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Subject: Suggestions for mysteries mother would like
Date Posted: 11/13/2010 9:57 AM ET
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Hi everyone, 

I'd like to send my mother some CDs for Christmas - she has macular degeneration, and can no longer read, but really enjoys books on CD.  She doesn't like anything that has heavy cursing or sexy scenes.  She said she likes the Cat Who series (Qwilleran) and mentioned something about a Veterinarian who has some connection to a post office in a small town (very obscure, but I was trying to take notes while she was talking) - any clues on that one? She also likes Jack Higgins.  So, I am hoping you guys can come up with some suggestions - series or standalones - and I'm gonna use up a few of my credits & have them shipped from PBS to her.

Thanks in advance for your help!


Date Posted: 11/13/2010 10:07 AM ET
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The "veterinarian/post office" series she is referring to is Rita Mae Brown's Mrs. Murphy series.


Date Posted: 11/13/2010 11:16 AM ET
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For what I call "gentle" cozies, I would recommend:  Mrs. Jeffries series by Emily Brightwell;  Lighthouse series by Tim Myers;  Cottage mysteries by Susan Wittig Albert;  Lord Sheridan mysteries by Susan Witting Albert; Seaside Knitters series by Sally Goldenbaum.  Not sure how many of those are on tape, but she won't have any problems with cursing or sexy scenes.  Some of the early Rita Mae Brown series do have some cursing in them, as the series progressed there is less.  Oh, also the Teddy Bear mysteries by John Lamb are good.

Date Posted: 11/13/2010 12:26 PM ET
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How about Ashely Garnder's Captain Lacey series. Those are mysteries set in Regency England and there is no cursing and very rare kissing scenes. Don't know if any of them are on tape though.

Date Posted: 11/15/2010 8:55 AM ET
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If your mom likes Jane Austen, or historical cozies set in that time, I suggest Stephanie Barron's Jane Austen Mystery(ies).  There are, I think, 9 of them.... or 8 or 10....?  It's been a while since I've read them all, so they're no longer on my shelf, and I just re-read and gave to a friend the first one, but very very "cozy", no sex, I don't even recall any hand holding, LOL.  Very fun series.

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Date Posted: 11/15/2010 6:54 PM ET
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Thanks, everyone!  I've got a good start on my hunt!


Date Posted: 11/16/2010 8:43 PM ET
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Both of Jill Churchill's series are very non offensive series. The Grace and Favor series in past times and the more modern Jane Jeffries series should be enjoyable for her.

Date Posted: 12/12/2010 5:35 PM ET
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