Michelle Dragalin-- a Christian, writer and a teacher. All of my interests wrap around, intersect and mesh with these areas of my life. I have linked (almost) all of my social media sites so we can share our opinions.
A cozy mystery has a formula of sorts that it follows
in all the books. I find them interesting when an author takes that formula and
adds a twist to it that makes it even more fun to read. In some ways the cozy mysteries remind me of
the Harlequin romances. There is a
formula that romance authors follow as well. Mystery stories are the second
most popular type of genre and romance is the first most popular genre. In some ways authors combine the two together
in a cozy mystery but maintain a certain amount of privacy for the main
The definition of a cozy mystery is as follows (based
on Wikipedia) . . .
to as “cozies”, are a subgenre of crime
fiction in which sex and violence are downplayed or treated humorously, and the crime and detection take place in a small, socially
intimate community. Cozies thus stand in contrast to hardboiled
fiction, which features
violence and sexuality more explicitly and centrally to the plot. The term
“cozy” was first coined in the late 20th century when various writers
produced work in an attempt to re-create the Golden Age of Detective Fiction.
This section of blog “Michelle’s Innovations” will speak to the cozy mysteries that are out
there and these are books and authors that I like and enjoy. Hopefully you will as well!!
During Mystery Thriller Week, May 13, -23, 2019, I
will submit my to their blog and site as well.
Joanne Fischmann is an American author using the pen name
Joanne Fluke. She is known for her Cozy
Mystery series and for her Four Movies for the Hallmark Channel. Joanne’s other
pseudonym are John Fisher R.J. Fisher, Jo Gibson, Chris Hunter, Gina Jackson
and Katharyn Kirkwood. Ms. Fluke started
her writing career in 1980 by writing young adult horror stories under the name
of JO Gibson. In 2000, she started writing the Hannah Swensen’s Cozy Mystery
Ms. Fluke has written 42 books. They will not all be reviewed on this site, just
the books listed which were received from NetGalley.
The following books by Joanne Fluke were received from Netgalley via their publication in exchange for an honest review. The number represents where in the series the book is placed. Just so you know I have actually read all of her books.
May 13-23, 2019 will be the week to view all the different sub categories of Mystery. There is a slot where where I would like you to click and read my columns for Cozy Mysteries. It has taken me a long time to understand that I really like this sub genre of mystery.
I am a member of Sisters in Crime-National and Colorado. I am also a member of Society of Children’s Writers and Illustrators. I have manucript started for both types of material for each organization.
My cozy mystery is about a former teacher who left teaching because of bad decisions, miscarriage and death. The first book is an introduction to form the backstory. After that the stories will incoporate the proganist’s Mom, Dad and the rest of the family. I hope it goes over big.
The manuscript for picture books has a working title of “Backyard Zoo”.
Those of you, (I know there are only a few) may remember that I wanted to be a newspaper columnist. Erma Bombeck was my hero, but there were many others that wrote columns that I read and enjoyed. For whatever reason they stopped, but Erma Bombect was always there until her death.
This has been a dream of mine since I started reading the newspaper in elementary school. Over the years, technology became part of my life and it started in middle school, because I loved being an audio-visual tech. It was great to be called upon and asked to fix a problem that the teachers couldn’t fix. Now I want to combine the two, technology, writing and education. It was a great combination in my opinion.
In addition, to this blog, I am developing a Teacher Store where my products can be sold. I need a beta group to help me develop products that online/hybrid teachers need. My goal is to help teachers who are an online teacher or hybrid teachers and develop the materials and resource that the need to be good teachers Brick and Mortar, Hybrid and Online Teachers have require similar materials but they need to be tweaked for their delivery. Over the next few blogs, I will develop the specific kind of beta group that I need to help me make the products that they need.
Can you help me?
Please think about it and continue to read my blog. I really want this to be specific to online/hybrid teachers.
Five years ago I realized that I was not as young as I though I was, I was not. This is not where I thought I would be at this stage in my life. I thought my writing career would be further along, I did think I wold be working at home, but I thought I would be earning more than I am currently.
However, I’m not making it a woe is me type situation. Although, well, that’s for another time and another blog. :
“May we never despise small beginnings
Instead, we can embrace the place God has us. We can serve faithfully & joyfully without clamoring or demanding for more.
Because our early days of preparation aren’t small. They’re necessary. And God’s ways and timing are always best.”
There are several parts of this verse that apply to my current situation and place in life. I just never thought that I would at this low level. I fell like I am experiencing the theme of the movie “Groundhog Day.”
In addition, I would like to say to anyone who feels that this is not the place they thought they would be at this stage in there life. This is one of the reason I chose increase as my word this year. Increase in all areas, especially in confidence in myself and position in life.
This is my thought for this week. Have a great week!!
Main Character: Jill Gardner, Owner of “Coffee, Books, and More” Store, South Cove, California
Tourist Trap Series
Jill is a transplant from the big city. She was a lawyer, married and on the fast
track to success. Life happen and she
moved to South Cove, CA and opened a Coffee/Book Store. Thanks to an inheritance she receives in the
first book she brings her aunt on board to help manage the store. One thing leads to another and she becomes an
important part of South Cove. Read the books & novellas, help her solve the
mysteries and keep up with her life as it changes in South Cove.
2014: +Guidebook to Murder +Mission to Murder +If the Shoe Kills
reviews: blog link:
2015: +Dressed to Kill
+ Killer Run
reviews: blog link: https://michelledragalin50.com/2017/05/09/lynn-cahoon-book-reviews/)
2016: + Murder on Wheels +Tea
Cups and Carnage
reviews: blog link:
2018: A Deadly Brew Rockets Dead Glare* Santa Puppy*
2019: Corned Beef & Causalities* Mother’s Day Mayhem*
Cat Latimer has returned to hometown after her ex-husband dies to wrap up his affairs and set up her career as a writer. She is finding several pieces of information that shed a new light on her break up with her ex husband and their relationship. Cat is starting over, sort of, she has hired a cook and handy man to help her run her writer’s retreat. Of course, since it is a mystery series, she has a case to solve. The area is located in Colorado where I live so I recognize some of the sites explored. This is a series that you to keep up with because there are some twists and turns.
Character: Cat Latimer, former English professor, owner of bed and breakfast in
2016: A Story to Kill (Blog
2017: Fatality by Firelight (Blog Link: https://michelledragalin50.com/2017/05/16/a-cat-latimer-mystery-by-lynn-cahoon/)
Angie Turner has returned home with her best friend after
her grandmother had died. She and her
friend begin the process of opening a farm to fork restaurant and all of the
work that it entails. In addition, to
headaches of staffing, supplying and running a restaurant Angie becomes
embroiled in a relationship and three murders (one per book) that need to be
solved in order for their restaurant to return to “normal” operations.
Main Character: Angie Turner, owner of the farm to table County Seat restaurant, Idaho
2018: Who Moved My Goat Cheese? Killer Green tomatoes
Lynn Cahoon is an author that I discovered via Netgally. (Netgally is a website that influence the sale of book by offering advanced copies of ebooks to book reviewers.) This author, Lynn Cahoon, has written three series that are published by Kensington/Lyrical Underground. She also writes contemporary romances set in a small town under the pen name Lynn Collins. I have not read any of the romances that Ms. Cahoon has written at all. I really don’t like romances.
This post is about what I know and read about Lynn Cahoon. Based on the information i have received she is a breast cancer survivor and it sounds like she reorganized her life by writing. I was very impressed with her profile, her output in the last few years I have read all of her books in the following three series:
FARM TO FORK
I have really enjoyed each and every of the books. Since I haven’t posted all of the reviews for the books in the series. In this post and the series to follow I will post the reviews and also the links to Amazon, Good reads, in addition to sending copies to her and her publisher, which is standard
This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you
shall meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do according
to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and
then you will have good success. Have I not commanded you? Be strong and
courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever
you go.” And Joshua commanded the officers of the people,
My word is increase.
This word is both a verb and a noun according to Google online
become or make greater
in size, amount, intensity, or degree.
“car use is
increasing at an alarming rate”
grow, get bigger, get larger, become
greater, enlarge, expand, swell; More
an instance of growing
or making greater.
“some increase in
The first thought may be that I am looking for an increase in finances, I AM!. However, I am also looking for:
John 14:27: “I leave peace with you, I give you My peace. I don’t give it to you as the world gives it. Don’t feel troubled or afraid
Harvest what you sow!
Time to Decide What Goals Should be Completed:
The Fourth Quarter for the year 2018 has started. W3 have just finished the first full week of this Fourth quarter. As a result, there are 12 weeks left to determine what and how you would like to end 2018.
I chose the above verse, because one of the ways that you can determine how to end the year would be to sow what you want harvest by December 31, 2018. To help you decide to ask yourself “What can I do to reap a good harvest?” or determine what it is your want or need to accomplish and reach out to someone else. This will boomerang a harvest back at you.
I know what I want to reap before the end of this year. However, I have spent a lot of time writing and telling myself what I want, what I need and why when I have been working so hard it hasn’t been happening? Well, John 14:27 has given me my answer.
Now I need to find people who want what I want and help them get it without being prideful.