Friday, March 24, 2017

Spring has Sprung. Now ... what should I do first?

by Lorraine Bartlett / Lorna Barrett / L.L. Bartlett

Monday was the first day of spring. YAY!!

Okay, the winter wasn't that bad. (And they threatened us with the worst.) But spring bring with it places that are "seasonal" or are just seasonal to me.

I spend a lot of my summer at our family's summer cottage. I use it as a writing retreat. Usually it's just Fred (my Tuxedo) and me writing up a storm. I can see the bay from my office window. If the weather cooperates, I may be able to go on my first retreat as early as the end of April.

But spring means we can also go to come of our "summer" haunts.  The Halloway House reopens for the season  It's a historic old restaurant that cooks good, old-fashioned food. In fact, you can have Thanksgiving dinner whenever you want it. (We haven't tried that yet. for a set price, you get the whole shebang with enough food to feed six people. What a bargain.) And they make good drinks, too.  Every customer gets Sally Lunn bread (a cross between bread and cake) and orange sweet rolls. OMG -- I can't wait until it reopens (in 3 weeks) so that we can go there and enjoy it once again.

I'm really looking forward to getting out in the garden and attacking my rose bushes.  I bought a new bush last fall and asked the buy at the garden store when I should prune what I've already got. He said in the spring. That's kind of open-ened. I mean, spring is technically now, and runs through most of June. What part of spring?

The other day, I spent way too many hours watching gardening videos on Youtube.  I have never really pruned my old-fashioned rosebush and it's totally out of control. I got the answer to my big question above when  one guy said not to prune until the forsythia blooms--so that's my timeline. I've got pruning shears and loppers and when the time is right, I'm going to go to town. I saw at least 6 pruning videos, so I think I'm ready.

I also watched a bunch of videos on African violets, and learned I've been doing just about everything wrong. Oddly enough, I haven't killed any of mine. (I had 3 and inherited my mothers, so I've now got 6 or 8.). You're not supposed to get the leaves wet or they'll go brown.  Oops!  No wonder I have little brown spots on some of my leaves. In future, you can bet I'll be more careful when I water  them. The one my Mum had at the hospice home bloomed for 20 months straight. It's taking a break now, but I gave it a little fertilizer and hope I can coax it to bloom again soon.

I'm not sure if I'm going to try to grow veggies again. It's so labor intensive and we have a market two miles down the road that sells local produce really cheap, and all I have to do is wash it. No weeding, no watering, no critters stealing my crops and breaking my heart. Yup. I think I'm going to give up growing veggies.

So, what does spring have you hankering to do or go?

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Spices and Herbs for Flavorful Cooking

by Karen Rose Smith

Since I come from an Italian background, oregano, salt and pepper along with fresh garlic and onion were the most common additions my mom, grandma and aunt used when cooking main dishes. What would lasagna and spaghetti be without garlic and oregano?

Of course, when my mom made desserts, cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves were her favorite spices. When I walked in the house and caught the aroma of cinnamon and sugar, I knew she'd been baking something good. This threesome is wonderful to use in the fall for pumpkin pie and apple bread. Cinnamon is one of those all-around spices I sometimes add to chocolate recipes as well as use with snicker doodle cookies and topping my oatmeal and applesauce. I'm not as found of ginger as I should be but a touch of it is good in stir fry meals.

When I began cooking on my own, I experimented with herbs. I used oregano and basil the most because that's what I'd grown up with. My grandmother would grow basil and then in the fall collect and dry it. I began gardening late in life, but now an herb garden is a must. There's nothing better than a bundle of thyme, oregano and marjoram to drop into soup. (I tie them together with string. After the soup is done cooking, just pull out the bundle. You'll just have the stems and the leaves will be floating in the soup.) You can also find unusual herbs now such as pineapple sage and chocolate sage.

I'm less familiar with what I call spicey spices--chili, cumin, red pepper, cayenne pepper. But I use them more often than I used to. My family isn't fond of highly spicy seasoned food, but I can't make chili without chili powder and cumin! And I've found just a few red pepper flakes in minestrone soup give it a little kick. I put paprika in this category, although it isn't "hot." I use it more than the others in salads, on deviled eggs and even in scones.

Last but not least are the mixed spices that I find at a store called the Olive Spout. They sell flavored olive oils and vinegars. (That's another blog.) My favorite spices that I use in most of my cooking are garlic/pepper and orange/pepper. Both are terrific topping meat and fish as well as shaking into soups. The best way to use herbs and spices is to experiment with them. Just a little at first to see if you like it. For instance, mix olive oil or melted butter with pineapple sage or lemon thyme, then rub the mixture on chicken.

What are your favorite herbs and spices?

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Love it or List it...

 In Lethal in Old Lace Reagan and Boone are expanding Cherry House, the old Victorian house Reagan’s always loved, bought, fixed up and the only good thing to come out of her seven year marriage to Hollis the Horrible.

Reagan then opened the Prissy Fox on the first floor, an upscale consignment shop, to help make ends meet for her moneypit of a house.

 Boone took a bite of sandwich, the yummy sauce dripping off his fingertips. “What about this, I’ll buy half of the house, you put my name on the deed so I don’t feel like a kept man and we use that money to pay for the rehabbing. Turning the attic space into bedrooms and below into the kitchen, dining area, laundry and living room,” he pointed through the hole and dropped a chunk of meatloaf to BW, “is a huge job and needs professionals. You and I can paint and decorate but there’s rot up here that needs big-time attention.”

I stopped my fork halfway to my mouth. “You’ve thought about this?”
“We only do this if you agree, it’s your house and you love it and this way you keep the Fox on the first floor. It’s an easy commute.”

Putting on additions, adding another room, taking down a wall, redoing bathroom or kitchen etc are all normal parts of owning a home. Things need to be updated and fixed and as time goes by and families grow the house needs to be added on too.

We added an addition to the back of our house. It’s a three-season room with a gas stove for heat. The stove is an antique we saved from my grandfather’s bar and grill that he and grandma owned around the 20’s and 30’s. Lots of memories there.

We love this room! Lots of windows and a opens up into our family room for added space for when the fan gets together.

We also knocked down the wall between the kitchen and dining room to connect the two and open things up. It turned out great. Now we eat in the dining room all the time but the opening up part is so nice.

So what about you? Have you ever done major reno to your house? Knocked down walls, redo bathrooms and kitchens etc. Did you have it done or do it yourself? Did you nearly die from the mess and having the house torn up?

Hugs and happy spring.


Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Dry As A Bone

by Maggie Sefton

This is a formerly-posted photo when I took half Border Collie/half Black Lab Katy to the Vet's office. Katy is now twelve years old.  

That was one of my dear maternal grandmother's old sayings.  Of course, she was born and grew up in Virginia where there is a mild mid-Atlantic climate with plenty of humidity.  So. . .I figure she was not talking about the weather.  As for me, here in Northern Colorado, well, we're going through one of our winter droughts.

Thank goodness they only come around every five or six years.  But when they do, the rain disappears after the end of January or as in this year, the middle of February.   We haven't had any rain since then.  And temperatures have been beautifully warm and sunny, sunny, sunny.  In the 70's.  Those of you who live in frigid cold and humid areas are probably throwing things at the computer screen right now.  Believe me, I'm not complaining.  I absolutely love, love the climate here.  It literally spoils you rotten.  But---if one of these dry winters rolls around---you do have to take precautions.  Super rich body creams and lotions for your skin----not just face but all over.  Including your hair and scalp.  

This includes your pets.  I just took my dog Katy over to the groomers to have a special shampoo and blow dry and long brush out.  Because of our early Spring, all the doggies around here have started shedding their thick winter coats.  So, Katy is enjoying being pampered at the groomers right now.  I'll run over to get her after I finish this post.  Meanwhile, I'm seriously considering ordering some of that advertised rich product to be added to both dogs' dry food.  It's supposed to add lots of ingredients that are good for a dog's skin and coat.  I figure I'll give it a try.   Believe me, folks, I'll report back to you.

Have any of you experienced this dryness problem with yourselves or your pets?   I'm curious.  

Monday, March 20, 2017


By Mary Kennedy                                                  
A couple of weeks ago, I wrote a blog on why I love writing cozies. If you missed it and would like to take a look, here it is.
Today I'd like to follow up on the same theme and talk about why I love reading (and listening to) cozies. Yes, I was late to jump on the audio books bandwagon, but now that I've discovered them, I love them. They make long commutes tolerable and they are great when I'm doing a "power walk" around the neighborhood. (my power walks have slacked off lately, I'm afraid. I live in the northeast and we're deluged with tons of slushy, depressing gray snow. Hope it's better where you are.)
1. I love reading cozies because I like to solve puzzles. My pal, Carolyn Hart, once confessed that she feels the same way. It's fun to match wits with the killer, go over the MMO (means, motive and opportunity) of the suspects) and try to decide who committed the crime. Okay, true confession time. Sometimes I get it right, and sometimes I don't!
In book one, DEAD AIR, the first of the Talk Radio Mysteries, pictured above, Dr. Maggie is horrified when a guest is murdered right after her radio show. Who killed Guru Sanjay? There are certainly lots of candidates!
2. I love reading cozies because it's nice to see justice triumph in the end. In real life, we all know that sometimes life is unfair. Justice doesn't always triumph and the guilty party gets away with the crime. In cozies, there is a sense of rightness and justice.
In my book two of my Talk Radio series, REEL MURDER, there's a murder on the movie set. We really want to see the guilty person punished! The victim wasn't a very nice person but she certainly didn't deserve to die. 
3. I love reading cozies because I have a whole cast of characters I can identify with. And since most cozies are written as a series, I can see how my favorite characters develop over time, how they change, how they grown, how they face new challenges. In Nightmares Can Be Murder, the reader is introduced to a couple of sisters who open a vintage candy store in Savannah. And we're caught up in the Dream Club, a fascinating group of characters who meet once a week to share their dreams and solve a murder or two. Readers tell me they eagerly await each book to see what's going on with their favorite characters.

How about you? Why do you love reading cozies? Please take a moment and share your thoughts. I know we have a lot in common!
By Mary Kennedy

Friday, March 17, 2017

Thursday, March 16, 2017

One Teapot or Two?

by Karen Rose Smith

Do you drink brewed tea? I keep a cupboard full of several different kinds--from Celestial Seasonings to Bigelow to Teavana and tearoom mixed loose teas. Hot or cold, I brew depending on the season. The thing is--I not only like tea, but tea pots! After all, there's a difference if I brew two cups of tea or six cups. The teapot pictured above is my latest from Lenox. It accompanies my Butterfly Meadow dishes.

Some of my favorite teapots are designed by James Sandler.  They are English bone china. I like to use bone china because I know it's the quality I prefer in a teapot.  I do hand wash them all after use.

I use teapots for brewing tea.  But because they're so pretty, I also use them in decorating. I like flowers, especially roses.

However, I also love cats.  I've discovered cats on teapots aren't so easy to find.  My son gave me this one for Christmas.

Then there's tea for one!

But tea seems to taste better when it's shared. So far, one of my favorite tea rooms is Gypsy's Tea Room in Westminster, Maryland. I also enjoy the semi-annual teas at Yesteryear, our Hanover, Pennsylvania antique center. I like tasting new teas, along with new soups, sandwich combinations and, of course, desserts. It seems there are always friendly people at the teas. At Gypsy's, I met a woman who runs a cat sanctuary. Serendipity! At Yesteryear the seating is in groups of four and my husband and I always enjoy the new people we meet there.

I've paired this cobalt blue teapot with an antique creamer and sugar that was my grandmother's.  

About tea and tea rooms...

I will have a new cozy mystery series released in January 2018--Daisy's Tea Garden Mysteries. This series is set in the fictional town of Willow Creek in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. The first book in the series will be MURDER WITH LEMON TEA CAKES.

Daisy's Tea Garden has become a gathering place in Willow Creek, (Lancaster County) Pennsylvania. Daisy, widowed mom of two teenagers--one at home and one who recently started college--along with her aunt Iris, are the proprietors. Although her aunt is in her golden years, she's enjoying the company of Harvey Fitz, wealthy CEO of Men's Trends.  (Harvey's favorite snack at the tea garden are Lemon Tea Cakes.) The only problem is that Harvey isn't yet divorced.  When Harvey is murdered on the tea garden's patio with a foot-high unicorn statue, Aunt Iris is the prime suspect.  But Daisy soon discovers many residents of Willow Creek are suspects--from Harvey's soon to be ex-wife, to his children to his business colleagues.  Daisy's focus has to be on her adopted daughter Jazzi (Jasmine) who wants to search for her birth parents.  But with the help of a former detective turned furniture store owner, Jonas Groft, she finds answers for both her daughter and her aunt. (Daisy lives in an unusual home renovated from an old barn along with her daughters Jasmine (16) and Violet (18).  Their two cats, a tuxedo feline named Pepper and a dark tortoiseshell with a unique split colored face named Marjoram, are important members of their family.)

I hope you enjoy this new series as well as all of my Caprice De Luca Home Staging cozies.

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Daylight Savings it or leave it

Okay, we here in Ohio and a lot of other states have made the jump into daylight savings time. I have to say I’m a fan mostly because it heralds the jump into spring and the promise of all things green and colorful and away from grays and dismal. It also gives more light at night.

I think daylight savings time was invented during the push to save energy and honestly we should all do that but non scientific and eco reason is that it also gives us more time at night to play. I love getting out of work at the Snooty Fox...a consignment eight-thirty and it still is light when I get home.

Daylight savings time is really good for my mental state. I’m one of those sun freaks that the more sun the better. Night is great in that it’s all kind of magical and mysterious and dark is good for sleeping but give me the sun and with daylight savings there is simply more of it...or more that is useable.

I know this is hard for parents. I remember the days when trying to get my toddlers to bed at eight and it was still light out. It was a tough sell to get them to sleep. But now that they are older they love dst as much as I do.

If I had my way we’d be on dst all the year round! I think a candidate could run on this issue alone and win!

So what about you? Does your state partake in daylight savings? Do you love it or hate it? Are you with me in making dst an all year round event? 

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Fun Shopping

by Maggie Sefton

 Photos show some of  my fun Saint Patrick's Day shopping.  

Those of you who have elementary school children or grandchildren will understand
 my post today.  I have a dear 10-year old granddaughter back in Northern Virginia, AnaSofia, and I do enjoy buying "kid stuff" for her.  But this year, I also have the opportunity to buy Saint Patrick's Day "fun stuff" for three more young children.   Yay! 

In addition to my 10-year old AnaSofia, I also shopped for a five-year old little girl, a seven-year old little girl, and an 11-turned 12 year old boy.  I had a lot of fun doing that Saint Patrick's Day shopping, believe me.  I really believe I have never lost my "inner child."  So----I love checking out all the cute, silly, and funny St. Paddy's Day "stuff."  I mailed off two large post office Priority Mail boxes for the larger family as well as a large box for AnaSofia.

Sorry this photo is sideways.  My photo-editing icon stopped cooperating last night.  

I found a really cute St. Patrick's Day card (copyright laws prevent my showing pix) with a photo of a  chubby Pug doggie with a Sherlock Holmes hat on the front of the card.  Plus, an adorable kitten card.  Cute message inside, too.  :)    Plus, Shamrock stickers.   I also found pretty little Shamrock Green play necklaces and hair bows, knitted wrist bands, several pastel colored adorable stuffed bunny rabbits, Peppermint-flavored cake mix, and a container of . . .you guessed it. . . Shamrock Green frosting.  And for good measure, some of the bakery's yummy Chocolate soft cookies that have green and white M& Ms all over them.  Yep.  Candy-coated cookies.  You've gotta love it.  Oh, yes, and a booklet of all kinds of Disney Princess stickers and coloring pages, as well as a booklet of Yoda and Star Wars villains and heroes.  I also found two packages of those little cars that all kids love to play with.  Oh, and a magazine all about cars, all kinds of cars.  

See?  I wasn't kidding when I said I had a lot of fun.  :)

Monday, March 13, 2017


By Mary Kennedy                            

Many of you know that I'm married to a Brit and am a great fan of British TV shows. It occurred to me the other night (while I was watching Crownies) that so many of my favorite shows could only be set in the UK and Australia. Crownies, of course, is set in the DPP, Department of Public Prosecution in Sydney, New South Wales.
Another favorite British series is The Crown, the story of Queen Elizabeth. A terrific series and I can't wait for the next season.
I love British crime dramas and Midsomer Murders is a favorite. Set in a small English village, Midsomer (a town which seems to have an inordinate number of murders!) Here are are two of the original cast members, John Nettles (who has a terrific background as a stage actor) playing DPI Tom Barnaby and Jason Hughes playing Ben Jones, his sergeant.
In later episodes, John Nettles finally left the show to do theatre, saying he "didn't want to be the world's oldest living policeman." His part was taken up by Neil Dudgeon (also called "DCI Barnaby," since he is supposed to be a cousin of Tom Barnaby) and Gwilym Lee, playing his Sergeant Nelson.

Three of my favorite American shows are set in Washington DC. "The Americans," starring Matthew Rhys and Keri Russell....
 and "House of Cards," starring Kevin Spacey and Robin Wright.

And of course, who could forget "Gibbs" (Mark Harmon) and his wonderful team from NCIS, a show based in DC.                         
How about you? Do you have any favorite shows that are forever linked to a particular city or country?
Happy viewing and have a great week! Mary Kennedy

Saturday, March 11, 2017

The Spotlight is on a mystery cruise!

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Title Wave, the 10th Booktown Mystery, goes to paperback on June 6th.

Tricia and Angelica leave Booktown behind for some much needed R&R. Naturally they choose a Mystery Lovers cruise, where they can ponder whodunnit in deck chairs while sipping colorful drinks and soaking up some rays. But the fun is cut short when a fellow passenger is murdered for real. Is the killer a famous mystery author, one of her fans, or a member of the ship’s crew? As Tricia tries to find the killer before they reach port, she may be cruising for a bruising...


Friday, March 10, 2017

FREE for a limited time!

by Lorna Barrett / Lorraine Bartlett / L.L. Bartlett

Whew! Look what I put together over the past couple of days -- a sampler of my books written as Lorraine Bartlett. It includes the opening chapters of the Victoria Square Mysteries (including the cookbook), the Lotus Bay Mysteries, and the Tales of Telenia adventure-fantasy series.

 I know many of you have already read these books, but maybe you know someone who might like to give them a try.

 For a limited time, I'm giving this away free via INSTAFREEBIE.

I hope you'll tell your friends. Thank you!

Thursday, March 9, 2017

Friendship and Lunch

by Karen Rose Smith

As a writer, I sometimes forget there is a whole world outside of the ones I create in my mysteries and romances.  Friends are the best way for me to de-stress, share a meal, and talk about everything we both care about. 

This was a banner week for me for this type of de-stressing.  On Saturday I had a birthday dinner for my bff and her teenage daughter.  Conversation included fashion, healthy food, desserts and summer plans.  On Sunday my hubby (he is my bff too) went shopping with me and we stopped at my favorite hometown restaurant for lunch.  Since we've been married 45 years, any and all subjects are on the table from politics to cat care.  On Monday, a writer friend and I had lunch.  We had a deli buffet and she brought dessert--tiramisu.  Donna and I have known each other for about twenty years.  We aren't in the same town so we Skype now and then.  But I look forward to face-to-face conversations.

Donna has a cat and a fairly new pup and I'm a cat mom to four inside cats and two strays.  So our conversation usually starts with that.  The publishing industry is always a subject we delve into--what promotion works and what doesn't, changes in social media, and trends that might be popular today but not tomorrow.  We also discuss the challenges of plotting and day to day writing.  Donna is a beta reader for my mysteries and I trust her judgement.  She writes western historical fiction and historical mysteries.  But our different styles and genres add spice to our discussions.

Food and friends seem to go together.  Is that because we're more relaxed when we eat, drink coffee and tea and sometimes share a luscious dessert?  

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Things you learn when you don’t expect to learn anything

Okay, I admit it I’m a self-proclaimed Gilmore Girl junkie.

I’ve watched the episodes so many times I can probably recite the dialogue by heart or at least I know a lot of the great lines like If you’re going to throw your life away be sure he has a motorcycle.

I cried when Rory graduated from Chilton, cried when Sookie got married and laughed when Kirk crashed the car into Luke’s diner.
When Lorelei got engaged to Max he sent her a thousand yellow daisies because she said an engagement should be special. When my daughter got engaged I left her bunches and bunches of yellow daisies because I agree that an engagement should be special. There weren’t a thousand but a lot and she got the message as she’s a Gilmore junkie too.

I’ve not only been entertained by the Gilmore Girls but learned
stuff like you have to let you kids do their own thing even though you think...Have you lost your mind! And that you should never argue with your children, it’s just now worth the heartache. Actually I learned that from Maggie Smith on Downton Abby and it is soooooo true!

I also learned from Gilmore Girls that I’m not the only coffee crazy person out there, that dreams do come true and having a best friend, especially if it’s your daughter, is more precious than all the money in the word.

I also learned something really, really useful from Rory. Making a pro/con list really works. When I have a decision to make I now write down the pros and cons and see where it takes me. The pro/con list doesn’t lie.

So what about you? Have your ever learned something from a TV series or movie that you brought into your own life and it work? Maybe a tradition that you picked up and tried out?

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Movie Time

by Maggie Sefton

Yes, it's that time again, everyone----no, I don't mean Income Tax Time, even though that's also true.  I mean it's time for another Movie update on some of the films I've seen in my rounds of the local cinemas.  I was out of the theaters the weekend before last, but I was able to catch a movie this past weekend.   Hopefully some of these films will be playing somewhere in your area.

The movie I saw this past weekend was one that was on my list from the moment it appeared in theatres---A DOG'S PURPOSE.  Definitely for animal lovers.  It's a great story and told through the doggy narrator who describes the several lives he's experienced and all the dramatic and funny happenings in each one.  And, yes, I definitely shed some tears, so I had my tissues handy.  I'm a big softie with animal movies.   That wonderful movie a few years ago, WAR HORSE, just put me through the wringer.  :)  Saw it at least twice.  See?  A big softie.  But, A DOG'S PURPOSE is easier on the viewers, so check it out.

PATRIOT'S DAY----This is one heckuva movie, folks.  True to life, unfortunately.  It's the story of some of the people---real and dramatized---who experienced that horrific day in 2013 at the Boston Marathon  when two bombs were placed in the midst of race watchers along the sidewalk.  Mark Wahlberg plays a Boston cop who was on duty that day and watched the explosions and joined other Boston police as they hunted down the bomber.  And caught one of them.   Non-stop action in this one, folks.

LION----This is another story that is based on actual events.  A little five-year old boy named Saroo gets lost on a train and finds himself traveling thousands of miles across India, far from his home and family.  He winds up in Kolkata (Calcutta) where he doesn't even speak the dialect.  He has to learn to survive alone until he fortunately is adopted by a loving Australian couple.  Twenty-five years later, he returns on a quest to find his original family even though he only has a few old memories to guide him.  This is another great movie, everyone.  I can heartily recommend it.   Have you folks seen any of these films?    

Monday, March 6, 2017


By Mary Kennedy                              

This started out being one of those "let-me-count-the-ways" blog and then I realized it would probably take me a dozen blogs to explain why I love writing cozies.  (I feel the same way about reading them, in case you're wondering. I'm an avid cozy reader, keep up with my favorite series and am always on the lookout for new ones) I also subscribe to several book review sites and the reviewers do a wonderful job, alerting me to new releases.

Here are just a few reasons I love writing cozies.

I can set the books any place my heart desires.

The Talk Radio Mysteries are set in Florida, one of my favorite spots on earth! This is book one, DEAD AIR. I wanted to give my main character, Dr. Maggie, a really different environment from Manhattan, where she practiced as a clinical psychologist. (which happens to be my day job).  Dr. Maggie closes up her practice in Manhattan to be a radio talk show host (like Frasier.)

And south Florida seemed ideal because Dr. Maggie's mom, Lola, is a fifty-something actress, always looking for "her big break." South Florida is known as "Hollywood East" because of their thriving film business, so I figured that would give me some plot opportunities for Lola Walsh.

In fact, book two in the series, REEL MURDER, revolves around a murder on a movie set.

I can investigate subjects that interest me. Almost any topic is okay in a cozy, unless it's really gory or upsetting. I found myself interested in "phony psychics" and decided to build a plot around Chantal, who comes to Florida, trying to take over Dr. Maggie's radio show.

I can create fun, vibrant characters who do things I'd like to do.  I always thought it would be fun to start a Dream Club, for example, so I created the Dream Club Mysteries. In the first book, Nightmares Can Be Murder, Ali and Taylor Blake host a dream club in Savannah that meets once a week. A dream club is like a book club, except instead of discussing books, you talk about and analyze your dreams. The group quickly discovers clues in their dreams that unmask killers! Real or just a coincidence? I leave it to the reader to decide.

As the series continues, the sisters become well known--not only for Oldies But Goodies, their vintage candy store, but for their work with the Savannah police.
In Dream a Little Scream, a celebrity chef is murdered during a book signing, and in A Premonition of Murder, a reclusive southern heiress is found dead in her mansion.  

I hope you've enjoyed this little look at cozies and I'll write more next week! Be sure to sign up for our Cozy Chicks blog and you'll get an e-mail five days a week from one of our Cozy Chicks!