Last week I wrote an article highlighting the fact that Penguin Random House and its many imprints (including Berkley Prime Crime, Signet Mysteries, and Obsidian Mysteries lines) is currently working on downsizing its offerings of cozy mysteries. I also explained how YOU as a reader, and a fan of mystery fiction, can help out in the efforts to save these cozy mystery series that may be disappearing. The answer was this: Buy Your Books Brand New!
By purchasing your mystery novels brand new you are "voting with your dollar" and showing the publisher which books and authors you're willing to support! Well, now is your chance to show your colors and help out two specific authors in keeping their book series' alive!
The Cookbook Nook Mystery Series
The first series that is being considered for cancellation is the Cookbook Nook Mystery series by author Daryl Wood Gerber.
Gerber was recently told that if the sales of her latest two books weren't up then she the publisher wouldn't be able to renew for another book in the series.
The Cookbook Nook Mystery series currently has 4 books out and a fifth available for pre-order. Right now, before the end of March, is the crucial time for sales on these books.
Specifically, the publisher will be looking at pre-orders of book 5, Grilling the Subject, as well as sales for the 4th book in the series, Fudging the Books.
The series follows Jenna Hart, a former advertiser who nows owns a culinary bookshop and cafe. Thanks to her observation skills, Jenna also has a keen eye for mystery!
If this series interests you at all, now is the time to save it. Head over to Amazon.com or Barnes and Noble.com, and pre-order the latest book! Then, make sure to purchase previous books in the series!
The Deveraux Dime Store Mystery series
The second cozy mystery series that is being considered for cancellation is author Denise Swanson's Deveraux Dime Store Mystery series.
Similar to Gerber, Swanson was informed that unless her newest book had higher sales numbers for the month of March, the series would be dropped from production.
The Deveraux Dime Store Mystery series currently has 5 installments. This last week of March is similarly a crucial time for sales on these books. Specifically of the latest book in the series, Between a Book and a Hard Place.
The series follows Dev Sinclair. Dev Sinclair is the happy owner of the old-fashioned shop in her small Missouri town. But her life is constantly made more complicated by the mysteries and murders happening around her.
If Dev and her mysterious adventures interest you, now is the time to act! Head over to Amazon.com, Barnes and Noble.com, or your local bookseller and buy the latest book! Then, make sure to purchase previous books in the series as well!
Both of these books are dependent on sales in the month of March! So get your orders in as soon as possible and show your love and support for the cozy mystery genre, and make Penguin Random House aware of your opinion in saving cozy mysteries!
N.C. Patterson is a writer of mystery and horror fiction. He has been an active publicist, journalist, and blogger in the indie horror community for over five years.