Hellooooooooo my friends! Did you think you'd never hear from me again? I have to tell you, I was kind of afraid I wouldn't be able to blog again. I have several posts in various stages of completion and I was just like....4th of July.....world going to you know where in a handbasket.....tired....why do i blog again?? But as always, there's inspiration to be found if you look, and I found it on one of my MOST favorite of blogs, Posie Gets Cozy. In this post, Alicia threw out a request asking for "cozy mysteries" and by gum, her blog readers rose to the occasion. I read every comment and realized that 1) there was much goodness to be had in all of the book suggestions and 2) I now needed to round up a great many of the books and compile them here!
Also - COZY MYSTERIES? Is this really a thing? Howwwww was I unaware that this was a genre?? Let's take a peek at what I've collected. Thank you Posie readers!
I've had my eye on Alexander McCall Smith's 'The Sunday Philosophy Club' for awhile, but I kept forgetting about it. Now that I have my list here, I SHAN'T forget. This is the first in the Isobel Dalhousie series, and they are supposed to be awesomely delightful. The titles of the other books are all fabulous-sounding. ('The Uncommon Appeal of Clouds' and 'The Careful Use of Compliments' anyone?) A lady-philosopher-investigator in Edinburgh. Sure why not?
'Aunt Dimity's Death' by Nancy Atherton has a ghost in the story. I don't know what else it's about, but I'm all for ghosts. A fairy tale and a mystery AND a ghost story! I think I need to read this one first. Oh and there's a secret hiding among old letters on an English country estate. yesyesyes.
'The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie' by Alan Bradley is the first of the Flavia de Luce mysteries, that I guess were begun as YA fiction? Flavia is "an aspiring chemist with a passion for poison". THAT SOUNDS AWESOME. The series begins with Flavia as an 11 year old science prodigy - who finds a dead body in the cucumber patch outside of her bedroom window. She has a bicycle named Gladys and two sisters named Ophelia and Daphne. I think Julia might like this soon! This whole series seems darling.
Mannnnnnny of the blog comments on the Posie post mentioned the Agatha Raisin books, and the series begins with 'Agatha Raisin and the Quiche of Death'. HA HA HA, that's quite the title, yes? Agatha is a sharp tongued middle aged woman living in the Cotswolds, who has a hard time fitting in socially. Apparently these books are considered quintessential "cozy mystery" reading, so I think if we're going to jump into this genre, we need to have these books by M.C. Beaton at the top of the list.
Stephanie Barron's 'Jane and the Unpleasantness at Scargrave Manor: Being the First Jane Austen Mystery' has a mouthful of a title, but I'm a-gonna start with this one because hello, JANE AUSTEN as sleuth? A mystery about some "unpleasantness"? Alrighty. There's a whole slew of these books and they're supposedly a ton of fun.
'A Moment of Silence' by Anna Dean has a lovely cover, WHICH ALWAYS WINS ME OVER, is yet another one set in England (always a bonus for me) and features a Miss Dido Kent attempting to assist her niece, whose fiance has just run off under strange circumstances. (are there any other kind??) There's also a dead woman found in the shrubbery. HOW ANNOYING, dead bodies in the shrubbery! Who in Bellfield Hall is of suspicious character? Apparently everyone.
OH Laura Childs. I've been meaning to read her Tea Shop Mysteries forrrrrrevvvvvverrrrr. I mean seriously - these books were probably written just for me, correct? 'Death by Darjeeling' is the initial offerng in this mega series and my BFF Amazon says this first outing is a "blend of cozy fun and clever plotting". And there are recipes included! In this book, the victim is poisoned by a cup of tea. HOW DASTARDLY. Supposedly the series takes you into the world of tea specialists, (cool!) and into the life of one Theodosia Browning, who owns the Indigo Tea Shop in Charleston, South Carolina. She has a little dog named Earl Grey! Ok seriously. How cute does all of this sound? (cuuuuuuuute!)
'Her Royal Spyness' by Rhys Bowen features a heroine who is 34th in line for the throne (we're back in Great Britain), and has the best name: Lady Victoria Georgiana Charlotte Eugenie. There's a French rogue, a Scottish castle, a murder, and 1930's England. Oh and an Irish lord. That's enough to get me to read it.
Alright alright alright..... - to quote Matthew McConaughey. Am I the last one to know about this Cozy Mystery biz? If I am the last one to know, I'm totes blaming you guys for not letting me know HA HA HA HA. But seriously. Should I jump into cozy mysteries and toss all my paranormal teen romance YA books (another genre of which I was unaware for years and I was OUTRAGED that this genre didn't exist when I was a teen)??
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