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Subject: Need some guidance from cozy mystery readers
Date Posted: 8/24/2015 2:26 PM ET
Member Since: 9/9/2010
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The genre that I usually read is romance/romantic suspense and I've become a little bored lately. Thought I would try something like Laura Griffin's Tracers series...that didn't go well for me; likewise I have started Marie Force's Fatal series. Just too much description for someone who has problems with sleep.

Thought maybe cozies might better suit me...so I looked for cozy authors...oh my! I'm on overload...help! Sooo many...WOW. Accidently this morning came across The Cozy Mystery site...very good; but I don't know a good author from a just so so.

I see there are themes, holiday, cooking, cats, etc... I like certain things like bookstores, Halloween & pumpkins, etc..

Sooooooooo, I thought the best place for help has to be the people here on PBS who read them. I did notice on here that there is a lot on the wish list.



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Date Posted: 8/24/2015 4:22 PM ET
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I would say that it all depends on what your favorite topics might be. Cozy readers all have their favorites of very varied topics like you have already noticed.

I'll just mention a few of my favorites:

Series with cats:  Sofie Kelly (Magical Cats series) and she also has another series written under Sofie Ryan (Second Chance Cat), Leann Sweeney (Cats in Trouble)

Series in libraries:  Jenn McKinlay (Library Lovers), Laurie Cass (Bookmobile Cat)

Food related:  Jenn McKinlay (Cupcake Bakery), Virginia Lowell (Cookie Cutter). 

This is a fun series but don't know how you would categorize it:  Leigh Perry (Family Skeleton series)

If you post a topic or topics that you might be interested in, I'm sure someone can mention a series that they have enjoyed.  I read more than the above but will let others chime in with their favs.

Date Posted: 8/24/2015 5:33 PM ET
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For a bookstore series I have a couple suggestions: 

Lorna Barnett writes a series about a bookstore she owns in NH.  It is pretty good.

I've just discovered a beginning series where the MC owns a book store in Victorian England, written by Kate Parker.  There is more that meets the eye with this MC and there is a bit of romance with this one.

On another bookstore front is a library,a series "Cat in the Stacks" by Miranda James.  The MC in this one is a man and he volunteers at a library and works at a college as well. Super good.

"Southern Sewing Circle" mystery  series by Elizabeth Lynn Casey.  The MC is the director of a library and there is a wonderful romance.

These are just a few suggestions ~ I know how you feel about being overwhelmed, just pick up a couple, see how you like them and progress from there.  I read 90% of my books as cozies, then I have a couple more non-cozy series I follow, but cozies are my favorites.

You can also check out the thread in this topic "New Cozy Mysteries to wishlist" Connie is the lady who finds all the new ones so we can put them on our wishlists.  Just reading through that topic - maybe start from the present backwards - you will find a ton of great cozies.

Date Posted: 8/24/2015 5:35 PM ET
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Thank You so much for responding! That's a place to start!

I do love Halloween, bookstores, cats, bed & breakfast and/or quaint inns. Just by browsing, I'm totally taken with the covers on books by Kathi Daley & Leigh Perry - those covers in particular caught my eye.


Date Posted: 8/24/2015 6:28 PM ET
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Sandy!  Hello!  I burned out on a lot of romance too, though I still read some.  (Have you encountered I'll Stand By You by Sharon Sala yet?  I so loved that book!!)  I started investigating mysteries and the ladies here have been a lot of help.  Though it turns out that what I really love the most are British police procedurals, I did try a lot of cozies. There is something for everyone.   My number one favorite series is the Books By The Bay series by Ellery Adams.  It is about a group of aspiring writers who critique each others work and solve murder mysteries along the way  (as you do) It helps that the police chief is one of the group..Some romance also and not the dreaded never ending "can't choose between two guys thing".  Great to "see" you again.

Date Posted: 8/24/2015 7:16 PM ET
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Good to hear from you!

Actually you have already helped me out with this...when I thought of cozy mysteries I remembered something I had seen on one of the lists on your profile. So, I went back and went through those lists...that gave me some info to start.

I'm compiling a list (yeah! I'm a list maker) and putting interesting ones on my private reminder list - even if they are wish listed.

Tell him I said "Hello" and Thank You so much!

Hugs ♥♥♥ Sandy


Date Posted: 8/31/2015 7:21 PM ET
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Cynthia, Joy and Bronwyn...



Thank You so much for your suggestions!


I just finished my first cozy, "Murder in the Mystery Suite" the 1st in Ellery Adams' Book Retreat Mysteries. Couldn't wait for one to come from PBS, so I ordered 2 from Amazon. I have loaded up my wish list and my RL. Haven't given up the romance, just backed off a little.

I thoroughly enjoyed it...I didn't have to put it down every few pages in order to try to read more pages. Usually I don't finish those books and I just post or donate them. Evidently the ones I tried were too graphic with the description of the crime.



Date Posted: 9/5/2015 11:01 AM ET
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Finished my 2nd cozy this week, Caught Dead Handed by Carol J. Perry. 

I really totally enjoyed this book and I know I accidentally have found my 1st favorite cozy author.  She writes with such a smooth flow to her words...

Don't think I can wait on the next book to come to me from the wish list, Amazon is mighty tempting!

I think I'm hooked...Sandy

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