Yes, that’s right… Camille Minichino (aka Margaret Grace) is my latest Cozy find… My friend (from my last blog entry) did not steer me wrong! (Thank you, Cora!)
I just finished Murder in Miniature (the first in Grace’s Miniature Mystery Series) and I am currently reading The Hydrogen Murder (the first in her Periodic Table Mystery Series), which gives me nine more cozies to look forward to reading. I love discovering new authors who I can play “catch-up” with, since that leaves me with a bounty of books to enjoy before having to wait (+/-) a year for her next mystery.
Camille Minichino writes the way I think… She has a logical sequence to her story lines. Just when I find myself wondering about something, so do her main characters! I love that! She doesn’t rely on what I call the “idiot plot” which has the main character finding out a bit of information and keeping it from the reader until the very last page of the book. (I hate that!) I love the fact that Minichino lets us play along with her main characters as they sleuth through the given mysteries.
I love the small town feeling in both of her cozy mystery series. (Of course, only having read the first in her Grace series and not being finished with the first in her Minichino series, I can’t vouch for the following books’ locations.) Everyone knows everyone, they have histories that have been shared at one point in their lives.
I love all of her characters so far. Love the fact that the author hasn’t had to “get my attention” with unnecessary swearing… Love the fact that the heroines/sleuths in both series know what they want out of life, and even though they are retired,they have very full lives, which don’t consist of only sleuthing.
As I said at the beginning of this entry… I am always excited about finding a new Cozy author to follow. I’m glad my friend told me about her, and I’m glad Minichino / Grace is writing such good Cozies!