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New On My Shelf This Week

Author Stan Schatt, is one of my regular contacts here at Fiction Books and it is always a pleasure to hear from him, as that generally means that there is going to be another great new book on the horizon to add to my TBR pile.

I have been working with Stan on his recent series of mysteries and thrillers with a slightly paranormal twist to the story lines. However this time he took me completely by surprise with this new chapter in his fiction writing career, as he ventures into the realm of the cozy mystery.


Cover Image Of 'Murder At The River Bend Retirement Resort' By Stan SchattWhen a very disagreeable resident of the exclusive River Bend Retirement Resort is murdered, bestselling mystery writer Miriam Lipsky has to find the real killer to save her dear friend from prison. She finds the retirement home seethes with intrigue, passion, and jealousy. To make matters worse, it’s hard to distinguish what residents actually saw from what they imagined.

Miriam finds she has to search for the killer while juggling an autistic grandson, a divorced daughter with a tendency to choose the wrong man, her best friend’s overly friendly husband, and a stalker who who leaves her more and more threatening notes. To make matters worse, her rabbi who won’t take no for an answer when it comes to fixing her up.

Miriam, a widow after a disastrous marriage, has given up on love. Just when she is sure that part of her life is over, someone new appears from a very unexpected place.

Murder at the River Bend Retirement Resort is a cozy mystery with a sleuth who has to learn on the job. Despite her best intentions, Miriam makes mistake after mistake and yet moves ever closer to discovering a cold blooded killer who has no remorse.


Image Of Author Stan SchattStan would perhaps describe himself as a futurist, technologist, novelist, and a person curious about many things.

His insatiable curiosity, might be well born out by the veritable roll call of jobs he has held over the years; including, but not limited to: autopsy assistant, police department administrator, salesman, sales manager, literature professor, telecommunications professor, technology analyst, and research director.

For many years he worked as a technology analyst, covering such diverse areas as: green technology, wireless networking, network security, and local area networks. He has written several books on these topics and started Schatt Research as a way for him to publish his views on key technology trends. Because traditional market research firms charge such outrageous fees for their reports, he decided to publish his studies as books online, available at Amazon for a tiny fraction of what the companies he worked for, sold the same type of material.

He is now a  full-time writer and lives in Carlsbad, California with his wife, Jane. He is primarily writing mysteries at the moment when it comes to fiction, together with his technology papers and non-fiction books focusing on careers and retirement.

He is also a volunteer job facilitator for the Jewish Family Service in San Diego, with the goal of finding good jobs for the unemployed.

Catch up with all the latest news at Stan’s website

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I think you’ll enjoy the book. If you do, this might be the first of a series of Miriam Lipsky cosy mysteries. Only you can help me decide.

Picture of an English red post boxMailbox Monday is a gathering place for readers to share the books that came into their house during the last week. Be warned that Mailbox Monday can lead to envy, toppling TBR piles and humongous wish lists.

Mailbox Monday now has a permanent home, where links may be added each week. So why not stop by, leave a link to your own Mailbox Monday post, oh! and don’t forget to leave a comment for our three new joint administrators, after all, we all like to receive them … Your Hosts for  ‘Mailbox Monday

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This is a great way to plan out your reading week and see what others are currently reading as well… You never know where that next “must read” book will come from!

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  • Goodness, Miriam has a lot on her plate. Have to say, I’m curious about how everything will work out! Hope you enjoy it,Yvonne.

    • Hi Mary,

      I don’t read too much in the cozy mystery genre, but the stories are generally good for a bit of escapism every now and again.

      Miriam sounds like quite a character and as I always enjoy Stan’s style of writing, I am hoping this translates well into his latest venture.

      Thanks for stopping by this week, it is always lovely to have you visit 🙂

    • Hi Kathy,

      A few years ago now, I did review another cozy mystery, set in an almost identical location and with a very similar story line.

      I’m not sure if Miriam is a resident of the retirement resort, or merely a visitor and so far there is no indication as to her age.

      In ‘Mags And The AARP Gang’ the main protagonist is resident on the park and very much a mature amateur sleuth – and not exclusively for murder, so it will be interesting to compare the two story lines ..


      Thanks for stopping by, I always appreciate your comments 🙂

  • Even though I read my share of harder core stuff, I do enjoy a good cozy mystery to lighten things up. This sounds really good and might have the potential for becoming a fun series.

    • Hi Kelly,

      After the week I am having, the thought of having a few books on the horizon to lighten things up sounds wonderful, believe me!!

      I wonder if this book becomes the start of a new series, whether Miriam could be persuaded to investigate a bad case of sleep deprivation – I have plenty of material I could send Stan on that subject!

      Seriously though ….

      Miriam clearly has problems of her own, like all good fictional detectives and it is going to take a very special man to take on her and her family, especially if the odd murder mystery is going to keep raising its ugly head, demanding Miriam’s attention – It will be good to see how that all pans out, should this book be the start of a new series 🙂

  • A retirement home seethes with intrigue, passion, and jealousy? Ooh, sounds like my kind of retirement home.

    Seriously though …

    A book I think I’d enjoy on so many levels, not least of which is the grandson on the autistic spectrum.

    I’ll be sure to keep a look out for this.

    • Hi Tracy,

      I should imagine that River Bend Retirement Resort (don’t you just love it being called a resort?), provides Miriam with enough mystery and intrigue for an entire series of books, although a ‘real life’ murder is surely enough to phase even the most stalwart of authors!

      I think it would put me off living there, although it sounds as though there is never a dull moment, especially with all Miriam’s personal problems!!

      Great to have you stop by and thanks for the comment 🙂

    • Hi Mary Ann,

      Yes, it is good to ring the changes every once in a while and change the pace of my reading.

      Miriam sounds like quite a character and I am wondering exactly how she manges to fit solving a real life murder into her already busy schedule!

      Thanks for visiting this week, I always appreciate you taking the time to comment 🙂

  • I just finished a cozy mystery set in a Florida assisted living home. 🙂 It was fun and this sounds fun too, and busy for Miriam. The author has a happy face. Enjoy!

    • Hi Martha,

      If you pick up this reply, it would be great if you could get back to me with the title of the book, as once a new genre comes to my attention, I quite like to check out a few more books with a similar premise, just as a comparison – I’m a bit strange like that !!

      I totally agree with your author observations too. Stan always even sounds like a happy person in his emails, if that makes any sense! He is such a prolific writer of both fiction and non-fiction and has led such an active and varied life, that I can never imagine him sitting still and simply relaxing.

      Thanks for the lovely comments and for co-hosting MM, a really great meme 🙂

  • lol your first blog comment took the words out of my mouth, Miriam has a lot on her plate 🙂 I haven’t read the genre in a while, but these cozies sound good. Enjoy!

    • Hi Naida,

      I don’t choose cozies very often, but as Stan’s writing style is one I have enjoyed reading in all the various genres in which he has published books, I am eager to give this one a try, despite the very ‘tongue in cheek’ nature of the premise.

      Can one person really lead such a hectic life and have so much happen to her? – If so, I am left wondering exactly where I am going wrong!!

      Mind you, the way I feel right now, I don’t think I could cope with all that excitement 🙂

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