From Alligator Farms to House Flippers…..

Welcome to the Kensington Mystery Corner where you can find cozy mystery news from Kensington Publishing!

It’s all hats on deck for these September 2019 cozy mystery releases from Lyrical Press, Kensington Publishing’s digital-first imprint!

ALL HATS ON DECK by Sandra Bretting, A Missy DuBois Mystery

In Sandra Bretting’s fifth series installment, no Southern wedding is complete without a special veil designed by Louisiana hat maker Missy DuBois. But it’s half off to Missy when she tries to save her town from a bayou killer! When Ruby Oubre asks Missy to advise her grandson on a business idea, the successful owner of Crowning Glory is happy to oblige. After a quick jaunt down the river, Missy meets with eighteen-year-old Hollis about the viability of opening an alligator farm for tourists. But it isn’t an alligator Missy finds floating at the mossy bottom of the Atchafalaya River. It’s Ruby, and her death wasn’t caused by accidental drowning. It seems everyone from local tour boat operators to the chief of police and the mayor of Bleu Bayou had an eye on snatching up Ruby’s riverbank property. If Missy doesn’t unveil a greedy killer soon, her hat-making career could be bogged down for good…

Don’t miss out on the rest of the Missy DuBois Mystery series from Lyrical Press:

About the Author: Sandra Bretting has written for several national newspapers, including the Houston Chronicle and the Los Angeles Times. A graduate of the University of Missouri School of Journalism, she currently lives with her family in Houston, Texas. Visit her at


THE BODY IN THE GRAVEL by Judi Lynn, a Jazzi Zanders Mystery

In Judi Lynn’s third series installment, house-flipper Jazzy Zanders has her work cut out for her. Her latest flip, which she co-purchased with her fiancée Ansel and cousin Jerod, is a three-story fixer-upper that’s more of a droopy-downer. One corner of the house is sinking and needs to be jacked up with a new cement foundation. That costs money. And causes headaches. And creates a work environment that’s not only hostile, it’s downright deadly…

Jazzy knows it’s a tough job. Which is why she hired Darby to lay the cement. But when Darby gets into a fiery argument with the furnace man—and then never shows up to lay gravel for the driveway—Jazzy starts to wonder if the rumors about Darby are true. Did he kill his wife and son and bury them in the yard like some folks claim? When Darby’s dead body comes pouring out of a gravel truck, murder upstages the real estate market as her biggest concern…

Check out the first two books in Judi Lynn’s Jazzi Zanders Mystery series from Lyrical Press:

About the Author: Judi Lynn received a master’s degree from Indiana University as an elementary school teacher after attending the IPFW campus. She taught 1st, 2nd, and 4th grades for six years before having her two daughters. She loves gardening, cooking and trying new recipes. Visit her at



Don’t miss out on our upcoming Kensington CozyClub Mini-Con with the Book Loft bookstore and Pierogi Mountain: restaurant in Columbus, Ohio! Join Alex Erickson, Amanda Flower, Anna Lee Huber, C.M. Gleason, Cheryl Hollon, Christin Brecher, Darcie Wilde, Debra H. Goldstein, Ginger Bolton, J.C. Kenney, Judi Lynn, Julie Anne Lindsey, Lynn Cahoon, and Olivia Matthews for an entertaining afternoon to chat about cozy mysteries, win swag and fun prizes, and have copies of their latest books signed!

Kensington CozyClub Mini-Cons are a series of annual multi-author reader parties held across the United States to celebrate cozy mysteries and the people who love them. Four events are held every year in rotating cities within each region – Northeast, South, West and Midwest – with anywhere from 10 to 30 authors per event. Readers are invited to come meet the authors, get autographed books and learn more about the genre while enjoying fabulous goodies, refreshments from local businesses, fun swag and prizes. With promotional support from regional chapters of Sisters in Crime, The Mystery Writers of America and Booklist, we’re also proud to partner with local shops whose products and services share traits popular among a cozy reader audience – connecting the cozy community with local businesses they’ll love. Visit for more information.

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