Are you a fan of “cozy” mysteries?
The Seattle Mystery Bookshop defines a Cozy mystery as: “Think Agatha Christie. Think cats. Think culinary. The cozy is a mystery in which a murder, perhaps violent, is committed without bringing significant unpleasantness to the reader, or to the other characters in the story.”
A perfect example of this genre, apart from Mrs. Christie herself, is the work of Charlotte MacLeod (a.k.a. Alisa Craig). As I own almost all of her books, you would be correct in assuming that I am a fan. In the first of the Peter Shandy mysteries, Rest You Merry, Professor Shandy returns home from a Christmas holiday to find his best friend’s eternally interfering wife dead in his living room. Good thing that he has an alibi. Too bad that the College President wants him to solve the mystery, and quickly. Ms. MacLeod gave us four series of fantastic mysteries. One of them even features a Mountie (and his wife). Those are actually the ones I found first, at a book sale in Yosemite no less. Another author that I tend to recommend to folks is Nancy Atherton, author of the Aunt Dimity series. I’ve reviewed two of that series so far on this site, Aunt Dimity’s Death and Aunt Dimity and the Duke. Do you have any cozy mysteries that you tend to recommend to others? I’m in the mood to read something new…and cozy. Anyone?