As many things as I tried to cram into this last month of travel and (very successful) surgery, I did manage to try two new authors, and of course, read some of my “tried and true” novelists.
I won’t even go into how much I loved The Good Husband of Zebra Drive (by Alexander McCall Smith)… since I have spent a lot of time blogging on (and on!) about how much I love Smith’s novels. (But, of course, I would have found myself remiss if I hadn’t at least put that little bit of information into this blog….)
I tried two new authors… Heron Carvic was one of them. (Heron Carvic was the originator of the Miss Emily D. Seeton novels.) I read Picture Miss Seeton (which, if you know about how I feel at the beginning of a series, you know that it has got to be the first book!) and I found the book to be a very enjoyable read. I came away with a good feeling of character development for Miss Seeton. I was left thinking… now this is a cozy mystery character I will enjoy revisiting in the future. And, since there are so many books in the series, I should have plenty of time to get to know her better.
I enjoyed the interaction between the Superintendent of Scotland Yard and Miss Seeton, and found it to be very believable. I have found that in several cozy mystery series, the interaction between the police and the always-better-at-solving-crime amateur sleuth can be really annoying… Some authors portray the police as bumbling idiots standing on the side-lines, jealous of the amateur sleuth, and always warning the amateur to get off of the case…. because let’s face it, if the bumblers can’t solve the crime, they would rather that the culprit gets off free, leaving the case unsolved… And, since there are more than enough cozy mystery series to read (as this site’s lists should show!), I don’t stay with a series like that for long! I usually try to give the author a few attempts at redemption, but, you know what they say about three strikes! And a lot of the time, it’s just the one strike that makes me put a book down as a “YUCK” on my private list!
I don’t want to say too much about the novel, since I don’t want to give away the plot by writing unintended spoilers… Let me just say this… Since I have only read the first novel in the series, I don’t actually know if Miss Seeton will remain in this lovely little village…. I am hoping that the following books stay in this same quaint cozy setting, with all of the cozy mystery inhabitants (some more eccentric than others!) the characters, plotline, and setting left me with a feeling of “going home.”
This particular Miss Seeton novel had all of the cozy mystery requirements… and, of course, it didn’t hurt that there is a little promise of romance for future books!
Chris Forman says
I agree with you about the police being portrayed as ‘bumbling’ in too many cozy mysteries. I like the way Agatha Christie has the police looking to Miss Marple for advice and I also like the way Rex Stout develops the friend and foe, but ever respectful, in the character of Lt. Cramer. I read a bit of the hard-boiled genre as well and find the opposite there. The police are the enemy and get in the way of the PI who is trying to solve the case. Often they are trying to send up the PI him/her self for the crime. Of course in many hard-boiled stories it is a bad cop who has committed the crime.
Danna - cozy mystery list says
(And, you are so right about the bad cop committing the crime…)