Last week Nancy started us off with a discussion about tea cozies. She has quite a lovely assortment, a fact which brings me to a sad confession.
While I have quite a collection of teapots and teacups, I have but one tea cozy. (See below)
Oh gosh--I forgot about the teapot set with the built-in cozy covers on the pot, creamer and sugar bowl! Here it is:
|Bought this on a trip to England of course.|
|Built-in tea cozies|
To make up for it though, I've included a picture of my favorite mystery writer's teapot. I love the pistol, the typewriter, picture of Marilyn Monroe on the desk and all the rejected pages the author crumpled and tossed in the trashcan.
|The Mystery Writers Desk|
Tea Time Break:
|Whimsical dessert teapot and MUGS!|
While crime novels revel in gore, true-life descriptions and hard-edged wisecracks, cozy mysteries are similar to tea cozies in that the sleuth must uncover what is brewing beneath the surface. And that sleuth or someone close to her (or him) is sure to wind up in hot water at some point in the investigation.
Detective fiction flourished in a “Golden Age” from the 1920s to 40s. Agatha Christie was of course, the leading lady of the “Cozy” mystery. The cozy genre can be best described as gentle mysteries involving a murder off stage and an investigation by an amateur, yet remarkably astute sleuth in a comfortable setting. These gentle mysteries contain no violence (save for the off stage murder or crime to be solved), sexual reference or abusive language.
|My sweet Irish clovers!|
With the above assortment of themes, it is no surprise that most cozies are read and written by women.
Which brings me to my latest mystery--Strands of Fate. It released as an eBook last week and comes out in print this October.
The character, Shannon McClain is a Scottish widow trying to put two kids through college while making ends meet by beading, knitting and crafting. An unexpected inheritance lands her on American shores, Oregon to be exact, and right in the middle of a mystery. Did I mention that Shannon LOVES a strong cup of tea? She's very particular about how her tea is brewed as well. And she has a favorite teapot. . .
To order Strands of Fate in eBook form or to pre-order the print book,which releases in October, click here: www.creativewomanmysteries.com
Linda Kozar is the co-author of Babes With A Beatitude—Devotions For Smart, Savvy Women of Faith (Hardcover/Ebook, Howard/Simon & Schuster 2009) and author of Misfortune Cookies (Print, Barbour Publishing 2008), Misfortune Cookies, A Tisket, A Casket, and Dead As A Doornail, (“When The Fat Ladies Sing Series,” eBooks, Spyglass Lane Mysteries, 2012). Her latest novel Strands of Fate releases in October 2012 (Creative Woman Mysteries). She received the ACFW Mentor of the Year Award in 2007, founded and served as president of Writers On The Storm, a local ACFW chapter for three years. In 2003, she co-founded, co-directed and later served as Southwest Texas Director of Words For The Journey Christian Writers Guild. She and her husband Michael, married 23 years, have two lovely daughters, Katie and Lauren and a Rat Terrier princess named Patches.