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Friday, February 4, 2011

Stay Tuned for Murder

Mary Kennedy describes her cozy mystery, Stay Tuned for Murder, as Frasier meets Murder She Wrote.

A big thank you to both Helen at Straight from Hel for holding a book giveaway and to Mary Kennedy for sending me the autographed book.
Maggie is a natural on the radio, but she's still learning how to play the ratings game. Her big guest star is self-proclaimed oracle Madame Chantel, whose on-air "chats" with the dead are the talk of Cypress Grove - until Chantel makes some grim predictions at a seance and one of the town's most beloved citizens is found murdered.

We are quickly introduced to the quirky characters of Cypress Grove: 
Chantel who is described as a giant Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade balloon.
Vera Mae whose towering beehive quivers with excitement
A policeman who looks like Opie
Rafe who wears aviator sunglasses and oozes charm
and then there's Maggie's mother - a b-movie actress

And holding all these residents together is On the Couch with Maggie Walsh, a local radio show with local psychologist and amateur sleuth Maggie Walsh.

Read the first page and you'll be hooked.

Note: you can click on the Amazon Widget to purchase the book - it will take you straight to the Amazon web page.

28 comments:

Sidne,the BCR said...

Hopping thru:This novel reads like its full of humor. nice review. Hey we are getting a lot of snow in my part of Texas, super bowl could of been in chicago

Joanne said...

sounds quite amusing. I might have to borrow it from you, but that would cut into the author's sales.

MommyWantsToRead said...

following back

Dorte H said...

This one sounds tempting.

mary kennedy said...

Ann, I am so glad you liked the book!! Thank you for the great review. You have a really fun blog...

Kay said...

I've got a copy of this one - courtesy of the author - and am looking forward to it!

Hope you guys are digging out. We got about an inch-and-a-half of snow last night. Amazing! It's almost all melted now. LOL

Hopping by.

Helen Ginger said...

I'm so glad you liked the book. It was a fun cozy, I thought.

Brenda Youngerman said...

I am hopping through an you have me convinced to go get this book!
I am following you now.

mary kennedy said...

Thanks, Brenda, and everyone! Hope everyone stays warm and safe in this really awful weather.

Al said...

Thanks for the review.

Sounds interesting

Clarissa Draper said...

Sounds like a really cool book. Thanks for the review.

Joy said...

Enjoy your cozy reading and stay warm! It is snowing here in Missouri - again!

K9friend said...

Sounds like a winner. I'll check it out!

Pat

Rachel said...

Hi! just stopping by via the hop. Thought I'd say hello :)

I love a good mystery too.

Rachel
And the plot thickens...

Shirley said...

Hopping in to say hello. This book sounds enticing, particularly when you say that after the first page you'll be hooked. I don't usually go for books with seances and paranormal, though. Is there more to it?

mary kennedy said...

Hi Shirley, the paranormal element is just a tiny part of the book, the plot really revolves around the murder of two old ladies in Cypress Grove and the unveiling of a time capsule that was buried many years ago. Maggie (the main character) has to decide if the two murders are connected...and she also has to figure out how the time capsule is involved in all this. (she figures it can't be coincidental). And come to think of it, it's not really paranormal, "Madame Chantel" is a phony psychic, an entertainer, who is angling for Maggie's job at the radio station. I totally agree with you, I'm not into books that are completely paranormal. They just put the seance scene on the cover for "drama," I guess. Hope this helps!

Cozy in Texas said...

Thanks for clarifying Mary. Definitely nothing paranormally creepy in this book.
Ann

Sheila (Bookjourney) said...

Ok this book looks like it could be fun!

Shirley said...

Thanks for the clarification Mary Kennedy. Now I really want to read this book. I'm adding it to my NTR (need to read). Is it available in local bookstores or online or perhaps in libraries?

Shirley said...

PS I am a new follower on this blog. I love mysteries!

mary kennedy said...

Hi Shirley, yes, it's available everywhere, bookstores, online and libraries. It's the third book in the series. It's my "current" release, it came out January 4th. You can go to my website www.marykennedy.net to see the other releases in the series, I have all 3 book covers on the first page.

Deb Nance at Readerbuzz said...

Who does not like cozy mysteries? Regular kill-em-and-leave-em-on-the-floor mysteries? Sure. There are those who might shy away from these. But cozies?

Thank you for stopping by my blog. I'm certain I will return here soon. I'm a new follower!

JoyTTWorld said...
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JoyTTWorld said...

I'm always looking new series to check out and this one definitely sounds interesting. I know I'm only 24 but I used to watch Murder She Wrote with ma all the time when I was little (it was our thing lol) I am a new follower :o) check out my blogThe Joy of Reading have happy friday!!

Jo said...

I've let this series get away from me. I read the first, and totally meant to keep reading the series. Thanks for the reminder!

The Tote Trove said...

This sounds like my kind of mystery. A small town. Quirky characters. And of course, that fixture of all cozies, a local sleuth. I'll remember it when my to-read stack starts getting low :)

Juju at Tales of Whimsy.com said...

Sounds like fun.
Super cute cover too :)

aserialreader said...

Another cozy series to add to my wish list.