Cozy Mystery Spotlights and Interviews
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...
Is it hotter than Hades everywhere? Sweltering heat that makes the pools feel
like bathwater, and the lakes a petrie dish for bacteria? We’ve had blistering
heat that won’t relent, so this week I decided to step into the shade and enjoy
what the shadows bring. I wanted to test the darkest corners and see
what little monsters I could find—embrace every deadly kiss
the Read More...
Whether you like to sit on the porch with a hardback book in your hands, or with
your Kindle or Nook on your lap, this week I’ve chosen four mystery must-reads
to enjoy during your summer nights. Pour a glass of iced tea and join these
great heroines and their quirky sidekicks in a cozy corner—each one is a treat
not to be missed!
The summer months are full of new treats from fresh fruit at the local market to
new flavors of ice cream, all of them mouth-wateringly delicious. But I’m here
to address the treats for your mind. The mysteries that catch you with the cozy
warmth of small town love thy neighbor attitudes and humor to make you
smile. Enjoy my four new picks this week!
You don’t need to plan a vacation or a staycation this week. Take the week off
and relax from all the hubbub that has had you running around like a crazed mom
of quintuplet five year olds in a toy store. Pick up a book or two, or three—the
ones that have been stacking up in your to-be-read pile and just breathe. Escape
into another world where ghosts are real, magic Read More...
One of my favorite authors is sitting down in the Cozy Corner this week. Darcie
Wilde’s tales of regency England enthrall readers with layers of romantic
intrigue both heartwarming and heartbreaking. Her May release, A PURELY PRIVATE MATTER,
takes us on a journey that weaves Rosalind Thorne’s past with her
future, while she unravels the secrets behind the mysterious Read More...
Kym: Welcome to The Cozy Corner, Winnie!
Kym: Many readers may not know that Winnie Archer is a pen name for your new
series, and that you’re actually Melissa Bourbon, Misa Ramirez, and Melissa
Bourbon Ramirez. What challenges have your new name brought you as an author?
Winnie: I have trouble keeping things straight myself! Different
publishers like you to have different names on your books Read More...
Every now and then I go for broke—take a chance that the biggest names in the
industry will answer my requests for an interview. I’ve never been disappointed.
😉 Like a few months back when I asked Susan Wittig Albert to sit down at the
Cozy Corner and answer a few questions. She quickly responded and was open and
candid with my sometimes-nosey questions. I hope you enjoy our conversation as
much Read More...
For Women’s History Month, I felt it was only fitting to pay homage to the
female authors of the past who continue to captivate mystery readers across
generations. With their boundary-breaking literature, these women have
influenced and motivated a multitude of incredible female authors who continue
to expand upon their foremother’s legacy. To celebrate their achievements, I
asked a few women currently making history in the mystery genre about the female
inspirations Read More...
It’s almost here! Can you feel it? Can you smell it in the air? Well, you can
definitely see it in all the fresh new cozies popping up everywhere! Take a
moment in your day to stop and savor the mysteries—they’re bright, they’re
charming, and they’ll lead you on an exciting chase for a killer.
Missy Dubois is the definition of southern charm in the small town of
Bleu Bayou, Louisiana. She’s got sass and spunk, with a style everyone wants—and
Sandra Bretting has brought her to life in a most entertaining way with her Missy Dubois
I was elated when Ms. Bretting agreed to sit down in our Cozy Corner and Read More...
As a reader, book covers catch my eye. As a writer, titles draw me in. My three
features this week were complete head-turners that had me hooked at first sight.
From the natural born enemies of MISSION IMPAWSIBLE , to
cozy southern charm of WAR
AND PEACH, to the wispy fresh breezes of the Oregon Read More...
January is one of those months I find myself snuggling up in front of the fire
with a good book instead of doing my grocery shopping. A good cozy mystery beats
bundling up in layers and driving to the grocery store feeling like the Michelin
Man stuffed inside a clown car any day. And if it means my family has to eat
frozen pizza again, so be it. They’ll survive until the temperature rises Read More...
It’s almost time to sing Auld Lang Syne and as I reflect over the blogs I’ve
posted for 2016, I realize what an amazing year I’ve had on the Cozy Corner. I’ve had the
incredible opportunity to interview authors whose experiences and careers are as
varied as the mystery genre they write. Many thanks to Fresh Fiction and the
generous writers Read More...
Kym: “Today I have the pleasure of sitting down with Charli Rae
Warren in her hometown of Hazel Rock, Texas for an interview. Charli is a
kindergarten teacher who came back to Hazel Rock after a twelve-year absence!
She’s also an imaginary friend of Read More...
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