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Dream a Little Scream
A Dream Club Mystery #2
Mary Kennedy

Berkley Prime Crime
August 4, 2015 / ISBN 978-0-425-26806-3
Mystery/Cozy/Amateur Sleuth/Paranormal

Reviewed by Laura Hinds


The Dream Club in Savannah, Georgia is excited when celebrity chef Sonia Scott comes to town to do a live broadcast of her TV show. Better yet, she agrees to drop by Ali and Taylor Blake's retro candy shop, "Oldies but Goodies" for a brief book signing and tasting event!

Things take a decidedly bad turn when Sonia suffers a horrific allergic reaction at the event, and dies in the ladies room. Suspiciously, both Sonia's Epi-pen and the backup her assistant, Olivia, carries are missing. It looks like someone took down the domestic diva intentionally! Despite what seems to be a murder, customers are canceling orders and staying away in droves, as rumor persists that the food may have poisoned the chef. This could spell the end for Oldies but Goodies if Taylor and Ali and the Dream Club can't help solve the crime.

With two new members in the Dream Club, suspicion may fall even closer to home than having Sonia die at the shop. New "Dreamer" Etta Mae Beasley is adamant that Sonia stole recipes from her family cookbook. Could she have stooped to murder over it? Or what about Edward, the other new member, who is behaving rather unusually too? Yet there are other suspects on the horizon, and Ali and Taylor have to work fast to put the pieces together.

The Dream Club mystery series is unique and delightful. While there are lots of para-cozy mysteries around these days, this series stays more true to the amateur sleuth genre, while adding just a touch of the paranormal via the use of dream interpretation. It is obvious that author Mary Kennedy put in a great deal of research into dream symbolism and was able to incorporate the knowledge handily.

I really enjoyed Dream a Little Scream because it is cleverly plotted and realistic enough to keep me turning the pages as fast as I could. This is a great summer read and would be an excellent selection for a book club. You'll find yourself transported to Savannah and dreaming of goodies from the candy shop!

Reviews of other titles in this series

Nightmares Can Be Murder #1

Note: Mary Kennedy also writes the Talk Radio Mysteries

Reviewed 2015