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The right business hook is the most important criteria for success, and Kate McKenzie thinks she’s found a perfect one. As an organizational expert, Kate knows Americans are running out of space and money, and renting more storage units is usually not the best solution. Starting an organizational business, Stacked in Your Favor, in her new hometown of Hazelton, Vermont seems like an answer to her family’s budget problems and an answer to southern Vermonters’ prayers.
Business looks good when she snags collector, Amelia Nethercutt, as her first client, signing on to organize the wealthy woman’s eccentrically-filled mansion. But things take a turn beyond chaos when Amelia is murdered and Kate’s fingerprints are found on the poison that killed her.
While my house may not be as organized as that of Kate McKenzie in my cozy mystery Organized for Murder, my family know if they’re looking for anything it’s a pretty solid bet that I can put my hands on it.
While I’m not an organization pro like Kate, I subscribe to the principle that everyone who creates the clutter should help clear it up again. No one is too young to learn how to reduce messes. When my daughter was preschool, we gave up on the big toy chest because it meant she dragged out everything until finally finding the one toy she was looking for. And while she might put some of the other toys back, her attention often switched and the rest would be left for adult pickup. Instead, we used a short, three-shelf bookcase, and I set baskets on each shelf for her to load toys by type. Little kids love to sort, and when I added a picture to the outside of each bin, to show what went inside, she matched, sorted, and made a game out of the day’s quick cleanup.
Kate shares this Kid Zone organization method in Organized for Murder as part of an evening workshop held to introduce herself to neighbors and prospective customers. It’s just one of countless organization tips woven into the mystery. This particular idea was one my publisher, Gemma Halliday, liked so well she set up a toy-sorting-station for her little ones and sent me a picture of how well it was working for them.
I thoroughly enjoyed writing the first book in this cozy mystery series, and bringing Kate’s occupation into play to solve the crime. If you like whodunit mysteries that add a little something extra, I’d love for you to try Organized for Murder. I’m working on revisions to the sequel right now, and I appreciate hearing what readers think about earlier works while the finishing touches go into the next book in the series.
Thanks for this opportunity to post, and I love to hear everyone’s comments.
Organized for Murder by Ritter Ames is the first in a new cozy mystery series, Organized Mysteries. This is a quality cozy mystery. 🙂 Kate was a likable character and I loved her occupation as an organizer and that she had her own organizing business. Her neighborhood is fun and I just adored the town of Hazelton. The story is well-written and the mystery kept me guessing. One thing I did enjoy about this cozy mystery is that Kate is married. A lot of the times, the cozy sleuth is single, so this was a really interesting change of pace. Kate also has young twin daughters. These all play a part in how she is able to work on figuring out the mystery.
This is a great start to a new series, and one I am looking forward to revisiting. Great characters, fantastic writing, and a clever mystery all combine to make a really wonderful book. I just love the different organizing tips at the beginning of each chapter. A little something extra from Kate. 🙂
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