It’s the end of April and, as some of you know, it is time for me to ask you all to tell us about the mystery books you all have been enjoying this month. And, of course, since this is for the Cozy Mystery site, I am hoping that you will tell us about those Cozy Mysteries you have enjoyed. (Please do not tell us about the authors you have disliked!)
I will make up a list of all of the Cozy Mystery Books Recommendations for the month of April, but will leave your comments up so that people can see the reasons you enjoyed the mystery.
What Cozy Mystery book (or author) have you read during April 2012, and why did you enjoy it (or him/her)?
I’m going to start this thread by telling you about a book I just finished. It’s called Never Buried, and is by Edie Claire. About a month ago, Claire contacted me to let me know that all of her Leigh Koslow “Never” mystery books are now on Kindle and Nook format. My daughter tried Claire’s first mystery in the series and wrote to tell me how much she enjoyed it. (I’m surprised she told me, since she is currently studying for her last semester finals!) I knew I had to try the book when she told me that it reminded her of Anne George’s books.
I read the book, and totally agree with her. The relationships between all of the major (and minor) characters really have a ring of authenticity. These are three dimensional “people”. There was no overtly saccharine “everybody loves everybody” relationship that I could see, these characters (like people) have their foibles and different motivations.
I also really enjoyed the “mystery part” of the book. A lot of times, I am willing to overlook a weak mystery because the characters (my most important interest) are so good. In this case, both the mystery and the characters are strong.
I strongly recommend Never Buried by Edie Claire.
April 2012 Author and Series Recommendations:
Avery Aames (aka Daryl Wood Gerber): Cheese Shop Mystery Series
Tasha Alexander: Lady Emily Mystery Series
Marian Babson: Trixie Dolan & Evangeline Sinclair Mystery Series
Ella Barrick (aka Lila Dare & Laura DiSilverio): Ballroom Dance Mystery Series
M. C. Beaton: Hamish Macbeth Mystery Series
Simon Brett: Fethering Mystery Series
Emily Brightwell: Mrs. Jeffries Mystery Series
Rita Mae Brown: Mrs. Murphy Mystery Series
Lucy Burdette (aka Roberta Isleib): Key West Food Critic Mystery Series
Dorothy Cannell: Ellie Haskell Mystery Series
JoAnna Carl (aka Eve K. Sandstrom): Chocoholic Mystery Series
Elizabeth Lynn Casey (aka Laura Bradford): Southern Sewing Circle Mystery Series
Edie Claire: Leigh Koslow “Never” Mystery Series
Jane K. Cleland: Josie Prescott Antiques Mystery Series
Harlan Coben: Stand Alones
Kate Collins: Flower Shop Mystery Series
Susan Conant: Dog Lover’s Mystery Series
Cleo Coyle (aka Alice Kimberly): Coffee House Mystery Series
Carola Dunn: Daisy Dalrymple Mystery Series
Anne Emery: Father Brennan Burke & Monty Collins, Esq. Mystery Series
Vivienne Fagan: Hilda Hopkins Mystery Series
Monica Ferris: Needlecraft Mystery Series
Amanda Flower: India Hayes Mystery Series
Carolyn Hart: Henrie O Mystery Series
B. B. Haywood: Candy Holliday Mystery Series
Marianna Heusler: St Polycarp Mystery Series
Anthony Horowitz: The House of Silk
Sofie Kelly: Magical Cats Mystery Series
Amanda Lee (aka Gayle Trent): Embroidery Mystery Series
Virginia Lowell: Cookie Cutter Shop Mystery Series
G. A. McKevett: Savannah Reid Mystery Series
Jenn McKinlay (aka Lucy Lawrence & Josie Belle): Cupcake Bakery Mystery Series
Donna Huston Murray: Ginger Barnes Main Line Mystery Series
Mark Schweizer: Liturgical Mystery Series
Paige Shelton: Farmer’s Market Mystery Series
Charles Todd: Bess Crawford Mystery Series
Nicola Upson: Josephine Tey Mystery Series
Jacqueline Winspear: Maisie Dobbs Mystery Series
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