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Subject: Who is your favorite Cozy Mystery author?
Date Posted: 11/5/2008 3:05 PM ET
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Ive just started reading Cozy Mysteries, and I really enjoy them!!



Date Posted: 11/5/2008 5:40 PM ET
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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/


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Subject: Cozies
Date Posted: 11/5/2008 6:52 PM ET
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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.

Date Posted: 11/5/2008 9:53 PM ET
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I love Joanna Carl, Emilie Richards, Laura Durham, Miranda Bliss and Melinda Wells. I have a ton of others on my TBR pile that sound great but haven't gotten to them yet

Date Posted: 11/5/2008 11:37 PM ET
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Donna Andrews is my all time favorite.    :)

Date Posted: 11/6/2008 1:27 PM ET
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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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Date Posted: 11/6/2008 1:35 PM ET
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I thought of another fav.

Nina Wright - Whiskey Mattimeo series

Date Posted: 11/7/2008 12:06 PM ET
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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!

Date Posted: 11/7/2008 5:35 PM ET
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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)


Date Posted: 11/8/2008 12:23 PM ET
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For me it would have to be Catherine Coulter.  I think she is an awesome writer of mystery/thriller! :)

Date Posted: 11/8/2008 10:08 PM ET
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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).

Date Posted: 11/8/2008 10:09 PM ET
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Nancy Martin is good too....her Blackbird Sisters series

Subject: Cozies
Date Posted: 11/9/2008 12:44 AM ET
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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!!


Date Posted: 11/9/2008 2:52 AM ET
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Elaine Viets - love the Dead End Job series and the Mystery Shopper one too.

Selma Eichler

Laura Levine

Diane Mott Davidson - the earlier books were better.

Date Posted: 11/10/2008 9:23 PM ET
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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)


Date Posted: 11/11/2008 8:13 AM ET
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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



Date Posted: 11/13/2008 12:37 PM ET
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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~