I can’t believe that May is almost over! What a month!!! School terms are over, neighborhood pools are opening, barbecues are being heated up, and birds are VERY abundant. (I wish we got more Cardinals here, and less of those drab-colored Doves and House Finches!)
Since it is the end of May, how about if we share the Cozy Mystery books we have enjoyed this month? Let’s tell each other why we are “nominating” these authors as writers we think other Cozy Mystery readers should try reading >>> it they aren’t already.
Once you tell us about the author you really enjoyed, and of course, why you enjoyed him/her, I will start accumulating the authors names on a list below. Please tell us a little about why you are recommending this author/book, >>> we’d especially like to know why the author is good. (I hate to keep droning on about this next thing, but please don’t tell us about the authors you tried reading and disliked.)
What Cozy Mystery book (or author) have you read during May 2012, and why did you enjoy it (or him/her)?
The Cozy Mystery author who I read this month, who I think others might really enjoy is Margaret Grace. She’s also known as Camille Minichino and Ada Madison.
Perhaps the reason I enjoy Grace so much, is that her main sleuth has a lot of the same thoughts as I do. I find her main sleuth, Gerry Porter, thinking a lot of the same things I would have thought if I had encountered the exact event. Does that make sense? I hope so. I am sure I would not be able to identify with some of Gerry’s thoughts if she weren’t such a three-dimensional character. Grace’s characters are three-dimensional characters, much like those you would encounter in “real life”.
The main characters of the Miniature Mystery Series are Gerry and her granddaughter, Maddie, who is an elementary school age girl. Their relationship is a joy to read about. Gerry simply dotes on Maddie, and the feelings are mutual. Gerry’s nephew, Skip, is a police officer in this Cozy almost-everybody-knows-everybody town. Skip is (quite often!) aggravated by his Aunt Gerry, but he loves her all the same. The relationships between all of the characters ring true to me, and very life-like. These are “people” who I would love to know!
I really enjoy the writing style of Grace. It isn’t super flowery, with big words sprinkled in to show us just how intelligent the author is, and it also doesn’t rely on profanity to get the different moods across. We “get it” when a character is mad, even without “*!#^*” being used as adjectives and adverbs. Her writing style is effortless and smooth, a very conversational tone, without being simplistic.
I strongly recommend the Miniature Mystery Series by Margaret Grace.
April 2012 Author and Series Recommendations:
Ellery Adams (aka J. B. Stanley, Jennifer Stanley, & 1/2 of Lucy Arlington): Books by the Bay Mystery Series
Nancy Atherton: Aunt Dimity Mystery Series
Melissa Bourbon: Magical Dressmaking Mystery Series
Barbara Bretton: Chloe Hobbs’ Paranormal Mystery Series
Emily Brightwell: Mrs. Jeffries Mystery Series
Frances Brody: Kate Shackleton Mystery Series
Dorothy Cannell: Ellie Haskell Mystery Series
Sheila Connolly (aka Sarah Atwell): Orchard Mystery Series
Deborah Coonts: Lucky O’Toole Mystery Series
Ellen Crosby: Wine Country Mystery Series
Diane Mott Davidson: Goldy Bear Catering Mystery Series
Anna Dean: Dido Kent Mystery Series
Laura DiSilverio (aka Lila Dare & Ella Barrick): Mall Cop Mystery Series
Carola Dunn: Daisy Dalrymple Mystery Series
Anne George: Southern Sisters Mystery Series
Margaret Grace (aka Camille Minichino and Ada Madison): Miniature Mystery Series
Victoria Hamilton: Vintage Kitchen Mystery Series
Miranda James (aka Jimmie Ruth Evans, Honor Hartman, & Dean James): Cat in the Stacks Mystery Series
P. D. James: Adam Dalgliesh Mystery Series
Diane Kelly: Tara Holloway Mystery Series
Sofie Kelly: Magical Cats Mystery Series
Liz Lipperman: Clueless Cook Mystery Series
Nancy Martin: Blackbird Sisters Mystery Series
Amy Patricia Meade: Rosie the Riveter Mystery Series
Katherine Hall Page: Faith Fairchild Mystery Series
Mark Schweizer: Liturgical Mystery Series
Paige Shelton: Farmers’ Market Mystery Series
Alexander McCall Smith: No.1 Ladies’ Detective Agency Mystery Series
Leann Sweeney: Cats in Trouble Mystery Series
Marcia Talley: Hannah Ives Mystery Series
Elaine Viets: Dead End Job Mystery Series
Dornford Yates: Jonathan Mansell Mystery Series
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