As you can see, I haven't read a lot of cozy mystery books by authors beginning with N or O. However, one book on this consolidated N and O list that still haunts me is "Black Water" by Joyce Carol Oates. It is yet another of the books that I list that really can't be categorized as a cozy mystery book, but it sure is good.
I was very fortunate when I found an audio book copy of "Black Water" featuring the reading talents of Amanda Plummer at my local library. Her narration of this book is fantastic!
(I believe the taped version was on Books on Tape or Recorded Books, although it might have been Dove Audio or Random House Audio.) If you get a chance to rent a copy....... do it! I don't think that you'll regret it!
I have to be honest and admit that I have only read the first of Neel's
Francesca Wilson (set in London) series. But, I really did enjoy the novel, and
plan to read more.
Neely won the Agatha Award, Macavity Award, and Anthony Award for the first
in her Blanche White Mystery Series. Blanche is an African American woman
who is both single and a housekeeper.
Carla Neggers Neggers, a best selling New
author, has written several different series, as well as
Stand Alone novels. Her Sharpe & Donovan Mystery Series
features two FBI agents.
Radine Trees Nehring
Nehring writes the Something to Die for Mystery Series which is set in the
Arkansas Ozarks. The main character happens to do her sleuthing with a
retired police detective... They share solving mysteries as a hobby...
Neri not only writes a mystery series about a writer, but she also co-owns a
mystery bookstore. She also writes the Samantha Brennan & Annabelle Haggerty
paranormal mystery series...
Newberg is both an electrical engineer and an Agatha Christie fan who has
written a cozy mystery set in South Carolina that features Molly May, a
Sharan Newman Newman has two
mystery series and also a fantasy trilogy featuring Guinevere, King Arthur's
wife. Some of her works can be found on the Agatha Awards pages.
Noble is the first author to pen a Mystery and the Minister's Wife book.
This series is unique in that each book is written by different authors
(some of the authors pen more than one book in the series.)
Other authors of the series include Traci DePree, Beth Pattillo, Carol Cox,
& Eve Fisher. It is an inspirational mystery series...
While researching for Nordan's books, I stumbled across the
fact that he got his PhD from the University of Chicago...
O'Connell writes the High Society Mystery Series which follows a sleuth who
lives in Chicago. Pauline Cook (the sleuth) has been widowed and spends a
lot of her time traveling...
Clare O'Donohue O'Donohue writes the new (2008) Someday Quilts Mystery Series.
An ex-journalist and writing teacher, she worked for the HGTV network's "Simply
Quilts" show, as well as other networks' (History Channel, truTV, Food Network,
etc.) She mixes quilting and romance with mystery... O'Donohue also writes the
Kate Conway Mystery Series which features a television producer in Chicago.
Leslie O'Kane aka
Her three series revolve around: a cartoonist, a dog psychologist, & interior designers...
Sister Carol Anne O'Marie Retired nun sleuth...
written by Sister O'Marie.
The authors are sisters Mary & Pamela O'Shaughnessy....Their series features
a single mom-attorney...
Joyce Carol Oates
aka Lauren Kelly & Rosamond Smith... When
I first listened to Black Water, I was so enthralled/entranced by the
novella, that I knew Oates would forever be a favorite of mine. I didn't know a
lot about her other than the fact that she was so famous. I had no idea that
three of her works have been nominated for the Pulitzer. Black Water is one of
Karen E. Olson Olson, an English major in college, went on
to work in journalism, advertising, and editing, which
she continues to do. She is also the author of the Annie Seymour Mystery
Series and the new (2009) Tattoo Shop
Michael Orenduff Orenduff, a college professor
with his PhD in Mathematical Logic, writes the Pot Thief Mystery Series.
This series features Hubert Schuze, a treasure hunter based in Albuquerque,
who only became a "Pot Thief" after the laws
changed treasure hunting to the crime of stealing...
Orgain earned her M. F. A. in Creative Writing and put it to good use,
writing the Maternal Instincts Mystery Series. The series is set in San
Francisco and features a new mom as its sleuth.
Joyce Oroz Oroz
writes the Josephine Stuart Mystery Series which is set in California. Oroz
is a painter, which explains why she is so comfortable making her main
sleuth a painter also. Josephine is also a widow in her fifties.
Denise Osborne Osborne
has her B. A. in journalism and an avid interest in Asian culture... having
gone to high school in Japan. She writes two series which take place in
California: the Queenie Davilov Mystery Series features a
screenwriter/sleuth, and the Feng Shui Mystery Series which features a
practitioner of feng shui.
Liz Osborne Osborne writes the Robyn Kelly Mystery Series which features a
patient representative at a hospital.
Macie Osterman During her 45 year career
as a registered nurse, Osterman wrote medical and nursing articles. She has
now turned her talents to mysteries. Both Osterman and her main character
enjoy gardening, baking five-grain bread, and the opera. Her first novel
introduces a "sixty something" sleuth...
Oust writes the Piper Prescott Mystery Series which features the owner of
the Spice It Up! spice shop in Georgia. She also writes the Bunco Babes Mystery Series which features a retirement
community Bunco group of (senior) sleuths.
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