I know that I said I was going to read Hallowe’en Party (by Agatha Christie) as soon as I finished my last novel… But, I absolutely could not resist reading this book first. The following paragraph caught my eye while I was skimming through some of my TBR books. (TBR=> To Be Read)
"It was a wet, blustery Monday afternoon in early November, the gray sky full of scudding clouds, leaves rushing through the air and sticking to the windows as the chill wind flung them there. I sat snugly in front of my fire, drinking tea in the cozy comfort of central heating and close-fitting windows and doors."*****
Now, how could I resist this first paragraph of the cozy "Malice in Miniature" (by Jeanne M. Dams)??? Especially since it takes place in Sherebury… a cozy village in England… and it features a retired school teacher!!! How much more delicious can it get!?!
It is a balmy 89* outside, and I simply refuse to take this beautiful weather anymore! Where are the changing colors of the leaves? Where is the frost on the pumpkin? Certainly not in San Antonio! I have decided that I will now read Death in Miniature and try to pretend that I am experiencing all the fall weather and atmosphere (except for the dead bodies, mind you!) that Jeanne M. Dams is able to incorporate in this (fourth in the series) Dorothy Martin Mystery novel. I have read (and enjoyed) the first three novels of the series, so I am looking forward to this one.
A cozy mystery friend of mine introduced me to Jeanne M. Dams’ books, and I am grateful for that. Actually, she is the same person who introduced me to Ann Granger’s books…. and many others! You know the saying: With friends like her… you need a bigger shelf unit!
***** from Malice in Miniature by Jeanne M. Dams… 1998 HarperCollins Publishers Inc. (I sure hope I did this notation thing right… It has been many years since I last needed a footnote of sorts!)
I am reading her first book right now. Aren’t they wonderful? I will be enjoying the Christmas weather so beautifully described while I try to acclimate to Chicago being 84 degrees today!
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Jan, a Christmas mystery in March?!? I have been known to wait almost an entire year so that I can read my holiday mysteries during their correct months. Of course, I don’t live in Chicago >>> where you have four wonderfully distinct seasons. (My sister lives in Oak Park, so I am quite familiar with your winter months!)
Isn’t it great when you read a mystery by an author you just know will be placed on your “favorite authors” list?