My favorite Cozy Mystery of February is Susanna Calkins’ The Masque of a Murderer, the third in her absolutely terrific historical, British Cozy Mystery series. I am an absolute fan of Susanna Calkins‘ Lucy Campion Mystery Series.
The Lucy Campion series follows Lucy, a young woman who starts out as a chambermaid for a local magistrate in 17th century London. Fortunately for Lucy, her employer is a kind man who has taught her to read which opens other employment opportunities for her.
Rather than write why I enjoy Susanna Calkins’ mysteries so much, I’m going to refer you to three of my earlier posts. In May of 2013 I wrote Susanna Calkins, Author of A Murder at Rosamund’s Gate : My Newest Favorite Author and I recommended both of the first books in her series on two previous recommendation entries as well. (Cozy Mystery Books Recommendations – May 2013 and Mystery Book Recommendations – January 2015)
Oh, and there are lots of other Cozy Mystery readers who also think Susanna Calkins is a wonderful mystery author. She has been nominated for a Bruce Alexander Memorial Mystery award, a Lovey Best Historical novel, a Mary Higgins Clark award, and also an Agatha Award for Best Historical mystery.
How about you? Would you please tell us about the really good Cozy Mysteries you read during February, and please tell us why you liked them so much. These should be the Cozies you thought were even better than the other Cozies you read. The rest of us would love reading your recommendations/comments. I know I get lots of new-to-me Cozy Mystery authors based on your comments. (Please list the Cozies you liked the most at the very top of your list.)
As usual, please do not tell us about the Cozy Mysteries you did not like.
What really good Cozy Mystery book did you read during February 2016 that you want the rest of us to know about, and why did you enjoy it?
Here are the current recommended authors who some of you have read and recommended this past month:
Victoria Abbott (Mary Jane Maffini & daughter Victoria Maffini): Book Collectors Mystery Series
Cathy Ace: WISE Enquiry Agency Mystery Series
Ellery Adams: Books by the Bay Mystery Series
Ellery Adams: Book Retreat Mystery Series
Donna Andrews: Meg Langslow Mystery Series
Donald Bain (w/ Renée Paley-Bain & Jessica Fletcher): Murder She Wrote Mystery Series (Two Cozy readers recommended this series this month.)
M.C. Beaton (aka Marion Chesney): Hamish Macbeth Mystery Series
Emily Brightwell: Mrs. Jeffries Mystery Series
Leslie Budewitz: Seattle Spice Shop Mystery Series
Susanna Calkins: Lucy Campion Mystery Series
Kate Carlisle: Fixer-Upper Mystery Series (Two Cozy readers recommended this series this month.)
Amanda Carmack: Elizabethan Mystery Series
Sarah Caudwell: Hilary Tamar Mystery Series
Maia Chance: Discreet Retrieval Agency Mystery Series
Laura Childs: Scrapbooking Mystery Series
Mindy Starns Clark: Million Dollar Mystery Series
Kate Collins: Flower Shop Mystery Series
Sheila Connolly (aka Sarah Atwell): County Cork Mystery Series
E.J. Copperman (aka Jeffrey Cohen): Haunted Guesthouse Mystery Series (Two Cozy readers recommended this series this month.)
Leighann Dobbs: Mooseamuck Island Mystery Series
Elizabeth J. Duncan: Shakespeare in the Catskills Mystery Series (Two Cozy readers recommended this series this month.)
Elizabeth Edmondson: A Man of Some Repute
Jean Flowers (aka Camille Minichino, Margaret Grace, & Ada Madison): Postmistress Mystery Series (Two Cozy readers recommended this series this month.)
Joanne Fluke: Hannah Swensen Mystery Series
Christopher Fowler: Bryant & May (Peculiar Crimes) Mystery Series (reportedly not Cozy)
Dick Francis: Stand Alones (not cozy)
Parnell Hall: Puzzle Lady Mystery Series
David Handler: Berger & Mitry Mystery Series
Charlaine Harris: Aurora Teagarden Mystery Series
B.B. Haywood: Candy Holliday Mystery Series
Julie Hyzy: White House Chef Mystery Series
Mary Lou Kirwin: Librarian Mystery Series
Joyce and Jim Lavene (aka J. J. Cook & Ellie Grant): Christmas Tree Valley Mystery Series
Catherine Lloyd: Kurland St. Mary Mystery Series
Dixie Lyle: Whiskey, Tango, and Foxtrot Mystery Series
Jenn McKinlay (aka Josie Belle & Lucy Lawrence): Hat Shop Mystery Series
Leslie Meier: Lucy Stone Mystery Series
Shirley Rousseau Murphy & Pat J.J. Murphy: Lee Fontana Mystery Series
Ann B. Ross: Miss Julia Mystery Series
Maggie Sefton: Knitting Mystery Series
Dorothy Simpson: Luke Thanet Mystery Series
Fran Stewart: ScotShop Mystery Series
Victoria Thompson: Gaslight Mystery Series
Elaine Viets: Dead-End Job Mystery Series
Lea Wait: Mainely Needlepoint Mystery Series
[If you click on the author’s name (blue) link, it will take you to his/her page on the Cozy Mystery site. The pages have all of the authors’ books listed chronologically.]
I will list the authors and series that have been recommended, but I urge you to read the comments below so you can see the reasons other Cozy Mystery readers thought these were their best reads of the month.
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P.S. I usually don’t comment on your recommendations since they speak for themselves.