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The Cozy Chronicles: Amy Beth Arkawy’s Dead Silent

I recently had the pleasure of reading and reviewing Amy Beth Arkawy’s Dead Silent as part of the Cozy Mystery Book Tours.

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Dead Silent is the second installment in the Eliza Gordon Soup Opera mysteries. I had planned on reading Killing Time, the first Eliza Gordon mystery, before reading and reviewing Dead Silent, but life somehow got in the way. It actually worked out, because I now don’t have to wait for the next book and can just go back to where it all started!


It’s summer time in Goodship, NY and the mercury isn’t the only thing that’s rising. Everyone in town is beside themselves trying to figure out who is behind The Goodship Grapevine, an anonymous website that has been revealing less-than-flattering (and at times less-than-legal) tidbits about the good people of Goodship.

If that wasn’t enough to turn up the heat in Goodship, Paul Hackett, WSHP’s resident shock jock, is found strangled to death with his own headphone cord. Scrawled on the window are in red lipstick are the letters, “V.O.S.” And what about “The Quiet,” a cult that’s been peppering the town with flyers in hopes of gaining more followers?

Eliza Gordon, one-time actress and proprietress of the Soup Opera, is determined to get answers. Unfortunately, her sleuthing is putting a strain on her budding romance with Police Chief Tom Santini. Can Eliza (and her trusty sidekick Midge) solve the mystery before things boil over?


There is something about mysteries set in small towns that make them especially cozy, and Dead Silent is no exception. I was especially impressed by the fact that there were multiple mysteries going on in such a small town, yet it never felt that there you were running out of suspects.

Having the book take place in a small town also allows you to really get to know the characters–and Goodship’s townspeople do not disappoint. They are a motley, lively bunch and you will want to be part of the Soup Opera crowd (you’ll also probably want some soup). Eliza is an extremely smart and likable heroine, and you will find yourself rooting for her not just to solve the mystery, but as she sorts through her relationships. I look forward to the next installment just to get to know her better.

Dead Silent was extremely fast-paced and the resolution almost snuck up on me. I actually read this book in one sitting; the plot really drew me in and I could not wait to find out if the two mysteries were connected. I also really enjoyed the fact that most of the information is given to you via conversations between characters, which made me feel like I was actually there and listening.

As I mentioned earlier, I am glad that I have not yet read Killing Time so I can just go right back to Goodship instead of having to wait for the next book. As Eliza herself says, “you never know just how interesting it might get.” I look forward to my next trip to Goodship.

FTC Disclaimer: I was provided with a free copy of the book as part of the book tour. This did not influence my review, and all opinions expressed are my own.


Posted by on June 24, 2013 in Uncategorized


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Bonus Post: Carolyn Hart’s Dead, White, and Blue (her 50th release!)

I am a HUGE Carolyn Hart fan. HUGE. So you can just imagine how excited I was to contribute to Cozy Mystery Book Reviews’ post celebrating her 50th release, Dead, White, and Blue.

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(Photo is from the CMBR website.)

Here is the link to the post, which includes an interview with Carolyn herself. It’s also been so nice to read numerous comments about how she is as lovely as you imagine her to be from her books.

I reserved my copy of Dead, White, and Blue with plans to pick it up on Saturday during Mysterious Galaxy’s 20th birthday celebration, but I’m not making any bets as to whether I’m waiting that long. 😉

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Posted by on May 7, 2013 in Uncategorized


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Murder at Castle Rock and New Book Tuesday

A little while ago, I had the opportunity to read and review Anne Marie Stoddard’s Murder at Castle Rock as part of Cozy Mystery Book Reviews. Here is the link to my review on the CMBR page. Murder at Castle Rock is Anne Marie Stoddard’s first novel and I look forward to reading more of her work.

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(Photo taken from Anne Marie Stoddard’s website

If you are a cozy mystery fan haven’t already checked out CMBR’s page, you’re missing out on a wonderful community and resource–so make sure you do so ASAP!

I’ve been slowly getting into a blogging rhythm, so to speak. What I’ve found works for me is posting at the beginning and end of the work week. I’ll probably post on Monday/Tuesday and again on Thursday/Friday going forward. Weekends will be for me to find fun things to tell you about at the start of the week. 😉 Stay tuned for my final post on “The Bletchley Circle” (although I’m sure I’ll be referring to the show numerous time in future posts–I’m a little obsessed).

I’m going to spend the rest of the week speed-reading my way through Lost and Fondue, the second installment in Avery Aames’ Cheese Shop Mysteries. She will be signing at Mysterious Galaxy’s 20th birthday celebration this weekend and I will be buying her latest book then. We are going to make a day of it, as my husband is looking forward to the afternoon signings, which include John Scalzi and Vernor Vinge.

Lastly, it’s New Book Tuesday! I am particularly excited because Carolyn Hart’s Dead, White, and Blue (her 50th!) is being released today. The other books I’m hoping to pick up at Mysterious Galaxy this weekend are Victoria Thompson’s Murder in Chelsea (also being released today–I’m working on being more patient and waiting until Saturday 🙂 ) and Liz Lipperman’s Heard it Through the Grapevine. What new releases are you looking forward to?

See you at the end of the week!

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Posted by on May 7, 2013 in Uncategorized


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Cozies, Coming Soon, and Fantastic Firsts!


For those of you who are meeting me via this blog, I’ve been reading mysteries for as long as I can remember. I’ve also been talking about them for as I can remember as well 🙂 so a blog seemed like a good idea. I started out (as I’m sure some of you did, too) with Nancy Drew and The Bobbsey Twins and never stopped. I remember discovering Agatha Christie’s books in my elementary school library–I don’t think I moved from that section for the rest of the day!

I am partial to cozy mysteries, especially Carolyn Hart’s Death on Demand series. Her heroine, Annie Darling, runs a mystery bookstore so you get to read a great mystery AND get recommendations for your next book! If you’re a cozy fan–or just want to know more about this sub-genre–check out Cozy Mystery Book Reviews.

I have just started reading The Notting Hill Mystery, which is now believed to be the first English detective novel. (I thought of linking to the Wikipedia entry for it, but it does give away the ending–look it up at your own risk.) In the spirit in which it was originally released, I will be posting my thoughts as I finish each section (in between other books, of course). I tend to take longer to read books that are narrated via letters, mostly because I start thinking of how I should be writing more letters.

In the meantime, check out Paul Collins’ 2011 New York Times essay, “The Case of the First Mystery Novelist.”

Stay tuned!

In other news:

If you’re in the Southern California area, check Mysterious Galaxy’s (San Diego’s best bookstore) Fantastic Firsts Book Clubs.

I just signed up for the Cozy Mysteries Starter Series (obviously) and picked up The Christie Curse over the weekend.

I leave you with a picture of my beside “to read” basket. It does not (by a long shot) include all the books I own that I still need to read, but I like keeping a number by my nightstand. If you’ve read any of these, I’d love to hear your thoughts!

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Till next time!


Posted by on March 31, 2013 in Uncategorized


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