I just started a new mystery book series that I am really enjoying. It’s the Stanley Waters Mystery Series co-written by Bill Crider and Willard Scott. Yep! Willard Scott! Some of you may remember waking up with him every weekday morning, as he would tell us what type of weather we could expect AND bring us information about centenarians (sponsored by Smucker’s, of course!) all over the country >>> on the OLD Today Show… way back to the time when Jane Pauley, Tom Brokaw, and Bryant Gumbel held the helm.
The Stanley Waters Mystery Series features a retired, nationally-recognized weatherman who, after becoming a widower, opens a Bed & Breakfast in the Virginia town he grew up in. I am truly enjoying the first book in the series.
As I sit here typing this entry, I am mentally going through some of the characteristics of a Cozy Mystery, and this book has several: It has characters who I really enjoy “spending time with” and takes place in a town where everybody seems to know each other. Some of the characters are a little odd, some of the characters gossip, there are three cats thrown into the mix, and the authors (I know I have said this very same thing before… while describing other authors!) have a great command of the English language, thus not necessitating swearing all the way through the book.
So far, I have only come up with one bad thing about the Stanley Waters Mystery Series… there are only TWO books in the series, and since the last one was written in 1999, I doubt there will be any more in the future. But, there is a bright side to this particular problem… Bill Crider has written several other mystery series from which to choose!