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Shann you have no idea what you have unleashed. By the time we all get done with you it may take you years to catch up! :)
Since I have no idea what you have read I'll just list some of my favorites and just disregard those you have already read.
Laura Childs: Writes a series of books with the location in Charleston, they are called "Tea Shop Mysteries" with the main character being Theodosia Browning, the owner of the tea shop and small catering service. She and her employees are very busy all the time, but not too busy to solve some mysteries....
Laura Childs has also started a new series based on a Scrapbooking Store owner. I think there are only one or two out, but I didn't like them quite as much as the Tea Shop ones.
Maggie Sefton: Writes "Knitting Mysteries" with the main character Kelly Flynn as a transport back home to Colorado from a busy accounting practice in Washington to help settle some legal issues for her Aunt.
Maddy Hunter: "Passport to Peril" series stars Emily Andrew who is the official escort for a group of Senior Citizens from Iowa as they take trips around the world to places like Itally, Switzerland, etc.
Patricia Sprinkle: "Thoroughly Southern Mysteries" A series starring Judge MacLaren Yarbourough, who takes over the magistrates postion from her husband and also "helps" solve some of the crimes in a middle Georgia small town.
Rhys Bowen: "A Constable Evans Mystery" I've just found this one and I love it. Constable Evan Evans is in charge of the police department in the small town of Llanfier, Wales. He is just a constable, but has discovered the knack of being very intuitive about solving crimes from kidnapping to arson, much to the embarassment of his superior officers. Beautiful descriptions of mountainous Wales and you get to learn a little Welch too.
JoAnne Fluke: "Hannah Swenson Mysteries" Hannah runs a cookie baking shop in small town, but lake community Minnesota. Very funny and includes several repeat characters like her Mom, sisters, employees, and a boyfriend or two.
Joanna Carl: "Chocoholic Series" Lee Mckinney is the business manager for her Aunt's Candy Shop in a small town on the shore of Lake Michigan. Very good
Susan Wittig Albert: China Bayles mysteries. China owns an herbal shop in small town Texas after giving up a busy law practice in Dallas. These books are superbly written and there is always one more twist around the corner.
Robin Paige: I don't know if you would call this a cozy or not, but her books starring Lord and Lady Sheridan, take place in late Victorian, early Edwardian Britain. They include some interesting historical background, well-rounded characters and interesting plots. This series is written by Susan Wittig Albert and her husband Bill Albert.
Rita Mae Brown & Sneaky Pie Brown
Lilian Jackson Braun
Katherine Hall Page
Ngaio Marsh (more of a police procedural, but really good)
I'm sure you'll get many other ideas to!
Jill Churchill: "Grace & Favor" books - cozy set in the 1930's - formerly well-off brother and sister inherit a mansion, but only if they agree to live there for 10 years. They end up taking various jobs and patching together an income while solving mysteries along the way.
Judith Van Geisen: "Clair Reynier" mysteries - Clair works in the valuable books section of the university library - mysteries involve manuscripts and authors.
Some of each on my shelf.
Shannon - Are you looking for new, new cozy series? As in cozy series that have just gotten started in the past few years?
If so, Laura Child's scrapbooking series is pretty new - only a few books.
And Maggie Sefton has a series featuring real estate sales. First book is Dying to Sell.
And one I love that just started last year are the Murder by Month Mysteries by Jess Lourey (First book was May Day, then June Bug.)
Diane Mott Davidson - Goldy Bear Shultz - Culinary series about a caterer who gets mixed up in all sorts of drama.
Nancy Atherton - Aunt Dimity Series - Mysteries solved with the help of a ghost. LOVE THESE!
Victoria Laurie - Abby Cooper - Psychic Eye series
I enjoy British cozies and mysteries. My favorite author is by M. C. Beaton - Agatha Raisin series. I've read them all 3 times. Also, have all of Hamish MacBeth Series by same author. Just discovered M. M. Kaye - read "Death in Cyprus", excellent mystery. Also, Peter Lovesey "The False Inspector Dew". Also have a few Colin Dexter mysteries, P. D. James, Dorothy Sayers and Sally Wright's Pride and Prejudice was great mystery in Scotland. I'm now reading W. J. Burley's Wycliffe mysteries. Ah it's wonderful being retired.
I liked Ann Purser's series about Lois Meade, a British woman with a housecleaning business http://www.stopyourekillingme.com/S_Authors/Swanson_Denise.html
D.R.Meredith has a few series, although I have only read the Murder By the Yard books http://www.stopyourekillingme.com/M_Authors/Meredith_D-R.html
Alice Kimberly has a series that take place in & around a bookshop with the ghost of a detective killed there in the 40's http://www.stopyourekillingme.com/K_Authors/Kimberly_Alice.html
Rhys Bowen also has a series seti n NYC in the early 1900's http://www.stopyourekillingme.com/B_Authors/Bowen_Rhys.html
I just discovered a new series by victoria Houston - Loon Lake Mystery series...first one is "Dead Angler" - heard about it on PBS here and tried it. I like it...takes place in the Northwoods of Wisconsin.
Nancy Fairbanks has a really nice culinary mystery series starting with "Crime Brulee" that is funny and addictive.
Kate Grilley's Caribbean mysteries are a good read also. these are three different series that I discovered from PBS! My other favorites are the same as others above have mentioned, particularly the Agatha Raisin and Evan Evans series.
This is a great topic. Someone recommended the Aunt Dimity series so I ordered Aunt Dimity's Death to check them out. I loved it, so then I went back and ordered EVERY other one available on this site! Most of them are on their way to me now! Soon I will have an embarrassment of riches! =^..^=
I've recently started reading Cleo Coyle's coffeehouse series with Clare Cosi. I really enjoyed the first one in the series. They are not set in a small town like most other cozies though. They take place at The Village Blend in New York and are full of great coffee tips and recipes.
India Ink writes the Bath and Body series.
Yasmine Galenorn writes the Chintz and China series about a tea shop and these have a supernatural twist to them.
A couple of cozy mysteries/semi-paranormals like the Psychic Eye series are Madelyn Alt's series beginning with The Trouble WIth Magic. Features a young woman (can't remember the name now, darn it!) who goes to work in a New-Age type shop and her boss is a Witch.
Another one is the Ophelia and Abby series by Shirley Damsgaard, featuring a small-town librarian in Iowa and her grandmother, both of whom are witches. The first one is called Witch Way to Murder.
I also second Yasmine Galenorn's Chintz and China series...she is also writing as India Ink but I much prefer the Chintz and China series with Emerald O'Brien to the Bath and Body ones.
Another one I haven't seen mentioned yet (without the supernatural element) is J.B. Stanley's "Supper Club" mysteries, featuring a group of folks who belong to a diet club in a small town. The first one is Carbs and Cadavers. She also writes another series about a writer for a magazine dealing with collectibles, but I have not tried that one yet. The first one in that series is A Killer Collection.
There is also a series that Amazon keeps recommending to me (but which I haven't tried) that features wine/vineyards in the titles that looks cozy. I can't remember the author of that one, even...sorry!
I'm going to pipe up here:
I tried M.C. Beaton's Agatha Raisin and it was a good read, definitely a cozy without a predominating theme such as food. Think Ladie's No. 1 Detective agency in England.
Susan Conant's Dog Lover mysteries with Holly Winter are my favorite cozy series.
I read the psychic eye series after several were talking about it a month or so ago and loved them. my co-worker read them and I posted asking for other suggestions like these. someone recommended maryjanice davidson's undead series though it's more 'paranormal romance' than mystery my co-worker really liked them enough to read (she doesn't like romance per se but these she said were really c ute and funny along with some pretty steamy stuff thrown in here and there). she also read the first in the deadend jobs series by elaine viets and liked it 'ok', she didnt' care for laura levine's too much and the southern sisters that were recommended by someone she liked ok but she says the best ones were teh psychic eye, her new ghost hunter series(what's a ghoul to do), and the undead series so far. she also lked the body movers by stephanie bond ut not sure if it's a mystery or not since i haven't gotten that far. I'm wondering if she'll like the 'southern vampire' series by harris?? hmm..might take those to her tomorrow ngiht to start.
There are some here I have not seen! I don't think I am repeating....
Donna Andrews: Meg Langslow - Starts with "Murder with Peacocks" - She also has a 2 book series that was very cute about a computer - "You've Got Murder" and "Click Here for Murder"... she never wrote more. =(
Cynthia Baxter - Reigning Cats and Dogs - Traveling Vet - first is "Dead Canaries Don't Sing" - Cute
Jill Churchill - Jane Jeffery Mysteries - Delightful - first is "Grime and Punishment"
Cleo Coyle - relatively new - Village Blend Coffee House - first is "On What Grounds" Delightful series! Can't wait for more (there are 4 so far.)
Deborah Donnelly - Wedding Planner series - "Died to Match" Enjoyed a lot.
Earlene Fowler - Quilt Series - Wonderful books there are 12 or 13 now, have read twice - "Fool's Puzzle"
I am only through the F's!
PS There are 4 in the Laura Child's Scrapbooking series now - They got better... set in New Orleans.
good to know the scrapbooking series got better! I liked the storyline but didn'tlike the character in these like I did with her tea shop series. I also love fowler's benni harper series! I've also re-read some of those. I have the first coffeehouse mystery to read but haven't done so yet..I heard on here that these were 'darker' and that put me off a bit since I have a lot of others that are lighter and funnier.
I'm waiting on a book by Michele Scott who writes the Wine Lovers Mysteries.
I just discovered that Alice Kimberly who writes The Haunted Bookshop Mysteries, is also Cleo Coyle who is actually a husband a wife cozy team!
Charlaine Harris writes the Lily Bard Shakespeare series and Aurora Teagarden series. She also writes the Southern Vampire series, but they aren't really cozies.
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