Friday, September 12, 2014

Nightmares Can Be Murder {+ Giveaway}

Nightmares Can Be Murder coverEver wonder what your dreams represent? Dreams and their interpretation is the theme of a new cozy murder mystery series by author Mary Kennedy.

I’m sharing my thoughts on this new release today. In addition, thanks to the author and the lovely Danielle at Penguin Group, I have a print copy of the debut book, NIGHTMARES CAN BE MURDER, to giveaway. Please see the end of the post for more details.


Author Mary Kennedy has taken a topic that has fascinated people for ages and turned it into a tantalizing theme for a new cozy murder mystery series.

NIGHTMARES CAN BE MURDER is the first installment in Kennedy’s new Dream Club Mystery series where club members gather to discuss their dreams. Kennedy gives both sides of the issue featuring a protagonist who is a nonbeliever in dream interpretation. She combines that with an old-fashion candy store, tasty Southern cuisine and a mysterious murder all set in historic Savannah (GA).

Taylor Blake, a business consultant, will do anything to help her youngster sister, Ali, including temporarily relocating to Savannah in order to save Ali’s vintage candy store, Oldies but Goodies. Ali is the dreamer in the family so it’s no surprise she’s a member of the Dream Club. Taylor has a hard time understanding how the members take their dreams so seriously.

One member tells of her dream in which a murder is committed. A short time later a man many club members knew is found murdered. The scene is much like that of the dream told earlier. Ali had been involved with the man and the police are interested in secrets, not dreams. It’s up to Taylor and her friends to find the real killer before Ali’s life fades like a dream. 

NIGHTMARES CAN BE MURDER moves at a steady pace and has likable, realistic characters. The setting is alluring and inviting. There is even a dream symbol guide include with the story. 

Kennedy is off to a great start with this refreshing new series.

Author Mary Kennedy’s website is

Nightmares Can Be Murder by Mary Kennedy, Dream Club Mystery series Book #1, Berkley Prime Crime, @2014, ISBN: 978-0425268056, Paperback, 304 Pages 

FTC Full Disclosure – A copy of this book was sent to me by the publisher as part of the author’s virtual book tour. However, receiving the complimentary copy did not influence my review. The thoughts are completely my own and given honestly and freely.


This giveaway is for one print copy of NIGHTMARES CAN BE MURDER and is open to residents of the U.S. only. The deadline to enter the giveaway is 12 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 21.

To enter, just click on the Rafflecopter widget below and following the instructions. The widget may take a few seconds to load, so please be patient. The winner from this giveaway will have 72 hours to respond after being contacted or another winner will be selected. The email will have ‘Thoughts in Progress Mary Kennedy’s Tour’ in the subject line, just so you know what to watch for (in case it goes into your spam folder).

Thanks so much for stopping by today. Do you believe in dreams and what they represent? Have you ever had a dream come true? Did you notice not one, but two cats on the cover this time? :-)

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  1. Hi Mason .. I've never been a big dreamer ... but can certainly see the idea appearing in a book .. and people are perceptive ... I imagine the book would be a good read .. cheers Hilary

  2. Savannah is the perfect setting - third most haunted city in America. (The ghost tours are great!) Sounds like a unique setup for a mystery.
    And two cats!
    I really should go back and count and give you a cat tally at the end of the year...

  3. Mason - Hmm.... it's always interesting to think about what our dreams might mean. Interesting context for a murder series, too. Thanks for sharing.

  4. I have had a dream come true...and LOVE the cover of this book.

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  5. I know if I work shows up in dreams a lot, I probably need a day off! Sounds like a great set up for a murder mystery. Thanks!

  6. A dream Club sounds a bit scary to me, but I couldn't belong to one because I never remember more than a few minutes of them - if any! But it should make for great stories.

  7. Love the cover of this book.

  8. Hate nightmares! I have woken up screaming several times. I would love to have them interpreted.


  9. I love the cover art on that book. :-)

  10. Thanks for this lovely giveaway. If dreams came true then wishes could come true too. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

  11. I have to say that if my dreams came true, well we had all better run. I have troubling dreams--over the top.

    This book sounds good.

  12. I have had dreams come true!

    lag110 at mchsi dot com

  13. This sounds like a fun new series. I can't wait to read it.

  14. This sounds like a great book - and love the setting! Savannah is an awesome place.

  15. I love cozy books -- and it has a cat in it, all the better. Great review!
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  16. Looks great, thank you for the chance to win :)

  17. ah dreams often are trying to tell us something. great series


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