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Subject: Have you read these older cozy series?
Date Posted: 1/19/2012 4:34 PM ET
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I'm trying to decide what to read next, and I'm thinking of starting one of the following older series:

M.C. Beaton's Agatha Raisin series

Tim Myers' Innkeeping series

Jo Dereske's Miss Zukas series

Leslie Meier's Lucy Stone series

 

Have you read any of these series?  Any you like more than others?  Thanks for your input!

Date Posted: 1/19/2012 4:39 PM ET
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I've read the Tim Meyer"s series and Leslie Meier"s series.  I love both of them.  Leslie Meier has quite a few books in her backlist, I think the Tim Meyers series has 5-6.  So I vote for them! 

Tim Meyers also has series written under other pen names.  If you go to "Stop You're Killing Me" website http://www.stopyourekillingme.com/ they list all of them under Tim Meyers name.  The only series I really didn't like was the soap making one, but I'm sure others liked it. 



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Date Posted: 1/19/2012 5:17 PM ET
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I have read a fair number of the Lucy Stone books, tho not in order.  I would guess I've read 6 or them.  I'm not fond of Lucy.  Her parenting style annoys me to no end.  I couldn't put my finger on the problem after the first couple of books, then I tried to ignore it for a couple of books, but that didn't work, so I tried to "see things her way", knowing that there are many different parenting styles in this world, but I just couldn't do it.  So, I quit reading the series.  However, sans her parenting style, the books are enjoyable. 

Date Posted: 1/19/2012 6:12 PM ET
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A big thumbs up for the Miss Zukas series! Especially the older ones.  smiley

Date Posted: 1/19/2012 7:30 PM ET
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The early Agatha Raisin books are good but they get very predictable and formulaic very quickly.  Agatha is a bit cranky and not especially nice but...they books aren't bad as long as you read them with big breaks between each book.  After 6 or 7, you probably will be about done.  I like M.C.Beaton's Hamish MacBeth series better than Agatha Raisin.

Date Posted: 1/19/2012 8:24 PM ET
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Hi Amy......Love the "Miss Zukas" series...and the "Innkeeping" books my Tim Myers...He has several other series as well, and he writes under several other names.....candlemaking, soapmaking......new  series about  pizza.....I started the Agatha Raisin series...beginning books were good, but I tired of them after several.....

Date Posted: 1/19/2012 8:50 PM ET
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Like the Miss Zukas series.  The Agatha Raisin series is one of the ones I thought of when LeeAnne asked if we could read a series and not like the main character!  I love cozies set in small English villages so this series should have been a favorite--I read one, started the second, and realized I did not like Agatha at all, so I gave up on them.  The series is very popular though, so there must be others that like her.

I agree, I like Hamis MacBeth a lot better!

Diane

Date Posted: 1/20/2012 12:27 AM ET
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I'm not crazy about Lucy Stone, either. I only read 2 stories in anthologies (those with Fluke & ohmy I can't remember the other author) and wasn't impressed enough to want to read the regular books.

I read the anthologies soI could say I was totally caught up with Joanne Fluke and discovered the Jaine Austen books via the short stories first then went on to read through that series - not Lucy Stone, though.

GAil

Date Posted: 1/20/2012 12:32 AM ET
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......new  series about  pizza.....

Linda - are those the Chris Cavender books?

GAil

Date Posted: 1/20/2012 11:31 PM ET
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Love Miss Zukas! Read the first dozen or so Agatha Raisin books but I think old Aggie had multiple personality disorder--one minute she was a cowering, whiny, insecure woman who needed a man to be complete and the next she was a bossy, aggressive beeyotch. Bah!

I tried reading several of Tim Myers' series (he has an ever-growing list of pen names...don't think he's fooling anyone, though!) and frankly didn't think he could write his way out of a paper bag. I might have had one of Leslie Meier's books on my TBR but I think I weeded it out by skimming a few chapters after it had sat there for a couple years.

I am not a big cozy fan in general though.

Cheryl

Date Posted: 1/21/2012 4:32 PM ET
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Thanks for the advice!  I think I'll give Miss Zukas a try, after I finish my current book, which happens to be an excellent mystery!  (see my siggy for link)

Date Posted: 1/21/2012 8:38 PM ET
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Yes, Chris Cavender (aka Tim Meyers) writes the new pizza series.  I really like this one.

Date Posted: 1/22/2012 11:57 AM ET
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Gail - yes they are... light, easy read  Liked his "Lighthouse" series the best, i think, followed by candle making ....Have not read his other new series....forgot what "craft" it was....something with glass or repairs?? I am ferlkempt....(BD tomorrow and I am developing more "Senior Brain Cells"..LOL )....

Cheryl - I couldn't agree with you more about Agatha Raisin ! 



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Date Posted: 1/25/2012 7:14 AM ET
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I loved the Miss Zukas books, liked the Lighthouse series and Candlemaking series by Tim Myers (have the Pizza series here to start), and although I have them, I've not read either of the other two. I am a cozy fan though, I often enjoy a light and quick read...and sometimes appreciate a series where the main character is a guy - some of the cozies seem almost as if the women in them could be interchangeable, lol. Miss Zukas does not fit that category. 

Subject: Have you read these older cozy series?
Date Posted: 1/25/2012 12:25 PM ET
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The Miss Zukas series has ended. The last book was Farewell Miss Zukas.I really enjoyed that series and was so sorry to see it go. I don't enjoy the author's other series--or, at least, I tried one of the books in the other series and didn't like it, so didn't try any more. I am going to miss Miss Zukas--read all the books in the series multiple times over the years.

Date Posted: 1/25/2012 1:58 PM ET
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I liked the early Agatha Raisin, but quit reading them after awhile.

Tried the Miss Zukas and was irrationally annoyed by them.  The main character seemed like she was written in the wrong decade.

I wanted to slap Lucy Stone and couldn't even make it through the first book. 

I'm no help am I?

Date Posted: 1/26/2012 8:22 AM ET
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Elizabeth Peters Amelia Peabody series

Ellis Peters Brother Cadfael series

-RD

Date Posted: 10/4/2012 8:16 PM ET
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Anyone read the Mrs. Jeffries series by Emily Brightwell or the the "Pennyfoot" Hotel series by Kate Kingsbury?  I love both of them.....