I finally have experienced what some of you Cozy Mystery readers have talked about before! And what’s more, I agree with you!
I have to admit that until this month, I have always been selective with my Cozy Mystery themed books. I only read the themes I was interested in.
I love British mystery series, so, of course, I tossed the British themes into my grab-bag of “Likes.”
Aha, I have always loved history, so that means I grab-bagged historical mysteries.
Animals? I simply can’t get enough of them! I’ll take Animals to go please, Alex.
Culinary mysteries? While I might not enjoy cooking or baking, I sure do love to eat! I’ll toss those cookies in my grab-bag of mystery themes, also.
How about vacations? Do I love seeing far-away places of interest? Who doesn’t? Throw those mystery books that take place in mysterious locales right into my overnight grab-bag.
Holidays, anyone? Who doesn’t enjoy their favorite holidays, whether the holidays are Thanksgiving, Halloween (paranormals, anyone?), Christmas, or Hanukkah.
Are you getting my drift? There really were very few themes that I absolutely could NOT relate to… until this month!
This month, I tried a new-to-me author who I absolutely knew I was going to enjoy, but who I also knew writes a mystery series based on a theme I positively cannot relate to. I knew that I could overcome this theme, since I had done my homework. I had paid attention to your comments and recommendations, as well as read all of the Amazon reviews.
However, I finally met a theme I simply cannot enjoy. (Since there are very few authors who write this particular theme, I’m going to keep the theme in my bag, as in trash bag!) Every time the author mentioned the totally boring minutiae of this particular theme, I lost interest. Unfortunately for me, the author mentioned this boring theme way more times than she needed. While reading (I should say “trying to read”) the mystery book, every time the author started rambling on (and on, and on) about the theme, she lost me.
I know that in the past I have talked a lot about, let’s say, Monica Ferris and her delightful Needlecraft Mystery Series. I now wonder what those of you who don’t enjoy cross stitching and needle pointing think when I drone on (and on, and on) about how much I enjoy this series.
What about you? Have you ever disliked a mystery series theme enough to make you avoid an author? (Please do not name specific authors. If you happen to forget, I’ll simply have to replace the author’s name with ***** or something just as descriptive.)