Smorgasbord Book Promotions – Menagerie: A Collection of Thirteen #Mystery, #Suspense, and Contemporary Short Stories by Joan Hall

Delighted to share the news of the latest release by Joan Hallon pre-order until 13th January Menagerie: A Collection of Thirteen Mystery, Suspense, and Contemporary Short Stories

About the collection

King’s. The Tower of London. Glass. What do these have in common?

Each is a famous menagerie.

While this Menagerie doesn’t focus on exotic animals, it does contain a collection of stories that explore various trials people face and how their reactions shape their worlds.

Survivors of a haunted bridge. Women who wait while their husbands fight a war. Former partners reuniting to solve a cold-case murder.

These are just three of the thirteen stories in this compendium, encompassing past and present, natural and supernatural, legend and reality. The genres and timelines are varied, but there’s a little something for everyone who enjoys reading about simpler times and small-town life.

Head over to pre-order the collection until 13th January: Amazon USAnd: Amazon UK

Also by Joan Hall

One of the recent reviews for Cold Dark Night

Joy Shelton-York  5.0 out of 5 stars Very well-crafted mystery  Reviewed in the United States on January 1, 2023

I love well-crafted mysteries that keep me guessing and Cold Dark Night by author Joan Hall is certainly one of them. Interwoven with rich history, folklore, and interesting characters, this story kept me engaged and quickly turning the pages to find out what was going to happen next.

Jason and Tami Montgomery just moved to Madeira, New Mexico, where Jason accepted the position of Police Chief. They purchase a Victorian century home that Tami falls in love with but soon discovers it has a dark past. As a former reporter and owner of her own local newspaper, Tami is used to digging into stories that interest her. Joining a research project with the Historical Society is the perfect vehicle for her desire to learn more about the history of Madeira, her new home, and why so many former police chiefs have met an untimely death, many of whom lived in the very same house.

This excellently paced story is told by characters in both past and present timelines, moving back and forth in time as events and clues unfold. I loved the authenticity of the characters. Tami’s tenacity and openness was a perfect balance to Jason’s practical and pragmatic approach. There are plenty of twists and turns and entertaining subplots that move the story forward. Ms. Hall does a great job of building interest and suspense. I thoroughly enjoyed this mystery thriller. 

Read the reviews and buy the books: Amazon US – And: Amazon UK – Read other reviews and follow Joan: Goodreads – Website: Joan Hall – Blog: Joan Hall – BookBub: Joan Hall – Facebook: Joan Hall Writes – Twitter: @JoanHallWrites

About Joan Hall

Joan Hall has always enjoyed reading or listening to stories about inexplicable events, so it’s not surprising she writes mystery and romantic suspense. A lover of classic rock music, songs often serve as the inspiration for her books.

When she’s not writing, Joan likes to observe the night skies, explore old cemeteries, and learn about legends and folklore. She and her husband live in Texas with their two cats.


Thanks for dropping in today and I hope you will be leaving with some books.. thanks Sally. 


62 thoughts on “Smorgasbord Book Promotions – Menagerie: A Collection of Thirteen #Mystery, #Suspense, and Contemporary Short Stories by Joan Hall

  1. I’ve pre-ordered this one, and am looking forward to reading it! Thanks for passing the word along, Sally. And Joan, congrats on another one that I suspect is going to be a real winner for you. One of my resolutions/goals for this year is to catch up on more reading, AND … tada! … start catching up on the reviews I want to write! Your collection will be a good place to start! 😀 ❤

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  2. Thank you, Sally, for featuring Joan and sharing a review. I’ve pre-ordered and looking forward to reading Menagerie. Congratulations, Joan!

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  3. I have Menagerie on pre-order and am counting down the hours to this Friday the 13th and release day. It’s great to see Joan’s upcoming release featured here today, Sally.

    Also, the wonderful review of Cold Dark Night. That book is my personal favorite of all her stories. Thanks for sharing!

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  4. Congratulations to Joan. Great title and cover. This sounds like a great read. I love short stories. Just added to my wish list and one of Joan’s other books is coming up real soon on my reader. ❤

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  5. I’m late coming to this email – it’s Friday the 13th and so I’m going to Amazon to buy this one right now! Thanks for the heads up! xx

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