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Subject: Need recommendations for a new cozy series
Date Posted: 7/11/2009 6:17 PM ET
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 I am completely through with all the books currently available from  Susan Wittig Albert, Diane Mott Davidson, Joanne Fluke, and Sarah Graves, I am looking for some recommendations for similar series that are worth reading.

Thanks so much

Sherry G

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Date Posted: 7/11/2009 6:36 PM ET
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Sherry ~ Have you ever tried the Supper Club Mysteries by J.B. Stanley?  I'm reading The Battered Body right now, and I just love these characters :)

Date Posted: 7/12/2009 9:41 AM ET
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go to Stop You're Killing Me website and they have where you can search by type of mysteries (careers, location etc)

if you like culinary ones, there is a series by Jessica Conant-Park that is good.

Date Posted: 7/12/2009 9:58 AM ET
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Hi Sherry, My mom has read the ones you listed and now she's really enjoying the teashop and scrapbooking series by Laura Childs.

Date Posted: 7/12/2009 10:28 AM ET
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If you liked Susan Albert Wittig you might like the series she writes with her husband, Bill Albert, as Robin Paige.  They're historical mystery cozies.  I love them.

Date Posted: 7/12/2009 10:49 AM ET
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The Gaslight Mysteries (Sarah Brandt/Frank Malloy) by Victoria Thompson are historical mysteries set in NYC at the turn of the last century.  They are a little different than the books you mentioned but I highly recommend them.  Good stuff!

Date Posted: 7/12/2009 12:38 PM ET
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You might enjoy the Cooking Class Mystery series by Miranda Bliss.  The books include:

Cooking Up Murder

Annie and Eve are life-long best friends who have absolutely nothing in common-except a lack of skill in the kitchen. So when they sign up for a cooking class at the local gourmet shop, they figure the only things at risk are a few innocent fruits and vegetables. But on the first night, Annie and Eve see their fellow student Beyla arguing with a man-a man who later turns up dead in the parking lot. Now the friends feel bound to uncover whatever secrets she's hiding, before someone else's goose-perhaps one of their own-gets cooked.

Murder On the Menu
Dead Men Don't Get the Munchies
Dying for Dinner
Murder Has a Sweet Tooth

Or... The Flower Shop Mysteries by Kate Collins:

Mum's the Word

Abby Knight is the proud owner of her hometown flower shop, but a new low-cost competitor is killing her profits-and a black SUV just rammed her vintage Corvette in a hit-and-run. She's determined to track down the driver, but when the trail turns deadly, the next flower arrangement might be for her own funeral.

Slay It With Flowers
Dearly Depotted
Snipped in the Bud
Acts of Violets
Rose From the Dead
Shoots To Kill
Evil in Carnations

I would suggest reading both series in the sequence written as the characters, and their relationships, develop as the books move along.  (I've listed them in the order written.) 

I've really enjoyed both series.  Abby, from the flower shop mysteries reminds me of Hannah Swenson... with Abby owning a flower shop and Hannah the cookie bakery! 

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Date Posted: 7/22/2009 6:13 PM ET
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I second Judith's recommendations for the Miranda Bliss cozies~  I have read one of the books in the series,

and plan on reading the rest.

I've heard about The Flower Shop mysteries as well...they sound great!

Have you tried Diane Mott Davidson's books?  She is a Caterer in the Colorado area, and Ive enjoyed a couple of her books as well.

Have you seen this site?

~~~  If you're looking for your next Cozy (or Not So Cozy) Mystery, here's a site that will definitely help you... It provides alphabetical & chronological lists of authors, books, holiday mysteries, and more!

   Cozy-Mystery.Com    There are alot of cozies listed there!

Date Posted: 7/22/2009 7:24 PM ET
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I'm reading Wreath of Deception by Mary Ellen Hughes: it's pretty good!  You might want to try it. 

Date Posted: 7/22/2009 9:04 PM ET
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I second the Robin Paige series - they are excellent!

Date Posted: 7/23/2009 11:33 AM ET
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The Flower Shop Mysteries are pretty good.  Also try the Scrumble River Mysteries by Denise Swanson and I highly recommend Donna Andrews' Meg Langslow series - she's a blacksmith and unlike Stephanie Plum, her romance eventually leads to marriage.  She's very funny.

I read Jerrilyn Farmer's Maddie Bean mysteries set in Southern Ca, she's a caterer, and they were good, but she hasn't released anything lately.


One more option are the Crimes of Fashion mysteries by Ellen Byerrum.  The heroine is smart, funny a newspaper reporter on the fashion beat who wants badly to be a regular news reporter.  Byerrum is herself a PI in Virginia and the books are set mostly in the DC area.

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Date Posted: 7/23/2009 11:58 AM ET
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You might want to check out the swap

Crazy for Cozies - a First in a Series Cozy Swap! pLaYiNg!!

All kinds are being listed.  Might give you ideas.

Date Posted: 7/23/2009 7:06 PM ET
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Take a look at this thread.  Link  It might give you some ideas.

Date Posted: 7/24/2009 6:54 AM ET
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I really like the Maddie Springer High Heels series by Gemma Halliday. There are only five books in  this series.  I guess this is a smart idea.  This way the reader doesn't get bored.  Halliday is taking one of the characters and spinning off a new series. 

Another series I enjoyed is Claudia Bishop's Hemlock Falls.

Date Posted: 7/26/2009 4:57 PM ET
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I third the Robin Paige mysteries by Susan Wittig Albert and her husband Bill Albert.  On the same author, Susan Wittig Albert has another good series called "The Cottage Tales of Beatrix Potter".  They sound like they are for children, but they aren't.  This series is a tie-in from one of the Robin Paige books.

The Aunt Dimity Series by Nancy Atherton

Death on Demand Series by Carolyn Hart

There is a new China Bayles mystery coming from Susan Wittig Albert in April 2010 called "Holly Blues"

Faith Fairchild Mystery Series by Katherine Hall Page

Date Posted: 7/26/2009 6:22 PM ET
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Joanne Pence has the Angie Amalfi series which I think is a culinary one.  Tamar Myers does an amish bed and breakfast one.  Cleo Coyle has a coffee shop one.

Date Posted: 7/27/2009 9:31 AM ET
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One of my favorite recent cozy series is by Camille Minichino.  They are called the Periodic Table Mysteries.  Now, before you say, yuck science, which is what I did when I first heard of them, hear me out.  The first book is The Hydrogen Murder.  In it, Dr. Gloria Lamerino returns to her hometown in Massachusetts from a self-imposed decades long exile to California, where she worked as a physicist.  Now retired, she is trying to settle back into life in the East, but is bothered by memories of her long-dead boyfriend and her vindictive mother. When a local physicist is found murdered, Gloria is brought in by the police as a scientific expert to explain some technical details to the police.  Very good books.

Minichino also writes a series featuring a woman who creates miniatures, dollhouses and the like.  This series is written under the name Margaret Grace. Oddly enough, even though I love miniatures and have built a dollhouse myself, and I hate science, I like the Minichino books and don't care as much for the Grace books. 

Date Posted: 7/28/2009 12:11 PM ET
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I love the Psychic Eye series by Victoria Laurie.  She also writes the Ghost Hunter series, but I haven't read those yet!

Date Posted: 7/31/2009 10:44 AM ET
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I've just discovered Nancy Fairbanks' Carolyn Blue culinary mysteries. Oh, how fun! Not only are they a blast to read, but they're very well-written.

Date Posted: 7/31/2009 1:40 PM ET
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I have a bunch of Midnight Louie Mysteries I'll make you a deal on. Dolly

Date Posted: 8/17/2009 12:11 AM ET
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Rett MacPherson is wonderful with the Torie O'Shea books. She uses Genealogy as the theme.

Torie O'Shea
1. Family Skeletons (1997)
2. A Veiled Antiquity (1998)
3. A Comedy of Heirs (1999)
4. A Misty Mourning (2000)
5. Killing Cousins (2002)
6. Blood Relations (2003)
7. In Sheep's Clothing (2004)
8. Thicker Than Water (2005)
9. Dead Man Running (2006)
10. Died in the Wool (2007)
11. The Blood Ballad (2008)


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