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The Body in the Transept, Trouble in the Town Hall, Holy Terror in the Hebrides, Malice in Miniature, The Victim in Victoria Station and Winter of Discontent. I'm also very partial to the very early Margery Allingham mysteries when she was still working out the specifics of how Campion worked.
I was wondering though whether these mysteries would be considered cozies? The sleuths in these books are amateurs and the crimes not really violent. But the heroines are not elderly women in rural settings. What do you think? Are they cozies or something different?
Those names are new to me. I'll have to check on them at the local bookstore.
Very funny but pretty near the truth.
For the obsessive-compulsive, that's the trouble with the modern mystery field - too many hyphenated characters and plot lines. When all else fails, I turn those hyphens into lemonade, as in: Cozy-British-Paranormal-Horticultural. I don't know if such a combination exists, but I can almost see the treatment: Lord So-and-So, world renowned orchid hunter, turns amateur detective after accidentally ingesting the roots of the such-and-such plant, unlocking the heretofore latent power of remote viewing. And so on.
But I do think that someone like Nancy Atherton provides an enjoyable read. Although I have to agree that she probably does fall into your category of Cozy-British-Paranormal-Horticultural given the plot of Aunt Dimity and the Duke. I hadnt realized it until just now!
I also found a nice link for cozy mysteries. Maybe some of you are interested in it: http://cozy-mystery.com/
I have never read anything by Jill Churchill but she is on my wish list. I'm not so sure yet which one of her series is nicer. Virgulina, please let me know what you think about Jane Jeffry.
But one of this days......
Thanks everyone for the suggestions. My budget is through the roof since I started LT-ing.
Here you can not only search for your favorite authors, but see recommendations by the author of writers they like and find what new titles are coming out by those authors. It lists books in series in chrono order, which I find extremely helpful, and names the series/main character. I have made SO many lists from this site that I shall be reading all summer!
stop by and let me see
I am hoping to enjoy it as there are 10 or 11 more, I believe. I understand cosies are light and without a lot of blood n guts. Sometimes a girl or guy needs that.
I guess I gave this thread quite a bump.
Cozies tend to include amateur sleuths with day jobs that have nothing to do with detection (Maisie is actually a criminal psychologies). Pick a hobby and you'll find a cozy that corresponds. Haven't read them, but I noticed a series with a beekeeping detective at Barnes & Noble ... Mind Your Own Beeswax and Buzz Off.
Any readers know about this series? Fun? Worth a read?
I read Alexander McCall Smith's No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency series
Sharon Fiffer's 'Stuff' series - central character is an antique and vintage picker
Shamini Flint's Inspector Singh - Singaporean author, series set in Asia with social justice themes
M C Beaton - Agatha Raisin, just started this series and the first book was hilarious
this is waaay overdue, but i just joined.
Thank you the site looks interesting.
I have already lined up for a re-read of Glimpses of the Moon which is full of words which I've never come across before so that it is either an exercise in erudition or he is having a huge joke at our expense. Next time I'll read it with a dictionary alongside.
The Steeple Murders, by Leslie Cookson
I seldom give five stars for a book but in this case I don't have another possibility. It's an absolutely brilliant story. I would put it into the category of cosy mysteries. It's a mixture between Miss Marpel and Murder she wrote only in a modern version and set out in Canada.
I got quickly familiar with all characters. CM Spencer described them, the actions and the surrounding so vivid that I've felt being into the plot on my own, being a part of them as a ghostly observer. I suffered with Anna Nolan when she was trying to track down her ex-husband's murder in her unorthodox ways. Sometimes I felt to give her support or held her back on the other hand I had to roll my eyes and and could laugh out loud.
It's marvellously written and I wasn't able to stop the reading. It kept me guessing up until the very end if Anna will get him or not and this made me all tingly.
I can strongly recommend this book.
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I read one of Heather Graham's mystery stories which is more or less a paranormal, maybe Gothic type mystery and it took place in Louisiana. It was a great read.