Kaylie Crimini, the Kupcake Kween, parks her Kupcake Kart right outside Claire's Village Blend coffeehouse in Greenwich Village. Even worse, the Kart plays fake French music on the loudspeaker.
I became aware of this anthology through Denise Swanson's story, "Not a Monster of a Chance", which is available solo in electronic format. Then, I became curious about the other stories.
Skye is admiring Flint James' good looks. James' manager, Rex Taylor, had plans to turn Scumble River into the "Branson of Illinois." Suzette Neal was supposed to open for James fifteen minutes ago.
Skye is helping Uncle Charlie at the Up a Lazy River Motel, where guests for the Scumble River Bicentennial are staying. The descendant of Pierre Scumble turns up dead. Skye's prior boyfriend visits.
The St. John's Bible Exhibit first opened at the Chazen Museum, in Madison, Wisconsin, on December 19, 2014. It will be there through March 15, 2015. It was commissioned by St. John's Abbey, in MN.
There once was a superstitious belief that a celadon piece of pottery would break or change color if poison food were placed inside of it.
Clare and Madame Dreyfus Allegro Dubois --- her octogenarian former mother in - law and present employer --- drive to Queens, to meet an old friend of Madame and her late husband.
Skye has been forced to return to the town where she grew up, twelve years after publicly proclaiming Scumble River, "a small town full of small-minded people, with even smaller intellects."
My dad, a veteran of World War II, introduced me to Ebenezer Scrooge in 1954. We were on the trolley going down Perrysville Avenue. I was going back to my mom and stepdad's house, on James Street.
Maggie O'Neill grew up in a small town in Indiana, where she worked at a bill collecting job she seriously disliked. Not only is the work unpleasant, but her boss is nicknamed "The Toad" for a reason. The only thing Maggie appreciates about the gentrification of her small town is the antiques...
This is the first installment in the Coffeehouse Mystery series, by Alice Alfonsi and Marc Cerasini, writing as Cleo Coyle, featuring amateur sleuth Clare Cosi. Clare is the manager and part owner of The Village Blend, an historic coffeehouse in Greenwich Village. The Blend has been operating for...
A brief introduction to the Mantra for Murder mystery series, about A.J. Alexander, who owns the Sacred Balance yoga studio in New Jersey. You don't have to know anything about yoga to enjoy the story. Dial Om for Murder was a great read --- but the violent murder makes it a little too non-cozy for...
Kelly Knowlson knew her ex-husband, Evan, would return to her someday. It's just that she thought it would happen while he was still alive. Instead, she finds him dead in an upholstered chair in her living room, with a cup of hot chocolate and a tray of Christmas cookies arranged nicely on the...
That is the question. What do you value, love and appreciate the most? That is the answer. This started out to be an answer in a forum about coupons, but --- I guess since I'm an old granny full of what I HOPE is wit and wisdom (?)--- I found I just couldn't shut myself up on the topic.
This is the ninth book in the Scumble River Murder Mystery series. Skye accepts a free Thanksgiving spa weekend to investigate some mysterious goings-on at what used to be the old, abandoned mansion.
Some folks dislike the rallying against Scott Walker. They have a right to their opinions, of course. That's what democracy is all about. I try to explain some misconceptions in this Hub. Some folks just don't like unions, and of coure, that is also their right. But, here in the U.S.A., the...
Decaffeinated Corpse is the fifth in the Coffeehouse Mystery series, by Cleo Coyle (husband and wife team Marc Cerasini and Alice Alfonsi), about Claire COSI (!), the co-owner of an historic coffeehouse in Greenwich Village. This story is about an old college friend of Claire and her ex-husband,...
This book is fifth in the Goldilocks' Catering murder mystery series, featuring amateur sleuth Goldy Schultz. There are some great foods prepared by Goldy and her assistant, Julian, who also lives with Goldy and her son, Arch, and hubby, Tom. There are some engaging characters in this book, like...
This is a March update to the previous Hub about the February protests in the Capitol building in Madison. Many were upset about a secret legislative meeting in the middle of the night, held without proper notice. Lots of other strange goings-on, as well. (I still never got my blankies back.) It's...
Clare Cosi - the manager and co-owner of an historic Greenwich Village coffee house - wonders why Alf Glockner, a member of the Traveling Santas, is late getting to the Village Blend's "Fa-La-La-Latte" party. Clare had been hoping Alf would help lighten the mood. She was tired of all the...
'Twas a dark and stormy night in February of 2011. Thousands huddled together in the state Capitol building in Madison to protest the "bomb" (his own word) dropped by the new governor on February 14th, St. Valentine's Day. The Fourteen Democratic state legislators who went on the road to protect us...
This title is the third in Maffini's Charlotte Adams organizing mysteries. Charlotte is a professional organizer. She has returned to her hometown of Woodbridge, New York, after a stint in New York City. (Something about a broken engagement, and a diamond ring ending up in the Hudson.)
I first found out about Ethel and Edward in 2009, when my grand-daughter's school went on a field trip to the Milwaukee Public Museum. There was a special exhibit about the Titanic. My daugher (the grand-daughter's mom) had been chaperoning the field trip, so they both came back with 3' x 5' cards...
February 14th has become hyper-commercialized, mainstream, and corporate. Yet, it was not always this way. There were many Valentines, and many of them were martyred. St. Valentine was no friend of the state, but an outsider. If you are reading this Hub during the month on February, my...
This is one Scumble River Mystery I do not recommend, because it perpetuates derogatory and harmful stereotypes regarding extremely vulnerable people who have psychological and emotional disabilities --- sometimes referred to as mental "illness". One of the main principles behind the disability...
This Hub is a general intro to a non-cozy series by Joanne Pence. The amateur detective is a food critic, Angelina Amalfi, who makes friends with --- and is protected by --- three very nice ex-cons who run a pretend restaurant. There are many great things about this series. I like Angie and her...
This article is about some of the frustrating experiences I have had writing for some of the other writing websites. I'm not saying they're bad for everyone, but they were certainly bad for me. I decided to stick with Hubpages, even though they've never paid me a penny ---- yet!
This is the twelfth in the Scumble River Mystery series. Skye has to take on the role of wedding planner when the original wedding planner is found dead in the rented flower cooler.
What is it about the second day of the second month? Are folks in certain climates beginning to wonder if they have enough to last through the winter? Are we really so different from our ancestors as we like to think? And, most important --- are we really so different from each other as we...
A psychiatric disability is still just a disability. We are entitled to reasonable accommodation. One of the main themes of the disability rights movement is that some have different abilities. But, ours is the only difference that is considered to be an "illness". Why is that?
Have you ever had your apartment manager come up to you while you're waiting for public transportation, and shout in your face that your relative --- who didn't even live at the apartment --- was involved in a "drug deal"? Have you ever asked your apartment manager to get away from you, because she...
Ok, let's face it. ~~ Halloween is really everybody's favorite! I'm an October-philiac (is that a word?) myself. If you're also afflicted with this disorder, you'll like my Hub, I hope.
Grandma Sal is not exactly as her public persona suggests. At her company's events, she looks more like a grandma than the busy corporate executive she really is. Does she know more about the murder of Cherry Alexander --- a contestant at Grandma Sal's Soup to Nuts Cooking Challenge --- than she...
This is a general introduction to the Scumble River Murder Mystery series, featuring Skye Denison, elementary and high school psychologist, as well as amateur sleuth. Skye is a plus-sized gal who has decided to give up the diet lifestyle. Her boyfriend, Wally --- the chief of police --- doesn't...
A review of _Murder Has No Class_ by Kate Kingsbury, writing as Rebecca Kent. This is the third and last of the Bellehaven House Mystery series, featuring an amateur sleuth who is a headmistress at a girls' finishing school in the Cotswolds during the Edwardian Era. There's also the ghost of an...
If you've been wanting to know the official definition of a "cozy" mystery --- this article probably won't help much. If you've been looking for answers to your questions about how to tell a "cozy" from other kinds of mysteries --- no clue on that topic, either. However, if you like reading...
This book is the third --- and last, unfortunately, as far as I can tell --- in the Interior Design series, featuring Jean Hastings and her daughter, J.R. Cusack, married to a local police officer. Jean was born in 1948, and she smokes a lot of cigarettes ---- which I found somewhat comforting,...