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Mystery Writers & Readers Conference in Chicago
February 6-7-8, 2015 

And the LOVEY Goes to ....


Here is the complete list of LOVEY nominees for the 2015 Love is Murder Conference. If 
you're attending the conference, be sure to pick up the ones you haven't already read
so that you can vote for your favorites!
(see below for descriptions of some of the nominees)


Blood on the Water: A William Monk Novel / Anne Perry

Dead Between the Lines: A Devereaux's Dime Store Mystery / Denise Swanson

The Charlie Fox thriller series / Zoe Sharp

Murder in the Ballpark / Robert Goldsborough

Wolf Pack / Jeanne Meeks 
Retribution / Annie Rose Alexander
Fatal Reaction / Jennie Spallone

Dangerous Threads / David Ciambone

Oil Change / T'Gracie Reese and Joe Reese

The Conan Doyle Notes / Diane Gilbert Madsen

Titania's Suitor / C.L. Shore

 Blood on the Water: A William Monk Novel / Anne Perry

Dead Between the Lines: A Devereaux's Dime Store Mystery / Denise Swanson

The Charlie Fox thriller series / Zoe Sharp

Murder in the Ballpark / Robert Goldsborough

Death Stalks Door County / Patricia Skalka

The Black Hour / Lori Rader-Day

Plagued by Guilt; Spinning in Her Grave / Molly MacRae

Mercy / B.J. Daniels

Unmasked/ E.M. Kaplan

The Leigh Girard series / Gail Lukasik 

Shall We Not Revenge / D.M. Pirrone

Implications: An Arthur Blake Mystery / Richard Davidson

From the Charred Remains / Susanna Calkins

Death and White Diamonds / Jeff Markowitz

Murder Across the Ocean / Charlene Wexler

Tradition of Deceit / Kathleen Ernst

The House on the Dunes / Nancy Sweetland

Death at Chinatown / Frances McNamara

The Nero Wolfe Mysteries / Robert Goldsborough

Ghost Light (Romancing the Lakes of Minnesota-Autumn) / Rachael Passan

The Inheritance (Romancing the Lakes of Minnesota-Autumn) /Kathleen Nordstrom

Honor Above All / Joan Bard-Collins
Stinking Rich / Rob Brunet
Blast from the Past / Amy Alessio
Bean in Love / Annie Hansen
The Black Stiletto: Ending & Beginnings / Raymond Benson
The Black Stiletto: Secrets and Lies / Raymond Benson
Run / Andrew Grant
Once Upon a Crime / Evelyn Cullet
The Counterfeit Heiress / Tasha Alexander
Nobody's Child / Libby Fischer Hellmann
Buried Innocence / Terri Reid
Ghost (Mystery Writers of America Anthology) / Raymond Benson
Perko's Farm (Down, Out and Dead) / Rob Brunet
What We Do For Love (Kiddieland & Other Misfortunes) / Tim Chapman
Dr. Watson's Casebook (In the Company of Sherlock Holmes) / Andrew Grant

Tales Around the Jack O'Lantern (A Mary O'Reilly Short Story) / Terri Reid 

Read All About 'Em!
Here are the descriptions about several of our LOVEY nominees (see list above). All are authors who will be at Love is Murder -- so if you want to meet one or all of these great authors, be sure to register for LIM XVI today!

Murder in the Ball Park by Robert Goldsborough:
A Nero Wolfe Mystery
Archie Goodwin and Saul Panzer have ventured into the wilds of northern Manhattan to watch the Giants take on the Dodgers at the Polo Grounds. The national anthem is just winding down when Panzer spies a notable in the box seats: state senator Orson Milbank, a silver-haired scoundrel with enemies in every corner of upstate New York. In the fourth inning, a monstrous line drive brings every fan in the grandstand to his feet-every fan save for one silver-haired senator, who has been shot dead by a sniper in the upper deck.

Murder, She Wrote: Death of a Blue Blood by Donald Bain
I turned back toward the castle when I heard it again. Another branch snapped. I gasped at the sound of heavy breathing, and of leaves or bushes being rustled. Had the dogs gotten out of the garden? They would have barked at seeing me, wouldn't they? Was someone stalking me?
"Hello?" I said into the darkness. "Is that you, Colin?" Had he been upset with my questions? Was he trying to scare me off? He'd warned me about the orchard. "Colin?"
There was no response.
I moved ahead again, picking up my pace. Now the sound was more distinct. I was being followed. I glanced over my shoulder, but the lights of the castle were not strong enough to illuminate whoever or whatever was behind me. I couldn't see any movement through the darkness. Only the silhouettes of the trees nearest me were visible. My mind conjured up terrifying scenarios. Do they have bears in the Cotswolds? But if they did, wouldn't they be hibernating? Badgers didn't hibernate. Was I too close to their den? Did they chase people who ventured near their tunnels? Did they bite? I stumbled and turned to face Castorbrook, wondering if I could outrun my pursuer. I started to trot, hugging my shoulder bag to my side. If attacked, I could use it as a shield. But for how long? I quickened my pace. I was almost running when a husky male voice shouted, "Stop right there!"

"The Conan Doyle Notes: The Secret of Jack the Ripper"  

by Diane Gilbert Madsen  

Did Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and 'the real Sherlock Holmes' solve the Jack the Ripper mystery? Conan Doyle was already famous with his Sherlock Holmes stories when Jack the Ripper struck London in 1888.  Why was Conan Doyle silent about this case?  "The Conan Doyle Notes: The Secret of Jack the Ripper," uncovers clues as to how the creator of Sherlock Holmes and his friend and mentor Dr Joseph Bell, who was the model for Sherlock Holmes, used the Sherlockian Method to correctly deduce the identity of the most infamous serial killer of all time, Jack the Ripper, yet why they never publicly revealed the identity of their suspect. 


Once Upon a Crime by Evelyn Cullet
Love isn't always a fairy tale...and Charlotte Ross has kissed her share of frogs, but that's all behind her. Fleeing her life for a short break, Charlotte, along with her best friend Jane Marshall, find themselves at her aunt's home in the sleepy town of Raven's Caw, Michigan. Charlotte hopes to recover from a breakup with her fianc´┐Ż, and her friend Jane, a new mystery writer, is looking forward to somewhere relaxing. But life has different plans for the two friends and they find themselves swept up in a whirlwind of romance, mystery and murder.

Death and White Diamonds by Jeff Markowitz
Did you ever have one of those days? You know the kind, when nothing seems to go right?Richie's girlfriend suggests a romantic getaway, promising him a week-end he will never forget. So why can't he remember what happened, when he finds her lifeless body on the beach? Richie is fairly certain he didn't kill his girlfriend, but his memory is hazy. One thing, however, is clear. When Lorraine's body is found, he's going to be the prime suspect in a murder investigation. If her body is found.Disposing of the body turns out to be harder than Richie could have imagined. Losing it, however, is easy.Did you ever have one of those days? And we haven't even gotten to the bad part yet.

Beyond Blue by Austin Camacho

Beyond Blue is a detective novel about a privately funded detective agency whose only purpose is to help police officers who are in trouble.  The novel follows four of the agency's cases, which overlap and intersect: An undercover officer is in danger of really being drawn into a life of crime; a crooked lawyer is destroying police careers by making arresting officers appear to have violated criminals' rights; a cop's wife accuses him of abusing their daughter; a retired police detective who is in charge of airport security could lose his job because of drugs being smuggled in through JFK International. Pursuing these cases is a team of unique and intriguing detectives. Agency director, Paul Gorman, is at the center of the action, pulling the strings to direct his detectives to solve their cases and cover each other. The concept is held together by Gorman's mission statement: "Those sworn to protect us sometimes need protection themselves.  To defend the boys in blue when they are in danger, sometimes you have to go beyond blue."

Sneaking Suspicions (The Tharon Trace Mysteries Book 1) by Jan Hinds
It is the year 2056, five years after an influenza pandemic killed nearly half the world's population.  Tharon Trace is about to turn twelve, that uncertain age between child and teenager, if she lives that long. When she and her two best friends witness a murder, they are abducted and swept into a web of conspiracy and danger.  Tharon and her friends must escape and warn someone about the threats they overheard, but who can they trust? Deputy Dana Donovan has resolved to stop waiting for the man she loves to love her. Before she can figure out how to find the life she's been missing, she must find the missing chil- dren.  She teams up with Tom Trace, Tharon's father, whose skill at tracking puts them fast on the children's trail.  But will they be fast enough to rescue the children before the killers find them again?

Shall We Not Revenge by D.M. Pirrone  

In the harsh early winter months of 1872, while Chicago is still smoldering from the Great Fire, Irish Catholic detective Frank Hanley is assigned the case of a murdered Orthodox Jewish rabbi. His investigation proves difficult when the neighbor-hood's Yiddish-speaking residents, wary of outsiders, are reluctant to talk. But when the rabbi's headstrong daughter Rivka unexpectedly offers to help Hanley find her father's killer, the detective receives much more than the break he was looking for. Their pursuit of the truth draws Rivka and Hanley closer together and leads them to a relief organization run by the city's wealthy movers and shakers. Along the way, they uncover a web of political corruption, crooked cops, and well-buried ties to two notorious Irish gangsters from Hanley's checkered past. Even after he is kicked off the case, stripped of his badge, and thrown in jail, Hanley refuses to quit. With a personal vendetta to settle for an innocent life lost, he is determined to expose a complicated criminal scheme, not only for his own sake, but for Rivka's as well.


Spinning in Her Grave by Molly MacRae 

Kath Rutledge is settling in as the owner of the Weaver's cat, a fiber and fabric shop in Blue Plum, Tennessee. But nothing, not even the ghost haunting her shop prepares her for the mystery that will leave the whole town spinning . . . It's time for Blue Plum's annual historical festival, and everyone-including Kath and her spunky fiber and needlework group, TGIF (Thank Goodness It's Fiber)-is getting into the action. Expert spinners are being gathered, and a businessman has approached Kath about using the second-floor of her store for part of a reenact- ment. But the reenactment ends in real-life bloodshed when local bake Reva Louise Snapp is shot-with a bullet from a modern day gun. Kath has her theories about who wanted to end Reva Louise's life. But there's talk of a sniper stalking Blue Plum, and Kath's shop is suspected of being the murderer's hideout. Now Kath, her TGIF pals, and the gloomy ghost, Geneva, must unravel the mystery quickly, or someone else might be left hanging by a thread . . .


Plagued by Quilt by Molly MacRae 

Yarn shop owner Kath Rutledge is at a historic farm in Blue Plum, Tennessee, volunteering for the high school program Hands on History. But when a long-buried murder is uncovered on the property, Kath needs help from Geneva the ghost to solve a crime that time forgot . . . Kath and her needlework group TGIF are preparing to teach a workshop at the Holston Homeplace Living History Farm, but their lesson in crazy quilts is no match for the crazy antics of the assistant director, Phillip Bell. Hamming it up with equal parts history and histrionics, Phillip leads an archaeological dig of the farm's original dump site-until one student stops the show by uncovering some human bones. When a full skeleton is later excavated, Kath can't help but wonder if it's somehow connected to Geneva, the ghost who haunts her shop, and whom she met at this very site. After Phillip is found dead, it's up to Kath to thread the clues together before someone else becomes history.


The Bride Wore Dead by EM Kaplan 
Just days after Josie is the last-minute bridesmaid at a massive Boston Brahmin wedding, the lovely bride dies on her honeymoon at an exclusive Arizona resort. The mother of the bride thinks Josie can find out what really happened. Josie discovers the dead bride may not have been the first dead girl. And to Josie's horror, the killer has set his sights on her next.  
"Truly, a Catholic wedding in Boston was a wonder of the ancient world, Josie thought-one of the things that everyone needed to witness once in her life. The pageantry of velvet robes and incense. The standing, the sitting, and the standing some more. The Latin incantations that reminded Josie of a horror movie-the main source of her knowledge of Latin: The Exorcist and The Omen, parts one and two. 
To Josie, the wedding was a big, sweaty blur and she imagined that it had to be even worse for the bride. During the ceremony, a trickle of perspiration had run down the side of the bride Leann's face. Josie was close enough to see it, even though she was the tenth and last-minute forlorn bridesmaid whose calla lily bouquet had started to droop. Calla lilies, weren't those traditionally funeral flowers?" 
Implications by Richard Davidson

Bishop Howard Chandler has assigned Pastor Arthur Blake to investigate the burning of a church in the small city of Amboy, Illinois. Arthur learns from that church's pastor that she had to overcome past improprieties by former members. During the investigation of the fire's cause, Arthur and the state fire investigators uncover disturbing aspects of the ninety-year-old church's design and history. Arthur calls on his federal associates for assistance, as the investigation of a local church fire expands to seeking solutions to related crimes occurring from the present, to recent years, and back to the Prohibition Era. Progress in the investigation intertwines with new developments in Arthur's family life.


Mercy by B.J. Daniels 
For U.S. marshal Rourke Kincaid, there's the law...and then there's his law. When the two don't agree, he always trusts his instincts. A killing spree has gripped the Northwest, showing a strange connection that only he sees, and now the old rules of justice no longer apply. Forced to turn rogue, he goes deep undercover to track his mysterious female suspect to a quiet, unassuming cafe in the wild, isolated mountains of Beartooth, Montana. But encountering Callie Westfield complicates his mission in ways he never expected. As suspicious as she seems, her fragile beauty and sexy charm get to Rourke. Then the gory crimes begin anew. With his heart suddenly at war with his instincts, he has only two options. Either turn Callie over to the law, or put everything - including his badge and his life - ont he line to protect her. 
Retribution  by Annie Rose Alexander 

An NFL Linebacker, Brian Williams, is found dead in the middle of the street in the nation's capital. In the following weeks more famous athletes are found murdered, each in a different way. The police and FBI are stumped. Homicide detectives Ariel Summers and Paul Costello are brought in to investigate. Ariel's private investigator boyfriend, Jason Steel, is hired by William's wife to find answers and is soon clashing with Ariel over the investigation and her arrest of his new client. But as the death toll continues to rise, the citizens of DC panic. When Ariel and Jason's close friends and family members are threatened, they are forced to work together on a plan to trap the nation's most dangerous and cold-blooded assassin in history.


Stinking Rich by Rob Brunet

What could possibly go wrong when the backwoods Libidos Motorcycle Club hires a high school dropout to tend a barn full of high-grade marijuana? Plenty, it turns out. In a world where indoor plumbing's optional and each local wacko is more twisted than the last, drug money draws reprobates like moths to a lantern. From loveable losers to gnarly thugs and law-and- order wannabes, every last one of them has an angle-their best shot at being stinking rich. And with their own warped ideas about right, wrong, and retribution, the Libidos aren't far behind.


Dr. Watson's Casebook (in the Company of Sherlock Holmes) by Andrew Grant 

Marc Bowman, a highly successful computer consultant and software designer, walks into his job at a major tech company one morning only to find himself fired on the spot, stonewalled by his boss, and ushered out of the building. Then things get worse: An explosive argument drives his wife away and a robbery threatens to yank a million-dollar idea-and his whole future-out from under him. In a matter of hours, Marc has gone from having it all to being sucker-punched by fate. But it's only Monday, and before the week is over, he'll be stalked, ambushed, wiretapped, arrested, duped, double- and triple-crossed-until he can't tell enemies from allies.  

Wolf Pack - Mystery on Isle Royale by Jeanne Meeks

(2nd in the Backcountry Mystery Series) 

Can a backpacking trip to an island famous for its wolves mend the relationship between Amy and her grown daughter? Will murder and blackmail bring them together--or will they be buried on Isle Royale? Emboldened by her adventures in the Grand Canyon, Amy Warren again laces up her hiking boots. She ferries with her daughter, Meagan, to Isle Royal National Park. When volunteer ranger Sarah Rochon is accused by a co-worker of assault and theft, Amy is torn between spending precious time with Meagan and clearing her best friend's name.

When Amy rescues Remington, a pampered Havanese show dog, from the frigid waters of Lake Superior, he becomes her champion. Together they sniff out clues to the evil that threatens the natural tranquility of the magical island.