You might think, with the warm weather approaching, that the time for cozy is over. Rest assured, the time for cozy is seasonless, meaning that any time you are ready for that hygge feeling, hygge is all around and ready for you. All of this coziness pairs well with a cozy mystery, which is also timeless.
Here, enjoy a cozy day in life with a cozy.
Number One: Coffee in the cool early morning hours. Nothing is as cozy as coffee, unless it is tea or cocoa or… For this day, though, we will start with coffee, enjoyed in the cool of the morning before the sun warms the air, sitting with the warm mug in our hands, a blanket on our shoulders, the day still still before the world awakes. No chit chat, no newspaper yet, just the coffee, the cool air, and the quiet. A dog adds hygge. Our cozy murder mystery is by our side, but our mind has not yet turned to murder.
Number Two: Toes and paws in tall green grass. The dew has dried, and the grass is lush and thick. You can feel the green. Your toes curl around the blades and the blades curl under your bare feet. You love it. Your dog loves it. Your book is waiting. But for now, the grass.
Number Three: The couch. No matter the time of year, no matter the time of day, the couch is the place for a good book. Curl up, toes tucked under, book in lap, open and enjoy. The murder begins.
Number Four: Picnic. Now is the time to stretch back on the blanket, bread and cheese at the ready, book in hand, shade overhead. Propped on elbows, nectarine juice dripping, the book is too good to put down. You put the nectarine down instead.
Number Five: Berries. On the walk home, you pass the berry bush. One of life’s greatest pleasures is a raspberry eaten right off the vine, still warm from the sun. The book is tucked under your arm.
Number Six: Simple flowers in a vase. Daffodils or tulips. This is the spring decision. Either is fine, beautiful, simple, on the table spreading joy. Scoop up the book from the table, smile at the flowers, and head outside.
Number Seven: An afternoon in a hammock. Is anything cozier than a lazy afternoon in a hammock? Picture gently swaying to and fro, with a pillow behind your head and a cozy murder mystery in your hand. Shadows are falling, your toes are getting cold, but a few more pages, a few more pages.
Number Eight: Relax on the porch in the cool beginnings of the evening, drinking iced tea or something stronger. Book open; the murder is not yet solved. Dinner can wait.
Number Nine: The best of the best is lying in bed when the light has waned, cozy under covers, book on chest, bedside lamp dim. Murderer revealed. All is right with the world.
Cozies are so cozy. What makes you feel cozy?
A San Francisco Cozy Murder Mystery: Book 2
Publication Date: October 7, 2020
Till death do us part, with kitchen shears. What drives a family man to kill his wife? This question haunts Sarah James, a medical resident who meets the unhappy family at a resort near Big Sur. She witnesses how ugly a marriage can be. But murder?
Sarah and the spunky Fog Ladies—elderly neighbors from her San Francisco apartment building—set out to discover the truth. Their probing finds the threat is perilously close to home, endangering another troubled family struggling to survive.
Susan McCormick is a writer and doctor who lives in Seattle. She graduated from Smith College and George Washington University School of Medicine, with additional medical training in Washington, D.C. and San Francisco, where she lived in an elegant apartment building much like the one in the book. Susan served as a doctor in the U.S. Army for nine years before moving to the Pacific Northwest and civilian practice as a gastroenterologist. In addition to the Fog Ladies series, she also wrote Granny Can’t Remember Me, a lighthearted picture book about Alzheimer’s disease and dementia, and The Antidote, a timely middle grade medical fantasy released May 2021. She lives in Seattle with her husband and two sons. She loves giant dogs and has loved an English Mastiff, Earl, and two Newfoundlands, Edward and Albert.
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