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Subject: cozies
Date Posted: 2/24/2008 11:56 AM ET
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I really like the books of Agatha Christie, the Marple books are cozies aren't they.  Does anyone know of cozies that are like that.  I hate series that are cutesy or romancy.  I would like a good small town cozy series with good mysteries, interesting characters who don't overshadow the plot.  Too many series are focused on their characters, who are not interesting. 

It is hard to explain.  Maybe you can ask questions to help me describe further.

Date Posted: 2/24/2008 12:08 PM ET
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Well, there is certainly not much romance in Agatha Christie's novels.  How much romance would you accept? I myself don't mind a little romance but I don't like books that have the hero, or heroine jumping into bed every other minute with graphic details.  A hint is good.

How do you define cutsey? Like books with animals as part of the story?

Well in the meantime I would recommend to you the books by Ngaio Marsh.  These take place also in England about the same time as Christies books, with the main character being Superintendent Roderick Alleyn.  There are alot of them, like Christie you don't have to read them in order, but of course you can if you wish.  The plots are very interesting and the characters don't overshadow the plots.  Give them a try!

Joy

 

Date Posted: 2/24/2008 12:35 PM ET
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I also like the Inspector Tibbett series by Patricia Moyes. Set in 1950's/60's England. No romance, and it is interesting, as with many older mysteries, to see the crime solved before all of today's "gadgets" are there to assist. More brain power used.

 

http://www.stopyourekillingme.com/M_Authors/Moyes_Patricia.html

 

I am still making my way through them but, have not had one I disliked yet.

Date Posted: 2/24/2008 12:37 PM ET
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I've recently gotten into Lee Harris' Christine Bennett series.  LOVE it.  If you like Miss Marple, I think you'll enjoy these.

Date Posted: 2/24/2008 1:28 PM ET
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Good, thank you. I just hate the books with recipes and "will she marry him or no" or weird charaters as the main thing.

Brain Power!  Yes, that sounds good.

Date Posted: 2/24/2008 2:05 PM ET
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Cozy Mystery website

 

Date Posted: 2/24/2008 2:07 PM ET
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I also like Stop you're Killing Me because you can search for a book by the characters job, or the area they live, and it tells you what order the books were printed in.

I found a bunch of cozy authors here.

Date Posted: 2/24/2008 2:10 PM ET
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I also like Kathy Hogan Trochek. But I have only read two of them so far.

Can you tell I just learned to make pretty links?=p

Date Posted: 2/25/2008 3:07 PM ET
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Susan, I also just thought of the series by Patricia Sprinkle called 'Thoroughly Southern Mysteries' .  Except for the fact that a dead body is found in all the books, these could easily be rated G.  They are well-written and all the plots are good, too.

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Date Posted: 2/26/2008 11:33 AM ET
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  I've just discovered the Mrs. Pollifax series of mysteries, and they are very good. Written by Patricia Gilman and definitely no romance, as Mrs. P is in her 60's and just looking for adventure.  They are older books, but very entertaining.