Alphabet Season Episode B (SPOILERS!)

Published: Feb. 23, 2021, 7 a.m.
Duration: 31 minutes 34 seconds

Etta and Deb review the legendary Sue Grafton series starting with B is for Burglar. Make sure to sign up for our mailing list! www.Ettawelk.com See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

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Alphabet Season Episode A (SPOILERS!)

Published: Feb. 9, 2021, 1:24 p.m.
Duration: 28 minutes 43 seconds

Etta and Deb review the legendary Sue Grafton series starting with A is for Alibi.Make sure to sign up for our mailing list! www.Ettawelk.com See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

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CC 69: Copaseptic Double Book Review!

Published: Jan. 25, 2021, 10:55 p.m.
Duration: 22 minutes 1 second

Deb and Etta are back and better than previously.Join us as we review TWO books and ONE game before discussing a new format for the show beginning Feb 8th.Join our mailing list: Ettawelk.comZaida Alfaro's Last Note: https://www.cozycatpress.com/zaida-alfaro-1Among Us Game: https://www.cozycatpress.com/zaida-alfaro-1Meet Isabel Puddles by M.V. Byrne: https://www.mvbyrne.com/ See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

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CC 68: Hannah Swenson Review and Melissa Bourbon interview

Published: Dec. 21, 2020, 5:57 p.m.
Duration: 28 minutes 43 seconds

Etta and Deb review the latest Joanne Fluke novel in the Hannah Swensen Saga, Christmas Cupcake Murder Melissa Bourbon joins us for an interview: https://melissabourbon.com/Melissa Bourbon, who sometimes answers to her Latina-by-marriage name Misa Ramirez, is a middle school teacher by day, and a writer by night. She lives lives in an inspiring century old house in North Texas and loves being surrounded by real-life history.  She fantasizes about spending summers writing in quaint, cozy locales, has a love/hate relationship with yoga and chocolate, is devoted to her family, and can’t believe she’s lucky enough to be living the life of her dreams.She is the author of the Lola Cruz Mystery series, A Magical Dressmaking Mystery series, and the upcoming Bread Shop Mystery Series.  She also has written two romantic suspense novels, a light paranormal romance, and is the co-author of The Tricked-out Toolbox, a practical marketing guide for authors. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

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CC 67 V.M. Burns Interview/ Review of an historical pigeon-based cozy

Published: Dec. 15, 2020, 1:10 a.m.
Duration: 31 minutes 51 seconds

Etta and Deb explore history and the world of spies and carrier pigeons in Olive Bright, Pigeoneer by Stephanie Graves: https://msstephgraves.com/V.M. Burns joins us for an author interview: www.vmburns.com See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

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CC: 66 Author Interview with J.C. Eaton

Published: Nov. 30, 2020, 6:02 p.m.
Duration: 23 minutes 38 seconds

MysteryRat's Maze: https://mysteryratsmaze.podbean.com/NaNoWriMo: https://nanowrimo.org/https://www.jceatonauthor.com/ See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

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CC 65: Country Manor Hairdressers Review/ Libby Klein Author Interview

Published: Nov. 23, 2020, 7:57 p.m.
Duration: 31 minutes 41 seconds

Deb reviews the highly anticipated December 2020 release "Death at a Country Manor" for Etta and the rest of the Cozers. It's the first in series for Daisy Thorne Mysteries by Louise R. Innes.https://louiseroseinnes.com/cozy-mysteriesAuthor Libby Klein joins us for an interview. Read Wine Tasting are Murder out November 24th!https://libbykleinbooks.com/bookshelf/ See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

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CC 64: Snow Day with Ruth Ware and Zaida Alfaro Interview

Published: Nov. 16, 2020, 6:17 p.m.
Duration: 24 minutes 37 seconds

Join Etta and Deb as we decide whether "One by One" by Ruth Ware should be Deb's next read.Ruthware.com Stay awhile as we interview Zaida Alfaro author of "The Last Note" https://www.zaidamusic.com/the-last-note See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

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CC 63: Space Palate Cleanser Review; Interview with Ellen Byron

Published: Nov. 9, 2020, 4:42 p.m.
Duration: 36 minutes 12 seconds

After a long and spooky October, Etta and Deb review Fly Me to the Moon by Diane Vallere #1 in the Sylvia Striker Space Case Mystery Book Series.https://www.dianevallere.com/Then we are joined by Agatha award winning Author Ellen Byron. Here about her multiple series and all around awesomeness:https://www.ellenbyron.com/ See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

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CC 62: Crosswords and Diners Review of Becky Clark's Puzzling Ink followed by Hannah Kurz Author Interview

Published: Nov. 2, 2020, 3:51 p.m.
Duration: 32 minutes 43 seconds

Deb and Etta ponder diner life in Becky Clark's first-in-series release, Puzzling Ink A Crossword Puzzles Mystery #1https://beckyclarkbooks.com/Followed by a Cozy Author Interview with Hannah Kurz: https://www.hannahrkurz.com/ See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

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CC 61: This is Halloween! A Waffle Lot of Murder Review and Interview with Astoria Wright

Published: Oct. 26, 2020, 12:11 p.m.
Duration: 23 minutes 56 seconds

Deb and Etta get excited about Halloween!Waffle Lot of Murder (All-Day Breakfast Cafe Mystery Book 4) by Lena Gregory http://www.lenagregory.comInterview with the wonderful Astoria Wright! Author the the Fairy Apothecary series and A Witch's Thrift Shop Mysterieshttps://www.astoriawright.com See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

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CC 60: Kathleen Marple Kalb & Review of One Taste Too Many by Debra H. Goldstein

Published: Oct. 19, 2020, 6 a.m.
Duration: 27 minutes 31 seconds

Deb and Etta review Debra H Goldstein's One Taste Too Many, the first installment of the Sarah Blair Mysterieshttps://www.debrahgoldstein.com/Today's interview is with Kathleen Marple Kalb! She is WONDERFUL and shows off her perfect radio voice.Read A Fatale Finale, the first from the Ella Shane Mysteries OUT NOW!https://kathleenmarplekalb.com/ See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

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CC 59: Agatha Christie's Last Novel & Interview with Cynthia Kuhn

Published: Oct. 9, 2020, 6:14 p.m.
Duration: 30 minutes 43 seconds

Deb and Etta ponder Agatha Christie's Novel the Postern of FateCynthia Kuhn joins us for an author interviews to discuss her Lila Maclean Academic Mystery Serieshttps://cynthiakuhn.net/ Study of Secrets out NOW!https://cynthiakuhn.net/books/ See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

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Episode 58: Review Netflix's Enola Holmes & Author Interview with Debra Sennefelder

Published: Oct. 2, 2020, 9:16 p.m.
Duration: 28 minutes 48 seconds

Deb and Etta review Netflix's Enola Holmes.Author interview with Debra Sennefelder. Food Blogger and Resale Boutique Mysteries.http://debrasennefelder.com/The Corpse Who Knew Too Much OUT NOW! See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

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Episode 57: A frightfully cozy book fair & Lilia McLean Academic Mysteries Review

Published: Sept. 25, 2020, 10:05 p.m.
Duration: 24 minutes 40 seconds

Deb and Etta Review A Study of Secrets by Cynthia Kuhn, #5 Book in the Lila Maclean Academic Mystery Serieshttps://cynthiakuhn.net/ ALERT: A Frightfully Cozy Book Fair is afoot on October 4th 2020. https://www.astoriawright.com/post/a-frightfully-cozy-book-fair See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

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Episode 56: Nancy Fulton Interview & Deb learns the concept of fiction with Misty Dawn Mystery Book 1

Published: Sept. 14, 2020, 1:47 p.m.
Duration: 43 minutes 15 seconds

Etta and Deb Review Book 1 in the Misty Dawn Mystery Series by Nancy Cole Silverman.https://www.nancycolesilverman.com/ Different Nancy and more importantly friend of the show, Nancy Fulton, joins us to discuss her book Fortunate Monsters.https://www.amazon.com/Nancy-Fulton/e/B0140CH88K%3Fref=dbs_a_mng_rwt_scns_share See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

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Episode 55: Super Sleuths review Dial M for Maine Coon and Author Interview Debra H. GoldStein

Published: Aug. 28, 2020, 7:23 p.m.
Duration: 36 minutes 40 seconds

Deb and Etta review Alex Erickson's Dial M for Maine Coon.https://alexericksonbooks.com/ Debra H. Goldstein joins us for an author interview!Pick up the third release in the Sarah Blair Mysteries: Three Treats Too Many https://www.debrahgoldstein.com/ See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

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Episode 54: Knots and Crosses Review and Author Interview with Victoria Gilbert

Published: Aug. 21, 2020, 5:13 p.m.
Duration: 43 minutes 2 seconds

Etta and Deb Review Knots and Crosses... a darker psychological mystery by Ian RankinAlso Victoria Gilbert Author of the Book Lover Bed and Breakfast Mysteries and Blue Ridge Library Mysteries Series.Find more about Victoria on her website:http://victoriagilbertmysteries.com/ See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

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Episode 53: I think we meant "Coot" Review of Gin and Daggers Murder She Wrote and Baby Sitters Club Mystery Series

Published: Aug. 14, 2020, noon
Duration: 26 minutes 49 seconds

Join Etta and Deb as we discuss Gin and Daggers by Jessica Fletcher and Donald Bain.Etta also reviews the Baby Sitters Club Mysteries Series. For detailed reviews check out the Baby Sitters Club Club Podcast: http://babysittersclubclub.com/ See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

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UPDATED Episode 52: Murder, She Wrote Pt 2 and August 2020 releases to watch

Published: Aug. 7, 2020, 10:21 p.m.
Duration: 20 minutes 58 seconds

Budding Cozy novelist Etta Welk and her mother Deb discuss the introductory episodes of Murder, She WroteWatch for new releases by:Victoria Gilbert - Booked to Death August 11http://victoriagilbertmysteries.com/Vivien Chien- Killer Kung Pao August 25http://www.vivienchien.com/ See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

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Episode 51: Murder, She Wrote Pt 1 & Mystery Room Review

Published: July 31, 2020, 4:26 p.m.
Duration: 31 minutes 35 seconds

Deb and Etta are back to their usual hi-jinks with a review of Murder, She Wrote opening episodes "The Murder of Sherlock Holmes" Part 1 and Part 2. https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0086765/ https://www.amazon.com/Murder-She-Wrote-Season-1/dp/B07Q4HDJ1DEtta also reviews Mystery Room, a murder mystery game by Level 5 available on IOS and Android. http://level5ia.com/mystery-room/uk/home/ See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

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Episode 50: We're still doing this? (Fairy Episode Part II Review of Misty Bane's A Fairy Situation)

Published: July 11, 2020, 6:14 p.m.
Duration: 19 minutes 31 seconds

Etta and Deb are going to retire the first 50 episodes on August 2nd, 2020. Make sure to listen to the backlog... if you dare!Episode 51 and beyond will premiere on August 2nd and contain more author interviews!On today's episode we review Misty Bane's A Fairy Situation, Book #1 of the Wicked Hollow Fairies Cozies. https://www.mistybane.com/ See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

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Episode 49: Fairy Dust and Whimsy in Cozy Mysteries (Review of Dary Wood Gerber's A Sprinkling of Murder)

Published: June 26, 2020, 3:48 p.m.
Duration: 29 minutes 7 seconds

Mom and daughter cozy readers Deb and Etta discuss Daryl Wood Gerber's A Sprinkling of MurderDiscussed resources:Author page: https://darylwoodgerber.com/Kitchen Blog: https://www.mysteryloverskitchen.com/Pictures of Jill Doll!: See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

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Episode 48: Do Professional Busybodies get cards? (Review of Barbara Ross's Jane Darrowfield, Professional Busybody)

Published: June 19, 2020, 8:44 p.m.
Duration: 19 minutes 24 seconds

Deb and Etta continue their respective isolations reading Barbara Ross's Jane Darrowfield, Professional Busybodyhttps://maineclambakemysteries.com/jane-darrowfield-professional-busybody/ See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

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Episode 47: The Mysterious Missing Author (Review of Belle Knudson's Mrs. Fix It Series)

Published: June 12, 2020, 7:08 p.m.
Duration: 19 minutes 44 seconds

Etta and Deb review Belle Knudson's Mrs. Fix it Series!WARNING: The books appear unavailable and the author does not have a web presence. (So try not to fall in love!) See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

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Episode 46: Giving DIY a try (Review of A Do It Yourself Mystery Book 1 by Jennie Bentley)

Published: June 5, 2020, 8:18 p.m.
Duration: 26 minutes 14 seconds

Deb and Etta review Jennie Bentley's Fatal Fixer-Upper; Book 1 A Do It Yourself Mystery)Catch up on our back list-- the first 50 episodes are going into the vault on September 2020! See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

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Episode 45: Books we were supposed to hate Part II (Cats in Trouble Book 1 review)

Published: May 29, 2020, 7:59 p.m.
Duration: 17 minutes 29 seconds

Etta and Deb review the Cat, the Quilt, and the Corpse by Leann Sweeney; first book in the cats in trouble serieshttp://www.leannsweeney.com/ See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

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Episode 44: Books we were supposed to hate Part 1 (Louise Penny's Still Life Review)

Published: May 22, 2020, 7:41 p.m.
Duration: 23 minutes 30 seconds

Etta and Deb discuss Louise Penny's debut novel, Still Life, Book 1 Inspector Gamache Serieshttps://www.louisepenny.com/ See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

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Episode 43: Best Books and Birthdays (BRIEF Review of Agatha Award Best Contemporary Novel Nominees 2019)

Published: May 8, 2020, 2:41 p.m.
Duration: 20 minutes 6 seconds

A train wreck of an episode where background noise and the giggles get the best of us. Deb and Etta recap the best contemporary novel nominees for the 2019 Agatha Awards and give each other a special assignment. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

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Episode 42: TVs and Toddlers (Scooby Doo Mystery Inc. Review)

Published: May 1, 2020, 1:02 p.m.
Duration: 19 minutes 41 seconds

Etta and Deb discuss the first episode of Scooby Doo Mystery Inc. (2010) available on Netflix or for purchase.News:New Cozy Podcast: Cozy Ink https://leahbaileyauthor.com/category/cozy-ink-podcast/Celebrating the life of Cozy Mystery Author Shelia Connoly: https://wickedauthors.com/2020/04/27/missing-sheila-connolly/ See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

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Episode 41: Killer Canadian Gardeners (Double Book Review)

Published: April 23, 2020, 12:57 p.m.
Duration: 36 minutes 57 seconds

Etta and Deb review two gardening-themed cozies set in Canada. Both are first in series. Both books are available for free!Arsenic in the Azaleas by Dale Mayer https://dalemayer.com/From Garden to Grave by Rickie Blair https://www.rickieblair.com/ See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

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Episode 40: Haunted Cozy Mysteries (Double Book Review)

Published: April 16, 2020, 4:33 p.m.
Duration: 22 minutes 13 seconds

Deb and Etta review "If Walls Could Talk" by Juliet Blackwell, Book 1 of Haunted Home Renovation Mysteries https://julietblackwell.net/mysteries.php"Proof of Murder" by Lauren Elliot, Book, Book 4 of The Beyond the Page Bookstore Mysteries https://laurenelliottauthor.com/novels.html See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

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Episode 39: Staying Cozy (Resource Episode)

Published: April 8, 2020, 4:49 p.m.
Duration: 14 minutes 18 seconds

Solo episode where Etta ponders resources for staying cozy. Take care during the crisis everyone-- Thinking of you!Blogs:Chicks on the Case: https://chicksonthecase.com/Jungle Red Writers: http://www.jungleredwriters.com/Searching for a cozy? Try Cozy-Mystery.com Lisa K Book Reviews: http://lisaksbookthoughts.blogspot.com/Author Websites:Ellen Jacobson: https://ellenjacobsonauthor.com/Elizabeth Spann Craig: https://elizabethspanncraig.com/Joanne Fluke: https://joannefluke.com/Podcasts:The Cozy Sleuth: https://anchor.fm/leanna-shieldsAll things cozy: http://allthingscozy.libsyn.com/website See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

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Episode 38: This is why we can't have nice things (BOOK REVIEW Barbara Allen Antiques series)

Published: April 3, 2020, 3:43 p.m.
Duration: 19 minutes 49 seconds

Join Etta and Deb as we review the newest book from Deb's favorite series, Antiques Fire Sale by Barbara Allen. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

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Episode 37: And the inheritance goes to... (BOARD GAME REVIEW 13 dead end drive)

Published: March 26, 2020, 5:55 p.m.
Duration: 17 minutes 14 seconds

Deb and Etta play 1990s board games amidst pandemic. Review of 13 Dead End Drive! See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

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Episode 36: I'll take my mysteries soft boiled (Review of the Maltese Falcon)

Published: March 19, 2020, 3:32 a.m.
Duration: 23 minutes 5 seconds

Etta and Deb are stir crazy during the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. Well wishes to all listeners. Hope to provide you some distraction with a review of Dashiell Hammett's classic mystery, the Maltese Falcon. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

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Episode 35: Being Prolific with Erin Huss (Author Interview)

Published: March 11, 2020, 2:29 p.m.
Duration: 19 minutes 13 seconds

Cozy Author and now friend of the show, Erin Huss, joins us to discuss writing, motherhood, apartment managing and more. Check out the Podcasting Sisters and her newest release Mint Chip Murder from the Cambria Clyne Series!Personal updates: Baby boy is now 1 year old! Using dictation and the transcription service Descript to ramp up word counts and avoid a scary blank page.Show updates: Updated website and newsletter sign up out soon! Please rate use on your podcasting platform of choice. It really helps us gain visibility!Transcript of Erin Huss interviewEtta: [00:00:00] Hey, good morning, Erin. [00:00:03] Erin: [00:00:03]  Thanks so much for having me.   [00:00:08] Etta: [00:00:08] You are a busy, busy lady. So I will ask you the million dollar question. Why did you start writing cozies? Tell us all about it?[00:00:15] Erin: [00:00:15] about it. Oh my goodness. It's kind of a funny story because I started writing cozy on accident years and years ago. Um, I had this blog called the apartment manager's blog. Okay. And I started, cause I was an apartment manager, my husband was in dental school, I had kids and I was working full time as apartment drains, just encountered the craziest things. So I started this blog anonymously and I had all of these other apartment managers sending in like their horror stories and pictures and stuff. And I got quite a following. And then I got, um, people were like, you should write a book, you should write a book. And I thought, Oh, I should totally write a book. And so. I didn't know how to write a book. So I just looked up, you know how to write a book to me, you need to have a conflict. And I was like, well, murderous conflict.So I'm gonna there, right? Cause book with a funny book with a murder in it. And I didn't even know that cozy mystery existed. And Gemma holiday actually. Uh, reached out to me. She's the one that kinda took me under her wing and was like, you write cozy trees, let me help you out here. And so that's like, my first series is called the Cambria Kline mystery series, and it's about an apartment manager.[00:01:33] And that's kind of how I fell into cozy mysteries. It wasn't even something that I really intended to do, but now I love the genre. I read it, I write it. It's my favorite [00:01:42] Etta: [00:01:42] so funny. Um, do you, um, write in any other genres or anything else you're working on? [00:01:48] Erin: [00:01:48] Well, I'm working on a thriller with my friend and Catherine  [00:01:52] She writes, um, really great, uh, romcoms and chicklet and some women's fiction. And her and I are both wanting to explore this thriller. So we're working on a thriller together. Um, I have no idea when that's coming out, but that's kind of the only branch out I'm doing, which isn't. Hugely. It's still expanding, you're exploring other stuff.[00:02:15] Love humor and writing. Um, cozies [00:02:21] Etta: [00:02:21] so when you're, where you're writing a mystery, how do you know who done it or, you know, are you a big outliner or do you fly by the seat of your pants? [00:02:29] Erin: [00:02:29] I found that the only way for me to write productively was to outline. So I carry a notebook with me at all times and I gener know who done it.[00:02:39] When I start sometimes as I'm nearing the end, I think, Oh, it would be a great twist if I just switch up the, the murder and kind of go back and filter in the clues. But usually I just have to figure out, okay, I start a book with, okay, who died? Who killed them? Why did they kill them? And then I kind of build my story around that.[00:03:01] Etta: [00:03:01] Awesome. Awesome. Yeah. Let's, let's talk a little bit more about that. What's your, your writing process? Do you have a favorite place? Time of day sort of routine? [00:03:10] Erin: [00:03:10] I ha, well, I have five kids, [00:03:13] Etta: [00:03:13] so no routines. [00:03:14] Erin: [00:03:14] Okay. Well, I need to say it that I have five kids, and so the youngest one is five and he does school part time.[00:03:23] So I write every day from 10 o'clock. Until 1230 and then I write in the car for at least an hour and a half while I'm waiting for practices to finish, whether it be basketball track or whatever sport the kids are playing. And so for me, I, I usually sit on my bed. I wish I could be one of those authors that, you know, had a stand up desk or on a treadmill.[00:03:49] I'm on my bed with my laptop. And I pop in my headphones and listen to like instrument, instrumental music, study music for on like Spotify. And then I just write. But I usually have a notebook. I carry a notebook with me everywhere and I'm constantly writing. I'm working out plot ideas. I mean, that's something I feel like I'm doing almost all day.[00:04:13] Well, [00:04:13] Etta: [00:04:13] and when you're writing in the, um, in the car, are you. Like hen ready? Are you ready on your [00:04:18] Erin: [00:04:18] phone? Bring my computer with me. [Wow, that's dedication.] It's funny cause I've had other moms they like, what are you doing in there? Are you watching TV? I'm writing murder is what I'm doing.[00:04:33] The writing murder mysteries [00:04:34] Etta: [00:04:34] don't cross me. [00:04:38] Erin: [00:04:38] It's very hard to, when you've got a very tight schedule, I feel like I'm. You have to be really productive with your time. So I feel like when I do sit down and write, I turn off the internet and I write, I don't do anything else. [00:04:54] Etta: [00:04:54] Yeah. And with five kids.[00:04:56] That's how you juggle. So you have tons of releases coming out. Um, so microphones and murder, which is, which is already out, um, by Henry press was what really got me thinking about you. Obviously the podcasting thing and the duo. It was a really fun, you know, kind of true crime, um, nod. Um, but what other, um, um, releases do you have coming out and, and what readers, but it would be the best fit for those releases.[00:05:26] Erin: [00:05:26] Well I do. I feel like if you like cozy mysteries, that's, that's, that's what I write. I have a release coming out next Tuesday. It's the fourth book in my Kendrick climb mystery series, which is about an apartment manager. She's a single mom, and she lands his job as department manager and she first day on the job sheet, you know, there's a murder.[00:05:48] And so she ends up solving crime as she's. You know, trying to manage this apartment building filled with all these zany characters. And so the fourth book in that comes out and my publisher just put that on Kindle unlimited too, which is awesome. Which is fun cause I feel like if you're avid reader, if you devour books, then you know, Kindle unlimited really is a good resource.[00:06:12] Um,  I get that subscription sometimes you can get a lot of bang for your ] buck. How I know, and I feel like, and. That a lot of publishers are using Kindle unlimited now. They're putting their backlist on Kindle unlimited and stuff, so you can definitely get really, really good. Um, there's a lot on there now.[00:06:30] And so that comes out next Tuesday. Well, it comes out the 11th of March, March 11th. And then, um, I have the second book of microphones and murder in the podcasting sisters mystery that comes out April nine. And then in may, I'm going to be started releasing a new series called the almost good witch. And it's about a, uh, it's a cozy mystery series about a witch who has always been an evil witch her whole life.[00:07:00] And she's desperate to turn her life around and be good. And, um. So is she. That's, that's cool. Yeah. So it's kind of a fun little mystery. And then I have this series called the lost souls lane mystery, and it's kind of a paranormal. Any paranormal I write isn't super paranormal. It's very walks the line of realistic paranormal.[00:07:21] I don't even know if that's a thing, but deal with like other worlds or anything like that. I had this series about clearly the most popular series I write about. Um. A young girl, she's like 23 and she discovered that she could see dead people and these dead people come to her and she has to solve their murders.[00:07:39] And [00:07:40] Etta: [00:07:40] that's the Zoe one. Right? [00:07:42] Erin: [00:07:42] Okay. And so I'm going to release the six book in may for that one as well. And so that's all I've got going in for the first half of the year. At the second half of the year, I'm going to release some more books in those series as well. [00:07:56] Etta: [00:07:56] Ooh, I feel exhausted just listening to that.[00:07:58] I'm going to need to take a break after we're all done. Cause that is a lot going on. [00:08:04] Erin: [00:08:04] It is, you know, I realized, um. Maybe two years ago, I, I, with the rise of bingeing on Netflix and being in people, being able to watch an entire season in one, you know, in one sitting. And I noticed that people like that with their books, they want, they want to be able to finish the book and start the next one, you know?[00:08:23] And the next one. So I started writing and stockpiling these books so that I could release them. Like 2019 was a year rise. Just started. Releasing, releasing, releasing. So that, you know, if the reader picks up the first book, Oh, the second book is out now. Oh, the third book comes out next week, you know, so we can, you can know what happens in binge the books.[00:08:43] So that's kind of, I, I've been preparing for this for awhile, so I'm not writing the books right now. [00:08:49] Etta: [00:08:49] Oh, I, I can tell I, um, with the podcasting sisters, you know, I wasn't expecting a, a second one out for quite a while, and then boom. Yeah. Whiplash. And so you're, you've definitely got your timing down. And, and that stockpile, um, system is, is definitely keeping people intrigued.[00:09:07] It's working. So aside from all the sleuths that you write about, um, who's your favorite sister to read? So like, what's, what's one of those characters that just just stayed with you over a lot of years? [00:09:18] Erin: [00:09:18] Oh, bloody years. Well, you know, I'm, or just your favorite [00:09:22] Etta: [00:09:22] right now. [00:09:22] Erin: [00:09:22] You know, no commitments. I read so much and I listened to so much.[00:09:27] Um, you know what? I'm really loving right now. I want to make sure I get this right. Um, I've been reading this series and I want to get her name right. Um. And I, it's the Southern, it's by Amy Boyle, I think it's A M Y, B, O, Y, L E. and she writes a sweet tea, which is mystery series. And I am, I'm on book two and I love them.[00:09:55] They're funny and it's, and there's the mystery element. And I love those. I just bought, um, Tanya, and again, I read so much, but I don't always. I felt, uh, you're not [00:10:12] Etta: [00:10:12] on trial here. There was no test. [00:10:15] Erin: [00:10:15] Like, when I say words that I'm always reading that I'm like, did I say that right? Tanya capes, she's another Henry Cress author.[00:10:22] She has a series called beaches, bungalow and burglaries. So I just started that, and that one's really funny. Um, I really liked this. K A P P E S, and read it all the time. She's actually awesome. Um. We had chatted on social media. Oh, cool. And so I really liked that. And of course, I love like Stephanie plum.[00:10:47] I mean, you got to go with the original bear. So [00:10:52] Etta: [00:10:52] what's the last cozy mystery that you read? Well, we'll try it. We'll try to narrow it [00:10:56] Erin: [00:10:56] down in full. I actually just finished, uh, the, uh, in that sweet team mysteries. Perfect. He would, uh, sweet tea, which is, it's called Southern magic, so I just finished that one.[00:11:11] It's about a girl who discovers she's a witch on her birthday and then finds out she's part of this coven and then is framed for murder. It's really cute. [00:11:21] Etta: [00:11:21] It sounds good. Sounds like a good [00:11:23] Erin: [00:11:23] sort of spring read too. Coming up. It is, and it's, I'm not from the South. I'm from California. I've lived here my whole life, so it's kind of fun to read about.[00:11:33] Other places, I guess, even though I think it takes place in Georgia, I can't remember someplace down South where they had to escape.[00:11:43] Etta: [00:11:43] So how can we keep, keep track of, yeah. Um, do you have a, a mailing list, a website, any social media that you, um, you know, are really consistent on. [00:11:53] Erin: [00:11:53] I write a lot. So I'm not the best social media person, but instead I keep the most, um, update the most is I update my, uh, Instagram the most probably I do like Instagram stories the most, and I don't even know what my Instagram handle is.[00:12:13] I think its author, Arun, has tried to keep it simple. Uh, it's, Aaron has, yes. It's author Aaron has author underscore, Aaron has. So on Instagram, I do have a Facebook readers group. Um, it's called the apartment managers books, and you can join that. And I give away a lot of books on there and I give away, I post, um, advanced reader copies, um, for my readers.[00:12:42] There. And then I do have a newsletter. I'm really good about the newsletter. I send out a newsletter every time there's a sale or anytime there's a new release, and you can find the newsletter on my website. It's Aaron, houzz.com and readers get a free book. It's [00:12:59] Etta: [00:12:59] E, R, I, N, [00:13:01] Erin: [00:13:01] E, R, I, N, H, U. S. S as in Sam.[00:13:04] Awesome. And if you sign up for my newsletter, you get a free book and it's. Uh, a book called can't pay my rent. And, um, real excuses from apartment managers that submitted them to me. I took the best 30 excuses and made a book out of it. And then in the back of the book, I put the first chapter from every book I have, every series.[00:13:27] That's cool. The first book in every series, so you can [00:13:30] Etta: [00:13:30] easily jump in. [00:13:31] Erin: [00:13:31] Yes. So that I send out newsletters whenever I had any kind of deal or any or any new release. Perfect. Perfect. [00:13:41] Etta: [00:13:41] Awesome. Well, we will make sure to keep track of you and thank you so much for joining us today. [00:13:47] Erin: [00:13:47] Oh, my pleasure. Thanks so much for having me.[00:13:49] All right. Have a good one. Yeah. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

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Episode 34: Bathrobes, Spilled Merlot, and Unfit Medical Advice (Thriller Review: Woman in the Window)

Published: March 4, 2020, 7 a.m.
Duration: 20 minutes 13 seconds

On this week's episode, we take a departure and review a suspense/thriller, A.J. Finn's Woman in the Window. [00:00:00] Welcome to comfy, cozy a podcast for traditional book enthusiasts [00:00:08] Etta: [00:00:08] This is episode 34well, hello Cozers! This is just a quick update before we began. In today's episode, Deb and I will be reviewing AJ Finn’s Woman in the Window. I give a brief disclaimer that it's not very comfy or cozy, so proceed at your own risk.[00:00:31] Also, we'll be having transcripts of all episodes. A big thank you to last week’ guest Kelly Brackenhoff for pointing out that it would be nice, especially for the deaf community, to make sure that we have transcripts of each episode. Also, it makes us more searchable. And sometimes you just feel like reading.[00:00:54] books going good. A little stressful right now at work and whatnot.[00:01:00] Also we've been very sick. Deb and I have been trading colds back and forth, and especially with the kiddos too. I am remarkably stuffy in this episode and probably right now. So, sorry if my voice is a little funny and. Yeah, well, a little bit of a lull before spring.[00:01:21] I am ready for some warmer weather here in the States and a little bit of breaks here and there. All right, hope everything is good. Hope you enjoy the review and I will see you next Wednesday. Bye bye.[00:01:50] It doesn't matter. That's exactly what you said before we started recording. I feel like that's a good place to begin. Today, we are looking at woman in the window, by A.J. Finn. So this is a little bit of a departure. Just want to put that out there in front of this episode. So this is more, I would say, of a suspense. Thriller obviously has, you know, some mystery like components, but it's hardly comfy. It's hardly cozy. So this isn't your cup of tea. Go ahead. And fast forward to the next episode, press, press, delete.Deb: [00:02:29] No, we're interesting. Fine. This is casual dab. I'm sitting here in my robe, um, which is a joke because of the book, which we won't mention, but anyway, um, I, what made you, how did you get this book?[00:02:46] Um. All our list to read because it's not a cozy thing. And, um, I really liked doing reading something out of the genre that we usually do a little bit. [00:03:00] But how did you come across this and what made you, you know, how did we get here? Yes.[00:03:08] Etta: [00:03:08] That's going to take a long time. So there was a time in my life where I was an English major and I thought, I'm a reader, you know? I read literary fiction, read high quality novels. Okay. Okay. And so hold on, hold on. I'm getting there. So I signed up for the book of the month club, which is exactly not what someone literary would do. So shush. But that's what I did. And this is a book of the month club book.[00:03:38] Deb: Oh, so are they usually like new releases and things like that?[00:03:42] Yeah.[00:03:42] Etta: [00:03:42] And you have like four or five to pick from there. I think way more expensive than they need to be. I don't know[00:03:50] Deb: [00:03:50] if that's part of the thing. Yeah. So this is the first novel by this, um, by this author. I thought if I read the, the carer, or [00:04:00] excuse Finn, F, I, N, N, and, um, when you said, Hey, let's just read something different this time I didn't have any expectations.[00:04:10] I didn't know what, what kind of book it was. And it was really. Um, a surprise on several levels. It's got this black cover with the, it says the woman in the window with these blinds and one of the blinds is bent.[00:04:27] Etta: [00:04:27] You know, like someone's spying outside.[00:04:30] Deb: [00:04:30] Yeah.[00:04:31] Etta: [00:04:31] It says that right where it says woman, like that little woman and spine.[00:04:36] Deb: [00:04:36] Yeah. But. It kind of in my mind, I put it in the same category, like gone girl and some of those other kinds of suspense “girl”, and, and retrain griller, that kind of stuff[00:04:49] Etta: [00:04:49] in the window, you know, throw a little, you know, throw a generic lady term into a title and you are,[00:04:56] Deb: [00:04:56] yeah, there you go. But it was definitely.[00:04:59] It was [00:05:00] definitely, um, more of a thriller than[00:05:02] Etta: [00:05:02] a comfy, cozy, a thriller, suspense or sort of nom,[00:05:07] Deb: [00:05:07] but it wasn't[00:05:08] Etta: [00:05:08] well reviewed. Super, super well reviewed.[00:05:11] Deb: [00:05:11] So yeah, there were going to kill a[00:05:13] Etta: [00:05:13] claim.[00:05:14] Deb: [00:05:14] There were so many things I liked about this, and then several things I didn't like about this.[00:05:22] Etta: [00:05:22] Good things. Okay.[00:05:24] Deb: [00:05:24] Okay. Well, first of all, this, this story. Um, the way that she has it laid out, she's got these, most of the chapters are relatively short, and it takes place from October 24th through November 15th of some unknown year. And so there's, it talks about everything that's happening that day. But I got confused because there's mentions of.[00:05:49] Pass cause you[00:05:50] Etta: [00:05:50] don't do faces.[00:05:51] Deb: [00:05:51] Faces are too confused. Well I, I got real confused about the time and all this all the time through the, through the book I was [00:06:00] pitching this old lady in a robe with some issues. It turns out she's only like 39 I was really, you know, I could not the time sequencing of, I had a hard time knowing when is she talking about something in the past and is this something today I[00:06:20] Etta: [00:06:20] was going to flee done.[00:06:21] I'm kind of given the challenges of the main character, you know, the days were starting to blend together. So she, she's a shut-in. Um, for reasons that become apparent later in the novel. And I thought that was really, really well done. And you know, this, she, she's the classic unreliable narrator, and you can't trust us things she's saying the whole time.[00:06:44] And, you know, it gets to the point where she's starting to not trust herself. And[00:06:48] Deb: [00:06:48] yeah, it was, it was really, really well written. This author writes really well. I liked the way that the, the structure of, of how things were except for the fact that I [00:07:00] couldn't figure it out. But, um, I also liked every little detail somehow fit into the story somewhere along the line, even when she's talking about some detail about the inside of her house.[00:07:13] Or something. And I, you know, I'm thinking, Oh, she's just kind of talking. But no, those things kind of play a role. It was really everything linked together. It was well thought out. Um, and, um, the other thing that I really, really liked, um, was okay, so I thought I had a few figured out. And then. I thought I had it figured out again, and then I thought I had it figured out three times and I was wrong.[00:07:46] So it's one of those things where you, you're really wondering what is going on and you come up with things and she'll lead you down one road and you . Kind of think you're, you've got [00:08:00] everything makes sense and lined up. And then I was wrong three times. I mean, I'm wrong a lot in my life, but I'm just saying, you know, this one really had me.[00:08:11] Yup. Had me wondering what was going on. But the best thing I liked about this book, towards the end, I could not put it down the last a hundred pages. It was, I just stayed up all night. I just had to read it. I just had to read it. I could not it was really[00:08:29] Etta: [00:08:29] good filler for sure. Um, yeah, it's certainly had a few red herrings and you know, just like, like any thriller, really, any mystery.[00:08:38] Yeah. It pulls you one direction, you know, quite intentionally. And then in the polls, you the other way, and what I liked about this book the most. Is it had this, this sort of side mystery of what's happened to her family, and I felt like that was fairly obvious from the, from the beginning, not really the ins and outs and details, but you know the context.[00:09:00] [00:08:59] Deb: [00:08:59] Something's happened because she's become, she's an agoraphobic. That's not really like she is housebound. Something happened to her. We don't know what it was. And you get bits and pieces throughout the book, but she became[00:09:15] Etta: [00:09:15] housebound, but yeah, yeah, exactly. Like so, you know, it was something, something big and you're pretty sure what it, what it is kind of the whole time.[00:09:23] And then there's this underlying mystery with, with, with, you know, her neighbors and a neighbor's gone missing and she's not quite sure, you know, if she believes herself or someone's in trouble, and she's battling, trying to go out and investigate or not. And that's really the heart of it. But it was this nice, you know, kind of juxtapose of like, Oh, this is obvious.[00:09:45] You know, like, I'm enjoying this book, but it's not that. It's not that mystery, you know? Like, yeah, like you're not fooling me. And then everything else kind of, and kind of throws. [00:10:06] But um, you know, I don't know why you're housebound. At first I thought she was really old. I don't know why. You are always on the internet and I don't know why you're always spying on your neighbors.[00:10:19] Etta: [00:10:19] Who isn’t it always on the internet? And what about the internet is not literally spying on your fellow man?[00:10:25] Deb: [00:10:25] Well, okay. She's, she's always talking about in her bathrobe. She's always roaming around the house, but she's housebound in a row. All of them have an, apparently every inch of her floor has Merlot stains. She and you quickly figure out minutes. She's a drinker. She's got problems there and she stays in and she does these weird things, but she's seen where things with her neighbors and you know, you don't.[00:10:55] You don't really know what her deal is. Why I keep thinking, [00:11:00] Hey lady, you're educated. I think you know, um, you're supposed to be, you know, how is it that you're, you're so educated in, you know? [00:11:19] But you know, you're in no position to be giving medical advice. Yeah. But you know, apparently she lives in some kind of bathrobe drinking Merlot and she must have a ship from Amazon cause she's on the internet a lot.[00:11:34] Etta: [00:11:34] I think she needs a certain[00:11:36] Deb: [00:11:36] day. I feel like this is[00:11:38] Etta: [00:11:38] where our future is going.[00:11:39] Everyone's going to stay inside, get their groceries and goods delivered. Well, it's a[00:11:46] Deb: [00:11:46] little bit odd. Um, first of all, she needs a sippy cup. Definitely because I don't know how many times we were reminded of a spill cause she's always, you know,[00:11:58] Etta: [00:11:58] she also takes a lot [00:12:00] of, you know, anxiolytics today.[00:12:01] Antipsychotics.[00:12:02] Deb: [00:12:02] Yeah. She's mixing and matching[00:12:04] Etta: [00:12:04] pretty heavily[00:12:05] Deb: [00:12:05] and she doesn't seem to get, take any, you know, any regard to what the instructions are for the meds and begin. If you're a medical professional, you should know better.[00:12:15] Etta: [00:12:15] But at the same time, I mean that's like. That's what abuse is, you know, that's what escapism is.[00:12:20] That's, that's what all of those things are. Um, but I, I could see for a lot of readers, um, you know, that being kind of, you know, triggering and harmful, I mean, much like a girl on the train, um, you know, alcoholism is definitely glamorized. And so that could be,[00:12:38] Deb: [00:12:38] yeah. Or, yeah, that was, that was kind of odd to me, but, you know, and there were a couple of times when I thought, well, you know, she, she could, she, there was a couple of times where she should have called the police earlier.[00:12:53] She, when she knew something and you know, um, she, she didn't call when she should, but then, [00:13:00] you know, I mean, she[00:13:02] Etta: [00:13:02] didn't feel like we do like. Oh, don't go in there. I feel like she had very valid reasons to, to feel like the police when take her concerns seriously. Cause she's probably, yeah. But when[00:13:17] Deb: [00:13:17] she got, probably when she does get proof first for one of the things she could have and then she didn't.[00:13:23] And I'm thinking, you just put yourself, you know, in a, I going up to the dark basement kind of, you know, after the attic, you know what it was that kind of mentality. Um, but, and then another thing is, um, I wasn't sure of her age at this point, but, uh, at one point I thought, lady, don't you worry about VD or pregnancy, you know?[00:13:45] Um, I mean, there's, apparently she wasn't on those meds or we would have heard about it. Huh? You know what[00:13:54] Etta: [00:13:54] is strange is I'm not really quite sure what you're alluding to, and I hope we read this[00:14:01] [00:14:00] Deb: [00:14:01] well. I don't really like some[00:14:03] Etta: [00:14:03] Fabio cover book.[00:14:06] Deb: [00:14:06] And I'm here. That cover[00:14:11] Etta: [00:14:11] looks nice where she can,[00:14:14] Deb: [00:14:14] no, there was one, I don't want to give any spoilers, but you know, she does have, you know, one little following and I'm like, well, there[00:14:23] Etta: [00:14:23] may or may not be an element of romance.[00:14:25] Deb: [00:14:25] Okay. I do know I do going on, and even even in her past life, the apparently so narrow assured, but anyway, I thought I couldn't, I couldn't quite, I don't know how to categorize this lady. I mean, she's just, she's just got issues. Do you think[00:14:43] Etta: [00:14:43] you and Anna would be friends in real life?[00:14:47] Deb: [00:14:47] New. Never one,[00:14:49] Etta: [00:14:49] not even over the[00:14:50] Deb: [00:14:50] internet. [00:14:54] Deb: [00:14:54] Okay. All people, all people who are listening get curtains. There [00:15:00] are weirder weirdos out there looking in your window. They have nothing to do except we're, you know, taking pictures of your comings and goings and things. Yeah. Just shut your blinds. You may think you're not interesting, but apparently there are weirdos like this out in the real world.[00:15:19] You think you are very[00:15:20] Etta: [00:15:20] interesting. It's like a, what is it? The the, how was that Alfred Hitchcock thing where he's looking out the window.[00:15:50] Deb: [00:15:50] I might have talked to her maybe on the internet, but. I think, [00:16:00] um, at some point. I don't think she was my type to hang around with on the internet. And she's so, so she, she runs this, that she participates in this agoraphobic little group thing where she fancies herself some kind of counselor to everybody on the internet.[00:16:19] And I would like to say. The lesson is don't take advice from random weirdos on the internet. They're just out there. You don't know if they're real doctors. You don't know what they're doing. You don't know that they're home in a bathrobe spilling their Merlot taking pictures of their neighbors… complete psychopath.[00:16:41] And you know, here you are thinking, Oh, she's so nice. She's giving me this great advice. Uh. Anyway, it just made me, it made me really, um, in forced the, you should be skeptic if you're, um, of skeptical of all these people on the internet.[00:16:59] Etta: [00:16:59] Stranger danger [00:17:00] on the internet is a real thing.[00:17:01] Deb: [00:17:01] Yeah. Yeah. And she's out there, you know, there's people like that out there.[00:17:06] Yeah. Well, you know, and then, uh, you know, you never know, um, from your neighbors, you know. Well,[00:17:16] Etta: [00:17:16] now that we've scared all of the coasters into not loving their neighbors and being terrified,[00:17:22] Deb: [00:17:22] are you[00:17:23] Etta: [00:17:23] going to read more thrillers or are you coming back to[00:17:25] Deb: [00:17:25] come once in a while? I think it's nice to break things up.[00:17:29] Um, you know, the, the comfy cozies are, are just,[00:17:34] Etta: [00:17:34] that's our brand.[00:17:35] Deb: [00:17:35] That's our brand and they're comfortable and stuff. But I mean, every once in a while I like to read. All kinds of different books. And I was really happy to, you know, to get out there and read this one cause it was really good.[00:17:47] Etta: [00:17:47] So what made this not what, whenever you, whenever condescending term you like to use for cozies mind, candy, brain candy, what made this, not[00:17:57] Deb: [00:17:57] that the fact that I [00:18:00] could not put it down and I was worried.[00:18:03] I mean, I was anxious. Yeah. And you know, and I knew that something I don't like reading about bad things that have happened is really[00:18:13] Etta: [00:18:13] kale for you.[00:18:14] Deb: [00:18:14] Um, probably, Oh mm. I'm trying to think.[00:18:23] Etta: [00:18:23] Something like mine mashed potatoes. It wasn't sweet. Definitely not good for you.[00:18:29] Deb: [00:18:29] Well, I, it was just interesting because, um, it's one of those things, if you like the movies where you like to be scared.[00:18:38] Yeah. And I don't, this book spooked me a little bit.[00:18:42] Etta: [00:18:42] I would've read the, as I, I think you're very brave. I read it in the middle of the day.[00:18:46] Deb: [00:18:46] Yeah, I bet. But I really liked it, but Oh, you know, I'll tell you, I was stumped three times and it was clever. I have to admit that, you know, it was artfully done. And you know, I mean, [00:19:00] yeah, I think.[00:19:01] There's several things in here that just didn't add up for me as far as the character or the internet and the crazy neighbors and everything else. But, um, it was definitely fun for a change.[00:19:13] Etta: [00:19:13] It was, and, and we had lots of changes going on. Greg and I bought a new house. You have a new house. Everyone's moving around.[00:19:21] Deb: [00:19:21] I don't want to move. I'm[00:19:22] Etta: [00:19:22] tired. I know. We're on like a TV trays in the middle of a living room.[00:19:27] Deb: [00:19:27] I know. But it's too snowy to have my, have any more furniture moved from this house to that house, to another house. So[00:19:37] Etta: [00:19:37] true.[00:19:37] Deb: [00:19:37] But anyway, we're getting his word or getting there, but thank you for recommending this and be sure and get curtains to Aaron blinds in all of your houses and your windows because there could be a lady in a bath row drinking Merlot. 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Episode 33: Kelly Brakenhoff (Author Interview)

Published: Feb. 24, 2020, 5:20 p.m.
Duration: 16 minutes 54 seconds

ComfyCozy (00:01):Hey, Comfy Cozy. This is episode 33. We have an author interview today. We have Kelly Brakenhoff and Kelly's now the friend of the show because she's been on the show. That's how we roll over here. She has the Cassandra Sato mysteries. Her first book in that series is Death by Dissertation and then most recently is Dead Week. Cassandra is a college administrator and it's just such a cool, cool series. Kelly is also an interpreter for American Sign Language, and she had a lot of really cool insights. It was such a fun interview. Kelly came to us by way of another podcast from Leanna Shields and just wanted to give a quick shout out to The Cozy Sleuth. If you're not listening over there, you definitely should be. They are much more professional and put together. Give them a follow on Twitter @thecozysleuth, so follow that handle and if you're not following us, make sure to follow us. I'm Etta Welk, @ettawelk, both podcasts you should be listed to and following on Twitter. And then also you've already found us here. If you're listening, make sure to give us a subscribe and tell all your friends who read mysteries and I would so appreciate it. Hope you enjoy the interview.ComfyCozy (01:52):All right, we have Kelly with us today. Welcome Kelly. How are you doing?Great. How are you doing?Good.Let's talk a little bit about mysteries today.Love to.Alright, so it looks like you have released a new series lately and we just wanted to ask you a few quick questions. So first things first why, why cozy mysteries? Why write them?Kelly Brakenhoff (02:21):I like to read cozy mysteries, but I think cozy mysteries kind of encompasses a pretty wide variety of types of mysteries. So I would say mine aren't the cat, the cooking, and the bakery shop kind of cozies. They're a little bit more towards the traditional side of mystery. But I like how they're set in a small town. And so being set in a rural town in a small college, that kind of fits that cozy thing. I like how you get to know so many characters.ComfyCozy (02:59):You are my kind of girl. So your character Cassandra Sato recently made a pretty big move. So where is your cozy?Kelly Brakenhoff (03:00):My cozy series’ main character’s name is Cassandra Sato and she trades her life in Hawaii where she was born and raised for a dream job in Nebraska. Nobody does that, right?ComfyCozy (03:28):That is not a phrase I hear every day.Kelly Brakenhoff (03:30):She thinks that working at a small liberal arts college will help her get experience to someday become a university president. She expects that the Midwestern church casseroles, the landlocked corn fields, and face freezing winters will be her biggest challenges. But it's her job that's rapidly becoming a nightmare. Two months in, a student dies and she has to help with the investigation. And hilarity ensues.ComfyCozy (03:59):And that's one of the things I love most about cozies is having that kind of lighthearted juxtaposed with you know, pretty serious things like a life and death.Kelly Brakenhoff (04:10):Like murder and mayhem. Yeah, it's kind of funny. I attended my first writer's conference last fall at Bouchercon in Dallas.Oh cool.One of my favorite times was these very normal looking authors on this panel and they spent an hour talking about the best way to kill someone. It was really funny because about halfway through they all started laughing and said, yeah, like this is like a normal conversation for us. We're talking about like calm life in a small town, but we're also talking about murder and mayhemComfyCozy (04:50):And any other group we would start getting concerned if the conversation led to death and mayhem.Kelly Brakenhoff (04:56):Yeah, it was fun.ComfyCozy (04:58):So when you're writing your mysteries, how do you know who done it? You know, do you have a detailed outline or are you more by the seat of your pants?Kelly Brakenhoff (05:06):I am evolving. I try really hard to have an outline. I've tried different methods of outlining and then when I wrote the first two books it seemed like things kind of go off the rails from my outline. Then it takes me a while to wrestle everything back and fill in all the plot holes. So I have a really good idea of what the ending is and who the people are. But I had a heck of a time, especially with the second one, trying to figure out how to get there. I'm just starting my third book right now and I'm really, really, really trying harder to have a good outline because I don't want it to take me quite as long. I keep hoping that the longer I do this, the better I'll get at it. But it's funny. I've heard a lot of more experienced authors than myself say that it really never gets easier.ComfyCozy (06:04):Oh man. I can understand that. I feel like I've been trying to write my first one three different times and I keep on kind of writing myself into a corner or the people feel too plastic. It's a fine line. Being able to surprise people and surprise yourself, but actually keep something cohesive.Kelly Brakenhoff (06:26):Well, yes, because like I know who did it, but I don't want everyone to know who did it. I mean for me that's another fun part of the cozy genre. You don't know who did it until the end. Then you have the big Scooby Doo reveal kind of thing. But it's really hard. I didn't realize when I first started writing mysteries. I love to read them, but I didn't realize how hard it is to write them. It's definitely an intellectual challenge.ComfyCozy (06:52):Yes. A very humbling experience, at least for me. Yeah. So what's your writing process? Do you have a favorite place or time of day?Kelly Brakenhoff (07:04):I have a full-time job. I'm an American sign language interpreter and luckily I get to plan my own schedule with that job. I work around my other job, so that's kind of nice. Especially if I'm really in the middle of writing or editing, I can kind of pull back on my day job and do more. I can be flexible with that.ComfyCozy (07:35):That's kinda nice. Do you try to write every day or do you like to write in bursts?Kelly Brakenhoff (07:42):Well that's like the biggest advice that people say to write every day. And I'm horrible at that. I do not do that. I write in my head. I drive around a lot from job to job. And so in my head I'm always thinking about the plot and I will dictate into my phone. Things that I'm thinking about as I'm driving. So I guess that counts as writing. Right? But as far as like “butt in the chair,” I do not do that every day. I kind of go in bursts.ComfyCozy (08:13):Thinking of writing totally counts, you know. Clock that time.Kelly Brakenhoff (08:19):I do! I'll lie in bed at night and in the morning and I swear that's when things come to me cause you're working on it while you're sleeping. I've jumped out of bed with great revelations before because I think I'm actually working on it all the time.ComfyCozy (08:38):Like you have to let the idea of ruminate, think of that as a process, right? We should call ourselves, we're the ruminators.Kelly Brakenhoff (08:46):Yes! You have the pantsers, the plotters, you got the people who like religiously, write a thousand words a day or whatever their word goal is. I'm the ruminator. I might think about it for a week or so, and then I sit down and it all just kind of comes rushing out. I've written as many as 10,000 words in a day before. So when it comes out it's all there.ComfyCozy (09:14):We are starting a writing movement. I am ready for it.Yeah. #ruminating right?So what's your favorite thing about your lead character? Cassandra, why would readers like her?Kelly Brakenhoff (09:34):What's different about Cassandra is that she grew up in paradise basically where most of the people look like her. She's Asian American. Her ancestors came from Japan to America about a hundred years ago and she's super ambitious. Then she takes this job in Nowhere-ville Nebraska to get the experience that she needs. On one hand she's a workaholic, but she's also really kind and caring and funny.And she's overwhelmed in this story about how different life is surrounded by miles of cornfields and mostly Caucasian students who have had a super different upbringing than she has. Another really unique thing about the series that readers have loved is since I’m an interpreter, I write deaf characters into my stories. So you get to learn about deaf students and what life is like attending a college where most people feel uncomfortable approaching you because they don't use the same language you do.Kelly Brakenhoff (10:38):I throw in a lot of Deaf Culture and American Sign Language information into the characters of the book. So it kind of gives you insight into what it's like to struggle to fit in. I think everybody struggles to fit in somewhere, whether it's a new job, or with your classmates, or who you want to be when you grow up. And so these stories really touch on all of those emotions and hopefully make you laugh. I think if you're laughing, you know, it kind of helps you deal with the difficulties.ComfyCozy (11:13):Oh, so true. And it books are a great way to, you know, show how different people live and what their struggles are and be able to relate to them in a completely new way. So that's really awesome. Who's your favorite cozy sleuth that you've read. Who's your sleuth hero?Kelly Brakenhoff (11:31):When I started first reading mysteries, I loved Sue Grafton. The alphabet series. I love Janet Evanovich’s Stephanie Plum series. But really those aren't cozies. They're more traditional. And so I've really tried to start reading a lot more of the stereotypical cozy mysteries. And I really like, I don't know if you've heard of Frankie Bow? She writes the Professor Molly Series and they're set in Hawai’i. She is hysterical. Like she can like walk from her car to the office and it's hysterical. It's a great series. I love those.ComfyCozy (12:21):I haven't heard of that. I'm gonna have to pick it up.Kelly Brakenhoff (12:23):If anybody likes mine, they'll like hers. And hopefully if people like hers, they'll like mine too. They're similar, except I think she's funnier. But I tried. Another I don't know if you've heard of Anna Castle. She has The Moriarty Series. So it's kind of like the Sherlock Holmes thing but from the Moriartys viewpoints. So James Moriarty's the protagonist, and it's about his relationship with his wife. He kind of goes off on his own and becomes a sleuth. I love those. Oh gosh. There's so many. I mean there's so many out there. It's so fun to keep meeting new authors and I kind of want to read them all.ComfyCozy (13:10):I don't have enough time. So true. So what's the last cozy mystery that you've read that you'd want to recommend to our listeners?Kelly Brakenhoff (13:20):Well, I just finished one to two nights ago and it was called Assault with a Deadly Glue Gun and it's by Lois Winston. She writes a series whose main character is Anastasia Pollock and she's works for a women's magazine as the craft editor.ComfyCozy (13:40):Oh, cool.Kelly Brakenhoff (13:42):It's really funny. All the review quotes say that she's like the an older version of Stephanie Plum cause the series takes place in New Jersey. She works at a magazine in New York City. And so you get a lot of the New Jersey and New York City feel. Also totally hysterical and a great mystery. So if you haven't read those, you should pick one up.ComfyCozy (14:11):Oh, that sounds awesome. All right. And how can, how can your fans keep track of you? You know, any blogs, social media that they should be checking you out?Kelly Brakenhoff (14:21):Sure. All of my books are available on Amazon. The mysteries are in Kindle Unlimited. The first one is Death by Dissertation and the second is Dead Week. You can get paperbacks everywhere you buy paperbacks. If you want to connect with me personally, I'm on Facebook and Twitter, but my real favorite is Instagram @KellyBrak. I post photos of my goofy dogs and my new baby granddaughter and anything that else that I think is interesting.ComfyCozy (15:00):Oh, congratulations.Kelly Brakenhoff (15:02):Yeah, grandkids . . . You know, my mom used to have a tee shirt that said, “If I had known grandkids were so much fun, I would have had them first.” And I was always kind of insulted by that until I became a grandma. Now I understand.ComfyCozy (15:18):So sometimes the truth hurts, but that's okay. You also have an amazing newsletter. And you can get, if you sign up you can get a Runza recipe! And so as a former Nebraskan that was near and dear to my heart.Kelly Brakenhoff (15:35):Yes. Thank you for mentioning that. I just I just added that. I've always had a newsletter and I hadn't done very much with it. I'm trying to get to know readers a little bit better. I have this really good recipe. You know how whatever the specialty is where you live, everyone has a recipe for it. Mine is a really healthy version. I love to share it with people because most people when they hear the ingredients kind of curl up their lip. But you used to be from Nebraska, so you know, Runzas are delicious,ComfyCozy (16:18):Delicious. They're amazing. Kind of like a cabbage hot pocket I guess is how I would describe them.Kelly Brakenhoff (16:26):Yeah. And you can kind of mix and match how you like it with the cheese or the mushrooms or fillings.ComfyCozy (16:36):Yeah. Amazing. All right, well, thank you so much for joining us. Today is such a pleasure and everyone go make sure to pick up the new release Dead Week.Kelly Brakenhoff (16:48):Yes. Thank you so much for having me. I appreciate it.ComfyCozy (16:52):All right, thanks Kelly See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

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Episode 32: Can cozies jump the shark?

Published: Feb. 13, 2020, 3:21 p.m.
Duration: 25 minutes 14 seconds

Etta and Deb explore series that allow for a little too much character growth.Etta outlines her novel using tools from: https://elizabethspanncraig.com/ See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

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Episode 31: What happens when cozies get dark? (Review of Ellery Adams's The Book of Candlelight)

Published: Jan. 30, 2020, 3:05 p.m.
Duration: 20 minutes 46 seconds

When a mouse is spotted in Deb's vacant house, your favorite mystery review duo reflects on the darker side of cozy books. Review of The Book of Candlelight by Ellery Adams See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

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Episode 30: Is honey tasting a "thing?" (Let's taste honey!)

Published: Jan. 23, 2020, 12:35 a.m.
Duration: 37 minutes 7 seconds

Etta and Deb taste honey and discuss the merits of a Comfy Cozy award show. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

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Episode 29: Do we all scream for ice cream? (REVIEW A Lickety Splits Ice cream Shoppe Mystery)

Published: Jan. 15, 2020, 6:33 p.m.
Duration: 23 minutes 54 seconds

Comfy Cozy Show Notes  EPISODE 29: Intro/ Premise of the show:Hello, I’m cozy novelist, Etta Welk, alongside my skeptical mother, Deb. Each week, we’ll explore cozy and traditional mystery books, series, authors, origins, culture, or tropes, but we’ll keep it short and sweet, just like a real cozy.Question and Answer session. One of us will pose a weekly question that we both answer. We’re reading cozies, you’re reading cozies, but we’re [always] not reading the same cozies… so NO SPOILERS!  QUESTION: Do we all scream for ice cream? (REVIEW A Lickety Splits Ice cream Shoppe Mystery)Last Licks: A Lickety Splits Ice cream Shoppe Mystery #3 By Cynthia BaxterSummarySleuthSettingSide StorySuspectsSolutionSuitable forWhat we’re reading:–  Ellery Adams-- The Book of CandlelightLike what you hear? Tell another cozy lover and make sure you are a subscriber. Follow Comfy Cozy on twitter (@ettawelk) or visit our website: ettawelk.com. Please rate us on Itunes or wherever you binge podcasts.AUTHORS/PUBLISHERS—Need a review? Want to be on the Show? We are your girls.Until next time --Stay Comfy Cozy See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

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Episode 28: Why are these mysteries so unBEElieveable!?! (Bee-theme mystery review)

Published: Jan. 8, 2020, 11:48 p.m.
Duration: 24 minutes 22 seconds

Comfy Cozy Show Notes  EPISODE 28: Intro/ Premise of the show:Hello, I’m cozy novelist, Etta Welk, alongside my skeptical mother, Deb. Each week, we’ll explore cozy and traditional mystery books, series, authors, origins, culture, or tropes, but we’ll keep it short and sweet, just like a real cozy.Question and Answer session. One of us will pose a weekly question that we both answer. We’re reading cozies, you’re reading cozies, but we’re [always] not reading the same cozies… so NO SPOILERS!  QUESTION: Why are these mysteries so unBEElieveable!?! (Bee-theme mystery review)Death Bee Comes Her by Nancy Coco (first in the Oregon Honeycomb Mysteries) & The honeybee cozy mysteries by Katherine Hayton (The Buzz Kill, The Honey Trap, The Double Dip)SummarySleuthSettingSide StorySuspectsSolutionSuitable forWhat we’re reading:–  Cynthia Baxter’s Last Licks (A Lickety Splits Ice Cream Shoppe Mystery #3)Like what you hear? Tell another cozy lover and make sure you are a subscriber. Follow Comfy Cozy on twitter (@ettawelk) or visit our website: ettawelk.com. Please rate us on Itunes or wherever you binge podcasts.AUTHORS/PUBLISHERS—Need a review? Want to be on the Show? We are your girls.Until next time --Stay Comfy Cozy See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

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What are your 2020 reading goals (and how will you keep track of them?)

Published: Jan. 1, 2020, 4:06 p.m.
Duration: 31 minutes 36 seconds

Comfy Cozy Show Notes  EPISODE 27: Intro/ Premise of the show:Hello, I’m cozy novelist, Etta Welk, alongside my skeptical mother, Deb. Each week, we’ll explore cozy and traditional mystery books, series, authors, origins, culture, or tropes, but we’ll keep it short and sweet, just like a real cozy.Question and Answer session. One of us will pose a weekly question that we both answer. We’re reading cozies, you’re reading cozies, but we’re [always] not reading the same cozies… so NO SPOILERS!  QUESTION: What are your reading goals for 2020? How do you keep track of books read?Are you happy with the books you read this previous year? (Thank you to listeners!)What are your upcoming [reading] goals for 2020? (Nancy Drew Challenge, library book challenge )How do you keep track of books read? (Goodreads, Litsy (Please rate us on Itunes!), Excel, …)What we’re reading:– Death Bee Comes Her by Nancy Coco & The honeybee cozy mysteries by Katherine HaytonLike what you hear? Tell another cozy lover and make sure you are a subscriber. Follow Comfy Cozy on twitter (@ettawelk) or visit our website: ettawelk.com. Please rate us on ItunesAUTHORS/PUBLISHERS—Need a review? Want to be on the Show? We are your girls.Until next time --Keep Comfy Cozy See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

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Women with men's names (Interview with ACF Bookens)

Published: Dec. 25, 2019, 9 p.m.
Duration: 14 minutes 47 seconds

Interview with ACF Bookens on her new (and first) cozy mystery, Publishable by Death. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

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What's your dream bookstore? (Double Cozy Bookstore Mystery Review)

Published: Dec. 18, 2019, 7:04 p.m.
Duration: 26 minutes 51 seconds

Join Etta and Deb as we review ACF Bookens's Publishable by Death & Murder in the First Edition by Lauren ElliottWe also ponder what kind of bookstore owners we'd be... (SPOILER: we'd be horrible) See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

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What makes a good cozy mystery book cover?

Published: Dec. 11, 2019, 4:13 p.m.
Duration: 18 minutes 55 seconds

Etta and Deb rant about their preferences for book covers.From around the world of cozy -- Are you following https://chicksonthecase.com/ ? See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

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Is "Knives Out" worth the hype (Movie Review)

Published: Dec. 4, 2019, 4:11 p.m.
Duration: 23 minutes 35 seconds

Is Knives Out worth all the hype? Join Etta and Deb and we discuss on this week's Comfy Cozy Podcast for mystery enthusiasts In Cozy News --Are you on Hillary Avis's newsletter? -- You should be for chicken drama, recipes, and more!https://www.hillaryavis.com/ See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

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Book loving Sleuths (Literary Cozy Reviews)

Published: Nov. 20, 2019, 9:29 p.m.
Duration: 15 minutes 50 seconds

Enjoy our review of An Ale of Two Cities by Sarah Fox and Bookmarked for Murder by V.M. Burns both out on 11/26/2019! See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

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Author Interview Sarah Fox Ale of Two Cities

Published: Nov. 13, 2019, 1:18 p.m.
Duration: 10 minutes 39 seconds

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Starting a paranormal series (Double Book Review!)

Published: Nov. 5, 2019, 7 p.m.
Duration: 26 minutes 45 seconds

Your favorite Mom and Daughter Cozy Reading Duo Reviews:Murder Can Mess up your Masterpiece by Rose PresseyandCookies and Curses by Rosie Pease See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

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Thoughts on a modern Nancy Drew? (CW Television Series Review)

Published: Oct. 28, 2019, 5:31 p.m.
Duration: 22 minutes 30 seconds

Comfy Cozy Show Notes EPISODE 19: Intro/ Premise of the show:Hello, I’m cozy novelist, Etta Welk, alongside my skeptical mother, Deb. Each week, we’ll explore cozy and traditional mystery books, series, authors, origins, culture, or tropes, but we’ll keep it short and sweet, just like a real cozy. Question and Answer session. One of us will pose a weekly question that we both answer. We’re reading cozies, you’re reading cozies, but we’re [always] not reading the same cozies… so NO SPOILERS!  QUESTION: What did you think of a modern Nancy Drew (CW Television Series Review) What we’re reading:– Etta Cookies and Curses (The Matchmaker's Grimoire Book 1) By Rosie Pease;Like what you hear? Tell another cozy lover and make sure you are a subscriber. Follow Comfy Cozy on twitter (@ettawelk) or visit our website: ettawelk.comAUTHORS/PUBLISHERS—Need a review? Want to be on the Show? We are your girls.Until next time --Keep Comfy Cozy See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

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What did you think of “Molded 4 Murder ?” By J.C. Eaton (Book Review)

Published: Oct. 14, 2019, 3:43 a.m.
Duration: 25 minutes 41 seconds

Comfy Cozy Show Notes  EPISODE 18: Intro/ Premise of the show:Hello, I’m cozy novelist, Etta Welk, alongside my skeptical mother, Deb. Each week, we’ll explore cozy and traditional mystery books, series, authors, origins, culture, or tropes, but we’ll keep it short and sweet, just like a real cozy. Question and Answer session. One of us will pose a weekly question that we both answer. We’re reading cozies, you’re reading cozies, but we’re [always] not reading the same cozies… so NO SPOILERS!  Update·        Greg and Etta went to Seattle last weekend. ·        He listens to the show. He likes Deb’s C words.·        Alice will say such cute little things like “I eat my dinner all gone” and loves to play pretend games. Exhausting.·        It’s October—Pumpkin EVERYTHING! (coffee, cookies, beer, …. Yum) QUESTION: What did you think of “Molded 4 Murder ?” By J.C. Eaton (Book Review) Seven “S” Cozy Book ReviewsComfy Cozy PodcastMolded 4 MurderAuthor: JC Eaton Series: Sophie Kimball #5)Publisher: Kensington BooksYear: 2019ISBN-13: 978-1496719904COVER: Why is there a bat on here? This looks dachshund not a chiweenie… SynopsisEtta: Book keeper, “Phee” gets pulled in for another case in this fifth installment of the Sophie Kimball Mystery Series. An artist is murdered with his own clay, stolen items at a senior center… could it all be coincidence? Throw in a delightfully overbearing mother and a chiweenie for a nice airport/plane read.SleuthEtta: Sophe “Phee” is quite likable though I find any story told in first person to have a pretty favorable protagonist. Even though this is the fifth book, she doesn’t seem to give herself much credit over her PI boss and PI love interest. That’s annoying. But her humility allows her to help people in need and get access to places she otherwise wouldn’t have. SettingEtta: Phoenix, AZ, Present Day (Yay! I’ve been there)SuspectsEtta: Story jumped the shark a little for me. I guess I wanted the book to have more of an amateur sleuth vibe but it ended up more PI vibe. There wasn’t really a list of suspects I thought it could be…had a more police procedural feel.Side StoryEtta: It’s tough when your sleuth starts dating. You can’t move the relationship too fast or it feels artificial but then again it was comical how many times Phee and Marshall would have to cancel dates. Nevertheless, this book had nice progression of the relationship without feeling stagnant. I could have used much more overbearing mom and crazy aunt.SolutionEtta: Good ending to the mystery. Maybe a touch drawn out. But I definitely had a few surprises. Sweet ending for our sleuth.Suitable for:Etta: If you’re going to be on a flight pick this up beforehand. It’s a page turner. Though I wish the authors’ used more dialogue tags and were more careful when they changed a scene. This book is for casual readers. Don’t make me pay attention! What we’re reading:– Etta Cookies and Curses (The Matchmaker's Grimoire Book 1) By Rosie Pease;Next time on the show: Review of CW’s new Nancy Drew Show! OutroLike what you hear? Tell another cozy lover and make sure you are a subscriber. Follow Comfy Cozy on twitter (@ettawelk)AUTHORS/PUBLISHERS—Need Beta Readers? Want to be on the Show? We are your girls.Until next time --Keep Comfy Cozy See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

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Episode 17: What did you think of “Mysterious Affair at Styles?” By Agatha Christie (Book Review)

Published: Sept. 29, 2019, 8:46 p.m.
Duration: 26 minutes 39 seconds

Comfy Cozy Show Notes  EPISODE 17: Intro/ Premise of the show:Hello, I’m cozy novelist, Etta Welk, alongside my skeptical mother, Deb. Each week, we’ll explore cozy and traditional mystery books, series, authors, origins, culture, or tropes, but we’ll keep it short and sweet, just like a real cozy. Question and Answer session. One of us will pose a weekly question that we both answer. We’re reading cozies, you’re reading cozies, but we’re [always] not reading the same cozies… so NO SPOILERS!  Update·        Writing early in the morning. So Rodrick is getting up earlier too… how cute.·        Some vacations coming up. So NO SHOW next week.·        Deb? How have you been doing this past week?  QUESTION: What did you think of “Mysterious Affair at Styles?” By Agatha Christie (Book Review)Seven “S” Cozy Book ReviewsComfy Cozy Podcast Title Mysterious Affair at Styles Author Agatha Christie Series (hercule poirot #1) Publisher Penguin Year 1920 ISBN-13 Various What we’re reading:– Molded Murder (Sophie Kimball Mystery #4) J.C. EatonOutroLike what you hear? Tell another cozy lover and make sure you are a subscriber. Follow Comfy Cozy on twitter (@ettawelk)AUTHORS OUT THERE—Need Beta Readers? Want to be on the Show? We are your girls.Until next time --Keep Comfy Cozy See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

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Episode 16: What did you think about Murder at Archly Manor? (Book Review)

Published: Sept. 22, 2019, 4:56 p.m.
Duration: 24 minutes 9 seconds

Comfy Cozy Show Notes  EPISODE 16: Intro/ Premise of the show:Hello, I’m cozy novelist, Etta Welk, alongside my skeptical mother, Deb. Each week, we’ll explore cozy and traditional mystery books, series, authors, origins, culture, or tropes, but we’ll keep it short and sweet, just like a real cozy. Question and Answer session. One of us will pose a weekly question that we both answer. We’re reading cozies, you’re reading cozies, but we’re not reading the same cozies… so NO SPOILERS!  Update·        Writing on the fly. Potty training is a nightmare.·        Some vacations coming up.·        Deb? How have you been doing this past week?  QUESTION: What did you think of “Murder at Archly Manor?” (Book Review)Seven “S” Cozy Book ReviewsComfy Cozy Podcast Title Author Sara Rosett Series High Society Lady Detective (Book 1) Publisher McGuffin Ink Year 2018 ISBN-13 978-0998843162 (Paperback) Summary Historical mystery set in Roaring ‘20s. Olive Belgrave is an independent woman living in London trying to make it on her own, including solving a deadly mystery. Slow moving historical set in 1920s. Doesn’t have a lot of cozy elements I like, such as humor. Sleuth Olive is adorable. It’s easy to be on her side. She’s an educated wannabe working girl. She’s very relateable to 21 century readers. Not as much connection with this sleuth Setting Seems well research and unforced. I believe this is what London and the English countryside felt like in 1923. Author did a great job researching Suspects I didn’t struggle trying to remember all the potential suspects. Author did a nice job of reintroducing them and giving small reminders so readers didn’t have to solely identify characters/suspects by name. Easy to follow—maybe pacing too easy. I really liked that she had misplaced suspicion. Side Story Not enough characterization outside of the mystery. Didn’t feel invested in fringe characters. Maybe future books build more lasting relationships. Needed some more hooks to get reader invested Solution I like books that surprise me but are believable (and wrap everything up in a nice bow. This book did just that. Wrapped everything up nicely. Outcome really surprised me! Suitable for: Audio version narrated by Elisabeth Klett was wonderful. She had great delivery. The pacing of the story was slow—but that made it a nice listen while puttering around the house. I thought the narration was a little monotone. Didn’t really work for me. Didn’t really learn anything new about the time. What we’re reading: Agatha Christie – The Mysterious Affair at StylesOutroLike what you hear? Tell another cozy lover and make sure you are a subscriber. Follow Comfy Cozy on twitter (@ettawelk)AUTHORS OUT THERE—Need Beta Readers? Want to be on the Show? We are your girls.Until next time --Keep Comfy Cozy See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

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Episode 15: Who killed Mr. Body (Lets Watch Clue!)

Published: Sept. 15, 2019, 11:18 p.m.
Duration: 22 minutes 44 seconds

Comfy Cozy Show Notes  EPISODE 15: Intro/ Premise of the show:Hello, I’m cozy novelist, Etta Welk, alongside my skeptical mother, Deb. Each week, we’ll explore cozy and traditional mystery books, series, authors, origins, culture, or tropes, but we’ll keep it short and sweet, just like a real cozy. Question and Answer session. One of us will pose a weekly question that we both answer. We’re reading cozies, you’re reading cozies, but we’re not reading the same cozies… so NO SPOILERS!  Update·        Book is going AMAZING! (Kind of)·        I’m going to be a story grid editor!!!·        Special Guest: Rodrick·        Deb? How have you been doing this past week?  QUESTION: Who killed Mr. Body? (Let’s Watch Clue!)·        Clue movie from 1985o  Summary?§ How is it like the game?o  Plot - Six guests are anonymously invited to a strange mansion for dinner, but after their host is killed, they must cooperate with the staff to identify the murderer as the bodies pile up.o  Acting (Tim Curry – Wadsworth; Eileen Brennan—Peacock; Lesley Ann Warren is NOT Susan Sarandon).o  Humoro  Trueness to the gameWhat we’re reading: We read a book together!!! And we’re tough to get to do anything together. Join us next week:  Audible: Murder at Archly Manor (High Society Lady Detective Book 1) By Sara Rosett. OutroLike what you hear? Tell another cozy lover and make sure you are a subscriber. Follow Comfy Cozy on twitter (@ettawelk)AUTHORS OUT THERE—Need Beta Readers? Want to be on the Show? We are your girls.Until next time --Keep Comfy Cozy See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

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Episode 14: Who killed Mr. Body? (Let's Play Clue)

Published: Sept. 9, 2019, 12:32 a.m.
Duration: 22 minutes 37 seconds

Comfy Cozy Show Notes  EPISODE 14: Intro/ Premise of the show:Hello, I’m cozy novelist, Etta Welk, alongside my skeptical mother, Deb. Each week, we’ll explore cozy and traditional mystery books, series, authors, origins, culture, or tropes, but we’ll keep it short and sweet, just like a real cozy. Question and Answer session. One of us will pose a weekly question that we both answer. We’re reading cozies, you’re reading cozies, but we’re not reading the same cozies… so NO SPOILERS!  Update·        So I hate the book. Like absolutely hate it. I need to print it out so I can burn it.·        Thinking about changing POV and murderer… so like the whole thing.·        My editor said I could so I’m doing it.·        Deb? How have you been doing this past week?  QUESTION: Who killed Mr. Body? (Let’s Play Clue!)·        Clue is my most favorite game·        There’s an app… but we didn’t use it·        We were going to play Clue with two people then Fletcher came… so we played with 3 people the old fashion way.·        Is Clue cozy?What we’re reading: We’re going to read a book together using Audible: Murder at Archly Manor (High Society Lady Detective Book 1) By Sara Rosett. OutroLike what you hear? Tell another cozy lover and make sure you are a subscriber. Follow Comfy Cozy on twitter (@ettawelk)AUTHORS OUT THERE—Need Beta Readers? Want to be on the Show? We are your girls.Until next time --Keep Comfy Cozy See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

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Episode 13: UPDATED: What constitutes a good ending for cozy?

Published: Sept. 2, 2019, 1:32 a.m.
Duration: 19 minutes 24 seconds

Comfy CozyShow Notes EPISODE 13:Intro/ Premise of the show:Hello, I’m cozy novelist, Etta Welk, alongside my skeptical mother, Deb. Each week, we’ll explore cozy and traditional mystery books, series, authors, origins, culture, or tropes, but we’ll keep it short and sweet, just like a real cozy. Question and Answer session. One of us will pose a weekly question that we both answer. We’re reading cozies, you’re reading cozies, but we’re not reading the same cozies… so NO SPOILERS!  Update·        Busy busy life. Students are back and it’s fine.·        Deb? How have you been doing this past week?  QUESTION: What constitutes a good ending for cozy?·        Solvable·        Actually gets solved·        Some sort of closure for longitude storylines introduced·        Justice is served·        Return to normalcy—but not too much aftermath·        Cliff hangers? … but every once in a while it’s nice to have an out of the blue endingWhat we’re reading: The Subject of Malice (A Lila Maclean Academic Mystery Book 4) Cynthia KuhnOutroLike what you hear? Tell another cozy lover and make sure you are a subscriber. Follow Comfy Cozy on twitter (@ettawelk)AUTHORS OUT THERE—Need Beta Readers? Want to be on the Show? We are your girls.Until next time --Keep Comfy Cozy For information regarding your data privacy, visit Acast.com/privacy

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Episode 12: What makes a cozy "clean?"

Published: Aug. 26, 2019, 2:44 a.m.
Duration: 21 minutes 42 seconds

Intro/ Premise of the show:Hello, I’m cozy novelist, Etta Welk, alongside my skeptical mother, Deb. Each week, we’ll explore cozy and traditional mystery books, series, authors, origins, culture, or tropes, but we’ll keep it short and sweet, just like a real cozy. Question and Answer session. One of us will pose a weekly question that we both answer. We’re reading cozies, you’re reading cozies, but we’re not reading the same cozies… so NO SPOILERS!  Update·        Busy busy life. Students are back and it’s fine.·        Deb? How have you been doing this past week?  QUESTION: What makes a cozy mystery “clean?” What we’re reading: May Day: A Mira James Mystery by Jess LoureyOutroLike what you hear? Tell another cozy lover and make sure you are a subscriber. Follow Comfy Cozy on twitter (@ettawelk) Or send us a message at ettawelk@gmail.comAUTHORS OUT THERE—Need Beta Readers? Want to be on the Show? We are your girls.Until next time --Keep Comfy Cozy For information regarding your data privacy, visit Acast.com/privacy

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Episode 11: What career/profession do you like in a cozy mystery?

Published: Aug. 19, 2019, 2:35 a.m.
Duration: 21 minutes 10 seconds

Comfy Cozy Show Notes  EPISODE 11: Intro/ Premise of the show:Hello, I’m cozy novelist, Etta Welk, alongside my skeptical mother, Deb. Each week, we’ll explore cozy and traditional mystery books, series, authors, origins, culture, or tropes, but we’ll keep it short and sweet, just like a real cozy. Question and Answer session. One of us will pose a weekly question that we both answer. We’re reading cozies, you’re reading cozies, but we’re not reading the same cozies… so NO SPOILERS!  Update·        Last few trips of the summer before school starts (Spoiler: Imma teacher)·        Deb? How have you been doing this past week?  QUESTION: What career/profession do you like in a cozy mystery?Is it important what profession the sleuth is?What is the difference between hobby and profession?What professions are in the genre? What are the most unusual you’ve seen?What professions would you enjoy most?What we’re reading: Etta- Crime Chowder (death Du Jour Mystery 1) Hillary AvisOutroLike what you hear? Tell another cozy lover and make sure you are a subscriber. Follow Comfy Cozy on twitter (@ettawelk)AUTHORS OUT THERE—Need Beta Readers? Want to be on the Show? We are your girls.Until next time --Keep Comfy Cozy For information regarding your data privacy, visit Acast.com/privacy

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Episode 10: Murder by Death (Movie Review)

Published: Aug. 12, 2019, 2:56 a.m.
Duration: 20 minutes 43 seconds

Comfy Cozy Show Notes  EPISODE 10: Intro/ Premise of the show:Hello, I’m cozy novelist, Etta Welk, alongside my skeptical mother, Deb. Each week, we’ll explore cozy and traditional mystery books, series, authors, origins, culture, or tropes, but we’ll keep it short and sweet, just like a real cozy. Question and Answer session. One of us will pose a weekly question that we both answer. We’re reading cozies, you’re reading cozies, but we’re not reading the same cozies… so NO SPOILERS! This is episode 10. Update·        New office·        Writing is hard; but someone gave me flowers!·        Deb? How have you been doing this past week?  QUESTION: Do you like to movie Murder by Death? (MOVIE REVIEW w no Spoilers!)Etta: YES!Deb: Skeptical as always.What we’re reading: Etta- Still reading Confections and Confessions of the Pink Cupcake Mysteries By Harper Lin; Deb Still reading Gunn Zoo MysteriesOutroLike what you hear? Tell another cozy lover and make sure you are a subscriber. Follow Comfy Cozy on twitter (@ettawelk)AUTHORS OUT THERE—Need Beta Readers? Want to be on the Show? We are your girls. For information regarding your data privacy, visit Acast.com/privacy

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Episode 9: Do you use reader reviews to select your next cozy read?

Published: July 30, 2019, 3 a.m.
Duration: 23 minutes 23 seconds

Comfy Cozy Show Notes  EPISODE 9: Intro/ Premise of the show:Hello, I’m cozy novelist, Etta Welk, alongside my skeptical mother, Deb. Each week, we’ll explore cozy and traditional mystery books, series, authors, origins, culture, or tropes, but we’ll keep it short and sweet, just like a real cozy. Question and Answer session. One of us will pose a weekly question that we both answer. We’re reading cozies, you’re reading cozies, but we’re not reading the same cozies… so NO SPOILERS! This is episode 9. Update·        Summer is hot·        School is out; ·        Deb? How have you been doing this past week?  QUESTION:  Do you use reader reviews to select your next cozy read?Etta: YES!Deb: Skeptical as alwaysWhat we’re reading: Etta- Still reading Confections and Confessions of the Pink Cupcake Mysteries By Harper Lin; Deb Still reading Gunn Zoo MysteriesOutroLike what you hear? Tell another cozy lover and make sure you are a subscriber. Follow Comfy Cozy on twitter (@ettawelk)AUTHORS OUT THERE—Need Beta Readers? Want to be on the Show? We are your girls.Until next time --Keep Comfy Cozy For information regarding your data privacy, visit Acast.com/privacy

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Episode 8: What favorite hobby have you seen (or would like to see) in a cozy?

Published: July 22, 2019, 4:29 p.m.
Duration: 21 minutes 10 seconds

Comfy Cozy Show Notes  EPISODE 8: Intro/ Premise of the show:Hello, I’m cozy novelist, Etta Welk, alongside my skeptical mother, Deb. Each week, we’ll explore cozy and traditional mystery books, series, authors, origins, culture, or tropes, but we’ll keep it short and sweet, just like a real cozy. Question and Answer session. One of us will pose a weekly question that we both answer. We’re reading cozies, you’re reading cozies, but we’re not reading the same cozies… so NO SPOILERS! This is episode 8. Update·        Spent a week away for work. Writing on phone, dictation. ·        Came back and baby seemed so big!·        Deb? How have you been doing this past week?  QUESTION:  What favorite hobby have you seen (or would like to see) in a cozy?Etta: Brewery, HikingDeb: Pottery, Sudoku, Hording?Recommends: Maxie and stretch Mystery by Sue Henry (RV and Dog) & Gourd Craft by Maggie Bruce What we’re reading: Etta-  Confections and Confessions of the Pink Cupcake Mysteries By Harper Lin (99 cent this week!)OutroLike what you hear? Tell another cozy lover and make sure you are a subscriber. Follow Comfy Cozy on twitter (@ettawelk)AUTHORS OUT THERE—Need Beta Readers? Want to be on the Show? We are your girls.Until next time --Keep Comfy Cozy For information regarding your data privacy, visit Acast.com/privacy

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Episode 7: What is the most unique pet you’ve seen (or would like to see) in a cozy?

Published: July 14, 2019, 7:40 p.m.
Duration: 17 minutes 51 seconds

Comfy Cozy Show Notes  EPISODE 7: Intro/ Premise of the show:Hello, I’m cozy novelist, Etta Welk, alongside my skeptical mother, Deb. Each week, we’ll explore cozy and traditional mystery books, series, authors, origins, culture, or tropes, but we’ll keep it short and sweet, just like a real cozy. Question and Answer session. One of us will pose a weekly question that we both answer. We’re reading cozies, you’re reading cozies, but we’re not reading the same cozies… so NO SPOILERS!  This is episode 7. Update·        CampNaNoWriMo is fun. Great group in the Guppies Glamping Cabin.·        Found an editor for the novel. Going the self publishing route because I’m really into business and my day job involves a lot of traditional publishing·        Deb? How have you been doing this past week?  QUESTION:  What is the most unique pet you’ve seen (or would like to see) in a cozy?Deb wants a parrot. Etta prevails by providing Murder Buys a T-Shirt (Haunted Souvenir Shop) Mass Market Paperback – March 6, 2012 by Christy Fifield (Author).Etta wants a guinea pig. Hamster and Cheese: Book 1 (Guinea PIG, Pet Shop Private Eye) Paperback – January 1, 2010 by Colleen AF Venable (Author), Stephanie Yue (Illustrator)The Anteater of Death: A Gunn Zoo Mystery (Gunn Zoo Series Book 1) Kindle Edition by Betty Webb (Author)Other mentions:Beeline to Murder – Henny Penny FarmetteMurder with Peacocks Meg LargslowSouthern Cousins (Funeral home one with Elvis the basset hound) –Elvis and the deadly departedBullmoose dog run black lab is narratorWhat we’re reading: Etta-  Cardiac Arrest Lisa Q matthewsOutroLike what you hear? Tell another cozy lover and make sure you are a subscriber. Follow Comfy Cozy on twitter (@ettawelk)AUTHORS OUT THERE—Need Beta Readers? Want to be on the Show? We are your girls.Until next time --Keep Comfy Cozy For information regarding your data privacy, visit Acast.com/privacy

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Episode 6: What is your favorite medium for consuming cozy novels?

Published: July 7, 2019, 8:26 p.m.
Duration: 25 minutes 49 seconds

Comfy Cozy Show Notes  EPISODE 6: Intro/ Premise of the show:Hello, I’m budding cozy novelist, Etta Welk, alongside my curious mother, Deb. Each week, we’ll explore cozy and traditional mystery books, series, authors, origins, culture, or tropes, but we’ll keep it short and sweet, just like a real cozy. Remember friends this podcast attempts to be SPOILERLESS! So we keep things broad and light. And we occasionally jab the cozy genre. We obviously really like cozies so don’t take it too seriously. This is episode 6. Update·        One week into Camp NanoWriMo. So far on word count goal. ·        But I’m headed to Chicago for work for a few days next week, so I’m worried!·        My little lady is three and starting to get the hang of potty training… when she’s in the mood. My FOUR month old boy I think may be teething… or attempting to drive me insane. But then I’ll see them exchange smiles and my heart is MELTED.·        Deb? How have you been doing this past week?  Format of the show:  Question and Answer session. One of us will pose a weekly question that we both answer. We’re reading cozies, you’re reading cozies, but we’re not reading the same cozies… so NO SPOILERS!  QUESTION:  What is your favorite medium for consuming cozy novels? Pros and Cons of: Hardcover? Paperback? Font size? Library? Bookstore? E Reader? Audio?What we’re reading: Etta- Field’s Guide to Abduction (A Poppy Field’s Adventure) by Julie MurhenOutroLike what you hear? Tell another cozy lover. Follow the podcast on twitter (@ettawelk), visit our website (ettawelk.com/ComfyCozy) or send us a somewhat old fashioned email at ettawelk AT gmail DOT comAUTHORS OUT THERE—Need Beta Readers? We are your girls.Until next time --Keep Comfy Cozy For information regarding your data privacy, visit Acast.com/privacy

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Episode 5: What are your favorite elements in a cozy?

Published: June 30, 2019, 8:24 p.m.
Duration: 29 minutes 25 seconds

Comfy Cozy Show Notes  EPISODE 5: Intro/ Premise of the show:Hello, I’m budding cozy novelist, Etta Welk, alongside my chirpy mother, Deb. Each week, we’ll explore cozy and traditional mystery books, series, authors, origins, culture, or tropes, but we’ll keep it short and sweet, just like a real cozy. Remember friends this podcast attempts to be SPOILERLESS! So we keep things broad and light. And we occasionally jab the cozy genre. We obviously really like cozies so don’t take it too seriously. No previous reading is required. You’re reading cozies, we’re reading cozies, just not the same cozies.This is episode 5. Update·        Getting ready for Camp NaNoWriMo with a few of my fellow Sisters In Crime Guppies Chapter members. We have a great turn out for our virtual cabin and I’m so excited!·        Greg had a minor procedure and we ordered Direct TV. It doesn’t really work… Started Hello Fresh weekly meals and there were missing/duplicate items. Such a bummer!·        Deb? How have you been doing this past week?  Format of the show:  Question and Answer session. One of us will pose a weekly question that we both answer. We’re reading cozies, you’re reading cozies, but we’re not reading the same cozies… so NO SPOILERS!  QUESTION:  What are your favorite elements in a cozy?Setting? Hobby? Pets? Paranormal? What keeps you running back to a series?What we’re reading: Etta- Protocol (A Maggie O’Malley Series) by Kathleen ValentiOutroLike what you hear? Remember to subscribe on your podcasting poison of choice (Itunes, stitcher, google play apps). Rate us, Share us, and Play along with the rest of the sleuths by finding us on twitter (@ettawelk), commenting on our website (ettawelk.com/ComfyCozy) or sending us a somewhat old fashioned email Until next time --Keep Comfy Cozy For information regarding your data privacy, visit Acast.com/privacy

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Episode 4: :If you could recast Netflix’s Murder Mystery with any two actors… who would you choose?

Published: June 23, 2019, 8:23 p.m.
Duration: 25 minutes 41 seconds

Comfy Cozy Show Notes  EPISODE 4: Intro/ Premise of the show:Hello, I’m budding cozy novelist, Etta Welk, alongside my chatty mother, Deb. Each week, we’ll explore cozy and traditional mystery books, series, authors, origins, culture, or tropes, but we’ll keep it short and sweet, just like a real cozy. Remember friends this podcast attempts to be SPOILERLESS! So we keep things broad and light. And we occasionally jab the cozy genre. We obviously really like cozies so don’t take it too seriously. No previous reading is required. You’re reading cozies, we’re reading cozies, just not the same cozies.This is episode 4. Update·        Currently outlining the novel. Yes, going back to square one again! No wonder I never get things done.·        Greg and I went camping for the weekend. Guess who took the kids!? We lived very far apart and temporarily live next door to each other… but record podcast separately. Format of the show:  Question and Answer session. One of us will pose a weekly question that we both answer.  This week we watched Netflix’s Murder Mystery with Jennifer Anniston and Adam Sandler. With over 30 Million views in its first 3 days, we figured it was worth the watch. NO SPOILERS, so if you haven’t yet seen it, you’re safe!QUESTION:  If you could recast Netflix’s Murder Mystery with any two actors… who would you choose? / Why do you think the movie is so popular? / Did the movie surprise you? / Does no one get that Claritin and Allegra are different!?·        Deb- Use new actors without any baggage. Hard to see these actors as these characters.·        Etta- Helena Bonham Carter and Jason Schwartzman. They’ve done some mysterious stuff while still being whimsical. They would have been great.·        Movie hit on a lot of elements the populous likes including romantic comedies and action sequences. If it was more “cozy” would it have been so popular?·        Deb- Why these movies are so fun. Crime Comedy is such a fun movie genre. “Clue” and “Murder by Death.”·        Still lighthearted and fun. Worth a view. What we’re reading: Etta- Harper Lin’s Granny’s got a GunOutroLike what you hear? Remember to subscribe on your podcasting poison of choice (Itunes, stitcher, google play apps). Rate us, Share us, and Play along with the rest of the sleuths by finding us on twitter (@ettawelk), commenting on our website (ettawelk.com/ComfyCozy) or sending us a somewhat old fashioned email Until next time --Keep Comfy Cozy For information regarding your data privacy, visit Acast.com/privacy

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Episode 3: How do you define a cozy?

Published: June 17, 2019, 2:34 a.m.
Duration: 26 minutes 1 second

Comfy Cozy Show Notes  EPISODE 3: Intro/ Premise of the show:Hello, I’m budding cozy novelist, Etta Welk, alongside my cheeky mother, Deb. Each week, we’ll explore cozy and traditional mystery books, series, authors, origins, culture, or tropes, but we’ll keep it short and sweet, just like a real cozy. Remember friends this podcast attempts to be SPOILERLESS! So we keep things broad and light. And we occasionally jab the cozy genre. We obviously really like cozies so don’t take it too seriously. This is episode 3. Update·        Finished plotting the maternity mystery book. There’s an epic battle between pantsers and planners in the writing community. I think when it comes to traditional mysteries… planners have it. It’s too easy to write yourself into a hole or end up having to rewrite a lot during revision.·        Greg and I took the kids on a long car trip to see family. Not fun for a lot of reasons. ·        Deb? How have you been doing this past week? There’s a new cozy podcast: The Cozy Sleuth … episode 1 by the lovely LeAnna Shields @inkwielderA sample and review of Karin Kaufman's Death of a Dead Man, book 1 in the Juniper Grove Mysteries.·        Comments from last few shows:o  Episode 2… about reading cozies sequentially… Kaylin and Melissa commented on the podcast page (Pippa… google comfy cozy or reach through Etta Welk.) They made great comments about how reading out of order can ruin the long running /longitudinal storyline… but it’s nice to have a “hearty” review in case you’ve had a break from the series for a while.o  Also got a few emails well wishing the show. Thank you! Please write at ettawelk@gmail.como  Back to episode 1 LeAnna’s tweeted us that her first cozy was the Lillian Jackson Braun Books we’ll be discussing today so thank you LeAnna and perfect segue to today’s show. Format of the show:  Question and Answer session. One of us will pose a weekly question that we both answer. QUESTION:  What is the scope of “cozy” for this podcast? What is a cozy to you?·        There’s lots of gray area between genres: cozy, traditional mystery, noir, paranormal, thrillers, etc.·        Does a cozy need a murder?·        Does a cozy need a “mystery?”·        Books mentioned: Cynthia Kuhn’s Academic Mysteries, Southern Vampire Mysteries by Charlene Harris, Lillian Jackson Braun, Barbara Allen’s Trash n treasures, Maltese falcon, Sharp objects, Gone girl, Dean Koontz books (misc.)Timeline-weekly. We’ll give you a peak of the book we’ll use for our discussion. But there’s no need to have read them. Again… no spoilers… just quirky questions and “delightful” conversation.NEXT WEEK: Trash ‘n’ treasures by Barbara Allan. I read Antiques Chopped in the middle of the series. Definitely going back for more!OutroLike what you hear? Remember to subscribe on your podcasting poison of choice (Itunes, stitcher, google play apps). Rate us, Share us, and Play along with the rest of the sleuths by finding us on twitter (@ettawelk), commenting on our website (ettawelk.com/ComfyCozy) or sending us a somewhat old fashioned email at ettawelk@ AT gmail DOT comUntil next time --Keep Comfy Cozy For information regarding your data privacy, visit Acast.com/privacy

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Episode 2: Starting in the middle of a cozy series?

Published: June 10, 2019, 3 a.m.
Duration: 24 minutes 36 seconds

Comfy CozyShow Notes EPISODE 2:Intro/ Premise of the show:Hello, I’m budding cozy novelist, Etta Welk, alongside my cynical mother, Deb. Each week, we’ll explore cozy and traditional mystery books, series, authors, origins, culture, or tropes, but we’ll keep it short and sweet, just like a real cozy. Remember friends this podcast attempts to be SPOILERLESS! So we keep things broad and light. And we occasionally jab the cozy genre. We obviously really like cozies so don’t take it too seriously.Question: What are the pros and cons of picking up a cozy in the middle of a series? For information regarding your data privacy, visit Acast.com/privacy

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Episode 1: What was the first cozy you ever read?

Published: June 2, 2019, 9:30 p.m.
Duration: 21 minutes 15 seconds

Comfy Cozy Show Notes EPISODE 1: What was the first cozy you ever read?Intro/ Premise of the show:Etta (aspiring cozy novelist) and Deb (her skeptical mother) discuss all things about traditional mysteries with an emphasis on cozy mysteries (i.e. Cozies) Format of the show:  Question and Answer session. One of us will pose a weekly question that we both answer. ·        Similar to Writer’s Well (with wonderful hosts J. Thorn and Rachael Herron)  Rules: NO SPOILERS! Just a quick warning, --Our shows will contain some good-natured teasing about the cozy genre. We obviously really like cozies so don’t take it too seriously. QUESTION: What was the first cozy you ever read? ·        Deb- Nancy Drew·        Etta- Yeah, I remember you got me into those (Trixie Belden, etc.) BUT Those are just kid books, right?·        Deb-- Agatha Christie·        Etta-- Hannah Swensen Series by Joanne Fluke Timeline-weekly. We’ll give you a peak of the book we’ll use for our discussion. But there’s no need to have read them. Again… no spoilers… just quirky questions and “delightful” conversation. NEXT WEEK: Domestic Mystery—Lillian Jackson Braun (ie Cat Stuff)               It is on my shelf: The cat who dropped a bombshell, the cat who went bananas, and the cat who wasn’t there               Got them from the library sale a few years back. They’re hardcover. CLASSY! And they smell nice and musty.           To the sleuths listening… what was your first cozy? And do YA books count as cozies?Like what you hear? Remember to subscribe on your podcasting poison of choice. Rate it, Share it, and Play along with the rest of the sleuths by finding us on twitter (AT ettawelk), commenting on our website (ettawelk.com/ComfyCozy) or sending us a somewhat old fashioned email: Ettawelk AT gmail DOT com.Until next time --Keep Comfy Cozy For information regarding your data privacy, visit Acast.com/privacy

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Published: May 15, 2019, 3:48 p.m.
Duration: 20 seconds

Hello, I’m budding cozy novelist, Etta Welk, alongside my skeptical mother, Deb. Each week, we’ll explore cozy books, series, authors, origins, culture, or tropes, but we’ll keep it short and sweet, just like a real cozy. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

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