Book Blast: Festive Mayhem: Ten Stories of Holiday Mystery, Crime and Suspense

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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

◊ 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

• “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.



Read an Excerpt

A Pub, Bed & Breakfast & A Dead Body 

By Forest Issac Jones


DEATH IS THE FAIREST thing in the world. Nobody has ever talked their way out of death. Death takes us all—the kind, the mean, the sinners and the saints.


This is David Jacoby’s story, not mine. The main thing you need to know about David Jacoby: he didn’t deserve what happened to him, nobody ever does. I didn’t ask for the job, but no police detective ever does. Bad stuff happens to detectives. A number of them get killed. Some lose friends, marriages, kids. A few of them cross over to the dark side so gradually that they never see it coming until it’s too late to turn back.


I felt like I was relaxed for the first time in months. I was a legend who had been with the police for twenty-five years.


“Of course, the South is the best, right?” asked Captain Mike Akens, inhaling deep through his long, distinguished nose and out of his mouth in an approving manner. His voice rang like a metal dipper hitting a bucket of water.


Detective April Watkins and I agreed with the opinion enthusiastically. It had been the Walkertown County Police Captain’s idea that we should participate in a weekend outing to the small country town of Walnut Cove. The town was minutes away and a part of Walkertown County, North Carolina. There had been snow in the Appalachians for a week now, the first real snow of the winter. In this part of North Carolina it had only been a cold sleet, bitter and unrelenting, and it had been dark all week. For days everyone had been depressed by the weather, but the holiday festivities of the season had helped brighten the nights, making the group feel more optimistic.


When not working and wearing his custom fit white Stetson, Akens was a passionate gardener and lavished over tiny flowers with insanely long unpronounceable Latin names with an eagerness even stronger than what he showed on his investigations.


“Our cell phones should be shut off and nobody knows who we are,” observed Akens. “That was the plan. Are you ok with that Detective Coates? I know you are attached to that iPhone of yours.” He laughed, the cackle popping like pine logs in a cooking stove.


I have had years of practice in letting Akens’ comments wash over me like a duck’s back. He usually called me Ike, but when he was serious he used Detective Coates. I laughed and responded as I rubbed my bald head. “I think I’ll be ok for a weekend.”


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:

*   AMAZON UK   *   AMAZON CA  * 



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?


Monday, Oct. 26 – 

Just Jemi –
Rockin’ Book
 – Feature
Nesie’s Place –
Writer’s Gambit –
Review & Feature

Tuesday, Oct. 27 – 

First of All – Review & Excerpt
 – Feature
 – 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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  • Mason Canyon
    October 28, 2020 at 5:31 am

    An excerpt is a great way to get a feel for the book. This one is filled with fascinating stories. Deborah, thanks so much for being a part of the Book Blast.

    • Deborah Bailey
      October 28, 2020 at 11:41 am

      You’re welcome! Can’t wait to read the stories!

  • Marla Bradeen
    October 28, 2020 at 8:32 am

    I love this peek into Forest Issac Jones’s story! Thanks so much for featuring Festive Mayhem today!

    • Deborah Bailey
      October 28, 2020 at 11:41 am

      Thanks for stopping by!

  • Jennifer J. Chow
    October 28, 2020 at 2:23 pm

    Thank you for highlighting Festive Mayhem today!

  • Kia Dennis
    October 28, 2020 at 3:11 pm

    Thank you for featuring Festive Mayhem.

  • Delia Pitts
    October 28, 2020 at 3:29 pm

    Thank you so much for featuring Festive Mayhem today. We appreciate your support!