Tuesday, January 3, 2017

By Mac Almedia
From Maddie Day's Cozy Capers Book Group Mysteries

2017? How'd that happen? Usually winter's a slow time here in Westham on Cape Cod. Most of the tourists have been gone for months, and I spend a lot of my time in Mac's Bikes tuning up the rentals when I'm not reading a cozy mystery a week for our book group, the Cozy Capers. Last year seems to have sped by way too fast, though.

But maybe I should introduce myself. I'm Mackenzie Almeida, better known as Mac. I'm once again living in one of the most gorgeous spots on God’s green earth, right where I grew up. I have a thriving business I own outright, a bicycle rental and repair shop, Mac's Bikes. It's successful in part because of the bike trails that run up and down the Cape from Provincetown to Woods Hole which supply our hundreds of thousands of visitors with a place to exercise and enjoy the sea air away from traffic. My tiny house is right behind my shop, and just off the Shining Sea Bikeway.

A hunky baker named Tim is in love with me, and my whole family lives nearby: my dad, Joseph, who ministers to the Unitarian Universalists. His mom, my Abo Ruth. My slightly nutty astrologer mom, Astra (yeah, I know - she changed it from Edna. Wouldn't you?) My half brother Hayden and his darling daughter, my little niece Cokey, who he's raising by himself in the lighthouse where he's caretaker. And I have bunches of good friends who are some of the shopkeepers and town regulars, as well as members of the book group. We really do read a cozy every week, and cook up food mentioned in the story, too.

So I thought I was living my dream here. Until I tripped over a dead body on the bikeway, a body with a big honking fish-gutting knife in his chest. And the state police officer, a gentle half-Wampanoag man named Lincoln Mills, seems to think it looks a lot like my brother's knife. My friend Gin Malloy, who owns Salty Taffy's, says we just fell into our own cozy mystery. Yikes!

Stay tuned for more news. My author says Murder on Cape Cod will be out toward the end of this year.

Readers: Are you in a book group? What's your favorite vacation beach? Any questions about the new series?

National bestselling author Edith Maxwell writes the Quaker Midwife Mysteries and the Local Foods Mysteries, the Country Store Mysteries and the Cozy Capers Mysteries (as Maddie Day), and award-winning, Agatha-nominated short crime fiction.

Maxwell is 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.

20 comments:

  1. I do belong to two book clubs. One is in person with a group of friends where we read everything. The other is a cozy mystery only on Facebook with a group of readers who can't attend book clubs in person. So much fun! My favorite beach is Madiera on the gulf in Florida!

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    1. I like the idea of a facebook cozy mystery group, Tonya!

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  2. I'm looking forward to reading this book. I used to belong to several book groups, but they could never settle on a book and it took them forever to read one book.

    I'm not a beach person and yet I live two blocks from the ocean.

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    1. Thanks, Dru. I guess there are beach people and not-beach people!

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  3. I'm not in a book club but am in Goodreads and sometimes join in some group reads where we vote on a book to read and then we discuss it online. My favorite beach so far is Jomtien Beach in Thailand.

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  4. What a great collection of characters, Edith! Sounds like it will be a good one.

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  5. This certainly sounds like it will be an entertaining debut for a new series! Since moving 2 1/2 years ago I am no longer involved in an "in person" book club but have participated in several FB discussions, which have been fun. My favorite beach is found on Marco Island, FL.

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    1. I haven't been to much in Florida yet, Cheryl. Would like to!

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  6. I am a member of 3 cozy mystery online book clubs. When I was a child I lived near Lake Michigan. In the summer, the sand was so hot you could not walk on it, you had to run to the water. The water was so cold and wonderful. I guess it was because that is part of my history, I love the sandy beaches on Lake Michigan and the view of the water and the far horizon. Yes, I am now nearer the Gulf and there are lovely beaches there too. Maybe I am fickle, I love both spots.

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    1. Lake Michigan is amazing - it looks like the sea!

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  7. I do belong to 2 book clubs then when I visit my mom at her place all the woman ask me who i am reading and if it is good they are always interested to see what tote bag i am carrying in as i try to carry a diff one in every so often i only have a few when i change they love it. We went years ago to the BVI and it was just a wonderful relaxing and fun trip i had won it otherwise we would of never been able to afford it but the food and the water and my husband went scuba diving and loved it .

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    1. Hmm. I will consider a Cozy Capers Book Group tote bag for giveaways!

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  8. I am a member of a local women's club that has a book group. I have been to only 2 group meetings in the past couple of years, lol.
    My favorite beaches are the beaches along the Flordia panhandle.
    I am very excited about your new series.

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  9. I don't belong to any book clubs, I like to read my own picks. My favorite beach is Holland State Park on Lake Michigan, luckily it's only three miles from our house.

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