Yes, indeed, it’s that time of the month again! Time for us to share both the new (to us) authors we have discovered and/or the authors we follow. These are authors who we have read during the month of October, who we think are so good, we just want to tell everyone. (Or at least everyone who reads the Cozy Mystery blog!)
I’m going to begin by telling you about Spencer Quinn‘s Chet and Bernie Mystery Series, which is my October 2012 mystery book recommendation. I am only a little more than half-way finished with the first book in the series (Dog Gone It) but I enjoyed the prequel story and this half of the book so much, that I simply had to tell you all.
Let me start by saying that I had been contemplating reading this series ever since the first book in the series was published back in 2009. But, as with a lot of new-to-me authors, I felt like I follow so many authors already, that I sort of put this series on the back burner. All that changed when I listed the first book in the series (and then the prequel story to the series) on the Kindle Free and Kindle Cheap mystery book list. I quickly added Spencer Quinn to my long Kindle queue.
When I finished the current mystery book I was reading, I went through my rather long list of Kindle books, and thought it might be a good time to give Chet a try. I know I should say Chet and Bernie, but I have to be honest, reading a book with the first “person” narration coming from a “canine person” intrigued me. And, I am doggone happy I tried this series!
I have a deep-seated passion for dogs, and this dog hits all the right notes for me. As I mentioned, the narrator is a dog. This dog is personified just the way we used to think Sprite was. For those of you dog (and cat) owners out there, you probably know exactly what I am saying. How often do you think you know exactly what your pet is thinking?
Chet’s attention span is rather short, he is easily distracted, he is loyal beyond that word’s description, he has his own agenda – yet is passionate about following his co-worker’s plans (and by co-worker I mean his owner, although I don’t think Chet sees their relationship quite that way!), and he eats hot dogs that have been sitting under couches with much gusto; in short, Chet’s your typical dog… almost.
The only difference between Chet and a “typical” dog is that he was a K-9 school attendee. (Notice I didn’t say “graduate”>>> but you know how I feel about posting a SPOILER.) Oh, and another difference between Chet and a “typical” dog is, of course, your typical dog doesn’t narrate mysteries. (I have to admit, there was one rather harrowing part in the book in which I had to keep reminding myself that Chet and Bernie is an ongoing series, so I knew everything would turn out OK. But, again, no SPOILER here.)
Do not be fooled by the idea of a dog narrating the mystery. This is not a mystery series that is suitable for children. This is definitely a mystery series written by an adult, for adults. But, so far, other than that one tense, small part, I have felt good while reading this mystery. Chet makes me smile. So, I guess you could say that Spencer Quinn makes me smile. I think that the Chet and Bernie Mystery Series might make you smile!
I will add the recommended authors to this entry as they come in. (Please do not tell us about the authors you did not like.) Thank you!
What Cozy Mystery book (or author) have you read during October 2012, and why did you enjoy it (or him/her)?
Here are the current authors who some of you have read this past month, and wanted to tell the rest of us about:
Susan Wittig Albert: Darling Dahlias Mystery Series
Jeffrey Allen: Stay at Home Dad Mystery Series
Lucy Arlington (aka Jennifer Stanley & Sylvia May): Novel Idea Mystery Series
Jessica Beck: Donut Shop Mystery Series
Melissa Bourbon:Magical Dressmaking Mystery Series
Laura Bradford (aka Elizabeth Lynn Casey): Amish Mystery Series
Michael Brandman (Robert B. Parker’s successor): Robert B. Parker’s Fool Me Twice
Duffy Brown: Consignment Shop Mystery Series
JoAnna Carl (aka Eve K. Sandstrom): Chocoholic Mystery Series
Laura Childs: Tea Shop Mystery Series AND Scrapbooking Mystery Series
Kate Collins: Flower Shop Mystery Series
Lesley Cookman: Libby Sarjeant Mystery Series
Susan Rogers Cooper: Milt Kovak Mystery Series
Cleo Coyle: Coffee House Mystery Series
Philip R. Craig: Martha’s Vineyard Mystery Series
Isis Crawford (aka Barbara Block): Mysteries with Recipes Mystery Series
Jeanne M. Dams: Dorothy Martin Mystery Series
Dianne Mott Davidson: Goldy Bear Mystery Series
Ruth Dudley Edwards: Robert Amiss Mystery Series
Tim Ellis: Parish & Richards Mystery Series (#1 A Life for a Life)
Joanne Fluke: Hannah Swensen Cookie Jar Mystery Series
Shelley Freydont: Celebration Bay Mystery Series
Anne George: Southern Sisters Mystery Series
Carolyn Hart: Nela Farley Mystery Series
Ellen Hart: Jane Lawless Mystery Series
Veronica Heley: Ellie Quicke Mystery Series
Ellen Elizabeth Hunter: Magnolia Mystery Series
Judith K. Ivie: Kate Lawrence Mystery Series
Miranda James (aka Jimmie Ruth Evans, Honor Hartman, & Dean James): Cat in the Stacks Mystery Series
Sofie Kelly: Magical Cats Mystery Series
Janice Law: Anna Peters Mystery Series (A Safe Place to Die)
Meg London (aka Peg Cochran): Sweet Nothings Vintage Lingerie Mystery Series
Susan Elia MacNeal: Mr. Churchill’s Secretary
Jenn McKinlay (aka Lucy Lawrence & Josie Belle): Cupcake Bakery Mystery Series
Spencer Quinn (aka Peter Abrahams): Chet and Bernie Mystery Series
Cynthia Riggs: Martha’s Vineyard Mystery Series
Sara Rosett: Ellie Avery Mystery Series
Paige Shelton: Country Cooking School Mystery Series
Denise Swanson: Scumble River Mystery Series
Victoria Thompson: Gaslight Mystery Series
Elaine Viets: Dead-End Job Mystery Series
Peggy Webb: Southern Cousins Mystery Series
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