Zara Brooks-Watson


The next book in this series will be "Tie Dye" and cover Julietta Bonaventura's teenage years into the sixties. Zara Brooks-Watson is the pseudonym for Cathy Smith and cozy mystery writer Sophia Watson. Cathy Smith (Zara) lives in northern Maine, waiting out the long winters by writing cozies. She is also a poet and has two published e-volumes of photos and poetry -- "Apple Cider" and "Wishes on the Edge of Time" -- and is working on another one -- "And Then I Came Here..." all under her original name of Cathy Smith. She also writes the Silver Lake Cozy Mystery series (see under her fictional sister-in-law's name of Sophia Watson. There are many short stories on line written also under Cathy Smith's real name -- "Skipping Stones" -- "The Songs of Dolphin" -- and "The Bookstore Cat". Enjoy a large spectrum of reading from this author. She attended Boston University and Harvard and has been writing most of her life.

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Bonaventura Cozy Mystery Series
The first book in this series is Jitterbug which begins in 1950 with the birth of Julietta Bonaventura. Her mother Emma died of Cholera about the time she was born. Her dad, Vincente, brokenhearted, decided to take the infant Julie with him as he begins a new life as a traveling salesman. The second book in the two part series, Tie Dye, begins in Chicago where Vince has a life as a successful tailor in his own shop. Bannister Willis, an old childhood friend and gangster, is able to take a fishing boat to Europe and begin a new life for himself, as well. Julie, about fifteen, now sews for herself. She tie dyes T-shirts and sells them, pot, incense and hippie stuff on a blanket in Lincoln Park in Chicago. It is the Sixties and the social revolution of the times is going full blast. Always the precocious child, Julie has gone from wearing lipstick at six to selling tie dye as a successful hippie entrepreneur in her teens.


Tie Dye: A Bonaventura Cozy Mystery - Book 2
Series: Bonaventura Cozy Mystery Series. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 57,050. Language: English. Published: June 8, 2017 by Cozy Publishing. Categories: Fiction » Coming of age, Fiction » Romance » Action/adventure
"Good Morning, America, How Are You?..." Tie Dye is the Sixties sequel to the Fifties historical novel, Jitterbug. In 1966, a young teenager faces anti-hippie prejudice when her father gives her a converted garage/barn in rural, central Illinois as a gift for her birthday. To top it all off, two runaway teenaged lovers complicate things by showing up in the area in the midst of these problems.
Jitterbug: A Bonaventura Cozy Mystery #1
Series: Bonaventura Cozy Mystery Series. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 98,360. Language: English. Published: April 22, 2016 by Cozy Publishing. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Cozy, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Historical
Soft, non-graphic, historical suspense novel of the Fifties. Vincente Bonaventura is a dashing, fancy-dressing tailor/farmer from the dark cypress bayous of n. Louisiana. He sells Fuller Brush & Electrolux vacuum cleaners door-to-door around the south while gently & skillfully raising his infant daughter Julietta & rescued bulldog, Romeo. He is tagged as an unwilling cocaine mule. A real thriller.

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