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Shari Randall - book author

A native New Englander, Shari loves hanging out with the gang at the Lazy Mermaid Lobster Shack in fictional Mystic Bay, Connecticut, where the lobster rolls are delicious, the company’s good, and murder’s always on the menu.

When she’s not committing murder (on the page, of course), Shari enjoys walking the beach near her house, traveling, reading, visiting her globe-trotting children, and dancing. She’s currently trying to talk her husband into a tango class.

Shari Randall is the author of books: Curses, Boiled Again! (A Lobster Shack Mystery #1), Against the Claw (Lobster Shack Mystery, #2), Drawn and Buttered (A Lobster Shack Mystery #3), The Queen of Christmas (A Lobster Shack Mystery #3.5), Chesapeake Crimes: This Job Is Murder, Chesapeake Crimes: Homicidal Holidays, Chesapeake Crimes: Fur, Feathers, and Felonies, Cozy Case Files: A Cozy Mystery Sampler, Volume 4

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Welcome to the seaside hamlet of Mystic Bay, where the fish is always fresh, the folks are ever-friendly, and murder is on a roll. . .

Allie Larkin was living her dream as a ballet dancer when a bad fall put her out of business. Now she’s back home in Mystic Bay to heal a broken ankle while also helping her dear Aunt Gully get her Lazy Mermaid Lobster Shack off the ground. Nothing would help Gully more than winning the local food festival’s Best Lobster Roll contest. The competition is sure to be killer―especially after one of the contest judges dies after eating a roll from one of Gully’s biggest rivals.

Soon, all eyes fall on Gully as the prime suspect. Allie may only have one good leg to stand on, but she’s not going to let her aunt go down for a crime she never could have cooked up. Can Allie, along with her devoted crew of friends, family, and customers, find a way to trap the killer and claw herself out of this hard-boiled murder case?
Welcome back to the seaside village of Mystic Bay, where someone's been found sleeping with the fishes. . .

Ballerina Allie Larkin is still back home, healing up from a broken ankle and lending a hand at her aunt's Lazy Mermaid Lobster Shack. But now that the famed restaurant is branching out into the world of catering, Allie's help is needed more than ever--even on the lobster boat. The last thing she expects to find once she's out on the bay, however, is the dead body of a beautiful young woman.

When days pass and not even the police can ID the corpse, Allie takes it upon herself to learn the truth about what happened. Her investigation leads her all the way from the local piers to the secluded estates of Mystic Bay's posh elite. But how can she crack this case when everyone seems dead-set on keeping their secrets beneath the surface?
Drawn and Buttered is the third book in a wonderfully satisfying cozy mystery series set at the Lazy Mermaid Lobster Shack in coastal New England.

The Lazy Mermaid's business has slowed to a snail's pace--until a monster lobster claws his way onto the scene...

With high season behind them, ballerina on-the-mend Allie Larkin and Aunt Gully are finally lying low. But then an unexpected guest arrives at the lobster shack: a crustacean so huge he's dubbed Lobzilla around Mystic Bay and on social media. Soon, with everyone showing up for a peek in their tank, Allie and Aunt Gully have more on their plate than they can handle.

Meanwhile, another local establishment finds itself in hot water. In exclusive Rabb's Point, a strange burglary breaches the elegant home of Royal Parrish. Allie takes it upon herself to help with the investigation but, before she can get to the bottom of the case, another alarm sounds: the Lazy Mermaid's Lobzilla has gone missing and is on the loose! And bodies are beginning to pile up. . .

"Delightful...Full of New England coastal charm...and clever sleuthing [that] will keep you turning the pages."--Krista Davis, New York Times bestselling author of the Domestic Diva mysteries
Dagmar Smith's Festival of Trees is the highlight of Mystic Bay's holiday season. This year Dagmar has added a spectacularly decorated Nutcracker tree to her display and she's asked dancer Allie Larkin to help unveil it. But when Dagmar's priceless diamond necklace is stolen in the middle of the festivities, Allie turns detective to unmask the thief.
Grab a warm drink and curl up with this festive short story starring the characters from the beloved Lazy Mermaid Lobster Shack mystery series. Recipe for hot toddy included!
The latest installment in the Chesapeake Crimes mystery series focuses on working stiffs-literally! Included in this collection are new tales by: Shari Randall, C. Ellett Logan, Karen Cantwell, E. B. Davis, Jill Breslau, David Autry, Harriette Sackler, Barb Goffman, Ellen Herbert, Smita Harish Jain, Leone Ciporin, Cathy Wiley, Donna Andrews, Art Taylor. Foreword by Elaine Viets.
The sixth volume in the Agatha, Anthony, Derringer, and Macavity award-winning series. This volume includes stories by: Barb Goffman, Rosemary and Larry Mild, E. B. Davis, Shaun Taylor Bevins, Cathy Wiley, Art Taylor, Shari Randall, Meg Opperman, Carla Coupe, Timothy Bentler-Jungr, Linda Lombardi, Debbi Mack, Clyde Linsley, and Donna Andrews. From the introduction by Rhys Bowen:"One thing I’ve learned during a long career as a writer is that a good short story is one of the hardest things to write. To capture mood, character, tension, and a satisfying climax in a few pages requires more skill than having the luxury of a novel to get things right. That’s why I’m so impressed that the writers of Chesapeake Crimes seem to deliver quality work in anthology after anthology. This one is especially fun as the theme is holidays. And who hasn’t wanted to commit a murder at a family holiday celebration?"

VALENTINE’S DAY - SEEING RED, by Rosemary and Larry Mild
ST. PATRICK’S DAY - I WILL SURVIVE, by Shaun Taylor Bevins

PREMONITION, by Art Taylor
DISCO DONNA, by Shari Randall
MONSTER PARTY, by Meg Opperman
SHADOW BOXER, by Carla Coupe
LAST RITES, by Timothy Bentler-Jungr

HOPPY HOLIDAYS, by Linda Lombardi
JASMINE, by Debbi Mack
SAUCE FOR THE GOOSE, by Clyde Linsley
A CHRISTMAS TRIFLE, by Donna Andrews
Thirteen members of the Chesapeake Chapter of Sisters in Crime spin tales crime around the theme of animals. A pet groomer. A pet crow. A dog named Rasputin. Exploding cattle. Even an octopus figures in a mystery. Contributors include: Chris Grabenstein (Introduction), Shari Randall, Carla Coupe, KM Rockwood, Alan Orloff, Eleanor Cawood Jones, Robin Templeton, Barb Goffman, Marianne Wilski Strong, Linda Lombardi, Josh Pachter, Joanna Campbell Slan, Cathy Wiley, and Karen Cantwell.
Looking for a new cozy mystery author to love? Dive in to this collection of excerpts from the Minotaur Books/St. Martin's Press WINTER 2018 season (books published from January to April). The Cozy Case Files collection includes:

Another One Bites the Crust: A Bakeshop Mystery by Ellie Alexander
A Whisper of Bones: A Jane Lawless Mystery by Ellen Hart
Curses, Boiled Again! A Lobster Shack Mystery by Shari Randall
Death in the Stars: A Kate Shackleton Mystery by Frances Brody
The Purloined Puzzle: A Puzzle Lady Mystery by Parnell Hall
Death of an Unsung Hero: A Lady Montfort Mystery by Tessa Arlen
Death by Dumpling: A Noodle Shop Mystery by Vivien Chien
Date with Malice: A Samson & Delilah Mystery by Julia Chapman
Lost Books and Old Bones: A Scottish Bookshop Mystery by Paige Shelton
Antique Blues: A Josie Prescott Antiques Mystery by Jane K. Cleland