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I haven't found any in some time so any suggestions would be appreciated.
Do you insist on the English country house ones or do you use it as an example of a classical locked room mystery and you are open to any of those?
Although these authors are not necessarily country house mysteries, they write very good mysteries set in the UK that are considered cozies: M.C. Beaton, Emily Brightwell, Caroline Graham, P.D. James, Simon Brett, Rhys Bowen, Peter Lovesey, Martha Grimes.
There are many, many more but these are the ones that are more of what you describe where all the clues are usually there, and you have to figure out "Whodunit."
Madison Public Library (http://www.madisonpubliclibrary.org) used to have a "Don't Miss List" for Cozy Mystery authors which was great, however, when I went to the link I'd bookmarked, it was no longer there.
It seems like a lot of contemporary authors are trying to write cozies with a theme - the caterer, the cupcake baker, the psychic, the cat owner, etc. Some of these work...and some don't, but none are nearly as good as those of the golden age.
For instance, I greatly enjoyed the first half of the "Cat Who..." series by Lilian Jackson Braun (second half not worth reading in my opinion), and tolerate Diane Mott Davidson's Goldy Schultz - more for the characters than the mystery. But I didn't really enjoy Joanne Fluke's Hannah Swenson first mystery, although I may read more just for the characters.
I generally find that I enjoy authors who are members of The Detection Club -
but not always. I know a lot of people enjoy Ian Rankin, but I found Inspector Rebus a little too dark and depressing. I've only read Knots and Crosses though, so perhaps I'll give him another chance.
Although Reginald Hill would probably not be considered a cozy writer, I do enjoy Dalziel and Pascoe very much - Hill is an excellent writer and his books just seem to flow for me.
If so...ty for all the suggestions.
should have added what book...
#7 & #9 - Thanks for the recommendation for Flavia de Luce by Alan Bradley. They were wonderful. After I read the first, I went right out and bought the rest of the series, and am now waiting for the new one to be released.
I'm confused...I tried reading Maisie Dobbs & it felt like it was for a much younger group. Is this an adult book? I maybe the one confused LOL
Ty 4 any help....
I am pretty sure that I have heard of the Maisie that you are thinking of, but I haven't been able to come up with the series. Maisie the kitten who lives in Edinburgh? I think there is a Maisy Mouse, too.
They are written by CA Belmond.
Although before the spike of the food/drink/whatever series, you are probably right in the definition of cozy being old nice people centric books...