Monday, October 26, 2020

Festive Mayhem Book Blast

If you’re looking for a good mystery with a little holiday twist, look no further. Today I’m participating in the FESTIVE MAYHEM Book Blast featuring 10 talented authors with stories of mystery, crime, and suspense with a holiday flair.

◊ Genre: Mystery Anthologies
◊ Publisher: Marla Bradeen (October 26,2020)
◊ eBooks
◊ File Size: 1232 KB
◊ Print Length: 159 Pages



Ten crime writers of color have teamed up to offer you the gift of escape this holiday season. From Christmas crime capers to Thanksgiving thrillers, historical hard-boiled to contemporary cozies, mystery fans of all genres will find something to love in this limited-time collection of exclusive, never-before-published seasonal short stories.


What you’ll find inside:
• “The New Year’s Hex” by Carolyn Marie Wilkins. Carrie McFarland finds her New Year’s plans derailed when a psychic vision pulls the 1920s African American amateur sleuth into someone’s evil scheme.
• “Pipe Dreams” by S.G. Wong. In this hard-boiled Crescent City short story, infatuation and passion drive Minnie Chen straight into danger as she tries to best the City’s most glamorous private detective in a reimagined 1930s-era Chinese Los Angeles.
• “A Christmas Tip” by Elizabeth Wilkerson. A surprise Christmas bonus becomes too tempting for Philadelphia nursing assistant Brianna Byers to resist—even if accepting requires some skillful skirting of the law.
• “The Stranger in the House” by Stella Oni. This London House Mystery prequel stars Elizabeth Ojo, a Nigerian housekeeper at a posh guest house, who finds her Christmas intersecting with that of a mysterious resident in trouble.
• “What Lies Inside” by Kia Dennis. A tormented university professor falls deeper and deeper into a destructive obsession in this harrowing tale of love and longing.
• “A Pub, Bed & Breakfast & A Dead Body” by Forest Issac Jones. A dark past becomes the deadly present when North Carolina police detective Ike Coates and his intrepid young partner are tasked with determining the cause of a suspicious death.
• “A Deadly First” by Delia C. Pitts. Thanksgiving takes a fatal turn when New York private eye SJ Rook finds himself thrust into his first murder case in this darkly atmospheric tale of noir.
• “The Holiday Murder Mélange” by Myra Jolivet. This Sarah Doucette Jean-Louis short story follows the Creole P.I. around the San Francisco Bay Area on her quest to figure out who killed a man outside of her office.
• “Those Holiday Blues” by Jennifer J. Chow. Jasmine, aka “Jazz,” can’t escape the tragic past when an old boyfriend asks to meet on the anniversary of his mother’s death.
• “Holiday Holdup” by Paige Sleuth. In this Cozy Cat Caper Mystery Short, Imogene Little gets tangled up in a Christmas Eve bank robbery orchestrated by none other than Santa Claus himself.


This anthology is only available for a short time, so grab it now before it’s gone. It would be criminal to miss it!


FESTIVE MAYHEM is available at the following sites:





About the Authors


FESTIVE MAYHEM features a collection of never-before-published short stories authored by 10 mystery, crime, and suspense writers of color: 

Carolyn Marie Wilkins
S.G. Wong
Elizabeth Wilkerson
Stella Oni
Kia Dennis 
Forest Issac Jones
Delia C. Pitts
Myra Jolivet
Jennifer J. Chow
Paige Sleuth


Be sure to enter the giveaway below. If the widget doesn’t work, just click HERE to enter. You can read more about this fascinating book by visiting the other stops on the Book Blast.


Thanks for stopping by today. Don’t you just love a good mystery with a holiday theme?


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Tuesday, Oct. 27 – First of All – Review & Excerpt
CelticLady’s Reviews – Feature
Bookish Rantings – Excerpt

Wednesday, Oct. 28 – I Found This Great Book – Review & Excerpt
Book Reviews by Pat Garcia – Review
Thoughts in Progress – Excerpt
Author Deborah A. Bailey – Excerpt

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My review

This was such a fun book!

All of these authors were new to me - and I'm looking forward to reading more by each of them.

I enjoyed the mix of mysteries, styles, and settings. It's difficult to choose but I think The New Year's Hex is my favourite. Loved the 1920's setting and I was rooting for Carrie in no time!

The entire book is filled with great characters. I enjoyed the cozy sleuths (Carrie, Imogene, Sarah, Elizabeth & Brianna) as they figured out their mysteries - each in their own unique style.

The "cold" and "chilling" mysteries are well labelled! Definitely chilling - with a few nightmare-inducing elements. So good!

A great collection of mysteries all connected by strong writing and fascinating characters. An excellent read!


How about you? Anyone else enjoy mystery collections? Do you prefer cozy, cold, or downright chilling mysteries?


  1. This is the perfect book for mystery lovers. Great review, Jemi, and thanks for being a part of the Book Blast.

  2. Christmas mysteries - I like the twist!

  3. Replies
    1. It is - great time for this book!

    2. Thank you, L. Diane! I think we could all use some escape this holiday season.

  4. Thank you so much for featuring Festive Mayhem today! I'm so glad you enjoyed the stories.

  5. I was honored to be included in Festive Mayhem. Thank you so much for showcasing our stories!

    1. You're very welcome, Myra - it was such a fun book. I loved all the stories!

  6. Great introduction to new to me writers!

    1. They were all new-to-me as well and I really enjoyed them. Looking forward to more!

  7. Thanks for featuring Festive Mayhem. So glad you enjoyed it, Jemi!

  8. That sounds like a heap of fun.
    I do like mysteries - and happily read the cosy, the chilling AND the chilling.
    And how wonderful to showcase so many new to me authors whose work I can explore.
    Many thanks.

    1. I'm a bit of a wimp with the chilling - but I'm glad I persevered with these ones - so good!

    2. I'm a fan of all types of mysteries too, Elephant's Child. Thank you for your comment, and I'm so glad our book helped you to learn about some new authors!

  9. Thank you so much for featuring our new collection, Festive Mayhem. Your review was terrific!

    1. You're very welcome Delia - I really enjoyed the stories!!

  10. I like your review, thanks for telling us about this book...sounds fun!

    1. It is fun - a great mix of stories!

    2. Thank you, Kelly! We definitely had fun putting this collection together, and we hope readers enjoy it too.

  11. Wonderful and interesting post Jemi. thanks for sharing this.


    1. Thank you, Yvonne! And, as a cat lady, I must say I love your profile picture!

  12. It's cool that this book is focused on short-story mysteries. Glad you enjoyed it so much.

    1. And all set around a holiday theme - lots of fun!!

    2. Thank you, Natalie! Sometimes I find short stories are just what I need to fit my mood.

  13. Glad you liked it, Jemi! This is Forest 😊

    1. Hi Forest! It's a great collection of mysteries!

  14. Thanks, Jemi. So glad you enjoyed my story and this wonderful collection!

  15. I didn't know Elle had a new book out. Thanks for the heads up!