By Mac Almeida, a brand-new blogger for Maddie Day's brand-new series, the Cozy Capers Book Group Mysteries.
Mackenzie Almeida, here. I've been bugging my author, Maddie Day (also known as Edith Maxwell), to announce this news and I finally convinced her. I get to star in my own mystery series from Kensington Publishing!
It's true. I run Mac's Bikes, a bicycle repair and rental shop in Westham on Cape Cod, but I also host a weekly book group called the Cozy Capers. All we read is cozy mysteries. And yeah, we read a book a week. Don't you?
Almost all the shopkeepers in town belong to the Capers, as well as the librarian, the outgoing chief of police, and and a few others. We try to prepare some of the recipes in the books, when they include them, and we meet in the private lighthouse my half-brother Hayden lives in as caretaker.
Westham is a typical small town on the Cape - flooded with tourists for half the year, and struggling to get by the other half. I'm pretty active with the food bank and soup kitchen in town, both of which are run out of my dad's UU church. Those help with that "other half" issue, but they don't solve the problem of locals not being able to afford the rent or losing their income all winter.
But we're creative here in our beautiful corner of the world, and things were looking up - until a man was murdered directly in back of my tiny house. When it looked like Hayden might have been involved, I had no choice but to jump in and do what I could to clear his name. Wouldn't you do the same for family?
We're not sure when the first book will come out - probably early in 2018. Watch for more news from Maddie/Edith when she gets it, and for more posts here from me and others in Westham.
Readers: In the meantime, tell us your favorite thing about Cape Cod. And if you haven't visited there yet, what's the first thing you'd like to do or see when you get there?
Edith Maxwell writes the Quaker Midwife Mysteries and the Local Foods Mysteries, the Country Store Mysteries (as Maddie Day), and award-winning, Agatha-nominated short crime fiction.
Maxwell is Vice-President of Sisters in Crime New England. She lives north of Boston with her beau and three cats, and blogs here, with the other Wicked Cozy Authors, and with the Midnight Ink Writers. You can find her on Facebook, twitter, Pinterest, and at her web site, edithmaxwell.com.