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Subject: Cozy Murder Mysteries
Date Posted: 7/11/2009 2:12 AM ET
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I am looking for a cozy murder mystery that takes place in a mansion. The type where there is a murderer in the mist among other people who may become victims. Are there any out there beside Agatha Christie's books?

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Date Posted: 7/11/2009 8:55 AM ET
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Robin Paige does an historical fiction series set in Victorian/Edwardian times. Murders always occur at a large house/mansion party with lots of suspects!  It's the Charles Sheridan/Kate Ardleigh series.  One of my favorites!

Date Posted: 7/11/2009 3:15 PM ET
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Thanks so much, Kim, I am going to look up Robin Paige right now!

Date Posted: 7/27/2009 9:46 AM ET
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If you haven't read Georgette Heyer's mysteries, I highly recommend them.  Most are set in country houses, with plenty of maids and a butler flitting about. The one I like best is Behold, Here's Poison. The same dry wit that Christie had is very prevelent in this book.

For a more modern book, you might look for Caroline Graham's Murder at Madingley Grange. A brother and sister are left in charge of their aunt's country house while she is out of the country. The brother decides he is going to hold a 1930s style mystery weekend to earn some money. Of course, there is a real murder.

I'd also recommend Corpse in a Gilded Cage, by Robert Barnard.  In that book, Percy Spender somehow finds himself the reluctant owner of a country mansion.  Not thrilled about leaving his nice little council flat for a drafty castle, Percy wants nothing more than to get back to the life he knows. And of course, there is soon a murder to complicate things.

Date Posted: 7/27/2009 10:49 AM ET
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It's not a series and I'm not sure I'd call it cozy but it's certainly a classic. If you've not read Daphne Du Maurier's Rebecca, you should. 

Date Posted: 7/27/2009 12:24 PM ET
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Thanks Melissa and LeeAnne, I will look those books up now.

Any more suggestions?

Date Posted: 7/27/2009 10:31 PM ET
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Connie, I just saw your post on the Cozy Mystery site. (That was you, wasn't it? If not, the "mansion" question was worded quite similarly....) Lots of good reading suggestions there!

http://www.cozy-mystery.com/blog/old-mansion-with-a-murderer-and-hisher-victims.html#comments

 

Date Posted: 7/28/2009 4:49 AM ET
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Yes, that was me. I said that someone suggested Paige to me(from this site of course!). Didn't know if I was allowed to mention this site on her site. Anyway, I am interested in reading what you all suggested and those mentioned  on the cozy mystery site.

So far I have ordered all of Paige's books from PBS and received them. Thank you, Kim, for your suggestion!



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