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Old 01-27-2011, 11:30 AM   #91
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Cozy mysteries are very much whodunits and whytheydidits

I think I'll check that one out!
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Old 01-27-2011, 02:58 PM   #92
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I'm really enjoying the "Royal Spyness" series by Rhys Bowen. I would call them "cozies" since they have a murder (or 2!) but they're not thrillers more like whodunits and whytheydidits lol.

The hook is that the heroine is 34th in line to the British throne but hasn't a penny so she works as a domestic all the while spying on Edward & Mrs. Simpson for Her Majesty!

Very well done and I highly recommend the series. I'm on book 3 and they just keep getting better!!
I read the first one and found it a fascinating glimpse backwards in time, and into English culture. The other two are on my to be read Mountain. (I passed Pile years ago...)
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Sooooo, I just finished reading my first cozy mystery - Magnolias, Moonlight, and Murder by Sara Rosett. It started slow and I didn't get into it until about the mid-point. I was starting to think this genre wasn't for me ... then things started getting good.

Of course I realize this is just one book, so I likely would have read at least a couple more by other authors before dismissing it completely. As it turns out, I really enjoyed it and I'm trying to decide on a second one.
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Sooooo, I just finished reading my first cozy mystery - Magnolias, Moonlight, and Murder by Sara Rosett. It started slow and I didn't get into it until about the mid-point. I was starting to think this genre wasn't for me ... then things started getting good.

Of course I realize this is just one book, so I likely would have read at least a couple more by other authors before dismissing it completely. As it turns out, I really enjoyed it and I'm trying to decide on a second one.
Try Julie Hyzy's White House Chef series
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There's a great series by Kerry Greenwood, the Phryne Fisher stories. They are set in Melbourne in the 1920's. Phryne is young, rich and beautiful and solves crimes with the help of her Chinese lover, companion Dot and two wharfies among others. They are great fun and for the Aussies out there Phryne is a dead ringer for Claudia from the ABC'x Collectors. I assume they would be available outside Oz but don't know if they are as ebooks.

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Old 01-28-2011, 02:11 AM   #96
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There's a great series by Kerry Greenwood, the Phryne Fisher stories. They are set in Melbourne in the 1920's. Phryne is young, rich and beautiful and solves crimes with the help of her Chinese lover, companion Dot and two wharfies among others. They are great fun and for the Aussies out there Phryne is a dead ringer for Claudia from the ABC'x Collectors. I assume they would be available outside Oz but don't know if they are as ebooks.

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Old 01-28-2011, 06:02 AM   #97
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Thanks for that Shel,
I thought it was a lot of karma, don't know what I've done to deserve it, it's gotta be a mistake.

Just remembered that Kerry Greenwood does another series set in present day Melbourne. The heroine is a baker and lives in an amazing block of flats (apartments) inhabited by equally amazing people. She solves murders and mysteries with the help of her Israeli agent lover, her apprentice and some of the tenants of her building.

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Old 01-28-2011, 03:12 PM   #98
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Thanks for that Shel,
I thought it was a lot of karma, don't know what I've done to deserve it, it's gotta be a mistake.

Just remembered that Kerry Greenwood does another series set in present day Melbourne. The heroine is a baker and lives in an amazing block of flats (apartments) inhabited by equally amazing people. She solves murders and mysteries with the help of her Israeli agent lover, her apprentice and some of the tenants of her building.

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I had heard of both series, but didn't know what the present day one was about, that sounds really good.

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Old 01-29-2011, 04:31 PM   #99
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I've been reading the Virgin River books lately but I'm about to finish the book I'm on right now and buy the 4th DIY. (: Sooo excited.
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Thanks, I will check that out right now.
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Yup, Lyric: There's the *Belinda Lawrence Mysteries* series by Brian Kavanagh -- set in the UK and with all the ingredients that seem popular in this thread. The fourth, *A Canterbury Crime* has just been released in paperback and all ebook formats by BeWrite Books.

If you want to read about it, click on my link below and go to the bookstore section. If you want to read about the entire series, the titles, the author, and read free extracts, click on the *Our Authors* button there and scroll down to Brian Kavanagh.

Anyone visiting or contributing in the Cozy Mysteriers Corner here who's interested can drop me an email and I'll send the first of the series *Capable of Murder* by return attachment in the format of your choice (PDF, ePub or Mobi) with our compliments.




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Thanks for the suggestions Neil, much appreciated, always great to hear about great books related to my search, I'll do the above suggestion in a minute all the best
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I just finished reading Mary Jane Maffini's Organise Your Corpses. It's definitely cozy material -- giddily upbeat littered with wiseacres characters so shall they make half-full wading pool look terrifying. An easy breezy read with a cute premise: the single female 30s-something amateur detective is an "organiser" who stumbles across dead bodies in a small town.
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Just started the first book in the Coffeehouse Mysteries series by Coyle. I have maybe just a little trouble with the constant information on coffee, but maybe that's because I'm not a coffee drinker. (; But I do think it's cute so far.
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Just started the first book in the Coffeehouse Mysteries series by Coyle. I have maybe just a little trouble with the constant information on coffee, but maybe that's because I'm not a coffee drinker. (; But I do think it's cute so far.
I tended to skim over those parts.
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Yes, the constant coffee data can reach over-dose levels, but the first book in the series which I read recently was engaging. There's also a little more depth (not much, but a little more) than the characters in the organiser series (based strictly on book one of each). Or, maybe I just warm to coffee more easily than cleaning up my desk ....
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