Mary Kennedy launches a mystery series with an unusual element, a dream club in which members gather to discuss their dreams. Whether or not you accept that dreams reveal much about life, Nightmares Can Be Murder is a compelling mystery. Kennedy brings together a dream club, a terrific amateur sleuth who is a disbeliever, a vintage candy store and delectable Southern food, and Savannah. This new series promises to be a treat in so many ways.
Business consultant Taylor Blake temporarily moved to Savannah to help her younger sister, Ali, save Oldies but Goodies, Ali's vintage candy store. Ali has always been a dreamer, and this is her fourth venture since graduating from college. Taylor's the realistic one, so she has a hard time accepting the serious tone the members of Ali's dream club use when they discuss their dreams. They take them very seriously, including one woman's dream about a murder in Savannah. And, then a man is murdered, and the scene is eerily reminiscent of the dream. Is there someone in the club that knows more than she's telling? Unfortunately, Ali is one of those members who has a secret or two that attracts the attention of the police. Taylor, always a protective older sister, knows Ali isn't a killer. If it means teaming up with two friends, one a reporter, and one an old love, Taylor will do it to find who wanted the man dead. And, it seems there are a number of women, including members of the dream club, who might have wanted him dead.
It's always a joy to discover the first in a new well-written mystery series. Nightmares Can Be Murder has so much going for it, beginning with excellent storytelling and that interesting dream club. A few characters, Taylor and Ali, are already well-developed, and there are a number of promising secondary characters. I'm looking forward to learning more about the two elderly sisters. One of them is particularly shrewd. The little community of shop owners has possibilities. Savannah is wonderful as a setting. And, Taylor's small team of friends are capable investigators.
Looking for a new discovery in the mystery genre? Mary Kennedy's Nightmares Can Be Murder offers a fresh idea, interesting characters, and a charming setting. Welcome to Savannah, where dreams might just come true.
Mary Kennedy's website is www.marykennedy.net
Nightmares Can Be Murder by Mary Kennedy. Berkley Prime Crime. 2014. ISBN 9780425268056 (paperback), 292p.
FTC Full Disclosure - The publisher sent a copy of the book, hoping I would review it.