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Kym Roberts | Cozy Corner: In the Cold Winter’s Night…
Author Guest / October 28, 2019

A murder is brewing. It’s not merry angels gathering to sing carols on this silent deadly night. It’s Laura Bradford, Emily Brightwell, Vickie Delany, Kate Kingsbury and Anne Perry weaving mysterious murders into magical reads for the holiday season. In cozy mysteries, there’s a delicate balance between the dark reality of death and a festive holiday celebration, but these women do it magnificently. From London to New York, and the English countryside to the Pennsylvania plains this season’s best are entertaining delights to be read any time of year.  The relatability of their characters draws me in every time, and this season is no exception. Regardless of the era, readers can walk the halls, shop the shops and adore the decorations in the hotel lobby as they become ensconced in the investigation of a perfect cat and mouse race to the end. Join me in a little merriment, murder and mayhem wrapped up in a cozy package for the holidays. A KILLER CAROL by Laura Bradford Amish Mystery #7 Heavenly, PA has been transformed into a Christmas wonderland, and Claire is delighted to celebrate the season. . . but a fiendish killer has other plans in this all-new installment in the…

Laura Bradford | Digging Deeper
Author Guest / June 29, 2018

For years now, I’ve written mystery novels. In fact, twenty-six of the thirty books I’ve seen published have been mystery. I’ve written a series with a journalist as the protagonist, a librarian as the protagonist, a baker as the protagonist, an advertising executive as the protagonist, and a gift shop owner in the heart of Amish country as the protagonist. I’ve enjoyed writing all of my series for various reasons, but it’s been my Amish Mysteries—in particular the former Amish detective in that series—that has tugged at my heartstrings in a very different way. Watching Detective Jakob Fisher come back (as a police detective) to the very town in which he grew up (as a young Amish boy and then teenager) has been fascinating to me. You see, Jakob left after baptism, thereby having to sever all ties to his childhood family. While that background has given me great material to work with in my Amish Mysteries series, it’s also a part of Amish culture that’s really given me pause. Soon, I was itching to explore that pre/post baptism decision in a very different way than I could inside the confines of my work as a mystery writer. And that’s…

Cozy Corner | It’s a Cozy New Year!
Cozy Corner / January 15, 2018

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 that holds so much intrigue—so don’t! This week I have some great return heroines, one that’s new to me, but she’s been around for three previous books (which gave me a backlist to check out) and a bonus mystery of a brand new series that will have you looking ahead for more! If you know these authors, check out their latest mystery and return to what you love. If they’re new to you, celebrate the beginning of a new relationship with a tried and true series. And don’t forget to check out an up and coming series you’re sure add to your list of favorites. CRUST NO ONE by Winnie Archer A Bread Shop Mystery #2 Business is booming at Yeast of Eden. But with a deadly mystery…

Laura Bradford | When a Bludgeoning (or a strangling…or a poisoning…or a…) Just Won’t Do
Uncategorized / February 18, 2010

It started just like any other story I’ve ever written. I was in the car, driving my kids to school, when a ten-second newsbyte on the radio caught my attention. A decades-old letter was found behind a desk in a Pennsylvania post office–a letter that went undelivered for forty plus years. I imagine the radio guy said something else, that he filled in a few more facts…but if he did, I didn’t hear him. Because I was stuck on the letter… What if the letter had carried news of an inheritance or condolences over a lost family member? What if it had been a cry for help? Before we reached the school parking lot, I knew I had the makings of a new book. As a writer, you just know these things. Over the course of the next few months, the story percolated in my mind. What should the letter say? Who sent it? Who was the intended recipient? What happened as a result of it not arriving at its intended destination? I considered characters–good guys and bad guys. I considered potential motives. I even gave thought to murder weapons. But no matter how hard I thought about the letter…