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Nightmares Can Be Murder
Dream Club Mystery #1
Mary Kennedy

Berkley Prime Crime
September 2, 2014/ ISBN 978-0-425-26805-6
Mystery / Cozy / Amateur Sleuth

Reviewed by Laura Hinds


Taylor Blake is visiting Savannah, Georgia where her younger sister, Ali, is running her own vintage candy shop, called “Oldies but Goodies.” Ali is also very interested in dream interpretation, and has formed a “dream club,” whose members are all local women with similar ideas.

After one member shares a dream of the murder of a man whose face she cannot see, and then an actual murder occurs, Taylor and Ali find themselves caught up in examining the motives and suspects before the police can arrest Ali who confesses to having visited Chico, a dance instructor shortly before he died.

This is a clever premise, and I found the club members dreams and the group interpretations thought provoking. There is even a short dream symbol guide at the back of the book.

The mystery was well designed, with enough possible suspects that I was kept guessing. I found the sisterhood of Taylor and Ali realistic and sweet. The introduction of Taylor's old flame, Noah, who is also now in Savannah, was a nice touch, and the possibility that they may rekindle their relationship in the next book makes me look forward to the second installment.

Ali's cats, Barney and Scout, add to the charm of the story, and along with the unique dream club members, Dorien, Sam, Lucinda, Sybil, Persia and the Harper sisters, Minerva and Rose, this series is populated with characters who are sure to delight mystery readers of all ages from teens to seniors.


Reviewed 2014