Tag Archives: Cozy

Killer Nashville’s Featured Books / Monday, February 10, 2014 / Reviewed by Clay Stafford

Beewitched by Hannah Reed Books, Cooks, and Crooks by Lucy Arlington Days of Wine and Roquefort by Avery Aames   Three must reads from Berkley Prime Crime’s lineup. Part 1 of 3. Dear Murderous Reader – It doesn’t get any better than Berkley Prime … Continue reading

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The Checks Are Coming In: Why I Self-Published My Book and How I Did It / Author Helen Haught Fanick

Sometimes authors wonder when and if they should self-publish a book.  Author Helen Haught Fanick, a traditionally published author, had the same concerns.  As our Guest Blogger this week, Helen shares with us the decision to self-publish a book she … Continue reading

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Killer Nashville’s Featured Book of the Day / “You Cannoli Die Once” by Shelley Costa / Thursday, May 30, 2013 / Reviewed by Clay Stafford

Today’s featured book is You Cannoli Die Once by Shelley Costa An Italian food mystery series?  What could be better than this!  Get ready to sit down and indulge. Edgar Award-nominated author Shelley Costa has put the fine touches on the start … Continue reading

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How Technology Helps & Hinders The Modern-Day Sleuth

Back in the good old days, a private detective or amateur sleuth could justify entering the villain’s secluded hideout alone because they were miles from a telephone. Now, when everyone has a cell phone (and probably an internet connection) in … Continue reading

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Killer Nashville’s Featured Book of the Day / “Dead Insider” by Victoria Houston / Friday, May 17, 2013 / Reviewed by Clay Stafford

Today’s featured book is Dead Insider by Victoria Houston There is so much to like about Victoria Houston’s new novel, “Dead Insider,” I almost don’t know where to begin. Plot-wise, it is what I might call a suspenseful cozy, or maybe a … Continue reading

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Killer Nashville’s Featured Book of the Day / “Shadows On a Cape Cod Wedding” by Lea Wait / Monday, May 6, 2013 / Reviewed by Clay Stafford

Today’s featured book is Shadows On a Cape Cod Wedding – An Antique Print Mystery by Lea Wait A dead body on the beach, a second murder, and the looming hurricane amidst wedding preparations and a number of romantic and social issues … Continue reading

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Killer Nashville’s Featured Book of the Day / “Final Settlement” by Vicki Doudera / Tuesday, April 30, 2013 / Reviewed by Clay Stafford

Today’s featured book is Final Settlement by Vicki Doudera If cozies are your thing, you’ll be sold with “Final Settlement” by Vicki Doudera.  This is the fourth installment in her Darby Farr real estate mystery series. I love the characters and the … Continue reading

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Why Do Amateur Sleuths Solve Crimes? / Author Sharon Woods Hopkins

Last month I participated on a panel called “Killing Me Softly” at a writers’ conference. It wasn’t about the 1973 Roberta Flack song, as I first thought. Rather, it was a lively discussion about what that title would mean relative … Continue reading

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My take on writing a “Cozy” / Kay Elam

My very first writing conference was Killer Nashville, and I was scared to death. After all, I envisioned the other attendees as real writers, many published, many successful. I was only starting my writing journey, but knew I needed to … Continue reading

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Killer Nashville’s Book of the Day / Thursday, December 13, 2012 / “Death of a Neighborhood Witch: A Jaine Austen Mystery” by Laura Levine / Reviewed by Clay Stafford

Today’s featured book is Death of A Neighborhood Witch (Jaine Austen Mystery) by Laura Levine. Who says you can’t mix murder with laughs? And some candy? Why Clay Stafford chose this book: This book was released by Kensington in time for Halloween. … Continue reading

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Killer Nashville’s Book of the Day / Monday, December 10, 2012 / “Imitation of Death” by Cheryl Crane / Reviewed by Clay Stafford

Today’s featured book is Imitation of Death by Cheryl Crane. Pruning sheers right in the chest. Why Clay Stafford chose this book: What could be finer on a cold winter day than a cozy from sunny California? “Imitation of Death” by Cheryl … Continue reading

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Writing the Cozy Mystery / Author Jayne Ormerod

When I tell people “I write cozy mysteries”, about half of the people say, “Wow.  That’s cool.”  Pause while they think about that.  “What the hell is a cozy mystery?”  The other half say, “Wow. That’s cool.”  Then they pull … Continue reading

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Killer Nashville’s Book of the Day / Monday, December 3, 2012 / “Valley of Ashes” by Cornelia Read / Reviewed by Clay Stafford

Today’s featured book is Valley of Ashes by Cornelia Read. Nosey joking gets you burned. Why Clay Stafford chose this book: For those who have followed the writer/sleuth character Madeline Dare, she’s moved again. From Syracuse, NY (“A Field of Darkness”) to … Continue reading

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Killer Nashville’s Book of the Day / Tuesday, November 27, 2012 / “Death of a Schoolgirl” by Joanna Campbell Slan / Reviewed by Clay Stafford

Today’s featured book is Death of a Schoolgirl by Joanna Campbell Slan. Who would have thought Jane Eyre was such an excellent detective? Why Clay Stafford chose this book: Joanna Campbell Slan’s new historical series stars Charlotte Bronte’s Jane Eyre. “Death of … Continue reading

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Killer Nashville’s Book of the Day / Wednesday, November 14, 2012 / “Death in the Floating City” by Tasha Alexander / Reviewed by Clay Stafford

Today’s featured book is Death in the Floating City by Tasha Alexander. Venice. Cat fights. Ill-fated love. Murder. Why Clay Stafford chose this book: With “Death in the Floating City,” Tasha Alexander has written what I think is probably her best … Continue reading

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Killer Nashville’s Book of the Day / Tuesday, October 2, 2012 / “Hiss and Hers: An Agatha Raisin Mystery” by M.C. Beaton / Reviewed by Clay Stafford

Today’s featured book is Hiss and Hers: An Agatha Raisin Mystery by M.C.Beaton. Snakes, snakes, everywhere, snakes! Why Clay Stafford chose this book: It was raining last night and I thought, as I listened to the rain patter against the window glass, … Continue reading

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Killer Nashville’s Book of the Day / Friday, September 7, 2012 / “The Darling Dahlias and the Confederate Rose” by Susan Wittig Albert

Today’s featured book is The Darling Dahlias and the Confederate Rose by Susan Wittig Albert. Why I chose this book: Susan Wittig Albert is a long-time writer of historicals from various time periods. Her latest series,“The Darling Dahlias” is set in the South … Continue reading

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