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Alice J. (ASJ) - ,
Subject: 2014 cozy mystery discussion topic
Date Posted: 5/30/2014 9:25 PM ET
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I read a lot of cozy mysteries and only so many of them can be used for our mystery reading challenge.  I was wondering if anyone would be interested in a cozy mystery challenge for second half of the year. Here are so me categories I thought we could use: please add more suggestions and let me know if you would be interested. it is just for fun

Read 1-3 in each category 1 = bronze medal, 2 = silver medal, 3 = gold medal.

 

1. Cozies with a pet as a character in the book

2. Cooking cozy

3. Crafty cozy (knitting, weaving, embroidery etc)

4.Paranormal cozy

5. Historical cozy

6. Cozy where the main character is male (this is tougher one)

7.Cozy not set in the USA

8. Read the latest book in a cozy series that you have been reading.

9.New author cozy

10. New cozy series

Other ideas

Bonus

Read a book in as many different states as you can



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Date Posted: 5/30/2014 11:01 PM ET
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I would participate.  The categories are good.

Date Posted: 5/31/2014 7:52 AM ET
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sounds like fun

Date Posted: 5/31/2014 10:11 AM ET
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Looks interesting

Date Posted: 5/31/2014 10:28 AM ET
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I would do it!

Date Posted: 5/31/2014 10:32 PM ET
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Count me in.  I also like the categories
 

Date Posted: 6/1/2014 1:03 AM ET
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I would probably do it too -

Let me rephrase - yes, I would do it but I get sidetracked reading so many other genres that I probably wouldn't do very well! lol

Date Posted: 6/2/2014 7:52 AM ET
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Count me in, too!

Date Posted: 6/2/2014 8:22 AM ET
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As I've already read 90+ cozies so far this year, I don't think it will be a problem to join, lol.  I'm in.

I do Geri's mystery challenge here and find plenty of cozies to fit the categories.

Date Posted: 6/3/2014 11:24 PM ET
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Alice - quick question for you on the bonus category. The way I read it, it says the reader should read one book in as many states as possible, such as when traveling. Ex: I drive to Utah next month, I can read a book in California, Nevada and Utah - but I can also buzz, with not much difficulty, into Idaho and Wyoming too. I don't think I'm reading that right -- do you mean read numerous books from as many states as possible during the allotted timeframe?

Date Posted: 6/4/2014 8:54 AM ET
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LOL, Susan, I never even caught it might mean what you came up with. My brain just skipped over it reading it as "read a book set in as many different states as you can."

Speaking of that bonus category, does each book we read, if set in a different place ALSO count towards the bonus? In most challenges, that would be an entirely different category from the ones above it. In other words, if I read a book set in Alabama in the category for pets in a cozy, does it count ALSO under the different states category?

Alice J. (ASJ) - ,
Date Posted: 6/4/2014 11:00 AM ET
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Let me fix that bonus is read as many books as you can that each come from a different state

Mary I think it will be more challenging if we have to use different books for the bonus.

let me know if there are more questions or clarification needed.

Date Posted: 6/4/2014 9:59 PM ET
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I'm looking for recommendations for historical cozies.  What authors should I try?  

Do the Lady Emily series by Tasha Alexander qualify as cozies?   And it looks like the answer is yes - I found this link on Alice's post PBS list of Cozy mysteries.  Great suggestions on here.



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Alice J. (ASJ) - ,
Date Posted: 6/5/2014 6:35 AM ET
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I think they are historical cozies. I like all of Rhys Bowen's series.

 

Alice

Date Posted: 6/5/2014 8:50 AM ET
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Thanks, Alice. I thought you meant we should read different books for the bonus selection rather than list all the ones there that we had read for the challenges at the top. Just wanted to clarify for those who might have been new to challenges. Thanks for doing this. I do a lot of challenges on Goodreads and it helps me to read books that have been on my Kindle or laying around for ages.

Alice J. (ASJ) - ,
Date Posted: 6/7/2014 6:50 AM ET
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I finished my first book for the cozy challenge under cooking category

Chili con Carnage by Kylie Logan. I was okay didn't light the world on fire. Although I would like to buy some of her chili spices.

Alice

Date Posted: 6/7/2014 8:35 AM ET
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I have that one on my bookshelf (Chili con Carnage) ... now I don't know whether I'll be reading it anytime soon.  lol  The cooking cozy that I finished recently and enjoyed much more than I thought I would was Do or Diner by Christine Wenger.

 

Date Posted: 6/7/2014 9:31 AM ET
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Thanks Alice for clearing that up! I could've done like Rhys Bowen does on her Facebook page though - taken a pensive picture of me and my book in various locales! lol Bowen has Hubryd, this really cute roly poly bird stuffed animal that she takes pictures of with the most amazing foreign backdrops. It's pretty cute.

Speaking of Rhys Bowen, I'm going to second Her Royal Spyness series for an historical cozy and also second Kate Kingsbury. Kingsbury also has a  WWII series called "A Manor House." Also very good. Kingsbury is a keeper for me. She also writes under Rebecca Kent and has her historical "Bellehaven House" mysteries set in Edwardian England.

And I also have to give a plug for Phryne Fisher, an Australian series by Kerry Greenwood. They're very good - and I just started watching the Australian TV series on Acorn TV. I can't plug that website enough. For $2.99 a month I get all sorts of British, Canadian and Australian TV shows to choose from. There are more than I can keep up with - and many are of the cozy mystery variety. I think the price is actually $4.99 but I got in awhile ago under a special, which I think is due to expire soon and I'll begin paying $4.99. It's one of those rare things in life that are financially worth the cost. lol

Alice, I didn't care for "Chili con Carnage." I thought it was somewhat bland. (No chili pun intended! lol) Theresa, didn't I send it to you? I sent it to someone in the Cozy VB.

I LOVED "Do or Diner." It is going to be a favorite series of mine, I think. I have the second in the series heading to me from a swap.

I was quite surprised at "Pawsitively Organic." I'm not an organic kind of person and was wondering if an agenda was going to be pushed. Well, the author does push the fresh treats and fresh dog food agenda but the characters are so engaging and the mystery so good, it shot right up to the top of my favorite cozy list too. I'm going to read the second one this weekend.

This is kind of off the cozy topic but I'm reading "Juliet" by Anne Fortier right now - and it's going straight to my favorite individual book list. It's a long one for me - over 400 pages trade with small words but I think, so far, I've read every single word of it. It could be classified as a mystery of some sort - a set of twins related to the Shakespeare "Juliet" hunt for their historical roots and a mysterious history buried by family members. It's not light reading, heavy on the history (for me), but it's a simple read. I would be keeping it if it wasn't being sent out in a swap. I highly recommend it!!

 

 

Date Posted: 6/7/2014 12:32 PM ET
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I have never done a reading challenge before.  It sounds like a lot of fun.  I'd like to join.  

Last week I picked a book from my shelf at random, and read "Anything Goes" by Jill Churchill.  It was very enjoyable.  I'm now reading book #2 in the series.  It would qualify for Historical cozy, New author cozy, and new (to me) cozy series.

i look forward to hearing about new series to try.  Can anyone recommend a paranormal cozy (or 2).

Date Posted: 6/7/2014 1:18 PM ET
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Hi Mary,

Welcome! Lots of good paranormal cozies! My favorite is Annette Blair's Vintage Magic series. The first book is "A Veiled Deception." I also like (not in any particular order):

Haunted Home Renovation series by Juliet Blackwell

A Witchcraft series, also by Blackwell

A Fortune Tell series by Kari Lee Townsend (she has a new paranormal series starting too)

A Wishcraft series by Heather Blake

Ghost of Granny Apples series by Sue Ann Jaffarian

There are tons more - you could be inundated with suggestions!! lol

 

 

Alice J. (ASJ) - ,
Date Posted: 6/8/2014 7:06 AM ET
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I am enjoying a good historical cozy for our challenge Murder at Westminster Abbey: An Elizabethan Mystery :: Amanda Carmack. It is book two of the series. I love her description of the time mid1500s. This book takes place during Queen Elizabeth's coronation. The characters have depth and not ditzy, historical background is well researched. if you enjoy historical cozies this is a good series to start.

Alice

Date Posted: 6/8/2014 10:16 AM ET
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Thank you for the recommendations, Susan and Alice.  I retired a year ago from working in a library, and miss all the book talks with patrons.

Date Posted: 6/8/2014 3:23 PM ET
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I'm in!  Sounds great - especially since cozy mysteries make up about 85% of what I read.  :)

Alice J. (ASJ) - ,
Date Posted: 6/10/2014 7:46 AM ET
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I finished Murder at Westminster Abbey by Amanda Carmack. It was very good. Too bad I have to wait until next year to read the next one.

Alice

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