Wednesday, October 20, 2021

Short Story News: Lyn Worthern

Cozy Villages of Death (cozy mystery)

Editor  Lyn Worthen

Secrets hide behind those peacefully shuttered windows... Rumors spread over garden hedges, and around knitting circles. Neighborhood cats discover a boneyard.And when Death strolls through the tranquil countryside or checks into the quaint village inn for the weekend, it's the intrepid - and often accidental - investigators who must find and decipher clues, unravel mysteries, and bring the killer to justice.

The inspiration for "Cozy Villages" came from two satirical articles that hit my newsfeed within a single twenty-four hour period. The first, entitled "Quaint English Village Fails to Meet its Mysterious Murder Quota for the Year," lamented the unprecedented lack of murders in a particular English village. The second, helpfully titled "Your Guide to Not Getting Murdered in a Quaint English Village," provided travelers with helpful tips for surviving their vacation to these decidedly perilous destinations. With those two articles in mind, I couldn't *not* build an anthology around the theme.

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