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Subject: Recommendations :)
Date Posted: 6/10/2008 10:25 AM ET
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I've mailed out 14 books in the past two days so now I have some credits to spend!!!  Help me figure out what to order.  I've been venturing into the cozy genre lately and would like to maybe look into some of those.  Any suggestions for good series (and please tell me the first book...lol :) )

Date Posted: 6/10/2008 10:47 AM ET
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Are you talking about mysteries?

Aunt Dimity's Death

Date Posted: 6/10/2008 11:31 AM ET
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Hey Emily, I think any book on my shelf would be a great next read for you...hahaha.....just joking...


What genre do you like to read?  I can't help with the cozy's; not my "cup-a-tea".

Date Posted: 6/10/2008 1:11 PM ET
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I really read anything that's good.  I've been reading a lot of fiction lately like Jodi Picoult and Anita Shreve, but I also love chick lit, romance, mystery, and some non fiction (mainly memoirs).

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Date Posted: 6/10/2008 1:29 PM ET
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Hi, I have "The Nanny Diaries" and "Devil Wears Prada" on my bookshelf, which might be a nice, cozy bit to read.  They're easy reads and I really enjoyed them.  Fantastic chick lit!

I'd also recommend the collection of cozy romance stories, "American Dream" that I have posted.  It's not too corny, just enough to be a good book for women.


Date Posted: 6/10/2008 1:57 PM ET
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A few of my favorite series, and their first books, are:

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Subject: Emily Giffin
Date Posted: 6/10/2008 3:23 PM ET
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If you haven't already read them, Emily Giffin has a delightful series. I don't have them on my shelf (as I refuse to part with them) but from what I've seen, they should be readily avaliable.

It starts with "Something Borrowed" then moves on into "Something Blue" and ends with "Baby proof." I've read all three (although I read them out of sequence) and I find myself going back to read them again and again!

I also agree with BookMonkey that Janet Evanovich's Stephanie Plum series is awesome! I just started it last week, and I'm addicted! I'm already on book six, and I work a full time job, am planning a wedding, AND I have an online summer class. They are that addicting!

Happy reading!

Date Posted: 6/10/2008 4:17 PM ET
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The Mrs. Pollifax series is a really good series to get into. The unexpected Mrs. Pollifax is the first one by Dorothy Gilman. A good cozy mystery is The Southern Sisters - Murder on a Girls Night Out is the first one, by Anne George ( I have that one on my bookshelf).  Chief Inspector Morrissey Mysteries by Kay Mithchell are really good. The first one is A Lively Form of Death (I also have that one on my bookshelf). One of my new favorite series is by Elizabeth Peters about Amelia Peabody, a Victorian feminist Egyptologist from Kent, England. The first one is Crocodile on the Sandbank. ( I have the first one and am aquiring the rest.)

Enjoy what ever series you decide to start.

Date Posted: 6/10/2008 7:24 PM ET
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What about Anne George's mysteries?

Southern Sisters Mysteries

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Date Posted: 6/14/2008 1:04 AM ET
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Ellis Peters  - Brother Cadfael Mysteries

Susan Wittig Albert - herb shop series

Jill Churchill -  Grace & Favor Mysteries (set in the 1930's)


Date Posted: 6/14/2008 1:59 AM ET
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Bed & Breakfast Mysteries by Mary Daheim.  They are well crafted and humorous.

Date Posted: 6/18/2008 9:51 PM ET
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I highly recommend Alpine for You by Maddy Hunter, it is the first book in the passport to peril mysteries. I am on the 6th book now. Emily Andrew is a travel escort and she travels all over the world with a group of seniors from Iowa, it is such a funny book, lots of mystery and mahem.  The group she escorts is quite a group I will tell ya!


Date Posted: 6/18/2008 9:59 PM ET
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That sounds great!! I know I will be checking it out!

Date Posted: 6/19/2008 2:40 PM ET
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A memoir I really enjoyed was "The Prize Winner Of Defiance, Ohio" by Terry Ryan.  It's about how Terry's Mom practically supported her large family in the 50s/60s by entering jingle/poetry contests for market products.  I've read it twice! 

The movie is just as good as the book, IMO.

Date Posted: 6/24/2008 11:14 AM ET
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The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd


Bitsy's Bait & BBQ by Pamela Morsi



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Date Posted: 6/24/2008 12:19 PM ET
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The Hamish MacBeth series by M.C. Beaton is a good cozy series. I also always recommend C.J. Box's Joe Picket series and Craig Johnson's Walt Longmire series. These aren't, strictly speaking, cozies but they are set in the mountain west and they are well written.
Date Posted: 6/24/2008 12:53 PM ET
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Whenever I'm in the mood for a cozy, I like the Debbie Macomber books. They're written in series, but can be read out of order as there is enough back story in each that it's not confusing.