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Subject: Autumn themed cozies?
Date Posted: 7/28/2008 12:44 PM ET
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I am starting to collect some books to read in the fall- my favorite season!!!- and was wondering what your favorite autumn or halloween themed cozy mystery would be?

I have set aside the following to read for autumn:

"Aunt Dimity Beats the Devil" by Nancy Atherton (good choice?)

"Witch Way to Murder" by Shirley Damsgaard

I will probably re-read "Trick or Treachery" a MSW book by Donald Bains

What would be some others to add to my TBR pile? They don't have to be spooky, if the setting is autumn or Thanksgiving, thats great, too!


Date Posted: 7/28/2008 1:20 PM ET
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These aren't true cozies, more like mystery-lites, Janet Evanovich: Thanksgiving, Robin Hathaway: The Doctor Makes a Dollhouse Call, Margaret Maron: Up Jumps the Devil.

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Date Posted: 7/28/2008 1:28 PM ET
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Carolyn Haines' first book is Them Bones and it is set during Thanksgiving week.  Hula Done It by Maddy Hunter and Jasmine Moon Murder by Laura Childs are both set around Halloween.  And of course, there's always The Halloween Party by Agatha Christie.

These sites also have lists:

cozy-mystery.com  http://www.cozy-mystery.com/Holiday-Mystery-Books/Holiday-Mystery-Book-Lists.html

Holidays Can Be Murder http://holidaymurders.bravehost.com/

Stop You're Killing Me http://www.stopyourekillingme.com/GenreCats/Holidays.html

Date Posted: 7/28/2008 2:53 PM ET
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Death of A Tart by Kate Borden

Death of a Trickster (Peggy Jean Turner Mysteries) by Kate Borden

Death of a Turkey (Peggy Jean Turner Mysteries) by Kate Borden


Date Posted: 7/28/2008 6:39 PM ET
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Leslie Meier has a few in her Lucy Stone series that are set in the fall.



Date Posted: 7/28/2008 10:10 PM ET
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Harvest of Murder (A Gardening Mystery) by Ann Ripley

Date Posted: 7/29/2008 10:01 AM ET
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Sam I love her books- I was so sad that she stopped writing them- I am reading her tropical island books and they are no where as good:(

Date Posted: 7/29/2008 10:03 AM ET
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I ordered "Turkey Day Murder" from the PBS board this morning!

I have never heard ofthe Kate Borden books- what is she like?

Date Posted: 8/8/2008 2:33 PM ET
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Kate borden is amazing author- I read all of three.  You might want to collect the other two and read them all in one swoop.  They are great and you will wish for more.

The main character reminds me of Joan Hess series of Claire Malloy. She is not a bookstore owner instead she is the mayor.


Date Posted: 8/8/2008 5:09 PM ET
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I think you might like Candy Apple Dead by Sammi Carter.  It's the first in her candy shop series.  I'm pretty sure that takes place around Halloween.

Date Posted: 8/8/2008 8:18 PM ET
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So many good books, so few credits (until payday).

Thanks for the info on Kate Borden! And Sammi Carter sounds interesting, too.

I also ordered Leslie Meier's "Trick or Treat Murder" and then also the first one "Mistletoe Murder" (or "mail order murders" the original title). I sure hope I like Lucy Stone since I now have 5 books by her and haven't even tried the series!

Date Posted: 8/13/2008 10:56 AM ET
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I love Leslie Meier- she has a really good series- I am acutally reading them in order- I read one of her newer ones and loved it, so I went back to get them all

Date Posted: 8/14/2008 6:12 PM ET
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I just started the first Leslie Meier "Mail Order Murder". Don't laugh, but I have been reading so many single older heroines lately, that I keep pausing when she mentions sex with her husband or something. I am liking the descriptions of the town and such... very quaint and small town, which is what I wanted.


Subject: Autumn Mysteries
Date Posted: 8/19/2008 10:08 AM ET
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I have a Valerie Wolzien, All Hallow's Evil, on my bookshelf...been a long time since I read it, but her books were always great fun.

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Date Posted: 8/19/2008 6:54 PM ET
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It may not be quite a cozy but Louise Penny's first book, Still Life, is set in fall.