Debbie De Louise is a librarian and the author of the Cobble Cove Mysteries, short stories of various genres, a standalone mystery, and a paranormal romance. She lives on Long Island with her husband, daughter, and three cats. Learn more about Debbie and her books at her website.
Cobble Cove: A Small Town You’ll Love to Visit but Might Not Want to Live in
Cobble Cove is a fictional, upstate New York town that is the setting for my Cobble Cove cozy mystery series, which currently includes four books. What readers may already know, or those seeing the book titles might guess, stones and rocks are big geographical features of the town. In fact, when Alicia visits there to find some answers about her husband’s strange death because he lived there as a child, she enjoys the quaint street names and the stone architecture of the buildings and houses. The Cobble Cove Library, where she ends up taking a job, is located on Bookshelf Lane. The man she meets and later develops a romantic relationship with but who she fears might’ve played a role in her husband’s death, lives on Stone’s Throw Road.
There’s a small group of shops known as Cobble Cove Square that house the newspaper office of the Cobble Cove Courier, the post office, bank, beauty parlor, gift shop, and other establishments. In the second book of the series, this area plays an important role in crimes that are committed near the holidays.
The only place to stay in Cobble Cove and where Alicia initially checks in, is the Cobble Inn. Alicia eats dinner at the Cobble Diner after arriving in town and learns some interesting information from the proprietor.
Cobble Cove is a small town with a lake running through it. After Alicia meets John, the newspaper publisher, he takes her on a picnic on Cove Mountain where they can view the lake and village from a special vantage point.
I live on Long Island where Alicia originally comes from. I based Cobble Cove on some of the upstate towns I’ve visited. In the books, I refer to the neighboring town of New Paltz, a real place that happens to also have stone houses and buildings.
Besides its charming setting, Cobble Cove is home to many quirky residents. There’s Dora the innkeeper; Casey who manages the diner; Postmaster Ed; Sheila and Mac who work at the library; Wilma, the hairdresser; and Irene, the gift shop owner. There’s also Sneaky, a library cat, and John’s golden retriever Fido, both of whom help solve mysteries in the books.
Despite the cozy image of Cobble Cove, danger lurks within. Several murders and other crimes take place in the town over the course of the series, and more are scheduled in the future. Come visit if you dare.
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Love on the Rocks
A Cobble Cove Mystery, Book 4
It’s February in the small town of Cobble Cove. Love is in the air . . . but so is murder!
When Alicia helps plan a Valentine’s Day Party at the Cobble Cove library that also includes a surprise for her newlywed friend, Gilly, things go wrong when a mysterious box of chocolates addressed to the director turns out laced with poison.
Clues Lead to A Dead Suspect.
Although Alicia promised John that she’ll no longer meddle in crime investigations, she and Gilly set out to find the person threatening Sheila who murdered the courier of the deadly candy. The three people they suspect include the professor from California who’s been romancing Sheila while she assists him with research for his book; the obnoxious patron Rhonda Kleisman who threw coffee at the director after refusing to pay for a damaged book; and a visiting widow staying at Gilly’s inn who’s unnaturally curious about Sheila and earns the nickname of Madame Defarge for her interest in knitting.
New Cat in Town
While Alicia and Gilly are trying to solve this new Cobble Cove mystery, Sneaky is introduced to Gilly’s new kitten, Kittykai, a calico she brought home from her honeymoon in Hawaii. It’s not like at first sight, but the two cats eventually become friends. They also both play a part in foiling the killer’s murder attempts, but will Alicia and Sheila survive unscathed?