With a combination of farm folks, hippie artisans and high-end jet setter tourists -- the chance for intrigue is always present in Silver Lake.
This is the first book in The Silver Lake Cozy Mystery Series featuring Asia Reynolds (a documentary filmmaker), Elise Snuggles (an African-American cable news person), Sgt. Sheila Rodriguez (local police) and Frankie Franklin (an elderly African-American woman who owns her own private animal rescue and rib shack).
Located on the border of Missouri and Illinois across from Mingo Wildlife Refuge, smackdab on the shores of the mighty Mississippi River, Silver Lake, Illinois is a tourist/farm area next to Cape Girardeau.
It offers whitewater rafting, hot air balloon rides, bungee jumping, fishing, hunting, camping, winter sports and tours of the nearby Ozarks and Meramec Caverns.
Asia, Sheila, Elise and their faithful animal friends work together to keep the peace of this bucolic rural area.
About the Author
Sophia Watson hails from Chicago, Illinois, thus very familiar with the setting of Silver Lake. She has lived in Missouri as well and has explored a few caves in the Ozarks. Her knowledge of these areas is first hand. Although she writes in the cozy genre, her coziness is more along the lines of a "soft" mystery, more intrigue than blood and guts.
She is a graduate of Boston University (magna cum laude) and attended Harvard for graduate school.She now lives in n. Maine with her huge 11 lb. Yorkie whose nick name is Biggie Smalls.She also writes under the pseudonym of Zara Brooks-Watson and her own name of Cathy Smith. Enjoy!
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Quick paced cozy with warm characters and many cute animals to add to the intrigue. Asia Reynolds is a professional documentary film maker that seems to find trouble with her political beliefs a little too much. She is a vegetarian and has an amazing rescued Husky-German Shepard who weighs in at 120 lbs. Her closest neighbor is Frankie Franklin an elderly African-American woman who runs her own animal rescue locally in Silver Lake. She tends to be a bit nosy, but everyone in Asia's friendship circle loves her. Let Elise Snuggles (African-American news caster who types the little yellow banner at the bottom of your cable TV screen at KANU) walk right into your home the way she does at Asia's. Bad habit, funny person. Or check out Sergeant Sheila Rodriguez SLPD motorcycle cop helping to solve two murders during Silver Lake's tourist season. Don't forget the Almonte family -- Chico (Sheila's BFF), Cisco (oldest Almonte brother) and Julio (the youngest of the clan). Really an intriguing read, well done. Second in the series, Snow Angels or No Angels good also, an even faster paced mystery.