August is coming to an end, so it’s time to discuss our favorite Cozy Mysteries that we’ve read over the course of the month!
If you read a Cozy mystery this month and want to recommend it to the rest of us, be sure to post it here! This month, I read Lynn Cahoon‘s Tourist Trap Mystery Series. If you want to know why I recommend that series, be sure to check out the blog entry I wrote on it!
So, what have you been reading that you can recommend in August? Please be sure to tell us why you liked these Cozies so much. I know we’re all always on the lookout for more particularly good Cozy Mystery authors! (If you have a lot of Cozies you think are great, please post the ones you like the most at the top of the list.)
As always, please do not tell us about the Cozy Mysteries you did not like.
What really good Cozy Mystery did you read during August2018 that you want the rest of us to know about, and why did you enjoy it?
Here are the current recommended authors who some of you have read and recommended this past month:
Mildred Abbott: Cozy Corgi Mystery Series (first entry Cruel Candy)
Ellery Adams (aka J. B. Stanley, Jennifer Stanley, & 1/2 of Lucy Arlington): The Supper Club Mystery Series
Donna Andrews: Meg Langslow Mystery Series
Christy Barritt: Squeaky Clean Mystery Series
Maymee Bell (aka Tonya Kappes): Southern Cake Baker Mystery Series
Laurien Berenson: Melanie Travis Mystery Series
Heather Blake (aka Heather Webber): Wishcraft Mystery Series
Rhys Bowen: Royal Spyness Mystery Series
Julia Buckley: Writer’s Apprentice Mystery Series
Leslie Budewitz: Food Lovers’ Village Mystery Series
Lucy Burdette (aka Roberta Isleib): Key West Food Critic Mystery Series
Lynn Cahoon: Tourist Trap Mystery Series AND Farm-to-Fork Mystery Series
Kate Carlisle: Bibliophile Mystery Series
Andrea Carter: Inishowen Mystery Series (first entry Death at Whitewater Church)
Bailey Cattrell (aka Bailey Cates & Cricket McRae): Enchanted Garden Mystery Series
Chris Cavender (aka Tim Myers, Elizabeth Bright, Melissa Glazer, Casey Myers, Jessica Beck, & D.B. Morgan): Pizza Lover’s Mystery Series
Vivien Chien: Noodle Shop Mystery Series
Laura Childs (aka Gerry Schmitt): Tea Shop Mystery Series
Kate Collins: Flower Shop Mystery Series
Hy Conrad: Mr. Monk Mystery Series
E.J. Copperman (aka Jeffrey Cohen): Agent to the Paws Mystery Series
Cleo Coyle (aka Alice Kimberly): Coffeehouse Mystery Series
Jeanne M. Dams: Dorothy Martin Mystery Series
Krista Davis: Domestic Diva Mystery Series
Maddie Day (aka Edith Maxwell & Tace Baker): Country Store Mystery Series
Connie di Marco (aka Connie Archer): Zodiac Mystery Series
Carole Nelson Douglas: Midnight Louie & Temple Barr Mystery Series
Elizabeth J. Duncan: Penny Brannigan Mystery Series
Amanda Flower (aka Isabella Alan): Amish Candy Shop Mystery Series
Joanne Fluke: Hannah Swensen Mystery Series
Dianne Freeman: Countess of Harleigh Mystery Series (first entry A Lady’s Guide to Etiquette and Murder)
Lee Goldberg: Mr. Monk Mystery Series
Carolyn Haines: Sarah Booth Delaney Series
Lee Hollis: Desert Flowers Mystery Series
Abigail Keam: Josiah Reynolds, Beekeeper Mystery Series
Libby Klein: Poppy McAllister Mystery Series (first entry Class Reunions Are Murder)
Kathy Krevat (aka Kathy Aarons): Gourmet Cat Mystery Series
Amanda Lee (aka Gayle Trent & Gayle Leeson): Embroidery Mystery Series
Kylie Logan (aka Miranda Bliss & Casey Daniels): Ethnic Eats Mystery Series
Molly MacRae: Haunted Yarn Shop Mystery Series
Olivia Matthews: Sister Lou Mystery Series (first entry Mayhem & Mass)
G. A. McKevett: Savannah Reid Mystery Series
Julie Mulhern: Country Club Murders (first entry The Deep End)
Nora Page (aka Ann Myers): Bookmobile Mystery Series
Ellis Peters: Brother Cadfael Mystery Series
Shari Randall: Lobster Shack Mystery Series
Paige Shelton: Scottish Bookshop Mystery Series
Kay Dew Shostak: Chancey Books Mystery Series (first entry Next Stop, Chancey)
Rex Stout: Nero Wolfe Mystery Series
Lea Wait (aka Cornelia Kidd): Mainely Needlepoint Mystery Series
I will list the authors and series that have been recommended, but I urge you to read the comments below so you can see the reasons other Cozy Mystery readers thought these were their best reads of the month.
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P.S. I usually don’t comment on your recommendations since they speak for themselves.
Christi K says
I read some great books in August. The top three: Poppy Harmon Investigates by Lee Hollis. A group of “mature” friends start a PI agency. Great characters and a good mystery. Midnight Snacks are Murder by Libby Klein — the second book in the Poppy McAlister series is hilarious! Against the Claw by Shari Randall — the second book in the Lobster Shack series — great characters and a great location in Maine.
I’m fairly new to the cozy mystery genre and have found it difficult to find funny and clean mysteries; but I wanted to mention one that I read in August by Nora Page and titled Better Off Read. It’s just plain wonderful! There is no profanity or sex and it’s very humorous with lots of witty dialog and a senior sleuth to boot. I certainly hope there will be more in the series; this was the first one.
I don’t have my reading list with me but if you stick to the cozy genre you should be able to find plenty of funny and clean mysteries. Start with the Donna Andres series with Meg Langslow’s very funny family. Helps to start with the first in the series: Murder with Peacocks (each title involves birds). Also try the Miss Julia Series by Ann B. Ross and the Aunt Dimity series by Nancy Atherton. The Royal Spyness series by Rhys Bowen also has very little sex, though the main character does talk about how she hasn’t experienced “it” yet. This is a hilarious series but again I would recommend you read it in order, starting with Her Royal Spyness which explains her relationship with England’s royal family. Best of luck and happy reading!
I’m going to look for that one at the library. I only read clean mysteries (and have gotten a lot of good recommendations from this site) but my heart belongs to senior sleuths. I loved Miss Marple, Mrs. Pollifax, and Miss Dimple; but I’ve read all of them and have not found a nice, elderly detective since.
Nancy M. says
Try the books by Deborah Sharp. There’s a “Mama” series.
Also, Nora Charles’ series that includes “Death with an Ocean View” and Nancy Bell’s “Biggie” series. And, perhaps the best ever was Anne George.
I envy you discovering these all for the first time!
Linda S. says
For Kivara, Have you tried the Gladdy Gold series by Rita Lakin?
There is a group of “mature” ladies living in Florida who solve mysteries. I think they are fairly “clean”.
Based on your recommendation I tried to check this book out of the library for kindle. I’m on hold, estimated 15 week wait. Wow! This book is really popular
Betsy N says
August was a great reading month! My two favorites were Ruff Justice (a Melanie Travis Canine mystery) by Laurien Berenson and Toucan Keep a Secret (a Meg Langslow mystery) by Donna Andrews. Both are long running series which the authors, despite book to book similarities, are able to keep fresh and interesting. Although not a dog person, I love Berenson’s descriptions of the poodles and the dog show world. The humor and quirkiness of Meg’s world keeps this series amongst my favorites!
I’m on the last book of Chris Cavender’s pizza-themed mysteries. I’ve also been reading JoAnne Fluke, the Monk books (from the TV show) written by Lee Goldberg and Hy Conrad, and Rex Stout (my favorite author.)
Parker Brown-Nesbit says
Molly MacRae: Haunted Yarn Shop series. It’s about yarn crafts (spinning, weavin, knitting) and I’m a weaver, so what’s not to love? The sorta romance is cute and sweet, the paranormal aspect is not too overpowering (very matter of fact, in truth), there’s a cat (I’m a sucker for animals), and her cadre of friends. I think what reaaly drew me in, besides the excellent writing, is the friendships between Kath and her fellows at The Weaver’s Cat.
Lea Wait: Mainely Needlepoint Series. I like that Angie’s life has not been perfect, in fact, it’s been anything but. The romance is sweet, and though it’s between people who in a larger town, probably wouldn’t even meet, it’s very believable in this small Maine town.
Amanda Lee: Embroidery Mystery Series. Everything about this is wonderful. Especially Angus the Irish Wolfhound. Love the relationships, and her mother is a riot!
Margaret StashEmpress says
While nowhere near my former reading lists, I actually have read a half dozen books this month!
Dianne Freeman — A Lady’s Guide to Etiquette and Murder (Countess of Harleigh series) This is the first in a new series and I hope there will be more! Set in Victorian England, the young and newly widowed (American!) Countess of Harleigh has to do battle with her brother in law who wants all of HER money, as well as discover if her not so dearly parted husband did really die of natural causes, while also solving a rash of society thefts, all as she brings out her sister in society. A VERY good book — I did solve half the mystery quite early on, of course assuming I’d solved the whole thing, which was why the reveal of the SECOND half of the mystery came as a total surprise to me at the end! I really hope there will be more to come!
Krista Davis — The Diva Cooks Up a Storm (Domestic Diva series) Newest title in this old favorite series. Domestic Diva Sophie Winston has to solve some rather unusual murders, while keeping dear old rival Natasha in check, in the setting of a major storm tearing through town. Good book. Hadn’t guessed the ending at all.
G.A. McKevett — Hide and Sneak (Savannah Reid series) Here’s another example of a long running series that stays fresh and new even after 22 previous titles. Savannah has to beat the clock to find the missing wife and child of a major movie star, while Dirk is detecting the death of the family nanny. The ending took me TOTALLY by surprise — I really thought it was someone else!
Elizabeth J. Duncan — The Marmalade Murders (Penny Brannigan series) Another favorite series. In this installment irregularities in the foodstuff competition at a local agricultural show lead to murder and Penny is on the spot to solve it.
Carolyn Hanes — Charmed Bones (Sarah Booth Delaney series) Book 18 in the series, so yet another example of a long running series where the characters keep on going and growing as time goes by. A trio of witches attempt to open a school in Zinnia and Sarah Booth and Tinky are trying to discover who is trying to run them off — and commit murders — and stuff like that…
E.J. Copperman — Dog Dish of Doom (Agent to the Paws series) New series featuring Kay Powell, an agent to animal actors. She feels she’s got the next Lassie on her hands but the dog’s owner is found dead, face down in the dog’s dish, and an awful lot of strange people are after her and the mutt. Surprise ending.
I am so buying the Dianne Freeman book! Good recommendation
I love the Sarah Booth Delaney series by Carolyn Haines.
Krys Douglas says
I love that you keep us informed of new and upcoming cozy mysteries. You are far and away the best single source. I have a problem I trust you can help me with. A few years ago, I read a series (of, I think, four books) that I want to recommend to a friend. I have been unable to find it through Amazon, my local library, even a Google search. The first book in the series was titled “The Weaver’s Son and the Miller’s Daughter.” Of course, I can’t remember the author’s name. Basic plot of the series: a husband and wife (she’s psychic) are members of a folk group in England. Each book is based on a folk song that is part of their repertoire. There is a contemporary mystery that they solve, but there is also a past mystery tied to the lyrics of the song. Now, I know I did not hallucinate reading those books. Why can’t I find them? I’m becoming truly frustrated to the point of tears. Can you help me, please?… Thank you. PS keep up the good work.
Betty Huffman says
I didn’t really know where to put this comment, but I just wanted to Thank You for all the hard work you put into this site. I want you to know I do understand that it is a lot of hard work and time. This has been my go site for mysteries since I discovered it many years ago. A hearty Thank You for your time and work!!!!
Danna - cozy mystery list says
Betty, you’re welcome, and thank you for the kind words! I always appreciate it when people take the time to write in to the blog with positive comments like this.
Cathy M says
I just read Hazardous Duty by Christy Barritt. It is the first in her series. I loved it and would recommend it to anyone.
Barb E. says
I am going to single out one to comment on from the books I read this month. Cake and punishment (A Southern cake baker mystery) by Maymee Bell. Someone recommended it last month so I gave it a try and found it to be a true cozy. And such a comfortable book to read that I found it hard to quit reading and do other things like sleep.
This is by no means a new series, but I read the ENTIRE “Wishcraft” series by Heather Blake this month, with the exception of the newest one, “To Catch a Witch,” which is only available in hardback or ebook right now. I’ll be buying it in March of next year when the paperback edition comes out. What a fun romp this series is! The witches are not quite the typical style, nor was any real attempt made to conform to Wicca in any way, shape or form. These folks are their own thing, and their own thing is fun, amusing, a bit confounding, but always engaging! And OH THOSE FAMILIARS! I have only two words for you…Talking Mice. SO…suspend your disbelief, and dive into a madcap romp through mystery and magic! ENJOY!
Jo Anne Yerkes says
Just finished Treble at the Jam Fest by Leslie Budewitz.
Yews with Caution by Kate Collins, Dead to the Last Drop by Cleo Coyle, Fame and Fortune and Murder by Gayle Leeson among many others.
Books I’m recommending this month include a new-to-me series, as well as new releases in two of my favorite series.
The new-to-me series is the Ethnic Eats Mystery Series by Kylie Logan (“Irish Stewed”, “French Fried” and “Italian Iced”). I love the main characters, and all three books had good storylines. The way the third book ended makes me wonder if it concluded the series, or if there will be more releases. I hope there will be more, because I really enjoy this series. It’s among my favorites.
“A Dark and Twisting Path” is the third release in the Writer’s Apprentice Mystery Series by Julia Buckley. I love this series (it’s tied for my absolute favorite). While this is the third book in the series, it is also the third part of a major storyline arc which seemingly concluded by the end of the book (at least, I think it did…time will tell). I love absolutely everything about this series – the characters, the setting, the storylines, etc. I’m thrilled that there’s at least two more books coming-out in this series…I hope there’s more than that. For anyone who already loves this series, I don’t think you’ll be disappointed with this latest installment. For anyone who hasn’t discovered this series yet, I highly recommend it.
“Tail of the Dragon” is the third release in the Zodiac Mystery Series by Connie di Marco. This is another favorite series of mine. For me, all three books have been absolute page turners. I find them difficult to put down. This series is a tad darker than a typical cozy, so reader beware. I don’t think it’s a big deal or too dark, but that being said, my personal assessment is that they veer ever so slightly more thriller-ish than the standard cozy mystery. I find this series to be rich with likeable characters, a setting that the author does a good job of immersing the reader into, and well-crafted storylines that keep me turning the pages and wanting more. I hope there are many more books to come in this series.
Sally Fortney says
I just finished Italian Iced by Kylie Logan. Her restaurant features different ethnic food every month. This time her old boss gets killed. Her boyfriend is very supportive, not over protective as some are.
I love the Lynn Cahoon mysteries! All of her series are such fun. In August, I read the 2nd entry in Amanda Flower’s Amish candy shop series. Can’t wait for the next book which debuts in September. Also really enjoyed the first book in Bailey Cattrell’s Enchanted Garden series. Very promising and I’ve got the 2nd book in my TBR pile!
Tari Hann says
I just finished both of the books in the newish Gourmet Cat Mystery series by Kathy Krevat (aka Kathy Aarons). This is such a fun new series and features a single mom entrepreneur whose own cat Trouble had a need for human grade cat food, so the main character, Colbie Summers started making it for her. It grew from there and by the 2nd book she was doing pretty well. The cat is just too much fun. Colbie and her son Elliott live with her dad and he’s a real character too! I’m really anxious for the next book in the series.
Janice G says
I found a very good book this month through my library’s web page, Death at Whitewater Church by Irish author Andrea Carter. One of the blurbs on the book compared the writing and setting as similar to Louise Penny and I would agree with that characterization. The main character Benedicta (Ben) O’Keeffe owns the northernmost solicitor’s office in all of Ireland along the North Atlantic coast. You quickly learn that she has secrets in her past that caused this dramatic move several years ago and gradually we find out more about her history. The mystery surrounds the discovery of a body in a crypt beneath a deconsecrated church that is being sold. Everyone assumes that it is the body of a local man who went missing six years ago on what was to be his wedding day. Since Ben was not living there at the time she sets out to find out what happened. The author does a wonderful job of describing the town and its people as they cope with this upheaval while facing a bitterly cold winter. There are many cozy elements but the language in this book is stronger than a more typical cozy. I enjoyed this book so much and it appears that it is going to be a series.
I also recommend Death Over Easy by Maddie Day, Death on the Menu by Lucy Burdette, and Against the Claw by Shari Randall.
Amy A says
I just finished “The Royal Spyness” mystery series by Rhys Bowen and loved every one of the books. Can’t wait for the next book to be released! I really enjoy the combination of historical facts and fiction.
Parker Brown-Nesbit says
I’ve read one book in the series and really enjoyed it. Unfortunately, I haven’t been able to find the others.
Parker Brown-Nesbit says
I’ve read one book in that series and really enjoyed it. Unfortunateely, I can’t seem to find more at my library?
Margaret StashEmpress says
Did my post get lost? I posted a list of 6 great books this month but don’t see it, not even marked waiting approval like I usually do. And while I did get the subscribe response email, which I clicked as usual, I didn’t get any of the comments…. did the computer eat my homework again? LOL!
Danna - cozy mystery list says
Margaret, looks like it did get eaten… thanks for reposting it, and thanks as always for the lovely long descriptions to help people decide if they want to check a book out!
August Recommendations – 2018
Lynn Cahoon – Killer Green Tomatoes
Since Danna highlighted this author, I’ll start out with this book. This series is set in a small Idaho community near Boise. Angie Turner moved from San Fran back to River Vista after her grandmother died. She has opened a restaurant with a farm to fork concept, using many of her grandmother’s recipes. Angie lives on her grandmother’s farm, grows produce, and has a goat and chickens. Her friend, Felicia, is her business partner in this restaurant endeavor.
A relative of Angie’s sous chef is accused of murdering his girlfriend. Angie gets involved because it is affecting her employee. The relative disappears furthering speculation he is guilty.
This is a good mystery with many twists. But it’s the well-defined characters that drives this series. They are so diverse, some good and some not so good…………but all are essential to the fabric of this story.
This author writes with imagination, humor, and warmth. The ending is a bit of a surprise, keeping the reader engaged and turning the pages.
OH! This author generally writes concise stories of about 200 pages (182 in this case). On occasion, Danna has mentioned she likes books of this length. 🙂
Crisis at the Cathedral — Jeanne Dams
For those that often mention they prefer a straight mystery without the side story (romance) elements, this is the book for you. Although this is Dam’s 20th book in this series it easily can be read as a ‘stand alone’.
Dams often takes us on scenic venues throughout Great Britain. However, this one is set back in their hometown of Sherebury (about an hour from London). Dorothy Martin and her husband Alan Nesbitt (retired police constable) befriend a Muslum Iraqi family visiting their community on a peace mission. They are visiting cathedrals to get to know others of different religions. The parents disappear from a cathedral event, leaving behind their two children at the B&B where they are staying.
First of all……….WOW! Dams has done extensive research for this book, all of which is intriguing and enlightening. This story has many international elements to it. Dorothy and Alan (along with their neighbor Jane) embark on a search for these Iraqi parents,. They left the cathedral because they saw someone they thought might involve himself in a terrorist event in London. They must then hide because they are targeted and fear being assassinated.
I can’t understate the numerous entwining events contributing to this story. I think this is one of Dam’s best stories in this series. Well worth the read (even if you haven’t read any other the previous books)!!
Dark and Twisting Path – Julia Buckley
I love the concept of this series……..Lena London, a wanna-be author, is working for an established author (Camilla Graham), helping her with ideas/concepts for her stories. This is the third book in the series. Even though each murder was resolved in the first two books, there was an underlying thread carried through the three books. Finally! A conclusion with this book. Of course, this means you have to read the books sequentially.
The setting is a Blue Lake, a small community in Indiana. Lena lives with Camilla, but is romantically involved with neighbor Sam West. Sam’s ex-wife was kidnapped by a Greek tycoon. She escaped, but her baby was abducted. A murder takes place. This story concentrates on this murder and finding the baby. The mysteries are more intense in this series with some national, and even international, flavor.
This is a well written and well plotted story with vibrant, strong, and intelligent characters, although it does get unnecessarily ‘wordy’ at times. The fascinating subplot storylines (there are several) hold the reader’s interest throughout the book. In all honesty, I had a real difficult time putting the book down, reading WELL into the night!
Peril and Prayer – Olivia Matthew
I recommended the first book in this series last month, and now I’m recommending the second book.
First of all, I like the concept because of its originality. A group of sisters (they make it clear they are not nuns!) live at a college in upstate New York. Now, if you’re first thought is that this a ‘religious’ themed story, you’d be mistaken. That is the setting, but not the focus.
The sisters are planning an advent retreat at a nearby lodge. Sisters Lou and Marianne are the retreat coordinators. However, prickly Sister Marianne has a conflict with the lodge owner regarding the food plans. Well………..it is the lodge owner that is murdered. Sister Marianne is the ‘person of interest’ by the police.
There are several other viable suspects, but the two detectives are laser focused on this sister community.
Sister Lou, her nephew Chris, and journalist Shari embark on a track to clear Sister Marianne and find the culprit.
The author develops great insight into the main characters, allowing the reader to understand and fully enjoy them and their complexities. The banter and developing relationship between Chris and Shari is amusing and entertaining.
The plot moves along quickly and with the several possible suspects, the reader is kept guessing as to ‘who dun it’. However, I have one complaint……..this author is fixated with ‘eyes’. She is constantly describing a characters eyes, so much so that it is distracting. Because she did it SOOOO often. that as a reader, I would stop and say, “why is she doing that again?” It would hinder my reading flow. I know that sounds odd, but as a new author perhaps she can learn from this small criticism. Other than that, it is a thoroughly enjoyable read.
Curses, Boiled Again – Shari Randall
I thought I had read this book earlier. but when I started reading it I didn’t know the details. I did however know the ending and the twists. So, go figure!
Ballet dancer Allie Larkin injured her ankle and returns to her hometown, Mystic Bay (CT), to help her aunt open a lobster shack. There is a lobster roll contest in which one of the judges is poisoned. She is a famous actress.
The characters offer a variety of personalities, some even a bit quirky. The story is well-plotted and has wittiness, making this read light and enjoyable. The ending has a huge twist!
Denise K says
I just wrapped up the Josiah Reynolds series written by Abigail Keam. Josiah is a great character: Snarkry, Sassy, and Brassy. She is a beekeeper who sells honey at the local farmers market, and although a widow…has a romance or two throughout the series.
The murder mysteries take place in Kentucky and there is a bit of history of that state in each book. I really enjoyed learning those tidbits.
Her sidekick is her neighbor, a rags to riches, married into money character that is well rounded and adds to the stories, immensely.
She does have a homosexual couple (nothing graphic in any way) that live on her property, they add relationship type humor and share a running theme with Josiah about her love of old Hollywood movies.
I liked the entire story line, it was fully developed and consistent without rehashing the whole thing in the beginning of each book.
I think it is only available on Kindle, I bought the first one, then discovered box sets of 3 novels each.
The series end was not a big disappointment, like many are.
I really enjoyed this series, and you will too… unless you only like G rated stories. I found it funny, and really cared about Josiah.
Denise K says
A great book 2 (Chancey Family Lies) in a series called the Chancey Books was a super good story of a family that relocated to open a bed and breakfast. It takes place during Christmas and too many visiting family members push the limits of an already hectic time of year.
The underlying mystery is a story of missing money. So, no murder.
I related to the main character and the challenges of moving to a new town, with a different culture.
Its a Kindle unlimited 6 book series….why I keep resisting signing up for that, is a mystery to me!
Libby Klein, Midnight Snacks are Murder. Second one in the series but even though I hadn’t read the first one, was still able to follow it just fine. It’s a cute, funny read that is fast paced. Can’t wait for the next one!
I read two cozies this month – both series and authors I love. First was The Teaberry Strangler by Laura Childs (Tea Shop mystery) and also The Battered Body by Ellery Adams. This was the fifth in the Supper Club series and my favorite so far.
Cassie Bene says
I am obsessed with Kate Carlisle’s Bibliophile mysteries. In fact I saved the latest, Buried in Books, for a few months to read on my birthday. The characters are fun, believable, and always well written.
I love Julie Mulhern’s Country Club Murders. Always looking forward to the next one. The Deep End is the first. Very clever set in the 70’s.
Jan H says
Just finished the sixth of 7 books in Mildred Abbott’s Cozy Corgi mystery series. Books are set in Estes Park. Colorado. Good, quick reads.
Jade Wilkinson says
I have discovered the Library Lover series in the last two weeks. Love the characters in this series. There are some new series that I want to mention. The Haunted Library , The Mystery Bookshop and the Dog Club. There is another series that I love Haunting Danielle . I have read the first 4 books in this series.
Disclaimer: Not quite finished…almost.
Vivien Chien’s Death by Dumpling.
I have a hard time getting into a new series/author and when I finish a series I’ll usually pick one that has a number of books already out, so I think it says a lot that I find myself really engaged by this book and had pre-ordered the next two before even finishing this one. Hopefully the ending doesn’t disappoint, but I find the author’s style to just be relatable and easy to digest and so far the characters have not made me groan or roll my eyes. I’ve really enjoyed it thus far and am looking forward to the next ones.
Tullie Warren says
I have discovered so many good reads from this site. Thank you Danna and all my fellow cozy fans. I read the second installment of Paige Shelton’s Scottish bookshop, of Books and Bagpipes, I discovered Brother Cadfael (Ellis Peters) thanks to recommendations from this site) and with sadness I read Cat in a Yellow Spotlight and am now reading the next to last Carole Nelson Douglas/ Midnight Louie. It’s sad when a long running series ends but it has been a wonderful read for many years. I’d highly recommend it and you really need to begin at the beginning.
Good news is, thanks to this site, I’m finding plenty of new favorites.
and a new Carolyn Haines and a new Louise Penny to look forward to reading!
Late to the party (again), but I’ve been reading through Patricia Wentworth’s Miss Silver mysteries…based on a recommendation by a character in another cozy! I love the storytelling…and the way Miss Silver often doesn’t enter the narrative until halfway through. They are charming.
Stephanie Grohol says
I have been enjoying the books by Miranda James. Love the characters of Charlie Harris and his Maine Coon cat, Diesel. I also have been enjoying Eva Gates, Victoria Gilbert, and Jenn McKinlay.
I am new to cozies and always looking for recommendations. Lately, I have been searching for Halloween-themed stories to read within the next month. I looked through the Halloween page on this site and found some good ones, but would like to know what y’all like. I am particularly interested in ones that stand alone or can be read before the rest of the series.
Also, my favorites so far have been Charlaine Harris’ Aurora Teagarden series and Carolyn Haines’ Sarah Booth Delaney books. I tend to like cozies with a bit of an edge. Any suggestions (Halloween or otherwise)?
Danna - cozy mystery list says
Paige, take a look at this page for a bunch of recommendations.
Barbara V says
This year I have been enjoying the Myrtle Clover Mysteries by Elizabeth Spann Craig. Easy read, lovable characters and adventures with an older retired woman.
Paige M. says
Any suggestions for slightly edgier cozies like Charlaine Harris? I loved Aurora Teagarden.