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Cozy Corner: Summertime Crime Spree
Cozy Corner / June 16, 2016

There’s nothing better than sitting on the porch reading a mystery with a summer breeze and a tall glass of iced tea. Unless of course, I’m lying on a beach with a cozy in my hands. This week I’m featuring four great novels you won’t want to miss as you enjoy the great weather, even if mother nature has you cooped up inside with a thunderstorm rolling through. A SHATTERING CRIME by Jennifer McAndrews Stained Glass Mystery #3 It’s death by Danish in the newest mystery from the national bestselling author of Death Under Glass, featuring stained-glass enthusiast and amateur sleuth Georgia Kelly. Life in Wenwood, New York, sparkles for Georgia, but for one of her neighbors, it’s about to lose its luster… Georgia’s day-to-day routine finally seems to be lining up. Stained-glass projects in the morning, clerical work for a law office in the afternoon, and waitressing in the evening. Best of all she gets to spend relaxing Sundays with her new boyfriend. But that comfortable pattern is about to be broken. First Georgia’s cat goes into heat and literally disturbs the peace. Then Georgia’s mother drops in for a visit with her new husband in tow. But everything…

Irish’d for a New Cozy from Kylie Logan
Cozy Corner / June 1, 2016

And it came true! Kylie Logan is just one of the many pseudonyms used by National Bestselling Author, Casey Daniels. To the enjoyment of many, she released a brand new series in May that will wet your whistle and change your palate. I was delighted when she accepted my invitation for an interview at the Cozy Corner. Please welcome, Kylie/Casey! Kym: Hi Casey! Welcome to the Cozy Corner! Casey: Thank you! It’s always fun to be here. Kym: You’ve written under a lot of different pseudonyms, can you tell us a little bit about each one, and what defines her? Casey: There have been a lot of them (probably more than anyone suspects) so I’ll just concentrate on the two most recent. One of them is Casey Daniels. Casey writes the Pepper Martin mysteries about a woman who works at a historic cemetery and solves mysteries for the ghosts there. They are light, funny, sassy. The other name I’m writing under these days is Kylie Logan. Kylie writes more traditional mysteries (no paranormal elements) in the cozy tradition. So far, she’s written the Button Box mysteries and the Chili Cook-off mysteries (neither series is around anymore) along with two series…

Cozy Corner: I Checked Out A Fatal Chapter, Ripped From the Pages
Cozy Corner / May 9, 2016

The various story-lines of cozy mysteries never get old for me. Carving, cooking, knitting, sewing, surfing, travel, witches. What’s not to like? But my favorite theme has always been a story within the story. The mysteries wrapped around an author’s words and bound together in one beautiful package. The month of June promises to fulfill my late night reading binges with new who-dun-its from some of the best in the business: Elaine Viets, Lorna Barrett, and Kate Carlisle. Add them to your to-be-read file, they’re the perfect addition to every cozy mystery library. CHECKED OUTA Dead-End Job Mystery By Elaine Viets When book-restoration expert Brooklyn Wainwright temporarily relocates to her parents’ place in Northern California, she finds that wooden barrels aren’t the only things buried in the wine caves of Sonoma…. Excited to explore the secrets of wine country, Brooklyn attends an excavation of the caves hidden deep under her parents’ commune—and the findings are explosive. A room is unearthed, and it contains a treasure trove of artwork, rare books, a chest of jewelry…and a perfectly mummified body. A closer examination of the murdered man’s possessions reveals a valuable first edition of Jules Verne’s A Journey to the Center of…

Jane Austen Lives! Thanks to Darcie Wilde
Cozy Corner / April 27, 2016

A USEFUL WOMAN, A Rosalind Thorne Mystery by Darcie Wilde, the title caught my attention immediately—I had to swallow the affront that stuck in my throat. The audacity to say a woman is ‘useful.” The cover image of a historical era ballroom, however, explains the slight toward the female sex—the nineteenth century did not belong to us. And the author’s name, Darcie Wilde, immediately brought a smile to my face as I thought of a famous Mr. Darcy created by Jane Austen. Could there be a connection? Yes, ma’am. Darcie Wilde, or Sarah Zettel to those of us in the cozy world, has created a brilliant new series that embraces not only a historical mystery, but the style and romance of a Jane Austen novel. I absolutely loved this book and cannot imagine a better title. I also had to interview the very useful woman who wrote this impressive new mystery. 🙂 Kym: Hi Sarah! Welcome to the Cozy Corner! Sarah: Thanks so much for inviting me! I’m really excited to be here. Kym: I love your new pseudonym, Darcie Wilde. Can you tell our readers how it came to be? Sarah: It started out as a pseudonym for some…

Kym Roberts | Bite into a Cozy
Cozy Corner / April 6, 2016

What’s in a name? Everything when it comes to a cozy mystery. It must be witty, eye-catching, combine a hint about the series and the individual crime all in a couple quirky words. The author must turn a phrase, or twist it or just toss it out there and see if the readers catch the pun. Of course we do—we always do. That’s why we read cozies. They snare our attention with that little wiggle at the end of the line. The one you can’t resist even if the pond is full of bigger fish with names that make your eyes pop. The cozy author has given you a taste. A tease. A temptation you can’t resist. The new April releases are just so—titles you can’t pass up. Titles that made you go, “hmmm.” So what’s on your menu for tomorrow? About REST IN PEACH by Susan Furlong In the refreshing new Georgia Peach Mystery from the author of Peaches and Scream, an upcoming debutante ball turns into the pits when a juicy murder scandalizes a small town. The annual Peach Cotillion, Cays Mill, Georgia’s biggest event, is fast approaching and Nola Mae Harper is just as excited as the…

A Strawberry Topped Interview with CC Dragon
Author Guest , Cozy Corner / February 29, 2016

I am of the mindset that there’s nothing better than having a ripe, juicy strawberry on top of my dessert, and I’m beginning to believe the same rule applies to cozy mysteries! CC Dragon’s promotion card caught my eye last fall at a conference in Colorado. There was something about it that was familiar—her cover styles were attractive and appealing—as it turns out, we have the same cover artist! So it makes sense, that I was drawn to her books as much as I am to strawberry topping. I looked for her at the conference, to no avail and ended up stuffing her promotion card in my bag to contact her after I returned home. I hate to say, that swag bag didn’t get emptied until the holidays, but what a great gift it turned out to be! If I’d contacted CC last fall, she would have only had two books out in her series, but as of January, she has three Strawberry Top Mysteries for you to gobble up;) Now that’s a delicious treat! Kym: Please welcome CC Dragon to Fresh Fiction’s Cozy Corner! CC: Hi! Thanks for tracking me down ? Kym: CC can you tell us a…

A Race for the White House…Kitchen
Cozy Corner / January 19, 2016

It’s that time of year! Well, technically it started eight months ago when all the politicians started clogging up the news channels, social media and late night talk shows. It seems they seek to entertain us on every outlet. **sigh** I don’t know about you, but I personally, prefer to let the pros entertain me with fictional political scheming—it’s far more interesting and direct. And the race for the White House kitchen is a much better recipe for intrigue! Like in Julie Hyzy’s FOREIGN ECLAIRS, A White House Chef Mystery. This is Ms. Hyzy’s ninth White House Chef Mystery, but don’t worry, if you haven’t read any of the previous novels, you can safely start with Foreign Eclairs—I did and thoroughly enjoyed it. What’s not to love about food, the Secret Service, and a special young visitor to the kitchen who just happens to be the leader of the free world’s young son? Ms. Hyzy has surrounded her White House Executive Chef, Ollie Paras, with an interesting cast of characters that will draw you into the day-to-day operation of the most influential kitchen of the world. Ms. Hyzy didn’t stop there. No, she added a level of credibility to her…

Cozy Corner | Moments of Mystery from 2015
Author Guest , Cozy Corner / January 1, 2016

The best part of writing for the Cozy Corner is finding new mysteries and meeting new authors. Some of the series I’ve followed from book one, others I’ve picked up at book nine, or fifteen—wondering at each turn of the page, how I could have possibly missed such a fabulous series! Yet I know I can’t possible read them all, and maybe that’s a good thing. Because when I round the corner, there’s still that anticipation of what I’ll see next. What mystery is left for me to figure out. 2016 has an awesome line-up of mysteries in store for us, but maybe you’ve missed a book you shouldn’t have this year. Maybe the author, who will reach out and touch you in a way no other could, has already visited the Cozy Corner. Maybe it’s time to review our list of mysteries that don’t belong on anyone’s cold case list yet;) To end the year, I thought I’d reflect on the interviews that warmed my heart, made me laugh, and allowed me to meet my hero. I hope you’ll enjoy my best moments of 2015. In January, 2015 I interviewed two authors who like to visit the past, but…

Cozy Corner | The Gift of Mystery
Cozy Corner / December 14, 2015

It’s that time of year! That’s right, you have to come up with an idea for all those people you don’t really know—at all! What do you give a teacher who has every apple under the sun, or your nosy neighbor you’d like to keep out of your business for at least one day during the holidays? Your cubicle mate whom you have nothing in common with beyond the daily gripping about the commute in to the office? What about your mother-in-law, or father-in-law? Or your personal assistant who carries you through the entire year and you’ve been so busy you haven’t even asked her/his favorite color (s/he deserves a cash bonus to be sure), but what if you want to add a personal touch to that bonus that says I did think about you beyond your monetary value? There’s nothing better than a mystery that has their interests at heart and in the cozy genre you are sure to find the perfect match. For instance, for that retired firefighter in your life, whether it be your neighbor or your mother-in-law, J.J. Cook has the perfect Sweet Pepper Fire Brigade Mystery release, SWEET PEPPER HERO. About SWEET PEPPER HERO Old…

Cozy Corner: Melissa Bourbon, a Magical Mystery
Cozy Corner / February 24, 2015

I met Melissa Bourbon (Misa Ramirez) for the first time in 2009 at Barnes & Noble on the Texas Christian University Campus. I was new to the industry, having just joined RWA, and went out to support a writer on the release of her very first book, LIVING LA VIDA LOLA, A Lola Cruz Mystery. What I found was a quiet, cute, tall blond with a quick smile and a soft voice. This was the first (and only) time I’ve seen Misa wearing a conservative navy blue suit. Since then she’s let her inner artist take over at her book signings, so after ten cozy mysteries, two romantic suspense novels, one light paranormal romance, one how-to book, and one children’s book you’ll now find her wearing funky hats, sassy pig-tails with homemade wool beads or a bright scarf around her neck—she has grown into her National Best-selling Author shoes with style. Kym: Welcome back to the Cozy Corner, Misa! Misa: Wow, what a memory you have! A blue suit? Have I ever owned a blue suit??!! Kym: I love your Magical Dress Making Mystery Series set in Bliss, Texas. Can you tell our readers who or what inspired you to…