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Subject: Good cozies written from third person?
Date Posted: 11/20/2012 4:22 PM ET
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I can't stand first person narratives. It turned me away from the modern cozy genre for two years. I was reading Golden Age Detective fiction instead (wentworth, Tey, Christie, Sayers, Crispin, Carr, etc). But, I am running out of authors... I was wonderinf if anyone can suggest a modern cozy (last twenty years) who has a series that is not written in first person narrative. I am already aware that The Hamish MacBeth are third person and own several of those. 

Date Posted: 11/20/2012 5:04 PM ET
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How about Elizabeth Daly?  She was an American author and wrote during the Golden Age.  I found her a year or two ago and really am glad I did.  I'm assuming you have read Margery Allingham, I love her Albert Campion even better than Lord Peter Wimsey, lol! 



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Date Posted: 11/20/2012 5:33 PM ET
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Have you read the series by Ngaio Marsh?  She is right in line with Christie and Sayers.

This is hard!  I'm sitting here trying to re-read books in my head to see if they are first or third person.  But I have come up with some for you:

  • Denise Swanson - Scumble River Mysteries; MC is a school psychologist and consultant with Scumble River Police Dept.
  • Elizabeth Lynn Casey  - Southern Sewing Circle Mystery  MC is librarian
  • Laura Childs - Tea Shop Mysteries;  MC owns a tea shop in Charleston
  • Katherine Hall Page - Faith Fairchild  -  MC is the wife of a minister and does catering
  • Susan Wittig Albert - China Bayles; owns an herb shop in Texas
  • Lorna Barrett - Booktown Mysteries; MC owns....a bookstore!
  • Rhys Bowen - Royal Spyness Series; MC is a low level Royal in England, on occasion, she goes on spying missions for the Queen
  • Carolyn Hart - Death on Demand Series - MC owns "the best mystery book store east of the Mississippi"
  • Julie Hyzy - White House Chef Mysteries - MC is the Head Chef in the White House

If you need any more cozy suggestions - just let me know!

 

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Date Posted: 11/21/2012 10:42 AM ET
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Ohhhh, so nice to find other G.A. fans!  Yes, I have read some of Marsh- I like the earlier ones, even though Allyn is more "Precious". I actually like a single sleuth. When they get domesticated, I get bored. Ha!  Also, Ilike Campion,too! I've only read one book with him in it though. I believe there were not many of these on Amazon's kindle? There must be a reason I've only read one. 

I have NOT read Daly!!! I am looking for her on kindle now- a particular one to start with?

 

 

Date Posted: 11/21/2012 8:29 PM ET
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Unexpected Night by Daly is a good place to start.  It's her first and does a good job setting up her amateur detective.  I'm thinking up some other books for you!  Have you read Catherine Aird?  She wasn't writing during the Golden Age but definitely follows that style.  I've read several featuring her detective C.D. Sloan and you don't really need to follow them in order, although The Religious Body is her first.  She also wrote an excellent stand alone, A Most Contagious Game.  Maybe you have read Arthur Upfield?  If not, you should give him a try - he's certainly one of my favorites.  The Bone is Pointed would be a good place to start, but not absolutely necessary.

Date Posted: 12/6/2012 6:25 PM ET
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Thank you! I'm reading a John Dickson Carr book right now "To Wake the Dead". Loving that! I am noting all your authors, especially Daly. 

Date Posted: 1/24/2013 8:25 PM ET
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Another Golden Age author you might like is Nicholas Blake (his detective is Nigel Strangeways).  He wrote from the 1930s to the 1960s.