I know I have referred to very good friends of mine who are also cozy readers. I met two women who share my passion for cozy mystery books several years ago while we were all three members of two different cozy mystery reading groups. (My children were still in elementary school… and our thirteen year old dog was a mere puppy, so that is quite a few years ago!)
One of these women shares an extremely close taste in cozies with me… She has told me about more than a handful of cozy mystery authors who I tried reading and consequently added to my list of authors I follow. One of these authors is Ann Granger (her Markby and Mitchell Village Whodunit Series.) Even though Markby is a police officer, since Mitchell does so much of the sleuthing, it is fair to say that it is a cozy… Also, the lack of superfluous sex and violence, along with the village atmosphere close the deal for me! (In this particular book, so far "My place or yours?" is the extent of the "adult-talk"… and I am clearly able to deduce what happens from just that much!)
Anyway, I was so surprised yesterday when my friend wrote me that she is reading an Ann Granger book that is a stand-alone. It didn’t surprise me that she is reading an Ann Granger book… what surprised me is that at this very moment, I am also reading an Ann Granger book. She introduced me to Granger’s books years ago, and I know that she keeps up with Granger’s current books, but I am only on the twelfth of the series (Beneath These Stones.) It was as if, even though we are separated by many miles (San Antonio to Sacramento, no less!) we were both somehow "connected" while reading an author we both enjoy reading.