Myrtle Clover Cozy Mysteries

The sleepy town of Bradley, North Carolina, might not be as quiet as it seems. Murders happen at a steady rate and octogenarian amateur sleuth Myrtle Clover is determined to solve them before her police chief son.   The bestselling Myrtle Clover mysteries feature an octogenarian sleuth and her senior sidekick as they investigate crime in the deceptively peaceful town.

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Game Night

Series: Myrtle Clover Cozy Mysteries

The sleepy town of Bradley, North Carolina, might not be as quiet as it seems. Murders happen at a steady rate and octogenarian amateur sleuth Myrtle Clover is determined to solve them before her police chief son. The bestselling Myrtle Clover Cozy Mysteries feature an octogenarian sleuth and her senior sidekick as they investigate crime in the deceptively peaceful town. The books can be read out of order, but the technical order of the books is as follows: Pretty is as Pretty Dies, Progressive Dinner Deadly, Dyeing Shame, A Body in the Backyard, Death at a Drop-In, A Body at Book Club, Death Pays a Visit, A Body at Bunco, and the upcoming Murder on Opening Night.

Myrtle Clover Mystery Sampler: Box Set #1

Myrtle Clover Mystery Sampler: Box Set #1

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This Myrtle Clover sampler, which has several full-length early cozy mysteries in the series, contains "Progressive Dinner Deadly," "A Dyeing Shame," and "A Body in the Backyard." These books collectively have over 650 five-star reviews. The sleepy town of Bradley, North Carolina, might not be as quiet as it seems. Murders happen at a steady rate and octogenarian amateur sleuth Myrtle Clover is determined to solve them before her police chief son. More info →
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Pretty Is As Pretty Dies
Progressive Dinner Deadly
A Dyeing Shame
A Body in the Backyard
Death at a Drop-In
A Body at Book Club
Death Pays a Visit
A Body at Bunco
Murder On Opening Night
Cruising for Murder

Cruising for Murder

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New release: Cruising for Murder, a Myrtle Clover Cozy Mystery. An octogenarian sleuth and her senior sidekick investigate a mysterious death while on an Alaskan cruise. More info →
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Cooking is Murder

Cooking is Murder

Coming 2017: Cooking is Murder, A Myrtle Clover Cozy Mystery. "At cooking school, too many cooks can make you fed up. " More info →

 

Reviews for the first of the series, Pretty is as Pretty Dies, from Foreword and Mystery Scene Magazine: 

Foreword: 

Dick Cady
You can enjoy Elizabeth Spann Craig’s Pretty Is as Pretty Dies (Midnight Ink, 978-0-7387-1480-6) for the mystery, which centers on WHO BLUDGEONED the most hated woman in Bradley, North Carolina. You can also enjoy it for Myrtle Clover’s frequent collisions with nosy, talky Edna Sherman.Myrtle, a cranky octogenarian and retired teacher, is pretty nosy herself. The mother of the local police chief, Myrtle turns sleuth when unlikable Parke Stockard is murdered. She ends up solving the crime long after most readers will have deciphered some obvious clues. But that’s okay. The treat here is Myrtle’s eccentricity, brought to life with rich humor and executed for the most part with breezy skill.
Elizabeth Spann Craig
Pretty is as Pretty Dies


Lynne Maxwell
Craig’s skill at evoking a small town and its idiosyncratic inhabitants renders this mystery a pleasure to read. I’m looking forward to the further exploits of Myrtle Clover.
What is it about the South that seems to spawn murder, mayhem and amateur sleuths? This geographical crime magnet has led to numerous entertaining cozies like Elizabeth Spann Craig’s Pretty Is As Pretty Dies. Set in the small town of Bradley, North Carolina, this charming mystery features retired English teacher Myrtle Clover, a curious (some might say meddlesome) woman who likes to one-up her son Red, the local police chief. To keep Myrtle in check, Red signs her up for activities around town like church committee work, which are loathsome to her. This time, though, Red has done her an inadvertent favor by volunteering her at church when she stumbles upon a body in the sanctuary. Myrtle rushes to conduct her own investigation into the murder of Parke Stockard, the universally detested victim who specialized in ruthless real estate deals. If everyone loathes Parke, how can Myrtle narrow the list of suspects and finger the killer? Craig’s skill at evoking a small town and its idiosyncratic inhabitants renders this mystery a pleasure to read. I’m looking forward to the further exploits of Myrtle Clover.
Written by: Elizabeth Spann Craig
Pretty is as Pretty Dies
Date published: 08/01/2010