Black & Cozy: Black Mystery Authors Panel

The Black Bookstore Collective presents Black & Cozy: A Panel of Black Cozy Mystery Authors! Many people have never heard the term "cozy" or "cozy mystery." So, we decided to amplify several Black authors who are writing in the genre. We hope you join us to learn more about cozies from some of the best! This event is free to attend and will be held digitally via Zoom. Click here to register for the event.


Wall Street Journal bestselling author Abby Collette loves a good mystery. She was born and raised in Cleveland, and it's a mystery even to her why she hasn't yet moved to a warmer place. As Abby Collette, she is the author of the Ice Cream Parlor Mystery series, about a millennial MBA-holding granddaughter running a family-owned ice cream shop in Chagrin Falls, Ohio, and the Books & Biscuits Mystery series, starring a set of fraternal twins who reunite and open a bookstore and soul food café.

Olivia Matthews, pen name for romance author Patricia Sargeant, is a national bestselling and award-winning author. The Spice Isle Bakery mysteries are inspired by the author’s family history and the history of her birth place. As Olivia Matthews she is also the author of the Sister Lou mysteries and Peach Coast Library mysteries, and writes romance as Patricia Sargeant and Regina Hart. For more information about Patricia and her work, visit

Valerie Wilson Wesley is the award-winning author of the Blackboard bestselling Tamara Hayle Mystery Series and the Odessa Jones Mysteries. She is the recipient of numerous honors, including the Excellence in Adult Fiction Award from the Black Caucus of the American Library Association, the National Association of Black Journalists Griot Award, the Amigirls Book Club Author of the Year and the Literary Beacon Award from the national Go On Girls Book Club. A former executive editor of Essence® Magazine and Sisters in Crime board member, she is currently an artist-in-residence at the Cicely Tyson School of Performing Arts in East Orange, New Jersey. Wesley is a graduate of Howard University and holds master’s degrees from the Bank Street College of Education and the Columbia Graduate School of Journalism. She can be found online at

Ever since Esme Addison discovered Nancy Drew, she's wanted to solve mysteries. As a mystery author, she's finally found a way to make that dream come true. A former military spouse, Esme lives in Raleigh, NC with her husband and three boys. When she's not writing, you can find her visiting B&Bs, breweries, wineries, and historical sites. 

Valerie (V. M.) Burns is a mystery writer whose novels and short stories have been finalists for the Agatha, Anthony, Edgar, and Next Generation Indie Book Awards. She is the author of the Mystery Bookshop, Dog Club, RJ Franklin, and Baker Street Mystery series. Valerie is a member of Sisters in Crime, Crime Writers of Color, Mystery Writers of America, and the Crime Writers' Association. She is also an adjunct professor in the Writing Popular Fiction Program at Seton Hill University in Greensburg, PA. Born and raised in northwestern Indiana, Valerie now lives in the southeastern United States with her two poodles. Connect with Valerie at

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Event date: 
Thursday, December 1, 2022 - 8:00pm
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Soul of a Killer (A Books & Biscuits Mystery #2) By Abby Collette Cover Image
ISBN: 9780593336205
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Published: Berkley - October 4th, 2022

A Fatal Glow (An Odessa Jones Mystery #2) By Valerie Wilson Wesley Cover Image
ISBN: 9781496727817
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Published: Kensington - February 22nd, 2022

Bookclubbed to Death (Mystery Bookshop #8) By V.M. Burns Cover Image
ISBN: 9781496739469
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Published: Kensington Cozies - December 27th, 2022

Murder Out of Character (Peach Coast Library Mysteries) By Olivia Matthews Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781952210563
Published: Hallmark Publishing - September 13th, 2022

A Hex for Danger: An Enchanted Bay Mystery By Esme Addison Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781643855868
Published: Crooked Lane Books - July 13th, 2021