Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Crazy Cozy Mysteries-Cooking with Thieves

Today is the big book launch for two Cozy mysteries! In celebration they are hosting a Crazy Cozy Blogfest. One fun mystery tour which you can read about here. Make sure you take the whole trail and visit some of the other stories as well!  
These are the rules:

Come up with a wacky theme, a zany sleuth, a crazy setting for your OWN Crazy Cozy Mystery idea.

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)

Write it up in 150-250 words (so short)--for the blogfest portion anyway—we want people to be able to read a bunch of these without too much burden. Keep the traditions in mind, but we are judging on entertainment value--which we enjoy most, not how realistic it is to make a best seller. We want people to laugh.

My Story idea is about a gang of thieves working as cooks on a cruise boat, hope you get a laugh.

Cooking with Thieves

As a retired police detective addicted to crossword puzzles, Kat was not the kind of gal to take things lightly. She was hard as nails, a penny pincher and not the least bit frivolous. So when she was given a Mexican cruise from her two children as a birthday present, she had half a mind to give it to her spinster sister instead.

“It will be good for you Mom. Dad died 5 years ago, and it is about time you had some fun. You might even meet someone.” They insisted until she gave in, unaware that she was about to sail off into a ship load of trouble. A stowaway cat with thieving paws and a nose for danger was not the kind of friend she expected to meet. When Kat finds herself in the middle of a mysterious death on board the M/S Fantasy and a crew full of suspicious characters, her only back up turns out to be a dirty yellow cat with a taste for gold. Together they uncover a smuggling ring that is run by a gang of vicious cooks, and in a game of cat and mouse they fight to stay alive.

Barnes and Noble
Indie Bound
Confessions of a Watery TartLinks:
Barnes and Noble
Indie Bound
Mystery Writing is Murder

Come back tomorrow to see what Eye Spy is up too!


Elizabeth Spann Craig/Riley Adams said...

I love it! Cruise boat crooks...too fun! And Kat sounds like the perfect sleuth--the crossword puzzles are a nice touch. :) And a cat is a MUST! Thanks so much for participating today, Siv.

Nicoleta_B said...

Very intresting and lovely blog!

What do u say about following each others blog on Gfc and bloglovin just to stay in contact this way?

Lots of love,


Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

A yellow cat with a taste for gold? Is her partner Puss in Boots?

Journaling Woman said...

Your entry is clever. I like it.


Jan Morrison said...

Very funny! I like the cat as a side-kick and a mystery on a cruise is such a nice big locked-door event!

Hart Johnson said...

Oh, very nice! I love a miserly old lady who doesn't want to be on vacation, and the cat is an EXCELLENT sidekick! Very nice entry! Thank you so much for participating!

Maryellen said...

love the cruise ship setting :) with a cat...coolness!

Lynn Proctor said...

great idea--i think you should pitch it to a tv exec--it would make a great sitcom or movie!

Sylvia van Bruggen said...

ohhh love the setting :) That cat is a fantastic sidekick!

Have a wonderful day,
Sylvia @ Playful Creative

Helena said...

Cats with thieving paws? I've known a few and they can't be trusted. You've written a very funny entry.

Carrie-Anne said...

I love how her sidekick is a cat, and the crossword and cooking themes!

Tara Tyler said...

i like the hard boiled crossword solver! and cooks cooking up trouble and a clepto cat! great beginning!

Mason Canyon said...

I love the cat as a sidekick and a cruise ship sounds like a fun place for a mystery. Love to know how it turns out.

Thoughts in Progress

Cold As Heaven said...

Cool idea for a story >:)

I once witnessed a fight in a restaurant in Milan. A 12 yo boy ran into the kitchen, and then came out with a furious chef after him. Seconds later a big fight broke loose with all the cooks and a bunch of restaurant guests. The boy slipped away. They were all yelling alot, but it don't understand Italian, so I had no idea what they were fighting about. But it was entertaining, indeed >:)

Cold As Heaven

Clarissa Draper said...

I know life at sea was dangerous! Love the premise.

Gwen Gardner said...

Loved it, especially the Kat/Cat part - I really think you could pitch this!

Oregon Gifts of Comfort and Joy said...

This sounds like a blast! You packed a lot into a few words ... I would enjoy reading your book.

Kathy M.

Medeia Sharif said...

A feline sidekick is awesome.

I love the cruise setting. Everything's enclosed since they're out on sea and no one can run, which makes it more dangerous since the murderer is on board.