Sandra Carey Cody


I was born and grew up in Missouri, surrounded by a family that loved stories, whether from a book or told on the back porch. I've since lived in various cities in different parts of the country, but wherever I've lived, books have the bridge to new friends. I now live in Bucks County, Pennsylvania.

Smashwords Interview

When did you first start writing?
People always ask this and I have to admit it's a little embarrassing. I was a real late bloomer when it comes to writing. Though I've always been a lover of stories, I didn't start writing my own until after my sons were grown. What took me so long? I'm not sure. I always made up stories in my head, stories in which I played the starring role. I remember once when I was about eight overhearing my father, in complete exasperation, say to my mother: "I think she wakes up in a different world every day." He was right. But it never occurred to me write these stories down. I thought of writers as special - set apart - and it took me a long time to realize that I could join their rank.
What's the story behind your latest book?
My latest book, LETHAL JOURNAL, is a traditional mystery. It's set in a retirement community where the residents are mobile, alert, and just bored enough to want to be a part of any trouble that may be brewing - and if no trouble is brewing, they're not adverse to starting some. The protagonist is Jennie Connors, a young mother who works there as activities director. One reviewer compared the residents as Jennie's Watsons. I love that and I think it fits. When one of the residents is murdered and his personal journal disappears, Jennie, along her Watsons, is determined to find the journal, restore order to the world she loves, and see that justice is done. The story behind the story is that I love to take characters it would be easy to dismiss as "average" and show them as complex and valuable human beings. Part of the fun of the book is the interaction among the different generations - 30 year-old Jennie, her 7 and 9-year-old sons, and the savvy seniors who make up the population of Riverview Manor.
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Where to find Sandra Carey Cody online


Lethal Journal
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 75,430. Language: English. Published: March 21, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » General, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Women Sleuths
When a resident of the retirement community where she works is murdered, Jennie Connors is determined to solve the puzzle of the lonely old man and restore peace to the community she loves. Residents, including the not-so-sweet tea ladies and an arrogant old actor, refuse to be left out. Filled with lovable, quirky characters, Lethal Journal is, by turns, sweet, funny and sad.
Love and Not Destroy
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 78,750. Language: English. Published: July 17, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » General
A baby is found in a basket on the grounds of a small-town museum during their annual Folk Festival. Twenty-two years later, a homeless man is murdered in exactly the same spot. Connection? Or coincidence? Peace Morrow, the foundling, now an adult working at the museum, is haunted by this question and thus begins a quest that explores the nature of family, of loyalty and responsibility.
Best Laid Plans
Price: Free! Words: 1,110. Language: English. Published: November 2, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Women's fiction » General
In a marriage nothing is as simple as it seems. All she wants is a day out - unplanned and spontaneous. All he wants is a planned, orderly life.
Finding Peace
Price: Free! Words: 1,460. Language: English. Published: August 20, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Women's fiction » General
The life of a disillusioned peace activist takes on new meaning when she takes a day off to visit a small town Folk Festival-all because she couldn't ignore a dog in distress.

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Smashwords book reviews by Sandra Carey Cody

  • A Quiet Man on Jan. 29, 2012

    Written in a clear, crisp style that suits the subject, this little story suggests that still water does indeed run deep.
  • Delayed Death - Temptation in Florence #1 on Jan. 12, 2015

    Delayed Death seems to prove the cliché that no good deed goes unpunished. Carlina was only trying to help when she decided to delay the news of her grandfather's death for a day. Her generous impulse results in a series of misadventures for the close-knit, unpredictable Mantoni family and a laugh-out-loud funny read for the rest of us. This cozy mystery is set in Florence and told with good-natured charm and an eye for detail that makes you feel you're in that beautiful city. Once I started reading it, the dust bunnies under the bed had to wait. I couldn't put it down.