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Title: A Cauldron of Deceptions
Author: Verena DeLuca, Kathryn Mykel, Elle Hartford, Connie B. Dowell, Heather Huffman & Rune Stroud
Series: A Cozy Mystery Tribe Anthology, Book 2
Release Date: October 25, 2021
Kindle Unlimited: No

Double, double toil and trouble;
Fire burn and cauldron bubble.

Discover six spine-tingling Halloween themed cozy mysteries;
brewed with everything from murder to town histories.

Test your skills against six different sleuths;
Solve the mystery to discover the truths.

Check out more Halloween themed Cozy Mystery

Web of Deceit
A Freshly Baked Cozy Mystery, Book 15
by Kathleen Suzette

Halloween is the perfect time of year for tricks, treats, and murder. Ask me how I know. I thought this year was going to be different. Until it wasn’t.

Halloween is upon the small town of Sandy Harbor, and when Allie is talked into throwing a masquerade ball in her new home to benefit a local charity, she’s surprised to find out the wealthiest woman in town has been murdered. Who will help her fund the masquerade ball now?

Ghosts, ghouls, and goblins will be trick or treating on Halloween, but Allie is tied up solving a murder. Cozy up with the latest installment of A Freshly Baked Mystery and find out what Allie and the gang are up to now.

Candy Crushed
A Pumpkin Hollow Mystery, Book 21
by Kathleen Suzette

Candy is in my blood. Beginning with my grandparents, there have been three generations of Jordans running the Pumpkin Hollow Candy Store to date. At an early age, I learned to stir fudge, pull taffy, and eat copious amounts of jelly beans. And now someone was trying to put a stop to that.

With the Halloween season in full swing, it will take every bit of sleuthing ability Mia and her sister Christy can muster to find out who killed one of their new employees, and why. But with fall in the air, along with pumpkin spice fudge, the pair are sure to sort things out. Unless the killer strikes again…

Halloween is celebrated all year long in Pumpkin Hollow. There are no paranormal elements, just good clean fun! And a murder, of course.

Frightfully Fortune
Miss Fortune Mysteries, Book 20
by Jana DeLeon

Rest when you’re dead?

It’s time for the annual Halloween festival in Sinful, and Fortune, Ida Belle, and Gertie can’t wait to suit up and enjoy the food and activities. But when a dead man gallops through the park on a black stallion and slides to a decapitated stop right in front of Swamp Team 3, they know another festival is about to be turned on its head…so to speak.

Gil Forrest never won any popularity contests and his dramatic and somewhat horrifying ride isn’t going to improve his statistics. But since his body was supposed to be tucked away in a funeral home, no one could explain how it ended up on a horse in the middle of the festival. Everything about the set-up is strange and Fortune, Ida Belle, and Gertie suspect there is more to the Headless Horseman ride than just a tasteless prank. And they plan to find out what it is.

Halloween Hayride Murder
A Small Town Minnesota Cozy Mystery, Book 1
by Linnea West

Earl wanted to stop the Halloween Hayride. Someone ran him over with it. Can the Hayride get back on track before Halloween is ruined?

Tessa is back in her hometown, picking up the pieces of her life as a young widow. Besides passing the time by working at the B&B that her parents own, Tessa joined the Halloween Hayride Committee to help give back to her small town. Plans are going great but then Earl whisks into town, threatening to shut down the beloved Hayride and someone takes it upon themselves to run him down with the tractor.

Now Tessa’s gotten herself tangled up in the mess, tripping over clues and getting more and more involved. Someone has to get the Hayride back on track and she has decided that someone has to be her. It is the only way she can think of to take charge of her life and thank her hometown for welcoming her back when her life fell apart.

The only problem is that while Tessa is trying to solve the case, the murderer is keeping an eye on her. Can Tessa figure out who ran over Earl before the tractor-riding killer strikes again?

Hallowe’en Party
Hercule Poirot series, Book 36
by Agatha Christie

When a Halloween Party turns deadly, it falls to Hercule Poirots to unmask a murderer in Agatha Christie’s classic murder mystery, Hallowe’en Party.

At a Halloween party, Joyce—a hostile thirteen-year-old—boasts that she once witnessed a murder. When no one believes her, she storms off home. But within hours her body is found, still in the house, drowned in an apple-bobbing tub.

That night, Hercule Poirot is called in to find the `evil presence’. But first he must establish whether he is looking for a murderer or a double-murderer…

The Legend of Sleepy Harlow
League of Literary Ladies Book 3
by Kylie Logan

It takes more than a lurid legend to scare off the League of Literary Ladies in the third novel in this charming cozy mystery series…

For Halloween, the Literary Ladies have chosen to read Washington Irving’s spooky classic, The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, with its infamous headless horseman. But South Bass Island has its own headless legend—of a Prohibition bootlegger named Charlie “Sleepy” Harlow. Decapitated by rival rumrunners, Harlow appears once a year in spectral form to search for his noggin.

This October, the Elkhart Ghost Getters (EGG) have returned to the island. The group claims that they have film footage of Harlow’s ghost, and are determined to get more. They’re staying at Bea Cartwright’s B & B, but it’s Kate Wilder who isn’t happy to see them after they trashed her winery last year. When the EGG leader turns up dead, Kate becomes the prime suspect, and the other League members need to scramble to crack the case.

Murder on Halloween
Dekker Cozy Mystery Series, Book 13
by Steve Demaree

A retired detective thinks that all he will have to do on Halloween is hand out candy to trick-or-treaters. Everything goes well until all the children in costume come and go, and then the phone calls begin. One of them comes from his former Chief of Police, whom he and his former partner have promised that they will come out of retirement whenever there is a murder in their small town. Not only do they have to go out on a dark night in the pouring down rain, but they have to head out to a remote part of the county, where almost no one lives, to a place where someone has texted and reported that someone has been murdered. All they have to go on is the location of the cell phone. Before he solves the case, he is confronted with several suspects, none of whom seem to have motives or alibis. This is another whodunit in the Dekker Cozy Mystery series, full of twists and turns and lots of humor.

Scavenger Haunt
A Cassandra Sato Halloween Short Mystery
by Kelly Brakenhoff

Beware the goddess in the graveyard!
Chaperoning two ten-year-olds who find a chunk of Hawaiian lava rock shouldn’t be hard, but Pele’s curse could get Cassandra Sato fired, for real.

Read this Halloween themed short story today!

Masquerade Murder
A Victoria Town Mystery, Book 2
by Mollie Cox Bryan

Welcome to Victoria Town, Va., where Victoriana meets murder.The Halloween Masquerade Ball in Victoria Town, Va. is a yearly celebration of all things that go bump in the night. Masked attendees come from across the country to experience an authentic Victorian celebration. Viv Barton throws herself into the fray by volunteering to lead games in the “Mirror Room” of the old Victorian Mansion, Gaylord Hall. When a woman dressed in widow regalia catches Viv’s attention, Viv follows her down the snaking halls, through the ballroom, and onto the veranda, where the woman disappears and leaves a dead body in her wake—the town priest who had more than his share of secrets. When Viv’s friend, Irene, is suspected of the crime, she works to prove Irene’s innocence, unearthing clues, secrets, and deadly obsessions along the way—proving that Victorian Town history isn’t always what it seems.

Pumpkins & Poltergeists
Confessions of a Closet Medium, Book 1
by Nyx Halliwell

Aunt Willa summons me home to Thornhollow with a cryptic message about using my ‘gift’ to stop a family curse and save the town. Hours later, she’s dead and Mama swears she heard her arguing with someone before it happened.

When I arrive, my clumsiness brings about a near-death experience, and suddenly, I’m seeing and hearing ghosts everywhere. Even Aunt Willa’s cat is talking to me.

Uncovering the truth behind the family curse is hard enough, but my gift makes me a target for an angry ghost who’s trying to ruin the biggest event Thornhollow has ever seen…and she’ll stop at nothing to do it.

I’m convinced my aunt’s death was no accident, and if I don’t acknowledge the fact ghosts are real and I can commune with them, I may never discover who murdered her…or stop the deadly poltergeist now haunting me.

Hot Purr-suit
Glock Grannies Cozy Mystery Novella
by Shannon VanBergen

Nikki and the grannies are excitedly preparing costumes, some with beloved pets, others with human dates. When Kitty Purry goes missing, matching costumes are the furthest thing from their minds. Can Nickki, Geraldine, and the grannies unravel the mystery of Kitty Purry’s disappearance or will grandma’s matching costume go to waste?

Hot Purr-suit is a standalone story featuring the outrageous cast of the Glock Grannies Cozy Mystery series. If you like fun cozy mysteries and outrageous characters, you are going to love this adventure.

Potion Problem
A Halloween Helper’s Cozy Mystery, Book 1 
by Linnea West

Vinnie always struggled to feel accepted. As a non-magical witch with a magically talented twin sister, she only felt comfortable at home. Now their family has inherited the job of being the Halloween Helpers and Vinnie is forced out of her comfort zone and into the hot seat, which includes solving a murder at a coven.

Investigating a suspicious death around other witches is already making Vinnie nervous, but things go from bad to worse when her sister is kidnapped. Now Vinnie must solve the murder and look for her sister with only the help of her witch-in-training teenage niece.

Can Vinnie solve the murder and get one step closer to finding her sister? Or will her lack of magic mean she loses her sister and her job as a Halloween Helper forever?

Annie’s Night of Frights
A Hillcrest Witch Cozy Mystery Special
by Amorette Anderson

Annie loves a good party… and this Halloween bash just got spooky!

When Annie plans a paint and sip party for her coven, she expects to make art, sip wine, and laugh with her witch sisters. The local cemetery seems to be the perfect setting for this Halloween celebration… until things go sideways. A night of frights lies ahead. Can Annie keep her cool and catch a thief?

Creepy Cake Murder
A Bite-sized Bakery Cozy Mystery, Book 3
by Rosie A. Point

What’s the scariest thing that can happen on Halloween? Murder…

Ruby Holmes is plenty excited to serve her cakes and goodies to the many trick-or-treaters in Carmel Springs, Maine. Halloween is here. Costumes range from fearsome to the funny, and when Ruby sees a clown jostling with a vampire to get to her cakes, she doesn’t think anything of it.

That is, until the corpse of the ‘vampire’ washes up on the beach, right in front of her food truck. Ruby’s not going to let this mystery go unsolved, even if it means annoying the local detective and the murderer themselves.

Can Ruby discover the identity of the killer clown? Or will he get the last laugh?

A Stew to a Kill
A Callie’s Kitchen Cozy Mystery, Book 4
by Jenny Kales

Trouble is brewing in this Halloween culinary cozy mystery with a Greek twist!

A packed week of Halloween celebrations promises to be a treat for Callie’s Kitchen in scenic downtown Crystal Bay, Wisconsin. Greek-American eatery owner Callie Costas and her hard-working crew are gearing up for a charity costume gala, Halloween walk and spooky skeleton contest. But treats turn to tricks when a new employee at a friend’s tea shop is found dead, and Callie finds herself drawn into a murky brew of motives and murder suspects.

As if things weren’t scary enough, Callie’s old flame turns up and stirs the pot with a plan to develop a sprawling shopping mall that could threaten not only Callie’s Kitchen, but the town’s entire small business scene.

Will Callie help save her business and uncover a stew of simmering secrets before she becomes the killer’s next victim?

A Very Opal Halloween
Gemstone Coven Holiday Shorts, Book 1
by Belinda White

A Gemstone Coven Halloween Tale

I’ll probably live to regret it, but I’ve given Nancy permission to hold a huge Halloween bash here at the farmhouse. If nothing else, maybe it will distract me from what I have planned for after it.

A seance. I’m making an ultra-long distance call to my mom. She has something I want, dang it. Something she didn’t pass on to me before she left this world.

The others are trying to guess what it is I want to ask her. They’ll never get it in a million years.

Of course, there’s no reason not to tell them. But where’s the fun in that?

Spellbound Sweets
A Samantha Sweet Halloween Novella
by Connie Shelton

It’s Halloween, one of the busiest seasons of the year for Samantha Sweet and the crew at her pastry shop, Sweet’s Sweets. After baking a zillion pumpkin cookies, ghostly cupcakes, and an all-black cake for a young witch’s wedding, the gang is looking forward to a gala costume party at the neighborhood bookshop. But when one of the guests is murdered and a rare book vanishes—practically in front of their eyes—the evening takes a whole different turn and Sam finds herself in the midst of another mystery.

Ghouls’ Night Out
The Juniper Junction Holiday Cozy Mystery Series, Book 4
by Amy M. Reade

Halloween is just around the corner and the goblins are out in force in Juniper Junction. A crotchety merchant, a malicious next-door neighbor, and some ghoulish trick-or-treaters are causing hair-raising problems for Lilly Carlsen’s boyfriend, Hassan Ashraf, and things are about to get much worse. When Hassan finds himself at the center of a police investigation following the deaths of two of his tormentors just days apart, Lilly is ready to help in any way she can to bring the real fiends to justice. But with Lilly’s daughter having trouble adjusting to college, her mother continuing a downward spiral into dementia, and possible romantic strife on the horizon between Lilly’s brother and her best friend, Lilly’s Halloween is beginning to look especially frightful.

The Night of Living Wicked: Halloween Crisis
Paranormal in Manhattan Mystery, Book 24 
by Lotta Smith

It’s Halloween in Kyoto—the city of ghosts, fairies, gods and goddesses—where magick rules. Mandy and Rick Rowling are preparing to go back home to New York. But before they go, the god of thunder summons Mandy and Sara Abe, a local detective and sorceress, handing them “a small and easy” assignment to finish before the Rowlings leave this mystic city.

A monster strikes during a fundraiser that Rick, Mandy, Sara, and her fiancé are attending. Once the mayhem begins, the building is locked down and a message on the outside of the building reads, “KILL EM ALL.” Thousands of people’s lives are at stake, and the body count continues to rise. Apparently, the task at hand is not at all small, much less easy!

The Vigilante Vignette
A Cherry Tucker Mystery ,Book 4
by Larissa Reinhart

For portrait artist and amateur sleuth Cherry Tucker, celebrating Halloween usually means earning extra cash with her unique costumes. But when she makes a mercy call on a neighbor, she’s roped into a quid pro quo deal: if Cherry recovers a family heirloom stolen at a party, the neighbor will use his clout to help her with some zoning issues. If she fails, the expression “someone’s got her goat” will take on a whole new meaning.

While Cherry’s on the case of the cat burglar, a mystery man is stalking her. It’s hard to know who’s the hero and who’s the villain when everyone is wearing capes. And if Cherry doesn’t figure it out soon, it won’t just be Tater the goat who’s homeless. If she’s not careful, Cherry could lose her heart and her life in a madcap race for a priceless treasure.

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