Some time ago I mentioned several writers of ‘cozies’ and since then they have often been included in various other posts. There are so many cozy mysteries, now seems like a good time to take another longer look at them.
Kathleen Bacus – Ms. Bacus is a former State Trooper and Dept. of Justice Investigator; so she knows her stuff. Her series character is Tressa “Calamity” Jayne Turner, a gal that dumb blonde jokes were invented for. This is a six book series that is very much in the vein of Janet Evanovich‘s Stephanie Plum novels. The first is Calamity Jayne.
Dianne Day – Fremont Jones is a blue-stocking, in early 19th century San Francisco. She owns and operates a typewriting service. The first book, The Strange Files of Fremont Jones, may be a bit “border-line cozy” (due to the material in one of the manuscripts she is typing), but I think it is a very enjoyable, six book, series.
Kathy Lynn Emerson– Emerson has two historical, cozy, series. The first features Lady Susanna Appleton, a herbalist in Elizabethan England. Face Down in the Marrow Bone Pie, begins the series. The second features Diana Spauling, a widowed journalist in New York City during 1888, at the heyday of ‘yellow journalism’. Deadlier than the Pen is the first. She also writes a modern day series, under the name of Kaitlyn Dunnett, featuring Liss MacCrimmon who helps out in her aunt’s Scottish store in Maine.
Shelly Fredman – Some authors get better with each book, some start to get stale. Fredman is in the first category. No Such Thing as a Secret introduces Brandy Alexander, whose fans think is even better than Stephanie Plum! Her fourth book, No Such Thing as a Free Ride, has 30 reviews on Amazon; all of them rated five stars. I recommend you give her a try.
Anne George – This Pulitzer Prize nominee in poetry was the writer of eight ‘Southern Sisters’ mysteries before her death in 2001. The first in the series, Murder on a Girl’s Night Out, won both the Agatha and the Macavity Award for Best First Novel. The sisters are two southern gals “of a certain age”. (A southern term for being 60-ish)
Julia Hyzy – Olivia (call her Ollie) Paras is the assistant chef at the White House and is on her way to becoming the head chef. This paperback series begins with State of the Onion. The recipes that are included are a side benefit.
J. J. Murphy – The ‘Round Table’ mysteries are not about King Arthur’s famous table, but rather that table made famous during the roaring 20’s in NYC at the Algonquin Hotel. Here, Dorothy Parker and her writing friends lunched on a regular basis. In the first book, Murder Your Darlings, Dorothy discovers a body under the table. He’s dead. Not dead drunk, just dead, stabbed in the heart with his fountain pen. A nice young southern man in Parker’s group, “Billy” Faulkner, is the chief suspect.
Sharon Pape – Ms. Pape has just started her “Portrait of Crime’ series, and there are only two books so far. Our sleuth, Rory McCain, is a police sketch-artist and she shares her home, on Long Island, with the ghost of Federal Marshall Zeke Drummond, a lawman from the 1870’s. The first book is To Sketch a Thief.
Kerry Greenwood – Phryne Fisher is the popular sleuth in a series set in Australia during the 1920’s. The first title is Cocaine Blues.
Cleo Coyle– My own personal motto has long been, “With coffee you can accomplish anything!”, and so it is a pleasure to find a cozy series called, “Coffeehouse Mysteries”. Clare Cosi is the manager of The Village Blend, a coffeehouse, in NYC’s Greenwich Village. The first is On What Grounds.