SOCIAL INSECURITY is the first book in The Brigid Kildare Mystery Series. It is a cozy series. But more a serial than a series.
I belong to many readers and writers groups and there is one thing we all complain about in the genre we all love so well, cozy mysteries, and that is repetition. The reason for that is each book is supposed to stand alone. So if you come across volume seven in a cozy series you have never seen before, you can pick it up and read it, and know everything. You’ll hear everything about each character’s background, their relationships, their profession, their craft or hobby. And at the end, the story is wrapped up in a neat little bow.
But the fact is, if you start a series at the beginning, by book three, you are skimming over those parts. You have heard it all before. Again and again.
So I took a chainsaw to Social Insecurity. I took out about twenty thousand words an editor had wanted in. Because they weren’t needed. You may learn a lot about one character and his character, because he is a suspect, but little about another because in this particular story it is not important to the tale at hand. You will get a lot of description of the protagonist, Brigid’s, living arrangements for example. But you will never hear about it again in subsequent books. So picking up book seven, never having read one through six, you could be confused.
And there is no neat bow at the end. Oh the mystery is solved. You know whodunit and why and how. But you have a cliff hanger which leads you right into book two, MEDITATED MURDER, which leads right into DYING OVER SPILLED MILK, which leads right into NOT A RHODE ISLAND CLUE and so on... I've got it plotted quite a way in advance. So this series is really a serial that must be read from the beginning, in order.