I’m Mary Davidsaver. I built my first cozy mystery, Clouds Over Bishop Hill, around a fictionalized version of Bishop Hill, a former communal society and an Illinois state historic site. I gave Shelley Anderson, my protagonist and New Adult, a mission: Find a long, lost painting. I did my best to make her journey a difficult but maturing experience.
My sequel, Buried Treasure, begins with a body in a cemetery—the one body that’s NOT supposed to be there. Shelley gets involved when the prime suspect is a former boyfriend and the future fiancé of Marsha Ellen: her cousin, best friend, and college roommate. It’s complicated. And becomes more complicated when Shelley receives some SHOCKING news.
To which she says, “Whoa, back up to the part where I can’t be a bridesmaid at your wedding.”
That turns out to be a pivotal point. The rest of the book explores just why Shelley would make the most unsuitable bridesmaid.
Add a cat food commercial and Bishop Hill is ready for the Hallmark Channel.