Several years ago, I was given a copy of "Strange Brew" by a friend of mine who knows my passion for cozy mystery books. I have been a fan of the book's author (Kathy Hogan Trocheck) since reading my first book about Julia Callahan Garrity. This series has several of the essential elements of a cozy mystery book....... the main crime-solver isn't a police or detective (she is a "normal, everyday person"), the zany characters who preside in the crime-solver's life, and the crimes being committed (sort of!) "out of sight." There aren't a lot of gory details that the crime-solver has to contend with......
When I say "gory details," I mean exactly that! I remember finally dropping a favorite
(non-cozy!) author of mine after I came to the realization that I couldn't read one more gory thing that forensic pathologists have to do. The particular task that finally pushed me over the edge was
something to do with human remains and a large stock pot... leaving it to your
imagination... checking for knife patterns...
Can you imagine Miss Marple buying a super-sized
soup pot so she could perform "those types of tasks" at home!?! Even
Nero Wolfe wouldn't expect this particular type of cooking!!!
(For those of you who have read Kathy Hogan Trochek's series about a cleaning business owner, you probably know that Strange Brew is actually the sixth book in the cozy mystery book series. This was one of the few times that I read a series out of chronological order. After finding out how good the sixth book of the series was, I went back and started the series at the beginning.)
Pari Noskin Taichert
Taichert has a master's in social work, but rather than go that route, she
found that she had a real calling for public relations. So, after years of
working in the P.R. world, when she started writing mystery novels, what
better profession for her main character to have than.... public relations!
Tales from Grace Chapel Inn
I have been asked by more than a few people if I would
include a chronological list of all of the books in this NON mystery series.
It is a series which was published by Guideposts, and follows three sisters
who live in Pennsylvania. Alice, Jane, and Louise run a Bed & Breakfast.
This is a series by several Christian authors...
Marcia Talley Talley writes the Hannah Ives Mystery Series which has, as its
sleuth, a cancer survivor who has lost her job, but who has a knack for
solving mysteries. Also, Talley is the editor of two collaborative mystery
books written by thirteen well-known mystery authors who happen to be women.
Robert K. Tanenbaum
Not Cozy... Was a NY D. A., and
has taught law in California.
Alison G. Taylor
Her Welsh sleuth is a Chief Inspector...
Elizabeth Atwood Taylor Series about Maggie Elliott, a private investigator who used to make films,
which of course must be set in California.... although San Francisco, not
Her series features Tori
Bauer, a waitress at a diner in South Dakota...
Phoebe Atwood Taylor (aka Freeman Dana & Alice Tilton) Taylor uses
Boston/Cape Cod as a back drop for her popular Leonidas Witherall and Asey
Mayo Mystery Series...
Sarah Stewart Taylor Taylor writes the Sweeney St. George
Mystery Series which features a professor of history... with a special
emphasis on funerary art. What better interest for an amateur sleuth?
Lou Jane Temple
With a name like "Heaven Lee" this
character could only be in a series with a culinary theme..... and this chef
happens to own a restaurant.
Josephine Tey Tey writes the Alan Grant Mystery Series which features an
Inspector for the Scotland Yard. (On
Crime Writers' Association Top 100 Crime Novels of All Time) (On the
Mystery Writers of America Top 100 Crime Novels of All Time)
Nancy Jill Thames Thames writes the Jillian Bradley Mystery Series which
features a gardening columnist as its sleuth. Jillian solves mysteries at
different resorts, with the help of her friends and Teddy, her little Yorkshire
Terrier. (This series is on the "No Profanity" list of mystery books.)
Thayer has been quilting for years, and is a rubber stamping
enthusiast... so what better themes for her two mystery series... quilting
and rubber stamping!
With Detective Chief Superintendent Erskine Powell on duty, London's New
Scotland Yard will solve the case!
Thomas penned the Dangerous Davies mystery book series, which has
been made into a television series by the British ITV Network. I have yet to
read the novels, but based on the Amazon reviews, they look like they are
absolutely delightful books. (Since I haven't read them yet, I don't know if
they are cozy, or not.)
Janice A. Thompson Thompson writes the Bridal Mayhem
Mystery Series. She describes herself as a Christian author. She
home-schooled her four daughters and has done her part in planning several
The Gaslight Mystery series features a
midwife in early 20th century....
June (Valerie) Thomson
Thomson writes the Inspector Jack Finch (in Great Britain)/Inspector
Jack Rudd (in USA) Mystery Series. She has also written several Sherlock
Holmes books which are collections of short stories.
Aimée & David Thurlo
David and Aimée Thurlo live in New Mexico where their three mystery series
are set: the Ella Clah Mystery Series, the Sister Agatha Mystery Series, and
the Lee Nez/Leo Hawke Mystery Series...
A mother (Caroline Todd) and son (Charles Todd) collaborate on the Ian
Rutledge Mystery Series, which features a WW I shell-shocked veteran working at Scotland Yard.
They also write the Bess Crawford Mystery Series...
Marilyn Todd Series about a first century Roman vineyard owner...
aka Taffy Cannon....
As Toll, she writes the Booked for Travel series.
Tope writes three British mystery series... of which the Cotswold Mystery
Series (with a house-sitting sleuth) is her most recent. She also was the ghostwriter of the mystery
novels on which the Rosemary and Thyme shows were based.
Maggie Toussaint Toussaint writes the Cleopatra Jones Mystery Series which
(a golfing-accountant-sleuth) and her side-kick, Madonna (a rather huge St.
Kari Lee Townsend Townsend, with her Masters degree in English Education, writes
the Fortune Teller Mystery Series. Sunshine Meadows is a fortune teller/sleuth
who resides in a small town in New York...
Peter Tremayne Sister Fidelma, a seventh century nun in Ireland is the sleuth
in Tremayne's series.
(aka Amanda Lee)
Trent spent years commuting to work and double-tasking, but with the debut of her Daphne Martin Cozy Mystery Series (2008, featuring a cake
decorator!), she is able to give up the commute part of that equation. Trent
also writes the Myrtle Crumb Mystery Series. Myrtle is a senior sleuth who
lives in Virginia. As Lee
she writes the Embroidery Mystery Series which features the owner of an
embroidery shop in Oregon.
Kathy Hogan Trocheck
aka Mary Kay Andrews..... I really like her
Callahan Garrity series.
Smith & Reed series set in Washington D.C., and Capital Crimes series set there as well...
Denise Tucker Tucker is an Associate Professor who both writes mysteries and
makes (beautiful!) jewelry. Tucker's Madame President Mystery Series is unique
in that each book in the series features a famous castle, villa, or house. The
White House social secretary, Madame President, and the First Family solve the
mysteries, with each chapter taking place in a different room in the house...
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