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Wednesday, January 6, 2016


CHASING THE CODEX 
A Mystery by 24 Authors
from Cozy Cat Press


Bryndis Palmer, owner of The Neglected Word bookstore, invites her fourteen-year-old niece Frida to visit her so that the precocious, Jane Austen-loving young girl can accompany Bryn to the “Midwest Booklovers’ Convention” being held in nearby Saint Louis. Never mind that Bryn has just broken up with her on-again, off-again boyfriend Holt Furst, or that said boyfriend has suddenly disappeared from his apartment above her shop––possibly in a violent kidnapping. Bryndis dutifully heads to the airport to pick up Frida, only to discover that Frida has also disappeared––reportedly swooped up by a chauffeur and whisked away in a limousine. Who would kidnap her niece? Where could they have taken her? Where could Holt be? Brynn is an amateur sleuth from her childhood days of reading Nancy Drew mysteries, and she barges ahead with her own investigation, certain that the local police and the airport authorities will bungle the job, and fearing the wrath of her sister Lia if anything happens to Frida. Of course, Bryn doesn’t know that the disappearances of Holt and Frida are actually connected, and as she begins her search, a mystifying tale starts to unravel––introducing her to a host of strange characters, all more unusual than those in the murder mysteries she’s accustomed to reading. Along the way, she discovers that she herself is somehow at the center of it all, and swirling around her are other strange curiosities––a missing Bible, a famous frontier hero, and a hidden secret code. Will she find Frida? And Holt? How does it all connect? And how is Bryn involved? It will all be revealed in CHASING THE CODEX

Here’s a different kind of book: This cozy mystery was written by 24 of Cozy Cat Press’s 40-some authors, with each author penning their own individual chapter or chapters. How did we make this happen? Easy! We started at the top of the alphabet with Amy Beth Arkawy and moved down the alphabet through Diane Weiner (with a few detours along the way). None of the authors had any idea where the next author would take the story; they only knew what they wanted to do with the characters and the plot in their own chapter. We think you’ll find the results amazing––and exciting! So, be prepared for quite a ride, as we go CHASING THE CODEX!

MY REVIEW


A brilliant example of “round robin” writing.

CHASING THE CODEX is a creative mystery written twenty-four amazing authors from Cozy Cat Press. Each author was responsible for a chapter, and is credited at the beginning of their chapter.

I have read books by many of the authors of this book. They all have their own unique style of writing. That being said, this story flowed flawlessly from chapter to chapter with each author bringing his and her own vision to the story without undoing the work of the author before them.

Having been written the way it was, the overall story was intriguing, and had just the right combination of mystery and action. The twists that developed were excellent and made for a read that I won’t soon forget.

I would love to see another story done this way. Way to go authors!

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2 comments:

  1. Thanks, Lisa. Interesting premise. Hope your day is good.

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