FROZEN STIFF DRINK by James J. Cudney: A Review

one of the best cozy mysteries I’ve read

Book 6 of the Braxton College Mysteries, written by blogging friend and author J Cudney is a fast-paced, exciting, and cool (pun intended) mystery. It is more than a “cozy;” it has depth, ingenious plot twists and turns, and characters we care about.

I have read Book 1, 2, 3, 4, and 6 in the series, and have enjoyed them all. The only reason I haven’t read them all is I have been burned out on mysteries for a while now. Jay has sharpened his funny bone/gift since I last read one of his books. One scene in a cafe where Kellan is asking one of Nana D’s ancient friends if she has seen Nana D (turns out Kellan’s grandmother is missing, and a blizzard approaches the town), and the old lady shouts her answer, propelling her false teeth across the table and a furious dance of Kelllan, the waitress, the old lady begins , all trying to catch the fly ball (or rather teeth). Kellan succeeds in landing the dentures beore they hit the floor, and the whole cafe clientele applauds. It made me chuckle.

But where is Nana D?, and as a body is found, is Nana D a suspect?

A sub plot involving Kellan’s brother and Emma, Kellan’s daughter’s angst round out a delightful mystery. I failed to figure out who dun’ it.

Author: Rae Longest

This year (2019) finds me with 50 years of teaching "under my belt." I have taught all levels from pre-K "(library lady" or "book lady"--volunteer) to juniors, seniors, and graduate students enrolled in my Advanced Writing class at the university where I have just completed 30 years. My first paying teaching job was junior high, and I spent 13 years with ages 12-13, the "difficult years." I had some of the "funnest" experiences with this age group. When I was no longer the "young, fun teacher," I taught in an elementary school setting before sixth graders went on to junior high, teaching language arts blocs, an assignment that was a "dream-fit" for me. After completing graduate school in my 40s, I went on to community college, then university teaching. Just as teaching is "in my blood," so is a passion for reading, writing, libraries, and everything bookish. This blog will be open to anyone who loves books, promotes literacy and wants to "come out and play."

4 thoughts on “FROZEN STIFF DRINK by James J. Cudney: A Review”

  1. Hello Rae!

    Thank you so much for this wonderful review. Thank you for taking a chance on mysteries again, and reading one of my books. I know we all need breaks for our typical genres. I do that a lot too.

    How are you? What’s new in your world?


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