Monday, March 2, 2020

WHY WE LOVE SOUTHERN MYSTERIES

By Mary Kennedy                                           
 
As a writer, I'm always dreaming of new settings, new locations, new plot possibilities. Many cozy mysteries are set in small towns, and the south is a popular venue. There's something wonderful and compelling about southern mysteries.

The Talk Radio Mysteries take place in a small Florida town called Cypress Grove. DEAD AIR is the first in this 4 book series. With more to come! I liked the idea of a small town because Dr. Maggie, the heroine and amateur sleuth, moved from Manhattan and I thought the "fish out of water" scenario might lead to some comic possibilities.
                                                                         

Dr. Maggie hosts her own radio talk show on WYME and gradually becomes acclimated to life in Cypress Grove. By book 4, A DEADLY FUNDRAISER, she's made some solid friendships, solved a few murders and acquired a terrific boyfriend. Things are looking good for Dr. Maggie and her crew. Here's a fun video on A DEADLY FUNDRAISER. Just click on the name.
                                                                               

And Georgia is right up there as a favorite destination. I set my Dream Club Mysteries in Savannah, a gorgeous city, rich in history. Book 3, A PREMONITION OF MURDER opens with lunch at a southern mansion, a wealthy socialite who still refers to the Civil War as the War of Northern Aggression, magnolias and live oaks. And what happens after lunch? Well, the title is a giveaway. You saw it coming, didn't you? A murder! And the Dream Club springs into action to solve the crime.

                                                                   

You can check out all the books in the series on my website, along with my teen books and my books for "young teens." Happy reading! 
 

5 comments:

Thomas Burns said...

I'll check out your books, Mary. For the most part, my Natalie McMasters Mysteries are set in a fictional city in the south (although Nattie did have an excursion to New York City). I've lived in the south for over 40 years and just love the richness of the culture here.

Dr. Mary Kennedy said...

Hi Thomas, I envy you living in sunny weather! Good luck with the series, I'm sure you'll do well, thanks so much for stopping by.

Ashley Montgomery said...

I love a good southern mystery!

Amy said...

Love your books Mary! Southern small towns are always interesting. Waiting for a new book from you.

Dr. Mary Kennedy said...

Thank, Ashley! Amy, a new book is coming (I swear!)