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Subject: Snuggle Up to a Criminal
Date Posted: 4/22/2010 10:04 AM ET
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This is the thread for posting discussions on books read for category # 5 of the HF mystery challenge.

Date Posted: 4/27/2010 11:47 AM ET
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So, what is everyone choosing as their cozy book? I need some ideas! I think cozies are missing everything that I consider essential to a really good book; violence, death, torture, sex, kidnapping, and a little cannibalism is always good for a plot. What kinda book doesn't have any of those things?! lol

Does anyone think this book would qualify as a cozy -

The Musketeer's Apprentice by Sarah D'Almeida - http://www.paperbackswap.com/book/details/9780425217696-The+Musketeers+Apprentice

Would it work? Whatcha think?

Date Posted: 4/27/2010 12:17 PM ET
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I read a few pages of one of these books on Amazon and they sound "fun", so, I believe they would qualify as cozies. Nothing to give one nightmares after reading it!

Date Posted: 4/27/2010 1:24 PM ET
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As I define cozies, any of the following series would qualifiy as both historical & cozy mysteries:

  • Brother Cadfael series (Ellis Peters) - a monk in medieval Shrewsbury
  • Gaslight mysteries (Victoria Thompson) - a midwife turned amateur sleuth set in late 1800's NYC
  • Victorian mysteries (Robin Paige) - set in Victorian England, our sleuth is an American who inherited an aunt's English estate.
  • Lady Georgiana mysteries (Rhys Bowen) - a distant cousin of Queen Victoria's and 36th (or something like that) in line for the throne is our detective.
  • Molly Murphy mysteries (Rhys Bowen) - an Irish immigrant lands in NYC in the early 1900's and sets herself up as a private investigator.
  • Amelia Peabody mysteries (Elizabeth Peters) - our amateur detective in these books a young English Egyptologist.

There are lots & lots of other books/series that would qualify as cozies, but these are some that Linda & I are following or have followed in the past.

Kelly

 

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Date Posted: 5/2/2010 9:48 AM ET
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For this challenge I am reading Rhys Bowen's In a Gilded Cage. It is a Molly Murphy book. Very good series but start with teh first one Molly Murphy.

Other authors for his category is Carola Dunn, Troy Soos and Peter J. Heck's Mark Twain series.

Hope you find something you like

Alice

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Date Posted: 5/4/2010 7:55 AM ET
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I finished Rhys Bowen's in a Gilded Cage. Very nice addition to her series. This book was dealing with woman's issue at the turn of century New York. Long discussion on that ther fight to win the vote for woman as well as a woman's role in society was not much more than to have babies and take care of the house. These issues well introduced nicely into the story line and still able to a nice historical cozy mystery too.

Alice

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Subject: SNUGGLE UP TO A CRIMINAL
Date Posted: 5/18/2010 9:25 PM ET
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Help

I am a non-cozy reader. Nothing wrong with cozies, I just want the thrillers. So-o-o someone give me the best book, least cozy, that qualifies as a cozy  for this topic for the challenge.

Thanks,

Mary

Date Posted: 5/24/2010 5:22 PM ET
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For this category I read The Russian Hill Murders by Shirley Tallman.  This is the second book in this series about an independent young woman in San Francisco, who is an attorney, from a society family.  The city, of course,  looks askance at a woman trying to make her way in a "man's" world, but her family is supportive.  Enjoyable bit of romance thrown in, the mystery is fun.

Linda

Date Posted: 6/5/2010 12:13 AM ET
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My choice for cozy mystery is Tell Me Pretty Maiden by Rhys Bowen.  It probably is a good idea start from the beginning of the series as someone suggested because Bowen introduces some former clients and alludes to past cases.  Also, there is a continuing story line in Molly Murphy's character development, but I didn't feel very lost in spite of all that.  In Tell Me Pretty Maiden,  Molly is suddenly juggling severeal cases at once and recruits her ex-policeman boyfriend, who's out of a job at the moment, to help out,.  How these separate cases come together - an amnesiac, a haunted theater, and the disappearance of a rich young man - is  enjoyable, clever, and maybe, a little incredible.  But very, very cozy!  I liked it and would read Molly Murphy books again to snuggle down with to pass the time.

Date Posted: 6/5/2010 11:07 AM ET
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Sometimes these cozy mysteries are just the thing for a break - light and fun. I don't read them often, but every once in a while......

Date Posted: 6/6/2010 9:05 AM ET
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Silent in the Sanctuary by Deanna Raybourn - Second book in the Lady Julia Gray mysteries. In this one, Lady Julia and her brothers are return to the family home for Christmas at the request (demand) of  their father, Lord March. Lord March has invited family members and assorted guests to the March home, Belmont Abbey.  Amid the usual family drama, odd events occur and things culminate in a murder.  Compared to the first book in the series, Silent in the Sanctuary has more twists and turns which is not surprising because there are so many characters, as they're all staying in the March house.  Of course, much conflict ensues and the plot thickens as the mystery unfolds. Enjoyed the first Lady Julia Grey novel and the second is equally strong.  The twists in this mystery keeps one guessing one more than the first book. Silent on the Moor is next as I using this series for the mini mystery challenge.  Lady Julia is a wonderful character and the series makes for fun, relaxing reads.  Try them!



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Date Posted: 6/27/2010 9:10 AM ET
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I read Mrs. Hudson and the Spirits' Curse by Martin Davies for this category.  We meet a young girl from an orphanage (the kindly folks there have named her Flotsam) who is desperate, hungry, cold...and a terrible thief.  She is caught trying to steal an old cabbage by young Scraggs, who promptly takes her to Mrs.Hudson, a no-nonsense, heart-of-gold housekeeper.  Mrs. Hudson takes Flottie under her wing, and when their employer dies (or something...I can't remember now, LOL) they are next hired to keep house for none other than the great Sherlock Holmes.  Mr. Holmes has requirements for a housekeeper: she should be unfazed by blood, organs floating in jars, and violin music at any and all hours.  Mrs. Hudson fits the bill perfectly.

This first mystery centers on a young man who comes to Holmes and Watson, telling them of a terrible curse that has been put on him by some natives in Sumatra.  He needs help and protection.  Previous victims have died terrible deaths, with their eyes gouged out of their heads. (Could be right up your alley, Mary!)

The great Holmes begins his contemplation but, as the story unfolds, we realize that Mrs. Hudson is far ahead of Sherlock...and in fact, he makes quite a few telling errors.  This was a perfect cozy, and fun to see Mrs. Hudson outsmart Sherlock.  But quietly.  She lets him believe in his superiority...although, being Sherlock Holmes, he does appreciate her astuteness.  He just chalks it up to being his housekeeper!

Date Posted: 6/28/2010 11:37 AM ET
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I've finished my cozy! Actually, I read two cozies because I had to read the sequel after finishing "Death of A Musketeer".

Death of A Musketeer features the Three Musketeers and D'Artagnan, of course, and does stick to the Dumas story pretty well, with a few minor differences. In this book, the men are out carousing when they see a fellow Musketeer racing through the streets and they give chase, but when they round the corner of a building, they see the Musketeer lying on the ground. They investigate and find that it isn't a Musketeer at all, but a woman who looks much like the Queen. This leads them down a path of mystery and danger, but after plenty of adventure and danger, they figure out who is behind this evil plot. This is not Dumas, but it was a good, fun read. I really enjoyed it, much more than I thought I would.

I enjoyed the next book I read, "The Musketeer's Apprentice" even more, but I realized I had skipped a book and I've already requested it! So far, I believe there are 5 books in this series: 1. Death of A Musketeer, 2. The Musketeers Seamstress, 3. The Musketeer's Apprentice, 4. A Death in Gascony, and 5. Dying By the Sword. I'll continue to read until I get bored with it. ;-)

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Date Posted: 7/6/2010 11:02 PM ET
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Still hung up on this topic. Any suggestions?

Mary

Date Posted: 7/14/2010 8:05 PM ET
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I've got an un-suggestion. Don't pick up The Dead Travel Fast by Deanna Rayborn. I like her Lady Julia Grey series, but this one's a dud.

Horrid dime-novel quality gothic with vampires. Shudders.

That's my review and I'm sticking to it. Blah.

Date Posted: 7/14/2010 8:39 PM ET
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I am reading an interesting little mystery on the order of Agatha Christie. It's titled " The Case of Compartment 7" by Sam McCarver. It takes place on the Orient Express, (wouldn't you just know it?) in 1914. The Orient Express is haunted by an apparition of a young bride who is drenched in blood and pleading for help. I know, it doesn't sound like a cozy, based on that, but I believe this is. Professor John Darnell and his bride of 2 years are on the train celebrating their long overdue honeymoon as well as the fact that he is investigating this case. They are like Nick and Nora Charles. This book is filled with some pretty colorful characters, including Mata Hari. I really am enjoying it.

Mary - Sam McCarver has written a few like this. You might want to check it out at your library. You and I read a lot of the same mysteries and if I am finding this an enjoyable read, you might, as well. See what you think!

Thanks for the heads up on The Dead Travel Fast, Genie!  (Oh Valli? Did you hear that? ouch!!!). Just so you all understand, I sent that book to Valli  - she will probably never speak to me again!!crying

Date Posted: 7/15/2010 9:59 AM ET
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I'm reading Silent in the Grave by Deanna Raybourn, the first in her "Lady Julia" series.  I'm pretty sure this qualifies as a cozy mystery.  I agree with several others on the forum; I like Lady Julia very much indeed!

Date Posted: 7/15/2010 1:33 PM ET
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Jeanne, I was already grumbling about you and now I come here to find you sent me a sucky book!! Well! I say GOOD!!!!!!!

You've already made me so addicted to mysteries that I can't concentrate on the challenges. Last night, I started my first book for the fantasy challenge and I was doing great with it...until I went to bed and saw the next Stephen Booth book sitting on my nightstand. Now, I don't know where I've put the fantasy book and I'm over 100 pages into Booth's book (which is really, really good, by the way!). Sitting on my desk is a Jack Kerley book, a St. Cyr book, and a Rennie Airth book. My desk used to be covered with H/F, look what you have done to me....Thanks!!! :-D

Date Posted: 7/15/2010 2:51 PM ET
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Aw shucks, Valli, I just "can't hep it"!! lol! I love the HF but I do also love my mysteries. Are you referring to the J. Robert Janes St. Cyr or the C S Harris St. Cyr? If it's the Janes book, post it to me when you're finished - I still haven't read one of those yet! And, as I always say, NO RUSH!!!!!!

I have a book titled "By a Slow River" by Philippe Claudel, and it's calling my name. That's another author I haven't read. This one qualifies as HF because it starts around the First World War. I'm hoping it's a good one. Don't think it would fit in the cozy genre, though.

Date Posted: 7/15/2010 3:04 PM ET
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I'm not big on cozies or historical mysteries, although there are a few I like. But right now, I'm listening to An Unpardonable Crime by Andrew Taylor. He's a new-to-me author. I'm liking this one a lot. It's what I would describe as a literary historical mystery.

It involves a teacher at a boys school and 2 boys, one of whom is Edgar Allan Poe. A creepy old guy - allegedly Poe's real father - keeps accosting the boys. Suspense builds. I'm still waiting for the murder and hoping it isn't one of the boys...

Anyhoo, if anyone's still looking for a cozy, this would qualify. And it's pretty darn good, so far.

Date Posted: 7/19/2010 2:14 PM ET
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Finished The Case of Compartment 7 by Sam McCarver, which I described above. It was fun to read something that is so similar to the old Agatha Christie novels/mysteries.!