...one of the two sisters who run the Dream Club in Savannah
When I decided to move to Savannah to help Ali with her vintage candy store, I pictured an easy life filled with Southern charm. You know, lazy afternoons drinking sweet tea under magnolia trees and evening strolls along the Riverfront, stopping for a glass of Pino Grigio with cheese straws. (Cheese straws are one of the five basic food groups in Savannah. Add coconut cake, banana cream pie, blueberry buckle and peach cobbler and you’ve got a complete meal.)
I never thought I’d be 1) caught up in a murder investigation, 2) find myself analyzing dreams in Ali’s Dream Club and 3) gaining eight pounds in three weeks!
It all started with Chico, a Latin lover type who ran the dance studio across from Ali’s candy store. It’s bad enough he was a shameless flirt, but when he “danced his last tango” and his death was ruled a homicide, my sister was one of the prime suspects. Naturally, the Dream Club decided to spring into action to help her.
Here’s how the Dream Club works. It’s a close group of friends who meet once a week at Ali’s apartment to share their dreams and try to analyze the content. Some of their interpretations are pretty far out and some are more believable. I’m something of a skeptic but Ali is a true believer. The Dream Club members put all their powers to work, concentrating on Chico and trying to figure out who might have a motive to kill him. The idea is that we would uncover clues in our dreams that would help the police solve the crime.
At first I thought the whole thing was over the top, and then as some of the dream content really did seem to relate to the murder, I found myself being swayed. There were definite symbols in the dreams—if you knew where to look. I shared the information with Noah Chandler, my hunky ex- FBI private detective boyfriend and we were off and running. Did we solve the crime and did the clues from the Dream Club really help? You’ll have to read Nightmares Can Be Murder to decide!
You can read more about Taylor in Nightmares Can Be Murder, the first book in the new “Dream Club” mystery series, published by Berkley Prime Crime.
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Meet the author
Mary Kennedy is a clinical psychologist in private practice and the author of the Talk Radio Mysteries and the Dream Club Mysteries. She lives with her husband and 8 neurotic cats on the East Coast. Both husband and cats have resisted all her attempts to psychoanalyze them, but she remains optimistic. You can visit her at www.marykennedy.net or www.cozychicksblog.com.