I just got an e-mail from Laura Childs with this very good news for all Cozy Mystery lovers. I sure hope that this is yet another sign that the Cozy Mystery Genre is getting the respect and recognition it deserves!
“PRESS RELEASE: March 22, 2010
Author Laura Childs hits
New York Times Bestseller List with
cozy mystery, The Teaberry Strangler!
With hard-boiled thrillers continually dominating the New York Times Bestseller List, how did Laura Childs manage to squeak on?
“I prayed, I promoted, I burned incense and chanted,” said Childs. “I gave up chocolate for Lent and did everything but offer up my first born.”
And why exactly is she so ecstatic?
“Because, according to my editor at Berkley Prime Crime, cozies generally do not make it to the New York Times Bestseller List,” says Childs. “That list tends to be reserved for the ‘big dogs,’ like Dan Brown, Stephen King, James Patterson, and Danielle Steel.”
Actually, all those authors are on the list right now. Right there along with Laura Childs. And Childs, a former “ad guy” and CEO of Mission Critical Marketing, must be doing something right, because this is her third cozy mystery in the past year to make it.
“I just try to write ‘em fast and good,” says Childs. “I try to create believable characters and fun dialogue, keep up a breakneck pace, and give my readers that proverbial dead body in the first chapter.”
How’s she going to celebrate her good fortune?
“Well, I’m way behind on my next book, Scones & Bones, so I have to scribble out at least another 75 pages. But then I’m going to have my husband take me out to a very elegant dinner.”
The Teaberry Strangler, Berkley Prime Crime, $24.95, March 3, 2010 release,
Laura Childs is the New York Times Bestselling Author of the Tea Shop Mysteries, Scrapbooking Mysteries, and Cackleberry Club Mysteries.”
Now, I ask you, isn’t that great!
I think this is great!
Wonderful news…high five to Ms Childs
Laura is my hero(ine)! Not only is she a wonderful writer, but a really nice person. When she was doing a book signing here in Minneapolis last fall, she donated a chick to Heifer International for every book she sold. She inspired me – this weekend, I’m signing books at the National Eagle Center in Wabasha, MN, and donating part of the sales back to the Eagle Center. This is the good work every author can do with their success – give back to the community!
Danna - cozy mystery list says
Thanks for telling us about that, Birdermurdermomma.
How neat that Laura Childs donated chicks, and what a great organization. (I just looked it up to be sure you didn’t mean “chEck” instead of “chIck” and see that you are correct!)
(The Heifer International catalogue has chicks, heifers, sheep, goats, etc. that you are able to purchase for families throughout the world who desperately need these animals for eggs, milk, wool, etc.)
I just finished reading The Teaberry Strangler and it was fantastic. This is the first book of Laura Child’s I have read. I am going to go back and read all the rest. This was a wonderful, fun read.