She’s Here! She’s Here! Mary Kennedy is here today! Her book
Dream a Little Scream was released August 4!
“The Wonderful Wacky World of Dreams”
by Mary Kennedy
Anything can happen in a dream. You can take on a new persona, explore lands both real and imaginary and have adventures worthy of Johnny Depp in Pirates of the Caribbean. Since dreams are not subject to time and space constraints, you can share a plate of marrons with Marie Antoinette (“Let them eat cake!”) one night and be part of the first space mission (“Houston, we have a problem.”) the following evening.
But what are we to make of the strange dream images that flit through our minds as we sleep? They seem so real while we’re experiencing them, and sleep studies reveal that our bodies react to dreams with real-life physical stress. Are you climbing a mountain in your dream or swinging from a zip line like Angelina Jolie? Your blood pressure may soar, your heartbeat may ratchet up a notch and your chest may feel tight. If you awake and take a few deep breaths, everything will return to normal in a few minutes.
On the other hand, what if you’re dreaming of lounging in a meadow, taking in the sweet scent of honeysuckle as you thumb through a book of poetry? Your body will show signs that you are indeed, at rest. Your heart rate will ratchet down and your breathing will become slower as your mind enjoys this respite from the cares of the day.
In any case, it’s fun to explore our dreams and what they really mean, as the characters in the Dream Club do. The members like to think that they are uncovering clues to solving murders in Savannah and they seem to have had some success. They combine intuition with solid sleuthing skills and some dream work. But do clues from their dreams really solve crimes? Is it luck, or coincidence or a combination of the two? I leave it to the reader to decide.
About The Author
Mary Kennedy is the author of over forty novels and has made the BookScan, Barnes and Noble and Publisher’s Weekly best-seller list. She is a psychologist in private practice on the East Coast and lives with her husband and eight neurotic cats. Both husband and cats have resisted all her attempts to psychoanalyze them, but she remains optimistic. You can visit her at www.marykennedy.net
Dream a Little Scream
(A Dream Club Mystery)
2nd in Series
A Berkley Prime Crime mystery
The Berkley Publishing Group (August 4, 2015)
Published by The Penguin Group
Cover Illustration by Bill Brunning
Cover Design by Leslie Worrell
Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages
E-Book ASIN: B00OQS4E4K
The national bestselling author of Nightmares Can Be Murder once again gathers together the members of the Dream Club in Savannah, Georgia, where the book tour of a famous chef becomes a recipe for disaster…
Behind her down-home folksy persona, celebrity chef Sonia Scott is a real Dixie diva who’s made plenty of enemies in her climb to the top of the culinary world. One of them is the newest member of the Dream Club, Etta Mae Beasley, who claims Sonia stole her family’s recipes and used them in her latest cookbook.
After Sonia’s suspicious death from anaphylactic shock at a book signing held at Taylor and Ali’s retro candy store, Etta’s revelation sows seeds of doubt in Taylor Blake’s mind. Now the Dream Club needs to put their heads together to determine if one of their own decided to give the chef her just desserts…
We return to Oldies but Goodies, the fantastic candy store filled with all the candy we loved when we were kids. This time Ali and Taylor are trying to expand their business by adding some yummy deserts. They have invited celebrity chef Sonia Scott to have a book signing in their shoppe. They sweetened the pot by offering to serve items only from Sonia’s cookbooks. The chef agrees and the store quickly fills with her fans. But during the book signing something goes terribly wrong and the author has an allergic reaction to something she ate and dies. The girl’s need the Dream Club to help them figure out what happened before their candy shoppe is as dead as Chef Sonia.
I just love these characters. I used to be quite a vivid dreamer and a Dream Club sounds like a dream come true when you want to determine what your dreams really mean. The club has a couple of new members, Etta Mae Beasley and Edward Giles. Edward is a botany professor and Etta Mae recently moved to town. She has a personal connection with Chef Sonia and her company. Everyone tries to make them feel welcome and of course Dorien is her normal pushy self.
I was drawn in immediately but Sonia’s nut allergy as I have a nut allergy too. I have only had one occurrence that required medical attention in my entire life and that was the day I learned of my allergy. Heck, I have not even had a Epi-Pen prescribed but when I read stories like this I think I should have one.
Kennedy has again given us quite a mystery to sink our teeth into. Of course Ali and Taylor are on the list of suspects because Sonia died at Oldies but Goodies but there are so many other suspects that could have done it. My mind was whirling with all the possibilities. But I was following the clues right along with the Dream Club and figured it out at the same time they did.
The dreams of the club added a very interesting element to the story. I learned how concentrating on something can truly effect your dreams. I love that one member of the club has a special gift that allows her to jump into other people’s dream. I also see where this can be both a good thing and a bad thing 🙂
This is a fabulous follow up to Nightmares Can Be Murder. I do recommend reading the books in order so you get to know this wonderful cast of characters from the beginning. They make perfect bedtime reading that could encourage some very sweet dreams or maybe dreams to help solve a murder, lol. Let’s just strive for Sweet Dreams!
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