A Conversation with Taylor Blake by Mary Kennedy

Nightmares Can Be Murder...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.

GIVEAWAY: Leave a comment by 6 p.m. eastern on September 8 for the chance to win a print copy of NIGHTMARES CAN BE MURDER. The giveaway is open to U.S. residents only.

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.

55 responses to “A Conversation with Taylor Blake by Mary Kennedy

  1. It would be great to win this!

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  2. I had never heard of a dream club before this book. Sounds like interesting reading.

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  3. The dream club sounds interesting and a bit out there. Have to read the book and find out.

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  4. What a fun-sounding book… 🙂

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  5. This sounds like a book I would really enjoy. Thank you!

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  6. Mary’s new cozy sounds wonderful. So glad I pre-ordered it!

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  7. I’ve been waiting for this giveaway!! woohoo!!
    another 1st book in a new series…………
    thank you for the giveaway!!

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  8. My paperback arrived in the mail last night. I’m going on vacation next week and I know what’s going in the suitcase first …

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  9. Thank you so much for the great review of Nightmares. I first read about Dream Clubs in a NY Times article–they seem to be popular here in the northeast, not sure if they’ve spread to the rest of the country. Ali is a firm believer, and her sister Taylor is something of a skeptic, so it makes for some fun dynamics!

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  10. Sounds great would love to win/read this

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  11. I’ve heard so much about this book, I can’t wait to read it.

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  12. thank you for the chance to win a fun book to read 🙂

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  13. Taylor, you sure did get more than you bargained for. 🙂

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  14. So many new series lately…my TBR pile is growing.

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  15. I’m getting the book so no need to “win” me. Just wanted to say congratulations. Love the cover, the title, and the concept! 8 cats! Brave woman. 🙂

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  16. Dreams at night can leave you unsettled all day. This should be an interesting read. Thanks for bringing this to our attention.

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  17. Robin, that is so true. The strong emotions we feel in a nightmare can last for hours. We try to tell ourselves “it was just a dream” but it’s very hard to shake those feelings…

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  18. Eleanor, thank you so much!

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  19. Hi Lisa, yes, Taylor was in for quite a surprise!

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  20. Denise, thank you, but it’s okay to pack the sunscreen first, seriously! I appreciate the thought, though. 🙂

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  21. Looks like a fun new series.

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  22. Sounds like a great new series.

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  23. Sounds like fun.

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  24. nancylynnjarvis

    Savannah is one of my favorite cities. Does Taylor go for tea at the Griffin?

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  25. Kathy Gonzales

    I am so looking forward to reading this book , thanks for the giveaway 🙂

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  26. Love the cover…hope to win! 🙂

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  27. Love Savannah! Love the premise of this book. Thanks for the chance to win.

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  28. A dream club sounds interesting especially when it is a murder mystery. I don’t remember my dreams for the most part. Even if I put a notebook by my bed, I still can’t remember.

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  29. Animal saver and now author of something I’ve never heard of before–a dream club. Nosey me would be fascinated with my friends dreams. Sounds like a great new series!

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  30. Don’t we all dream of a simpler way of life. How rare it is to find that.
    How many books will you start this series with?
    You know we will try to convince you into writing more.

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  31. Ah, the stuff dreams are made of

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  32. Sounds like a great series. I love the cover of this one.

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  33. I first heard about this new series several months ago, and after finding out what it was about, it quickly became one of the books that I was most looking forward to its release day just because it sounded so good. I’m thrilled that it has finally come. Thanks for the chance to win.

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  34. Cathi Turnbull

    Good book to curl up with.

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  35. Nancy, I didn’t think about the Griffin, but that is a fabulous idea!!!

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  36. Libby, I’ve been trying to think of a way to use that quote in a title…

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  37. Ronna, it really is fun to do dream interpretation. Nothing scientific, just fun! Now my friends are afraid to tell me their dreams…:-)

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  38. Someone e-mailed me and asked me to analyze her cat’s dreams. Hmmm, an interesting idea, but how would I do that? 🙂

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  39. Cynthia E. Blain

    This book is my kind of reading. Can’t wait to get it read and reviewed.

    What talent. Wow.

    Cynthia

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  40. What a different sounding concept for a cozy mystery, a dream club. As long as it doesn’t get too creepy, and there’s no paranormal elements, I’m in.

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  41. Sounds like an interesting concept for a cozy mystery, a dream club. As long as it doesn’t get too creepy, or have paranormal elements, I’m in.

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  42. I will be getting this book whether I win it or not. It is the my favorite type and again, the book cover alone says a lot. I need to find some time to catch up on my reading. If it slows down at work and gets cooler outside, I’ll be back to spending my lunch hour reading in my car every day.

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  43. Read the sample and must read this book!

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  44. Sounds like a great cozy mystery.

    xzjh04@gmail.com

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  45. This sounds like such a great book and look forward to adding it to my TBR stack.

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  46. A dream club sounds like a fun get together—as long as no murders show up in MY dreams.
    suefarrell.farrell@gmail.com

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  47. Valerie Consoer

    This sounds wonderful!

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  48. I don’t remember my dreams so this is interesting to me for that reason.

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  49. This sounds really interesting. Will have to read it.

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  50. Love the concept. Dreams can be interesting.

    kaye.killgore@comcast.net

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  51. Sounds like great fun….well, in a dead-body kind of way.

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  52. Carol Douglass

    I would love to add this to my collection.

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  53. Yes, please, I want this one!

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  54. Nanette Siller

    What first caught my attention was that it takes place in the South. Enjoy there humor and stories. Dreams was next a different story line
    And of course mystery. Love a new series.

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  55. Thanks Mary for interacting with my readers.

    Contest is closed.

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