Christmas Cookies Mysteries Anthology

Another fun anthology for the holidays, Christmas Cookies Mysteries, filled with tree decorating, gift giving, cooking baking and…murder and mayhem! Christmas Cookies Mysteries features author and friend, Kelly Irvin, along with 14 other amazing authors.

What better way to ring in the Christmas spirit.

“Join in the fun this season and create a new holiday tradition with mysteries from more than a baker’s dozen of award winning authors—all inspired by the songs of The Oak Ridge Boys’ Christmas Cookies CD.” (As described on Amazon.)

I asked Kelly to answer a couple of questions about her book because inquiring minds want to know.

How did you get involved in the anthology, Christmas Cookies Mysteries?

A group of Seymour Literary Agency “sibs” who write mystery and suspense get together once a month for a Zoom gathering. We collaborate on virtual events, share tips, and have speakers on topics such as social media and marketing. Our agent Julie Gwinn suggested we consider doing an anthology together. We brainstormed ideas and zeroed in on a Christmas anthology using Christmas songs as the springboard for the mystery or suspense stories. Kathy Harris, an author in the group, is also Joe Bonsall’s agent. He’s one of the singers in the Oak Ridge Boys. She suggested approaching them about using the songs on one of their Christmas albums as the basis for the stories. The band agreed to let us use the Christmas Cookies CD and Joe agreed to write one of the stories. I love the idea of marrying music and mystery. My story is based on “Jingle Bells,” and is called “Murder All the Way.”

What’s been the best part about being included in this anthology, Christmas Cookies Mysteries?

The best part is working with such a talented, enthusiastic bunch of writers. Everyone is invested in the success of the anthology and supporting each other. Bringing together such a wide range of authors under the umbrella of mystery and suspense gives the readers a wide array of writing styles. We worked with the agency’s Ally Press. Dineen Miller designed the fantastic cover. I also loved the challenge of wrapping up a mystery in a short story no longer than 750 words. That’s tough for a writer like me whose novels are rarely less than 100,000 words. And the entire project was fun!

What would you like readers to know about this anthology, Christmas Cookies Mysteries?

Readers should know these stories are good, clean fun. Most would qualify as cozy mysteries. The anthology is perfect for giving as a Christmas gift to a family member who likes to read mysteries. It’s also a chance to discover new authors and explore full-length books they’ve written.

Thank you Kelly Irvin.

Christmas Cookies Mysteries is available on Amazon in kindle and paperback.

Visit Kelly Irvin on her website and check out her many romantic suspense and amish romance books.

About Jill English Johnston

God writes His story on every heart, if we only pause to read it. My heart has lived in a fantasy world since early childhood and am delighted that God has finally brought me to the place where I can bring the fantasies to life through story. I am currently working on a fantasy trilogy (of course) but I also post thoughts, reflections and (hopefully) inspiration to my website: tabletsofhumanhearts.wordpress.com I am a follower of the Rabbi Jesus, married to my best friend and inspiration, and the mother of three incredible children, one daughter and two sons, a son-in-love, a daughter-in-love and two adorable granddaughters. When not writing, I passionately pursue prayer, reading (never enough time to read them all!), and the outdoors. My husband and I both served in the US Navy and have lived/travelled through many states and all over Asia. We both still enjoy travelling, but we really love our home in New Braunfels, located at the Texas Hill Country.
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