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What Cozy Mystery Are You Reading Right Now?

joulukuu 3, 2022, 11:12 am

Just finished Book 1 of the Food Lovers' Village Mystery series, Death Al Dente by Leslie Budewitz. Found it a bit of though haul to get through but like most first books there was a lot of character building so I'm going to give the series a chance.
Looking forward to stating Egg Drop Dead by Vivien Chien tonight! Cold day here in Saskatchewan so nothing like a good cozy to warm you up!

joulukuu 3, 2022, 12:02 pm

I'm not sure if Anne Perry always qualifies as cozy, but her Christmas novellas tend to lean that direction. If that counts, I'm reading A Christmas Garland.

I set aside Death of Riley by Rhys Bowen in favor of more seasonal reading, but will be picking that up again soon as well.

maaliskuu 4, 6:12 pm

Don't know if anyone is following this group, but I thought I'd add to it anyway! Just started Beyond a Reasonable Stout by Ellie Alexander. A Sloan Krause mystery. Been trying different microbrew beers from across Canada and thought a good brewery mystery was in order!

Muokkaaja: maaliskuu 13, 8:48 pm

(Edited after several chapters) I was working on The Queen's Accomplice, a Maggie Hope mystery; the series centers around Special Ops in WWII London, and while the subplots were fascinating, the Ripper-like murders taking place were just too much for my inner censor to filter. Regretfully had to put it down.

huhtikuu 4, 12:34 pm

I have just finished readingThe Cheltenham Square Murder by John Bude which is from the British Library Crime Classics series. I love these books and this one was very enjoyable. It has that classic enclosed community, in this case residents in a very select neighbourhood of that elegant Regency town of Cheltenham. There is a rather bizarre murder to be investigated and the process is very detailed as the Detectives work their way through a diverse list of suspects;

huhtikuu 6, 8:36 am

Just started a vintage cozy: The Window at the White Cat by Mary Roberts Rinehart, circa 1910. The jacket blurb calls the author "an American Agatha Christie." A little early for me to decide whether I agree or not, but there have already been some chuckle-worthy passages just two chapters in.

huhtikuu 10, 8:04 pm

I'm about to start another Mrs. Jeffries mystery: Mrs. Jeffries Takes the Stage. These are quick, light reading, Victorian mysteries.

huhtikuu 26, 7:30 pm

Taking a brief cozy mystery break and starting Paul Lindsay Freedom to Kill. Book 3 of the Mike Devlin Detroit FBI series.

Muokkaaja: toukokuu 23, 1:41 pm

Just started (and am loving) Aunt Dimity's Death by Nancy Atherton. The series was recommended to me years ago by a dear and widely-read friend...I should have started much sooner!

toukokuu 23, 2:41 pm

Just finished The Bullet that Missed, 3rd in the Thursday Murder Club series by Richard Osman.
So amusing and fresh with wonderful zany characters!

kesäkuu 29, 8:45 pm

Just started Danielle Collins Murder Mystery Book Club. Book 1of the Florida Keys Bed & Breakfast Cozy Mystery series! So far very entertaining!

kesäkuu 29, 8:46 pm

This series sounds interesting! Going to check my local library for them!

kesäkuu 30, 9:21 am

Lavender Blue Murders is another installment in the Tea Shop series by Laura Childs; I'm less in love with them than I was at the outset years ago, but still good summer escape reading.

heinäkuu 17, 5:20 pm

Just finished Murder Mystery Book Club by Danielle Collins. Book 1 of the Florida Keys Bed & Breakfast Cozy Mystery series. I have say for a book 1 it was really good! A good selection of characters, great story, and a quick read! Started book 2, The Graveyard Thief, last night! So far so good!

heinäkuu 29, 5:44 pm

Just finished The Graveyard Thief! Perfect sunny afternoon on the patio for reading! I am looking forward to continuing this series! Now off to choose my next book! Cheers!

heinäkuu 29, 7:00 pm

Okay...made my choice! Diving into Laura Childs Tea Shop Mysteries! Book 1, Death by Darjeeling!

heinäkuu 30, 8:52 pm

>16 Barbs2017: I hope you like the series...it's been years since I read the first few, but at the time, the tea shop angle made this tea-ophile grin all the way through them.

heinäkuu 31, 4:54 am

I am reading Murder on the Lusitania by Edward Marston which concerns
criminal activity aboard the ocean liner's maiden voyage. This is one of a series of ocean going crime novels written by Marston a few years ago and now reprinted. It looks promising; the descriptions of the lavish First Class decks testify to some deep research and some promisingly interesting characters are emerging in the early chapters.

elokuu 10, 9:33 pm

>17 gmathis: I'm enjoying it so far and as an avid tea drinker it makes it even more fun!

elokuu 10, 9:35 pm

>18 Maura49: I have Edward Marston on my to read list. I'll have to keep him in mind.

elokuu 10, 9:36 pm

Happy to see some activity here! I love a good cozy and especially like hearing from others! Let's hope the chat picks up!

elokuu 11, 11:18 am

I also posted this on the regular Crime/Thriller/Mystery "whatcha readin'" list, but it's a better fit here:
The Mysterious Benedict Society is actually a YA novel, but at the urging of one of my favorite middle schoolers, I gave it a go. Very well written and appealing, whether you're 12 or not. (Disclaimer: I can't vouch for what Disney+ did with it as a series.)

elokuu 27, 9:20 pm

Still riding the cozy train (it's crazy season at my work, so this is my coping mechanism) with The Cat Who Tailed a Thief, a later entry in the Cat Who Series. The common thought is that at some point, the series took a tailspin, but this one isn't bad. I think I figured out the mystery before Koko did, and I'm one of those readers who doesn't feel compelled to puzzle out the plot--I'm just along for the ride.

Which brings up another cozy question--which is the best of the Cat Who series?

syyskuu 4, 11:46 am

Picked up this on a whim at a used book store! Was fortunate that it was book one of the series! Going to give it a try!

Miss Zukas and the Library Murders by Jo Dereske

syyskuu 4, 4:25 pm

Now on the nightstand (reserved for only the coziest of the cozies): Aunt Dimity Slays the Dragon.

syyskuu 6, 12:30 pm

I just came across this thread and I'm looking forward to getting (and giving) a few good recommendations! I'm not sure where everyone draws the line on what makes a mystery book a cozy, so I apologize ahead of time if I drift away..

I've been making my way through Alan Bradley's Flavia de Luce series (love these!). The first is The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie.

I've started a few others series as well, pretty much all with book/library/bookstore themes. Here are the first in each series: Murder Past Due, A Killer Read, The Cracked Spine, On What Grounds and Plaid and Plagiarism. I didn't love all of them, but they served their purpose (a cozy escape from reality and more serious reads).

I have large stacks that need to be read (including the Aunt Dimity and Thursday Murder Club series, as well as other cozy series), but I welcome recommendations. I can always add to the piles! Lol

syyskuu 16, 2:06 pm

Gave up on Miss Zukus mystery, just didn't feel it! Time to pick up a tried and true next in a series from the library!

syyskuu 20, 8:43 pm

Settled in with "Without A Brew" by Ellie Alexander! My next one in the Sloan Krause Mysteries! Four chapters in and am very happy!

lokakuu 14, 2:54 pm

Without A Brew was a success! I really enjoy this series!
Back from vacation now and am already halfway through "On the Wings of Murder" by Danielle Collins. Book 3 of the Florida Keys Bed & Breakfast series!

lokakuu 22, 7:07 pm

I sort of feel like I'm talking to myself here, but...that's OK! Maybe we'll get some interest in this group growing!
So...finished On the Wings of Murder. I'm really enjoying this series! Very clean which appeals to me! They are shorter reads so I've been reading two in a row which is something I never do! That being said, just started "The Hunt For Hemingway!" Book 4!
So of anyone is out there, please feel free to join in!! I'm just going to pour a West Coast IPA and read a couple of chapters!

lokakuu 22, 8:22 pm

"Yopp! We Are Here!" yelled the Who's....

I've been on a Barker and Llewellyn binge (Will Thomas) and I've never quite been sure whether they classify as cozies. Some are a little edgier than others, but Lethal Pursuit hit the mark for me. Lots of chuckle moments, but the reader might need to be familiar with the major players for the story to hit the funny bone just right.

The aforementioned binge caused me to set aside Precious and Grace for a bit, but that'll be the next one up.

lokakuu 26, 10:37 pm

I recently read The Readaholics and the Gothic Gala, a fun book club cozy. I'll have to look for more in this series. I had no trouble jumping in even though it was book 3. I also just finished the 4th Thursday Murder Club book, The Last Devil to Die, which I loved, best one of the series yet.

lokakuu 27, 4:52 am

I was introduced to DCI John Shadow in A Long Shadow by HL Marsay which is set in the historic city of York and tells of murders amongst the homeless community. I think that it deserves its 'cozy' status by not giving gruesome descriptions of the deaths and by its attractive, slightly meandering style and eccentric characters.
With thanks to my e book provider who offered it as a freebie. I will be seeking out others in the series.

marraskuu 7, 7:42 pm

>31 gmathis: I am a HUGE Will Thomas fan! It's one of a handful of series that I actually buy and keep in my permanent collection! I had picked up To Kingdom Come at the Toronto airport years ago but once I started it I knew I needed to start from the beginning of the series and have enjoyed them all!

marraskuu 7, 7:47 pm

SO happy to see people! Just finished The Hunt for Hemingway. Really enjoying this series!
Starting "Crime Rib" by Leslie Budewitz tonight. Book 2 of A Food Lovers' Village Mystery. I had picked up book 1 at a used book store in Kelowna a few years ago and low and behold when I was there again this Fall they had book 2! Had a fair bit of snow here today so a good cozy based in Montana is perfect!

marraskuu 8, 8:59 pm

>34 Barbs2017: I am behind by a couple of Barkers, but it's fun to find other fans out there. I've been passing them along to a coworker, who reads them aloud to her husband so they can enjoy simultaneously. I'm guessing you've already read Fierce Poison? That's where I need to pick up.

marraskuu 9, 12:12 pm

I thought that cozy lovers might be interested in this piece in 'The Guardian' newspaper. The Crime Writers Association here in the UK sre spreading their wings and the'Dagger' awards as they are known will include two new categories one of which is this critically underappreciated genre.

marraskuu 12, 5:59 pm

>36 gmathis: I'm behind too! Dance With Death and Fierce Poison are glaring at me from my keepers shelf! Summer tends to lead me down the path of light cozies so with winter upon us now I'll be diving back in!

marraskuu 18, 5:51 pm

Revisiting a Holmes spin-off that features The Woman, Irene Adler: Good Night, Mr. Holmes by Carole Nelson Douglas. Very different from her other series set in Vegas featuring tomcat Midnight Louie. I read the first one, Catnap, years ago. The books in that series have since been retitled.