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Subject: reccomendations/deals on cozy mysteries
Date Posted: 2/3/2008 2:05 PM ET
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I'm looking for cozy mystery books. Meaning light and fun, not a lot of blood and guts, not dark, not full of bad language.

I already know about and have read the cat who books, grub and staker books, and rita mae and sneaky pie brown books. I've also looked a couple of dfferent christian mysteries..one series by lori copeland the other by Emilie Richards.

What others are out there?

Date Posted: 2/3/2008 6:50 PM ET
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Michelle, Here are some mystery series I enjoy that are on the lighter side: anything by M. C. Beaton (Marion Chesney) - Agatha Raisin and Hamish MacBeth series in particular, Elizabeth Peters (Amelia Peabody Egyptology series - think of an intellectual version of "The Mummy"), Jill Churchill (although lately, they've been disappointing), and Dorothy Gilman (Mrs. Pollifax - not new, but highly enjoyable and humorous). Some of these aren't new, but in case you haven't read them, these make up my "keepers" in the genre. Marilyn
Date Posted: 2/3/2008 7:02 PM ET
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Michelle,    I PMed you with some series I enjoy, and quite a few faith-based cozies.    M'ann

Date Posted: 2/3/2008 7:33 PM ET
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Thanks to you both for your information. I'm so glad I asked. Now I just have to get some more credits LOL



Date Posted: 2/4/2008 12:33 AM ET
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Joanna Fluke's series is lots of fun-I've read them all, and am anxiously waiting for The Carrot Cake Murder.

Date Posted: 2/4/2008 8:09 AM ET
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Another way to identify cozy mysteries is to go to the Malice Domestic website (http://www.malicedomestic.org/) and look at the authors who attend this mystery convention. While author attendance is not exclusively cozy, most of them are and that's the focus of this annual meeting.

Also, go to Stop! You're Killing Me (http://www.stopyourekillingme.com/) and use the indexes on the left. Books with animals, food, or crafts are usually cozy in nature.

Date Posted: 2/4/2008 3:00 PM ET
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I got hooked on cozies after reading the AGATHA RAISIN books.So far they are my faves by I also like Leslie Meier quite a bit:)


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Date Posted: 2/8/2008 10:10 PM ET
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There are so many out there, I'll never get to them all, and I want to!   My very favorite is the Aunt Dimity series by Nancy Atherton.  I love the Candle Shop mysteries by Tim Myers,

The Candy Shoppe series by Sammi Carter, The Psychic Eye series by Victoria Laurie.

 I've just finished my first Dorothy Gilman " The Unexpected Mrs. Pollifax" and it was very enjoyable.

 Alice Kimberly writes mysteries set in a bookshop, as does Carolyn G. Hart, both series are great!

www.cozy-mystery.com/   I just found this website this week and I have added over 30 books to my Reminder List because of it!!

Date Posted: 2/8/2008 10:39 PM ET
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Gayle Roper wrote some for love inspired suspense..I haven't read them but have them in my TBR pile- they sounded pretty good!I think theyall have 'caught' in the title but not 100% sure.

There was another labeled' cozy' for that same line; an individual book but the title escapes my mind..something about a casserole..someone dies eating leftovers from a church luncheon..lots of Christian lessons , esp about gossip, in this one but I liked it overall as a good mystery. If this sounds like something you're interested in I can look and see what the title is. ETA: It's 'Murder by Mushroom'.

the language doesn't bother me for the most part so I tend to forget what does and doesn't have bad language...some series I"ve liked have been  Earlene Fowler's Benni Harper mysteries - all have quilt titles though I've  only seen anyone quiltling a few times! I also like the tea shop mysteries by laura childs - mostly for reading about the teas and teapots! liked the series you mentioned by rita mae brown too. my favorite so far are the 2 series by victoria laurie - psychic eye and the new ghost hunters series she started last year. not sure of the language though. I read the 3 cooking class mysteries and I *think* there was some language in there but not 100% sure..I was on a reading spree and could have them confused. laurie's might have some too...

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Date Posted: 2/12/2008 3:23 PM ET
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Thanks for the cozy website. I'll go check it out. Probably will end up with a ton of others on my list too :)


I also have gone to this website and looked. Tons of stuff listed there. I found a bunch to add to my wish list...that's where I saw the Beatrix potter ones and the Candy shoppe series.




Date Posted: 2/16/2008 1:25 AM ET
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I'm glad I read this thread. I didn't know there was a sub-genre of mysteries with less blood & gore. I'm also not into CSI, forensics, FBI thrillers, vampires or fantasy. I just want regular people solving mysteries. I mostly thought it was a matter of luck, finding an author here & there with the style of a cosy. Thanks for the cosy-mystery link. Off to find new authors!