Monday, February 26, 2018


By Mary Kennedy                                       

This started out being one of those "let-me-count-the-ways" blogs 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 couple of 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 and book four,  A DEADLY FUNDRAISER, takes place in a south Florida mansion. A scavenger hunt turns deadly when Maggie and her crew discover a body in the mansion's speakeasy.

What else is appealing about writing cozies? Well, 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.                                                      

The Kindle version of Nightmares Can Be Murder is on sale right now for only $2.99. The perfect time to give this series a try! Just click on the link and start analyzing dreams (and solving murders) with the Dream Club members.

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 famous chef comes to town and is murdered at a booksigning. The group continues to solve crimes and in A Premonition of Murder,  they investigate the death of a wealthy heiress. The cover represents the vintage candy store, Oldies But Goodies, that Ali and Taylor run in Savannah.

I hope you've enjoyed this little peek into why I love writing cozies, feel free to chime in!

Mary Kennedy
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