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Subject: Looking for.... my MIL!
Date Posted: 2/9/2010 12:20 AM ET
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Looking for "clean" mysteries... She doesn't like bedroom scenes or "bathroom language." She's read most or all of the Love Inspired Suspense and the Heartsong Presents Mysteries....  She knows she likes Mary Higgens Clark... Can I get some recomendations for good authors for her?

Also, if anyone has any deals on these sorts of books could you let me know? I've gotten her onto PBS, which is a miracle as she's scared to death of the comp and continualy needs help with it... It would be super amazing if someone could point me to "her" type of books, so I don't have to try to figure them out as I don't read ANYTHING that she does and vice versa!

Thanks in advance! I just love how helpful people are on here!

(Will also post to the book bazar to catch help over there...)

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Date Posted: 2/9/2010 6:54 AM ET
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You are a very nice daughter in law.

One of favorites is Aaron Elkin,  great settings are around the world. He has a wife in the most of the books, but now bedroom scenes. How about some of the cozies. Does she have any hobbies (cooking, crafts, animals) there are lots of cozy with little sex but are built aroudn hobbies or animals.


Date Posted: 2/9/2010 8:37 AM ET
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Here's a new site that I recently found:


"Clean Cozy Mysteries is the work of Terrie Lynn Bittner, an old-fashioned grandma who thinks a really good writer should be able to hold a reader’s attention without intimacy or gore, and whose vocabulary should be big enough to not require swear words."

That said, your Grandmother might enjoy the Southern Sisters mysteries by the late Anne George.

Date Posted: 2/9/2010 8:50 AM ET
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Try Mary Stewart's mysteries, Lorena Barrett, Elizabeth Peters and  Barbara Michaels.  All are good authors I have recommend to my own mother, who sounds just like your mother in law! 


For Mary Stewart, I would highly recommend Twelve Coaches Waiting.  In my opinion, it is one of her best!


Elizabeth Peters has an Amelia Peabody series worth checking out.

Barbara Michaels' books are stand-alones (most take place in Virginia.)  I recommend anything by her. 

Lorena Barrett has a great series, but all of her books are wishlisted right now.

(I have some Elizabeth Peters on my bookshelf.  Will give a 3 for 1 credit.)

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Date Posted: 2/9/2010 6:31 PM ET
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Kate Kingsbury and Victoria Thompson's series are both clean and excellently written.

Date Posted: 2/9/2010 7:01 PM ET
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I really enjoy the Lucy Stone Mysteries by Leslie Meier. The setting is Tinker's Cove in Maine. It's fun as Lucy's very involved with her four kids throughout the series.

Try this website as all the cozy mystery books are listed by authors and in order. Many book themes are also listed.


Date Posted: 2/9/2010 9:03 PM ET
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I would recommend Susan Wittig Albert's "The Cottage Tales of Beatrix Potter", Robin Paige's historical mysteries novels, The Inspector and Mrs. Jeffries series. I second Connie's suggestion ofthe Lucy Stone Mysteries. Joanne Fluke's Hannah Swenson, Joanna Carl's Chocoholic series, Monica Ferris needlepoint series and Maggie Sefton's knitting series.

Date Posted: 2/9/2010 10:23 PM ET
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I've got one on my shelf, Murder by Mushroom. She may have already read it since it is a Love Inspired one but thought I'd share

Date Posted: 2/10/2010 10:35 PM ET
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I am a great grandmother with the same taste in novels. I enjoy Dee Henderson and Terri Blackstock.

Date Posted: 2/14/2010 2:11 PM ET
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Maybe she'd like Carola Dunn. She has a Daisy Darymple series. I have read the first, Death at Wentwater Court, and it meets the requirements. :) I'm reading Manna From Hades right now and that, too, seems like good, clean, murder mystery fun. Another suggestion is Charlotte MacCleod who was a wonderfully clever writer who didn't need naughty parts or cuss words to entertain her readers.

Date Posted: 2/14/2010 7:31 PM ET
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Cleo Coyle's Coffeehouse Mysteries

Yasmine Galenorn's Chintz and China series

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Date Posted: 2/15/2010 11:00 PM ET
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This is a great thread, thanks for that clean cozy link! Putting this thread on watch :)

Date Posted: 2/16/2010 2:43 PM ET
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I absolutely love the Mrs. Pollifax series by Dorothy Gilman. I read them years ago and have them on my keeper shelf and have been thinking about replacing them with better copies since they are paperback and have turned with age. Occasionally I will go back and reread them.

She also has a few stand alones that are good, Nun in the Closet to name one.

Date Posted: 2/18/2010 3:35 PM ET
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I was going to suggest the Mrs. Pollifax series as well. Both of the M. C. Beaton series' would probably fill the bill, too: Hamish Macbeth and Agatha Raisin. If you think she'd like something a little "weightier" she might enjoy the Inspector Rutledge series by Charles Todd. They take place in England just after WWI. They are a little dark and broody but definitely no sex or foul language.

Subject: Cozies
Date Posted: 2/18/2010 6:47 PM ET
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I like everyone's suggestions! I agree..Kristi ~ you are a nice Daughter - in- law to help your MIL out like this! :) Have you tried Monica Ferris cozy mysteries ( set in a needlecraft store..or Miranda Bliss cozy mysteries? these are set in a Restaurant theme ) I like the regular Love Inspired line of books myself..and Ive started one of the Love Inspired Historical books, it sounds like your MIL and I kind of have the same taste in books. :)
Date Posted: 2/18/2010 6:50 PM ET
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Hope all these suggestions have been helpful, Kristi. I have to admit however to chuckling every time I read the subject for this post. I just have this feeling you are out looking for your MIL cause she's wandered off. I have a strange sense of humor I've been told. :-)

Date Posted: 2/18/2010 8:56 PM ET
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LOL, me too Joy. The first time I saw the thread, I wanted to click on it and say, "Gee, I'm sorry. How long has she been missing?"