Meet Rimmy London

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Rimmy London

The temperatures have dropped (even in FLORIDA!) and the wind is howling. Perfect for snuggling up with a blanket and a good book. A love-kissed cozy mystery in fact. And this next author has just the book.

Seaside Inn Mystery, book 1

Rimmy writes the Seaside Inn Mystery series, Mondello Beach Mystery series and sweet romance. She grew up in Northern California, with an imagination inspired by nature; the coast and the redwood forest. Maybe thats why you’ll find a strong heroine and “critters” in her cozies. To find out more, be sure to sign up for her newsletter at www.rimmylondon.com . And follow this author on Facebook at FB page @rimmylondon.

Let’s ask a few questions…

Which is more important to your book, the mystery or the love story?

They both are so important! But I have to say the mystery comes first. I need the reader to be sucked into the quest of figuring out what happened, and then the love story is a delightful bonus. J

What type of love story plays out in your book—friends to love, enemy to love, instant love, or something else?

The Secret of Poppyridge Cove has a beautiful story of an established couple who goes through a rocky time when one wants to follow their dream, but not the other. It pulls them apart, but only for a time. They find their way back to each other.

What do you like to do when you are not writing?

I live in a beautiful area where I can ride my horse down a little dirt road next to a creek behind my house. It’s definitely one of my favorite things, as well as any time I can spend with my husband and five kids. Game nights are so much fun.

I hope you are enjoying this series of author interviews. We have ten more to go, finishing at Valentine’s Day!

Until next time, keep warm and snuggle up with a good book,

Victoria LK Williams

In the mood for a little Romance–and Murder?

The fire is crackling, candles are lit. There’s soft jazz playing and wine is chilling in the glasses. It’s a perfect setting for romance. Until your protaganist gets caught up with solving a murder.

That’s what a love-kissed cozy is all about. Setting the mood, getting to know the characters and finding out who-done-it. Over the next several weeks, I will be introducing you to some masters of the love-kissed cozies. So take a sip of that wine, put your feet up and lets get to know our first author.

Meet Reagan Davis

Reagan Davis

Reagan Davis is the pen name for a wonderful woman who lives in Toronto with her family and lots of pets. She is an established knitwear designer, and you can clearly see this as you read her series, A Knitorious Murder Mystery. I have to admit, after reading book one, I was ready to pick my knitting needles back up! To find out more about her books, check out her Amazon Author page or her Website.

A small-town yarn store owner joins forces with her well-meaning, quirky friends and family to solve crimes. This charming cozy mystery series will entertain crafters, pet lovers, and foodies alike.
This series is for you if you like clever mysteries with a dash of humour, small town life, a hint of romance, lovable characters, and dogs and cats.

Now, lets get on with the interview…

Which is more important to your book, the mystery or the love story?
This depends on who you ask. My intention was to write satisfying mysteries for clever readers. I added humour and romance to give the characters depth and make them relatable. However, as the series progressed, readers would contact me more about the main character’s relationship than about the mystery itself. Or they’d mention the mystery briefly before delving into the personal relationships of the characters.

What type of love story plays out in your book—friends to love, enemy to love, instant love, or something else?
It’s kind of a second chance romance. Both characters were previously married, but not to each other. Both were understandably hesitant to jump into a new relationship and risk making the same mistakes. They’ve taken their relationship slow and made an effort to fit into each other’s already established lives and families.

Does the love element cause problems for your protagonist?
Yes. The lines between their personal life and his professional life become quite blurred sometimes and they feel like their relationship is a huge conflict of interest. However they are not antagonistic. She respects the professional boundaries of his job, and he respects and appreciates the unique perspective she provides about the people and situations in their small town. They see each other as members of the same team and support each other.

What inspired you to start writing?

Publishing a fiction book was on my bucket list. I love reading cozy mysteries, so this was the only genre I ever considered. I’d planned to write a three-book series and check o become a
published fiction author. But readers received the books with so much enthusiasm and support, that the series is now twelve books strong and I’m currently writing the first book in a spin-o series.

Do you write listening to music? If so, what music inspired or accompanied this current book?
Yes! Whenever a character references a song title or artist in one of my books, it’s actually a reference to what I was listening to while writing that scene. I try to include a few in each book.

Share something your readers wouldn’t know about you.
Once upon a time, in a previous career, I was peripherally involved in a real-life murder investigation when a client was investigated for his wife’s murder. (He was never charged).

What do you like to do when you are not writing?
I’m an avid knitter and reader. I also love cozy mystery TV shows and movies.


Love-Kissed Cozy Mysteries

Victoria LK Williams
Check out my cozies and see if you can find the romance within the mysteries

Love Kissed Cozies

Mystery and romance just seem to be made for each other. But, trust me, Hallmark isn’t the only one who has caught on to the sweet trend. Cozy mystery writers are adding romance to their story lines, drafting fantastic books that keep you on the edge of your seat as you turn the pages to find out the answers. Who was the killer? Why was the victim killed? Will the lead character get that kiss?

Unlike romantic suspense, the love story in a cozy is kept clean. There is no sex, or if there is a hint of it, it’s behind closed doors, off the page. The romance is more “slow-burn”, sometimes continuing for an entire series before the protagonists finally proclaims their love.

Romance can develop in everyday settings or more exotic ones. Over the love of good food or the delight of a favorite animal. Mere mortals are the only characters falling for cupid’s arrow. Witches, Vampires, Ghosts and Fae are all showing their softer side. And it’s not only for the modern character either. Books set in a different period, or even traveling to another time are getting in on the lovefest.

Amazon even has a subcategory for cozy+romantic+mystery. And the covers are fantastic! They clearly depict the book is a mystery but add an extra element to make it more romantic. It might be the color, an image or even the title, but it’s clear this mystery is going to have something extra.

As a cozy mystery writer, I’ve always had a hint of romance in my books. I can’t help myself. I grew up reading Barbara Cartland and Agatha Christie! The writing was on the wall, lol!

To celebrate the season of love and Valentine’s Day, I will be interviewing a few cozy mystery authors who have added a romantic twist to their plotline. I hope you enjoy and are inspired to be a little romantic and curious. Be sure to share any romantic cozy mysteries you enjoyed.

Victoria LK Williams

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Meet R.B. Marshall, our fearless leader!

R.B. Marshall

When I say this author is our fearless leader, I mean it. The Cozy Mystery Anthology, Clues, Christmas Trees and Corpses, was her idea. Each of us writers were invite to join R.B. on this amazing journey of creating this book for your holiday enjoyment. The organization of all the behind the scene work was handled by R.B., and I have to confess, she made it seem painless. Through her endless efforts, you and I met some amazing authors! I can’t thank her enough. And she has even taken on our next anthology Mysteries, Midsummer Sun and Murders

R.B. Marshall is a native Scottsman, and loves her horse. She is much like her charactor, Izzy, in the Highland Horse Whisperer Mystery series. R.B.’s talents don’t stop with mysteries. She also writes  fantasy and clean romance/women’s fiction, as Roz Marshall and Historical Romance telling the story of Mary Queen of Scots, as Belle McInnes.

The Secret Santa Mystery                                         by R.B. Marshall
Security expert for a British bank by day, horse trainer at night, Izzy Paterson is a multi-tasking, dressage-riding computer whiz with an addiction to strong coffee and a penchant for CSI on Netflix. So, when the Secret Santa at her office Christmas party hands her a perplexing riddle, she just can’t ignore the mystery.

What was your favorite or most memorable gift you got as a child?

I was an adult, not a child, but I think the best gift I ever got was a dog! My sister gave me a rescue collie for my first Christmas after I got a house with a garden. Meg was a great companion and lived till she was 13.

If you had to describe your character in three words, what would those three words be?

Clumsy, geeky and a coffeeholic.

Your story is set in London. Why did you choose that as the setting for your book?

The finance capital of the UK is London, and my heroine, Izzy, works as a security analyst for a large bank, so it seemed logical to set it there. London isn’t the small town, which is more traditional for cozy mysteries, but even this large city is made up of lots of little ‘villages’ and communities – like the friends at the stables where Izzy keeps her horse, the members of her Pilates class, or her colleagues at work.

Can you share an enticing (50 words or less) snippet that isn’t in the blurb?

A minute later, lights appeared in the tunnel entrance, and I stepped forward, preparing to board the tube train. But suddenly, something pushed me from behind – hard. Hard enough to force me to the very edge of the platform.

Dimly, I heard the crowd behind me gasp, as I teetered on the concrete lip above the tracks, illuminated in the headlights of the approaching train…

How does this story connect with your other books or series?

The Secret Santa Mystery is the prequel to my Highland Horse Whisperer Cozy Mysteries series. It tells the story of how Izzy Paterson – a multi-tasking, dressage-riding computer whiz with an addiction to strong coffee – solves a perplexing mystery which threatens the livelihoods of everyone she works with. That leads, via a circuitous route, to her becoming a horse trainer in the Highlands of Scotland.

Let’s say Hi to Emily Selby

Emily Selby

Emily is the author of the Career Crisis Cafe Mystery Series, Seaside Bookshop Mysteries, and her new series, The Paper Crafts Club Mystery. She is a craft lover and cozy mystery reader when she isn’t writing.

Cards, Capers and Christmas Miracles                    by Emily Selby

It’s almost Christmas and Julia, age 10 and 9 months has a big worry: will her dad come to collect her so that she could spend the holidays with him, as planned?

But Dad has to work longer and gets delayed again, and Julia is in need of a serious miracle, just like another 10-y.o girl, T, who is visiting the vicarage. Both girls hope for a happy Christmas spend with their loving parents, but they get involved in a suspicious activity: someone steals a money box with a charity collection and empties Sunnyvale’s residents’ bank cards.

Will Julia and T discover who the thief is before he steals Christmas? But more importantly, will the girls’ fathers realise that all their daughters want for Christmas is time spent with their loving parents?

What quirky Christmas tradition does your character do every year?

Julia and her mum, Katie, always make their own Christmas cards, often combining materials and techniques. They have a special jar for various small objects (such as buttons, bottle caps, ribbons, etc.) that they collect over the months and use while making cards. The jar is called “Finders-Keepers”. Both, Julia and Katie, love looking through its contents in search for the ideas for their crafts.

What was your favorite or most memorable gift you got as a child?

When I was 9, my parents got a piano as a Christmas present for the entire family.

Speaking as your character, what is your (their) favorite thing about Christmas?

For Julia, it’s spending time with her nearest and dearest, eating yummy food and watching Christmas lights.

If you had to describe your character in three words, what would those three words be?

Julia is creative, sensitive, and observant

How does this story connect with your other books or series?

Cards, Capers, and Christmas Miracles is story which belongs to Paper Crafts Club Mysteries series, set in a fictional town Sunnyvale in the North-East of England. The main character, Katie is Julia’s mum. Julia often features in other books in the series, sometimes helping with the investigations, sometimes–not. In this story, it’s Julia’s turn to show off her detective skills and figure out who tries to steal Christmas.

Meet Daisy Linh

Daisy Linh

Daisy lives in Maine with her husband, but she comes from Australia. Daisy is the author of the Barossa Valley Cozy Mystery Series.

Malbec and Mistletoe                                                by Daisy Linh
It’s been a long 12 months for Jasmine Mai, but Christmas is looming, and nothing’s going to ruin the party she’s had planned at her winery, Simpatico Wine Estate. So when her groundskeeper collapses in the middle of her cooking class and is rushed to hospital, closely followed by a slew of other mysterious similar illnesses in the community, something doesn’t feel as Christmas-y as she wishes. While everyone else is juggling Christmas puddings and parties, Jasmine finds herself on a one woman mission to catch what evil is lurking in her town. That is…if it doesn’t catch her first. Join Jasmine in this stand alone Christmas novella set in the world of the Barossa Valley Mysteries and meet the chaotic but loavable charaters who live there.

Can you share an enticing (50 words or less) snippet that isn’t in the blurb?

“Ms Mai,” he moaned, his face ghostly white.

“Wayne, are you okay?” I asked, kneeling beside him, scared to hear his answer.

He did not look okay.

“Ms Mai,” he reached out and touched my wrist, his fingers just as clammy as his face. “Call the doctor,” he groaned. “Now.”

If you had to describe your character in three words, what would those three words be?

The three words I would use to describe my main character is: good hearted, curious and a FOODIE!

If your book was to be made into a movie, who are the celebrities that would star in it?

My female sleuth would definitely by played by Lara Condor – who plays the lead in To All The Boys I Loved Before. She’s a little young, but definitely the fun, quirky, clumsy but cute vibe that Jasmine is. AND she’s half Vietnamese which is perfect! Riley Hansen the Senior Detective would be played by Liam Hemsworth, of course

Why did you choose the setting for your book?

Malbec and Mistletoe is set in Barossa Valley, South Australia’s premier wine country. Upuntil three years ag, I lived about an hour from Barossa Valley (currently living in Maine, USA for a few years) and it is one of my favourite places on earth. Full of good food, amazing restaurants and gorgeous vineyards.

How does this story connect with your other books or series? This book can be read as a standalone but falls in the Barossa Valley Mysteries world about a year after Jasmine Mai has returned home after her divorce. All the quirky town characters make an appearance…including a few new ones.

Meet Cathy Tully

Cathy Tully

Cathy is the author of the Dr. Susannah Shine ChiroCozy Mystery Series. But she is also a chiropractor in “real-life” too! She lives in a small Georgia town with her husband and rescue cats.

The Purloined Poinsettia                                           by Cathy Tully

Christmas is coming, and office manager Larraine Moore is looking forward to her duties on the Decorating Committee at her church when the order of poinsettias is cancelled. Together with her boss, Dr. Susannah Shine, they follow the trail of purloined poinsettias down a candy cane lane of clues that leads to murder.

What was your favorite or most memorable gift you got as a child?

My most memorable gift I got as a child was a scarecrow target game. I found a picture of it online and I remember it a little differently, but who am I to contradict the Google machine.

If you had to describe your character in three words, what would those three words be?

My main character, Dr. Susannah Shine is determined, loyal and single-minded.

 Why did you choose that as the setting for your book?

My story is set in small-town Peach Grove Georgia. I’m originally from New York and the whole series is a kind of ‘fish out of water’ story. Most cozies have a protagonist who comes home to inherit a business, but in my life, I had the opposite experience. I opened a business in a new place far from where I grew up, and a lot of the elements in my first book came from what I did to get the business up and running. I joined a business association and went to the town craft fair, not knowing that those are very common elements in cozies. I also had to build secondary characters that were able to feed the MC information, so my side-kicks were born. One of whom is described as having family members all around the county.

Can you share an enticing (50 words or less) snippet that isn’t in the blurb.

“Girl,” Iris said, “I saw you slip some of those Krispy Kreme donuts in your purse when you thought no one was looking. Pony up and share.”

“So long as you take those chocolate covered Oreos out of yours.”

Iris winked and purred. “I didn’t think you noticed.”

What’s your favorite Christmas movie? My Favorite Christmas movie is ‘It’s a Wonderful Life’. I love the story because George Baily is such a steadfast character, and if you see how I describe Dr. Susannah, I could have used the word steadfast for her. I love the idea that we all influence each other’s lives but don’t realize it. Also Mr. Potter is a great villain, very easy to dislike him.

Meet Moira Bates!

“Moira Bates resides in the Lone Star State with her husband and a small menagerie of four-legged creatures. A long-time teller of tall tales, she finally decided to start writing them down.”
Moira is the author of the Poppy’s Food Truck Mystery series and the Midlife Mystery series.

Claus of Death                                                            by Moira Bates

Deep in the heart of Texas, where mayhem and mysteries roam—spend the holidays with the people of Baseless. Julia Jane Melvin is forty-something and fierce, and she’s throwing the party of the year in an attempt to get Baseless on the map—literally. She’s even hired “Santa to the Stars,” Ike Cumberland of Muleshoe, Texas. Poppy Price is a rising food-star, so she easily won the bid to cater. People come from miles around for her creations—and she is best friends with Julia’s son—no one else would do. When they promise attendees it will be an evening to remember, they mean it.

You can read more about Julia and Poppy in their respective series: MidLife Mysteries and Poppy’s Food Truck Mysteries, by Moira Bates. Moira resides in Texas with her husband and a menagerie of four-legged creatures. A long-time teller of tales, she finally decided to start writing them down.

What quirky Christmas tradition does your character do every year?

Julia Jane Melvin dresses the whole family—young adult children, cats, everyone—in matching pajamas. She is fond of flannel and fleece, which isn’t always a great fit with Christmas in Central Texas. But those who love her sweat it out (literally) and carry on the tradition. Poppy doesn’t have her own traditions—yet. That might change after this year.

What was your favorite or most memorable gift you got as a child?

When I was eight, my parents dropped me off at my grandparents’ house at Thanksgiving and told me I couldn’t come home until Christmas. (I still saw them every day, I just didn’t go to our house.) On Christmas Eve, my dad and uncles carried a mammoth package into the room. I wanted the Charlie’s Angels Townhouse for Christmas, but it was unavailable. Instead, my parents had spent weeks creating one for me—including handmade furniture, quilts to match the wallpaper in each bedroom, and a fireplace built from rocks and mortar. The gift I asked for would have been destroyed and forgotten in a few months; the one I got was played with by generations and still lives at my house.

If your book was to be made into a movie, who are the celebrities that would star in it?

I have celeb inspo on my social media feed—Julia is definitely Kim Cattrall, and Poppy is Janine Turner, circa 1997.

Can you share an enticing (50 words or less) snippet that isn’t in the blurb?

Ben knocked gently on the door to Robby’s home office, but I pushed around him and rushed into the room. I don’t know what I expected to see, but it was not Santa reclining on the loveseat, scratching his… um… jingle bells… with chocolate staining his white beard.

How does this story connect with your other books or series? Claus of Death is a crossover story that takes place a few months after the first books in each series. My intention was to give readers a feel for the characters in Baseless and the kind of crazy shenanigans they get up to. The mystery itself is pretty easy to solve, but the people are hard to forget.

Meet Mr. Benedict Brown!

Benedict Brown

Benedict orginalates from South London, but now lives in Burgos, north of Spain with his wife and daughter. He writes two cozy mystery series; the Izzy Palmer Mysteries and the best selling Lord Edgington Investigates series. He has a love of crime fiction an a MA in Creative Writing–a great combination that his reads get to enjoy. You can find out more about author #15 in our anthology by stopping by his website.

A Corpse Wrapped in Tinsel                                     by Benedict Brown
When (semi-)famous detective Izzy Palmer is dragged along to a London department store to see Santa by her eccentric best friend, she expects whiny kids and bossy parents, not a dead Mrs Claus wrapped in tinsel. Charged with getting to the truth, Izzy must face off against caroling police officers, the most handsome Father Christmas south of the North Pole and three elves who all claim to be the killer. It’s not the Christmas present she was hoping for, but at least this case comes with a free toy!!

What was your favorite or most memorable gift you got as a child?

When I was about five years old, I got up one morning and there was a ring at the door. I opened it to find a small brown bear with a card saying, “My name is Bertie, please look after me.” I have done my best ever since, and he’s still with me as an adult. When I was a kid, I thought this was the most magical thing that had ever happened, and I plan to recreate the moment for my three-year-old daughter before long.

What would be a great gift for your character?

This is the second Christmas in a row when Izzy Palmer has ended up investigating a murder, though she’s supposed to be enjoying the holiday. I think the best Christmas present for her would be a corpse-less Christmas.

Your story is set in London. Why did you choose that as the setting for your book?

Like Izzy, I grew up in a fairly unremarkable suburb in South London. So far in the series, she’s been out to the countryside, over to Spain (where I now live) and flown up to Scotland for Christmas. But London remains the anchor point of the series. For me, in terms of culture, it’s one of the richest cities in the world and I never get bored of going back. That makes it a great place to set murder mysteries and that’s why book four in the series, “A Corpse in London” is a love letter to my home city.

How does this story connect with your other books or series?

This novella is a standalone which follows my most recent novel, ‘A Corpse in a Quaint English Village’. It references a few of Izzy’s other cases, without giving any mysteries away. It’s the fourth Izzy Palmer novella I’ve written and the eleventh entry in the series overall. The only real spoiler in the story is that, unlike in the very first book when Izzy had a job that she hated, she is now a not very well-paid private detective. I have another series set in the nineteen twenties called “Lord Edgington Investigates…” and I managed to link them a tiny bit in the last Izzy novel, but it’s not too easy when they’re set one hundred years apart.

If your book was to be made into a movie, who are the celebrities that would star in it? I get a lot of comments from people saying that The Izzy Palmer Mysteries should be made into a TV show and people have strong opinions on who would be the best actress for the part. The most common name is Phoebe Waller-Bridge from Fleabag. It would take someone with good comic timing who is around thirty, can speak with a British accent and is very tall and, so I’m glad I’m not casting it myself!

Meet Mary B. Barbee!

Mary B Barbee

Mary is the author of the Amish Lantern Mystery series. She hails from Sokane, Washington, where she live with her family and a “really cut-but sometimes naughty-chihuahua.

Peppermint Twist                                                       by Mary B. Barbee

When travel journalist Sophia Adams learns that she has a special Christmas assignment in the small town of Breeze, Washington, she couldn’t be more excited. But after coming close to hitting a young man with her rental car on the way into town, she worries that this might not be the Christmas experience she was expecting.

Convinced that a visit to the Amish bakery the next morning would fix everything, the investigative reporter quickly notices that, despite the delicious treats, there isn’t a whole lot of peace on earth happening in Breeze.

Armed with her camera and pen in hand, Sophia discovers that the small town contains wonderful Christmas lights, spectacular camera shots, edge-of-your-seat action …and a peppermint tea that is simply to die for.

What was your favorite or most memorable gift you got as a child?

My most memorable Christmas gift as a child was a Hasbro Pound Puppy (this was in the 80s – ha!). I remember the toy like it was yesterday – his name was Charlie on the adoption certificate, and he was light brown with dark brown spots and big floppy ears. To this day, I’m a big supporter of rescuing pups. I think Charlie might have inspired me at a young age.

Why did you choose Breeze as the setting for your book?

Peppermint Twist is set in a fictional small town called Breeze, located about an hour’s drive northwest of Spokane, Washington. I chose it because it’s my stomping ground! I moved to the Spokane area a little over two years ago, and I just love it here. This is my first time creating a story set near my hometown, and I thoroughly enjoyed the experience.

Can you share an enticing (50 words or less) snippet that isn’t in the blurb?

“Wait. Are you going to arrest them?” Sophia asked in a whisper. She was fighting back tears of her own.

“You can’t do this, Lacey,” Sophia urged.

Lacey gave Sophia an intense look before she leaned in and whispered, “Unfortunately, I can’t NOT do this.” Her head hung low, she turned to walk away.

How does this story connect with your other books or series?

Peppermint Twist is the second book in my new spinoff series, The Faith Afar Mysteries. The main character, Sophia Adams, is a travel journalist for a faith tourism magazine named Faith Afar, and she travels to a new assignment in each book.

I introduced Sophia Adams as a supporting character in book four of my first standalone mystery series, The Amish Lantern Mystery Series, and the idea for the spinoff grew from there. Writing The Faith Afar Mysteries has been so fun – and challenging! – with only one main character in common in each book, and new characters and a new setting to explore in each new story.

What would be a great gift for your character?

A good, practical gift for Sophia Adams would be a subscription for grocery delivery. She is a busy woman, and can’t seem to find time to keep her kitchen stocked when she’s home!

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