What was your first cozy?

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What was your first cozy?

1gmathis
nov 13, 2023, 9:13 pm

Flipping through some of the group conversations made me wonder: what was the first cozy mystery that hooked you on the genre? And the follow-up: do cozies get dated after a while, or are there good'uns that hold up decades later?

The first cozy I recall stumbling across was "The Cooking School Murders" by Virginia Rich; looks to be out of print now.

2MHThaung
nov 18, 2023, 6:51 am

Depends on how you define the genre, but maybe the Mrs Pargeter books by Simon Brett. They date back to the 1980s.

3Barbs2017
nov 18, 2023, 2:22 pm

Det här meddelandet har tagits bort av dess författare.

4gmathis
nov 18, 2023, 5:43 pm

It's been a long time since I read a Sneaky Pie! I've sampled some of Rita Mae Brown's other series, but never liked them quite as well.

5MHThaung
nov 19, 2023, 8:49 am

>3 Barbs2017: >4 gmathis: Now you're reminding me of Lilian Jackson Braun's "The Cat Who..." books. :)

6rhinemaiden
nov 19, 2023, 11:26 pm

Nancy Drew! Started reading those books as a child -- beginning with The Secret of the Old Clock -- hooked on mysteries ever since!

7gmathis
nov 20, 2023, 8:38 am

>6 rhinemaiden: I didn't even think about my chapter-book years! Fourth grade: got all 14 Trixie Belden books (the whole series at the time) in a crate for Christmas. I didn't come out from behind my bed (secret reading place) until New Year's!

8gmathis
nov 20, 2023, 8:39 am

>5 MHThaung: I found a couple Cat Who's on the please-take-it-for-a-quarter shelf not long ago and enjoyed them both. They were from earlier in the series, which die-hards usually say are far better.

9Barbs2017
nov 21, 2023, 7:09 pm

Det här meddelandet har tagits bort av dess författare.

10rhinemaiden
nov 22, 2023, 1:24 am

>9 Barbs2017: Secrets of the Shopping Mall - oh-h hadn't heard of that one! A book to look for!

To paraphrase a speech from the movie You've Got Mail... it's the books we read as children that shape us. Here's an article from The Guardian:

https://www.theguardian.com/books/2019/nov/03/philip-pullman-his-dark-materials-...