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Consider the Lilly (The Jenny Connors Mystery Series) Hardcover – December 1, 2007


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About the Author

Sandra Carey Cody grew up in Missouri, surrounded by a family who loved stories, whether from a book or a Sunday afternoon get-together on the screened porch. She's lived in various cities in different parts of the country, but wherever she's gone, books have been the bridge to new friends. She and her husband now live in Pennsylvania. Consider the Lilly is Sandra's second book and is a continuation of her earlier book, Put Out the Light.
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Product Details

  • Series: The Jenny Connors Mystery Series
  • Hardcover: 263 pages
  • Publisher: Thomas & Mercer (December 1, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0803498799
  • ISBN-13: 978-0803498792
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 5.5 x 7.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,020,684 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Sandra Carey Cody was born and grew up in the Midwest (the St. Louis area). She attended Washington University, met the love of her life when she cut an algebra class to go ice skating, married him not too long after that, and has since lived in various cities in different parts of the country. Wherever she's gone, books have the bridge to her new community and new friends.

She is the author of the Jennie Connors mystery series. The most recent entry in the series is Left at Oz, a prequel to Put Out the Light, Consider the Lilly and By Whose Hand, all of which are currently available in book stores and libraries. The Jennie Connors books take place in a retirement community where the residents are mobile, alert, and just bored enough to welcome a little excitement in their lives. If this involves helping Activities Director Jennie solve the occasional murder ... well, that's a lot more fun than bingo. In addition, the books explore the challenges facing a young mother as she learns to balance independence with family and career responsibilities.

Love and Not Destroy is a traditional mystery set in a museum of tools and folk art in a small town near Philadelphia. Peace Morrow is a young woman trying to learn the identity of a homeless man murdered on museum grounds, a quest that quickly becomes entangled with her own search for family roots. It is available in print and as an ebook.

A Perfect Wedding and Beyond the Fairy Light are both trios of short stories about the bump and jostle of day-to-day life in a family. More Than Words Can Say is a short romance. All are available available for your Kindle.



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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Claire McManus on July 1, 2008
Format: Hardcover
Our book club's book for June was CONSIDER THE LILLY by Sandra Carey Cody. This choice was inspired by a discussion regarding books that are geared toward "older" readers. We were discussing "older" sleuths (including Jessica Fletcher, of course) and how the best ones really transcend age. An example that came up was Mrs. Pollifax, who is a grandmother but far from an "old lady." She's older, but she's real without being overly feisty or overly compensating for the fact that she isn't as young as she used to be. It is a delicate balance.

So we were thinking of reading an elder sleuth story, but then one of our members recommended this series, which has a slightly different take. The sleuth isn't a senior, but the series takes place in a retirement village titled "Riverview Manor" (overlooking the Mississippi). Seemed like a good idea, so that was how we settled on CONSIDER THE LILLY.

The heroine is Jennifer (Jennie) Connors, divorced/single mother of two, Activities Director of Riverview. She holds it all together in a realistic and admirable way; she's neither a neurotic mess nor Super Woman, so she felt real to us from the very first page. Her two sons are well drawn and sympathetic without being stereotypes.

The mystery begins when two diners are poisoned at a restaurant owned by Jennie's best friend, Lilly. Complicating matters is the fact that Lilly's teenage daughter may somehow be involved. Jennie investigates, using a sort of Edgar Allan Poe technique of paying attention to details that others have chosen not to focus on. And she's helped greatly by a set of six elderly residents of Riverview nicknamed the "Tea Ladies.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Debra Purdy Kong on July 15, 2008
Format: Hardcover
Jennie Connors' good friend, Lilly, is in big trouble. Two people were poisoned in Lilly's restaurant and her eldest daughter, Jasmine, could be a suspect. Lilly's business has been shut down and her family's in crisis, so Jennie wants to help. Convinced of Lilly's and Jasmine's innocence, she sets out to find the truth, despite police warnings to stay out of the investigation. As activities coordinator at a retirement home, Jennie has a lot of unwanted investigative help from her "tea ladies". When the niece of one of these ladies is killed under suspicious circumstances in a car crash, Jennie's determination to find the killer really ramps up. But, as a single parent, Jennie also has her hands full caring for her own two boys, doing her job, and fielding phone calls from her meddlesome ex.

Although there's tension and turmoil, Sandra Carey Cody creates a remarkably calm atmosphere in CONSIDER THE LILLY. There's something soothing about her writing style, which makes for a pleasant, entertaining read. The characters are believable and I look forward to reading more of Jennie's adventures.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on August 25, 2008
Format: Hardcover
Sandra Carey Cody's Consider the Lilly is a well-crafted mystery and cozy that's entertaining and smooth. Cody writes like Mary Higgins Clark but definitely has her own unique style and voice. You'll be sucked in from page one, and want to spend lots of time with Jennie Connor, her family, and quirky friends. Lots of sinister goings on here that you won't want to miss from this masterful author.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By SIL on October 9, 2013
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Sandra Carey Cody has penned an intriguing cozy mystery that kept me engaged throughout the entire story. CONSIDER THE LILLY starts off with a bang as the central characters spring to life--and from there the action and suspense grow.

Cody is highly skilled at planting clues to the mystery, while at the same time keeping the reader guessing. (I was totally surprised by the ending!) Cody's delightful and sometimes quirky characters--especially the "tea ladies" at the retirement center where Jennie works-- add a special layer of charm and realism to this story. CONSIDER THE LILLY is a must-read for cozy mystery lovers!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By J. Shaw on March 6, 2014
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These Jenny Connors mysteries are so compelling. The characters are great and the setting so interesting. A retirement home full of very interesting personalities. This one is especially intriguing. A great read.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Dolores E Stefan on December 27, 2013
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the writing was ok but I expected
more of a mystery. the suspect character was never developed. I was disappointed in the development of most of the characters.
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