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Let’s Discuss our Case Files: DEAD AIR (Mary Kennedy)
Salutations Sleuths! Spooky talk show radio. I’m thinking a secret show on some local NPR station. We’ve had a story about a talk show radio host before. But in this one, instead of investigating the death of the previous host of the show, our plucky investigator is going to be investigating the death of an interview subject. There are currently four books in this series. The fourth was published in paperback, e-book, and audiobook format. The first two have been re-released as e-books, with the third book (Stay Tuned for Murder) yet to be adapted to the e-book format. I’ve listened to the audiobook samples and the narration sounds good, with evenly paced, well enunciated words, and a pleasant voice. Whichever format you choose, I hope you enjoy the selection. An overview of our selection: When a psychologist hits Florida's airwaves, there's no telling who she's reaching... ...and there's no telling who wants to reach back. Maggie left her Manhattan practice for sunny Cypress Grove, Florida. where she hosts a talk radio show on WYME, parceling out psychological wisdom between interviews with guests, commercial readings and turns on the news floor. All the local lunatics appear to love her show. Well, maybe not all of them. She receives threats on her phone lines while interviewing New Age guru Sanjay Gingii. When he turns up dead, Maggie's roommate Lark comes under suspicion by an annoying--and gorgeous--detective. Maggie not only has to prove Lark's innocence, she must find out who's made more than one attempt on her life. Goodreads: Paperback: 311 pages Published: Signet (November 23, 2009) About the author: Mary Kennedy is a national best-selling novelist and a licensed psychologist on the east coast of the United States. She has written 37 young adult novels as well as an adult mystery series, The Talk Radio Mysteries. She has spoken at over 100 schools, libraries and writers' conferences all over the country. She received a grant and award for "artistic excellence in fiction" from the Delaware Division of the Arts. Please visit her online at And be sure to visit Killer Characters--it's a fun site where cozy mystery writers blog as their characters! Happy Sleuthing!

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Some people, myself included, think that there’s nothing better than snuggling up with a book and a beverage. Pull up a chair, grab a cuppa, and come join us in our exploration of the (cozy) mysteries!

Cozy mysteries typically have an untrained or non-professional investigator as the protagonist who, as an amateur detective, finds themselves in the middle of an investigation, typically, but not always, to try and find a murderer. Inquiries often come with a side of romance, a cast of kooky characters, a charming small-town community, and sometimes a dash of magic. These elements are not set in stone, but are the usual fare you will find in the modern version of the genre.

The cozy genre has a lot going for it and the books themselves are fun to read, though they are at times mindbogglingly complicated with red herrings and multiple suspects. The casual gumshoe will appear in a variety of settings as well as a variety of occupations with an assorted range of sidekicks - including potential love interests, family, irritating neighbors, cats, a dog or two, or even a ghost. In the modern version of the genre, there is also a tendency to center on themes such as recipes, crafts, libraries, book stores, and even book clubs.

To qualify for inclusion in the genre, our heroic sleuths will have a keen understanding of human nature and are astute in observation and deduction; the crime itself usually takes place behind the scenes; there is no graphic violence or use of strong language; and any serious romantic interludes will happen off stage.

This group was created to explore the cozy mystery genre, both the classical and the modern incarnations, and to bring people that enjoy the genre together for discussion and camaraderie. There will be a focus on either stand-alone books or the beginning book of a series, unless the books in a series can be read separately without feeling as if you are constantly missing character clues that were discovered earlier in a series.

Welcome and well met, Sleuths!

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