Monday, December 31, 2012

Our Characters Make New Year's Resolutions...

Personally, I make resolutions daily...sometimes hourly...and I break them just as quickly. "I resolve to eat healthier.... Oooh, are those freshly baked cookies?" So, this cross-stitch project sums up my situation very well. If you'd like the pattern, simply go to my embroidery projects and scroll down until you see it. -- Marcy Singer from Thread on Arrival by Amanda Lee

In 2013, I fully and honestly intend to focus more on cookie craft and lore and less on the cookie-eating part. I'm a cookie cutting and baking professional, not a professional cookie consumer, right? After all, I have a figure to... I mean, I have a reputation to sustain. (Whew, that was hard. I need a cookie.) - Olivia Greyson from The Cookie Cutter Shop Mysteries by Virginia Lowell

For 2013 I will give up martinis with Auntie KiKi on the front porch totally. 100%. Completely. Honestly... At least the three olive part. And will stay away from dead bodies, and keep my nose out of other  people's business no matter how tempting it is to poke around. -Reagan Summerside from the Consignment Shop mysteries by Duffy Brown.

I gave up makin' resolutions more than a century ago when I cashed in my flesh and bones. Besides there are no earthly vices left to tempt me, exceptin' one. And I enjoy the oral fisticuffs with my partner Rory far too much to consider givin' them up. - Marshal Zeke Drummond(deceased) from "A Portrait of Crime mysteries by Sharon Pape.

I am hoping to figure out if my cabin in Sweet Pepper, Tennessee is haunted or not. I know everyone likes to joke around about the new fire chief - me - but someone is either really good at playing pranks, or the ghost of the old fire chief is still hanging out here. Either way, there are two things I want to do in 2013. Quit eating those mouth-watering biscuits they make at the Sweet Pepper Cafe, and expel a ghost! ~ Fire Chief Stella Griffin from the Sweet Pepper Fire Brigade Mysteries, That Old Flame of Mine, April 2013 by J.J. Cook

My pet, Sunny Meadows, asks me all the time to be nicer to Detective Mitch Stone, to stop freaking her parents out, and to quit "playing" with Granny Gert. What can I say? I love mischief, and I'm a cat. I think New Year's resolutions are silly, but I will make one. I resolve to make life interesting every single day. Morty (the immortal cat) from The Fortune Teller Mysteries by Kari Lee Townsend.

My resolution? To find a way to go home -- to Jewel Bay -- for good. I can't imagine how, or when, but I know why: Because I love the Village, the orchard homestead where I grew up, and the lake and mountains like no place else I've ever lived. I hope you'll join me there! -- Erin Murphy, from The Food Lovers' Village Mysteries by Leslie Budewitz

My resolution? Not to butt into things that aren't my business. Hmmm, that's going to be a hard about being nice to my boss's boss Ava Faulkner even though she acts like she's got something up her *** every time I see her. Hmmm, I can see that one isn't going to work either. How about enjoying every meal and every minute on Key West? Yes!  From Hayley Snow from the Key West food critic mysteries by Lucy Burdette

I resolve to read more books! Yes! All the cozy mysteries I can get my hands on. All the great new titles about my fellow bloggers. Just plain, full out, gorge on books and then share them with my bookmates in the Ashton Corners Mystery Readers and Cheese Straw Society. It's sure to be a Happy New Year! -- Lizzie Turner from the Ashton Corners Book Club Mysteries by Erika Chase.

My resolution: "To be or not to be"...Wait a sec. TO BRIE OR NOT TO BRIE. Yes. I'll taste more Brie. I'll test recipes with Brie. I'll make a Brie quiche. But I will not obsess about cheese...much. Okay, perhaps a little. Being a cheese shop owner, it's hard not to. Perhaps I won't stick my nose in Chief Urso's business. He'd appreciate that resolution. So many to choose from. Hmmm. I'll have to give it a little more thought.  -- Charlotte Bessette from A Cheese Shop Mystery series by Avery Aames.

I've never believed in making New Year's resolutions, but I never believed in ghosts, either, and look how that's turned out. Maybe I should resolve to use the word "never" more sparingly. I don't know, though. Somehow that sounds risky and I've never really liked being risky. This could be a problem. I think I'll have some more champagne and think about it. ~ Kath Rutledge from Last Wool and Testament by Molly MacRae

I'm terrible about making resolutions for the new year, because on the rare occasion that I did make one, I usually forgot about it by the end of January, and that was that. I should probably resolve to be better about minding my own business and not getting dragged into murder investigations, but when they involve family members, what can you do? If Fate will leave me alone for a while, I can resolve not to stick my nose into another murder in the coming new year. -- Charlie Harris from the Cat in the Stacks mysteries by Miranda James.

My New Year's resolution is to stock even more colors of thread in my machine embroidery boutique, In Stitches. And to stop interfering in murder investigations. Both of those resolutions should be easy to keep, right? - Willow Vanderling from the Threadville Mystery series by Janet Bolin

I resolve to keep my big mouth shut! Why, this very New Year's Eve, all I wanted was a little midnight smooch from my friend Mr. Benchley. But what did I get? I got all wound up in the murder investigation of a Broadway starlet. I went out on ledge (quite literally) to find out "whodunit." And I nearly made an enemy of the great Arthur Conan Doyle, father of Sherlock Holmes. (See "A FRIENDLY GAME OF MURDER," out today). Next time I open up my big mouth, just remind me to fill it with a gulp of champagne! — Dorothy Parker of the Algonquin Round Table Mysteries, by J.J. Murphy 

I'll be turning over a new leaf in 2013. This coming year I'm going to stay out of trouble. The Secret Service are capable, and smart. They don't need me--a gardener--putting myself in danger just because I can't help myself from rooting around whenever a mystery pops up. So if anything fishy happens around the White House, and it doesn't involve the gardens, don't tell me about it. I don't care! ~ Casey Calhoun from the White House Gardener Mysteries by Dorothy St. James 

I can already tell that 2013 is going to be a busy year. I had so many changes in 2012. I finished grad school, got my first real job, and moved to the middle of Ohio's Amish Country. And there was that murder... I resolve to have a quieter 2013, but something tells me that resolution is doomed to fail.  -- Chloe Humphrey from the Appleseed Creek Mystery Series by Amanda Flower

2013 will be the year I get my act together.  I've had this great job for a while now, but it's time that I put my own stamp on it instead of just doing what everybody before me did for the past century.  And I need to take a good look at where this relationship I sort of have with Special Agent James Morrison is going.  And finally--but not least--I need to learn to say "no" when people keep asking me to help them solve just one more murder, because that gets in the way of the first two. — Nell Pratt from the Museum Mysteries by Sheila Connolly

Every year I tell myself that I'm going to give up fast food and fried bologna and eat healthier--maybe even learn to cook. And those good intentions last about a half a day. What can I say? I prefer a good slice of pizza over a steak dinner any day. And think about it. I'm hitting a lot of the required dietary pyramid items, too. There's bread (dough,) fruit (tomato sauce,) meat (pepperoni,) vegetables (mushrooms and onions,) and dairy (cheese.) Who can argue with that logic? ----Jordan McAllister from the Clueless Cook Mysteries by Liz Lipperman 

My resolution is to stop finding dead bodies. People are starting to look at me funny and my brother Vince even suggested (in jest) that I might be the Scumble River Serial Killer. So this coming year, I'm going to mind my own business and concentrate on planning my wedding.---Skye Denison from Denise Swanson's Scumble River mystery series.

I love the New Year; new beginnings, fresh starts... resolutions. I resolve to concentrate on figuring out what I want from my future. No more wandering for me. I love vintage kitchenware and vintage recipes, and I'm going to work toward finishing my cookbook. I may never get published, but at least I'll be doing something I love. Oh, and I'm going to also figure out if Daniel Collins and I have something, or if he's just a nice guy who I like... a lot. - Jaymie Leighton from the Vintage Kitchen Mysteries series.

It's that time of year again. Sophie was going to post about staying away from men. Not that I blame her. She managed to get herself into a real pickle by dating Wolf. But her resolutions are so ho hum. Just like her life. I, on the other hand, have big plans. This is going to be the year I finally land a national TV show. To do that, I need to shine on blogs like this! And this year, Mars will propose to me. By hook or by crook, I'm going to get an engagement ring from that man. ~Natasha from the Domestic Diva Mysteries by Krista Davis.


  1. I'm thinking I should go help Olivia with all those cookies. And I'm looking forward to watching Dorothy Parker try to keep her mouth shut, and to seeing what shenanigans Natasha gets up to in the quest for her goals. What fun we'll have checking in a year from now!

  2. And I'm adding my resolution - to read the further adventures of all the above - or die trying. Oh dear, I didn't mean that. You all have enough bodies as it is!

  3. Happy New Year, everyone! See you in 2013!

  4. Resolutions are made to be broken I think!!

    Happy New Year.

  5. This was delightful. What a nice way to finish off 2012 with new cozies to explore. Many of our favorites were here! I resolve to read more cozies, live every day like its my last and embrace all the change that is heading my way. I am changing my entire life in 2013 with a move to a new state so 2013 look out here I come.

  6. Happy New Year everyone! Love Lexie's resolution: Read more cozies in 2013...