Crazy Cozy Blogfest
The idea is to think of the craziest, zaniest set-up for a cozy mystery you can.
1) Sleuth (age, occupation, maybe a little family info)
2) Sidekick (either friend or foil, but someone who always seems to be around)
3) Setting (town, city, or other sort of place)
4) Theme (go nuts)
5) Twist (be as creative as you like)
Here's my idea for the crazy cozy:
Thirty-four year old Jay Walker wants to be left alone. Although he inherited millions from his father's business, he prefers to live in his 1972 Plymouth station wagon with his pet Moped, the key stealing squirrel.
While dumpster diving in Miami, Florida, Jay finds a suicide note with bloody fingerprints. Who wrote it? Jay searches for the woman who signed her name on the bottom of the letter, Pearl E. Gates. When he sees her dead body through a basement window, he uses squirrel to fetch the key from her apartment. Moped will do anything for a peanut.
It doesn't take long to discover she didn't kill herself but instead she was murdered. Together they go on an adventure to catch the killer.
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Elizabeth Spann Craig: Elizabeth writes the Memphis Barbeque series for Penguin/Berkley (as Riley Adams), the Southern Quilting mysteries (2012) for Penguin/NAL, and the Myrtle Clover series for Midnight Ink. She blogs daily at Mystery Writing is Murder, which was named by Writer's Digest as one of the 101 Best Websites for Writers for 2010 and 2011.
As the mother of two, Elizabeth writes on the run as she juggles duties as Girl Scout leader, referees play dates, drives carpools, and is dragged along as a hostage/chaperone on field trips.
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