Saturday, February 7, 2015
It's Time to Curl Up with a Cozy Mystery
For many of us in the northern part of the Northern Hemisphere, this is the time of year to stay inside curled up with a good book and a big cup of tea. For me, this includes curling up with a cozy mystery or two. I have always enjoyed the mystery genre, but sometimes I feel like reading lighter mystery fare. This is where cozy mysteries come in, as they are often a lot more fun and much less graphic than their non-cozy counterparts. In celebration of the cozy mystery, I thought I'd share with you some of my favourites:
Laura Childs' Tea Shop Mysteries
The Tea Shop series starts with Death by Darjeeling.
Rhys Bowen's Royal Spyness Mysteries
Another favourite of mine, Rhys Bowen's Royal Spyness series is set in 1930s England, and features as its heroine Lady Georgianna Rannoch, 34th in line to the British Throne. Despite being a member of the British aristocracy, Georgie is flat broke and must work. But working is not something Georgie is particularly adept at, so hilarity ensues. This cozy mystery series, like the Tea Shop mysteries, features a fabulous cast of characters, many of whom are endearingly quirky. Georgie herself if easy to cheer for as she attempts to live her own life -- which includes trying to find love -- and solve mysteries in the process. Appearances by the British Royal Family, as well as Georgie's non-Noble mother and grandfather, are particularly memorable.
The first novel in the Royal Spyness series is appropriately titled Her Royal Spyness.
Heather Blake's Magic Potion Mysteries
Lynn Cahoon's Tourist Trap Mysteries
As with Heather Blake's Magic Potion Mysteries, Lynn Cahoon's Tourist Trap Mystery series is, to date, only a few books long. I've read the series' first book, Guidebook to Murder, and thought it was very well done. The main character is Jill Gardner who, after growing tired of her high flying big city career, moves to small town California to open a bookstore and coffee shop. In the first book Jill finds herself embroiled in a murder mystery, one that threatens all she holds dear. I'm looking forward to reading the next book!
What about you? Do you enjoy cozy mysteries? If so, what are some of your favourite series?