Confessions from a cozy mystery author. I kill husbands. Well, not really, but I've always wanted to write murder mysteries and husbands make great victims. Especially the awful ones. Hence, the hashtag: TheHusbandAlwaysDies!
As a reader, I was weaned on Nancy Drew. I played a lot of Clue. I adore Agatha Christie. Friends say I am a mischief-maker, story-teller, and bender of the facts. I own it.
A career journalist, I now write modern-day, not-so-cozy mysteries without much regard for the truth. Making stuff up is fun. Born and raised a wild child on Florida’s sandy beaches, I now live in the Ozark Mountains of Arkansas in The Natural State.
I am an insatiable world traveler, and like to share destinations with readers on the hunt for whodunit. The Cardboard Cottage Mystery series is set in Arkansas with every other book a bucket list destination. The Arkansas 4 have been to Hot Springs, Arkansas; Galapagos Islands, Ecuador; Arkansas Wine Country; and now Ireland. Where are we going next?
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From this very chair in the writing studio but usually with a cat or two, author Jane Elzey writes a modern day cozy mystery series about four best friends and the games they play to win –– even when a husband dies trying. And the husband always dies.
The game is afoot at Tiddlywinks Players Club at The Cardboard Cottage, a rambling old building in a cozy little Arkansas tourist town. But small town life has its surprises. When Amy, Zelda, Genna and Rian come face to face with murder, they put their amateur sleuthing skills into play. Middle aged and full of moxie and mischief, the Arkansas 4 hunt the clues to the mysterious puzzle: Who killed the husband?
Whether traveling dusty back roads or on one of their bucket list destinations, they manage to solve the crime despite their high drama misadventures. The Cardboard Cottage Mystery series is all about playing games, fluffy cats, and women whose southern sass is anything but cookie-cutter sweet in a ride-along tale of friendship.
Readers are giving 5 stars to the camaraderie at The Cardboard Cottage.
Come along for the ride!
Four women play to win... while the husband dies trying. It’s all fun and games until Amy’s best friend wants her husband gone and then he’s found dead.
Four adventurous friends dive into murder while celebrating the big five-oh, but the birthday cruise in the Galápagos Islands is anything but a smooth sail.
What happens when our four friends are steeped in mystery and murder in the Arkansas Wine Country? Who killed the husband and who poisoned the wine? Bounty is in the eye of the beholder and the most stomped grape... until another husband dies.
On a trip to Ireland, the Arkansas 4 dream of castle ruins, tricky fairies, and the hunt for Rian’s roots. But then a wedding ends in murder. When is a maid not a maid? That’s the riddle Amy must solve if the killer will be brought to justice as the handsome Garda hopes.