The Amazing Mystery of Change

The Amazing Mystery of Change

Sometimes change happens suddenly. Sometimes, it’s gradual, but whichever it is, it is a mystery. When I went to bed last night, the maple tree in front of my window was basically green. This morning, orange leaves adorn the tree–not altogether but a good sight more than were there last night.¬† More and more of […]

What Are Cozy Mysteries Made Of?

What Are Cozy Mysteries Made Of?

Cozy mysteries are a partial reflection of the life of the author. Each person–you, I, everyone, is a part of so many other people, of our own experiences and the experiences of others, of hopes and failures, of good and bad, of the past, the present and yes, even the future. We are all that […]

A Cup of Conversation on a Cozy Morning

A Cup of Conversation on a Cozy Morning

Yesterday, my son and I shared a good conversation over a couple of cups of Starbucks. It was the highlight of my day. If I were a doctor, along with each prescription for medicine, I’d prescribed a quiet talk with a trusted friend. A cozy conversation works wonders. Our ears are bombarded with sound. We […]

Out of the Shadows, The Cemetery Club

Out of the Shadows, The Cemetery Club

The Cemetery Club, the first Darcy and Flora cozy mystery, was written as a joint effort between my friend Barbara Burgess and me. You see, it happened this way: Barbara and I had a mutual friend, Levern, who introduced us. We three were in Rogers one beautiful Arkansas day, in an upstairs tea room in […]

Why On Earth Do You Read (or Write) Cozy Mysteries?

Why On Earth Do You Read (or Write) Cozy Mysteries?

So many books from which to choose. The world is awash with books, rooms overflow with them, including mine. So, with all the fiction and non-fiction at your fingertips, why do you choose to read cozy mysteries? Is it the appeal of the name, sort of contradictory. How can a mystery be cozy? Or is […]

Putting the Leaves Back on the Trees

Leaves are falling off the trees and covering my yard. Fall is here! Cold weather is coming. Would putting the leaves back on the trees make summer come around again? Every change of season, I’m reminded of one of my favorite children’s books, The Four Puppies.¬†They enjoyed each season so much they wanted it to […]