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Subject: Glut of new cozy authors???
Date Posted: 9/7/2013 7:49 PM ET
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I went into Barnes and  Noble yesterday after work. First visit in a couple months probably.

I hit the new mystery section first and couldn't believe all the new "first in a series" cozies out by authors I've never heard of. I'm going to say there were about 15 of them, at least.

Is this sub-genre the new "it" genre? I admit it's usually my favorite, but confronted with all those new ones, I was a bit taken aback. They all seemed to have the same premise - protaganist returns to her roots to take over this or that business endeavor. Murder ensues. It's like the sub-genre is being "milked" for all it's worth resulting in subpar, duplicate stories. Where's the creativity?

The only new one I really want to read is "Mayhem on the Orient Express." That looked fun. I regret not getting it now. It had a different premise - no one returned, took over a business, etc, etc ...

Of course, I regret not getting "Tulle Death Do Us Part" and "Cloche and Dagger" too. lol Old standby authors.

Are any of the other new ones good -- some of those "first in a series" by authors I've never heard of? Or are they authoris re-inventing themselves like Josie Bell/Jenn McKinlay


Date Posted: 9/10/2013 12:20 PM ET
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I agree.  A lot of new cozies and on just about every topic too. It seems food related is a favorite subject to write on.

Not sure how many are pen names for authors but I do know that Isabella Alan is Amanda Flower.  She has a new series out this month Murder, Plain and Simple: An Amish Quilt Shop.

I did read Murder on the Orient Express and thought it was very good.  I got a kick out of the characters and one scene had me cackling on the couch while DH looked at me funny.

Date Posted: 9/10/2013 11:31 PM ET
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Isabella Alan is Amanda Flower

Well, that just moved that book up on my list "to buy." I like Amanda Flower .... and I did see the Amish Quilt Shop mystery when I was there. I wonder how many others are pen names?


Date Posted: 9/13/2013 12:21 PM ET
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Daryl Wood Gerber is an Agatha Award-winning author who writes the Cheese Shop Mystery series under the pseudonym Avery Aames

She has this one that was just released


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Date Posted: 9/13/2013 12:39 PM ET
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Check out this site, they list all Authors with their series and pen names


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Date Posted: 9/15/2013 7:45 AM ET
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Yes I agree there a ton of cozies. Unfortunately there is not a great ones out there.  A lot of 3 stars. The other thing cozy authors are doing are strting several series. I am reading Cloche and Dagger by Jenn McKinlay and this is the 3rd series she has going (Cupcakes and Library Lover's). At least it gives us a lot to pick from