Suggestions for books about books? Suggestions for supernatural cozies?
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As you can see from the subject line, I enjoy mysteries that have to do with books (or bookstores, authors, libraries, etc.) and mysteries with a supernatural element. There seem to be a lot of books out there in these categories, so it can be a little overwhelming trying to find the best ones.
I have read Homicide in Hardcover, The Ghost and Mrs. McClure,, and the first two Miss Zukas books.
As for supernatural, I have read all of Madelyn Alt's Bewitching Mysteries, and the first of the Ophelia and Abby series by Shirley Damsgaard.
I've enjoyed all of these to a greater or less extent (except that Ophelia and Abby book--I was really disappointed by it), but I can't say I'm "in love" with any of them.
I'd love to hear some suggestions for books in a similar vein, that I might like even more. Also, if anyone has read any of these series, would you recommend that I continue reading them?
I like Dorothy Gilman's Clairvoyant Countess and Kaleidoscope. The main character is ..wait for it.. a Clairvoyant Countess :-). They are set in the US in the 70s and really show it, I wonder sometimes if part of my enjoyment stems from remembering that time.
The Aunt Dimity series by Nancy Atherton has a supernatural element, Aunt Dimity has gone beyond, but helps out when asked through a notebook owned by the main character. Books 3-14 are not that great. I have enjoyed the others in the series, though.
There is the Bibliophile Mystery series by Kate Carlisle. I have to admit that I didn't finish the one that I have, The Lies That Bind, but we all have different tastes, you might enjoy them, other folks seem to.
Another book that I didn't finish that lots of folks like is the The case of the Missing Books in the mobile library series by Ian Sansom.
ETA comment about Haunted Bookshop mysteries.
Hamish is the voice of a soldier whom Rutledge had to execute during WWI for refusing to obey an order. Hamish usually gives very good advice and is actually my favourite character in the book.
I think that the books would be classed as 'cosy' and they are worth reading.
Victoria Laurie - Psychic Eye Mysteries and Ghost Hunter Mysteries
Juliet Blackwell - Witchcraft Mysteries and Haunted Home Renovation Mysteries
Melissa Bourbon - Magical Dressmaking Mysteries
Mary Stanton - Beaufort & Company Mysteries
Nancy Atherton - Aunt Dimity Mysteries
E.J. Copperman - Haunted Guesthouse Mysteries
Michelle Rowen - Sarah Dearly Mysteries
Sarah Zettel - Vampire Chef Mysteries
Ellery Adams - Charmed Pie Shoppe Mysteries