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1gmathis
Oct 23, 2009, 7:33pm

Maybe I'm just experiencing genre overdose, but seems like the last several cozies I've read are pretty much all alike. Any recommendations for something that's cozy, but stands out from the pack in any particular way?

2LisaShapter
Jul 20, 2010, 12:09am

The silence is not a good sign.

3readafew
Jul 20, 2010, 9:09am

How to lose a client and Hasta la Vista, lola are great cozyish books.

4sandyg210
Jul 20, 2010, 1:55pm

I just finishe Bone Appetite and enjoyed it.

5BookNrrrd
Jul 21, 2010, 5:19pm

I've recently enjoyed Juliet Blackwell's new witchcraft mysteries, Secondhand Spirits and A Castoff Coven--they're about a witch who owns a vintage clothing store in San Francisco. (I believe Juliet Blackwell is a pseudonym for an author who's written some other mystery books, but I can't think of her name.)

6mlouisalocke
Jul 24, 2010, 3:11pm

Hi,

These two authors aren't new, but are still putting out cozy's that make me smile.

Sarah Graves series (first is Dead Cat Bounce-lastest book is Crawlspace-her protagonist is always in the middle of house remodel-a nice break from food based books.

Donna Andrews series (first is Murder with Peacocks, the latest is Swan for the Money.) Her protagonist is blacksmith-but mainly features zany family.

Then Margaret Maron's books still feel fresh to me as well.

7BookAngel_a
Jul 25, 2010, 3:36pm

I've just found book #5 (on sale for $5!!) in the Louise Penny Three Pines series, The Brutal Telling and I can't wait to read it! I've loved all the others in the series and I've been told this one is the best (although a bit emotional). I need to read this one before book #6 comes out in the fall...

8momgee
Aug 4, 2010, 8:11am


A Killer Plot by Ellery Adams is good- the main character does NOT own a cat, does NOT cook, is NOT debating between 2 different men. The clues are in haiku and the plot was really good. I liked all the characters and of course the NC setting was great!

9TracyK1
Dec 23, 2010, 10:29pm

I like Still Life by Louise Penny. It takes place in Quebec and is a great book. This is the first one in the series, there are a couple more out now. I also recomend Death at Bishop's Keep by Robin Paige. This is also the first one in a series. Hope you enjoy!

10lewward
Jan 1, 2011, 10:35am

I just couldn't get into the Donna Andrews series. They weren't bad, but I just couldn't get interested.

11lewward
Jan 1, 2011, 12:05pm

I loved the Robin Paige series. Robin Paige is actually Bill and Susan Albert. The series has 12 books and they are actually all published. I didn't realize it, but they are no longer writing books for this series. The 12 books are the entire series. How sad because I have already read all 12. There was nothing in the book to indicate that Death on the Lizard was going to be the last book!

12momgee
Jan 2, 2011, 8:16am

Buffalo West Wing by Julie Hyzy is the 4th in the White House chef series and it is really good. Just finished it a few days ago. Another really good one that is coming out Tuesday is Buttercream Bumpoff by Jenn McKinlay Two fun new cozies that I enjoyed a lot.

13gmathis
Jan 2, 2011, 8:51am

A friend passed along Tutu Deadly, which is a little ornery and fun ... a wisecracking, Cheeto-eating, slightly overweight dance teacher in Mormon country.

14smilinkyn
Apr 20, 2011, 4:52pm

Diane Mott Davidson is a great author, and I love G.A. McKevett also. God Bless! :o)

15Violette62
Jun 5, 2011, 12:40pm

I love Cleo Coyle's coffeehouse mysteries. Coyle is actually a husband and wife team and I think that I would call their books as modern cozies. There is a little bit more sex mentioned and slight amounts of blood at the murder scene. Her latest book will be published this month and I think that it is called Murder with Mocha.

16catnap104
Jun 7, 2011, 9:59pm

Speaking of Cleo Coyle, I'm currently reading "The Ghost and the Femme Fatale," by Alice Kimberly. This is #4 in the Haunted Bookshop series. I really like the dynamic between Mrs. McClure & the ghost of Jack Shepard.

17chinquapin
Jun 9, 2011, 10:31am

I have to read other stuff in between the cozy mysteries or I get burned out on them also, but I have read a couple of first books in a new series that appealed to me recently.

Night of the Living Deed by E. J. Copperman has a single mother restoring an old Victorian mansion on the Jersey shore when she discovers that it has two ghosts who had been murdered there. For me this one was interesting and different.

I also liked Buzz Off by Hannah Reed, which is the first in a new cozy series set in Wisconsin featuring an amateur beekeeper. It was probably less, well unique, than Night of the Living Deed, but I enjoyed the beekeeping angle and it had fun characters.

I have already purchased the second in the series for both of these, but I have not read them yet.

18dmcw3488
Nov 8, 2011, 12:02pm

Just finished the ebook "Chalk One Up To Murder" by Bailey Hines. Fun cozy read. Very enjoyable and different. Based on a fifth grade teacher who gets involved when one of her former students gets arrested for murder. Some of the characters are a little stock, but there's enough fun to make it worth the dollar I spent on it.

19MDGentleReader
Edited: Nov 8, 2011, 12:35pm

Speaking of Susan Albert #11... The Cottage Tales of Beatrix Potter by Susan Wittig Albert. You have to be okay with characters like Flopsy and Mopsy and Tabitha Twitchett sometimes playing a part, though. Also, the narrator intrudes a bit. As the series went along, I found that I enjoyed that more and more, though. Apparently The Tale of Castle Cottage will be the last in the series, unfortunately.

I agree, though, that lately many of the cozies read alike. If they didn't generally revolve around a particular place or hobby, I'm not sure I'd remember which series was which.

20dulcibelle
Edited: Nov 16, 2011, 1:16pm

I've been reading the Psalm 23 Mysteries (starting with The Lord is my Shepherd) by Debbie Viguie. They're about a church secretary and a rabbi who solve murders. Sort of a cozy Decker and Lazarus (by Faye Kellerman). There's a mystery in the rabbi's background. Hints are given in the first two in the series (all I've read so far), but we don't know for sure what's going on with him. There's a little mystery in the secretary's background as well, which makes for some interesting speculating. I'm enjoying this series.

21heights91
Sep 14, 2013, 3:24pm

Cloudland. Really good. Can't remember who wrote it. A man. Newer. He also wrote a book that had something to do with swimming but not a mystery at all.

22Bjace
Sep 16, 2013, 1:28pm

They aren't new, but my friends and I just read the first two books in Ann George's Southern Sisters series and thought they were fun.

23richardderus
Dec 9, 2013, 7:22pm

Cozy mystery fans! One of the big cozy blogs has a list of Christmas-themed mysteries for you!

24MistyKnapp
Jan 28, 2014, 2:18pm

I love her series! And Jenn McKinlay's cupcake series are good, too. A lot of authors seem to have the "sameness" when writing but I find that if I try hard enough, I can put myself in the story as an onlooker. Things don't get boring that way.

25eekmystery
Edited: Sep 29, 2014, 1:43pm

May I suggest MURDER IN THE PAST TENSE by E.E. Kennedy (me)? It has a story line that is partially set in a summer theater. It's the third in the Miss Prentice series about a high school English teacher. (#1, Irregardless of Murder, #2, Death Dangles a Participle.)

The Southern Sisters mysteries by Anne George are also lots of fun. Oops, somebody already mentioned them. Well, I agree.

26twogerbils
Oct 11, 2014, 3:46pm

Almost done with Pigeon Pie Mystery which takes place at Hampton Court Palace during the Victorian Era. It's possibly the funniest book I've ever read. I can't recommend it enough.

27gmathis
Oct 11, 2014, 5:57pm

Noted. Funny and Victorian--sounds like a winning mix!

28richardderus
Feb 14, 2015, 11:32am

Christopher Lord has a series of cozies set in a (presumably mythical) Oregon town called Dickens Junction that Dratted Berly foisted upon me. The Christmas Carol Murders and The Edwin Drood Murders.

They're a lot of fun, witty rather than knee-slappin' haw-haw hilarious.

They're certainly worth huntin' up!

29MDGentleReader
Feb 27, 2015, 12:46pm

>28 richardderus: You used the Dickens word with no expletives? You read a book about a town based on the writings of Dickens?

** Faints **