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PETER E. ABRESCH author of the James P. Dandy Elderhostel Mysteries, offers a free irregular Jim Dandy newsletter about the adventures of Jim Dandy and his lady love, Dodee Swisher, and anything else of interest in writing the novels or his personal Elderhostel adventures. To subscribe just send an email to:
BETH ANDERSON Chicago crimewriter Beth Anderson offers a quarterly email newsletter keeping readers up to date on her mysteries, suspense, and thrillers as well as her forthcoming appearances. To sign up visit her blog at
BOB AVEY, author of Twisted Perception, the first book in the Kenny Elliot series, offers a free and slightly offbeat quarterly newsletter. It's gaining quite a fan base. Check it out at: where you can sign up and register for a free autographed copy of the book.
CARA BLACK, author of the Aimée Leduc Investigation series set in Paris, offers Paris photos on her website and a quarterly newsletter about books in her series, Paris doings and whatever strikes her fancy French wise. Sign up at
ANDREA CAMPBELL. "Soup's On", contains news about the publishing industry, suggestions for writers on craft and organization, and tips about promotion and traveling. It also contains the occasional party game, forensic science tid-bit or free book giveaway. Directed toward Andrea's friends, readers, and associates, the newsletter costs nothing, comes bi-monthly and is spam-free. To subscribe, send an email request to: and please put "Subscribe newsletter" in the subject heading.
CHESTER CAMPBELL His Greg McKenzie Mysteries Newsletter is a quarterly compilation of news about his books, signings and other activities, interesting tales about writing, contests and anything else he thinks might interest readers. Midwest Book Reviews called Greg "a 65-year-old rebel who is irresistible and appealing." Subscribe to the email letter by sending an email to with "Newsletter" as the subject.
NANCY COHEN, author of the Bad Hair Day Mysteries, offers a newsletter that readers can obtain by sending a business-size SASE to: Nancy Cohen, PO Box 17756, Plantation, FL 33318
ELIZABETH DELISI author of the Lottie Baldwin Mysteries, offers a free newsletter that comes out approximately six times per year with the latest news on Lottie and her adventures, updates on Elizabeth's other books, how to register for the classes Elizabeth teaches, and a free contest in every issue. To subscribe, visit her website at or e-mail her at
THE DEADLY DIVAS currently include Letha Albright, Lisa Kleinholz, Susan McBride, Denise Swanson and Marcia Talley. Their quarterly newsletter is filled with news of Diva tours, books, recipes and want to talk about! To be added to the mailing list, go to for more info..
FEMME FATALES Donna Andrews, Meg Chittenden, Charlaine Harris, Julie Wray Herman, Toni Kelner, Marlys Millhiser, Kris Neri, Elaine Viets, and fearless editor Mary Saums send out a twice yearly newsletter, in both electronic and paper form. For more information, see their website ( or email them at (
CAROLE NELSON DOUGLAS The Midnight Louie newsletter is free from author Carole Nelson Douglas, PO Box 551333, Fort Worth, TX 76163 and is centered around the cat sleuth mystery series. Two annual issues, spring and fall, feature letters from readers, profiles of bookstores with resident cats, and news of Midnight Louie Adopt-a-Cat book tours and forthcoming books. It also includes news about CND's Irene Adler historical Sherlockian mystery series. Subscribe by postcard or email:
KATHY LYNN EMERSON FACE DOWN UPDATE AND DEADLY TIDBITS, covers both the Face Down series and the Diana Spaulding Mysteries. It comes out spring and fall and is available as a download in pdf from or can be sent as an attachment if people send their email addys. Contact email is now Articles from past newsletters (with graphics) are posted on the website at
MARY ANNA EVANS MARY ANNA EVANS offers Relics, a free triannual e-newsletter that she stuffs full of things like book recommendations, funny book tour stories, and random tidbits of information gleaned while doing book research. Even better--each e-newsletter features a contest. Signing up for the newsletter at automatically enters the subscriber in all future contests. One recent winner received an autographed copy of her first novel, ARTIFACTS, and another had a character in Mary Anna's second novel, RELICS, named after her. What could possibly be next? Only her subscribers know for sure.
BETH GROUNDWATER BETH GROUNDWATER, author of A REAL BASKET CASE, the first in an amateur sleuth series about Colorado Springs gift basket designer, Claire Hanover, offers a free monthly email newsletter to keep readers up-to-date on her appearances, reviews, and upcoming short story and book publications. To sign up and enter her gift basket contest for subscribers, go to
LINDA HALL Every Once in a While, Linda Hall's semi-regular online newsletter, includes information about her upcoming releases and events, plus she waxes eloquent on a variety of subjects such as the rise of the mystery genre, thoughts on 9/11 and other things. Send your email to her at, and she'll add your name to the newsletter list
LORIE HAM Email newsletter for mystery author Lorie Ham, author of the Alexandra Walters mystery series set in the exciting world of gospel music. You may subscribe at Lorie's website
PAT HARRINGTON , author of Death Stalks the Khmer, publishes an e-mail newsletter every month or so. Its content includes writing tips, news about her characters and details of occasional contests. Subscribe to it by going to Pat's website at and signing up with your e-mail address in the ListBot box. Your e-mail privacy will be respected. Links to Pat's published online short mystery stories, including kids mysteries, are also featured on her site. You also can e-mail Pat at
JOAN HALL HOVEY My newsletter includes story news, book signings, articles and interviews, and whatever else I think you might enjoy reading about.

To subscribe, email me at

I've been a professional writer for more than 20 years, (nearly that long as a writing instructor) with numerous short stories and articles published, as well as two suspense novels, 'Listen To The Shadows' and 'Nowhere To Hide'.My newsletter is short, and I hope, entertaining. One issue every three months seems about right, and if there is anything you'd like me to include that I haven't thought of, let me know.

PAULINE JONES The email newsletter is issued at irregular intervals. It includes updates about her books, free stuff offerings and the occasional contest, as well as news about her writing. Subscribe to Perils of Pauline - Adventures in Writing by emailing her at
STEVEN PHILIP JONES The SPJN, or Steven Philip Jones Newsletter, is an (approximately) quarterly email newsletter that will keep subscribers up to date about SPJ's writings, signings, and interviews, as well as relevant reviews and previews, some irrelevant editorials, and contests. Each issue of the SPJN will be archived at the Steven Philip Jones website, where subscribers can go and read a new (digital comic strip). At least, that's the plan...Sign up for this free newsletter at
J. A. KONRATH author of "Whiskey Sour" and other books in the Lt. Jack Daniels series, has a quarterly email newsletter called "Straight-Up." Signing up is free, and newsletter subscribers have the chance to win signed books, T-Shirts, magazines, and even have characters named after them in J.A.'s books. Sign up at www.JAKONRATH.COM, which also offers free stories, excerpts, writing and editing tips, and much more.
KEN KUHLKEN author of the Hickey family mysteries, sends a newsletter every six months or so about whatever excites him at the moment. To subscribe, visit and click on “news.”
BRIAN LAWRENCE Join Brian Lawrence's e-mail list and receive periodic e-mails about his upcoming stories, books, and website changes. To subscribe, send an e-mail to
JOYCE AND JIM LAVENE Sharyn Howard's Mystery Gazette is the official newsletter of the Sharyn Howard Mystery series by Joyce and Jim Lavene. The quarterly newsletter contains news of the weird, strange deaths, all things southern, and links for mystery readers and writers. And, of course, news about the Sharyn Howard books. To subscribe go to , or send an email to
ROBERT S. LEVINSON Bob Levinson's occasional newsletter (printed and mailed) and periodic emails join a web site full of news, views, reviews, photos and miscellenous items of interest. Dropping a note to makes it happen.
MAUREEN MACKEY News from Maureen is a free, electronic newsletter published 3 to 4 times a year. It features an eclectic mix of material loosely pertaining to her contemporary Francie and Sam mystery series and her Regency-set historical romances. This material can include information about her contests, short historical articles, fun trivia, and even an odd recipe or two. You can subscribe to the newsletter by sending Maureen an e-mail message at and putting "subscribe" in the subject line.
JEFFREY MARKS, author of the General U.S. Grant mystery series. Marks offers news, answers questions from readers, and includes general information about his books. Subscribe at his website
MARILYN MEREDITH , is the author of the Deputy Tempe Crabtree mystery series and the Rocky Bluff P.D. series. Her newsletter comes out once a month and is a peek into what goes on in her life as a writer, mom, and grandmother. To subscribe, email with newsletter in the subject line.
DEBRA MURPHY, author of The Mystery of Things, edits Quotes For Catholic Writers, a free newslettr published several times a week containing notes from (mostly) Catholic writers on the art and craft of writing, especially fiction writing. Subscribe by sending an e-mail to with "Subscribe Quotesletter" in the subject heading.
KAM RUBLE Kam Ruble, author and co-author of the Have No Mercy mystery/thriller series, publishes a newsletter, Potpourri, on an irregular basis. Potpourri includes book news, commentaries and household tips. To view past issues, go to If you enjoy what you read, you can subscribe by sending Kam an email and writing Potpourri Subscr*be in the subject line.
SHARON SHORT The Josie Toadfern Mystery Series E-Newsletter. Find out the latest news about Josie Toadfern, laundromat owner, stain expert and amateur sleuth in Paradise, Ohio, and star of Sharon Short's cozy mystery series from Avon Books. Emailed as text 3 to 4 times a year, this newsletter contains info on author signings, stain tips, contest information, and a recipe (because what better way to get stains than by eating something yummy?) Subscribe via the author's website at
KEITH SNYDER My email newsletter is a semi-occasional mailing of news, essays, stories, and photos. It goes out whenever I get around to it. Previous issues have included how we made an award-winning short film for cheap, my diagnosis with multiple sclerosis, and my visit to the Eskimo town of Selawik. Subscribe by y writing to me at or visit my website
LINDA SUZANE, author of The Murder Game, Eyes of Truth, and Captivity (Darkhour Vampires: Volume One), publishes an email newsletter Midnight Blood devoted to her passions, vampires and murder.  By the light of each full moon comes stories, serials, articles, book reviews, and author news. To subscribe go to her website :
MARK TERRY , author of The Devil's Pitchfork. Offering the e-newsletter TOXIC TRIVIA. Will send it out a couple times a year (or when I feel like it) when I either have something to say or something to announce. Probably three to four times a year and will announce short stories, novellas, novels and articles, and might even include a writing tip or two and yes, some toxic trivia. To sign up, e-mail Mark at or visit his website at
GAYLE TRENT Issues a monthly newsletter for the Writing Up A Storm discussion group offering writing tips, links, market information and a section she calls Shameless Self-Promotion, which lists her current writing accomplishments and encourages other list members to do the same. Gayle's newsletter URL is and you can sign up there.
NATHAN WALPOW puts out The Joe Portugal Newsletter, a compendium of information, some useful, some useless, and mostly having to do with his Joe Portugal mysteries and other writing endeavors. The most recent issue is always available at; to subscribe send email to
WILDWEST WRITERS -- L. C. Hayden and Charlene Tess. El Paso authors L. C. Hayden and Charlene Tess have united forces to create their own e-mail newsletter, the "WildWest Writers." The periodical newsletter will contain bits and pieces about both Charlene and L. C. as well as hints on various subjects, contests, opportunities for free items, and general information on various subjects. If you'd like to receive your free copy, e-mail L. C. Hayden at and request that your name be added to the list. Past newsletters will be posted at L. C. Hayden's website at
BILLIE A. WILLIAMS Mystery Muse includes mystery writing how to, tips and hints for the writer plus facts for the mystery buff as well as monthly Contests and news of Billie's new books. View the latest issue and sign up here
SIMON WOOD author of ACCIDENTS WAITING TO HAPPEN and DRAGGED INTO DARKNESS invites you to join his monthly e-newsletter. Subscribers will follow Simon's stumbling steps as a fledging author and his trials and tribulations as a foreigner in America. Members will be entitled to a monthly prize draw and special offers. To subscribe, go to or email Simon at:


THE SAN JOAQUIN CHAPTER OF SISTERS IN CRIME has a monthly newsletter enjoying a readership in California and several other states. Subscriptions are $7.00 a year and a free issue is offered at their website at You do not have to belong to the chapter to subscribe to the newsletter. For further information contact
D. P. Lyle, MD writes a monthly Q and A column titled "The Doctor Is In." It currently appears in "The March of Crime," the newsletter of the Southern California Chapter of MWA and in "Sleuth Sayer," the newsletter of the Southwestern Chapter of MWA. He welcomes medical and forensic questions from writers in all genres and can be reached via E Mail at
MIDWEST CHAPTER, MYSTERY WRITERS OF AMERICA, INC., publishes a newsletter (Clues) 10 times a year -- September through May and once at midsummer. It tells mainly about activities of the Chapter, which covers 13 states in the Central and Upper Midwest (Ohio is the easternmost, Nebraska the furthest west), its members, and our annual workshop in Chicago, Of Dark and Stormy Nights, and other matters of interest to mystery writers. It is not a fan publication. It is an MWA chapter membership benefit but separate subscriptions are available to those interested in eventual membership. For information: MWA Midwest, P.O.Box 1944, Muncie, Ind., 47308-1944

Evan Marshall is editor of The Third Degree, the monthly print newsletter issued by the Mystery Writers of America. Available only to members, its content includes news, announcements, articles, info on mystery conferences and publications and much more.

The Noose goes to members of the MWA's New York-area chapter. It covers member news and mystery-related features as well as summaries of recent dinner meeting panels or talks.

For details on how to join the MWA, consult their website at:
or contact:
Mystery Writers of America,
17 East 47th Street.
6th Floor,
New York, NY l00l7.


ALIENS AND ALIBIS BOOKS NEWSLETTER Aliens and Alibis Bookstore Newsletter is emailed every two weeks. Content includes news of interest including info about forthcoming novels, a section devoted to books neither fictional or mysterious, reviews, and general commentary. Sign up at the store's website at
BLACK BIRD MYSTERIES Our monthly Newsletter highlights authors in our Collectors Corner that we feel deserve some friendly limelight, and we review several books each month that we think ought not be forgotten. We list mystery events and awards, convention reports, and information we hope our knowledgeable readers will enjoy. A synopsis of each Newsletter is sent via email to all registered addresses and contains a link to the full Newsletter located on our site. We also archive past issues onsite. To subscribe send an email to or come visit us 24/7 at and sign our Guest Book.
CRIMINAL CRAVINGS is the bimonthly newsletter issued by Coffee, Tea and Mystery, the Garden Grove, CA, bookstore, Each issue contains short book reviews by owner Joan Wunsch as well as Ruth Greiner's inimitable Ravings review column plus information on author signings, book discussions and other events to be held at the store. Subscriptions cost $5.00 a year for 6 issues but subscribers receive $l off on their next five purchases from the store so it's a real bargain! For further information, visit the CTM website at
MURDER BY THE BOOK Murder by the Book in Houston has two newsletters. We do a short email newsletter 2-3 times per month, and those who wish to sign up for it can email One note: for some reason, we have trouble occasionally communicating with AOL addresses. We also have a print newsletter/magazine, called "The Dead Beat," which comes out 5 times per year. We'll be happy to send out one issue for free; otherwise, it's by subscription only. Details can be found on our website at
MURDER ON MIAMI BEACH MYSTERY BOOKSTORE NEWSLETTER is published monthly in both snailmail and email formats. Table of contents includes Author Signings, New Books, New Paperbacks, New Historical Mysteries, New True Crime, Book Reviews, Our Bestseller List, IMBA Bestseller List, The Magazine Rack, Signed First Editions, Antiquarian Books, Staff Recommendations, and Book Discussion Groups. The snailmail newsletter is $20 per year. The email newsletter is free. To subscribe, or request a sample copy, visit our store at 16850 Collins Avenue, Sunny Isles, FL 33260, call us toll free on 877-956-7770, email us at, or visit our website at We accept almost all credit cards.
MYSTERIOUS GALAXY BOOKSTORE Our snail mail newsletter, The Plot Thickens, is mailed about 8 times a year and is supplemented by an email newsletter, The Virtual Plot. To subscribe to either or both, visit the store, give us a call (800-811-4747) or visit our web site at Mysterious Galaxy Books 7051 Clairemont Mesa Blvd, Suite 302 San Diego, CA 92111 Phone: l (858) 268.4747 Fax: l (858) 268.4775

THE MYSTERY COMPANY BOOKSTORE offers a free email newsletter. It contains announcements of author events at the store, the staff's latest recommendations and other news. Subscribe by sending an email to
POISONED PEN BOOKSTORE Our monthly publication, The Booknews, offers 40 crammed pages of reviews, information, and general fun. It lists current and forthcoming titles and Retrospective Raves, a calendar of mystery events, signings at The Poisoned Pen plus lists of mystery awards and other notable books, including staff recommendations. We welcome new subscriptions now for 2001, at a fee of $24. Please ask for a complimentary copy of the current month's issue.

A Collectors' Corner is offered for an additional $6 only to subscribers to Booknews. No trial issues are available. The quarterly Collectors' Corner is available by snail mail and email. Write the store or email for further information or to order use our secure order form or send a check or your credit card # to:
The Poisoned Pen
4014 N Goldwater Blvd, Suite 101
Scottsdale, AZ 85251
Phone 1 (480) 947 2974
FAX l (480) 945 1023
Toll Free 1 (888 )560 9919.

THE WELL RED COYOTE Our free weekly e-newsletter features news of that week's author appearances, writing workshops & seminars, and musical presentations, as well as new book arrivals, book-related news and occasional reviews. To subscribe, email; call 928-282-2284; or visit:

The Well Red Coyote
3190 W. Highway 89A
Sedona, AZ

THE MYSTERY COMPANY BOOKSTORE offers a free email newsletter. It contains announcements of author events at the store, the staff's latest recommendations and other news. Subscribe by sending an email to


BECOMING A WRITER -- SERIOUSLY is a blog/website that focuses on Tools & Trade Secrets for the Aspiring Writer. Information is easy to find through the blog's tight organization into Categories. The "Comments" feature invites discussion. One of the unusual aspects of the blog is its very thorough coverage of software tools of special interest to writers. The blog/website is updated several times a week. Writers can subscribe to the blog via RSS feeds. Go to:
BOOK CHAT AND ALL THAT Bonnie Schram's newsletter lists books in various genres. Each title has a link to a web page offering detailed information about the work, including reviews, background material and bookstores where it can be purchased, as well as publisher and (where available) author website URLs, prices and ISBNs. Subscribe to this free newsletter by sending a blank email to
BOOKDRAGON REVIEW ,, is a free monthly e-zine featuring reviews, news and forthcoming title information for mystery as well as romance, science fiction, fantasy, westerns, horror, young adult and Christian fiction. Subscribe by visiting the website, or by sending a blank e-mail to
COZIES, CAPERS & CRIMES is full of news and reviews for detecting men and women. Mystery fans will find a lively discussion in the MAILBAG feature where readers send in comments on books they've enjoyed or other news pertaining to the mystery world. Award nominees and convention listings are also included, when available. Subscriber participation is encouraged and appreciated on all levels of this free monthly email newsletter. Back issues are archived on the website for added convenience. Those wishing to subscribe may click on the link from the website: or email Geraldine Galentree at:
HAUNTED HAPPENINGS is a free nonfiction email newsletter issued six times a year, featuring facts about ghosts such as gender differences between them, etiquette when dealing with a ghost, signs of a haunting (and what to do about it) as well as true-life accounts of ghostly encounters. Owned and written by Ayn Hunt, novelist and Paranormal editor of Subscribe by sending an email to or signing up at her website
HISTORICAL MYSTERY NEWSLETTERS Crime Thru Time at is a group whose members enjoy discussing the history, culture, and authors of their favorite historical mysteries. CTT provides a list of newsletters issued by writers of historical mysteries on its website, see
ITS A MYSTERY offers all the news, information and entertainment that any mystery lover could want. Keep up to date on About Mysteries' latest interviews, features, upcoming chats with authors, mystery and thriller reviews -- plus links to the latest news in the world of mystery.
THE LINK LETTER The Link Letter is emailed monthly and summarises new listings at the online Writers's e-Source Directory as well as information about the latest e-Interviews and changes (if any) on the website. Subscribe at The Directory provides links to agencies, agents, authors' web sites, book cover designs, books and publishing information, computer software, web tools, freelance links and web logs and is updated monthly with interviews and the newsletter.
MURDER MOST COZY Since 1995, MURDER MOST COZY has kept the cozy mystery lover informed. It includes interviews with American and British authors, descriptions of the latest books, a section on crimeless cozies, and more. A subscription (six ten-page issues) is $15 (U.S.), $18 (Canada) and $22 (elsewhere). To subscribe, send a check or money order in U.S. funds to Murder Most Cozy, Murder Most Cozy, 8340 Makiki Drive, Diamondhead, MS 39525. For a sample issue, send $3 to the above address. Questions? E-mail
MYSTERY NEWS is the most complete, up-to-date and entertaining guide to the latest mystery books, writers, and events. Published bi-monthly by Lynn Kaczmarek and Chris Aldrich, Mystery News is a 36-page tabloid-style paper that features 3-5 interviews, 2-4 columns, about 70-80 reviews, dozens of previews of upcoming mysteries and a convention calendar in each issue. Interview subjects include a mix of well-known, mid-list and new authors. Recent feature articles have focused on bookselling, publishing and small presses. The roster of regular contributors includes a couple of dozen dedicated mystery and crime fiction fans whose tastes range from the hardest-boiled to the coziest.

Subscriptions to Mystery News are $25 a year ($46 for 2 years) to addresses in the US - pricing for non-US addresses is available upon request. For more info, check or email

MYSTERYBOOKS AT BELLAONLINE is hosted by Edie Dykeman. This web site is devoted entirely to mystery books. Includes Book Reviews, Basic Information (what is a cozy, e.g.), Classics in the Mystery Field, Mystery Events, and Writing the Mystery/Author Interviews. To have a free weekly newsletter delivered to your In Box, go to and provide your e-mail address at the bottom of any article page. See you there!
MYSTERY READERS JOURNAL is a unique quarterly thematic mystery review Journal. Each issue contains articles, reviews, and author essays on a specific theme, as well as special columns, a calendar of events and other mystery related material. Journals run an average of 84 pages. 2001 issues focus on New England, Partners in Crime, Oxford and Cambridge. Janet A. Rudolph, Editor, PO Box 8116, Berkeley, CA 94707, Website:
WRITER TO WRITER is a FRE*E monthly ezine for writers of fiction and non-fiction. Featuring tips on writing, marketing, techniques, finding ideas, submitting, selling and more. To subscribe, send a blank email to **Check out our new website: - Regular contests for writers - No entry fees

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