Title: Nightmares Can Be Murder Author: Mary Kennedy Published: September 2nd 2014 by Berkley Format: Paperback, Pgs 304 Genre: Cozy Mystery Series: Dream Club Mystery #1
I am still not sure how I feel about this book. It seems to follow the same formula as other cozies, but it does give a brief glimpse of two secondary characters that are very reminiscent of the Pym sisters from Nancy Atherton’s Aunt Dimity series, so I kept turning the pages. I know that Minerva and Rose Harper are not main characters, but I was drawn to them.
The book begins with a meeting of the Dream Club, a group of women from Savannah, Georgia, who get together weekly to discuss dreams that they have had and the group helps to interpret. This is an interesting twist, but when one dream is more of a prophecy, it is up to Taylor Blake, who has recently moved to Savannah to help her sister Ali’s failing candy business, to straighten out truth from fiction.
Chico Hernandez was a womanizer but that did not stop the women of Savannah from taking dance lessons from him. When his body is discovered on the dance room floor, Taylor and the Dream Club must untangle the web of deceit and secrets to figure out who was ultimately responsible.
The first chapter throws most of the players at you and it will take a little bit to keep everyone straight but eventually you sort them all out. The city itself is as much a character as any flesh and blood person and Mary Kennedy must be a foodie since the meals and restaurants are described in much the same way as the members of the club.
Each person in the Dream Club brings something different to the table and when they put their heads together to interpret a meaning and to solve a murder, there is no telling what conclusions they will come up with.