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Subject: I AM IN NEED OF BOOK HELP!
Date Posted: 7/11/2007 3:04 PM ET
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Ok, so now that we have shared our favorite cozies, I have a huge wishlist, but my own TBR is starting to thin out, I am afraid of not having cozies since I read so fast and repost them and they are all pretty much wishlisted. So for my question....anyone have any cozies on their shelves that are available?? Or know of any?? I have bought quite a few and reposted them. I don't know how much luck I will have, but I figured someone may have something they can recommend! Thanks all!

Date Posted: 7/11/2007 9:50 PM ET
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Got a few on my shelf - Dobson, Berry, Andrews would fit the cozy bill, I think. :)

Might be able to make a case for the Soos and Linscott books too based on this definition:  http://www.writing-world.com/mystery/cozy.shtml

 

Date Posted: 7/12/2007 1:48 AM ET
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Not knowing what you have read so far it is hard to recommend.  But I would say Joanne Fluke, Susan Wittig Albert, Robin Paige, Patricia Sprinkle, Joanne Carl, Carol Higgins Clark, Lilian Jackson Braun, Rita Mae Brown & Sneaky Pie Brown, Kathy Lynn Emerson.  Hope some of these are helpful to you!  I have a couple Patricia Sprinkle, Robin Paige and also have the first in the "knitting series" by Maggie Sefton.  Oh, just thought of another one, the Tea Shop Series by Laura Child are super too.  You can usually find the majority of at least some of these authors posted.



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Date Posted: 7/12/2007 1:52 AM ET
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Oh, and the Death on Demand series by Carolyn Hart.  I think I'd better stop now or I'll be up all night!!  :)

Date Posted: 7/12/2007 10:31 AM ET
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and I just posted three of Mary Daheim's B&B mysteries this morning... Going through my shelves and purging what falls under "TBR someday".

Date Posted: 7/12/2007 2:00 PM ET
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Hi!  On my shelf, I have a few of Carolyn Hart's "Death on Demand" series, as well as authors: Denise Swanson, Rita Mae Brown & Sneaky Pie Brown, Susan Conant, Marion Chesney, Elizabeth Peters, Dorothy Cannell and a few others I don't recall off of the top of my head : )



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Date Posted: 7/12/2007 5:30 PM ET
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Thanks all~ I will have to check out everyones shelves!

Date Posted: 7/13/2007 1:41 AM ET
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Having 2 for 1 over here and I just posted some Patricia Cornwell, if anyone's interested. Thanks!

 

Oops, that was supposed to be under just the Mystery & Thrillers heading... sorry!



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Date Posted: 7/13/2007 2:04 PM ET
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The Blackbird Sisters series Marci recommended on the favorite cozies thread have the 1st 4 in the system, at least 1 copy of each because I put them on my reminder then ordered them. the next 2 are wishlisted and the last one isn't out  yet.

how to murder a millionaire, dead girls don't wear diamonds, some like it lethal, cross your heart &hope to die are the ones that have a copy in the system. they're by nancy martin.

glad you can read fast 'cause the favorite cozy thread you started have my shelves full and I'm struggling to find time to get to them all!

ETA: another series someone recommended tome that I think are mysteries are the 'southern vampire' mysteries..think it starts with 'dead until dark' by charlaine harris. I just got the first few in that series as well as the 'undead' sereis by mary davidson but not sure if those are mysteries or not...



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Date Posted: 7/20/2007 7:56 PM ET
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Jill Churchills Grace & Favors are cozies set in 1930 - I have a pretty complete set on my shelf.  Quick reading.

Date Posted: 7/21/2007 12:41 AM ET
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Ok....I surrender. What the devil are cozies? I've seen this term used here so many times.

I'm thinking its a 'warm and fuzzy' read.... something that makes you happy.

Right? Wrong? 

Actually I think we need a thread for those obscure abreviations... and shorthands that are so prevelent here....

<smirk>



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Date Posted: 7/21/2007 12:46 AM ET
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Ok - I'll give this a try:

Think "Miss Marple."

In my mind it's a genre without gore or car chases, and a more or less cerebral main character using her brain to solve a murder mystery.  Generally takes place in a small town or otherwise limited environment, like a college, and has a recurring cast of characters from book to book.

 

Date Posted: 7/22/2007 10:05 PM ET
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I love cozies and I've read the entire series of these on my book list and loved them.

Alpine Obituary and Alpine Pursuit   -   Emma Lord series by Mary Daheim

Asault and Pepper   -   Magdelana series by Tamar Myers

The Deadly Dance   -   Agatha Raisin series by M.C. Beaton

Muletrain to Maggody   -   Arly Hanks series by Joan Hess

Date Posted: 7/25/2007 9:28 AM ET
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I have The Heretic's Apprentice: 16th Brother Cadfael by Ellis Peters and Poisoned Pins: A Claire Malloy Mystery
Author: Joan Hess  (sorry about the format here, stuck with bold now :) )

You could have them bothfor 1 credit if you like, just PM me.  Looking to clear out my shelf.

Cheers, Margaret

Date Posted: 7/25/2007 10:22 PM ET
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I have some Kate Jasper (Jacquelyn Girdner) mysteries on mys helf as well as

Date Posted: 7/25/2007 10:26 PM ET
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Sorry, hit send before I was ready.  Anyway  I think I have six Kate Jasper mysteries and another cozy mystery series I like is the Nancy Fairbanks culinary mysteries...I have two or three M.C. Beaton books which are my absolute favorite cozies.  Don't you love finding new series?

Date Posted: 7/29/2007 6:03 PM ET
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I love the ones by Laura Durham about a wedding planner.  She has three out  Better of wed, For better or hearse, and forgot the 3rd one.  Great reads, fast paced, and love all the great charcters.  Also like Laura Levine have read all hers and they are great too, and funny.  Hope this helps.

Date Posted: 8/1/2007 1:55 AM ET
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Phillip Craig may be male but he writes a great cozy.  They take place on Martha's Vineyard and though I not only am not a fisherman, and never want to be, he makes the fishing and clamming sound great.  He also has some good recipes in every book.

Gillian Roberts is another good cozier.  Her Amanda Pepper's are very good.  A school teacher cum detective [not by choice].

Gwendolyn Butler an author from across the great pond has a delightful cozy detective, John Coffin, who is with Scotland Yard and quite an investigator.

I can also supply some very early Patricia Cromwell and a few Amanda Cross' Kate Fansler.

These are my books.  The suspense that you can find on my bookshelf belong to Bud [my husband of infinite years].

I do not do library sales or thrift sales.  All my books are those selected for our pleasure.

Leyba 

Date Posted: 8/13/2007 4:51 AM ET
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I have some real old cosies on my bookshelf.   I enjoyed them immensely when I read them.

John Sherwood's Celia Grant books are good mysteries with a good plot line.

Janet Steinberg's mysteries are different and interesting.  A number of them take place near the border in Mexico.

More current cosies on my bookshelf:

Philip Craig's J W Jackson, the ex-policeman who had to retire when injured, who lives on Martha's Vineyard is great.  He also has some terrific recipes in the back of the books.

Gwendolyn Butler's John Coffin, the British bobby, has great mysteries and throws in London to boot.

The Amanda Pepper, the Philadelphia school teacher, are always a good mystery

Hope I've been some help.  All these books are currently on my bookshelf so look the shelf over and take what you want.

Leyba