Here’s another comment, this time from *Susan:
“Danna, could we possibly have a blog entry on Mysteries with Real Women? Please?
Among my recommendations would be Anne Purser, whose middle-aged wife-and-mother sleuth works as a house-cleaner, (Just an ordinary, everyday, real-life woman!) along with both the G.A. McKevett mysteries featuring Savannah Reid, and the ‘Corinna Chapman’ mysteries by Kerry Greenwood.
Reid is a plus-sized Southern PI who likes to eat, and says if anyone else doesn’t like it, too bad!!
Corinna is a Size 20 Australian baker with a similar attitude. (And a gorgeous lover, to boot! (*Jealous Hmph!*)
Marcia Talley is another candidate. Her heroine is a married woman, post-mastectomy for breast cancer, who has decided that a (Surgical) replacement breast is not for her.
The list might also include some of the Senior Sleuths, such as Sue Henry’s Maxie (And her Daschund, Stretch!) who decided, post-retirement, to go travelling on her own, in a camper – And why not!
Underdressed / under-fed 20-something darlings Need Not Apply!!”
Here are the Full-Figured Sleuths (Plus-Sized Sleuths):
Cathy Ace: Cait Morgan Mysteries
Melissa Bourbon (aka Misa Ramirez): Lola Cruz Mysteries
Simon Brett: Melita Margeter Mysteries
Simon Brett: Fethering Mysteries
Meg Cabot: Heather Wells Mysteries
Dorothy Cannell: Ellie Haskell Mysteries (Plus size in first book only.)
Jeanne M. Dams: Dorothy Martin Mysteries
Selma Eichler: Desiree Shapiro Mysteries
Shamini Flint: Inspector Singh Mysteries (not a woman, but is plus-sized)
Joanne Fluke: Hannah Swensen Cookie Jar Mysteries (I’ve only read the first few books so I don’t know when Hannah gains the weight.)
Anne George: Southern Sisters Mysteries
Kerry Greenwood: Corinna Chapman Mysteries
Ellie Griffiths: Ruth Galloway Mysteries (not really cozies)
Sue Henry: Maxie & Stretch Mysteries
Sue Ann Jaffarian: Odelia Grey Mysteries
Laura Levine: Jaine Austen Mystery Series
Kathryn Lilley: Fat City Mysteries
Mary Marks: Martha Rose Quilting Mystery Series
G.A. McKevett: Savannah Reid Mysteries
Camille Minichino: Periodic Table Mysteries
Ann Morven: Sheil B. Wright Mysteries
Mary Grace Murphy: Noshes Up North Mystery Series
Lynne Murray: Josephine Fuller Mysteries
Barbara Neely: Blanche White Mysteries
Anne Purser: Lois Meade Mysteries
Annelise Ryan (aka Beth Amos): Mattie Winston Mysteries
Susan Santangelo: Baby Boomer Mysteries
Alexander McCall Smith: The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency Mysteries
J. B. Stanley: Supper Club Mysteries
Rex Stout: Nero Wolfe (a bit more traditional than Cozy, but close enough…)
Denise Swanson: Scumble River Mysteries
Marcia Talley: Hannah Ives Mysteries
Can you think of any Cozy Mystery authors who have full-figured sleuths? (By “full-figured” I mean Plus Sized.) Please post a comment with your suggested authors. I will add them to the list. Thank you!
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