I’ve just added four more authors to the Cozy Mystery site. Most authors I add are decided by recommendations from Cozy Mystery readers who have enjoyed their works – though Arthur Conan Doyle obviously needed no recommendation! (The main reason I haven’t added him before this is because his works have been published so many ways that I had trouble deciding how to organize them…)
Amanda Carmack writes the Elizabethan Mystery Series. As the title implies, this mystery series revolves around Queen Elizabeth I (who is still Princess Elizabeth in the early novels), though the detective is Elizabeth’s private musician, Kate Haywood. She also writes romance novels as Amanda McCabe and Laurel McKee.
Arthur Conan Doyle‘s Sherlock Holmes mysteries helped bring the early criminal detective fiction to the mainstream, with so much popularity that even after Doyle killed off the character, he eventually brought Holmes back after a ten year hiatus due to continued demand. As well as being a pioneer of the early detective fiction genre, Doyle was a humanitarian and doctor, earning two knighthoods for his volunteer medical work. He was even something of a detective himself – he helped clear the names of two wrongly accused men, and the results of one of these cases was partially responsible for the formation of the English Court of Criminal Appeal.
Shamini Flint might have begun her writing career with children’s book series like the Sasha Series and the Diary Series, but she’s also the author of the Inspector Singh Investigates Mystery Series. This series stars a Singaporean inspector whose slightly awkward nature often makes people underestimate his keen detective instincts. Originally a lawyer, Flint now works two jobs – full time mom and author!
Linda Rodriguez worked at the University of Missouri, Kansas City, as an administrator – which is also where she earned both her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees. She put this experience to good use when writing the Skeet Bannion Mystery Series, starring Marquitta “Skeet” Bannion, a former Kansas City police officer who decided to get away from the big city to serve as the campus chief of police at a college in a small town.