The Citizens of Divinity
Cozy mysteries are all about the characters. Divinity is a quaint small town in upstate NY. It’s a mystical town with old-fashioned mailboxes and the amber glow of old-fashioned brass street lights, quaint Victorian houses, fine restaurants, and elegant storefronts that line the streets. Sunny lives in Vicky on Shadow Lane. The house is an ancient Victorian house with a massive wraparound porch. It’s an old, beautiful painted lady full of charm and history. The people in town think it’s haunted and full of old antiques. It has a crackling fireplace, no TV, well-worn hardwood floor, a floor to ceiling bookshelf filled with old treasures and is fully furnished with Victorian pieces including an antique harvest table, chipped china, a sofa and high backed chairs, as well as charming nooks and crannies everywhere. Sunny’s fortune-teller business is held within her sanctuary. A small but cozy room filled with great light, aroma therapy oils, blue walls, a tropical fish tank, plants, new age music, a fireplace in one corner, her fortune-telling supplies in the other corner, constellations that glow on ceiling, and an old-fashioned tea table in center. The citizens of Divinity are a unique bunch of characters you can’t help but come to enjoy. Each book introduces a few new characters, but here are a few of the main ones who will appear in all of the books.
Sunshine Meadows (Sunny aka formerly Sylvia) – She’s 29, 5’4, and a size 6. A real psychic who moves from the Big Apple to start her life over as a fortune teller. She has cute pale blond pixie cut hair, green eyes, freckles, a petite frame, thrift store clothes, free haircuts at cosmetology school, and wears no make-up. She carries a tassel-fringed knapsack, wears flannel PJ’s, uses an enormous over the shoulder tote bag, owns a thick terry-cloth robe, prefers a down blanket on her bed, fuzzy slippers, knee-high suede boots, and a puffy coat. She likes cocoa and tea. She calls Detective Mitch Stone Grumpy Pants. You’re average fun, feisty, amateur sleuth.
Donald Meadows – Sunny’s father. He’s an almighty doctor (world renowned cardiologist) and king of his domain. Gray-streaked, perfectly coiffed brown hair that doesn’t move like a Ken doll. He wears perfectly tailored Armani suits, owns a condo in Manhattan, NY, and is sophisticated to the extreme. He doesn’t believe in Sunny’s abilities and has a hard time letting go.
Vivian Meadows – Sunny’s mother. She’s a ruthless lawyer and queen of high society. She wears expensive suits, has golden blond, chicly styled hair, and is a size 2. She likes to run in a track suit, and air kisses Sunny’s cheek. She has a hard time relinquishing control of her daughter’s life.
Morty – He’s a large cat with pristine white fur nearly glowing and jet black eyes. He came with the house and decided to let Sunny stay. He’s perfectly fit, perfectly groomed, perfectly beautiful in a creepy sort of way. Always calm and in control. He has a quiet, piercing stare, walks regally, hisses, raises his hackles, puffs out his chest, and gives disgusted looks. He has a cold dark stare, with eyes narrowed when he doesn’t trust someone. He arches his brow like a human. His usual perch is on the sofa. Sunny names him Morty, short for immortal because she’s never seen him eat or sleep, he moves at lightning fast speed, and he takes care of himself.
Detective Mitch Stone – He’s not classically handsome, but there’s something captivating and mesmerizing about him. He smells amazing with a hint of aftershave, a smidgen of starch, and a dollop of coffee. There’s a vulnerability about him that he is trying too hard to hide simmering just beneath the surface. He has ink black brows and hair, a whiskered jaw, he’s a big, strong, ruggedly handsome, dark, brooding hulk of a man, with a long jagged scar on square jaw and a slightly crooked nose. He moved to Divinity one year ago and is distant, aloof, and off limits. He wears aviator-style sunglasses, has a deep smooth voice and a wide sculpted chest. He can be sarcastic, and he calls Sunny Tink for Tinkerbelle. She’s a consultant for the police, but he doesn’t believe in her ability, yet he can’t deny he’s attracted to her.
Joanne Burnham – tall, robust, burgundy-haired woman with smoky gray eyes and a sinfully red cocktail dress. Own’s Smokey Jo’s Tavern – heavy door, bar has rich mahogany surface, amber lighting, 70’s folk music. A student of human nature and has a knack for sizing up people from looking at them. Winged auburn brow. One of 8 kids.
Sean O’Malley – He is a blond-haired, blue-eyed hottie who has an impressive chest that is barely hidden under a painted-on-shamrock T-shirt that leaves little to the imagination. He is Jo’s right hand man at the bar, and wins over all the women by using words like Lass and Love. He has dimples to die for and moonlights as a physical trainer at Wally’s World. He likes romance novels and Sunny, but he’s a total ladies’ man.
Cole West (Sasquatch) – is a carpenter. He lost his wife in a motorcycle accident while he was the one driving. He goes to the Japanese karaoke bar for outsiders called The Song Bird because he can’t face the “regulars” from town who go to Smokey Jo’s. He’s a big guy with a leather jacket and tattoos. He has a five o’clock shadow, a buzz cut, and muscles to spare. He’s bigger than Mitch and has a thing for Jo. He sports a chain link tattoo around his neck, making him look all tough when really he has a heart of gold.
Granny Gert – Sunny’s grandmother on her mother’s side. She is more like Sunny than Vivian. She has snappy brown eyes and snow white hair. She wears aprons made out of old flour sacks and she carries her wooden spoon in her pocket. Her specialty is baking cookies. She has a cookie for everything, and isn’t afraid to say so.
Captain Grady Walker – He’s a tall, wiry man with a bald head and a neatly trimmed goatee. He is Detective Stone’s boss and finds Granny Gert charming, even though she is older than him.
Chief Spencer – He’s a man with a medium build and a full head of salt-and-pepper hair parted on the side and trimmed to precision. He has a glare as dark as the detective’s and a frown that puts the detective’s to shame. He and the captain like Mitch. He is Mitch’s mentor, but he doesn’t trust Sunny because he has been burned by women before.
Mayor Cromwell – He, on the other hand, adores Sunny. He has a big booming voice. He is short and stocky with an oversized troll head of shocking red hair and small beady eyes. He looks like a troll and is a true believer. He doesn’t like Mitch and butts heads with him all the time. You’ll see how it all plays out if you read the Fortune Teller Mysteries.
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Kari Lee Townsend lives in central New York with her understanding husband, her three busy boys, and her oh-so-dramatic daughter 🙂 She is the National Bestselling Author, Agatha & RT Reviewer’s Choice Award nominee for her Fortune Teller Mystery series. Kari also writes romance under the name Kari Lee Harmon. Small towns, mystical elements, quirky characters and a few chuckles along the way are what her books are all about. To find out more about Kari and all her books go to www.karileetownsend.com or click on the links below:
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Lately Sunny has been experiencing a period of big opportunity: her business in Divinity, New York, is thriving, and Detective Mitch Stone has finally agreed to take Sunny on a date. But thanks to her clairvoyant abilities, Sunny knows better than anyone that life deals out bad cards along with the good.
When Sunny agrees to read tarot cards at the annual summer Solstice Carnival, she meets her Granny Gert’s “arch nemesis” Fiona Atwater, and is overcome by a vision of Fiona in a violent argument. Sunny knows trouble is brewing when Granny and Fiona start having squabbles all over town. But the fighting comes to a head when a local baker gets run over by a big white Cadillac—and Granny and Fiona are found at the crime scene.
Sunny knows she should step aside and let Mitch handle the investigating, but she’s not about to ignore her visions and leave her granny’s life in fate’s hands…
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