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About Eleanor Cawood Jones
Eleanor Cawood Jones began her writing career in elementary school, using a #2 pencil to craft crime stories starring her stuffed animals. While attending Virginia Tech, she got her first paid writing job as a reporter with the Kingsport Times-News in Kingsport, Tenn., and never looked back. Her work appears in several mystery anthologies as well as two solo books, and she won a 2021 Derringer Award for "The Great Bedbug Incident and the Invitation of Doom" in Chesapeake Crimes: Invitation to Murder.
Eleanor lives in Northern Virginia and is a recovered marketing director who now works at an airport, where she can stare out the window while making up more stories. She's an avid reader, people watcher, world traveler, and remodeling show addict who spends her spare time telling people how to pronounce Cawood (Kay'-wood) and making up long and elaborate story titles.
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This anthology includes works by Allie Marie, Betsy Ashton, Frances Aylor, Mary Dutta, Eleanor Cawood Jones, Diane Fanning, Debra H. Goldstein, Libby Hall, Maria Hudgins, Teresa Inge, Maggie King, Kristin Kisska, Allie Marie, K. L. Murphy, Alan Orloff, Josh Pachter, Shawn Reilly Simmons and Heather Weidner.
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The 18 authors of the stories in Murder by the Glass: Cocktail Mysteries were each asked to contribute a tale that contained, a glass, a murder, and a mystery. They produced a charming anthology that has something for everyone; each story with a different flavor much like the drinks in your favorite cocktail bar. Unlike the drinks at your favorite bar, feel free to consume as many of these delightful stories at a sitting as you wish. However, you may find yourself feeling bad the next day when you realize that there are no more to be had.
Thomas A. Burns, Jr. – Author of the Natalie McMasters Mysteries
These light, often funny stories of mystery and intrigue, will transport you to a variety of shores, from the rocky coastlines of New England, to the white stretches of sand on the Atlantic, to the teal and emerald waters of the Gulf Coast, the surfing havens on the Pacific, and even beaches in between.
Praise for Murder on the Beach, A Destination Murders Book 1
"Each story features great characters and a story that kept me engaged the entire way through. All these stories can be read as stand-alones whether they are part of a series or not. That's a good thing since I was only familiar with the characters in one of the stories before I picked up this book. And the two authors I hadn't read before? I definitely need to check them out in the future.
This is the first in a series of Destination Mysteries short story collections. Based on this book, I'm already packing my bags for the next vacation."--Carstairs Considers
"All of these stories, no matter where they are set, dead body or no, provide two wonderful things: a great location, and an array of characters who would be great friends or who may remind you (and cause you to appreciate more) friends and family you already have. That's certainly the gift to readers on the part of the cozy mystery. Do yourself a favor and spend your lunch break at the beach."--Aunt Agatha's Mysteries
"I'm not a short story or anthology reader, but I did enjoy MURDER ON THE BEACH...This light and fresh, fast-paced cozy whodunit kept me entertained from the first story to the last. Bravo authors."--Dru's Book Musing
"Entertaining short stories about vacation mishaps, murder and mayhem. Perfect for a summer beach read. Very enjoyable collection of stories."--Christine Gentes, Book Reviewer and Mystery Critic
A TALE OF TWO SISTERS, Barb Goffman. When Robin's sister gets married at Lake Michigan, Robin will do whatever it takes to protect Emma's special day.
FOOTPRINTS IN THE SAND, Shari Randall, a new short story in the Lobster Shack series. A jewelry theft and attempted murder upset the tranquility of Allie's quaint New England town.
COAST BUSTERS, Karen Cantwell, another short story in the Barbara Marr series. Barb and her friends figure Florida and a quirky chic resort would be the perfect Mom vacation...until it's not.
BEACH PARTY BODY, Lucy Carol, a new story from the world of Madison Cruz Mysteries. A photo shoot on the beach should be fun, but when someone's wild behavior turns deadly, the party's over!
FROG DAYS OF SUMMER, Cathy Wiley. Former celebrity chef Jackie Norwood's attempt to revive her career goes badly when murder interrupts a food festival on the Gulf Coast of Louisiana.
FRUGAL LISSA NEEDS A BREAK, Ritter Ames, the newest short story in the Frugal Lissa series. Lissa and her friend, Abby, head to Galveston for a girls' weekend. All is perfect until Lissa's dog, Honey, digs up a dead body.
CABO SAN LOCO, Eleanor Cawood Jones. Lorrie George wants to enjoy a celebratory trip with her friends to Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. But the all-expenses-paid, exclusive trip keeps getting ruined by attempts on her friends' lives.
BAY OF RECKONING, Shawn Reilly Simmons.
INTRODUCTION, by Dana Cameron
THE DAME AND THADDEUS BIRDWHISTLE, by Karen Cantwell
SECRETS TO THE GRAVE, by K.M. Rockwood
THE MYSTERIOUS AFFAIR AT THE ESCAPE ROOM, by Leone Ciporin
THE DOGOODER, by Adam Meyer
THE PROBLEM WITH OPENENDED INVITATIONS, by Cathy Wiley
MUGGINS, by Josh Pachter
THE KILLING WINDS, by Mary Stojak
MAKE NEW FRIENDS, BUT KEEP THE OLD, by Jane Limprecht
GOOD MORNING, GREEN LEAF CLASS, by Sarah Cotter
THE GREAT BEDBUG INCIDENT AND THE INVITATION OF DOOM, by Eleanor Cawood Jones
GUNS AND YOGA, by Maureen Klovers
RFP/RIP, by Britt Alan
AUMAKUA, by Maddi Davidson
THE COLOR OF ENVY, by Joanna Campbell Slan
TRUE COLORS, by Robin Templeton
ALL TOMORROW’S PARTIES, by Art Taylor
SUNNYSIDE, by Stacy Woodson
Melissa H. Blaine
John M. Floyd
Eleanor Cawood Jones
In a world filled with menace, dare to paint on a grin.
The world is full of images of scary clowns: packs of grinning figures with knives plaguing towns; pom-pom clad serial killers; loners who like children in the wrong way.
But clowns can be a force for good: it takes a kind heart to put other people’s joy first; keeping children entertained is honest work; what better disguise than one that makes the villains laugh?
What if, rather than being childhood-spoiling serial killers, clowns were the victims or heroes of the story?
When all the children at a party are poisoned, an entertainer’s profession and past both make him a prime suspect.
An anti-corporate prankster discovers his guru might be just as callous as the capitalist world-view he claims to reject.
A clown attempts to redeem the image of his profession by saving a group of teenagers from a serial killer.
And twelve more stories of clowns facing humanity’s baser natures.
Edited by award-winning author/editor Greg Herren, with an introduction by New York Times bestselling author Tim Dorsey, FLORIDA HAPPENS is a riveting anthology featuring some of the brightest stars of mystery writing. Published in conjunction with Bouchercon, the world's biggest mystery convention, this new anthology offers stories of pristine white sands and palm trees, snowbirds and theme parks, mangroves and manatees, pirates and policemen—from the redneck Riviera to the southernmost point of the United States.
Jam-packed with stories from top authors, FLORIDA HAPPENS promises to surprise and thrill lovers of mystery and suspense. Included are classic tales from the legendary John D. MacDonald and Lawrence Block, plus fresh new fiction from bestselling mystery authors Susanna Calkins, Alex Segura, Brendan DuBois, Hilary Davidson, Reed Farrel Coleman, and Craig Pittman. The collection also includes thrilling new stories by top mystery writers Holly West, Paul D. Marks , Greg Herren, Debra Lattanzi Shutika, Jack Bates, Barb Goffman, Angel Luis Colon, J. D. Allan, Eleanor Cawood Jones, Neil Plakcy, Michael Wiley, John M. Floyd, and Patricia Abbott.
A portion of the proceeds from the anthology will go to support Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library, a program that provides free books to children from birth to school age regardless of family income. A personal mission of Dolly Parton’s, the Imagination Library fosters literacy, a love of reading, and is meant to inspire children to succeed.
The Barrister's Clerk, by Michael Robertson
The Belle Hope, by Peter DiChellis
Arroyo, by Michael Bracken
Muskeg Man, by Keenan Powell
The End of the World, by Susan Breen
To Protect the Guilty, by Kerry Hammond
Dying in Dokesville, by Alan Orloff
The House in Glamaig's Shadow, by William Burton McCormick
Summer Smugglers, by Triss Stein
The Jamaican Ice Mystery, by John Gregory Betancourt
Death at the Congressional Cemetery, by Verena Rose
Cabin in the Woods, by Sylvia Maultash Warsh
Mad About You, by G. M. Malliet
What Goes Around, by Kathryn Johnson
Summer Job, by Judith Green
Death in a Strange and Beautiful Place, by Leslie Wheeler
We Shall Fight Them, by Carla Coupe
Marigold in the Lake, by Susan Thibadeau
Murder on the Northern Lights Express, by Susan Daly
Czech Mate, by Kristin Kisska
Keep Calm and Love Moai, by Eleanor Cawood Jones
Isaac's Daughters, by Anita Page
A Divination of Death, by Edith Maxwell
Payback With Interest, by Cheryl Marceau
Island Time, by Laura Oles
If It's Tuesday, This Must Be Murder, by Josh Pachter
The Breaker Boy, by Harriette Sackler
Death on the Beach, by Shawn Reilly Simmons
Ridgeline, by Peter W. J. Hayes
Ho'oponopono, by Robin Templeton
Also features a new Foreword, by Nancy Pickard
Conventional Wisdom, by Marcia Talley
Djinn And Tonic, by Neil Plakcy
The Vanishing Wife, by Victoria Thompson
The Right to Bare Arms, by John Gregory Betancourt
Message in a Bottle, by Su Kopil
Anonymous, by Kate Flora
What Goes Around, by B.K. Stevens
The Hair of the Dog, by Charles Todd
The Best-Laid Plans, by Barb Goffman
A Dark and Stormy Light, by Gigi Pandian
The Clue in the Blue Booth, by Hank Phillippi Ryan
Wicked Writers, by Frances McNamara
Coverture, by KB Inglee
Dark Secrets, by Kathryn Leigh Scott
Tarnished Hope, by KM Rockwood
Not Forgotten, by L.C. Tyler
Boston Bouillabaisse, by Nancy Brewka-Clark
Killing Kippers, by Eleanor Cawood Jones
Elemental Chaos, by M Evonne Dobsonv
Outside the Box, by Ruth Moose
The Perfect Pitch, by Marie Hannan-Mandel
Two Birds with One Stone, by Rhys Bowen
A Gathering of Great Detectives, by Shawn Reilly Simmon
"He’s Making a List" Marcie loves everything about Christmas, and she’s planning a very special holiday gift for her husband Kelly, the man of her dreams. However, her laptop computer reveals he may not be the man she thought he was, and that perhaps a much different gift is in order.
"Checking It Twice" Everyone tells Roger he’s handled divorce better than anyone they know. And that’s true—up to a point. This Christmas he’s busy keeping holiday traditions alive for his three young daughters, and things are looking up. Or are they?
"Gonna Find Out" It’s Christmas Day at York Town Races and Games casino in the mountains of West Virginia, and almost everyone at the blackjack tables is one of the regulars. But cards aren’t the only things in play as the regulars find themselves dealing with a case of boorish holiday behavior by one of their own.
"Who’s Naughty or Nice" Three things are certain in this small town: Death, taxes, and the fact that Mildred Puckett will most definitely win the holiday bake-off competition and sale—again. This year, though, Mildred may have bitten off a bit more than she can chew.