Frozen Stiff Drink
A winter blizzard barrels toward Wharton County with a vengeance. Madam Zenya predicted the raging storm would change the course of Kellan’s life, but the famed seer never could’ve prepared him for all the collateral damage. Nana D disappears after visiting a patient at Willow Trees, leaving behind a trail of confusion. When the patient turns up dead, and second body is di...more
Frozen Stiff Drink is my eighth novel, also the sixth in the Braxton Campus Mysteries series. The series follows typical cozies in that it doesn't contain graphic violence, sexual content, or vulgar language; however, I've turned the genre upside down by focusing on a young male protagonist wh ...more
I've loved seeing the character growth in all the characters in each book! Kellan is such a likable character and being in his head is the best! And nothing can come easy for my boy! I also seriously love the sweet moments between Kellan and April, even though they have a lot of chaotic things going on!
There was a certain scene of bickering ...more
The disappearance of a beloved, witty and cunning mayoress, the series of new mysterious murders, an ...more
Winter in Wharton County is not something to mess with especially when Madam Zenya has predicted the storm would change Kellan’s life. It sure has him worried when his Nana D. goes missing. She was last seen visiting a patient at Willow Trees. Later that patient is found dead. The bodies start to pile up when another is found frozen stiff in a car that had plowed into a snowbank.
In addition to the dead bodies, Kellan’s brother Hampton’s marriage is on the rocks after his fathe ...more
Book 6 in James J. Cudney’s Braxton Campus Mysteries is another page turner, a shell-shocker and will most certainly leave you gasping, “What?” but in a good way! Let’s get to the meat of the story.
Murder Mystery Plot: I think this author is getting cleverer and cleverer with his plot weaving. Maybe he has some nefarious plans up his sleeve… hmm… The murder to solve is who killed Hiram Grey, a not so well-liked county judge. Onc ...more
He is a master magician, whose writing talent is ginormous. I loved the way he chose his words, each one of them gave a powerful imagery. This book had fewer characters so it was really easy to read. I could finish it in one sitting.
I love a whodunit where I could play detective. This was absolutely perfect. The series is mu ...more
In this 6th book of the Braxton Campus cozy mystery series, the author brings another character to the front of the action. Madam Zeyna predicts some occurrences in Kellan’s future that may be insurmountable. Once again, Cudney’s ability to portray his characters made me smile. While we envision Madame Zeyna – we know exactly how she may look – Cudney focuses on her personality and how she fits into the action.
Kellan’s grandmother, the feis ...more
There is a lot going on in this story with several story lines interweaving but not so much that you lose track, we have murder, embezzlement and then Nana D goes missing! This was g ...more
This series is an easy read full of characters who grow to feel like family and new ones who the reader enjoys getting to know. Trying to figure out the mystery is fun with its twists and turns.
James Cudney is masterful with his relatable characters. I can't wait to read the next one!!
If you' ...more
This is book 6 in his Braxton Campus Mysteries series and while it could be read as a standalone I highly recommend starting with book 1 and working your way through the series because each book mentions things that happened in previous books as well as people who have been in previous books.
I have such a hard time writing reviews for books in general but th ...more
In the sixth book in James J Cudney's Braxton County Mysteries, college lecturer 7-time crime buster Kellan Ayrwick is at it again. When a prominent citizen, a judge no less falls victim to murder, Kellan finds himself wrapped up in the heart of the mystery, as usual finding himself partly at odds with the official investigation, carried out by his erstwhile girlfriend, April, the local police chief.
Things are complicated even morezwhen his grandmother, Nana D, - girl ...more
In Frozen Stiff Drink, Kellan Arywick has his hands full with threats to his family, a missing Nanna D., and the annoying arrival of his girlfriend’s ex- not to mention two murders and a partridge in a pear tree (kidding). He does have the worst luck of any hero though.
Constance’s frightening premonition cracked holes in the perimeter of my skull like a determined woodpecker in search of its next meal.
FROZEN STIFF DRINK- ...more
It is not just the snow that Kellan is up to his eyes ...more
There is always a lot happening in this series. There are many red herrings, diverging plotlines and ch ...more
Will Kellen find the culprit before his family's reputation is ruined?
Kellen is a college professor and our sleuth. His family has an outstanding reputation locally as his Grandmother "Nana D" is the mayor. However, it seems that some ...more
Kellan has a history of finding dead bodies since he returned ...more
I suppose almost every chapter starts and ends with a twist. Forget cozy, Frozen Stiff Drink keeps one on the edge of their seat. Buckle up, peeps, coz this is going to be one heck of a roller-coaster ride!
The book ends with a cliffhanger - ...more
Along with murder and intrigue, this book is filled with moments of tension, where you just can't read fast enough to see the outcome. Characters are well developed, and you actually feel the emotions they're going through. I'm looking forward to reading the next one! ...more