Best Selling Author.With free recipes!

After a traumatic life event, Georgie Tanner returns to her hometown to start her life over… at 31 years old. Add sporadic memory loss to the mix and Georgie is a certified hot mess.
Luckily, Aunt Cecelia is there with a job for Georgie. She might not feel able to take on the world, but she thinks she’s up for taking tourists through Gainesville, Pennsylvania’s historic downtown. The place is as American as apple pie, steeped in rich Revolutionary history, Amish settlements, ghost stories, and colonial manors. Georgie knew it was a safe place to go to piece back her memories.

After all, what could go wrong in a sleepy town like this?

Until she leads a group of tourists through the Three Maidens’ Manor, a battle site converted into a museum. When the power goes out during the tour, Georgie thinks it’s a crazy fluke. But when it returns, she has six panicked guests and a dead man in her midst.

Who would want to kill him? And more importantly, which one of them was the murderer?

To get your copy for 99c from AMAZON: CLICK HERE