Lee Hollis Books

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Lee Hollis is a pseudonym that Rick Coop and Holly Simason use whenever they collaborate. Though, Rick has used the pen name to write a few additional mystery series without the direct involvement of his sister.

Order of Hayley Powell Food and Cocktails Mystery Series

# Read Title Published Details
1 Death of a Kitchen Diva 2012 Description / Buy
2 Death of a Country Fried Redneck 2012 Description / Buy
3 Death of a Coupon Clipper 2013 Description / Buy
4 Death of a Chocoholic 2014 Description / Buy
5 Death of a Christmas Caterer 2014 Description / Buy
6 Death of a Cupcake Queen 2015 Description / Buy
7 Death of a Bacon Heiress 2016 Description / Buy
8 Death of a Pumpkin Carver 2016 Description / Buy
9 Death of a Lobster Lover 2017 Description / Buy
10 Death of a Cookbook Author 2018 Description / Buy
11 Death of a Wedding Cake Baker 2019 Description / Buy
12 Death of a Blueberry Tart 2020 Description / Buy
13 Death of a Wicked Witch 2020 Description / Buy
14 Death of an Italian Chef 2021 Description / Buy

Order of A Desert Flowers Mystery Series

# Read Title Published Details
1 Poppy Harmon Investigates 2018 Description / Buy
2 Poppy Harmon and the Hung Jury 2019 Description / Buy
3 Poppy Harmon and the Pillow Talk Killer 2021 Description / Buy

Order of Lucy Stone Series with Leslie Meier, Peggy Ehrhart

# Read Title Published Details
1 Mistletoe Murder / Mail Order Murder ( By: Leslie Meier) 1991 Description / Buy
2 Tippy Toe Murder ( By: Leslie Meier) 1994 Description / Buy
3 Trick or Treat Murder ( By: Leslie Meier) 1996 Description / Buy
4 Back to School Murder ( By: Leslie Meier) 1997 Description / Buy
5 Valentine Murder ( By: Leslie Meier) 1999 Description / Buy
6 Christmas Cookie Murder ( By: Leslie Meier) 1999 Description / Buy
7 Turkey Day Murder ( By: Leslie Meier) 2000 Description / Buy
8 Wedding Day Murder ( By: Leslie Meier) 2001 Description / Buy
9 Birthday Party Murder ( By: Leslie Meier) 2002 Description / Buy
10 Father's Day Murder ( By: Leslie Meier) 2003 Description / Buy
11 Star Spangled Murder ( By: Leslie Meier) 2004 Description / Buy
12 New Year's Eve Murder ( By: Leslie Meier) 2005 Description / Buy
13 Bake Sale Murder ( By: Leslie Meier) 2006 Description / Buy
14 St. Patrick's Day Murder ( By: Leslie Meier) 2008 Description / Buy
15 Mother's Day Murder ( By: Leslie Meier) 2009 Description / Buy
16 Wicked Witch Murder ( By: Leslie Meier) 2010 Description / Buy
17 English Tea Murder ( By: Leslie Meier) 2011 Description / Buy
18 Chocolate Covered Murder ( By: Leslie Meier) 2011 Description / Buy
19 Easter Bunny Murder ( By: Leslie Meier) 2013 Description / Buy
20 Christmas Carol Murder ( By: Leslie Meier) 2013 Description / Buy
21 French Pastry Murder ( By: Leslie Meier) 2014 Description / Buy
22 Candy Corn Murder ( By: Leslie Meier) 2015 Description / Buy
23 British Manor Murder ( By: Leslie Meier) 2017 Description / Buy
24 Holiday Murder ( By: Leslie Meier) 2017 Description / Buy
25 Turkey Trot Murder ( By: Leslie Meier) 2017 Description / Buy
26 Eggnog Murder ( By: Leslie Meier) 2017 Description / Buy
27 Halloween Murder ( By: Leslie Meier) 2018 Description / Buy
28 Silver Anniversary Murder ( By: Leslie Meier) 2018 Description / Buy
29 Yule Log Murder ( By: Leslie Meier) 2018 Description / Buy
30 Valentine Candy Murder ( By: Leslie Meier) 2018 Description / Buy
31 'Tis the Season Murder ( By: Leslie Meier) 2019 Description / Buy
32 Invitation Only Murder ( By: Leslie Meier) 2019 Description / Buy
33 British Murder ( By: Leslie Meier) 2020 Description / Buy
34 Gobble, Gobble Murder ( By: Leslie Meier) 2020 Description / Buy
35 Christmas Card Murder ( With: Leslie Meier, Peggy Ehrhart) 2020 Description / Buy
36 Irish Parade Murder ( By: Leslie Meier) 2021 Description / Buy

Order of Maya and Sandra Mystery Series

# Read Title Published Details
1 Murder at the PTA 2019 Description / Buy

Order of Lee Hollis Short Stories/Novellas with Leslie Meier, Peggy Ehrhart

# Read Title Published Details
1 Christmas Card Murder ( With: Leslie Meier, Peggy Ehrhart) 2020 Description / Buy

Lee Hollis Anthologies

# Read Title Published Details
1 Haunted House Murder 2019 Description / Buy
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Both Rick and Holly had written separately before they joined forces. Rick’s career began in television. After graduating from Tisch School of the Arts in New York, Rick was just 24 years old when he was recruited to write for The Golden Girls.

The popular sitcom did wonders for Rick’s career. It was the sort of life-changing opportunity that was rare among writers in his age bracket. Rick, who came from Bar Harbor in Maine, spent his childhood dreaming about succeeding in Hollywood.

He couldn’t believe that his dreams had come true so quickly. Following his stint on The Golden Girls, Rick contributed his talents to various shows, including ‘Flying Blind’ on Fox and ‘Wings’ on NBC.

Some of his biggest accomplishments include the work he did on ‘The Brady Bunch Movie’ TV Remake, and ‘My Girl’, a comedy-drama that featured Macauley Culkin, not to mention ‘Barbershop’ with Ice Cube and the Knight Rider revival.

The work he did in Children’s Entertainment was just as prolific. His resume includes writing credits for ‘Scooby Doo and the Witch’s Ghost’ and ‘Teen Titans’.

When he finally decided to write fiction, Rick initially worked alone. Having accomplished his objective of working in Hollywood, the screenwriter set his sights on another dream that had consumed his childhood.

In 2001, he sat down to write his first mystery novel. The book followed the exploits of Jarrod, a former child star that spent his days solving murder mysteries in Hollywood. The title was such a hit that Rick wrote two sequels one of which received a Lambda Literary Award nomination.

Rick was still churning out mystery novels when Holly, his sister, won an award. Holly was a columnist for a local newspaper in Bar Harbor. She wrote about food and cocktails. When news of Holly’s award in 2010 reached Rick, he reached out to Holly and sold her on the idea of a collaborative effort that would use his experience with mystery novels and her food expertise to produce fiction.

By 2012, the pair had released their first ‘Hayley Powell Food and Cocktails’ series under the Lee Hollis pen name. It wasn’t the last.

Best Lee Hollis Books

Lee Hollis, the pseudonym, combines Rick and Holly’s middle names. The best books written by the pair under the pen name include:

Death of a Kitchen Diva: To visitors, Bar Harbor in Maine looks like any other idyllic coastal town. However, looks can be deceiving, as Hayley Powell will soon learn. Hayley was just an office manager at the Island Times. She had a way with food.

That much was clear. Her friends couldn’t get enough of her potluck. But as far as Hayley was concerned, at the end of the day, she was just an office manager. As such, she could not understand why her boss had given her the paper’s food column.

She was tempted to turn the offer down. After all, she wasn’t a writer. But Hayley’s roof was leaking and she was barely making ends meet. So she took the job in the hopes that the extra income would turn things around.

The last complication Hayley expected to encounter was a murder mystery. But that is exactly what she got when Karen Appelbaum died. Karen was a food writer and Hayley’s rival. That wouldn’t have mattered if Karen hadn’t died after eating Hayley’s clam chowder.

Now, all eyes are on Hayley. They think she killed Karen. If she wants to salvage her reputation, the columnist must find the real killer. Fortunately, she has plenty of help.

Death of a Country Fried Redneck: Like most people, Hayley loved Wade Springer. However, when the country star came to town, their paths shouldn’t have crossed. She had too much on her plate, not just her columns but the rigors that came with raising a teenage daughter.

Hayley did not expect Wade to try and ultimately love her home cooking, and neither did she expect him to invite her to dinner. Things were going well. But then someone killed Mickey Pritchett. They threw him in Wade’s tour bus and then torched it. Hayley thought she was done solving mysteries but she can’t ignore this one.

When Does The Next Lee Hollis book come out?

The next book by Lee Hollis is Death of an Italian Chef and will be released on June, 29th 2021. It is the newest book in the Hayley Powell Food and Cocktails Mystery Series.

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