Books, Bagels, and Wicked Cozys

By Julie, feeling a bit of holiday spirit in Somerville

wicked-cozy-authorsRay Daniel is a good friend to the Wicked Cozys. This past Sunday he invited us to his temple, Congregation B’nai Torah in Sudbury, MA. It was a Books and Bagels event. When he asked us to participate back in October, he may have expect the more local Wickeds would make it. Instead, we turned it into an event. Sherry flew up for the weekend, Liz drove up from Connecticut, and Jessie drove down from New Hampshire. For the first time EVER, all six Wickeds were on a panel together. To cap the day, we went to the Wayside Inn afterwards. Ray and his wife Karen (an amazing quilter and HUGE cozy fan) came with us, along with Elias (Jessie’s husband) and Bill (Barb’s husband and frequent dead body model for Sherry’s first line photos).


Wickeds at the Wayside Inn. Clockwise from bottom left: Barb, Bill, Edith, Julie, Sherry, Jessie, Elias, Karen, Liz. Photo by Ray Daniel.

Each of us sat at a different table for breakfast. Afterwards, we all  did a panel that Ray moderated. Conversation ranged from genre to our protagonists, to new series coming up. None of the Wickeds is shy, and we all have opinions, so the conversation was lively. The audience was also very engaged, so it was a great conversation that lasted over an hour.

Now, I’m going to spill the beans about the Wickeds. We all really like each other. We take the business of writing and selling books seriously, and support one another in that. But we also care about each other as people, and seeing each other is a tonic. Ray Daniel (a wonderful writer in his own right) is a good friend of the Wickeds. He gave us an excuse to spend some time together this past Sunday.

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Where Are the Wickeds?

First Saturday: where are the Wickeds appearing this month? In person or in cyberspace, anything goes.

Edith: Busy month for me! April 8 at 7 PM I’ll be at Jabberywocky Books co-launching Delivering the Truth with Elizabeth Atkinson and her new middle-grade novel, Island of Beyond. April 10 is my historical walking book launch at 1:30 through the streets of Amesbury with readings at several spots in the book, followed by a book party at Crave Restaurant from 3-5. Join us! On April 16 I’ll be teaching “So You Want to Write a Mystery” at the Fairfield County Writers Studio from 9:30-noon. April 17 I’m hosting Sisters in Crime New England’s Member Reads from 2-4 at the Amesbury Friends Meetinghouse. On April 20 Barb and I share the book stage at the New England Mobile Bookfair at 7 PM. And on April 28 I head to Malice Domestic in Bethesda, where I’m nominated for an Agatha Award.

Cyberspace-wise, watch these spots: 1 April Omnimystery News. 3 April Auntie Em Writes, Mystery Lovers Kitchen, and my usual spot at Killer Characters. 7 April Drus Book Musings. 8 April Mysteristas. 9 April Shelley’s Book Case. 10 April Rocco,  Melina’s Book Blog, and my normal spot at Midnight Ink Writers. 12 April Killer Crafts and Crafty Killers, Cozy Up with Kathy. 18 April Jungle Red Writers. 19 April Writers Who Kill, and 25 April Stiletto Gang.

Liz: I’ll be visiting the Club Hen House blog again April 21, then heading off to Malice Domestic also on April 28. I’ll be on the Small Town Murder panel on Sunday at 10.

Sherry: I’m so excited to be with Julie, Jessie, and Sheila at the Adapting to Hollywood Sisters in Crime Conference through Sunday, April 3! We are having a great time!

Where Are the Wickeds?

First Saturday: where are the Wickeds appearing this month? In person or in cyberspace, anything goes.

Barb: In March, I’m finishing up the blog tour for my latest release, Fogged Inn, with visits to Jungle Red Writers and Killer Characters on Thursday, March 3, 2016. On March 20, I’ll blog on author M. K. Graff’s blog, Auntie Em Writes.

Edith: Today I’m in person at the Author, Author fair at the Rowley Congregational Church from ten-thirty until noon. On March 24 I’m Patricia Stoltey’s blog guest. On March 25 I’ll be over at the Henery Press blog talking craft of writing, and also a guest on Connie Hambley’s Strong Women series, with tales of strong 1888 women.

Liz: On March 14, I’m at the South Windsor Public Library here in Connecticut, talking to the Murder & Mayhem Group about the Pawsitively Organic Mysteries. I’m also making an appearance on the Club Hen House blog on March 14, talking about my process (or lack thereof!).

Sherry: I’m so excited to attend Lights Camera Action Sisters in Crime in Hollywood! Beyond learning a lot I’ll get to see Julie and Jessie! Bonus!

Where Are The Wickeds? + On a Stick Contest Winner

On a Stick Contest Winner

First of all, we are thrilled to announce that our On a Stick contest winner is, (drumroll, please) Mark Baker! Mark is a bona fide cozy fan, blogger, reviewer, and blog commenter of the first order, and we are looking forward to taking him to Crime Bake. Mark, Jessie will be in touch to let you know what she needs from you to put you on a stick!

Where are the Wickeds?

Next weekend, November 6-8, the Wickeds and the Wicked Accomplices are ALL at the New England Crime Bake. Many of us are on the committee. Julie is finishing up her two year term as co-chair, Edith is wrangling volunteers. Jessie honchoed both the advertising sales and the manuscript critiques and Barb was on the programming committee. Sherry and Kim are on their way up from the MD/VA/DC area. Liz and Jane are coming in from Connecticut and Sheila from Mass. The Crime Bake is our home conference and played a role in all of our mystery writing journeys. We can’t wait to see each other and to see some of you.

On Saturday, November 14, Barb and Liz will appear with a whole host of thriller and mystery writers at the Mission K-9 Rescue Tribute Gala in Wakefield, MA. The purpose of the Mission K9 Rescue Gala is to bring awareness and raise money to support the Hero Dogs who have served our country and communities so bravely. The foundation provides monetary, transportation, adoption and medical assistance for retired military and contract dogs. Tickets are still available.

Edith has a bunch of November events. She’s already at Magna Cum Murder in Indianapolis, IN with the following panels:31 Oct 4:30 PM. “Keeping Your Characters IndyBNposterStraight” and 1 Nov 9 AM.”Odd Jobs: The Gifted Amateur” panel. Then later on Sunday she’ll be signing at River Crossing Barnes & Noble from 2-4. On 2 November at 6 PM she’s the guest author at Evansville Vanderburgh Public Library, North Park Branch,. November 3 from 5-7 PM  you can find her reading and signing at Bloomington Barnes & Noble. Then Crime Bake, as Barb said. The afternoon it closes she’ll be selling and signing at Ipswich Public Library Author Fair, Ipswich, MA, from 1-4 PM. On 10 November she is featured author at the Flint Public Library in Middleton, MA, and the next day, 11 November, on a panel with the Nevertheless Writers at the UU Alliance at 1 PM, First Church, Newburyport, MA. Finally, on 22 November  from 1-4 PM she be at the Sisters in Crime table, Berkshire Book Festival. Some month! Hope to see you somewhere in there.

Where are the Wickeds?

It’s time for our monthly post about our appearances this month.


6 October 5:30-7 PM. Book launch party for JUST KILLING TIME. New England Mobile Book Fair, Newton Highlands, MA.


9 October 1 PM. On “Crime in the Metropolis” panel, Bouchercon, Raleigh, NC.

27 October 8-10 AM. At SINC-NE table at New England Library Association meeting, Manchester, NH.

30 Oct – Nov 1. Magna Cum Murder conference, Indianapolis, IN.


8 October 8-10 AM. Author Speed Dating, Bouchercon, Raleigh, NC.

10 October 7 AM. New Authors Breakfast, Bouchercon, Raleigh, NC.


24 October 2-3 pm. Sisters in Crime New England Booth at the Boston Book Festival.

26 October 12:30- 2:30 pm Sisters in Crime New England booth at the New England Library Association Annual Conference.


8 October 10 AM Meredith Public Library, Meredith, NH

20 October 7PM, Curtis Memorial Library, Brunswick, ME

26 October 10:00-12:30 PM Sisters in Crime New England booth at the New England Library Association Annual Conference.

Where Are the Wickeds, Fall edition?

It’s the start of the fall season, which is a busy one for the Wickeds. Here’s where we’ll be this month!



  • 13 September. Selling and signing at Pet Rock Festival, Leicester, MA.
  • 27 September. CrimeCONN, all-day mystery conference, panelist, Westport, CT.