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Subject: old favorites or new british mystery/british cozy series to recommend?
Date Posted: 3/18/2010 11:07 AM ET
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I just read my first 'Murder, She Wrote: The Highland Fling Murders' - which I had gotten from someone here.  I enjoyed it a lot more than I thought.  For having been written from a tv series, I thought it was pretty good.  Also just finished my first Ngaio Marsh mystery.  Liked it too.  Have a new one from the library from Charles Finch's series to read next.  I like his series a lot. 

Anyone have any others to recommend?

Date Posted: 3/18/2010 12:36 PM ET
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Ngaio Marsh is a great choice!  I have read all of her books and really liked every one.  If you haven't found Agatha Christie, she is similar to Marsh.  Dorothy Sayers has a great "Lord Peter Wimsey" series which is a great British series.  For something new, Nancy Atherton's "Aunt Dimity" series is good.  They are recent and she is still writing them. Ann Purser has a couple of series going, these are great.  Hopefully these will help get you started.  If you want anymore, just let me know!

Date Posted: 3/18/2010 2:05 PM ET
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MC Beaton has 2 cozy series:

The Agatha Raisin books take place in teh Cotswold's of England (don't know if I spelled that right)

The Hamish Macbeth books take place in the Scottish Highlands. 

Just about anything by Agatha Christie

Date Posted: 3/18/2010 2:32 PM ET
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Some more that you may enjoy are the Mrs. Jeffries series by Emily Brightwell, the Miss Seeton series by Sarah J. Mason, the Daisy Dalryme Mysteries by Carola Dunn, the Mrs. Malory series by Hazel Holt, the Kate Ardleigh Sheridan & Sir Charles Sheridan series which are Victorian mysteries by Robin Paige, and any of Anne Perry's series.

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Subject: british mysteries/cozy mysteries
Date Posted: 3/18/2010 4:13 PM ET
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i just finished a series that i really liked by ann granger - i think they are the meredith and markby series, or something like that.  there were a whole bunch of them and they were very consistently good.  i hated to see them end.  she has written some other series, but i haven't read any of the others.

Date Posted: 3/19/2010 2:57 AM ET
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There is a website: www.cozy-mystery.com where you may find some good British Cozies.

Some of my favorite authors are:

E. X. Ferrars; John Sherwood; Veronica Stallwood; Anna Clarke; Ann Granger (Meredith & Markby series); Simon Brett (Fethering series); Hazel Holt~!; Betty Rowlands; Emily Brightwell; Audrey Peterson; Susanna Stacey; Kate Kingsbury; and Margaret Frazer.  Of course, Agatha Christie is the best, to me.  A number of these are oldies but I think goodies.  Take a look at the book's info and see if they appeal to you.  I am very partial to British cozies, especially hence my nickname here: MSCOZY.  But I also enjoy quite a few American series, too.  Good luck!

Date Posted: 3/19/2010 11:01 AM ET
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Oh my gosh, how could I have missed Emily Brightwell and the Robin Paige series?  They are both in the top ten of my favorite series!

Subject: british cozy mysteries
Date Posted: 3/19/2010 11:17 AM ET
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thanks for the website!  i will look around there.  i have on my to-be-read shelf a Betty Rowlands, and maybe a kate kingsbury.  i also have an elizabeth george waiting.  i know she is not 'cozy'.  i have liked the inspector lynley pbs series, so i thought i would try one of her books.  but sometimes when it is a gritty series, reading the actual book is even grittier, which is too much for me.

i thought the meredith and markby series was absolutely perfect - am so sad that there are no more of those.  also loved the deborah crombie series, but have read all of those.  not sure those are quite 'cozies', but they were very good.  have a robin paige and an emily brightwell on my to-be-read shelf also - will give those a try next also. 

have read all the hamish macbeth and agatha raisins.  the newer ones she has been writing haven't been as good as the older ones, though. 

have read all the 'cat who' mysteries, but of course they are not british.

got some books from paperback swap by gwen moffat, that feature 'miss pink'.  liked the first one that i read. 

Date Posted: 3/22/2010 12:48 PM ET
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Other series you might want to check out:

  • susan wittig albert's beatrix potter series -- very charming!
  • stephanie barron's Jane Austen books -- Jane is the sleuth
  • janet & ron benry's royal tunbridge wells books -- featuring tea
  • martin edwards' lake district books
  • anthony eglin's english garden books
  • deborah grabien's haunted ballad series
  • diana killian's poetic death books