The Errant Heirs Caper The J.D. Pierson Mystery Series Book 1 by C.H. Sessums Genre: Cozy Mystery
At a dime a dozen, I’m going broke handing out excuses for my dad.
The name on the door says “JD Pierson, Investigator,” but most days the chair behind his desk is empty. It’s 1936 and times are hard for everyone in Tyler, Texas, but it’s all I can do to keep the rent paid since Dad lost his way in a bottle of gin.
When JD suddenly shows a moment of sober coherence, I whisk him off to his favorite fishing lake in the hopes I can keep him off the sauce. I wanted Dad back in the investigator game, but having an old friend turn up dead was not part of the plan.
But when a swarm of heirs swoops in we’re left wondering if his death really was an accident, or if murder is how one of them means to cash in.
The Killer Jack Mystery The J.D. Pierson Mystery Series Book 2
A trip to state prison puts Jenny on the trail for a stolen necklace and right into the path of a killer…
The lights are just about to go out for good in my father's PI office when I get an unexpected call from the state penitentiary. My mother's only brother was sent up for robbery years ago, and now he needs Dad's help to get his daughter out of trouble. It's impossible for me to be sure that the pendant around Cousin Betty's neck is stolen, but one thing's for sure—she doesn't want to talk about where it came from. When my cousin gets gunned down walking home and the necklace disappears, I realize I'm not only looking for a thief . . . I'm dealing with a murderer.
Can I track down the identity of a man named Jack in time, or will he disappear into the shadows, only to kill again?
The Case of the Texas Ranger The J.D. Pierson Mystery Series Book 3
A Texas Ranger—a virtual relic from the past–walks into a bar…
but it isn't funny when he gets shot down on the street the moment he walks out…
Just like the doctors warned, Dad has made lots of promises about staying off the bottle. That doesn't stop me from being disappointed to find him at the local speakeasy one night. The leathery, stout man at his table looks vaguely familiar, and I'm only a little surprised to find out he's Templeton Gorham, former Texas Ranger. The governor shut down the Rangers years ago, but before that, Templeton was virtually a legend in his profession. He and JD are laughing over drinks like old friends, but later, when the three of us walk out into the night, gunshots pierce the darkness. Templeton is left lying in a pool of blood, and I'm left with a brand-new case on my hands.
When the victim won't speak, can I find the answers to keep a killer from finishing the job he started?
C.H. SESSUMS is a pen name for USA Today Bestselling Author Olivia Hardin. While Olivia writes all manner of romance, C.H. scribbles out cozy mysteries set in her beloved state of Texas. Whether exploring urban legends from all over the lone star state or solving capers set in far off times, mystery meets history in all of her stories.
In real life, C.H. lives in gorgeous East Texas with her hubby and their two rescue dogs. Every weekend all four of them pile up into their bunkhouse to watch classic movies and listen to old-time radio.
In about 2010 the hubby and I began the sometimes fun, sometimes exhausting, oftentimes ill-planned, converting of our old storage building into what we now affectionately call “The Bunkhouse.” It took quite a while to get it fixed up right, but when we did we discovered how much we LOVED being in there.
That began our almost weekly forays into “stay-cationing.” We would take the pup(s) (then it was just the little corgi, but now we have a second bigger dog) and would spend the night in The Bunkhouse over the weekends. We would tune out most of the world, light up our Amazon Firestick to stream movies and series. A lot of those were mysteries and I thought I’d share a few of my absolute favorites with you.
We caught a few episodes of this even before the Bunkhouse, watching it on PBS. Then when we began streaming I discovered they were ALL available on the Acorn Channel, so we went back to the beginning and watched them from the start. These are fascinating because they take place in war-time England so you get a fascinating mix of the history of that time combined with the mystery. And the relationship between the main character Foyle and his driver/assistant Samantha Stewart is so much fun. Their tenuous relationship grows through the seasons until he becomes almost like a father to her. I highly recommend checking it out.
The great thing about Midsomer Murders is that it’s a long-running series that you can stream for free (with commercials) from IBDb. Barnaby is a Detective Chief Inspector in the cozy county of Midsomer where they seem to always have some interesting murder investigation. These are fun episodes with lots of little quirky twists and turns along with a cast of suspects. Grab the popcorn and start binging this one today.
Under Military Law
If you’re interested in something really different, check out this Russian mini-series. Set during WWII, this one is part war movie and part mystery, with undertones of intrigue and romance throughout. You won’t know who the good guys and the bad guys are until the very end. Yes, this one is actually in Russian with English subtitles, but highly entertaining. There’s only one season available now, but a second has been produced and I’m just sitting on pins and needles waiting for it to become available on Amazon.
So, when you’re not reading, what mysteries have you been binging lately? Comment below and share your favorites.