Love J A Whiting Sweet Cove Series

A Cozy Mystery Series That I Enjoy Reading

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Reading Sweet Cove Series

Currently, I am in the middle of reading a series of cozy mysteries by J A Whiting called the Sweet Cove Mystery series. All of the stories take place in a small Massachusetts town named, you guessed it, Sweet Cove.

One of the reasons that I find these books so much fun to read is that instead of one amateur sleuth there are seven.  There are five humans and two very interesting felines. That is correct, J A Whiting has created a most interesting set of plots that involve more than one person working together to solve the mystery. I am finding her characters most lovable to follow through each book.


Sweet Cove Mystery Book 1
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Each book follows Angie Roseland and her sisters in the cozy little town of Sweet Cove. Jenna is Angie’s twin sister along with two other sisters, Ellie and Courtney. So, I have named four of the five humans. In book one you will meet the four sisters along with one of the feline sleuths. I am not going to give away the fifth human’s name or the cat at this point. I hate it when people spoil a plot like that!

Without giving too much away, I will tell you that there is a little bit of paranormal activity taking place in the small town which makes the books even more fun to read. Again, I don’t want to spoil it for you so I am leaving it to you to read the series and find out what that activity entails.

Should you read them in order of publishing?

Each book can stand alone for an enjoyable reading experience.  I recommend that you start with book 1 in the Sweet Cove series and continue in order. The mystery in each book is solved at the end but often the next book will build on events that happened in the previous books. This is particularly true in the relationships and friendships that the sisters make from book to book.

The books are not too incredibly long, you could probably finish one in a couple of hours if you have the time to snuggle up and read. I believe that you will find them most entertaining and will become a fan of J A Whiting as I have.

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Coffee Mugs For Authors

This writer drinks a lot of coffee

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Coffee mugs make wonderful gifts for authors, in my opinion. I would venture to say that most writers drink a lot of coffee or possibly tea to keep their juices flowing in a writing session. It is my beverage of choice, anyway.

When you have someone on your gift list who happens to be a writer, there are a variety of coffee mugs that are whimsical and functional for the author on your list. One of my favorites is:


Mug for the Author
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I love mugs like the one above because it is funny and useful all in one. Another good one would be, “Be careful what you say, I might use it in my next book.” Hopefully, I will find that one some day on a mug.

Another Coffee Mugs option for the author


Writes A Book Cup
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Take it from an author, we love to talk about our books. It may be one we have already published or one we are working on. Just ask and we will talk your ear off!

All of us hope that one day we will find our name on a best seller list like Stephen King or J. K. Rowling. So, the mug below would be a perfect gift for one of us.


Best Seller Wanna Be Cup
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Three mugs that are perfect for the author on your list for a gift and who also drink coffee while they write. Even if the warm beverage is not for the time they spend sitting at the keyboard or at their desk with pen and paper, I bet they drink at least one cup in the morning.

A fun thing to do when giving a gift like this is to fill it with something. Candy works well, sometimes we need a sugar high to keep us going! Another idea is to fill the cup with pencils or pens because we are always jotting down an idea that strikes us for the book we are working on. Including small post it notes is a great idea, too.

What about it? Would you consider one of these mugs for the author on your gift list?

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My Sleuth Upcycles For A Living

Why did I choose upcycling as my sleuth’s small business?

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Every Cozy Mystery, well almost all of them, have the element of a small business owner being the sleuth. I chose to have my sleuth own an upcycling business. Why use someone who upcycles? Well, quite honestly, I had not seen it done before. Having read hundreds of the cozy little mysteries, what is normally found are owners of:

  • book stores
  • antique shops
  • hobby shops like crochet, knitting and quilting
  • coffee shops
  • bakeries

My brain has a pretty good working knowledge of all of the above. So, how could I make my series of mysteries different? With upcycling or repurposing being quite the trend in decor for the home and office, it seemed a good choice for my sleuth to have a business in. Using my knowledge of antiques and recycling, I already had a good beginning for her business. Besides, I love that sort of thing.

Growing up, my family was pretty poor. Grandma taught me how to recycle before that was ever really a word in the dictionary. One just found ways to re-use items instead of throwing them away. It would be decades before I understood that what I was doing was re-purposing or upcycling items.

Cool factoid: Earth day was created on my birthday!

It only seemed natural for my sleuth, Roni Rainer, to have a business in the fictional small town of Beaver Falls that specializes in upcycling found items. Finding items to repurpose in her shop are easily found in her community through estate and garage sales, auctions and donations. I could visualize a shop with this sort of merchandise in my mind; so, I ran with it.

Where do I find repurposing ideas for her shop?

Oh goodness, there are a slew of places that I can search for ideas! Some are just in my own head but others can be found easily. I watch a lot of HGTV which often gives me inspiration. There are also upcycle  projects on their website that appeal to me.

Other places to look, if you want some ideas are Pinterest boards, Martha Stewart and Better Homes and Gardens to name just a few. Seriously, just google the words upcycling or repurposing and you will find all sorts of places to travel to. It is what I do when I need some inspiration for something that Roni or Charlotte will make in the shop known in the series as, Revived.

My idea for her business seems to be appreciated by my readers. There was even a review that expressly mentioned an upcycled item. The gal said she wanted one of those ladder tables that the gals created. It made me chuckle just a bit because I want my hubby to make me one too.

Are you curious about what Roni and Charlotte create? By the way, the upcycled ladder table is described in the first book of the series. Perhaps now would be a good time to read Book One.

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