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Title: Cozy Mysteries
Post by: MichelleB675 on February 06, 2016, 06:57:07 AM
I searched and didn't find any Cozy threads that were recent, I hope it's ok to start a new one :)

I LOVE Janet Cantrell's Fat Cat books. The 3rd comes out in a couple of months and may be the last, I hope it isn't the last because I love Quincy! I actually preordered the book, I rarely preorder.

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I enjoyed Mary Marks Quilting Mystery series. I've read the first 3. and will definitely read the rest. The characters are fun. The mystery to be solved is a little heavy for a cozy but the characters make up for it. If you like audiobooks, this series is also very fun to listen to.

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I enjoyed the first Magical Bakery book by Bailey Cates, and plan to read the rest.
And of course Amelia Peabody series by Elizabeth Peters.

I'm looking forward to starting Joanne Fluke soon, just have a few more books to get first. And some others I'm looking forward to reading..

The Cat in the Stacks series by Miranda James.
Joe Grey mysteries by Shirley Rousseau Murphy
and tons more I have around 200 Cozy books on a wishlist... and several already on my Fire waiting to be read.

so..

What are some of your favorite Cozy series? (standalones are welcome too!)
Title: Re: Cozy Mysteries
Post by: crebel on February 06, 2016, 08:26:14 AM
Yay, Michelle!  How many times have I said I was going to start a cozy mystery thread and never got around to it?

I have also read and enjoyed the Mary Marks quilting mysteries (new one due soon!).  I wasn't wild about the first one, but my mother wanted to continue the series and I'm glad I did.  Another series I enjoyed recently is the Avery Aames Cheese Shop starting with:

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Aames is a prolific cozy writer whose series are hit and miss with me, but I really like this one.  Unfortunately, prices have increased significantly since I first purchased them in 2010.

I have lots and lots of books to add to this thread as we go along.  Thank you for starting it!  Do you really think Elizabeth Peters' Amelia Peabody mysteries are cozies?  I guess they follow the amateur sleuth, not gory, little bit of romance; maybe it's the historical aspect that has always made me consider them "traditional" mysteries.

Edited to correct: Ellery Adams, NOT Avery Aames, is the prolific author who is hit and miss for me.  I think the Cheese Shop mysteries are Aames first and only series to date (last one, "For Cheddar or Worse", was just released last Tuesday and it is next up in my TBR list).

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Title: Re: Cozy Mysteries
Post by: TriciaJ82 on February 06, 2016, 09:52:17 AM
Aames is a prolific cozy writer whose series are hit and miss with me, but I really like this one.  Unfortunately, prices have increased significantly since I first purchased them in 2010.

Michelle thanks for the thread! Crebel how can you not love a book with Gouda in the title? Its my favorite cheese;) Here are some of my recommendations:

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Crewel World by Monica Ferris
This is a craft based mystery series and at the end there is a pattern based on the featured craft in the story.

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This is a recommendation by my sister. I gifted her the first one and then she ended up purchasing the rest. I haven't read them but they are lendable and I will be borrowing them from her:) The first one is only .99

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I really liked this one, the second in the series just came out. The ending is how to make a snow globe. Its a good start for a series.

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I have read a couple of the books in the series. They are all based on holidays. They feature two sisters that own a bakery.
Title: Re: Cozy Mysteries
Post by: Sara Rosett on February 06, 2016, 11:01:45 AM
Do you really think Elizabeth Peters' Amelia Peabody mysteries are cozies?  I guess they follow the amateur sleuth, not gory, little bit of romance; maybe it's the historical aspect that has always made me consider them "traditional" mysteries.

Interesting question! I think the definition of cozy mystery has gotten very narrow lately. I love Elizabeth Peters. I think when her books first came out they were considered romantic suspense/mystery.

I enjoyed a cozy by a fellow Kboarder, A Scone to Die For by H.Y. Hanna. (http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51NtZynSP5L._SL160_.jpg) (http://www.amazon.com/dp/B01ARMFX2U/?tag=kbpst-20)
Title: Re: Cozy Mysteries
Post by: crebel on February 06, 2016, 03:03:14 PM
Here is a series I started with a KOLL borrow (the 3 are also in KU), but bought the next two rather than wait a month at a time to read.

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The books switch POV between sisters each chapter, but are not confusing at all.  Lots of funny comments and well-thought out mysteries.  Being the middle of 3 sisters myself where two of us are really good friends and we love the third, but she tries our patience, I could absolutely tell you which sister is which!  I hope this series isn't done with 3 books, I want more. 
Title: Re: Cozy Mysteries
Post by: MichelleB675 on February 06, 2016, 05:16:30 PM
Elizabeth Peters is probably not officially cozy but I always think of it as cozy because it has humor, romance and an amateur sleuth.

Title: Re: Cozy Mysteries
Post by: Ann in Arlington on February 06, 2016, 06:06:17 PM
Elizabeth Peters is probably not officially cozy but I always think of it as cozy because it has humor, romance and an amateur sleuth.



Yeah . . . I'd say she's cozy-ish . . . .
Title: Re: Cozy Mysteries
Post by: crebel on February 06, 2016, 08:03:59 PM
Yeah . . . I'd say she's cozy-ish . . . .

Maybe that will be added as a genre category... "cozy-ish"  ;)
Title: Re: Cozy Mysteries
Post by: MichelleB675 on February 07, 2016, 06:19:04 AM
I think I have the cheese shop and snow globe book on my wishlist.. or maybe already in my to read list.

Here are some other series I have on my list to read..

Wine Country Mystery by Ellen Crosby    The first 3 in this series are on sale for $1.99
League of Literary Ladies by Kylie Logan
Tourist Trap by Lynn Calhoun
Blossom Valley by Staci McLaughlin
Vintage Mystery by Rose Pressey
Webb's Glass Shop by Cheryl Hollon
Liss MacCrimmon by Kaitlyn Dunnett
Teapot Collector by Amanda Cooper
Bookmobile Cat by Laurie Cass
Paws and Claws by Krista Davis
Black Cat Bookshop by Ali Brandon
Bear Collectors by John J Lamb
Coffehouse by Cleo Coyle
Chocoholic by Joanna Carl
Candy Coated by Nancy Coco

I also have some Juliet Blackwell and Heather Blake on the long list lol.

I really love the ones with cats and food/recipes.. or magic and paranormal but if it sounds interesting enough I'll read most anything.
Title: Re: Cozy Mysteries
Post by: TriciaJ82 on February 07, 2016, 09:33:28 AM
Candy Coated by Nancy Coco

She has two other series under the pseudonym Nancy Parra. The first in the series is Gluten for Punishment

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The main character owns a gluten free bakery, recipes included. I have this in my tbr list, it is close to my heart because I have celiac disease. I think there are 3 or 4 in this series so far.

The other series is based on an event planner, there are 3 so far.
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Title: Re: Cozy Mysteries
Post by: MichelleB675 on February 07, 2016, 12:27:45 PM
I added those to the never ending wishlist. I had to start a new one for 1st in series cozy books.
Title: Re: Cozy Mysteries
Post by: crebel on February 08, 2016, 05:13:34 PM
Today I finished:

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and found interesting information in the author's notes at the end.  First, "Cheddar" was the last book in the Cheese Shop series :(  I do wish we were going to learn more about some of the folks/couples in the series, but it's also understandable to me that a sleepy small town is not likely to have murder after murder where the owner of a local cheese shop is always present...

The second interesting piece of information is that Avery Aames is also Daryl Wood Gerber of the Cookbook Nook Mysteries.  I already have the first one, Final Sentence, on my Kindle and will move it up the TBR list.

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I'm also a big fan of cozies that have a book-related theme.  I am mostly caught up on the Kate Carlisle Bibliophile series (now 10 books long) starring book restorer Brooklyn Wainwright that starts with:

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I am waiting for Book 9 to come down to something below what I consider a "hardback" price, presumably when book 10 (available for pre-order) comes out in June.

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Anyone have other book-related cozies to recommend?  I have these two new-to-me series starters on my wish list.

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Title: Re: Cozy Mysteries
Post by: TriciaJ82 on February 08, 2016, 06:25:26 PM
I don't know if anyone has ever heard of this site but it is extremely comprehensive.

http://www.cozy-mystery.com/cozy-mysteries-by-themes.html

There is every theme you can think of under the sun!
Title: Re: Cozy Mysteries
Post by: crebel on February 20, 2016, 02:19:24 PM
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These are the last 3 book-related cozies I read this week and the next is listed below.  As you can see from the titles, not only are they book related, each is related to a different classic mystery writer.  I am really enjoying them.  There were a few formatting problems in book 2 with the font changing size on the same page.  I reported it, but it didn't pull me out of the story.

Penguin seems to be "the" traditional publisher of cozies and I'm seeing everything from well-known authors and new-to-me authors priced at $7.99 across the board.  I used to pay those prices at the bookstore all the time, but have been spoiled by most e-book prices.  I'd get pretty darned excited about a sale!

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Title: Re: Cozy Mysteries
Post by: Ann in Arlington on February 20, 2016, 02:23:11 PM
Those look good, Crebel . . . . I enjoy cozies but as someone else commented, I'm not into the food or quilting ones . . . no offense to Betsy! :o I like the idea of a bookstore series, though . . .

And that's a very cool website you found Tricia!
Title: Re: Cozy Mysteries
Post by: crebel on February 20, 2016, 02:32:36 PM
Those look good, Crebel . . . . I enjoy cozies but as someone else commented, I'm not into the food or quilting ones . . . . I like the idea of a bookstore series, though . . .

Not a bookstore in this series, Ann.  The amateur sleuth is living with and working for an eccentric wealthy woman who is a book collector.  So far each mystery has occurred while trying to track down missing or better copies of the individual writer's books.  I've personally rated each of the stories 4*, but took off 1* for the formatting of book 2.
Title: Re: Cozy Mysteries
Post by: Ann in Arlington on February 20, 2016, 02:37:17 PM
Not a bookstore in this series, Ann.  The amateur sleuth is living with and working for an eccentric wealthy woman who is a book collector.  So far each mystery has occurred while trying to track down missing or better copies of the individual writer's books.  I've personally rated each of the stories 4*, but took off 1* for the formatting of book 2.

Ah! I misunderstood . . . but it still sounds good. :)
Title: Re: Cozy Mysteries
Post by: MichelleB675 on February 20, 2016, 06:49:27 PM
Those do sound fun, Crebel. I don't know how I managed to miss them in my browsing.
Title: Re: Cozy Mysteries
Post by: PB2016 on February 21, 2016, 06:00:04 AM
I like Cozy mysteries..and I have come across a lot that I haven't read yet..

some I do like though -

Tea Shop Mysteries by Laura Childs -- these books were written a while ago, I think


Myrtle Clover series by Elizabeth Spann Craig - octogenarian English teacher in the South with a cop son

Barbara Ross and her Maine mysteries

Lucille mysteries by Peg Cochran - hilarious

Cherry Tucker series by Larissa Reinhart

Liz Talbot series by Susan Boyle

Meg Langslow series by Donna Andrews

Agatha Raisin by MC Beaton

...............................

and so on...have you guys read any of these?

thanks...

Title: Re: Cozy Mysteries
Post by: ellenoc on February 21, 2016, 04:11:47 PM
Meg Langslow series by Donna Andrews

Yes, in spite of the high price, the Meg Langslow's are on my auto-buy list.

There are several other series I've abandoned or slowed down on a lot because of price. They're good stories, though, if anyone doesn't share my tightwad attitude:

Sheila Connolly's Orchard Mystery series is about a city girl who inherits a house attached to an apple orchard and stays and gets the orchard producing again - starts with One Bad Apple.

Jennie Bentley's Do-It-Yourself Mysteries feature another city girl who inherits a country house. In this one she hires someone to make repairs, falls for the guy, and the two of them set up a fix-it and flip-it business.

I think Monica Ferris's Needlecraft Mysteries were mentioned above. I don't do needlework but I liked these books anyway.

Lorna Barrett's Booktown Mysteries feature the owner of an all-mystery bookstore. First one is Murder is Binding.

For us cheapskates, Maggie Pill's Sleuth Sisters mysteries are in KU - two sisters (middle-aged, one marred) set up a detective agency. The third sister, who they deliberately didn't invite to be a partner, keeps trying to butt in.

A series that has been wound up but has a dozen entries is Jo Dereske's Miss Zukas Mysteries. The amateur sleuth is a truly uptight librarian who somehow always manages to solve the crime and meet all challenges along the way without backing off rigid standards an inch. I really love these. They're re-reads.

Lorena McCourtney has a slightly different kind of series in the Ivy Malone Mysteries. The first one is Invisible (when I tried to look it up on my Kindle, I got a "no longer available" message, but then a second attempt searching by author brought it up for sale). The amateur sleuth is in her 60's, and the idea is that older people are invisible to much of the general public who ignore and discount us. Therefore, a LOL (little old lady) who sticks her nose into things isn't noticed the way a younger person would be.

I am, of course, a great fan of dog mysteries, and my favorites are:

Susan Conant's Holly Winter mysteries featuring Malamutes. First one is A New Leash on Death. I think this series is winding down. Holly is married now, and there haven't been the regular once a year entries in the series lately, but if someone started them now, they'd have to go through more than a dozen to catch up anyway.

Laurien Berenson's Melanie Travis series featuring Standard Poodles. First one is A Pedigree to Die for. Melanie starts out as a divorced single mother, but she's remarried now. There was a big gap in the series a couple of years ago and my guess is Berenson had to find a different publisher or something, but she's back on the one a year schedule now.

For those who want to look at classics, I loved Agatha Christie's Miss Marple mysteries. For some reason Hercule Poirot never appealed that much.

Josephine Tey didn't write a lot, and I don't think her Inspector Grant? mysteries are cozies, but I think Brat Farrar is, and it's one of my all time favorites, but of course it's set on a horse breeding farm in England, and I'm a horse person.  :)



Title: Re: Cozy Mysteries
Post by: MichelleB675 on March 03, 2016, 06:33:48 AM
I think I have some, or maybe all of those on my wishlist and to read list lol.

Here are some currently on sale for $1.99, though probably not for long...

These 3 are daily deals so the price is for today (3-3) only.

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Another Fluke book in the Monthly Deals, you have until the end of the month for this one.

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These have already been on sale for a few days so the prices may be going back up soon.

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And these.. the first 2 are $2.99 the 3rd is $1.99

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Title: Re: Cozy Mysteries
Post by: crebel on March 08, 2016, 04:53:05 AM
A cozy I had on my wish list showed up as free this morning if anyone else is interested (thanks for the heads up, Michelle).

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Title: Re: Cozy Mysteries
Post by: crebel on March 15, 2016, 02:10:27 PM
I just found another food-related cozy mystery I had on a watch list currently listed as free.  I'm not overly impressed with the cover, but it has some good reviews.

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Title: Re: Cozy Mysteries
Post by: Lou Harpr on March 15, 2016, 02:24:00 PM
I love Simon Brett's Charles Paris series. http://www.amazon.com/Order-Disappearance-Charles-Paris-Mystery-ebook/dp/B006CVNU7G (http://www.amazon.com/Order-Disappearance-Charles-Paris-Mystery-ebook/dp/B006CVNU7G) They are a little different--the protagonist is an aging, hard-drinking, and too often out-of-work actor. There's even audio dramatized versions of some of them--I borrowed them from the library--and he's voiced by Bill Nighy.
Title: Re: Cozy Mysteries
Post by: crebel on March 15, 2016, 03:20:30 PM
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I really liked this one, the second in the series just came out. The ending is how to make a snow globe. Its a good start for a series.

I read this one a day or two ago and enjoyed it very much.  I agree that it is a good start for a new series.  4-stars from me.
Title: Re: Cozy Mysteries
Post by: TriciaJ82 on March 15, 2016, 07:16:35 PM
I am glad you enjoyed it crebel. I started the second one but haven't gotten very far yet.

Sale:

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1.99

This is the second in the series but they are almost standalone. I have a read a few of the others and enjoyed them.
Title: Re: Cozy Mysteries
Post by: SidneyW on March 17, 2016, 03:52:43 PM
I've been enjoying the "Her Royal Spyness" series.
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I suppose they qualify as cozies, and they're very funny at times also. I'd say the Christmas installment definitely qualifies as a British country house mystery.

The heroine is 34th in line to the British throne in the '30s and solves mysteries as she tries to carry out requests from the queen. The detection really stars later in the books, but clues are dropping from the beginning of each.
Title: Re: Cozy Mysteries
Post by: crebel on March 17, 2016, 04:01:17 PM
I've been enjoying the "Her Royal Spyness" series.
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I suppose they qualify as cozies, and they're very funny at times also. I'd say the Christmas installment definitely qualifies as a British country house mystery.

The heroine is 34th in line to the British throne in the '30s and solves mysteries as she tries to carry out requests from the queen. The detection really stars later in the books, but clues are dropping from the beginning of each.

I love Lady Georgie! They are very cozy and funny, although I think because of the time frame they often get listed as historical mysteries.  I've not read any of the other Rhys Bowen series (the ones set in Ireland with a heroine named Molly, I think?).  Have you read any of those and how do they compare? 
Title: Re: Cozy Mysteries
Post by: SidneyW on March 18, 2016, 03:30:38 AM
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I've not read any of the other Rhys Bowen series (the ones set in Ireland with a heroine named Molly, I think?).  Have you read any of those and how do they compare?

True, historical is probably accurate with maybe a /cozy. :)

I think it's the Molly Murphy series. I haven't read those, but I want to sample them and her her older series about an Irish (I think) constable. Guess those would make great St. Patrick's reading.

I bought the first "Spyness" book for my wife a while back then got The Twelve Clues of Christmas on sale for Kindle and read it during the holidays. That made me backtrack and start reading at the beginning, even the prequel that ret-cons a bit, I believe.

Here's the Christmas one, which has a nice little puzzle at its heart:

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Title: Re: Cozy Mysteries
Post by: crebel on March 18, 2016, 08:59:54 AM
Has anyone read this first in a self-published cozy series who can tell me what you thought of it?

(http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/41WHEzQ6-cL._SL160_.jpg) (http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00Q79DB90/?tag=kbpst-20)

Book 2 is currently available free.

(http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51xLlYcQR4L._SL160_.jpg) (http://www.amazon.com/dp/B0180A0X2Q/?tag=kbpst-20)
Title: Re: Cozy Mysteries
Post by: crebel on March 19, 2016, 06:52:05 AM
This past week one of the books I read was the first in this cozy series featuring a New Orleans pastry chef which I had looked at because of my love of titles which are plays on words.  I immediately purchased Book 2.  Book one certainly qualifies as a cozy with the food tie-in, amateur sleuth, possible love interest introduced, etc., but it leaned toward what I would call "traditional" mystery in its feel with the progression of clues and not a TSTL female constantly trying to make end runs around the police.

(http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51BOrug1jyL._SL160_.jpg) (http://www.amazon.com/dp/B004XFYRKC/?tag=kbpst-20) (http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51%2BwOxYC0aL._SL160_.jpg) (http://www.amazon.com/dp/B005GSYXTK/?tag=kbpst-20)

Earlier this month I was gifted Book 1 of A Tourist Trap series by Lynn Cahoon, Guidebook to Murder.  Today Book 2 is one of the Amazon Deals of the Day for $1.99 and thus my TBR list grows longer. :D

(http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51faj4wr3%2BL._SL160_.jpg) (http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00FY54N72/?tag=kbpst-20) (http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51yfvBRBazL._SL160_.jpg) (http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00IO3QR98/?tag=kbpst-20)
Title: Re: Cozy Mysteries
Post by: MichelleB675 on March 19, 2016, 07:36:53 AM
I have most of the Tourist Trap series on my massive TBR list.

There was a cozy on the daily deals yesterday too, I had bought it a few months ago.
Title: Re: Cozy Mysteries
Post by: TriciaJ82 on March 23, 2016, 04:49:42 PM
My latest cozy finish:

(http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/513j53UJ1VL._SL160_.jpg) (http://www.amazon.com/dp/B005KGJXEI/?tag=kbpst-20)

I will preface this by saying I had a hard time getting into this book in the beginning. I am not sure if it was the audio voice I was using (built in, not a real person) or just because it was the first book in a series getting started. That being said the further in the book I went the more I liked it. It definitely had me craving peaches during the book. There are of course recipes at the end. The murder was not completely a surprise (IMHO)but I do like the twist that the motive was:) Definitely check your library for it. (I can't justify 7.99 for a cozy)
Title: Re: Cozy Mysteries
Post by: TriciaJ82 on March 23, 2016, 04:51:37 PM
A Freebie:

(http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51F1fHH5bnL._SL160_.jpg) (http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00YAE5AFM/?tag=kbpst-20)

It has pretty good reviews and almost 300 pages.
Title: Re: Cozy Mysteries
Post by: crebel on March 24, 2016, 05:00:20 AM
A Freebie:

(http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51F1fHH5bnL._SL160_.jpg) (http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00YAE5AFM/?tag=kbpst-20)

It has pretty good reviews and almost 300 pages.

Good find, Tricia.  Thanks, I grabbed it!
Title: Re: Cozy Mysteries
Post by: TriciaJ82 on March 30, 2016, 07:49:51 PM
Cozy Deal:

(http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51CbuwE7gmL._SL160_.jpg) (http://www.amazon.com/dp/B01486X7VU/?tag=kbpst-20)
.99

It's first in the series (of 3 so far), 302 pages and 4.5 stars.
Title: Re: Cozy Mysteries
Post by: MichelleB675 on April 11, 2016, 04:46:30 AM
Some $.99-1.99 sales this morning, not sure how long they'll last.

(http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51BRboIKXZL._SL160_.jpg) (http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00I3N5Z4C/?tag=kbpst-20)  (http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51s2tfzHozL._SL160_.jpg) (http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00SI0275K/?tag=kbpst-20)  (http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/515rw8IOsaL._SL160_.jpg) (http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00O1A1CHA/?tag=kbpst-20)  (http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51Pz0W14vWL._SL160_.jpg) (http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00O1A1BBW/?tag=kbpst-20)  (http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51rLY1uiu7L._SL160_.jpg) (http://www.amazon.com/dp/B001ANUP2E/?tag=kbpst-20)
Title: Re: Cozy Mysteries
Post by: crebel on April 11, 2016, 06:14:25 AM
Thanks, Michelle!  Nice to see a sale from Penguin.  I added 'Well Read, Then Dead' to my TBR pile.

I can recommend the Krista Davis "Diva" series.  I bought and read 'The Diva Runs Out of Thyme' in October 2008 and have continued to buy her once-a-year releases since then.
Title: Re: Cozy Mysteries
Post by: TriciaJ82 on April 13, 2016, 04:22:37 PM
I enjoy the Diva series as well:)

Cozy Deal:

(http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/515zhKuHaFL._SL160_.jpg) (http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00LCDSPQK/?tag=kbpst-20)
1.99
Title: Re: Cozy Mysteries
Post by: MichelleB675 on April 14, 2016, 11:27:07 AM
I picked that one up a few months ago but haven't read it yet.

another $1.99 deal..

(http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51nJbJ4%2BMiL._SL160_.jpg) (http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00VQFKGKW/?tag=kbpst-20)
Title: Re: Cozy Mysteries
Post by: TriciaJ82 on April 15, 2016, 02:38:47 PM
(http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/519vJGzhl1L._SL160_.jpg) (http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00AEWIBK0/?tag=kbpst-20)

.99 First in the series.
Title: Re: Cozy Mysteries
Post by: TriciaJ82 on April 25, 2016, 05:50:19 PM
(http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51NtZynSP5L._SL160_.jpg) (http://www.amazon.com/dp/B01ARMFX2U/?tag=kbpst-20)

First in the series with good reviews. It is on sale for.99 until 04/30
Title: Re: Cozy Mysteries
Post by: crebel on April 25, 2016, 06:08:16 PM
Started reading this new series the other day and went right on to book 2, both 4-stars from me!  Book 3 comes out tomorrow.  I didn't pre-order, but will buy it first thing in the morning.  Great prices for a Random House author.

(http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51eQcTkkoaL._SL160_.jpg) (http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00KFP7YSG/?tag=kbpst-20) (http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51Z8lZdBvhL._SL160_.jpg) (http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00ONTS4UM/?tag=kbpst-20) (http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51c-HN5feDL._SL160_.jpg) (http://www.amazon.com/dp/B0138NHERM/?tag=kbpst-20)
Title: Re: Cozy Mysteries
Post by: Ann in Arlington on April 26, 2016, 03:08:05 AM
Started reading this new series the other day and went right on to book 2, both 4-stars from me!  Book 3 comes out tomorrow.  I didn't pre-order, but will buy it first thing in the morning.  Great prices for a Random House author.

(http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51eQcTkkoaL._SL160_.jpg) (http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00KFP7YSG/?tag=kbpst-20) (http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51Z8lZdBvhL._SL160_.jpg) (http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00ONTS4UM/?tag=kbpst-20) (http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51c-HN5feDL._SL160_.jpg) (http://www.amazon.com/dp/B0138NHERM/?tag=kbpst-20)

There are a bunch of movies on the Hallmark "Movies and Mysteries" channel -- separate from the regular Hallmark channel -- that are, I think, based on this series. They're not bad.
Title: Re: Cozy Mysteries
Post by: MichelleB675 on April 26, 2016, 04:54:04 AM
I have the first 2 in that series. I may get around to reading them in a few years lol.
Title: Re: Cozy Mysteries
Post by: crebel on April 26, 2016, 03:18:16 PM
Another first-in-series cozy I had on my watch list as a possible Prime borrow (available in KU) that is currently free!

(http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51uMoDAI5uL._SL160_.jpg) (http://www.amazon.com/dp/B01ADH8JTS/?tag=kbpst-20)
Title: Re: Cozy Mysteries
Post by: Ann in Arlington on April 26, 2016, 03:33:57 PM
Another first-in-series cozy I had on my watch list as a possible Prime borrow (available in KU) that is currently free!

(http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51uMoDAI5uL._SL160_.jpg) (http://www.amazon.com/dp/B01ADH8JTS/?tag=kbpst-20)

Sounds like a female "Monk". :D
Title: Re: Cozy Mysteries
Post by: MichelleB675 on April 28, 2016, 05:02:27 AM
another 1st in series deal.

Limoncello Yellow $.99

(http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51Msb9xNppL._SL160_.jpg) (http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00GK3LY92/?tag=kbpst-20)
Title: Re: Cozy Mysteries
Post by: MistyMikes on April 30, 2016, 04:39:52 AM
I don't normally read cozies, but I thought I'd jump in here to mention the Trailer Park Princess series.  I stumbled on them when I met the author in passing at a NaNoWriMo event, and her books are just charming.  She has a great sense of humor!

Her first book is The Middle Finger of Fate, but I believe she has several books in the series.

http://www.amazon.com/Middle-Finger-Fate-Trailer-Princess-ebook/dp/B00FCET7JE/ref= (http://www.amazon.com/Middle-Finger-Fate-Trailer-Princess-ebook/dp/B00FCET7JE/ref=)
Title: Re: Cozy Mysteries
Post by: MichelleB675 on May 01, 2016, 05:40:40 AM
Some more cozy bargains. I didn't see them in the monthly deals so I have no clue how long the prices will last.
First in series  (http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51Kyr9M0a2L._SL160_.jpg) (http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00TE7O9HK/?tag=kbpst-20) 

#6 in the Tourist Trap series (http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51sFQPqLKtL._SL160_.jpg) (http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00XSVSCHQ/?tag=kbpst-20)
Title: Re: Cozy Mysteries
Post by: MichelleB675 on May 09, 2016, 03:57:37 AM
(http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51QoVbb1NaL._SL160_.jpg) (http://www.amazon.com/dp/B009NY2OP8/?tag=kbpst-20)

is currently on sale for $1.99.
Title: Re: Cozy Mysteries
Post by: crebel on May 09, 2016, 02:22:06 PM
I've been considering this series for a while and Book 1 is on sale for .99 (normally $2.99 and also in KU).  I picked it up at the sale price this morning. Has anyone started this series who is willing to tell me/us what they think of it?

(http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51e-giZNEjL._SL160_.jpg) (http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00WL64A66/?tag=kbpst-20)
Title: Re: Cozy Mysteries
Post by: kerrycrow on May 12, 2016, 03:03:20 PM
I never even heard of cozy mysteries until about a year ago.  A woman I became friendly with writes them.  So hers are the only ones I've read but I have enjoyed them.

She writes a couple different series but the one I have read is the Myrtle Clover series (Elizabeth Spann Craig is the author).  Had no idea this was such a huge book niche.  I'm up to #6 in the series...A Body at Book Club.

[url]https://www.amazon.com/Body-Book-Myrtle-Clover-Mysteries-ebook/dp/B00JDQI8AQ?ie=UTF8&*Version*=1&*entries*=0/url]
Title: Re: Cozy Mysteries
Post by: MichelleB675 on May 16, 2016, 05:03:09 AM
on sale for $1.99, first in series

(http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/61WSUrlS6iL._SL160_.jpg) (http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00SI0268I/?tag=kbpst-20)
Title: Re: Cozy Mysteries
Post by: TriciaJ82 on May 16, 2016, 06:14:09 PM
Firsts in the series:

(http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51Kyr9M0a2L._SL160_.jpg) (http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00TE7O9HK/?tag=kbpst-20)

(http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51ISweFZZ1L._SL160_.jpg) (http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00RRT32HK/?tag=kbpst-20)

1.99 each
Title: Re: Cozy Mysteries
Post by: NightWriterCT on June 03, 2016, 10:28:36 AM
Hello,

I'd like to try a Cozy Cat Mystery but being new to the genre I'm not sure where to start. Can anyone recommend a good one for a newbie?

Thanks!
Title: Re: Cozy Mysteries
Post by: Betsy the Quilter on June 04, 2016, 05:21:36 AM
Hello,

I'd like to try a Cozy Cat Mystery but being new to the genre I'm not sure where to start. Can anyone recommend a good one for a newbie?

Thanks!

I think this popped up on my recommendations because of the other cozy, and it seems to be well reviewed--not sure if anyone here has read this series?

Mystic Notch Cozy Mystery Series (http://www.amazon.com/Mystic-Notch-Cozy-Mystery-Book/dp/B01FZBNDPW?tag=Kbkindleb-20)

Here's the first one in the series:

(http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/518qPglztaL._SL160_.jpg) (http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00IZ0ZY9E/?tag=Kbkindleb-20)
Ghostly Paws (Mystic Notch Cozy Mystery Series Book 1) (http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00IZ0ZY9E/?tag=Kbkindleb-20)

Betsy
Title: Re: Cozy Mysteries
Post by: crebel on June 04, 2016, 08:14:05 AM
Hello,

I'd like to try a Cozy Cat Mystery but being new to the genre I'm not sure where to start. Can anyone recommend a good one for a newbie?

Thanks!

Can you tell us a little more about what kind of cat mystery you are looking for?  One where the cats are directly responsible for helping their human solve the mystery, cats are a character in the story but not necessarily clue givers?  Are you looking specifically for self-published authors, traditional, either?

In my opinion, two traditional authors who started the cat/cozy craze are Lillian Jackson Braun and Rita Mae Brown.  Lillian Jackson Braun with the "Cat Who..." books where Siamese cats Koko and Yum Yum provide clues for their owner and Mrs. Murphy the cat in the Rita Mae Brown books.  Oh also the Midnight Louie series by Carole Nelson Douglas.  Here are the first in series for each of these:

(http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51RY7C342yL._SL160_.jpg) (http://www.amazon.com/dp/B000OCXJ6Q/?tag=kbpst-20) (http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/510E13F5NFL._SL160_.jpg) (http://www.amazon.com/dp/B000FC1BFG/?tag=kbpst-20) (http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51yfqg76t3L._SL160_.jpg) (http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00G3HVI3W/?tag=kbpst-20)

Those might give you some starting points, at least on the trad-pubbed side.
Title: Re: Cozy Mysteries
Post by: NightWriterCT on June 05, 2016, 12:52:03 PM
Betsy and CRebel - thank you! I looked at the synopses of the books you listed and of all of them, "Wish You Were Here" really piqued my interest - so I've gone ahead and added it to my Goodreads TBR list. Since it's trad-pubbed I'll probably grab a copy from the library.

Thanks again! Hoping to curl up with my kitty this summer and get into this genre! Here's a lapcam view from the sofa:

https://twitter.com/AwkwardCeleb/status/738835571964059648 (https://twitter.com/AwkwardCeleb/status/738835571964059648)
Title: Re: Cozy Mysteries
Post by: Betsy the Quilter on June 05, 2016, 12:56:24 PM
Betsy and CRebel - thank you! I looked at the synopses of the books you listed and of all of them, "Wish You Were Here" really piqued my interest - so I've gone ahead and added it to my Goodreads TBR list. Since it's trad-pubbed I'll probably grab a copy from the library.

Thanks again! Hoping to curl up with my kitty this summer and get into this genre! Here's a lapcam view from the sofa:

https://twitter.com/AwkwardCeleb/status/738835571964059648 (https://twitter.com/AwkwardCeleb/status/738835571964059648)

Rita Mae Brown-- a classic in the Cozy Cat Mystery world.  Good choice!

Betsy
Title: Re: Cozy Mysteries
Post by: MichelleB675 on June 06, 2016, 04:38:45 AM
Cozies with Cats... I think most have been mentioned in this thread already, so I will just name them instead of linking -

Fat Cat At Large, Fat Cat Spreads Out, Fat Cat Takes the Cake by Janet Cantrell. I LOVE this series.

Cat in the Stacks series by Miranda James.

Joe Gray series by Shirley Rousseau Murphy.

Now for some deals..

(http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51kYjTsu0aL._SL160_.jpg) (http://www.amazon.com/dp/B009NY2ONU/?tag=kbpst-20) - first in series

(http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51qwuxHtyeL._SL160_.jpg) (http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00466ILGO/?tag=kbpst-20) - first 2 of the series in 1 book

both $1.99
Title: Re: Cozy Mysteries
Post by: NightWriterCT on June 06, 2016, 06:42:44 AM
Cozies with Cats... I think most have been mentioned in this thread already, so I will just name them instead of linking -

Fat Cat At Large, Fat Cat Spreads Out, Fat Cat Takes the Cake by Janet Cantrell. I LOVE this series.

Cat in the Stacks series by Miranda James.

Joe Gray series by Shirley Rousseau Murphy.

Now for some deals..

(http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51kYjTsu0aL._SL160_.jpg) (http://www.amazon.com/dp/B009NY2ONU/?tag=kbpst-20) - first in series

(http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51qwuxHtyeL._SL160_.jpg) (http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00466ILGO/?tag=kbpst-20) - first 2 of the series in 1 book

both $1.99

Thanks Michelle! I must say I'm partial to fat cats, myself. They're the best kind! Will check these out...
Title: Re: Cozy Mysteries
Post by: crebel on June 07, 2016, 10:04:50 AM
I have had this first-in-series cozy on a watch list for a while hoping for a sale.

(http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51phxfCx51L._SL160_.jpg) (http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00ISEOIXA/?tag=kbpst-20)

It is still listed at $7.99 as is book 2, but book 3 is available as a pre-order due July 6 for only $1.99!

(http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/510a2J7-NZL._SL160_.jpg) (http://www.amazon.com/dp/B016JPTQH2/?tag=kbpst-20)

So if I go ahead a buy the first two and pre-order the third, I average it out to only $5.99 each - good as a sale, right?!  Pretty sure I am going to totally enable myself on this series. :D

Anybody read at least the first one?

Title: Re: Cozy Mysteries
Post by: Andra on June 07, 2016, 12:39:38 PM
I haven't read this series, but I think this author also writes a series about a bee-keeper.  I read the first one of those and it was OK.
Title: Re: Cozy Mysteries
Post by: TriciaJ82 on June 10, 2016, 11:07:05 PM
Freebie:

(http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/519Rrjy96yL._SL160_.jpg) (http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00927H7Y4/?tag=kbpst-20)

I don't love the cover but I love the main character is an RN.
Title: Re: Cozy Mysteries
Post by: crebel on June 11, 2016, 06:17:48 AM
Freebie:

(http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/519Rrjy96yL._SL160_.jpg) (http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00927H7Y4/?tag=kbpst-20)

I don't love the cover but I love the main character is an RN.

With the ubiquitous cat/dog/pet on the cover.  Same thing with the cozy I was gifted yesterday.  (http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51QMacNR90L._SL160_.jpg) (http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00DG7M2R8/?tag=kbpst-20)  The category has become overrun to the point I have thought of using it as a reason to ignore books, but I think it would leave me too few cozies to consider.
Title: Re: Cozy Mysteries
Post by: TriciaJ82 on June 12, 2016, 01:28:34 PM
I think there is a certain stereotype when it comes to cozy covers, they are definitely homogeneous. Its is like people are too afraid to push the envelope or they won't be considered cozy anymore. I totally see why you think the genre is "overrun". I think its great that there are so many options (gluten free, mathematicians that bead etc) but I have a hard time when you search kindle cozy and there are tons that aren't even 100 pages long.

Sale:
1.99
Pages: 274
(http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51xjdJKSpCL._SL160_.jpg) (http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00U0N5GJM/?tag=kbpst-20)
Title: Re: Cozy Mysteries
Post by: crebel on June 12, 2016, 01:52:30 PM
I think there is a certain stereotype when it comes to cozy covers, they are definitely homogeneous. Its is like people are too afraid to push the envelope or they won't be considered cozy anymore. I totally see why you think the genre is "overrun". I think its great that there are so many options (gluten free, mathematicians that bead etc) but I have a hard time when you search kindle cozy and there are tons that aren't even 100 pages long.

Sale:
1.99
Pages: 274
(http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51xjdJKSpCL._SL160_.jpg) (http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00U0N5GJM/?tag=kbpst-20)

I don't mind the "stereotype" or "homogenous" look for cozy covers, they serve their purpose to tell me immediately it is a cozy mystery.  I love almost all the niche books in cozies - crafting, cooking, library-related, book club-related, etc.  I'm just really tired of every niche also including a pet on the cover even if the pet is not really part of the mystery or mystery-solving.

eta:  I completely agree with you about the tons of cozies under 100 pages.  Not interested.
Title: Re: Cozy Mysteries
Post by: MichelleB675 on June 13, 2016, 04:18:34 AM
I have had this first-in-series cozy on a watch list for a while hoping for a sale.

(http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51phxfCx51L._SL160_.jpg) (http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00ISEOIXA/?tag=kbpst-20)

It is still listed at $7.99 as is book 2, but book 3 is available as a pre-order due July 6 for only $1.99!

(http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/510a2J7-NZL._SL160_.jpg) (http://www.amazon.com/dp/B016JPTQH2/?tag=kbpst-20)

So if I go ahead a buy the first two and pre-order the third, I average it out to only $5.99 each - good as a sale, right?!  Pretty sure I am going to totally enable myself on this series. :D

Anybody read at least the first one?




The first book is now on sale for $1.99
Title: Re: Cozy Mysteries
Post by: crebel on June 13, 2016, 06:30:00 AM

The first book is now on sale for $1.99

Sweet!  Thanks, Michelle, snapped it right up.  Now I can try the first one, , buy the second at $7.99 if I like the first, and still have time to pre-order book 3 at $1.99 making the entire series a bargain at $11.97 or $3.99/book.
Title: Re: Cozy Mysteries
Post by: Ann in Arlington on June 13, 2016, 08:35:53 AM
Sweet!  Thanks, Michelle, snapped it right up.  Now I can try the first one, , buy the second at $7.99 if I like the first, and still have time to pre-order book 3 at $1.99 making the entire series a bargain at $11.97 or $3.99/book.

Me too! ;)
Title: Re: Cozy Mysteries
Post by: MichelleB675 on June 13, 2016, 10:10:19 AM
You're welcome :) I picked up the 1st and 3rd, will watch the second one for a sale, or for me to get around to starting the series. Whichever comes first.
Title: Re: Cozy Mysteries
Post by: MichelleB675 on June 19, 2016, 07:02:17 AM
another $1.99 first in series deal.

(http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/5121ScM-8mL._SL160_.jpg) (http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00IOE4K5U/?tag=kbpst-20)
Title: Re: Cozy Mysteries
Post by: crebel on June 27, 2016, 07:30:29 AM
If anyone is not familiar with the Joan Hess "Maggody" cozy series, they have finally been kindleized!  When I get home from vacation, I'll check to see where my paperback books quit and I stopped reading them because they weren't available for Kindle.

These books are full of quirky "redneck" characters and set in the fictional town of Maggody, Arkansas.  They are laugh-out-loud funny.  The first (of 16) is

(http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51-DllRfavL._SL160_.jpg) (http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00D0U6QJG/?tag=kbpst-20)

I am disappointed they are all listed at $6.99-$7.99 for books originally released almost 30 years ago.
Title: Re: Cozy Mysteries
Post by: crebel on June 28, 2016, 04:52:05 AM
Latest release in the Mary Marks cozy series several of us have been reading is out today!

(http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51Gbn9YZBWL._SL160_.jpg) (http://www.amazon.com/dp/B0165HUVWS/?tag=kbpst-20)
Title: Re: Cozy Mysteries
Post by: MichelleB675 on June 28, 2016, 04:56:22 AM
I love that series. The characters are so fun.
Title: Re: Cozy Mysteries
Post by: Andra on June 30, 2016, 09:48:27 AM
Joanne Fluke's 18th Hannah Swensen book Double Fudge Brownie Murder is $1.99 at posting.
I was a fan when the series started, but have lost interest along the way and rarely pay full price for any of her books.  I'd purchase it for this amount (actually I paid $2.99).

(http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51KXeMZxVLL._SL160_.jpg) (http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00L1K6WZK/?tag=kbpst-20)
Title: Re: Cozy Mysteries
Post by: MichelleB675 on July 01, 2016, 04:54:10 AM
Good deal, Andra. I'm enjoying the series so far. It's not perfect but it's a lot of fun and the recipes look awesome. The things in the first book that bugged me are starting to grow on me so I may not have to take a few breaks to read other stuff during the series. I have all of the books except the last 3, 2 of which I don't think have been published yet lol. I'll wait to pick up the Wedding Cake one when it's a less scary price. I bought them all on sale, and the ones I didn't buy were gifts.

now for some new deals..

(http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51p4rnYDpuL._SL160_.jpg) (http://www.amazon.com/dp/B010ZZXX1W/?tag=kbpst-20)    (http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51tF5AX9IHL._SL160_.jpg) (http://www.amazon.com/dp/B0089YGZDU/?tag=kbpst-20)  (http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51MwvesKKGL._SL160_.jpg) (http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00KWG5W1Y/?tag=kbpst-20)  (http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51XzoC5h4sL._SL160_.jpg) (http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00J41PCT0/?tag=kbpst-20)  (http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51561ZmS7bL._SL160_.jpg) (http://www.amazon.com/dp/B004OA64B6/?tag=kbpst-20) 
 
this one is #13 in a series.. (http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51bezmzFAuL._SL160_.jpg) (http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00ONTR4JO/?tag=kbpst-20)

#21 in a series (http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/511A88uwNbL._SL160_.jpg) (http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00ONTR6VU/?tag=kbpst-20) 

I probably missed a few but that gives y'all a good place to start :)
Title: Re: Cozy Mysteries
Post by: crebel on July 02, 2016, 06:32:26 AM
Another first in series I have had on a watch list that is currently on sale for $1.99 (was $7.99).  I really need to stop adding the first in series books to my lists and start on the umpty-billion I already have on my Kindle! Ah well, one more doesn't hurt, does it? :D

(http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51oaKiQtB-L._SL160_.jpg) (http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00JVW6H3C/?tag=kbpst-20)
Title: Re: Cozy Mysteries
Post by: TriciaJ82 on July 03, 2016, 04:15:47 PM
In case people missed it in the booklending email:

(http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/518qPglztaL._SL160_.jpg) (http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00IZ0ZY9E/?tag=kbpst-20)
1st in Series
305 pages
FREE (today 07/3 only?)
Title: Re: Cozy Mysteries
Post by: crebel on July 03, 2016, 07:34:37 PM
Thanks, Tricia.  I'm not signed up for any newsletters, so I would have missed it if you hadn't posted!  Just what I need, another first in series...
Title: Re: Cozy Mysteries
Post by: MichelleB675 on July 04, 2016, 04:31:26 AM
Crebel mentioned this book earlier in the thread, it's on sale for $1.99 right now.

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Title: Re: Cozy Mysteries
Post by: TriciaJ82 on July 04, 2016, 07:51:49 PM
Thanks, Tricia.  I'm not signed up for any newsletters, so I would have missed it if you hadn't posted!  Just what I need, another first in series...

Every once in a while you can find something worth downloading. I was worried you were running out of books;)

Crebel mentioned this book earlier in the thread, it's on sale for $1.99 right now.

(http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51HCWdIdAzL._SL160_.jpg) (http://www.amazon.com/dp/B0099CGY2S/?tag=kbpst-20)

Excellent find. I bought the 3rd title in the series at a library sale a few months ago but haven't gotten to it yet.
Title: Re: Cozy Mysteries
Post by: crebel on July 05, 2016, 07:40:32 AM
Every once in a while you can find something worth downloading. I was worried you were running out of books;)

Excellent find. I bought the 3rd title in the series at a library sale a few months ago but haven't gotten to it yet.

Running out of books...  not likely to be a problem, but I shudder to think of it!  :D

The next installment in the Abbott series is not out until October, but is available as a pre-order.  I really enjoy this series and you have time to get started and caught up before Book 5 is released. ;)

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Title: Re: Cozy Mysteries
Post by: crebel on July 05, 2016, 10:11:41 AM
The latest releases in 2 series I have been enjoying are out today and still at pre-order prices.

(http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51OBaWN5JUL._SL160_.jpg) (http://www.amazon.com/dp/B01F7B6L4K/?tag=kbpst-20)  and (http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/510a2J7-NZL._SL160_.jpg) (http://www.amazon.com/dp/B016JPTQH2/?tag=kbpst-20)
Title: Re: Cozy Mysteries
Post by: Ann in Arlington on July 06, 2016, 05:06:07 AM
FWIW, the Maggie Pill series is in KU . . . .
Title: Re: Cozy Mysteries
Post by: Jen200 on July 06, 2016, 08:15:03 AM
FWIW, the Maggie Pill series is in KU . . . .

Thank you, Ann.  I have added it to my KU wish list.
Title: Re: Cozy Mysteries
Post by: crebel on July 06, 2016, 08:22:52 AM
FWIW, the Maggie Pill series is in KU . . . .

True!  I don't have KU, but I'm pretty sure I read the first book in the series as a Prime/KOLL borrow.  I liked it well enough that I didn't want to wait to continue at one book a month, so have purchased the rest.
Title: Re: Cozy Mysteries
Post by: crebel on July 07, 2016, 09:23:01 AM
(http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/510a2J7-NZL._SL160_.jpg) (http://www.amazon.com/dp/B016JPTQH2/?tag=kbpst-20)

No longer at $1.99, now $7.99 - I should have taken advantage of the pre-order/release day price and not put it on my wish list.  :(
Title: Re: Cozy Mysteries
Post by: crebel on July 09, 2016, 08:47:42 AM
An interesting sounding cozy that is free today.

(http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51znJKv7FoL._SL160_.jpg) (http://www.amazon.com/dp/B01BZO6HJM/?tag=kbpst-20)

I'm a big fan of the mystery series by Sujata Massey which are set in Japan, so I'm looking forward to a cozy in the Japanese culture.

(http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51jN6VCVyHL._SL160_.jpg) (http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00EXOFE28/?tag=kbpst-20)

Title: Re: Cozy Mysteries
Post by: MichelleB675 on July 11, 2016, 04:30:57 AM
A couple of $1.99 deals for 1st in series books.

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Title: Re: Cozy Mysteries
Post by: crebel on July 15, 2016, 12:42:30 PM
Free mystery/cozy I ran across today.  Sounds like it has potential, I'm sure I have read other Joanna Pence.  Anyone familiar with this series?

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Title: Re: Cozy Mysteries
Post by: MichelleB675 on July 18, 2016, 03:34:18 AM
I'm not familiar with that one, crebel.

This one went to $1.99 this morning.. (http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51GvIXJ9vaL._SL160_.jpg) (http://www.amazon.com/dp/B011IZPRR6/?tag=kbpst-20)  the second book is due out in September.

In other cozy mystery news.. I'm up to Red Velvet Cupcake Murder in the Joanne Fluke series. Just 2 more after this one. Actually 5 but I only have 2 of them and 2 aren't released yet, and I'm waiting til the other one is on sale.
Title: Re: Cozy Mysteries
Post by: MichelleB675 on July 21, 2016, 04:27:15 AM
I finished Double Fudge Brownie Murder last night. That was the last full book that I have of the series. I have the 2 that have a story by other authors included. I'm saving those for a while because I don't want to spoil those series.

I enjoyed the Hannah series a lot. There were aspects I didn't enjoy as much. And the part that I enjoyed the most was Moishe.. and Moishe and Cuddles. I think they deserve their own books.

I'm not sure which cozy series I'll start on next. For now I'm going to read some other stuff.
Title: Re: Cozy Mysteries
Post by: Andra on July 25, 2016, 09:00:53 AM
The first two books in the Savannah Reid series by G.A. McKevett are on sale.  I still enjoy the later books in the series. 
You can usually get the new releases through scribd.

Check your library if you are not sure whether you have purchased these.  I have all of her books but these are new ASINs...


Just Desserts - $2.99 at posting  (also in KU if you want to try it)
(http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/514lnYQZpFL._SL160_.jpg) (http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00J90ELMU/?tag=kbpst-20)

Bitter Sweets - $1.99 at posting
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Title: Re: Cozy Mysteries
Post by: MichelleB675 on July 25, 2016, 09:36:04 AM
(http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51tJP5n9wNL._SL160_.jpg) (http://www.amazon.com/dp/B0051GAVCA/?tag=kbpst-20) is on sale for  $1.99
Title: Re: Cozy Mysteries
Post by: crebel on July 25, 2016, 09:51:01 AM
(http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51tJP5n9wNL._SL160_.jpg) (http://www.amazon.com/dp/B0051GAVCA/?tag=kbpst-20) is on sale for  $1.99

That's another one already in my library, but not showing a "You already own/bought" tag.  Could be something Amazon is messing with on the book pages too, because if I click on the "Books in this series" box it shows I already own all five.
Title: Re: Cozy Mysteries
Post by: MichelleB675 on July 25, 2016, 09:58:28 AM
Was it gifted to you? The own/bought warning sometimes doesn't work on books I've received as gifts. I would say maybe it's a different ASIN, but if you're getting the warning on the series page, I don't think that is the issue.

I gave up trusting Amazon's warning on books, I usually just check my GoodReads account to see if I've added it there, that way I'm sure, because I always add a book as soon as I buy it or receive it as a gift.

Title: Re: Cozy Mysteries
Post by: crebel on July 25, 2016, 10:20:53 AM
Was it gifted to you? The own/bought warning sometimes doesn't work on books I've received as gifts. I would say maybe it's a different ASIN, but if you're getting the warning on the series page, I don't think that is the issue.

I gave up trusting Amazon's warning on books, I usually just check my GoodReads account to see if I've added it there, that way I'm sure, because I always add a book as soon as I buy it or receive it as a gift.



Entirely possible, the rest of the individual books do show "you purchased on..."  I wish the "you own" warning was more consistent for gifted books.
Title: Re: Cozy Mysteries
Post by: TriciaJ82 on July 25, 2016, 07:13:13 PM
(http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51tJP5n9wNL._SL160_.jpg) (http://www.amazon.com/dp/B0051GAVCA/?tag=kbpst-20) is on sale for  $1.99

I am on book 5 in the series and I highly recommend them. It looks like the sale coincides with the announcement that book 6 will be released 11/1.

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The preorder price is 12.99! I am sorry but its a cozy that is barely 300 pages, that is utterly ridiculous in my opinion. I have checked the audio version out from my library so far and will continue to do that for the next one as well. The synopsis makes it sound really interesting, I can't wait.
Title: Re: Cozy Mysteries
Post by: MichelleB675 on August 01, 2016, 04:44:50 AM
There are several Cozies in the new monthly deals, but double check your accounts because most of them have been on sale  before.
Title: Re: Cozy Mysteries
Post by: crebel on August 01, 2016, 10:13:12 AM
I haven't looked through the new monthly deals yet, but I did succumb to a couple of newer first-in-series cozies I've had on a watch list and are currently on sale for $1.99

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Title: Re: Cozy Mysteries
Post by: Andra on August 05, 2016, 09:02:57 AM
As a follow-up to my post on July 25, book 3 in the Savannah Reid series by G.A. McKevett is on sale.  I still enjoy the later books in the series. 
You can usually get the new releases through scribd.

Check your library if you are not sure whether you have purchased it.  I have all of her books but this is a new ASIN...

Killer Calories - $1.99 at posting

(http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51rS0KrIYWL._SL160_.jpg) (http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00J90ELH0/?tag=kbpst-20)
Title: Re: Cozy Mysteries
Post by: MichelleB675 on August 22, 2016, 05:22:27 PM
Another 1st book sale.. I noticed the price drop in my wishlist so I grabbed it. Currently $1.99. The 2nd book is out in October.

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Title: Re: Cozy Mysteries
Post by: Ann in Arlington on August 22, 2016, 05:30:22 PM
Another 1st book sale.. I noticed the price drop in my wishlist so I grabbed it. Currently $1.99. The 2nd book is out in October.

(http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51jzS6a4WCL._SL160_.jpg) (http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00U5KNT3K/?tag=kbkindlea-20)

Turns out I bought that last December . . . I should move it up my TBR list. :D
Title: Re: Cozy Mysteries
Post by: crebel on August 22, 2016, 07:04:04 PM
Another 1st book sale.. I noticed the price drop in my wishlist so I grabbed it. Currently $1.99. The 2nd book is out in October.

(http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51jzS6a4WCL._SL160_.jpg) (http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00U5KNT3K/?tag=kbpst-20)

Sounds like a fun premise!  I need another new first-in-series book like I need a hole in my head.  Didn't stop me from getting it. :D
Title: Re: Cozy Mysteries
Post by: crebel on September 08, 2016, 05:06:06 PM
I picked my next cozy read from the bottom of my TBR pile, and it was:

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Currently in KU and only .99 to buy.  I loved it!  I went to immediately check the rest of the series and found they each run $2.99 - $4.99 (also all in KU).  BUT WAIT!  Box set of Books 1-4 is available for .99 (also in KU) as well!

(http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51m8cKvdEtL._SL160_.jpg) (http://www.amazon.com/dp/B01744XIVW/?tag=kbpst-20)

Wheel of a Deal for the outright buyer and probably not as advantageous to the author.  The box set does seem to be set up to take advantage of KU page reads, there are 4 'bonus' books by different authors between the end of Book one in the Stormy Day mysteries and the start of Book 2 of that series.  I have skipped those for now and moved on to Book 2 of the series I wanted/expected to read.

Stormy is smart, funny, and uses some excellent sarcasm.  There is some depth to the mysteries and the characters involved are unique (including Jeffrey, the cat).  Fun series.

Title: Re: Cozy Mysteries
Post by: crebel on September 08, 2016, 07:43:08 PM
How about paranormal cozy mysteries, anybody into them?  I saw this recommended somewhere and couldn't resist when I read the blurb and reviews.

(http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51XjLlUWzRL._SL160_.jpg) (http://www.amazon.com/dp/B01BEX9PRU/?tag=kbpst-20)

I'm not much of a boxed set buyer usually, but I have succumbed twice today!
Title: Re: Cozy Mysteries
Post by: crebel on September 08, 2016, 07:49:58 PM
One more sale and I'll quit talking to myself in this thread tonight, :D  A first-in-new-series, a little bit short at 234 pages, but only .99 from Random House.

(http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/61iW4eIu6AL._SL160_.jpg) (http://www.amazon.com/dp/B0174PKHFG/?tag=kbpst-20)

Hope everyone is reading something good!
Title: Re: Cozy Mysteries
Post by: MichelleB675 on September 09, 2016, 03:55:51 AM
Thanks crebel :)

some more deals...

$1.99

Book 1 may have been posted before, but I included it since book 2 is also on sale (book 3 is out in March)

(http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51Kyr9M0a2L._SL160_.jpg) (http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00TE7O9HK/?tag=kbpst-20) (http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51SPDNjAgiL._SL160_.jpg) (http://www.amazon.com/dp/B01501H4MK/?tag=kbpst-20)

$.99

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Title: Re: Cozy Mysteries
Post by: Ann in Arlington on September 09, 2016, 05:59:01 AM
How about paranormal cozy mysteries, anybody into them?  I saw this recommended somewhere and couldn't resist when I read the blurb and reviews.

(http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51XjLlUWzRL._SL160_.jpg) (http://www.amazon.com/dp/B01BEX9PRU/?tag=kbpst-20)

I'm not much of a boxed set buyer usually, but I have succumbed twice today!

If you're not sure about a boxed set, it appears that the first in the series is actually free . . . at least for now:

(http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51wjXgVDC8L._SL160_.jpg) (http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00SYWOK84/?tag=kbkindlea-20)

And I sent this one, recommended by Michelle

(http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51hqJXaGCdL._SL160_.jpg) (http://www.amazon.com/dp/B01B0KK5P8/?tag=kbkindlea-20)

as a gift to a friend of mine who is, in fact, a professional organizer. ;)
Title: Re: Cozy Mysteries
Post by: crebel on September 09, 2016, 02:29:37 PM
If you're not sure about a boxed set, it appears that the first in the series is actually free . . . at least for now:

(http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51wjXgVDC8L._SL160_.jpg) (http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00SYWOK84/?tag=kbkindlea-20)

Thanks, Ann.  I should have posted that when I did the box set.  My understanding is the .99 on the box set is only for a few days, though. So I decided to take a risk on the set because of the sale.
Title: Re: Cozy Mysteries
Post by: Ann in Arlington on September 10, 2016, 05:02:36 AM
Thanks, Ann.  I should have posted that when I did the box set.  My understanding is the .99 on the box set is only for a few days, though. So I decided to take a risk on the set because of the sale.

I'm not a huge fan of "box sets" on Kindle, myself, though. Even when they're on sale. I have a few and just haven't enjoyed reading them. I may like the stories just fine, but it makes it feel really LOOONNNGGGG getting through a book. And I don't tend to want to read multiple volumes of a series one right after the other.

So I decided to try the first one for free and if it's good, the others are only $3 a piece. ;)
Title: Re: Cozy Mysteries
Post by: crebel on September 10, 2016, 06:46:18 AM
I'm not a huge fan of "box sets" on Kindle, myself, though. Even when they're on sale. I have a few and just haven't enjoyed reading them. I may like the stories just fine, but it makes it feel really LOOONNNGGGG getting through a book. And I don't tend to want to read multiple volumes of a series one right after the other.

So I decided to try the first one for free and if it's good, the others are only $3 a piece. ;)

Let me know what you think if you get to it first!

The main thing I don't care for in boxed sets is they mess with the "time in book" that I prefer on my Kindle.  I've not seen one where, even if there is a linked TOC or the page flip works to navigate, that each book within the set has it's 'own' time.  For example, the first cozy mystery set I posted above says I have over 6 hours and something left in the "book" even though I'm already on Book 3 and the 'dots' indicate I'm 2/3 of the way through.
Title: Re: Cozy Mysteries
Post by: Ann in Arlington on September 10, 2016, 07:47:52 AM
Let me know what you think if you get to it first!

The main thing I don't care for in boxed sets is they mess with the "time in book" that I prefer on my Kindle.  I've not seen one where, even if there is a linked TOC or the page flip works to navigate, that each book within the set has it's 'own' time.  For example, the first cozy mystery set I posted above says I have over 6 hours and something left in the "book" even though I'm already on Book 3 and the 'dots' indicate I'm 2/3 of the way through.

EXACTLY!

You can set manual bookmarks at the start of each book, but the time remaining is still off. :(
Title: Re: Cozy Mysteries
Post by: Anne R. Tan on September 24, 2016, 09:46:18 AM
I'm not a huge fan of "box sets" on Kindle, myself, though. Even when they're on sale. I have a few and just haven't enjoyed reading them. I may like the stories just fine, but it makes it feel really LOOONNNGGGG getting through a book. And I don't tend to want to read multiple volumes of a series one right after the other.

So I decided to try the first one for free and if it's good, the others are only $3 a piece. ;)

I feel the same way to about box sets. Even though it's a cheaper deal, it feels less satisfying because even after one or two books, I still haven't "finished" the box set.
Title: Re: Cozy Mysteries
Post by: niahflame on September 27, 2016, 10:24:06 AM
Is there a cozy mystery series with a pet shop theme? I like cozies, and love witchy and cat themes.
Title: Re: Cozy Mysteries
Post by: Andra on October 19, 2016, 08:44:16 AM
I really enjoyed Madelyn Alt's Bewitching Mystery series - enough so I own them in print and electronically.  The first one is on sale for $1.99 at posting.
The Trouble With Magic
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Title: Re: Cozy Mysteries
Post by: crebel on October 20, 2016, 02:22:55 PM
A friend saw this cozy advertised in a Bookbub ad today and knowing my enjoyment of cozies sent it to me as a gift.

(http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51GD%2BWajrEL._SL160_.jpg) (http://www.amazon.com/dp/B000FCKGNY/?tag=kbpst-20)

It's the first in an established series that I had not heard of and it sounds like fun (Miss Marple in Yiddish it says :) ) so I thought I would pass the sale ($1.99) along to everyone else.  The rest of the series, from Random House, seem to be reasonably priced at 3.99 with one exception at 7.99, so affordable too!

Title: Re: Cozy Mysteries
Post by: D A Bale on October 26, 2016, 12:09:11 PM
If you like a little (or a lot) of humor with a touch of romance in your cozy mysteries, the Calamity Jayne series is a fun read.  They are a little older at this point, but I still pull them out to read from time-to-time when I get bored with some of the current crop.

(http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51ScAuR2JaL._SL160_.jpg) (http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00F225M9U/?tag=kbpst-20)

The Halloween version in the series is great this time of year, but if you're like me, it's better to start from the beginning.  Enjoy!

(http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51hd%2BUCEBJL._SL160_.jpg) (http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00F1OVI8S/?tag=kbpst-20)
Title: Re: Cozy Mysteries
Post by: crebel on October 26, 2016, 05:02:41 PM
I had a new-to-me mystery/female sleuth/cozy recommended to me today.  Well reviewed overall with several mentioning "reminds me of a modern Amelia Peabody"  I picked up the first one below, haven't read it yet, but sounds like something several who participate in this thread would enjoy so thought I would go ahead and share.

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If it hadn't been recommended, I might have passed it by thinking the "Treasure Hunt Mystery" subtitle and cover looked somewhat like a middle grade/YA read.
Title: Re: Cozy Mysteries
Post by: Ann in Arlington on October 26, 2016, 06:25:48 PM
Amelia Peabody is one of my favorite series -- might have to give that one a try! Thanks!
Title: Re: Cozy Mysteries
Post by: crebel on November 01, 2016, 02:51:25 PM
Amelia Peabody is one of my favorite series -- might have to give that one a try! Thanks!

I moved the Gigi Pandian book to the top of the pile and read it yesterday.  I personally wouldn't describe the female protagonist as anything like a "modern Amelia Peabody" (not wittily sarcastic enough :) ), but she is a historian who gets involved with a mystery that includes an archeological dig.  It was an enjoyable read, I gave it 4-stars (3-1/2 in my personal ratings).  I liked it well enough to immediately buy #2 in the series and put #3 on a wish list.

Personal peeve:  throughout the book she is referred to as "a historian", and note I used the same terminology above.  However, I know the correct usage is "an historian" so it bugged me throughout the book even though I never say it that way. Isn't that silly?
Title: Re: Cozy Mysteries
Post by: Ann in Arlington on November 01, 2016, 03:17:17 PM
I moved the Gigi Pandian book to the top of the pile and read it yesterday.  I personally wouldn't describe the female protagonist as anything like a "modern Amelia Peabody" (not wittily sarcastic enough :) ), but she is a historian who gets involved with a mystery that includes an archeological dig.  It was an enjoyable read, I gave it 4-stars (3-1/2 in my personal ratings).  I liked it well enough to immediately buy #2 in the series and put #3 on a wish list.

Personal peeve:  throughout the book she is referred to as "a historian", and note I used the same terminology above.  However, I know the correct usage is "an historian" so it bugged me throughout the book even though I never say it that way. Isn't that silly?

Thanks! I'll definitely read it -- when I'm done the Boss's memoir and a couple other library books. ;)

As to the historian controversy -- according to "Quora", the English use either but American usage specifies "a" vs "an". Like you, though, I'd always been told the opposite.

I guess the answer is, "generally, it depends." ;D

https://www.quora.com/Is-it-an-historian-or-a-historian
Title: Re: Cozy Mysteries
Post by: Gertie Kindle 'a/k/a Margaret Lake' on November 01, 2016, 04:05:52 PM
I moved the Gigi Pandian book to the top of the pile and read it yesterday.  I personally wouldn't describe the female protagonist as anything like a "modern Amelia Peabody" (not wittily sarcastic enough :) ), but she is a historian who gets involved with a mystery that includes an archeological dig.  It was an enjoyable read, I gave it 4-stars (3-1/2 in my personal ratings).  I liked it well enough to immediately buy #2 in the series and put #3 on a wish list.

Personal peeve:  throughout the book she is referred to as "a historian", and note I used the same terminology above.  However, I know the correct usage is "an historian" so it bugged me throughout the book even though I never say it that way. Isn't that silly?

I just brought that up to JR Tomlin. She had "a historical" on her cover. Here's her reply. Made me think.

http://www.kboards.com/index.php/topic,243279.msg3389982.html#msg3389982

Title: Re: Cozy Mysteries
Post by: Joseph M. Erhardt on November 04, 2016, 06:33:31 PM
I like Cozy mysteries..and I have come across a lot that I haven't read yet..

some I do like though -
...
Agatha Raisin by MC Beaton
...


I discovered M.C. Beaton when I was looking for a new mystery author to begin reading, some years ago.  (I think I had just finished the last of John Mortimer's Rumpole stories.)

So I went to my local B&N and began browsing the shelves.  I was SO disappointed by the quality of the writing that I encountered.  I'd read a page or two, find verb tense and transition errors, or get to the bottom of page 2 and have no clue as to what was going on.  I swore the that first intelligible novel I came across I would buy.  That happened to be one of M.C. Beaton's Hamish MacBeth novels. I read it that night, and the next day I cleaned out Beaton's spot on the shelf there in the store--bought about a dozen of the Hamishes.  I got into Agatha Raisin a bit later.  She is, frankly, not that likeable a character and thus an acquired taste.  However, "the Raisin woman" is still a stretch better than most of what's sitting on the shelves.
Title: Re: Cozy Mysteries
Post by: crebel on December 04, 2016, 04:00:56 AM
I found this free book while browsing through cozy mysteries on Amazon this morning.

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It has some really negative reviews during the first few months of its release in late 2012.  It was apparently re-edited, re-titled, and this second edition released in 2014.  Reviews after the new edition are quite favorable and the author has gone on to write 8 more books in the series, all well reviewed.  Book #8 released in March of this year is also currently free and everything between are priced at $3.99. 

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Title: Re: Cozy Mysteries
Post by: Ann in Arlington on December 04, 2016, 04:54:38 AM
I was going to say "Good Find!" . . . but it looks like I already own it. :D It says I got it in 2013 -- since it's linking to the same place, I hope that means that any updates have come to my copy as well. Will have to check. :)


eta: apparently I got it on a free promo at that time. Moving it up in the TBR queue. :)
Title: Re: Cozy Mysteries
Post by: crebel on December 23, 2016, 07:34:18 AM
A first-in-series that is on a countdown sale today for $1.99.  I've had it on a list for a while now and it certainly seems to be an appropriate title for the weekend!  I'm not completely sure, but I think the authors may be KB members.

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Title: Re: Cozy Mysteries
Post by: MichelleB675 on December 23, 2016, 08:01:50 AM
I was looking at that one earlier, crebel. I haven't decided on it yet.

Here is another one for $1.99. Also haven't decided on it lol

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Title: Re: Cozy Mysteries
Post by: crebel on January 11, 2017, 05:20:24 AM
Eek, this thread has fallen almost to the bottom of the first Book Corner page!

I found this new first-in-series cozy on sale today for .99 - from Penguin Random House and sounds like a fun read.  I added it to the pile.

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ETA:  I also found this first-in-series cozy that is currently free.  It's a little short for my tastes, but sounds pretty good for anyone looking for quick reads.  Four more books in the series, all $2.99 or less, all on the short side.

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Title: Re: Cozy Mysteries
Post by: TriciaJ82 on January 29, 2017, 05:49:09 PM
Book 4 of the quilting mysteries 1.99

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Title: Re: Cozy Mysteries
Post by: MichelleB675 on February 12, 2017, 08:09:59 AM
Some cozies from Penguin dropped in price to $2.99

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There were lots more, I just got tired of linking lol.
Title: Re: Cozy Mysteries
Post by: crebel on February 12, 2017, 08:16:26 AM
Some cozies from Penguin dropped in price to $2.99

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There were lots more, I just got tired of linking lol.

Thanks, Michelle. My gift card balance will be in serious trouble this morning! ;D  I didn't get far enough to see all of these, was just coming to link this one. Back to cozy shopping...

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Title: Re: Cozy Mysteries
Post by: MichelleB675 on February 12, 2017, 08:20:29 AM
You're welcome. I'm still trying to decide which ones to get. Because my PNR/UF wishlist also had a lot of price drops, and I'm trying not to kill my entire gift card balance.
Title: Re: Cozy Mysteries
Post by: crebel on February 12, 2017, 08:38:57 AM
You're welcome. I'm still trying to decide which ones to get. Because my PNR/UF wishlist also had a lot of price drops, and I'm trying not to kill my entire gift card balance.

I was a pretty good girl.  only picked up 3 from your list (The Readaholics, Vanishing Thief, and Going Through the Notions) because I'm a sucker for mysteries that involve book stores, libraries, reading clubs and also the one I linked because I had it on a watch list.

I also discovered I purchased the decoupage mystery, Stuck on Murder, in September 2009!  I honestly don't remember reading it so have to go back through my lists and check.  It's possible it's a book that didn't get carried over from my original K1 to a newer version.
Title: Re: Cozy Mysteries
Post by: Ellie Lynn on February 13, 2017, 11:11:16 AM
I love cozies too. This is one that I found and really enjoyed. https://www.amazon.com/D-I-C-K-s-Murder-Smyrna-Beach-Mystery-ebook/dp/B01IIQNZ0Y/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1487012699&sr=8-2&keywords=victoria+roder  Sorry, new to KBoards and don't know how to insert pretty picture links yet.

Ellie
Title: Re: Cozy Mysteries
Post by: TriciaJ82 on February 13, 2017, 01:29:18 PM
I have a few that ereaderiq sent to me as well:)

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Title: Re: Cozy Mysteries
Post by: TriciaJ82 on February 13, 2017, 01:31:51 PM
Some cozies from Penguin dropped in price to $2.99

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There were lots more, I just got tired of linking lol.

Thanks Michelle! I have read snow way out and peaches and scream, both solid reads:)
Title: Re: Cozy Mysteries
Post by: MichelleB675 on February 26, 2017, 09:17:30 AM
Currently $.99. The Crepes of Wrath

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Title: Re: Cozy Mysteries
Post by: crebel on February 27, 2017, 06:28:02 AM
This morning I got notified of a price drop to free on this cozy. Obviously I haven't read it yet, a little short at approximately 200 pages, but sounds promising.

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Title: Re: Cozy Mysteries
Post by: Sara Rosett on February 27, 2017, 04:53:45 PM
FYI...Agatha Christie's Body in the Library is on sale for $1.99.
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Title: Re: Cozy Mysteries
Post by: crebel on March 27, 2017, 06:35:50 AM
I know several are enjoying cozies set in Scotland or Scottish related. A first-in-series cozy that is set in USA but is about a Scottish emporium is on sale today for $1.99.  I picked it up to give it a try. It looks like there are 9 more in the series, most reasonably priced from $2.99 - $5.99 (last release is, unfortunately, $9.99).  Published by Penguin and all are well reviewed.

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Title: Re: Cozy Mysteries
Post by: Gertie Kindle 'a/k/a Margaret Lake' on March 27, 2017, 06:58:37 AM
I'm reading the Maggie Newberry mysteries. I picked up Books 1-3 in a 99c boxed set, but it's $6.99 now.

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Reading back through this thread, I see that Crebel and Ann already posted this series.

I've already read the first book and am now reading the second. The first kind of goes off-track a bit here and there. Things that don't make sense, but nothing that really throws me out of the story.
Title: Re: Cozy Mysteries
Post by: crebel on April 14, 2017, 10:51:23 AM
Book #5 in the Maggie Pill Sleuth Sisters cozies was released this morning (all are also still in KU).

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Title: Re: Cozy Mysteries
Post by: crebel on May 10, 2017, 08:59:38 AM
Yikes!  Our cozy thread has dropped to page 2.  Since I know everyone is always looking for the start of yet another series (sigh ...), I found this Irish cozy on sale today for $1.99. Sounds very promising.

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I did read a library borrow of the first in a Scottish cozy series last week.  It took me parts of 4 days to get through it, convoluted and mostly boring.  I'm not sure why I finished instead of just returning it.  Will not being continuing the series and would not recommend.

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Title: Re: Cozy Mysteries
Post by: Ann in Arlington on May 10, 2017, 09:23:43 AM
So I guess I have to try the Irish one: As the author is named O'Connor, she could be a relative! . . . though my family is mostly from Galway and County Mayo . . . .
Title: Re: Cozy Mysteries
Post by: crebel on May 16, 2017, 06:31:26 AM
The latest in the Tourist Trap cozies by Lynn Cahoon several of us are keeping up with was released this morning.  No "sale" price on this one and the shortest offering yet at 188 pages for $5.99.  Book 9 available for pre-order at the same price and due out in July.

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Title: Re: Cozy Mysteries
Post by: crebel on May 24, 2017, 05:34:36 AM
I'm not much into "witchy" cozies, but have enjoyed Hanna's tea shop series.  These covers, however, may be too tempting to pass up! ;D Anyone read them? They are also available in KU.

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Title: Re: Cozy Mysteries
Post by: sherry-mauro on May 24, 2017, 11:40:49 AM
Can anyone recommend cozy mysteries with romance, please?
Title: Re: Cozy Mysteries
Post by: Andra on May 26, 2017, 06:21:04 AM
I'm not much into "witchy" cozies, but have enjoyed Hanna's tea shop series.  These covers, however, may be too tempting to pass up! ;D Anyone read them? They are also available in KU.

(https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/51XUWA5D69L._SL160_.jpg) (http://www.amazon.com/dp/B01N1637HJ/?tag=kbpst-20)     (https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/51zrX1CDtlL._SL160_.jpg) (http://www.amazon.com/dp/B01NAYC9QB/?tag=kbpst-20)

Picked these up from KU based on the covers.  I wouldn't purchase them; they are too short for me.  And the characters are kind of thin compared to her other series.  But they were entertaining enough for me to read both of them.
Title: Re: Cozy Mysteries
Post by: crebel on May 26, 2017, 09:58:26 AM
Picked these up from KU based on the covers.  I wouldn't purchase them; they are too short for me.  And the characters are kind of thin compared to her other series.  But they were entertaining enough for me to read both of them.


Thanks, Andra.
Title: Re: Cozy Mysteries
Post by: TriciaJ82 on May 28, 2017, 11:24:00 AM
(https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/61oejV5oGwL._SL160_.jpg) (http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00ONTS696/?tag=kbpst-20)
1.99

Perfect time to pick this one up with the summer holidays coming up:)
Title: Re: Cozy Mysteries
Post by: MichelleB675 on May 28, 2017, 02:11:50 PM
I had several cozies from my wishlist go to .99-1.99 today, they'll probably be in the June monthly deal.
Title: Re: Cozy Mysteries
Post by: crebel on July 02, 2017, 11:44:46 AM
I'm pretty sure I found this first book somewhere in this thread, but just got around to reading it Friday and have been zipping through the series one after another this weekend.  Fairly quick reads even though they are not super short, chocolate recipes included (always a plus :) ), quirky but smart cast of friends, obnoxious husband who won't sign the final divorce papers, the ubiquitous good-looking detective/love interest who won't move to boyfriend status until the divorce is ever finalized, stray 'guard' cat moves in, the MC is a chocolatier with her own shop and is addicted to Coca-Cola and chocolate.

In other words, plenty of cozy tropes, but quite enjoyable reading.  A few times I rolled my eyes at what the MC gets away with when police are standing right there, but not too annoying.  Good series, recommend.  *SEE EDIT AT BOTTOM OF POST

(https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/5129eECRtZL._SL160_.jpg) (http://www.amazon.com/dp/B004LX0FYS/?tag=kbpst-20)

Books 1-3 have been bundled

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Crummy covers all, IMO, but all well-reviewed and reasonably priced.

*ETA - Having now read all six books currently available in the series, I feel I need to add a caveat to my recommendation.  While all the cozy tropes are hit in this series, the books are somewhat "darker" than usual cozy fare.  Spousal abuse is present throughout the series, and while the bad guys and gals are always caught and pay for their crimes, some of it is pretty intense and might not be everyone's cup of tea.

Title: Re: Cozy Mysteries
Post by: crebel on July 19, 2017, 03:04:33 PM
Latest in the Tourist Trap series by Lynn Cahoon was released yesterday.

(https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/518cLbOd0CL._SL160_.jpg) (http://www.amazon.com/dp/B01M9EM56U/?tag=kbpst-20)
Title: Re: Cozy Mysteries
Post by: MichelleB675 on July 19, 2017, 05:10:13 PM
Fun series, I forgot all about the release of that book. Thanks for the reminder.
Title: Re: Cozy Mysteries
Post by: crebel on July 25, 2017, 03:28:24 PM
Newest Mary Marks "Knot" book was released today.  I'm a fan of this cozy series.

(https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/51juNkg-hmL._SL160_.jpg) (http://www.amazon.com/dp/B01M8OZL19/?tag=kbpst-20)
Title: Re: Cozy Mysteries
Post by: MichelleB675 on July 25, 2017, 05:28:46 PM
I love that series.