Cozy Mystery Spotlights and Interviews
I've been drinking tea all my life. My mom served me tea with lemon in winter
after I played in the snow. She added orange juice when I caught a cold. As I
grew older, my dad might add a shot of whisky for a sore throat! My tea
drinking days followed me through life as green tea and anti-oxidant information
became more available. However, as I visited tea rooms over the years Read More...
Try not to judge…but I'm having an affair with my air conditioner.
In spite of my desire to cling like a limpet to this hardworking, life-giving,
and mechanical knight in shining armor, I still crave the outdoors: the sound of
birdsong, the touch of a gentle breeze, the sight of squirrels and rabbits
frolicking in the cool of the morning. Every day before the temperatures in
Texas soar to a brain-frying Read More...
I have something to confess. I. Love. Mysteries. Not only do I write them, but I
read them. Um, a lot of them. Not only do I nibble at their pages, but I consume
them nightly on television. Why?
There's just something about the familiar characters, the sleuth and his
sidekick or the detective sergeant and her trusty partner, that draws me in. I
laugh at their silly jokes, bite my nails when they Read More...
I hope you and your loved ones enjoyed the festive Fourth with a bit of fun,
relaxation, and a good book. Now that the fireworks are behind us, I’m afraid
only the lazy dog days of summer lie ahead.
Ever wonder where the familiar phrase Dog Days of Summer originated?
Blame it on the ancient Romans. They called the most humid, hottest days of
summer “diēs caniculārē Read More...
First, a big howdy to y'all from Texas. Second, a big thanks
to the lovely Kym
Roberts for this opportunity to share all the exciting new cozy releases
hitting the shelves of your local and virtual bookstores during the month of
July. As a heat wave blazes its way across the country this week, I encourage
you to declare your Read More...
Whoever said these were our golden years, was either living on martinis on the
beach or hadn't reached the gilded age when every bone and joint in their body
screamed for attention. I've ignored the screaming for a few years, but the
noise is now coming from a woman in a white lab coat with the initials DR
imprinted in front of her name. The fun of my youth (and beyond) has a Read More...
The last homework assignment has been completed. The last drive line has been
driven. And the last school bell has rung…until August. Mom's across America are
breathing a sigh of relief— until next week when they have to scramble to
entertain the bored kids.
I have a few mysteries for you to enjoy during the short window of unabashed joy
your kids are experiencing from the freedom of school responsibilities. For
those teachers Read More...
by Sharon Pape and Kym Roberts
It always amazes me when I approached an author I don't know with a hairbrained
idea, and she actually says, "Yes!" Yet the writing community is that
way: adventure seekers to the core. My guest today is one of those brave souls
who didn't hesitate to jump on board this crazy ride between her fictional
characters and mine.
Everyone is more than ready for the trees to bloom and the flowers to sprout.
The temperatures are finally rising and hopefully *fingers crossed* we've all
experience the last snowfall of winter! Sitting in the sun soaking up some
vitamin D is finally a possibility, and what better way to celebrate the return
of nice weather than to do it with a blanket in the park and a book in your
hands? Here are Read More...
It's springtime! Although many of us are not feeling the effects yet, we can
benefit from all of the hard work mystery authors did while hibernating with
their computers over the winter. This week I have four great cozies for you to
check out. Magic by the sea with cupcakes at a festival—it doesn't get any
better than that!
One of the great thing about cozy mysteries are the recipes! Everyone loves to
delve into the scrumptious foods authors describe in their books, and Rebecca
Adler has some of the best Tex-Mex recipes out there. After reading her latest
book CINCO DE MURDER, I
had to ask her for a taste of Texas. To my delight, and soon to be yours too,
Rebecca Read More...
A Review of S.T.A.G.S. by M.A. Bennett
S.T.A.G.S. by M.A. Bennett, is a
fast-paced mystery that kept me on the edge of my seat wanting to know more. The
story starts Read More...
This week I'm featuring four new mysteries you can't pass up. These four authors
have supplied a variety of different types of mysteries to choose from—like the
delicious cooking whodunit's of Joanne Fluke, or the sweet teas twisters of
Laura Childs. Perhaps you're in the mood for Anna Lee Huber's historical
cliffhangers, or the sassy sleuths of Erin Huss. You really cant go wrong with
these mysteries; there's Read More...
A Review by Kym and Gidget
Today's blog was a special treat for me. I read the book along with a young
reader, and then we sat down and wrote our reviews. This was her very first
review, and I have to say, I think Gidget has a knack for the craft. Much more
so than I do.
A well-written review has insight into the reader's mind—its audience. The Read More...
The first week of February is always cold. Even in Texas, we're in the thirties
and I have to say, the temperature is the one number I want to see move
upward this month. Not the ugly bathroom scale number. Not the ridiculous prices
at the grocery store. And certainly not the eye-popping numbers on my eye glass
prescription. Those are bad numbers, but I do have a good number for Read More...
The new year is always filled with fresh prospects, new beginnings and hope for
a better tomorrow. Yet sometimes, you just want to hang onto what made you
comfortable last year. The time-tested and proven.
As a mystery reader, its no different. Your favorite sleuths hold a special
place in your heart you aren't about to give up. And why should you? Yet you
still can't resist the shiny and new cozy Read More...
It's hard to pick the best mysteries of the past year, especially when I'm
limited on space. I don't feature a book I don't love, so if you've seen it on
the Cozy Corner, you
know I adored it. Yet each year I torture myself by trying to list the best
mysteries, and considering I never come close to reading Read More...
The rat race has begun! For many, the menorah is lit. Or the tree is decorated.
The lights are hung. The list is complete. (Until they add to it again.) The
shopping has started—on and off-line. The weather is cooperating. Sorta. And the
parties are out of control!
But all you want to do is relax. So here’s a few cozies to help you do just
You know it's going to happen. You're going to need to escape. Because on
Thursday afternoon, Uncle Bill will be deep in the eggnog—except he won't be
drinking the same eggnog everyone else will be enjoying. Uncle Bill's special
blend will come from the flask in his pocket, and the more he drinks, the louder
his political jokes will get.
If he was the only one you had to worry Read More...
The week of Readers & ritas is always a busy one in North Texas. Games to
prepare, baskets to put together, and the dreaded hunts through closets for
clothes that still fit. To top that off, I have edits to complete—Yikes!
Needless to say, my thoughts are racing at night and going to sleep can be a chore.
To relax and get my mind off my to-do list, I’ve decided to turn Read More...
The cozy temps of fall are just starting to reach Texas, bringing with them one
of my guilty pleasures—snuggling up with a fuzzy blanket and a good mystery in
front of the fire pit in my back yard. The thought of sitting in my comfy lounge
chair with the fresh scent of a fire wafting through the air has allured me away
from my desk the last couple nights. Once the fire was lit Read More...
This week I had the pleasure of interviewing the author of A Magical Cat
Mystery series, Sofie Kelly. Her latest mystery, A TALE OF TWO KITTIES,
scratched my funny bone on the very first page and I had to get the scoop on her
adorable felines. I know Read More...
This week I’m featuring three cozies that caught my attention with their titles.
I love a good, quirky title. To be specific, one that can make me smile or
release an inner snicker at the puniful twist the author used. Not only does it
give a good sense of what the book is about, but it also gives the reader a
taste of the author’s sense of humor. I dare you not to Read More...
It’s time to travel across the pond with author Alexia Gordon to the land of
shamrocks and leprechauns. Actually, we won’t be visiting any leprechauns, but
ghosts and symphonies are another story. Alexia’s fictional world may not be
magical, but her research and writing will happily engage cozy mystery readers
from beginning to end in her Gethsemane Brown Mystery
The best way to deal with the heat of summer is to find a place in the shade, or
the air conditioning;), and read an incredible mystery. Mysteries full of spunky
characters who act as spies, and everyday Janes who aren’t about to let the
wrong person be accused of murder. Read about a woman who loves her fiancee
beyond any claim to the thrown, and a woman who will do what it takes Read More...
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