Mystery Books to Feast on This Thanksgiving

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Thanksgiving is just around the corner! Bring on the turkey, the pumpkin pie, the cranberries, and… a good book. Let’s be real, we don’t feel like doing much besides reading after the dinner is done!

I managed to dig up a list of books you might like. I haven’t read these yet, but I liked the sound of them all! After each book, I’ve written why they caught my eye.

P.S., by clicking the links in this post, I might earn a little moolah. (Which I think is awesome, but you may feel differently. That’s okay.) 

At Death’s Door
Juniper Grove Cozy Mystery, Volume 3
by Karin Kaufman

Thanksgiving in Juniper Grove is a time for family, good friends, and good food. But at Nora Barberton’s home, Thanksgiving ends in tragedy when one of her dinner guests is murdered and a precious artifact disappears from her house—seemingly vanishing into thin air.

When Nora pleads for help, Rachel agrees to tackle the case. Soon she uncovers a web of deception wove by those Nora trusts most. In a race against time, and as her relationship with James Gilroy, the town’s police chief, takes a surprising turn, Rachel must solve the mystery before the killer strikes again.

This light, cozy mystery offers a clean read with a female amateur sleuth in a small-town setting. No foul language, sex, gore, or graphic scenes of any kind.

Danielle’s thoughts: I love cozy mystery! So light-hearted and fun. And what’s this? A murdered guest?! A missing artifact?! These remind me of classics like Agatha Christie. I love a mysterious artifact to find and explore! Also, I swear I read one of Karin Kaufman’s books before. I just don’t remember which one.. Maybe it’ll come to me… 

Chloe Boston Cozy Mysteries Book 16
by Melanie Jackson

The sixteenth book in Melanie Jackson’s bestselling Chloe Boston Cozy Mystery Series is a 27k word collection of 5 holiday short stories.

“Melanie Jackson is a talent to watch.”

In “Mystery in the Footlights” someone is trying to sabotage the Hope Falls Halloween production of Macbeth. Fortunately Chloe is working on constructing the sets so she is available to apprehend the villain.

In “Over the River” Chloe and Alex must battle the local wildlife for their dinner when they decide to celebrate Thanksgiving in an aunt’s remote cabin in the woods.

In “The Dentist” Chloe has to make an emergency visit to the dentist to fix a cracked molar. While in the dentist’s chair she uncovers a mystery which could endanger more than her dental work.

In “A Christmas without Carol” Chloe, Alex, and her parents spend Christmas with Chloe’s uncle who is recently widowed. Through three encounters, past, present, and future, he learns the meaning of Christmas and changes his life forever.

In “For Whom the Bells Toll” Chloe and Alex spend New Years Eve solving a mystery in a secluded castle which has been redecorated for charity.

Come spend the holidays with Chloe this year. You’ll be happy you did.

Danielle’s thoughts: This is great if you’re not down for a full-length read! Maybe dipping in and out of some short stories while basting the turkey is what you need right now. I also love how this story collection spans the entire holiday season, from Halloween to New Year’s. The stories sound sweet, and yet intriguing. And c’mon! The final one takes place in a castle! What more do you need? 

by Michael Dibdin

Thanksgiving is a moving portrait of the profound effects of love when all that seems to remain is loss and grief. Unhinged by his wife’s unexpected death, Anthony, a middle-aged Seattle journalist, becomes obsessed with her past. He drives through the Nevada desert to locate her ex-husband looking for some unnamable solace. But, what awaits him is a bizarre and violent encounter with the past that entangles Anthony with his half-estranged stepchildren, the police, and his own disquieted mind and that only makes Lucy’s ghostly presence seem all the more real. The crisp dialogue, shadowy atmosphere, and sharp pacing of a master crime writer work to great effect in this arresting story that toys with the precipice of insanity and the extremes of passion and loss. This is a splendid shadow play on the enduring human mystery of love.

Danielle’s Thoughts: I thought we’d turn it daaaaark for this last one! My own books are somewhere halfway between cozy and dark, so I had to make sure to provide for whatever mood you were in! Bizarre encounters? A ghostly presence? I’m feeling that November chill in the air. Brrrrrr…

And that’s it! A list of books that might temp you this Thanksgiving more than a second slice of pie. If you read any of these, be sure to comment what you thought of them!

~ Danielle

Mystery Books to Feast on This Thanksgiving

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I’m Restarting the Blog!

Once upon a time, a long time ago… I ran a blog. In fact, before I even had any books published, I blogged about the books I was going to publish. And if you’ve been with me for a very long time, it’s possible my original blog was how we first met!

After not blogging for several years… I’ve decided to restart my blog. But why, you may ask? And what am I going to blog about?

Read on!

Oh, but maybe some housekeeping first.

That’s great, but… who are you?

Maybe you’re new here, and you don’t even know what I’m talking about. If that’s the case, let me introduce myself.

My name is Danielle Lincoln Hanna and I’m the author of the Mailboat Suspense Series.

A forgotten teen, all Bailey wanted was a family of her own. Instead, she found a body at the end of the pier…

Set in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin, the series features the real-life Mailboat that delivers the mail house-to-house around the lake. Intrepid young mail jumpers must leap off the boat onto the piers to get the mail in the boxes. The catch? The boat never stops!

Here’s some footage I captured while doing research for the series:

Now that you know who I am and what I write, let’s talk about why I’m restarting this blog!

Why am I restarting the blog?

The fact that I get to sit down every day and write suspense is thanks 100% to YOU, my readers. You buy my new releases as soon as they drop, you talk about them non-stop to your friends, you drive from hither and yon to attend my book signings, you ask your local libraries and bookstores if they will pretty please carry Danielle’s books, etc., etc., etc.

My gratitude for all you do is never far away.

And while I can’t always sit down with you and let you know how much you’re appreciated, I can create ways for us to connect, even when you’ve already turned the last page in my latest book.

One way I do that is through my newsletter. Another way is through my Facebook page. But another way I can help us connect is through restarting this blog.

So welcome!

And if I haven’t made it clear already, THANK YOU for everything you do to support me as a writer. This is literally the only life I’ve ever wanted.

What can you expect to find here?

That’s what we’re going to find out! I’ve learned from my previous blogging experience that you start out thinking it’s going to be about this, but as time and your readers evolve what you’re doing, it turns out to be that. So take this list of ideas as just that: A list of ideas.

At Danielle’s new blog…

    • Pull back the curtain on Danielle’s life, what she writes, and how she writes it
    • Learn the story-behind-the-story of the Mailboat Suspense Series
    • Find out what Danielle has read, what she’s reading now, and what she wishes she had the time to read!
    • Be entertained by other random thoughts on Danielle’s mind

And from there, we’ll see what develops. I plan to post once a week-ish. Feel free to comment any time! I’ll probably even reply. 😉

And now… let’s blog on!

~ Danielle

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Danielle Lincoln HannaDanielle Lincoln Hanna is the author of the Mailboat Suspense Series. “All she wanted was a family of her own. Instead, she found a body at the end of the pier…”



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Halloween Flash Sale!

Watching Trick-or-Treaters from Afar? Grab Your E-Reader!

Happy Halloween!

I have to say, I’ve been looking forward to tonight since… Late August? I mean, 2020 has been a roller coaster, for sure. But lucky for all, Halloween is the most socially-distanced holiday we have. It’s outdoors; you can leave your candy in individually-wrapped baggies lined up on your front step; and no one is hugging anyone.

And me? I can’t wait to leave reality behind for a night and fly six feet away from the kids while dressed as a witch! (Photos to come in my newsletter! Subscribe now so you don’t miss them!) Also, I have NO idea what Charles is dressing as. I’m terrified.

Since Halloween will be a little different this year–if you’re taking part at all–I thought I’d provide you with a book to read while you maybe peek through windows at the little ghouls and goblins scooping treats off your front porch.

Did you know you can buy ebooks on my website, too? That’s right! I don’t just sell paperbacks. And Frankenstein-ly, my ebooks don’t get nearly as much love as my hard copies. Time to bring them up from the grave!

So to tempt you into giving them a try, all my ebooks are 15% off this week! You can download to your Kindle or Nook or literally any device you own.

My ebooks are ghosted away to your device via BookFunnel, a friendly service readers love! They’ll hold your hand from the beyond, walking you through the process of getting my books on your ereader, no matter what kind you have.

Any issues with your download? Just reach out to these helpful spirits–they’re waiting to communicate with you. You can email them at or call to them via their help page. Failing that, you could try a ouija board, but I’m not guaranteeing the results…

Are you reading this after Halloween is come and gone? No worries; I’m keeping this sale alive through Friday, November 6th so everyone has a chance!

Good luck, Happy Halloween, and I hope you enjoy your treat!

~ Danielle

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