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Since taking up cozies I've noticed the GINORMOUS number of themes. I thought it would be fun to try and list them and to ask others too. Some I purposely look for, like coffee series, or wine series, but other's I've been introduced to by you all here. So I thought if I started a thread it would be both fun and helpful. One of you may list a series I've not yet heard of. Feel free to add on, please add on! Ha ha. If you want to just type it out, or add the link, include isbn's or don't, whatever you want to do. :) I just wonder how many themes there are.
One of the first series I read, and continue to read as the come out, is the Coffeehouse series by Cleo Coyle. Theme, of course, is coffee
I've also enjoyed the Wine Lover's series by Michele Scott http://www.paperbackswap.com/book/author/Michele+Scott Theme, of course, is wine. There is another wine series as well, but I've forgotten the name right now.
There's also a new series and the theme is a bookstore, the murders take place in a bookstore and are solved by the owner of the bookstore. The author is Lorna Barnett. http://www.paperbackswap.com/book/author/Lorna+Barrett
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This series, has a theme of an advice columnist as the slueth. She's also a psychologist, so, sort of dual themed. I've read one of the Advice Column Mysteries by Roberta Isleib. It seems there's 3 so far.
Tim Myers has five series: http://www.stopyourekillingme.com/M_Authors/Myers_Tim.html
Laura Childs has three cozy series: http://www.stopyourekillingme.com/C_Authors/Childs_Laura.html
Sammie Carter's books feature a candy shop. http://www.stopyourekillingme.com/C_Authors/Carter_Sammi.html
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Denise Osborn writes Feng Shui Mysteries http://stopyourekillingme.com/O_Authors/Osborne_Denise.html
Susan COnnent solves murders that happen around dogs in the Dog Lover's Mysteries, she also writes a Cat Lovers Mysteries and a Gourmet Girls series. http://stopyourekillingme.com/C_Authors/Conant_Susan.html
Veronica Black aka Maureen Peters writes the Sister JOan Mysteries about a woman who joins a convent in her 30's and finds herself sluething. http://stopyourekillingme.com/B_Authors/Black_Veronica.html
I found one the other day that looks interesting. Cozies about a FOrensic Geologist by Sarah Andrews http://stopyourekillingme.com/A_Authors/Andrews_Sarah.html
JB Stanley has two series A Collectible Mysteries and the Supper Club Mysteries. The Collectible Mysteries are about a woman who writes articles for Collector's Weekly and slueths on the side. The Supper Club I havent read but they are about a librarian. http://stopyourekillingme.com/S_Authors/Stanley_J-B.html
Animal themed (mostly cats)
Rita Mae Brown Mrs. Murphy and The Foxhunting series. Both are good
Susan Wittig Albert The Cottage Tales Of Beatrix Potter
Evan Marshall Winky and Jane
Lillian Jackson Braun The Cat Who
Carole Nelson Douglas Midnight Louie
Shirley Rousseau Murphy Joe Grey series
Lydia Adamson Alice Nestleton ( a cat sitter and actress)
Gilbert Morris I know he has a cat series, just can't remember the name of it.
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Dicey Deere "Torrey Tunet" Irish
Rhys Bowen "Molly Murphy" Irish
Maddie Hunter "varied countries"
Rhys Bowen Evan Evans Welsh
Rhys Bowen Her Royal Spyness British
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Tamar Meyers has the "Den of Antiquity" (antiques/ flea market type) series and The Amish Inn one... (could fall under both Inns and culinary) ......can't think of the exact name of it right off the bat.
Great Idea Julie! Thanks for making the thread.
I will add more as I get to them.
Joanna Campbell Slan does a scrapbooking theme.
Deb Baker has a doll theme for some of her cozies.
Livia Washburn does culinary mysteries too.
Aaron Elkins does a series on forensic anthropology that are cozies.
Rosemary Harris is a fairly new author but does the gardening theme. She is up for an Agatha and just made the best sellers list.
Mary Saums has a newer series called Thistle and Twigg mysteries
Simon Brett also has some cozies out, at least a couple of series and some Christmas cozies
Jan Dunlap has a birding mystery out
Jeri Westerson has a mideival series out
Jeff Cohen has a couple of different series out
Clea Simon has a cat theme to her books
Nora Charles has a dog theme in her books
G.M. Malliet has two new cozies out
Mary Ellen Hughes does a craft theme in her books
Jane Cleland has an antiques theme
Nina Wright has a dog series (Whiskey)
Andrea Sisco has her first book A Deadly Habit (cozy with a nun as a main character)
Cathy Pickens does the Southern Fried series.
June Shaw does a canjun series.
LINKS to authors that others have mentioned.
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I always thought it would be fun to live on or visit Martha's vineyard, so when I saw a series of books called "Marha's Vineyard series" by Philip Craig, I picked up a few. The slueth is an ex cop, but the theme seems to be (please correct me if I'm wrong, since I've just read a couple and I could be off), but the theme seems to be life on martha's vineyard, and then the murders take place during the normal life activities, like at the opera, etc.
I know there are a number of series where a bed and breakfast is the theme. I hope we get them all listed here. One of those is a B&B in Maine, The Gray Whale Inn Mystery series. I've read 2 of them so far. The author is Karen MacInerney.
Here are few of my favorites that may not be as well known as some of the others mentioned:
J.B. Stanley writes the Collectible series featuring Molly Appleby who writes for Collector's Weekly Magazine.
Deborah Woodworth writes a series based on the Shakers and featuring Sister Rose Callahan. Well written.
Dolores Johnson writes the Mandy Dyer series. She runs a dry cleaning business.
Nageeba Davis wrote several books featuring art teacher/sculptor Maggie Kean
Carole Ann O'Marie writes the Sister Mary Helen series.
Christine Goff does a birdwatcher mystery series.
Jaqueline Girdner writes one featuring Kate Jasper, a quirky series with a lot of New Age/California twists.
Rett McPherson does the Torie O'Shea series and features genealogy.
Barbara Jaye Wilson writes a series featuring hat maker Brenda Midnight.
Mignon F. Ballard does Augustus Goodnight series. She's a guardian angel.
The Grace and Favor series by Jill Churchill takes place during the depression.
Nancy Atherton has a ghost (Aunt Dimity) that helps Lori Shepard solve mysteries in England.
Tim Cockey's well written series featuring undertaker Hitchcock Sewell is a real hoot.
Nancy J. Cohen writes the Bad Hair Day series featuring beautician Marla Shore.
Jo Dereske does the Miss Zukas, uptight librarian series. Her friend Ruth is hilarous.
Jimmie Ruth Evan does the Trailer Park series.
Helen Chappel wrote a series featuring reporter Hollis Ball and her charming dead husband, ghost Sam Wescott.
Valerie Wolzien wrote two series, I liked the Josie Pidgeon one. It features an all-gril construction crew.
Denise Swanson writes the Scumble River series. Main character is a school counselor.
JoAnna Carl has another candy-themed series the Chocoholic Mysteries.
Emily Brightwell has so far written 25 books in her "Inspector & Mrs. Jeffries" mysteries.
Kate Kingsbury has one in WWII England called the Manor House series. She has another older one that takes place in the Pennyfoot Hotel
Peter King has the gourmet detective series
Joan Hess has the Maggody series (Arly is the police chief) and The Claire Malloy series (a bookstore owner)
Lee Harris has the Chris Bennett series. Chris is a woman who was a nun. She's left the convent, began sleuthing, met a police detective. They marry, have a family and meanwhile Chris is still solving minor crimes. The titles have all been holiday themed, St Patrick's Day, Christening Day, Labor Day, etc. Not gory, not nasty, a very nice cozy series.
Earlene Fowler has a long-running quilting series.
Margaret Grace has begun a series about miniatures: dollhouses, furniture, and such.
Parnell Hall has a crossword puzzle series.
Sarah Atwell has started a glass-blowing series.
It's an old series but still one of my favorites: Emma Lathen had a nice series featuring the senior VP of a Wall Street bank.
I'm not sure the Joe Grey books are exactly cozies, although I like them well enough.
Earlene Fowler's books really aren't particularly quilt-related, except for the names. I know they seem like they should be and maybe the first was a little more in that line but I remember being disappointed because I thought there'd be much more quilt-related detail. (Of course, sometimes there can be too much of that sort of thing!)
Maggody just never seemed cozy to me, lol. Maybe it is...?
I'm trying to think of one - Kathy Hogan Trochek (sp?). She's writing under a different name now.
There's a series by Ann Purser and the theme is, as far as I can tell by just reading the titles, is the days of the week. I picked up Murder on Monday, but haven't read it yet. There's one book for every day of the week. http://www.paperbackswap.com/book/author/Ann+Purser
I really enjoyed Helen Chappell's series. Don't let the first book put you off. I read a review of it years ago and didn't try the series. I read the 2nd one first this time and I did see what they meant, but that is gone in the rest of the series.
I have all 5 but haven't quite decided what to do with them since some aren't quite postable by my standards (very minor things). The main character does drink and smoke (doesn't bother me) but there's a wonderful sense of place and she's an excellent writer.
This is fun! Cozies are my very favorite - light reading and usually fun! Here are some not yet mentioned:
Dams, Jeanne - retired IN teacher, now living in England
Daheim, Mary- also write the "Alpine....." series featuring smalltown woman newspaper owner in Qregon
Crider, Bill - wrote the following 3 I liked, but I think he has other series as well: Truman Smith - housepainter PI in TX; Dan Rhodes - sheriff in small TX county; Carol Burns - Eng. Prof. - small TX college
Crespi, Camilla Simona Griffe - NYC ad agency worker
Avocaro, Lori - RN turned medical and other PI
Coel, Margaret - Jesuit priest and Arapho woman lawyer in WY
Churchill, Jill - widowed suburban mom of 3 - Chicago area
Browning, Sinclair (maybe not exactly a cozy) - woman rancher and PI in AZ
Bishop, Claudia - inn owners - upstate NY
Eichler, Selma - plump almost middle-aged, quite short, widowed PI, NYC
Hall, Russ - 70ish retired teacher TX
Fleming, Jean - woman auto claims agent - southern CA
Green, Christine - Eng. nursing investigator Kate Kinsella
Graves, Sarah - Woman former CPA, now home fixer-upper - Maine
Havill, Steven - set in the boothill and southern part of NM - 1st , Sheriff Bill Gastner & now a Hispanic woman as undersheriff
Haines, Carolyn - a "Daddy's Girl", set in Mississippi
Herndon, Nancy - woman police det. Elaina Jarvis - Los Santos, TX ( really El Paso!)
Jorgensen, Christine - horoscope advisor for lovelorn - Denver
Kahn, Sharon - rabbi's widow, part owner of bagel shop - SW of Austin,TX
Lee, Wendi - ex-marine woman PI in Boston with large extended Italian family
Martin, Allana - trading post store owner - Big Bend area of TX
Roberts, Lora - woman freelance writer - Bay area CA
Riggs, Cynthia - 92 year old who solves mysteries - Nantucket
Schumacher, Eileen - woman civil engineer and Hispanic det. - set in Las Cruses, NM and El Paso, TX
Sullivan, Winona - nun licensed as a PI - Dorchester, Mass.
Smith, Martin - Gypsy antique dealer Roman Grey, NJ, NY
Thurlo, Aimee - cloistered nuns - Bernalillo, NM; one is the nun who leaves to do the necessary errands, etc. rides a motorcycle
Weir, Charlene - widowed small town KS police chief, formerly of CA
MY! I do apologize that this list is so long, but I was trying to select ones that I haven't seen on previous entries, and ones that don't get reviewed or requested much. Can you tell that I thoroughly enjoy my cozies?!!!! Blessings M'ann
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