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Alice J. (ASJ) - ,
Subject: 2016 Cozy Mystery Topics Discussion
Date Posted: 1/1/2016 7:07 AM ET
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Let's hear about everyone's Cozy mystery reading and how the cozy Challenge is going for you

Here are our topics and we can have any general discussion around cozies

  • Read one in a category bronze medal for that category
  • Read two in a category silver medal for that category
  • Read three in a category gold medal for that category
  • Read four in a category for diamond status for that category
  • Read five in a category for platinum status for that category
  1. First Book in a Series- It can be a brand new series, or a series that has been around but you have never started
  2. Last book in Series- Last book in series (does not count if only one book in series), this mean last book written to date in that series.
  3. Fashion - Cozy centers around a fashion (clothing, shoes, jewelry)
  4. Historical Cozy- A cozy that set in the past. (at least 50 years ago)
  5. Weapon on Cover- The cozy has a murder weapon on cover, knife, gun, baseball bat etc
  6. Animal Cozy- The cozy has an animal, bird or fish in the story
  7. Weather Cozy- Weather is a main elelment in the (hurricane, snow storm, torneado, heat wave etc)
  8. New to You Author - Welcome a new cozy author into your life
  9. Architecure Cozy - Each cozy in this category must be in a different type of architecure (School, church, castle, marina, house etc)
  10. Paranormal Cozy- Cozy must have some paranormal component, ghost, witch, vampire, psychic etc
  11. Skinny Cozies- Cozies must be less than 300 pages
  12. Love and Romance -- Cozy contains a romance

Bonus Category For the Over Achievers

1. Read a cozy from as many different states that you can

2. Read a cozy from as many countries other than the USA that you can

3. All American cozy read as many cozies as you can that have red, white and blue on the cover (must have all there but it can just be a speck, letter, flower etc)



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Date Posted: 1/1/2016 12:04 PM ET
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My first book for the New Year is The Vanishing Thief by Kate Parker.  It's going to go under Historical Cozy, a somewhat new to me category.  

                                    HAPPY NEW YEAR EVERYONE!

Date Posted: 1/2/2016 1:48 PM ET
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Happy New Year to you too Una and all!

I started a new cozy yesterday for the new year...Finger Lickin' Dead by Riley Adams.  It's the second in the Memphis BBQ series.  This one will fit into the Weapon on the Cover category.

May your new year be a cozy one!

Date Posted: 1/2/2016 2:50 PM ET
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Sandy ~ you will love the Riley Adams series.  I read it a few years ago and was always sad that she didn't write more of them.

Date Posted: 1/3/2016 11:23 AM ET
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Happy New Year to All!  I have had almost as much fun researching books to fit the categories for the challenge as I have reading them.

Here are a few I have read that would fit some of the categories:

Death Takes Priority by Jean Flowers has an American Flag on the cover.

Mayhem At the Orient Express by Kylie Logan takes place in a snowstorm.

A Second Helping of Murder by Christine Wenger takes place in a cabin.

Maple Mayhem by Jessie Crockett has poison on the cover.

Cancans, Croissants, and Caskets by Mary McHugh is on a Dinner Cruise and takes place in France.

Happy Reading!

Alice J. (ASJ) - ,
Date Posted: 1/3/2016 11:29 AM ET
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I am starting my first mystery of the new year. Don't know which category I will put it in yet

 
So I thought Jean Flowers sounds like a made up name I looked her up on good reads
Jean Flowers is the pseudonym for a long time mystery writer who has published series with Berkley and Minotaur.
Just in case you are curious


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Date Posted: 1/5/2016 2:06 PM ET
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Well, phooey...I downloaded Tear Up and Die/Joanna Campbell Slan because it has a bloody hammer on the cover.  Read it last night and, guess what?...the victim was killed with a socket wrench!!!  Do the people who design covers or write blurbs ever actually read the book?  Or have the people who approved the cover or the blurb ever read the book?

Oh well, will just use it for a "state" book even though that is a bonus category.  It wasn't a bad book.  MC goes to Florida to visit her grandfather and ends up buying an antique shop to rennovate.  A body is found in the shop, she and her grandfather are initally suspects and it goes from there.  A few bits that I might be a bit skeptical of (which is ususal for me!), but for a free book it was worth the time.

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Date Posted: 1/7/2016 7:24 AM ET
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I am reading Death of a Crabby Cook (Food Festival, Bk 1) :: Penny Pike   It has been sitting on my TBR for about a year. Good so far. As anyone read this one and its sequal. Is the sequal worth puttin on my WL

I must say the books cover art is very basic not very attractive. I love pretty cover art.

Date Posted: 1/7/2016 8:08 AM ET
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I read them both and liked them, Alice. The covers for this series is rather juvenile.

I just finished Pudding, Poison & Pie by Sigrid Vansandt on my Kindle. The story involved a baking contest and the two main characters becoming involved in an ancient Shakespeare manuscript that a slippery nephew wants to sell for his uncle. In the beginning the story shifts from past to present regarding the manuscript and there is a brief sighting of a ghost. I'd say the book was average.  I guessed the murderer early on.

Date Posted: 1/7/2016 11:21 AM ET
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Alice, I too have read both of Penny Pike's books and enjoyed them (I gave them both 4 stars) and I have the third one on my WL.

Date Posted: 1/7/2016 11:44 AM ET
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Alice, add me to the list of who likes that series. Darcy's Aunt Abby and her son Dillon are a hoot. I have the 3rd one now to read for the challenge and am looking forward to reading it soon.

Date Posted: 1/7/2016 3:07 PM ET
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Read The Doctor Rocks the Boat/Robin Hathaway last night.  I know I read the first four books in series and have no idea why I didn't read the fifth, and last, book.  It was left somewhat open-ended.  They did solve the mystery (although the motive is still rather murky in my mind), but several other bits in the book were not resolved.  Sounds like there was supposed to be another book.

I did like her other series with the gal who was an on-call doctor for several motels better, but there were only three in that series.

Date Posted: 1/7/2016 3:49 PM ET
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Wow- there are some fast readers in this group! (I probably won't get as much reading done until after basketball season ends- lol!)

I'm just about to start my first cozy of the year: Pane and Suffering (Webb's Glass Shop, Bk. 1) by Cheryl Hollon. I read in the reviews that there were several descriptions about making stained glass, which sounded really interesting to me. 

Question for those of you who do several of these challenges at once... Do you use a book you've read in more than one challenge?

Date Posted: 1/7/2016 10:17 PM ET
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If I can find a place for it, yes, I do use a book in more than one challenge.  I'm working on four challenges this year, but that's mainly to challenge myself to read other genres and settings that I might normally pass up.  I don't like history so I don't read historical books, oops, I tried one and liked it and now I'm reading more.  

Date Posted: 1/8/2016 8:46 AM ET
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I, too, use a book more than once in the various challenges I do. I have several challenges here, monthly and yearly challenges on Goodreads, so there are many opportunities to use one book more than once in separate challenges.

Debbie, I liked Pane and Suffering, particulary since I've done stained glass. I enjoy reading books particular to specific hobbies I have. You can always learn something new if the author is true to the hobby.

I am almost finished with A Dose of Death by Gin Jones. My library got in a new slew of e-books and there were several by this author. I've not read her before. In this one, the MC is a 40-something ex-wife of the governor. She has lupus. She is crabby and only wants to be left alone as she learns to deal with her limitations. Her two nieces are concerned about her and insist either she live with one of them or accept a visiting nurse. She reluctantly takes the nurse who begins to abuse her and winds up dead in Helen's backyard. The police barely talk to her and insist a burglar did it. Helen becomes incessed that she's being overlooked and begins a campaign to prove she could have killed the nurse just to get the police to consider other suspects. She has the help of her limo driver and pesters a retired lawyer for advice. I'm enjoying it and will be getting the next in the series when I finish this one.



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Date Posted: 1/9/2016 9:39 AM ET
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I just finished Plot Boiler by Ali Brandon.  The cover has an American Flag on it.

Happy Reading!

Date Posted: 1/14/2016 12:13 PM ET
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I just saw this in one of my emails and thought I would share.

If you haven't read the Miss Fortune series by Jana DeLeon, here might be a chance to try them if you have a Kindle.  The first three are on offered today in a boxed set for 99 cents.

Miss Fortune by Jana DeLeon Series Boxed Set Bks 1-3

They are a hoot!

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Date Posted: 1/16/2016 7:11 AM ET
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I just started The Conspiring Woman (A Victorian Bookshop Mystery) (Volume 4) :: Kate Parker

Great historical cozy series. The main character is a strong female lead. Very good sereis, and I am enjoying this book as well.

Date Posted: 1/16/2016 9:58 AM ET
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I just finished :

  • Killer Jam by Karen MacInerney and wasn't overly impressed. The story took a backseat to all the minutae that was used as filler. I fast became bored and had a hard time finishing the book.
  • Trust Can Be Deadly by Cindy Bell. This one was a freebie on my Kindle and takes place in a retirement community. I found it okay but rather simplistic.
  •  Macaroni and Freeze by Christine Wenger. Although I liked this one, it's not one of my favorite series.

Currently reading:

  • Copy Cat Murder by Jenn McKinlay which I got from my library's ebook collection. Only just started it.
  •  Not a Chance in Helen by Susan McBride. I like this series which features an MC who is a senior citizen. A wealthy 80-year-old woman is found dead and Helen's friend is accused of killing her.
  •  Sweet Somethings by Connie Shelton. This series is well written and has a hint of paranormal with a magic box that came into the possession of the MC who owns a bakery. Someone who knows about the box is murdered and Samantha must try and find the murderer while also dodging someone who wants the box at any cost. This is the 9th in the series.

Of course, all these will go in the challenge.

 

 



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I finished reading Here Today, Gone Tamale today. 

An okay read.  The MC was too much of a ditz for my taste.  Not a series I would rush to read again.

Date Posted: 1/18/2016 2:47 PM ET
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I finished reading The Question of the Missing Head (Asperger's, Bk 1) :: E. J. Copperman this morning. Enjoyed it more than what I was expecting to and so have ordered the second one that is out.

I don't believe that I have ever been around anyone with Asperger's and didn't know what the character would be like. It did help with some understanding on what those with it have to deal with on a daily basis.

I liked Samuel's character, the MC, and that of Janet who is hopefully a recurring character also. I wouldn't say that they mystery part was extremely strong as I figured out part of it about halfway but I liked reading about Samuel's thought process and he worked through to the conclusion.  He did is a way remind me of Mr Monk from the TV shows (never read the books) but I got tickled at the end of the book because the writers included a couple of sentences about Mr Monk and how his disorder was different.  Guess they figured people would be comparing the two of them.

Date Posted: 1/18/2016 3:46 PM ET
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I just started Bun for Your Life by Karoline Barrett. I have it on my Kindle and am enjoying it so far. The MC and her best friend own a bakery in New York. Following the usual cozy formulat, she has a altercation with a wealthy woman in town who later turns up dead, she become a suspect, and gets on the new- in- town lead detective's nerves. However, I find the writing quite good and the MC, although a little ditzy, it's ditzy in an amusing sort of way. She is nosy, hyperactive, and quite entertaining.



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Date Posted: 1/18/2016 4:21 PM ET
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Gee thanks, Mary. cheeky  I looked for Bun for Your Life to put a WL hold on it, and couldn't find it.  Went over to Amazon and found it's a Kindle only book.  I now have over 70 books on my Kindle.  Ready for my two vacations this year.  laugh

Date Posted: 1/19/2016 8:01 AM ET
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Good morning. We have over 11" of snow this morning and more expected. Pretty bad out but supposed to slack off today.

Yes, Una, I forgot to mention that the book was Kindle only right now. I often find books that come out on Kindle first and then are released paperback later. Wish I only had 70 books on my Kindle. I have over 800 right now, but I've read at least 600+. Some I may not get to as I went wild when I first got my Kindle as a Xmas gift years ago from my son. I'm more discerning now on what I download for free and buy.

Just finished Macaroni and Freeze by Christine Wenger ( it was okay, not my favorite series) and The Marsh Madness by Victoria Abbott ( I like this series but the mystery reminded of a similar senerio I recently read in another cozy).

Currently reading Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen by Vicki Delany, Copy Cap Murder by Jenn McKinlay, and Death Takes Priority by Jean Flowers.

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Date Posted: 1/19/2016 8:07 AM ET
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My daughter is in Cleveland at Case Western Univ so she won't be happy with all that snow:)

Alice

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