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Wall Street Journal and USA Today Bestselling Author Ava Mallory writes inclusive mysteries, romances, and humorous nonfiction. Her fictional characters are based on the people she knew and loved in her native Spain and the many U.S. locations she lived in after moving to the States in the late 1980s. They are feisty, fun-loving, and full of life... unless they're not. (She writes mysteries after all.)

AVA is best known for her Mercy Mares traveling nurse cozy mysteries that feature a middle-aged Latina nurse who is a champion of patients and a magnet for trouble. Mercy's sidekicks are the who's who of quirky characters with big hearts - like the people Ava grew up with.

AVA holds a Bachelor in Psychology and a B.S. in Nursing with a certification in geriatric/Alzheimer's care. She lives minutes from Chicago with three of her four children (The oldest left the nest & Ava's not been the same since.) and their Dorkie dog named Chacha, the actual Queen of Ava Mallory's castle.

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Beatrice “Bea” Montoya loves Christmas. She loves the sparkling lights, the music, the time with loved ones, and the snow, but there’s one thing she doesn’t like… being guilted into helping with the annual Christmas Festival. She hoped this year would be different, but she never expected it would turn out like this. During the holidays, no less.

 

When she and her best friend make a gruesome discovery in a box of donated Christmas decorations, she is thrust into the middle of a baffling mystery. Her instincts tell her there’s more to the story than meets the eye. But when she stumbles upon the truth, it’s even worse than she imagined. Now she has to find out why. When her efforts prove futile, she’s forced to rely on the one thing she’s never told anyone outside of the family.

 

Will the reluctant witch find the answers she seeks without revealing her true identity and before the Christmas Festival is in full swing?

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2020 is going to be the coziest holiday season yet with cozy mysteries from Ava Mallory, Summer Prescott, Jenna St. James, Laina Turner, Gretchen Allen, Joanna Campbell Slan, S. C. Merritt, Minnie Crockwell, Mona Marple, Rachael Stapleton and Loraine Hudson – along with their favorite holiday cookie recipe!


Gretchen Allen - Lost Claus
Charlotte Moss is one tough cookie, but her new job as Mrs. Claus isn’t what she expected. When Santa goes missing and a body is found, the most wonderful time of the year looks bleak.


Joanna Campbell Slan - How the Cookie Crumbles
Cara Mia Delgatto never met her maternal grandmother. But Nonie Josephina reaches out from the grave with a message for Cara: I left behind a treasure! Can Cara Mia find it before Santa comes to town?


S.C. Merritt - Caramelized Casualty
With the annual holiday unveiling of a giant gingerbread village quickly approaching, Kate Kennedy’s stress level is sky-high. When one of the event’s diva celebrity chefs turns up dead, Kate decides she has no choice but to team up with the town’s newest detective if she’s going to pull off the big event. Can she expose the killer in time to save the event?


Minnie Crockwell - Death By Cookie
Widow Sallie Chilcoat decides to get into the holiday spirit by baking up a batch of cookies for her lakeside condominium neighbors only to have one of them turn up dead - with the remains of her cookies! Did Sallie kill her neighbor with her vegan cookies?


Ava Mallory - Christmas Cookie Catastrophe
When Consuelo “Cookie” Alvarez inherits a bakery from her aunt Birdie, she doesn’t expect to take her late aunt’s place in the Christmas Cookie Bake-Off. Now she has two weeks to perfect the super-secret recipe, but there are major obstacles in her way: she can’t bake, the recipe is missing, and her competitors are a who's who of shady characters.


Summer Prescott – Hang Out The Stalkings
Someone is stealing Nancy's cookies...will they steal her holiday spirit too?


Jenna St. James - Christmas Cookie Caper
When Ivy O'Brien learns her mother has been injured at the annual Couples Christmas Cookie Contest, she runs to the rescue. Looks like she needs to fill in for her mother and hunky policeman Anthony Romano has to help bake the cookie and question the suspects. Between dough-making disasters, nips of peppermint Schnapps, and rolling pin thefts, the pair slowly whittle down their suspect list.


Mona Marple - The Santa Run Is Murderous Fun
Emily Monk’s run out of excuses not to take part in the annual Santa run, but the festivities are threatened when the long-running Santa Run champ is found dead the day before the race.

With a killer to be caught and a Christmas dinner to be bought, Emily needs to think fast if she’s going to solve this case before Santa comes.


Rachael Stapleton - Christmas, Corpses & the Gingerdead Flip-Flop
When house flippers Jack Young and Juniper Palmer purchase a colorful Queen Anne home, Juniper assumes the exterior gingerbread trim will be the most outlandish thing to see. That is until a prominent wine merchant dressed as Santa is murdered, and Jack’s mother is caught on the naughty list.


Loraine Hudson - Holly, Jolly Misdeeds
First, it's a thieving Santa. Next, it's a prowler that threatens Jenny's peace. It all seems to revolve around a box of cookies.  Why? And what's next?  


Laina Turner - Cookies and Crime
What is supposed to be a joy-filled awards ceremony for the Romero Boy Scouts turns out to be anything but when Jean Sartor, Scout co-leader, drops dead on stage.
Trixie lands herself on the suspect list since she baked Christmas cookies for the ceremony. She knows she didn’t poison Jean, but who did?

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