With twelve fabulous authors contributing to Deadly Traditions: A Cozy Mystery Christmas Anthology, set during the holiday season, how can you possibly go wrong? Sit back and relax and maybe nibble on a cookie or two!


The Description

Publication Date: September 27, 2022

Have yourself a DEADLY little Christmas.

Celebrate the holidays with mistletoe, mayhem, and murder. Join your favorite authors as they cozy up by the fire with twelve festive short mysteries that feature treasured holiday traditions. Serve up a slice of fatal fruitcake and deck the halls with danger, because the holiday season has never been so much fun.

This original collection is available for a limited time only, so grab your copy today.

A Pickle in a Pear Tree by Erin Scoggins
Mistletoe and Murder by Dianne Ascroft
O Deadly Night by Estelle Richards
Larceny and Gingerbread Lattes by Justine Maxwell
Have Yourself a Scary Little Christmas by Gayle Leeson

The Review

Deadly Traditions: A Cozy Mystery Christmas Anthology consists of twelve short stories penned by twelve new-to-me authors. Set in a variety of locales and even in different countries, they all have Christmas, amateur sleuths, and a mystery to be solved in common.  

Each story was introduced with a short blurb which was a nice touch. The stories drew me in, introducing me to various characters and lots of amateurs sleuths who think they are helping the local police—some are, and some aren’t. 

It was fun to figure out whodunnit with Christmas as the backdrop, but all the stories ended too abruptly, in my opinion. There were Santas, gingerbread houses, Christmas cookies galore, parties and get-togethers, a quaint Victorian town, caroling, holiday décor, and even a hayride, but all had the town’s traditions or a family’s tradition at its core. Some stories are part of a series the author writes, and I might try a few of their books just to get to know the characters or the town a little better.

Some of the stories had more depth than others, but all were an enjoyable read. There was a multitude of characters—family and friends and even some enemies and exes. There were some corpses but also injuries and illnesses. There were cities, towns, and villages, along with farms and various animals. There were a few twists and turns throughout. The cover is simplistic but conveys the Christmas season.

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About Gayle Leeson

Gayle LeesonGayle Leeson is a pseudonym for Gayle Trent. Gayle has also written as Amanda Lee. She is currently writing the Kinsey Falls chick-lit/women’s fiction series, the Down South Cafe cozy mystery series, and the Ghostly Fashionista cozy mystery series. Her book KILLER WEDDING CAKE won the Bronze Medal in the 20th Anniversary IPPY Awards. Gayle lives in Southwest Virginia with her family and enjoys hearing from readers.

About Mollie Cox Bryan

Mollie Cox Bryan writes cozy mysteries with edge. She’s the author of several bestselling mystery series, also writing under the pen name Maggie Blackburn. Her books have been selected as finalists for an Agatha Award and a Daphne du Maurier Award and as a Top 10 Beach Reads by Woman’s World. She has also been short-listed for the Virginia Library People’s Choice Award. She’s also penned a historical fiction: MEMORY OF LIGHT: AN AFTERMATH OF GETTYSBURG. She’s the mother of two nearly perfect daughters, each pursuing careers in music.

About Erin Scoggins

USA Today Bestselling Author Erin Scoggins is a long-time Southerner with a fondness for offbeat humor and fresh fried chicken. After fifteen years in marketing with a Fortune 500 company, she traded her MBA for fictional crime scenes and feisty small-town families. She writes fun, flirty mysteries that are celebrations of food, family, and the killer South.

Visit her at for book news and shenanigans.

About Estelle Richards

Blog Tour Schedule

September 20 – Reading Authors Network – SPOTLIGHT

September 20 – #BRVL Book Review Virginia Lee Blog – SPOTLIGHT

September 20 – Ascroft, eh? – CHARACTER INTERVIEW

September 21 – Island Confidential – SPOTLIGHT

September 21 – Lady Hawkeye – SPOTLIGHT

September 21 – Christy’s Cozy Corners – REVIEW

September 22 – Reading Is My SuperPower – REVIEW

September 22 – Baroness Book Trove – SPOTLIGHT

September 23 – Cozy Up With Kathy – REVIEW, CHARACTER GUEST POST

September 23 – Literary Gold – SPOTLIGHT

September 23 – fundinmental – AUTHOR INTERVIEW

September 24 – Celticlady’s Reviews – SPOTLIGHT

September 24 – Mystery Review Crew – CHARACTER GUEST POST

September 24 – Ruff Drafts – SPOTLIGHT

September 25 – The Mystery Section – GUEST POST


September 26 – Maureen’s Musing – SPOTLIGHT

September 26 – My Reading Journeys – REVIEW  

September 26 – Lisa Ks Book Reviews – AUTHOR INTERVIEW

September 27 – Brooke Blogs – SPOTLIGHT

September 27 – Sapphyria’s Books – REVIEW

September 27 – Escape With Dollycas Into A Good Book – SPOTLIGHT

September 28 – Reading, Writing & Stitch-Metic – SPOTLIGHT

September 28 – Novels Alive – REVIEW – SPOTLIGHT

September 29 – I Read What You Write – REVIEW, AUTHOR INTERVIEW

September 29 – My Journey Back – CHARACTER GUEST POST  

September 29 – Novels Alive – REVIEW – SPOTLIGHT


JoAnne Weiss, nee Montalbano, was born and raised in NYC until moving to CT with her family when she was 16 and she's never left. Married for 41 years with one grown son, she works in an elementary school office where she's been since it opened in 2003. Prior to that, she was an accountant in several corporations before becoming a stay at home mom for 12 years. JoAnne enjoys reading, traveling, spending time with her family, and extended family as well as with friends. She enjoys cooking and rarely uses a recipe the way it was intended but instead uses them and cooking shows to give her new ideas and suggestions. JoAnne has a huge bucket list of places she'd like to visit but has been lucky enough to travel to England, Italy, the Caribbean, Mexico, Canada, and many states in the U.S. including Hawaii, California, Nevada, Arizona, and Maine among others. Some of JoAnne's favorite genres include contemporary romance, chick-lit, romantic suspense, and historical romances including regency and those set in the west. JoAnne is on several author's street teams and enjoys interacting with many of them on Facebook as well as reading their newsletters. She has been lucky enough to meet some of her favorite authors among them Susan Mallery, Debbie Macomber, Nora Roberts, Meg Tilly, Beatriz Williams, and Marie Bostwick. JoAnne took a road trip with her sister in the fall of 2019 and visited Nora Roberts' bookstore in Boonsboro, Maryland for an authors' signing. She hopes to do more of this in the future. JoAnne leaves reviews for all books she reads on Goodreads and her reviews can be found at JoAnne currently reviews for - and which is on hiatus. Previously she reviewed for which has since closed. Payment is in the form of receiving free books to read and review. Her mantra is too many books and not enough time!


  1. Authors, congratulations on the release of Deadly Traditions, I enjoyed following the tour and learning about the book, which sounds like a thrilling holiday read for me and I like the cover! Good luck with the anthology and I hope the tour was a success! Thanks for sharing it with me!

    Thanks, JoAnne, for sharing your review!

    Have a marvelous day!


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