…but I plan to find some as I explore the worlds of cozy mysteries, nibble on some brownies, sip a little coffee, and assure the cats that their supper has not been forgotten.
I began reading mysteries as a child, devouring the Nancy Drew series before moving on to Agatha Christie, Ngaio Marsh, Dorothy L. Sayers, and oh so many others. I explored locked rooms, found my way through classic puzzlers, processed procedurals, and finally, with a sigh of relief, wrapped myself in cozy mysteries.
I still read other types of mysteries with some history, biography, and fantasy thrown in for variety, but there is nothing so comforting as a good cozy. I take mine with chocolate, a cup or two of coffee, and a purring cat. How do you take yours?
Three cozy mysteries are being released this fall and I was lucky enough to get advance copies of all three of them to enjoy in the summer heat: To Catch a Witch by Heather Blake, A Scandal in Scarlet by Vicki Delany, and Death and Daisies by Amanda Flower. Continue reading →
August is going to the dogs with two new cozy mysteries. The first is In the Dog House by V.M. Burns and the second is Support Your Local Pug by Lane Stone. Continue reading →
What could be cozier than a body in the conservatory? How about book-themed tea parties? They’re all in In Peppermint Peril, the first in a new series by Joy Avon. Stir in a missing heirloom ring, a new will, awkward relationships, and an adorable dog, and you have the makings of a cozy mystery one to watch for. Continue reading →
It’s been a bit of a sad time so I’ve gone to earth in my pile of books. Many were familiar tales – like Ann George’s Southern Sisters series, but two were new:
Pasta Mortem by Ellery Adams and Rosemary Stevens and A Dark and Twisting Path by Julia Buckley. Continue reading →
It will be closer to Halloween than Lent when Mardi Gras Murder by Ellen Byron is released, but that shouldn’t give a reader pause. The fourth in the Cajun Country Mystery series is enjoyable any time of year. Continue reading →
The typical cozy mystery features an amateur sleuth, often a spunky young woman, who falls into mysteries by stumbling over bodies. Not so with the mysteries by the singular team of E.J. Copperman & Jeff Cohen when they write about Samuel Hoenig, proprietor of Questions Answered. Continue reading →
There are times I wish I lived in a kinder, gentler, time – say Queen Victoria’s England. So I transport myself with a cozy historical mystery and am quickly reminded that, even for the upper classes, things weren’t always kind or gentle. Such is the case in A Lady’s Guide to Etiquette and Murder by Dianne Freeman, a first novel I hope will become a series. Continue reading →
Reporters, and even some small town newspaper editors such as I, dream of a big story. Unfortunately, sniffing one out isn’t always fun. Continue reading →
I have a penchant for losing things. My coworkers joke they have to follow me around and pick up my coffee mugs and glasses because I leave them on bookshelves and other people’s desks. But I’ve never lost a precious stone. Continue reading →
After a stressful few weeks, I needed a book that could take me away from it all.
I admit to beginning Read Herring Hunt by V.M. Burns with some trepidation. Her first book, The Plot is Murder, was so good that I knew the second could not match up. Well, I shouldn’t have worried, except, perhaps about getting some sleep because this a book that I had to read straight through. Continue reading →