Guest Post (and a Giveaway!): Diane Kelly & The Little Shop of Murders

Posted April 3, 2023 by meezcarrie in Author Interview, cozy mystery, Diane Kelly, giveaway, mystery/suspense / 23 Comments

Diane Kelly guest post the Little Shop of Murders

Please join me in welcoming author Diane Kelly to the blog today to talk about her story in the cozy mystery anthology, The Little Shop of Murders!

The Little Shop of MurdersTHE LITTLE SHOP OF MURDERS (Collected Cozy Mysteries)
Millie Ravensworth, ACF Bookens, Geraldine Byrne, Rachel McLean, Diane Kelly, Nikki Knight, London Lovett, Lise McClendon, Flora McGowan, Kathryn Mykel, J. New, Eryn Scott, Debbie Young, Victoria Tait, and Carlene O’Connor
GENRE: Cozy Mystery Anthology
PUBLISHER: Pigeon Park Press
RELEASE DATE: April 1, 2023
PAGES: 328

Book shops, boutiques and small businesses are the lifeblood of small towns but what secrets lie behind those pretty display windows and in the alleyways behind these charming streets?

Step inside for a personal retail experience like no other!

‘The Little Shop of Murders’ collects together fifteen superb cozy mysteries written by some of the finest authors in the genre.

All author and publisher profits from the sale of this book go to children’s charities, helping those most in need.

Stories include:

Don’t Toy with Me by Diane Kelly
A Man With No Imagination by Millie Ravensworth
The Forget-Me-Not Antiques Mystery by Victoria Tait
It Was Our Song by Nikki Knight
Always and Furever by Eryn Scott
Wild Irish Dreams by Lise McClendon
Architect of a Murder by Carlene O’Connor
Blooms and Blackmail by London Lovett
Secondhand Murder by J. New
The Lady of the House by Flora McGowan
Requiem for a Violin by Geraldine Byrne
Nightly Nuisance by Kathryn Mykel
The Gift of Dragons by ACF Bookens
Nowhere to Hide by Debbie Young
Murder in the Bookshop by Rachel McLean


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Nostalgia and Cozy Mysteries

by Diane Kelly, author of The Little Shop of Murders

One of the many things I love about cozy mysteries is the nostalgic element. Though most of the stories are purportedly set in current day, they often take place in the types of shops that flourished decades ago on small-town Main Streets, but that exist today only in rare places. There’s a comfort in the yesteryear feel of the settings, and in the polite and considerate manner in which the characters generally interact with each other. The pace of life is often slower in a cozy than it is in today’s real world, and the more relaxed tempo harkens back to a time before the term “multitasking” was invented. Oh, to go back! The themes are often nostalgic, too, incorporating what used to be a way of life but which are now hobbies, such as yarn work, sewing, vegetable gardening, or baking from scratch.

With my love of nostalgia, it’s no surprise that my story in the anthology, “Don’t Toy With Me”, is set in a classic toy shop in an old-fashioned business district in a small town. None of the toys sold in the shop needs batteries or uses electricity. The dollhouses, wooden train sets, alphabet blocks, stick horses, and slide whistles are wonderfully timeless, as enjoyed by children now as they were a century ago.

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My sense of nostalgia is evident in my House Flipper mystery series as well. Carpenter Whitney Whitaker and her cousin Buck breathe new life into old houses and buildings that might otherwise have been lost to a wrecking ball. In my Mountain Lodge Mysteries, innkeeper Misty Murphy buys a log-cabin-style mountain lodge built decades earlier. She stayed in the lodge on family vacations when she was a child, so the lodge holds a special place in her heart and her memories. My Southern Homebrew moonshine series is similarly nostalgic. Making homemade whiskey was a tradition that Irish and Scottish immigrants brought with them when they resettled in the southeast United States centuries ago. While large commercial manufacturers have dominated the liquor market in recent decades, small-batch craft operations are all the rage now, much as they were during the Prohibition era. My modern-day moonshiner, Hattie Hayes, uses an old family recipe to make her fruit-flavored ‘shine. Hints of nostalgia pop up in the window dressing of my books as well. You’ll see muscle cars regularly appear in my stories, and model trains find their way into my stories on occasion, too. In my Death and Taxes series, my federal agent’s boss still sports an outdated beehive hairdo and wears attire from the 1960’s, including go-go boots. I had such a blast dressing her for her scenes.

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Are you a fan of nostalgia? What are some of your favorite nostalgic things? Do you have a favorite book or book series with nostalgic elements?

I love to connect with readers! Find me at my Author Diane Kelly page on Facebook, or on Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest, and TikTok at @DianeKellyBooks. More about me and my books at

Diane Kelly

Diane Kelly writes funny stories that feature feisty female lead characters and their furry, four-footed friends. Diane is the author of over three dozen novels and novellas, including the Death & Taxes white-collar crime series, the Paw Enforcement K-9 series, the House Flipper cozy mystery series, the Busted female motorcycle cop series, the Southern Homebrew moonshine series, and the Mountain Lodge Mysteries series. Find Diane online at, on Twitter and Instagram @DianeKellyBooks, and on Facebook at her Author Diane Kelly page.

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What about you? What makes you want to read The Little Shop of Murders by Diane Kelly & the other participating cozy mystery authors? Are you a fan of nostalgia? What are some of your favorite nostalgic things? Do you have a favorite book or book series with nostalgic elements?

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23 responses to “Guest Post (and a Giveaway!): Diane Kelly & The Little Shop of Murders

    • Dianne Casey

      I like nostalgic things especially when they appear in books I’m reading. I also like reading anthologies and discovering new to me authors. Cozy Mysteries are my favorite

  1. Kay Garrett

    My favorite nostalgic things are those that remind me of my youth or things I remember my parents and grandparents having – many of which are generations old. Love it when bits of nostalgia (whether items or memories) are including in stories. After all, we are all bit here and there of our past and the generations before us.

    Can’t wait for the opportunity to read the fabulous collection of stories within the covers of “THE LITTLE SHOP OF MURDERS”. Fabulous list of author’s so I have no doubt as to the quality of the stories.

  2. anne

    I am a fan of nostalgia. Anything that reminds me of the era, 1950’s when I grew up is meaningful and special. Books, movies, furniture, jewelry and cafes. I miss those days and the memories are precious. I have several favorite books with nostalgic elements. Rebecca, Jane Eyre, Anne of Green Gables, Charlotte’s Web, Ray Bradbury novels. The Little Shop of Murders sounds intriguing, captivating and a real treasure to enjoy.

  3. Nancy

    I would like to read The Little Shop of Murders by Diane Kelly & the other participating cozy mystery authors because I think I would keep reading and laughing! I do love nostalgic items that remind me of my grandparents, parents, and items we had in the past.

  4. TJ

    While I do like my modern conveniences, I also am very nostalgic, and enjoy reading books set in times past, as well as ones that have a bit of “time travel” involved, whether in the actual events, or through the memories of the characters. I enjoy mysteries, small-town settings, little businesses (book shop, tea shop, bakery, etc.), so this collection of stories is right up my alley!

    For 7 years, we got to have a restaurant on the main street of our small town’s small historic downtown area, so in some ways, I’ve gotten to “live the dream” of some of these settings in the books that I enjoy. Next door to us was (and still is there) a family-owned antiques and collectibles shop that I love to go into–you never know what fun things you’ll find that you just have to buy.

  5. Megan

    I really enjoy cozy mysteries. The nostalgia is a fun factor, and knowing it’ll all work out in the end.

  6. Roxanne C.

    This sounds like a terrific collection of cozy mysteries! Oh, yes, I am definitely into nostalgia.

  7. Julie Waldron

    Yes, I’m a fan of nostalgia. I like items from the 40’s & 50’s, especially old dishes.

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