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Oh, Melissa, don't get me started!! Some of my favorites are by Diane Mott Davidson, Susan Wittig Albert, Joanne Fluke, Rita Mae Brown, Carolyn Hart, Mary Saums, Carolyn Haines, Linda Greenlaw, Sarah Graves, Louise Penny, Denise Swanson, M. C. Beaton (the Agatha Raisin series), Rett MacPherson, Gillian Roberts and the late Anne George.
Here's a great "cozy" site: http://www.cozy-mystery.com/
Agatha Christie is my all time favorite cozy mystery author. Most cozies I read and then get rid of so I dont pay attention to the authors too much. There is one series about a woman who owns a card making company that is pretty good and also the Agatha Raisin series. Joanne Fluke and Ann Dukthas are also good cozy mystery writers.
OMGoodness this list could be long. Some of my absolute favorites are:
Susan Wittig Albert - love her herb shop mysteries. This series got me hooked on cozy mysteries.
Kate Collins - flower shop mysteries
Michelle Scott - Wine Lover's mysteries
Cleo Coyle - coffeshop mysteries
Sammi Carter - candy shop mysteries
Laura Childs - teashop and scrapbook series
Natalie Roberts - dance studio mysteries
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Thanks so much for all of the great suggestions for cozy mysteries~
The first "cozy" that I have read is ..Hanging by a Thread by Monica Ferris, and Ive started another one of her books and am really
enjoying it also!
Victoria Laurie writes a series with a Psychic that has me laughing (Abby Cooper)
I love Janet Evanovich but she really isn't a cozy
Tamar Myers writes a great series about an amish woman that runs a B&B, those are pretty funny too
Maddy Hunter writes a series about a travel companion to a bunch of crazy seniors from Iowa
I have others that were mentioned above (Laura Childs, Sammi Carter, Kate Collins)
My favorite Cozy authors are:
Rita Mae Brown......both of her series Mrs. Murphy and Sister Jane Arnold / Foxhunting
Rhys Bowen............Molly Murphy Series
Linda Greenlaw......Jane Bunker series
Susan Wittig Albert......Cottage Tales of Beatrix Potter series
Joanne Fluke........Hannah Swenson series
I also like Selma Eichler (desiree shapiro series), Monica Ferris (needlework series), and Laura Childs (Tea Shop series).
Wow - you all have opened my eyes to a myriad of cozy authors I had never heard of - mahalo plenty!! I am a very new member and am still trying to figure out how to make this all work. I am sure that if I just start, the process will all fall into place. Relaxation for me is either reading or quilting - combining the two with audio books is definitely fantastic!!
Looking forward to sharing ideas and autors with you all!!
I love so many cozies, but my favorites are:
Leslie Meier: Lucy Stone
Anne George: Southern Sisters
Shirley Damsgaard : Ophelia & Abby
Elaine Viets: Dead End Jobs
Tamar Myers: Penn Dutch Inn
Madelyn Alt (can't remember the name of the series about witches)
I've gotten really picky about cozies lately and most first-in-series books I've tried by many of the newer authors I tend to throw down in disgust and never move on in the series. There just seems to be so many copy-cat series with the same storyline, and some of the writing is reaaaaaaally bad. That doesn't stop me from picking them up at FOL sales and posting them though, because cozy mysteries tend to go like hotcakes off the old shelf. LOL
I think my favorite all-time would be Anne George's "Southern Sisters," which I finished off earlier this year--sadly, there are no more forthcoming since the author has died.
Susan Wittig Albert's China Bayles "herbal mysteries" series is great too--although there are (as in any series I guess) some that are better than others.
I've really enjoyed Rhys Bowen's Evan Evans series set in Wales--one of the few police procedural cozies out there. She's put this series on hiatus for awhile, concentrating on Molly Murphy (which is also a pretty good historical cozy series) and Lady Georgiana series. I hope she resumes Evan's story someday!
And M.C. Beaton's Hamish MacBeth--I have a kind of love/hate relationship with Hamish. Sometimes the books drive me nuts and other times they're just the balm I need. I gave up on her other series (Agatha Raisin) after about a dozen of them...I think I've just had my fill of man-crazy women. LOL
Ive enjoyed reading everyones opinions about Cozy Mysteries!
Im making a list of all of these authors, and plan to order more of them from PBS in the very near future!
Thanks again to everyone that has posted their favorite authors~