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Subject: Good Cozy Recommendations?
Date Posted: 10/28/2013 5:13 PM ET
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Hey everyone, my mother is looking to read some of the cozy mysteries but she wants ones that have no language and no sex scenes. Would anybody on here have any recommendations? I will be getting them out of my library and I saw some titles that looked interesting when I browsed but don't want to bring them back to her and there is a lot of language, etc. She mainly reads christian books but wants a couple good mysteries as well. Thanks in advance for your help!

Date Posted: 10/29/2013 7:38 AM ET
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Date Posted: 10/29/2013 11:54 AM ET
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Charity,  There are like a zillion and one different cozy mystery series.   OK, that's an exaggeration, but there are a LOT!     I know that there are even a few Christian fiction cozy mystery series, but you probably already know about those since you write a Christian fiction blog.

And some are more cozy than others.  While I can only think of one "cozy" mystery series with an actual sex scene (and it's not on Tess's list above), there are some that mention sex more than others. 

I would add the following to Tess' list:

  • The Cat Who series by Lilian Jackson Braun
  • The Flower Shop series by Kate Collins
  • The Victorian Mystery series by Robin Paige





Date Posted: 10/29/2013 12:42 PM ET
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I don't read many cozys, but here's a few I do  like and think would be good for your Mom

Sarah Brandt series by Victoria Thompson.  Sarah Brandt is a midwife in turn of the century New York.  She ends up getting involved in various murder cases and works with a detective named Frank Malloy.  There is some romantic tension between Sarah and Frank but that's as far as it goes.

Wind River Mysteries by Margaret Coel  These books take place on the Wind River Indian Reservation in Wyoming.  The main characters are a Jesuit Priest named John O'Malley who has been assigned to the mission on the reservation and an Arapaho lawyer named Vicky Holden.

And if she hasn't read them yet, The Brother Cadfael Mysteries by Ellis Peters are wonderful.  Brother Cadfael is a monk at a Benedictine Monestary in 12th century Shrewsbury who gets involved with solving various murders.

Date Posted: 10/29/2013 3:46 PM ET
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I second these:

  • Joanne Fluke's Hannah Swenson series (recently started this series, I'm on the 3rd book now, lots of recipes that I want to try in this book, as well)
  • Maddy Hunter's Passport to Peril series (this one is pretty hilarious)
Date Posted: 10/30/2013 5:01 PM ET
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Thank you Thank you!! This list will get me started off:)

Lynne, that is why I figured I would come to the experts. If anyone knew the really good ones, I figured it would be ya'll") The main problem with christian mysteries is that a lot of them are kinda corny. She wants something interesting without being stupid, if you get what I am saying.

I will definitely be looking into the Hannah Swenson series. That was one I had seen at my library. Also saw a series that had to do with knitting or crocheting? But can't think of the name right now. Will also check out the Maddy Hunter's.

Thank you again everyone! You made this very easy to find her some good ones!

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Date Posted: 10/30/2013 5:39 PM ET
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Yes! That is it. Thank you Tess! What was annoying about the character? I am just trying to get a feel for peoples opinions and thoughts. My mom likes humorous novels that I found irritating but she liked the comedy and enjoyed those. On the other hand I have found some historical fiction books that she can't stand. Glad there are sooo many books to choose from for everyones different styles.   

Date Posted: 10/31/2013 12:13 AM ET
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Tess has a really good list going.

You're pretty safe with most cozy series as far as no sex or language. What about hinting at sex or overnight stays? Some cozies do have that - even the Hannah Swenson cozies hint that Hannah doesn't go home every night to her own home.

I would also recommend Mindy Starns Clark - she writes christian mysteries that are relly good.

One of my absolute favorite are the historical Pennyfoot Hotel mysteries set back in Edwardian England. The author is Kate Kingsbury. Her real name is Doreen Roberts Hight and also writes under the pen names of Allison Kingsley and Rebecca Kent. I enjoy all her alter egos! lol

I also love, love, love the Murder She Wrote series. Based on the tv show - they're still putting out books written by "Jessica Fletcher" and Donald Bain. I collect those.

And then there is my beloved Agatha Raison series by M.C. Beaton. She's a feisty middle aged woman with a lot of bad habits who your mother might not like - she's not always a nice person, has problems interacting with others, but she means well. Her best friend is the vicar's wife - they're polar opposites.

I have lots of cozies on my shelf. If you find any that fit in with what you're mom might like I'll definitely do a deal for you.

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Susan, I had the same thought..... Charity, you said no sex scenes, but there plenty of series that hint at or alude to sex and talk about it even if there are no actual scenes.  Most cozy mystery series have some type of romance in them.  I thought of the Hannah Swenson series also.  She goes back and forth between two men - trying to make up her mind - for most of the series.  And while I really enjoy that series, I don't find it very humorous.  Cute, but not funny.  I think more people buy that series for the cookie recipes (which all start with "Take one- or two - sticks of butter" LOL).

And Maddy Hunter's Passport to Peril series (one of my favorite series BTW) is funny.  It's almost slapstick comedy.   But again there are allusions to sex.  And there is one main character who is transgender (a man who had surgery to become a woman), which doesn't bother me at all but might bother some people.

And Susan, why did you have to go and tell me that the Pennyfoot series by Kate Kingsbury was really good?????  I read her other series - the Manor House series set in a village in WWII England  - and loved it.   So I want to read the Pennyfoot series also.   The problem is that the first books in this series are out of print and heavily wishlisted her at PBS - darn it!  And buying the books used  will also cost a pretty penny.  They are available on Kindle for $3.99 each, but I have a Nook :-(   

Date Posted: 11/1/2013 12:42 AM ET
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Thank you everyone for your thoughts. It is making it easy to pick out some for her to try. 

Susan, I think she is mainly worried about descriptive scenes:)

And I am pretty sure she wouldn't like the whole transgender thing. Even though that series sounds hilarious!

I requested some from my local library. I went with Hannah Swensen, Robin Paige and Kate Kingsbury. Someone also suggested Jenn McKinlay? So I tried one of hers as well. 

Sounds like I won't be getting the Maggie Sefton series. Thank you again for that info Tess. 

One thing I found amazing was how many books these authors have written. You don't find a lot of that in Christian fiction. Some of these have 15 books or more in a series. And that isn't including their different pen names. Going to go check out some other ones now. Thank you all again. You have been more than helpful and made this enjoyable. I love finding out what other readers enjoy and quirks they like or don't like. I think some authors should come on here to see what their readers want:)

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Date Posted: 11/1/2013 6:14 AM ET
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The color series by Fran Stewart are very nice books.  They have a Christian theme.  The series does grow so in order would be best.  The MC and Marmalade (the cat) both say Thank You to God at the end of the chapters for various things.  Like Thank You for a blue sky today or Thank You for the wonderful lemon pie.

Orange as Marmalade (2004)

Yellow as Legal Pads (2004)

Green as a Garden Hose (2005)

Blue as Blue Jeans (2007)

Indigo as an Iris (2008)

Also my mom enjoys any series that has animals in it, especially dogs but cats are okay too.  If your mom wouldn't mind a little paranormal Sofie Kelly's magical cats are a lot of fun.  They're paranormal because one can walk through walls and the other can become invisable.  The big sex thing was that the MC was kissed by the man she really has a crush on.  That took five books.  blush