Jun 11

The Case of the Hurricane Hounds Now Available in Paperback.

For those of you who’ve been asking, Book 8 in my Thousand Islands Doggy Inn Mystery series, The Case of the Hurricane Hounds, is now available in paperback. You can grab your copy here: http://amzn.to/2qgNmmj

Here’s what you’re in store for…

Suzy, along with Josie and Chef Claire, has finally succumbed to her mother’s pressure and are in the Cayman Islands for some relaxation and time in the sun. But on their first night there, a major storm blows through, and Suzy and Josie head outside to rescue a stray bloodhound they saw on the beach earlier in the day. But their rescue effort needs to be expanded when they realize the agitated bloodhound is trying to protect a female basset hound and her six puppies.

When the power goes out while they’re trying to get all eight dogs settled into her mother’s garage, Suzy wonders if their first day of vacation could get any stranger. Her question is soon answered when the lights come back on and Wily, a local financier with a reputation for philandering, is found stabbed to death in the living room. Before Suzy has time to even focus on who might have killed him, Jerome Crenshaw, an incredibly wealthy resident, gets killed in his own house the same way as the first victim.

And as she embarks on trying to solve the murders, it soon becomes apparent that her mother has some ulterior motives of her own that could force Suzy, Josie, and Chef Claire to make some life-altering decisions. Surrounded by the ocean, and confronted with a diverse group of individuals as well as a few stingrays that are just a bit too close for comfort, all three women begin to wonder, that if they had wanted weirdness and murder, why did they leave home in the first place?

Jun 01

New Releases!

As promised, my latest book in The Thousand Islands Doggy Inn Mysteries, launched yesterday. It’s book #8 in the series and is called The Case of the Hurricane Hounds. It debuted at #2 on Amazon as a Hot New Release in the Dog category, and I’d like to thank all of you for your ongoing support.

And the number two slot was the one I was hoping for because, as soon as I learned that my good friend, Dianne Harman, was launching her latest on the same day, I knew the #1 slot would, deservedly, be reserved for her. And since she is such a wonderful person and terrific writer, the number one slot couldn’t go to a better individual.

(But I think I will check her launch schedule before I release my next one.)

Anyway, I thought you’d appreciate an overview of both books.

I hope you enjoy them!

The Case of the Hurricane Hounds
http://amzn.to/2qgNmmj

Suzy, along with Josie and Chef Claire, has finally succumbed to her mother’s pressure and are in the Cayman Islands for some relaxation and time in the sun. But on their first night there, a major storm blows through, and Suzy and Josie head outside to rescue a stray bloodhound they saw on the beach earlier in the day. But their rescue effort needs to be expanded when they realize the agitated bloodhound is trying to protect a female basset hound and her six puppies.

When the power goes out while they’re trying to get all eight dogs settled into her mother’s garage, Suzy wonders if their first day of vacation could get any stranger. Her question is soon answered when the lights come back on and Wily, a local financier with a reputation for philandering, is found stabbed to death in the living room. Before Suzy has time to even focus on who might have killed him, Jerome Crenshaw, an incredibly wealthy resident, gets killed in his own house the same way as Wily.

And as she embarks on trying to solve the murders, it soon becomes apparent that her mother has some ulterior motives of her own that could force Suzy, Josie, and Chef Claire to make some life-altering decisions. Surrounded by the ocean, and confronted with a diverse group of individuals as well as a few stingrays that are just a bit too close for comfort, all three women begin to wonder, that if they had wanted weirdness and murder, why did they leave home in the first place.


Murder in Whistler
getBook.at/MIW

When DeeDee and her boyfriend, Jake, head to Whistler, British Columbia, to see her sister, Roz, and enjoy a little down time from her new catering business, Deelish, and his job as a private investigator, the last thing they expect is to become involved in a murder.

What makes it even worse is the person murdered is DeeDee’s former neighbor, Johnny Roberts. He was a bigger-than-life person and the owner of a very successful Mercedes Benz dealership in Seattle, but did he have secrets? And who would want Johnny dead?

Was it the man who years ago had tried to get Johnny’s wife, Cassie, to leave Johnny and marry him? Was it the sexy saleswoman in Johnny’s dealership who didn’t care whether or not Johnny was married, but wanted revenge hen he rejected her? Was it his brother who resented Johnny for being the frugal administer of his trust fund? Or even the Mercer Island golf club pro who felt threatened by Johnny’s golf game?

Join, DeeDee, Jake, their husky dogs, Balto and Yukon, and the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, as they try to figure out who murdered Johnny Roberts and why.

May 27

Upcoming Calendar

Hi folks,

I’d like to wish you and your families a wonderful Memorial Day weekend!

May has been a very busy month, and June is shaping up to be more of the same. And I thought providing you with a schedule of what you can expect to see from me in the near future would be a good idea.

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Episode 7 of my new series set in the Thousand Islands during Prohibition, The Whiskey Run Chronicles, will be available on Memorial Day. It’s called All Hands on Deck, and it’s the final episode of Season 1. Several problems Milo has been dealing with come into sharp focus as he attempts to take a bit of luster off of Roland Doyle’s star that is beginning to shine brightly with some decision-makers in D.C. And with the assistance of Tom Collins and Birdie, along with help from an unexpected source, Milo sets forth with a plan do just the right amount of damage to Roland’s reputation while continuing to focus on the expansion of his burgeoning business that is struggling to keep pace with the seemingly endless thirst of his customers.

You can grab a copy here:http://amzn.to/2qW7GXk

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The complete Volume 1, episodes 1-7, is now available in paperback and you can grab your copy here:http://amzn.to/2qbFLFq

The complete Volume 1 will also be available in e-book format in early June.

I’m currently outlining Volume 2, episodes 8-15, and you should start seeing those episodes sometime in July.

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I’m pleased to say that Book #8 in The Thousand Islands Doggy Inn mysteries, The Case of the Hurricane Hounds, will launch on May 31st and is available for pre-order: http://amzn.to/2qgNmmj

And the paperback version will be available in early June.

Here’s what you’re in store for…

Suzy, along with Josie and Chef Claire, has finally succumbed to her mother’s pressure and are in the Cayman Islands for some relaxation and time in the sun. But on their first night there, a major storm blows through, and Suzy and Josie head outside to rescue a stray bloodhound they saw on the beach earlier in the day. But their rescue effort needs to be expanded when they realize the agitated bloodhound is trying to protect a female basset hound and her six puppies.

When the power goes out while they’re trying to get all eight dogs settled into her mother’s garage, Suzy wonders if their first day of vacation could get any stranger. Her question is soon answered when the lights come back on and Wily, a local financier with a reputation for philandering, is found stabbed to death in the living room. Before Suzy has time to even focus on who might have killed him, Jerome Crenshaw, an incredibly wealthy resident, gets killed in his own house the same way as the first victim.

And as she embarks on trying to solve the murders, it soon becomes apparent that her mother has some ulterior motives of her own that could force Suzy, Josie, and Chef Claire to make some life-altering decisions. Surrounded by the ocean, and confronted with a diverse group of individuals as well as a few stingrays that are just a bit too close for comfort, all three women begin to wonder, that if they had wanted weirdness and murder, why did they leave home in the first place?

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Book #9 in the series, The Case of the Itinerant Ibizan, will be out sometime in late June.

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Again, I hope you and your family have a wonderful Memorial Day!

May 25

The Case of the Hurricane Hounds – Launching May 31st!

Several people have been asking when the next book in my cozy mystery series, The Thousand Islands Doggy Inn mysteries is coming out. I’m pleased to say that Book 8, The Case of the Hurricane Hounds, will launch on May 31st and is available for pre-order: http://amzn.to/2qgNmmj And the paperback version will be available in early June.

I’m very happy with it, and I think you’re going to enjoy the book! And, as always, I need to thank JR Miller for his great photography and Reggie Cullen for his outstanding work on the cover!

Here’s what you’re in store for…

Suzy, along with Josie and Chef Claire, has finally succumbed to her mother’s pressure and are in the Cayman Islands for some relaxation and time in the sun. But on their first night there, a major storm blows through, and Suzy and Josie head outside to rescue a stray bloodhound they saw on the beach earlier in the day. But their rescue effort needs to be expanded when they realize the agitated bloodhound is trying to protect a female basset hound and her six puppies.

When the power goes out while they’re trying to get all eight dogs settled into her mother’s garage, Suzy wonders if their first day of vacation could get any stranger. Her question is soon answered when the lights come back on and Wily, a local financier with a reputation for philandering, is found stabbed to death in the living room. Before Suzy has time to even focus on who might have killed him, Jerome Crenshaw, an incredibly wealthy resident, gets killed in his own house the same way as the first victim.

And as she embarks on trying to solve the murders, it soon becomes apparent that her mother has some ulterior motives of her own that could force Suzy, Josie, and Chef Claire to make some life-altering decisions. Surrounded by the ocean, and confronted with a diverse group of individuals as well as a few stingrays that are just a bit too close for comfort, all three women begin to wonder, that if they had wanted weirdness and murder, why did they leave home in the first place?

http://amzn.to/2qgNmmj

May 24

The Whiskey Run Chronicles – Complete Volume 1 Available in Paperback

For those of you who’ve been asking about when The Whiskey Run Chronicles will be available in print, it launched this morning and it should be available on Amazon later today. Volume 1 contains all of the first seven episodes and the book is over 500 pages of a whole lotta fun! You can get it here: http://amzn.to/2qbFLFq

And for those of you who’ve been enjoying the e-book version, Episode 7, All Hands On Deck, is available for pre-order and will launch on Monday. Here’s the link to Episode 7: http://amzn.to/2qW7GXk

The Whiskey Run Chronicles

The Whiskey Run Chronicles is the latest series from bestselling author B.R. Snow, and is set in the Thousand Islands during Prohibition when smuggling whiskey across the Canadian border into the U.S. was a business a lot of people wanted to get into. One of those people is Milo Razner, a man with big plans and a charming personality that belies a mean streak that sometimes seems to have a mind of its own. And soon after arriving in town, Milo begins to unveil his grand plan to become a respected, legitimate businessman while also operating the largest illegal booze running operation around.

The Whiskey Run Chronicles is written in individual episodes that are approximately 40-50 pages long and designed to be read in a single sitting. Readers can expect to see 3-4 new episodes every month, each one selling for less than a dollar, and the series will play itself out from just before Prohibition becomes the law of the land until it is finally repealed in the early 1930s.

The series has all the elements of B.R. Snow’s writing style readers have come to expect and enjoy. The big cast of supporting characters are well-defined, and the dialogue pops off the page. It’s a series that is one part historical fiction, one part crime story, and one part love story. Above all, it is smart and funny, and readers will find themselves rooting for Milo, a villain with a big heart and even bigger ideas about what might be possible when you do everything in your power to give the people what they want.

Episode 1 – The Dry Season Approaches

Milo Razner arrives in town and immediately begins to launch his plans to control the smuggling of illegal whiskey from Canada into the U.S. just before Prohibition becomes the law of the land. But before he can get started, he needs to make a couple of purchases and deal with a few locals he needs to help him get his grand plan off the ground.

Episode 2 – Friends and Enemies

Milo has a to-do list a mile long, and the increasingly lustful intentions of Ruby Crankovitch are making it difficult for him to concentrate. And when Oscar Hyde, the local chief of police, sets his sights on Milo, he is forced to add yet another item to his list of things to do. But Milo continues to march forward with his plan forward, and things are looking promising until Billy Crankovitch throws Milo a curve he isn’t quite ready for.

Episode 3 – Let the Games Begin

Milo has been heeding his own advice and continuing to take the long-view. But he’s increasingly anxious to get his new enterprise rolling. And when his new boat arrives, and the first batch of finished product is finally ready for delivery, Milo doesn’t waste any time. But between having to deal with Ruby and a couple of problem employees, as well as the Senator’s business partner who seems determined about getting to know Beulah a whole lot better, Milo has a lot of things to worry about. But when he learns that the new Prohibition agent assigned to crack down on the illegal booze business is an ex-cop he has a history with, things take a strange turn as Milo is confronted with his biggest challenge yet.

Episode 4 – Enter the Revenuer

Roland Doyle, the newly appointed local Prohibition agent, has arrived in town and is immediately determined to figure out of some way to make his mark and get promoted back to what he considers civilization. But Roland has a bit drinking problem and a newfound fear of water and boats that are making it difficult for him to achieve his goal. And since Milo has a history with Roland, he decides to lend a hand and do everything in his power to make sure the alcoholic, incompetent agent is both successful and stuck right where he is.

Episode 5 – A Changing Landscape

With Oscar Hyde, the local chief of police, in jail for bootlegging, and Roland Hyde’s drinking out of control, Milo is hoping to be able to relax and enjoy himself a bit. But with a handful of unhappy employees, Ruby’s demands that are rapidly getting out of control, and Billy finding a new love of his life, Milo finds himself dealing with problems on several fronts. And when he is forced to add a new business partner, Milo’s world becomes even more complex as his business continues to grow.

Episode 6 – Entrepreneurial Spirits

Expansion is on Milo’s mind as he makes some major decisions about the business as well as dabbling a bit in real estate. But threatening to put a major crimp in his plans are several of his employees who are either about ready to jump ship, or out to prove to Milo that they can run things better than he can. To make matters even worse is a local schoolteacher, the new love of Billy’s life, who is hiding a secret that has definitely gotten Milo’s attention and is pushing him to the edge of his already severely tested patience.

Episode 7 – All Hands On Deck

In the final episode of Volume 1, several problems Milo has been dealing with come into sharp focus as he attempts to take a bit of luster off of Roland Doyle’s star that is beginning to shine brightly with some decision-makers in D.C. And with the assistance of Tom Collins and Birdie, along with help from an unexpected source, Milo sets forth with a plan do just the right amount of damage to Roland’s reputation while continuing to focus the expansion of his burgeoning business that is struggling to keep pace with the seemingly endless thirst of his customers.

Apr 28

What’s New?

Hi folks,

I hope all of you are doing well. I thought it was time for me to give you an update on what’s been going on. But first I’d like to announce that my good friend, Dianne Harman, has just launched the next book in her popular cozy mystery series and already has another major hit on her hands. Congratulations, Dianne!

The last thing Mike Reynolds needed in the final weeks leading up to his run for re-election as sheriff of Beaver County, Oregon, was to have his wife, Kelly, discover the body of a famous movie actress. It didn’t help that she’d died under mysterious circumstances from a fall off the cliff behind her home.

Number 12 in this bestselling series by Seven Time Amazon All-Star. Intro price of $.99.

You can grab your copy of Dianne’s latest at: getBook.at/STAR

My new episodic series, The Whiskey Run Chronicles is off to a great start and I can’t thank you enough for your support. The first two Episodes have launched and Episode 3, currently available for pre-order will be out May 1st. Episodes 4-7, the rest of the first volume, or first season for those of you who prefer that term, will soon be available for pre-order and will be launched in early May through early June.

For those of you who haven’t heard about the series, here’s an overview.

The Whiskey Run Chronicles

The Whiskey Run Chronicles is the latest series from bestselling author B.R. Snow, and is set in the Thousand Islands during Prohibition when smuggling whiskey across the Canadian border into the U.S. was a business a lot of people wanted to get into. One of those people is Milo Razner, a man with big plans and a charming personality that belies a mean streak that sometimes seems to have a mind of its own. And soon after arriving in town, Milo begins to unveil his grand plan to become a respected, legitimate businessman while also operating the largest illegal booze running operation around.

The Whiskey Run Chronicles is written in individual episodes that are approximately 40-50 pages long and designed to be read in a single sitting. Readers can expect to see 3-4 new episodes every month, each one selling for less than a dollar, and the series will play itself out from just before Prohibition becomes the law of the land until it is finally repealed in the early 1930s.

The series has all the elements of B.R. Snow’s writing style readers have come to expect and enjoy. The big cast of supporting characters are well-defined, and the dialogue pops off the page. It’s a series that is one part historical fiction, one part crime story, and one part love story. Above all, it is smart and funny, and readers will find themselves rooting for Milo, a villain with a big heart and even bigger ideas about what might be possible when you do everything in your power to give the people what they want.

Episode 1 – The Dry Season Approaches http://amzn.to/2osN5Kx

Milo Razner arrives in town and immediately begins to launch his plans to control the smuggling of illegal whiskey from Canada into the U.S. just before Prohibition becomes the law of the land. But before he can get started, he needs to make a couple of purchases and deal with a few locals he needs to help him get his grand plan off the ground.

Episode 2 – Friends and Enemies http://amzn.to/2pcnuUl

Milo has a to-do list a mile long, and the increasingly lustful intentions of Ruby Crankovitch are making it difficult for him to concentrate. And when Oscar Hyde, the local chief of police, sets his sights on Milo, he is forced to add yet another item to his list of things to do. But Milo continues to march forward with his plan forward, and things are looking promising until Billy Crankovitch throws Milo a curve he isn’t quite ready for.

Episode 3 – Let the Games Begin http://amzn.to/2oCOgY8

Milo has been heeding his own advice and continuing to take the long-view. But he’s increasingly anxious to get his new enterprise rolling. And when his new boat arrives, and the first batch of finished product is finally ready for delivery, Milo doesn’t waste any time. But between having to deal with Ruby and a couple of problem employees, as well as the Senator’s business partner who seems determined about getting to know Beulah a whole lot better, Milo has a lot of things to worry about. But when he learns that the new Prohibition agent assigned to crack down on the illegal booze business is an ex-cop he has a history with, things take a strange turn as Milo is confronted with his biggest challenge yet.

http://amzn.to/2nBTHTg Book 7 in my cozy series, The Thousand Islands Doggy Inn Mysteries,The Case of the Graceful Goldens launched in early April and continues to be very popular with readers. Book 8, The Case of the Hurricane Hounds, will launch in late May and we’ll find Suzy, Josie, and Chef Claire on vacation in the Cayman Islands. At least, that was the plan!

For those of you who might have missed it, here’s a little bit about Book 7.

As Clay Bay gets ready for its first annual dog show, Chef Claire’s Golden Retrievers, Al and Dente, get kidnapped and appear to be long gone. As she, along with Suzy and Josie, embark on a mission to find and rescue them, a new murder case opens up that has everyone scratching their head. And when someone tries to kill the woman who’s in town to judge the dog show events take a turn for the worse.

The situation gets even stranger when a reporter with a penchant for doing hit pieces arrives in town at the invitation of Suzy’s mother. And when Suzy and Josie find themselves in her direct line of fire, they are forced to fight back in an attempt to protect their reputations as well as remind the reporter that they are two women not to be messed with.

The Thousand Islands Doggy Inn Mysteries features two of the smartest and funniest lead female protagonists to hit the cozy mystery scene in a very long time, and Suzy and Josie’s affection for food and their boundless love and devotion to their dogs puts this new series in the don’t miss category. The Case of the Graceful Goldens, is book 7 and the latest installment in this fast-paced and funny series that affectionately focuses on dogs, food, and the natural beauty of the Thousand Islands region.

Apr 13

Dianne Harman’s Latest Hit

My friend and fellow author, Dianne Harman, continues to enjoy enormous success with her books. Her latest cozy mystery, Murder on Bainbridge Island is no exception and it’s currently sitting around #300 on the Amazon rankings. (And since there are over a couple million books out there, that’s a pretty good ranking!)

Anyway, I thought you might be interested in Dianne’s latest and you can get it here.

http://ow.ly/s6pN5

Enjoy!

When a well-known Seattle art gallery owner is found dead at a prestigious dinner party, shock waves ripple through the Seattle art community. For DeeDee Wilson, the death becomes a personal tragedy, because the dinner party was the first ever event for her fledgling catering business.

On the following day, newspaper reports indicated the cause of death was possibly poisoning, but could it have come from the food she served the guests? In order to save her business and protect her reputation, DeeDee has to find out how Lisa, the art gallery owner, died, and if it was murder, who did it and why?

Could it have been the smarmy competing gallery owner who was jealous of Lisa’s success in getting a top art glass artisan to exhibit in her gallery? Or the artist whose work she rejected because she didn’t feel it was up to her standards? Was it the disgruntled ex-girlfriend who was dumped by the man Lisa was currently seeing? Or was it a museum employee who was fired by the woman who hosted the dinner party?

Join DeeDee, Jake, a private investigator she’s developed a relationship with after her divorce, and her new dog, Balto, a husky dog with a blue eye and a brown eye, as they try to save DeeDee’s new business venture.

Apr 12

It’s Here!! The Whiskey Run Chronicles – Episode 1 – The Dry Season Approaches

The first episode in my new series, The Whiskey Run Chronicles, has launched and you can get it here.

http://amzn.to/2osN5Kx

Episode 1 – The Dry Season Approaches

Milo Razner arrives in town and immediately begins to launch his plans to control the smuggling of illegal whiskey from Canada into the U.S. just before Prohibition becomes the law of the land. But before he can get started, he needs to make a couple of purchases and deal with a few locals he needs to help him get his grand plan off the ground.

A Few Words About the New Series

The Whiskey Run Chronicles is the latest series from bestselling author B.R. Snow, and is set in the Thousand Islands during Prohibition when smuggling whiskey across the Canadian border into the U.S. was a business a lot of people wanted to get into. One of those people is Milo Razner, a man with big plans and a charming personality that belies a mean streak that sometimes seems to have a mind of its own. And soon after arriving in town, Milo begins to unveil his grand plan to become a respected legitimate businessman while also operating the largest illegal booze running operation around.

The Whiskey Run Chronicles is written in individual episodes that are approximately 40-50 pages long and designed to be read in a single sitting. Readers can expect to see 3-4 new episodes every month, each one selling for less than a dollar, and the series will play itself out from just before Prohibition becomes the law of the land until it is finally repealed in the early 1930s.

The series has all the elements of B.R. Snow’s writing style readers have come to expect and enjoy. The big cast of supporting characters are well-defined and the dialogue pops off the page. It’s a series that is one part historical fiction, one part crime story, and one part love story. Above all, it is smart and funny, and readers will find themselves rooting for Milo, a villain with a big heart and even bigger ideas about what might be possible when you do everything in your power to give the people what they want.

I hope you enjoy it! And thanks, as always, for your ongoing support.

Mar 12

The Case of the Faithful Frenchie Launches Friday, March 17

Book #6 in my new Thousand Islands Doggy Inn Mystery series is currently available for Pre-Order and will officially launch on Friday, March 17th. I had a lot of fun with The Case of the Faithful Frenchie and I think you’re going to enjoy it.

Here’s the skinny on the book:

Clay Bay is celebrating its annual Parade of Pirates festivities, and Suzy and Josie have all the dogs from the Inn involved. But when one of the local banks is robbed, and a mysterious man is found dead in the bank vault, a series of events unfold that brings Suzy face to face with the bizarre Winters family. And if dealing with the members of the Winters family weren’t enough to stretch her to the limits, the arrival of the dead man’s psychotic girlfriend along with Josie’s relationship problems have Suzy beginning to question her own personality and personal demons.

From the cantankerous matriarch to the obnoxious brothers to the Goth Geisha Girl, Caspian, an artist with a list of personal demons that leaves Suzy scratching her head and thanking her lucky stars, the Winters family proves to be a force to be reckoned with. Along with the newly installed chief of police, Suzy is determined to figure out what’s going on as well as find a home for the gorgeous French Bulldog who’s been forced to deal with a few demons of his own.

The latest installment in the popular Thousand Islands Doggy Inn Mystery series is a funny and often poignant tale about life and some of the choices people make while they’re trying to navigate their way through it.

Here’s where you can grab a copy: http://amzn.to/2mvPYaF

Enjoy and I’ll be in touch soon.

Bernie

Jan 15

Review of The Case of the Caged Cockers

Sometimes an author gets a review that is both incredibly positive and thoughtful that one feels the need to share it. The following is one of those reviews.

The reviewer was talking about The Case of the Caged Cockers, the third book in my new Thousand Islands Doggy Inn Mystery series, but makes a lot of references to the series as a whole.

I have no idea who the reviewer, Red Wolf, is, but I would like to thank him/her for taking the time to write such a wonderful review and I’m so glad you’re enjoying the new series!

Many of the typical elements of a cozy mystery with food and dogs are present. The medical examiner, the high ranking police officer who cannot quite solve the crimes without assistance from our favorite amateur crime solver(s), said amateur crime solver who somehow always has a job that somehow always allows her to have enough free time and money to investigate whenever, wherever, and however she needs to without interference from said job. Wonderful dogs with the necessary skills and personalities, mouthwatering food above what most of us can afford or find or create on a major special occasion as an everyday occurrence.

All this in spades.

But I do not feel like the author is making fun of any of the characters, neither good guys, bad guys, secondary characters, nor those whose roles are less clear at this point in the series. Nor do I feel that the author is making fun of me as the reader of this rather unlikely tale. The author does an incredibly skillful job of making clear that unlikely is not another name for impossible, by picking a setting and a cast of characters that make the plot just believable because it is such an unlikely thing to actually happen that if it did happen, this is exactly how it would probably have happened, and exactly who it would have happened to.

Real world events happen to unique individuals. No one else is exactly like your third-grade teacher or the first boy you kissed, and no dogs you had before is like your current dogs. So why do so many characters in cozy mysteries seem so similar? It is great to have a chief of police who is competent, loves his job, doesn’t want civilians getting hurt or in over their heads, but does accept that some people will tell someone else things that they would not tell him, or will not do things when he is around that they have no hesitation doing to impress a stunningly beautiful woman.

I have read some cozy mysteries that I like, but not many that impressed me. So far this series is a startling exception, just because all the elements seem so startling that the whole book actually feels as if it could have happened. If any characters could have succeeded the way that the good guys did, it would have been these unlikely good guys. If any bad guys could have made some of the mistakes these bad guys made, it would have been these bad guys. The bad guys are not all evil to the core. The good guys have weaknesses, but ones you could accept in a friend. These are not your typical friends and neighbors, but they do remind you from time to time of someone you knew. To me that makes this a memorable and enjoyable story.

I hope the author can keep this up for twenty-three more letters.

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