Hi, I’m mystery writer, Anna Drake. Welcome to my home on the Web. I write two cozy mystery series. If you’d like to know when a new book comes out, please follow my blog by clicking the button in the upper left hand corner of this page. You may also like me on Facebook or follow me at Amazon. I announce new releases at both locations. Thank you for visiting my page. I hope you enjoy your time here.
~ Melanie Hart Cozy Mysteries ~
Death among the Roses
Life is good for Melanie Hart. She enjoys her role of lone reporter for the Cloverton Gazette, a small-town newspaper out in the midst of NoWheresVille, Illinois. She doesn’t even mind much having her father as a boss.
But when she’s pulled off the coverage of the only murder investigation to come along in Cloverton since she started work there, she’s more than a little upset. So when a friend suggests they team up to catch the killer themselves, Melanie decides the idea makes sense.
But in a small town where everyone knows everybody else’s business, how does an inexperienced sleuth unearth a hidden killer? Especially, before the killer learns he or she is being chased.
The Case of the Missing Elf
Ginger Black is in charge of the Downtown Business Association’s Santa’s Cabin. But the elf who keeps things running smoothly there has come up missing. Under Association Bylaws, Ginger must take over his duties until a replacement can be found. That means babysitting children who have been dropped off at the cabin while their parents shop.
Melanie thinks having Ginger anywhere near raucous children and a laughing fat man could lead to murder and sets out to track the missing man down.
~ Hetty Fox Cozy Mysteries ~
A ghost, a dead body, and a cat. Hetty Fox has her hands full. Recently widowed and new to to town, she also must find her place among a village of strangers. That effort is how she discovers her first dead body and is what launches her into her first murder case.
But her effort to track a killer gets muddled as ghost, Andrew, and cat, Blackie, compete for her attention. Then there’s her daughter, Megan. How is Hetty to track a killer without tipping her off? Finally, mix in a clever killer, and Hetty finds herself truly challenged in this lighthearted, mystery novella.
~Coming Soon ~
Perhaps it is because I am a woman, or perhaps it is because I hated the last cover and the book’s title that I have changed my mind. The book once called The Body in the Attic has morphed to Old Bones. I’m so excited by the title that I decided to also redo the cover for you to enjoy.
But its discovery also leaves Hetty with a son-in-law facing scrutiny from her favorite detective. How can she not try to help her daughter’s husband? He is, after all, the father of her only two grandsons.
20006 / 40000 words. 50% done!
In this short tale, the morning starts out normally enough for Hetty until her grandson calls. He insists she must come help him catch his gerbil. But while Hetty begins her day tracking a wayward critter, that search ends when she comes nose to nose with a very human corpse.
Poor Hetty. What’s a grandmother to do but hunt down this latest killer? But her effort depends on the determined help of her resident ghost. And true to form, Andrew comes up trumps in this engaging short story.