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Is this whole group dormant

1JKJ94
jan 9, 2019, 6:16 pm

Everything I click is dormant. Does anyone really come here and share cozy mysteries with you?

2gmathis
jan 10, 2019, 12:08 pm

It's been a while since I've seen anything new. I think the same info gets shared and discovered on the Crime, Thriller, and Mystery thread.

3ElizabethOlson
feb 28, 2020, 10:53 pm

I just started this site and I read 66 different cozy mysteries in all subjects and I'm always looking for new authors.
I have about 10 authors who were not renewed but their publishers

4gmathis
mar 2, 2020, 9:01 am

They aren't exactly mysteries, but definitely cozy...have you tried Amy Stewart's Kopp Sisters series? The first one is Girl Waits With Gun: the chronicles of a female deputy sheriff circa 1918.

5Crypto-Willobie
dec 2, 2020, 10:22 am

Dormant?

6gmathis
dec 2, 2020, 11:36 am

I wish that it weren't; it takes a lot of slogging through "Crime, Thriller, and Mystery" to get to the cozier titles I prefer.

Therefore, in an attempt to resuscitate this puppy, I will duly propose The Persian Pickle Club by Sandra Dallas...just saw a 20th Anniversary edition advertised, and while it isn't marketed as a whodunit, it is.

Other suggestions?

7rhinemaiden
dec 2, 2020, 3:37 pm

Let's chat about our favorite cozy Christmas/holiday mysteries... here are some of mine:

O, Little Town of Maggody by Joan Hess
A Highland Christmas by M.C. Beaton
The Shortest Day: Murder at the Revels by Jane Langton

this isn't a mystery per se, but it's a charming Christmas book:

A Redbird Christmas by Fannie Flagg

will save others for my next post...

8gmathis
dec 4, 2020, 12:23 pm

I haven't read them all, but Anne Perry has done a bundle of Christmas mysteries with spin-off characters from her flagship Victorian mystery series. I think those would fit here.

9gmathis
dec 4, 2020, 12:24 pm

We might want to move the Christmas cozy chat here: https://www.librarything.com/topic/50069

10Julie_in_the_Library
dec 29, 2020, 5:19 pm

I really enjoyed the three cozies I read by Judith Flanders this year, if any of you are still looking for recs.

11gmathis
dec 29, 2020, 5:57 pm

>10 Julie_in_the_Library: That's a new-to-me author; I'll investigate!

12Julie_in_the_Library
jan 31, 2021, 12:58 pm

I just started a new cozy mystery: No Saving Throw by Kristin McFarland. It's geeky and dungeons and dragons themed, and stars a woman who runs a game store as the amateur detective. I'm only two chapters in so far, but I'm enjoying it.

Anyone else reading any cozies right now?

13gmathis
feb 1, 2021, 10:43 am

I recently finished The Road to Cardinal Valley, which, due to the author is tagged as a mystery, but it really just gives closure to its predecessor, The Saddlemaker's Wife. Both of those are spinoffs of Earlene Fowler's Benni Harper mysteries (the ones with quilt patterns for titles), which I've read ragged. Wish there were going to be more.

14Jim53
maj 2, 2021, 10:29 pm

I recently finished Buried to the Brim by Jenn McKinlay as well as Just Desserts by G. A. McKevett. I've been reading a wide variety of mysteries for years, but recently I have found I like to take a break from the heavier stuff. I've noted the books mentioned above and will be delighted to have any more recommendations that anyone cares to make. I'm particularly curious about cozies with male protagonists. I've been told to read the Cat Who.. series, but I don't think I've come across any others.

PS Thanks to >1 JKJ94: for getting this topic started.

15gmathis
maj 3, 2021, 8:36 am

>14 Jim53: I'd recommend the earlier ones in the Cat Who... series; toward the end, poor Lillian was just phoning it in.

Although the protagonist is female, I would recommend the Deborah Knott series by Margaret Maron beginning with The Bootlegger's Daughter. She's a North Carolina judge married to a police officer--mysteries aside, they're just plain well written! A nice balance between cozy and police procedural.

16gmathis
maj 3, 2021, 1:00 pm

...and a couple more male-protagonist cozier series I've enjoyed:

Hamish Macbeth series by M.C. Beaton. There's a bundle of them, all starting with "Death of a ..."

Nicholas Blake wrote several featuring Nigel Strangeways; the treasury I read were all entertaining takes on English house-party mysteries.

17Jim53
maj 6, 2021, 8:50 pm

>15 gmathis: >16 gmathis: Thanks for these ideas. I'm quite familiar with Margaret Maron. We lived in NC for a long time and I met her on several occasions, most recently at Malice about five years ago. I was sorry to see the announcement of her death. I've read and enjoyed several of her books.

18gmathis
maj 7, 2021, 8:51 am

>17 Jim53: Glad you had a chance to cross paths with her! I still have a title or two in the Deborah Knott series I have not finished.

19Jim53
maj 14, 2021, 4:28 pm

I finished the first Cat Who book, The Cat Who Could Read Backwards. It's a pretty good story line; I had not figured out the killer before the reveal. Various aspects of the setting seemed quite dated. I'll probably read some more, if not right away.

Currently reading A Lady's Guide to Mischief and Mayhem, a historical set in London in the 1860s. It appears to combine a cozy mystery with a romance novel. It's fun so far and I'm curious to see how the genres mix.

20Julie_in_the_Library
Redigerat: maj 16, 2021, 7:57 am

Hi all! I get regular emails from CrimeReads.com with articles, and I thought that you all might be interested in this one. It's about cozy mysteries, and includes recommendations.

Millenial Cozies: A New Generation Discovers the Joys of the Cozy Mystery

21gmathis
maj 18, 2021, 1:47 pm

I picked up a couple over the weekend by a new-to-me author, Max Allan Collins--The Lusitania Murders and The London Blitz Murders. They look promising.

22Jim53
jul 12, 2021, 6:37 pm

>20 Julie_in_the_Library: Thanks! I have read a couple of these but have added several more to my library list.

23cindieusevich
nov 12, 2021, 7:58 pm

>7 rhinemaiden: I read A Redbird Christmas two years ago.... I loved it! I can't wait to read it again this holiday season!

24cindieusevich
nov 12, 2021, 8:02 pm

>14 Jim53: Have you read Hamish series from MC Beaton? They are older but he is a Scottish Constable and I think they are very well written.

25gmathis
feb 10, 2022, 10:24 am

I'm slow to discover the Pennyfoot Hotel series by Kate Kingsbury, but after enjoying Service for Two, I'll be trolling for others. Lightweight period piece circa 1907.

26Maura49
okt 28, 2022, 9:35 am

I wonder if anyone in this group has come across Francis durbridgeOver here in the UK he is best known for his TV and radio work in the 50's and 60's. His Paul Temple mysteries are still broadcast on the BBC's Radio 4 Xtra which does re-runs of vintage shows.
He wrote a few Paul Temple novels and I have just read Paul Temple and the Tyler Mystery It looks as if these books have been re-published which is why they are turning up in my local library.
Set and written in the 1950's the adventures of Paul and his wife Steve are great thrillers with good period settings while admittedly having dated attitudes to women, class and race which may be offputting to some readers.
I found the novel I read a bit more nuanced than the radio plays and thouroughly enjoyed it.

27gmathis
okt 29, 2022, 9:06 am

>26 Maura49: That's a new name to me. Sounds like the radio dramas would be fun--certainly a dying art!

28RaeCreated
sep 6, 2023, 12:05 pm

>19 Jim53: Hi there! I'm a couple years late to the conversation, but I just came across this thread! I recently picked up the A Lady's Guide to Mischief and Mayhem, so I was wondering if you liked it.

Also, I've only read the first in the series (Murder Past Due) so far, but Miranda James' Cat in the Stacks series has a male protagonist--he's a librarian with a Maine coon cat. There are 15 books in the series, so if you like them, they should keep you busy for a little while! :)

29gmathis
sep 8, 2023, 1:12 pm

>28 RaeCreated: Making note of the series: cats...books...throw a cup of tea in there and that's all of my happy triggers!

30Maura49
sep 9, 2023, 4:54 am

Over here in the UK the Richard Osman books have sparked a lot of interest in 'cozies'. They appeal in these anxious times when many book lovers (including me) are seeking reassurance from their reading.

Having been asked by my book group to read How to kill your family recently by Bella Mackie my stress levels soared. Good then to see something of a revival of this thread. Long may it continue.

31gmathis
nov 30, 2023, 2:38 pm

I just picked up a freebie from the "pay it forward shelf" at work: Dandy Gilver and an Unsuitable Day for a Murder. Anybody familiar with that series?

32Barbs2017
dec 1, 2023, 5:50 pm

Det här meddelandet har tagits bort av dess författare.

33gmathis
dec 1, 2023, 8:40 pm

>32 Barbs2017: Unfortunately, that was a last grab before the load was discarded--office remodeling casualty. Unfortunately, it had deteriorated into a pile of mostly schlocky romances and wasn't seeing any traffic among the younglings. :o(