Creating a Cozy Town
Creating a cozy town (if you’re not using a real one) is as much fun as playing a game! I’ve used real towns in some of my series, including my hometown in my Lucille series, but for Cranberry Cove I decided I wanted to create a place that would be a combination of three different Lake Michigan towns that we enjoy. If you want to play along and create your own town, here are some of the things you will need:
- A main street. The main street in Cranberry Cove is Beach Hollow Road. It runs along the shore of Lake Michigan and shopkeepers have to sweep away the sand that blows in daily from the beach. It’s where all the shops are located and where everyone seems to run into everyone else.
- A book store. Cranberry Cove has Book ‘Em. It carries new and used books and specializes in mysteries as well as hosting the local book club. Greg Harper, the owner, is something of an expert on the mystery writers of the Golden Age.
- Places to eat. Cranberry Cove has the dining room of the Cranberry Cove Inn. Situated on a bluff overlooking Lake Michigan, the dining room windows afford a picture-perfect view of the sand and water. Tourists crowd the tables in the summer—locals reserve a trip to the Inn for special occasions like 25th wedding anniversaries and 50th birthdays. The Cranberry Cove Diner is reserved for locals—tourists are given a lukewarm welcome and soon learn not to come back. Gus Amentas flips burgers, scrambles eggs, hash browns and bacon and fries potatoes with practiced ease. The diner is famous for its chili—it isn’t on the menu—if you don’t know about it, you’re obviously not from Cranberry Cove.
- A candy store. The identical twin VanVelsen sisters run Gumdrops—a place where you can find Dutch treats like Wilhelmina Peppermints and Droste Pastilles as well as jars of old-fashioned penny candy—root beer barrels, Mary Janes and more.
- Tourist shops. Since Cranberry Cove attracts tourists during the summer, it has its share of places they frequent where the locals rarely go: Twilight—a new age shop run by Tempest Storm and Danielle’s Boutique with pricey bathing suits and cover-ups.
- Protagonist’s home. Monica lives in a tiny cottage surrounded by a picket fence dripping with dusty pink climbing roses. The cottage is part of Sassamanash Farm where she and her half-brother Jeff grow cranberries.
What places do you like to visit (vicariously) in cozy towns?
Series: Cranberry Cove Mysteries (Book 1)
Publisher: Berkley (August 4, 2015)
Genre: Cozy Mystery
Buy: Amazon, Kindle, IndieBound, The Book Depository
It’s cranberry picking time—in an all-new mystery series from the national bestselling author of the Gourmet De-Lite Mysteries…
When Monica Albertson comes to Cranberry Cove—a charming town on the eastern shore of Lake Michigan—to help her half-brother Jeff on his cranberry farm, the last thing she expects to harvest is a dead body.
It seems that Sam Culbert, who ran the farm while Jeff was deployed overseas, had some juicy secrets that soon prove fatal, and Jeff is ripe for the picking as a prime suspect. Forming an uneasy alliance with her high-maintenance stepmother, Monica has her hands full trying to save the farm while searching for a killer. Culbert made plenty of enemies in the quaint small town…but which one was desperate enough to kill?
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Peg grew up in a New Jersey suburb about 25 miles outside of . After college, she moved to the City where she managed an art gallery owned by the son of the artist Henri Matisse. When her first daughter, Francesca, arrived, the new family moved back to the New Jersey suburbs where her second daughter, Annabelle, was born.
After her husband died, Peg remarried and her new husband took a job in Grand Rapids, MI where they now live (on exile from NJ, she likes to joke). Peg managed to segue from the art world toand is now the manager of marketing communications for a company that provides services to .
Her greatest love though has always been writing—particularly mysteries! She has two cozy mystery series debuting from Berkley Prime Crime—the Gourmet De-Liteseries set in Connecticut and featuring Gigi Fitzgerald who providesto a select group of clients, and the Sweet Nothings Vintage Lingerie series ( September 4th), written as Meg London, set in Paris, TN with Emma Taylor who finds murder and mayhem in this quiet country town.
As for pets — she has a schizophrenic cat (really) named Frazzle and a Westhighland White Terrier, Reggie, who is desperately in need of losing a few pounds. But you know what they say: If your dog is overweight, it means YOU aren’t getting enough exercise!
When she’s not writing, Peg can usually be found, which she loves. When asked to bring a dish to a potluck she invariably opts to bring dessert — partly because she loves making sweet dishes and partly because she and her husband always manage to be late so there—s no point in putting them in charge of the appetizer!
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