Wicked Wednesday: Fall Preview

A Wicked CozyFall PreviewJulie here. In my theater life, we had the Greater Boston Theater Expo yesterday, which was a preview of the coming season. Since we have three (three!!) Wicked releases this month, I thought it might be fun to catch up with what all of the Wickeds are up to this fall.

Liz: It’s all about the writing this fall! I’m wrapping up book two in the Cat Cafe Mysteries now–which is tentatively titled Purrder, She Wrote (cute title, right??) and then I’ll be on to Murder, She Meowed, the 7th book in the Pawsitively Organic series. And a couple other projects I’ll be working on simultaneously… I guess I better get used to not sleeping, right? And in between all that, I’ll be celebrating the release of Purring Around the Christmas Tree, book six in the Pawsitively series, out in late September!

Edith: I’m finishing Country Store mystery #5, Death Over Easy, polishing Quaker Midwife #4, possibly titled Seeking Unity, and starting Cozy Capers Book Group Mystery #2! But I’m also traveling to Toronto for almost a week in October like most of the other Wickeds for the big Bouchercon mystery convention, where among other activities I’ll hear if Delivering the Truth wins a Macavity Award.


I’m looking forward to seeing almost all the Wickeds in one spot at the Lawrence Library on October 21, and am on a MWA panel at the Boston Book Festival on October 28. I’ll be moderating a panel at Crime Bake, and doing a couple of library gigs here and there, too. Most exciting for me personally will be providing labor support as my goddaughter gives birth to her first baby sometime in the next month. Squee!

Barb: The mass market paperback of Eggnog Murder comes out October 31. I’m working on another holiday novella for a new collection with Leslie Meier and Lee Hollis for 2018, as well as the seventh Maine Clambake Mystery, Steamed Open. Along with three other Wickeds, I’m headed to Bouchercon in October. I’m looking forward presenting an expert session, “Four Lies People Will Tell You about Marketing Your Novel,” at the New England Crime Bake in November. On the personal front, we’re moving to our new condo in Portland, Maine on September 21. Can’t wait!

Sherry: Time is flying by! I am writing book seven with a working title of Let’s Fake A Deal — I’m not sure it will make it to the shelf with that title. I’m waiting for the copy edits for I Know What You Bid Last Summer which come out on February 28th. I’m really looking forward to going to Bouchercon in Toronto. I’ve never been there and am going to go up a couple of days early to do some sightseeing with my husband. And shortly after is Crime Bake. It always feels like I’m home when I land in Boston.

Jessie: Wow! What a busy bunch! Right now I am finishing up the second book in my new Beryl and Edwina series. On September 19 the second Change of Fortune mystery, Whispers of Warning releases. I have a second launch date on Halloween for the first Beryl and Edwina mystery, Murder in an English Village. I’ll be heading to conference in Florida in October too as well as speaking on a panel at the NH Library Association conference and to the NH Romance Writers group. And, of course, I’ll be at Crime Bake in November with the rest of the Wickeds!

Julie: What a busy group we are! There area a couple of Wicked library events coming up this fall (stay tuned!). I will be at Bouchercon and Crime Bake as well. Additionally, I am expected edits on the second Theater Cop mystery, and have a December 1 deadline on another series I will be announcing later.

Friends, stay tuned for more information about events that gather more that one Wicked at a time–we will let you know! In the meantime, let us know what is coming up for you and yours this fall!

Come See the Wicked Cozies at the Boston Book Festival and NELA!

The Wicked Cozies are having a very busy weekend and early part of the week and we’d love for you to come see us.

The Boston Book Festival

As 2013 President of Sisters in Crime New England, Julie will be up early on Saturday, October 19 setting up the booth at the Boston Book Festival. It’s a wonderful day to be in Boston in the fall.

A big crowd at the SinCNE booth last year

A big crowd at the SinCNE Booth last year

Come join us in Booth #49 facing Dartmouth Street. In addition to Julie, the Wicked Cozies will be selling and signing in the booth at the following times:



4:00-5:00 Jessie

5:00-6:00 Barb

You can see Barb and Edith at the SinCNE booth last year.

You can see Barb and Edith at the SinCNE booth last year.

New England Library Association

As soon as they break down the SinCNE booth at the BBF, Barb will load all the stuff in her car and go up to Portland, Maine for the New England Library Association Annual Conference. On Sunday, October 20, she’ll be setting up the Sisters in Crime New England Booth in the exhibit hall.

Barb will be signing and giving away books from 9:45 on 10:45 Monday.

Edith and Jessie will be there from 10:15 to 11:30 on Tuesday, October 22.

For a full schedule of signings, look here.

Where will you be this weekend?

The Boston Book Festival

I love Boston for a lot of reasons–the people, the culture, the theater community, the sense of humor, the Red Sox, the food, the walkability, the architecture. The list is a long one, and goes on. But here’s one example of why this is such a great city. The Boston Book Festival.

Other cities have book festivals, sure. But is the vibe the same? Events planned for several days. Vendor booths that range between writers’ groups (like Sisters in Crime New England), ArtsBoston, schools, book stores, and radio stations. All sorts of events scheduled throughout the city.

My worlds collide at the Boston Book Festival. This year, four fringe theater companies are doing pop up performances of literature (Fringe Lit). All four of the companies (New Exhibition Room, Liars and Believers, Theatre on Fire, and Vagabond Theatre Group) are members of StageSource, the theater service organization I work for. I love the idea of dramatizing five minutes of well known novels, and can’t wait to see some of the performances.

And at the Sisters in Crime New England booth, you’ll be able to meet 5/6 of the Wicked Cozy Authors. Four of them (Jessie Crockett, Barbara Ross, Liz Mugavero, and Edith Maxwell) will be doing signings. Sheila Connolly will also be there, signing. I will be there to help set up, and make sure things are running smoothly.

So who will I see on October 19 in Copley Square as Boston celebrates the literary life like some cities celebrate rock concerts?