Monday, September 3, 2018

The Cozy Capers Book Group Convenes (and #GIVEAWAY)


By Mac Almedia from Maddie Day's Murder on Cape Cod.

Hey, everybody. I'm Mackenzie, but you can call me Mac. I'm so excited to tell you we finally have a December 18 release date for my new series - and it's a cozy mystery featuring a cozy mystery book group! That's right, the Cozy Capers read one cozy mystery a week. We meet and talk about the book, plus taste at least one of the recipes from it (if it doesn't include recipes, we make another food that's mentioned in the story).

Things got complicated last June, though, when I literally tripped across a body on my way home from book group. It was a foggy Cape Cod evening and...well, here's what happened.

Now I found the turn from the bike trail to the pathway that cut up to Main Street. Near the end of the path a hedge of scrubby coastal Rosa Rugosa separated the walkway from my postage stamp of a yard. The fragrant scent from the just-blooming native shrub mixed with the salt air and reminded me of my childhood here on the Cape. I slowed as I rounded a bend. I was scanning through the mist for the opening that would let me through the wall of roses when I tripped.

The obstacle in my path, oddly both soft and solid, was a sizable one. I yelled, arms windmilling like in a vintage cartoon. The air gave me nothing to grab hold of and I landed on my hands and elbows. I glanced down and back to see my knees resting on…Jake.

“Gah!” I shrieked and scrambled forward off of him. I crouched in place, my heart beating like the timpani in the Cape Symphony. Jake lay on his front with his head half-turned toward me, lips pulled back in a grimace, eyes unblinking.

I'd been publicly arguing with Jake earlier in the day, and later my brother became a prime suspect. Everybody in the book group pitched in to try to find the killer before someone else in Westham became the victim. 

Readers: What's your favorite waterfront getaway?

My author wants to give one of you an advance copy of the book, so be sure you leave your email address! If you don't win, you can preorder it from Barnes & Noble - they have a print exclusive on Murder on Cape Cod for the first year, but if you're a Kindle user, you'll be able to buy it in 2020.

Maddie Day creates the Country Store Mysteries and the Cozy Capers Book Group Mysteries. As Edith Maxwell, this Macavity- and Agatha-nominated author writes the Quaker Midwife Mysteries, the Local Foods Mysteries, and award-winning short crime fiction.

Maxwell is President of Sisters in Crime New England. She lives north of Boston with her beau and two cats, and blogs here and with the other Wicked Cozy Authors. You can find her on Facebook, twitter, Pinterest, and at her web site, edithmaxwell.com.



70 comments:

  1. My fave waterfront getaway is Oak Bluffs, Martha's Vineyard!��

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  2. Deciding on a favorite is very difficult as I love every coastal location I've ever been to, but I believe my all time most memorable was in Maui for all the beauty you can imagine! And I love Cape Cod beaches expecially like those with sand dunes plus they are close enough to drive to quite often.

    I would absolutely be honored to receive a copy to read and review.

    I get too many bogus contacts from leaving my email anywhere so you can find me on Facebook please in needed. Cynthia Bayer Blain
    Thank you much.


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    1. I love starting new series. Murder on Cape Cod looks like a fun read!

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    2. Pudding Creek beach in Fort Bragg, CA. Appreciate the consideration!

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  3. I love being at the beach, hearing the waves! Gulf Shores is beautiful!! dubecara (at) gmail (dot) com

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  4. Emerald Isle NC is my favorite. I just moved to Florida so exploring beaches will be next.
    debby236 at gmail dot com

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  5. Kitty Hawk N.C. That's where me and my ex had our honeymoon 30 years ago. It was definitely a gorgeous area at that time.

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  6. Tangier Island on the Chesapeake Bay has a very nice, quiet beach. Very peaceful!
    skforrest1957 at gmail dot com

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  7. Oh to live by the shore! I have been to Florida, but I would love to live in a small, coastal town. Being near the water, every day, would be my heaven! I am so excited for this new series to come out!
    debprice60@gmail.com

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  8. This sounds really good--I'd love to read it! Legallyblonde1961@yahoo.com

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  9. I love to go to Wells, Maine. Now that we live in Maine I don't know when we will get to go there next. pgenest57(at)aol(dot)com

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  10. Walking the boardwalk at Seaside Heights, NJ is my fun waterfront getaway....not a big fan of beach and sun! But the best time is in the fall after the tourists have gone and you can just enjoy the sounds of the ocean as you walk along. Kuzlin at aol(dot)com

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  11. I’m not a big water person but once in a while we’ll walk the boardwalk at the Jersey shore.
    sgiden at verizon(.)net

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  12. The books sounds so good! I love South Padre Island, Texas. cking78503(at)aol(dot)com

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  13. I just love listening to the waves at the beach. Very reaxing. Love the cover! dcriley8409 (at) aol (dot) com

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  14. Oh my goodness, another great book with such an amazing storyline. Can't wait to read more about Mackenzie “Mac” Almeida's adventures in Westham, Massachusetts. What fun it would be to be part of that Cozy Capers book club! LOVE the cover from the pretty flowers to the lighthouse in the background and the fog just lends itself to great mystery.

    My favorite waterfront getaway would be anywhere along the coast of Maine. Few years back we were able to take a bucket list trip to the New England states starting off by going up the entire coastline of Maine. We loved it all and it would be really hard to pick just one place. I guess if forced to pick just one place it would be around the Lubec area. While there we stayed at the old coast guard station - West Quoddy Station. Loved it and it was so peaceful and quiet and observing how much the tides went in and out was cool. Plus we were there during the eclipse and being out of town away from lights made it totally amazing to see.

    Thanks for the chance to win a copy of "Murder on Cape Cod" which is already on my TBR list!
    2clowns at arkansas dot net

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  15. Anywhere along the coast of Co. Kerry, Ireland. anne.maceneaney@gmail.com

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  16. I don't have a favorite getaway :( . This book sounds great. nvictoria77@yahoo.com

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  17. What a disappointment. 2020? Just slipped a notch on my favorite author list. Hope the B&N deal paid well. No thank you on the ARC. I can only do digital or large print. Don’t have a nook & don’t plan on getting one. Are libraries able to buy book from their jobbers or Overdrive?

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    1. Linda, believe me when I say I hope this thing works out. When my agent said my editor had offered this exclusive, I said, "What about all my faithful kindle readers?" It's an experiment, and I hope my fans will be patient. Please write to me at edith@edithmaxwell.com. I have an idea.

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  18. I would love to go back to Venice. Not sure that is possible. Hubby and I want to RV around the US when we retire, so hopefully I can find my new favorite getaway!!! Love the Country Store Mysteries, so I can't wait to read this series!!! alice.ihnen@charter.net

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  19. My father's ancestors came from England/Wales. It has always been on my bucket list to visit there and research my family tree. I love the Country Store Mysteries and also Edith Maxwell's Midwife series. Thanks for including her on your blog today. robeader53@yahoo.com

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    1. Thanks, Robin. I post here on the 3rd of every month. And I'm delighted you love my other series!

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  20. So far my fave waterfront to visit is Myrtle Beach but we're headed for Mackinac Island soon! Thanks for the giveaway! barbie17(at)gmail(d0t)com

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  21. Oh yay, a new series, it sounds good. I want to be part of that book group. My favorite waterfront these days is the back yard next to the pond. Still love the ocean beaches anywhere in California.
    sallycootie(at)gmail(dot)com

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  22. Awesome writer. Hard to wait for the next book!

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  23. My favorite waterfront getaway is anywhere with white sand and clear blue water. I love the idea of a book about a cozy mystery book club -- genius! Thanks for the opportunity to win an ARC of MURDER ON CAPE COD ~ bobandcelia@sbcglobal.net

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  24. I am not a fan of the water, but for some strange reason enjoy reading about it. I hope I can remember to get this when it releases elsewhere. Not a fan of B&N after they double charged me for a big pre-order, refused to see their mistake and I had to fight it with paypal and my bank. Not impressed. I know you will remind us when it comes out on other markets. Thanks for the chance to win. kayt18 (at) comcast (dot) net

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    1. I will remind you - you can be sure of that, Kay, LOL!

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  25. I love going to St Simons and Jekyll Island in Georgia centraleast2 at gmail dot com

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  26. I have loved so many beaches, Ocean Shores, Washington, Mackinac Island, the black and green sands in Hawaii, Newport, Rhode Island. Thank you for this opportunity

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  27. Mine is Newport Oregon! I only live an hour from it so we visit often. This past Saturday we spent the day! rockergoddess2002 at yahoo dot com

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    1. Congratulations, Tracy! Random.org picked you. Please check your email.

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  28. Lake Huron at Mackinaw City/Mackinac Island, MI. Love it there. I did already preorder this book. Sounds great! bwilhoite87@gmail.com

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  29. I live out west but love the east coast. My Mom is from Mass. Usersns8800@aol.com

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  30. Sounds like a great new series. My favorite waterway getaway is Mackinac Island MI on Lake Huron.
    diannekc8(at)gmail(dot)com

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  31. I'm only about 30 minutes away from Carmel-by-the-sea on Californias Central Coast. Love it there.
    babemomara@att.net

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  32. I make an annual visit to Ocean Shores, WA. For me, nothing is as relaxing as listening to the ocean. �� Thanks for this opportunity! HawksSB48 (at) gmail (dot) com.

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  33. I love Destin or Emerald Coast. Its just beautiful there and so relaxing. I love the book cover it looks spooky. Scoobyspenny@gmail.com

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  34. I think I'll go with North Beach on Oahu. Looking forward to this series, Edith!
    Kathy502@aol.com

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  35. 2020 is a LONG time to wait for kindle!
    Hope I can get it much sooner...like an ARC?!!!
    libbydodd at comcast dot net

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  36. My favorite place to walk along the water is Beaufort, NC. It's beautiful and quiet, with little shops and restaurants to visit. I love the cover of this book and can't wait to read it!

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    1. Forgot my email....it's 2boys4me (at) gmail (dot) com. :)

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  37. I like Virginia Beach off season as a get away. Candykennedy45@gmail.com

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  38. greeneyesredhair@gmail.com
    I'm rather fond of Cape Cod myself but I've only been once when I was 15. I do still have relatives on the cape.

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  39. The lake near my home. Donamaekutska7@gmail.com

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  40. There's a small beach several blocks away from where I live. I go there to get away for a while. Thank you for this chance! areewekidding(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  41. Mackinac Island or Traverse City Michigan. Happy on any smaller lakes or even just getting away for a week or weekend. Mmccuske17@gmail.com or mmccuske@yahoo.com

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  42. Ogunquit, Maine

    jtcgc at yahoo dot com

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  43. There are so many pretty little lakes around here. Your book sounds fun. ckmbeg (at) gmail (dot) com

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  44. Holly River State Park, WV, or Hilton Head SC :-) donah 42 at aol dot com

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  45. Newport, on the central Oregon coast, is my favorite waterfront getaway. Congratulations on the new series! aut1063(at)gmail(dot)com

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  46. Anyplace with a clean beach. The ones I remember are back home in Michigan and At Rocky Point. Have been in the desert for long, away from the various heart-settling sounds...congratulations to your author, Mac! I can't wait to read your first adventure. jeaniedannheim(at)ymail(dot)com Jeanie Dannheim

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  47. Since I live in the midwest & in the state of Minnesota, I'm going to go with the Mississippi River. I live just a quarter of a mile from the high bluffs that has a wonderful walking path over looking the river. It's so peaceful and beautiful to walk along the river. Growing up I lived in Chicago and loved Lake Michigan. Water is very healing and calming to me.

    Thanks for the chance. ematov (at) comcast (dot) net

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  48. San Francisco. Love the wharf!!
    Oneponychick66@hotmail.com

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  49. I don't have a favorite. Too far inland.

    marypres(AT)gmail(DOT)com

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  50. Wildwood, New Jersey is my favorite beach. doward1952(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  51. I like cities on the river, and the beautiful riverfronts and lights at night.
    browninggloria (at) hotmail(dot) com

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  52. Fairhope, AL!
    Wendy
    clarksrfun at gmail dot com

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  53. I live in Chicago and grew up in Detroit, so any of the Great Lakes would be at the top of my list! Love your work and follow the Wickeds religiously. Thank you for the giveaway. kim7corn(AT)gmail(DOT)com

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  54. I love the Caribbean. The sands are so fine and soft and the water so blue! anajs95 at gmail dot com

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  55. I have to say Panama City Beach, AKA the Redneck Riviera. Met my husband there & we got married right on the beach.
    cameronbarbara@ymail.com

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  56. Thanks to everyone for your enthusiastic comments! And congratulations to Tracy Shafer, random.org's pick. I wish I had a copy for everyone. Tracy, please check your email.

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  57. Hello your books sound great! My favorite waterfront getaway always was Geneva on the Lake Ohio. It is about an hour's drive from where I live, and just a cute little town with little shops and cottages and motels for a fun summer!! Thanks for the chance to win! pc1977@zoominternet.net

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  58. When my two oldest were little we used to go to Piney Bay in Arkansas and I have such good memories of going there! I love this cover so much! craig-kelley70@att.net

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  59. I love Cozy Mysteries and I live on Cape Cod. My family goes many generations back. I would love an opportunity to read your book. ttokarz71@comcast.net

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