Cozy mysteries come in all stripes and appeal to a variety of readers.
Fans of Lynne Truss may find her newest mystery, Psycho by the Sea, both entertaining and amusing. But not so much for anyone who has not read her work before.
Gracie Tellman, happily married and the mother of three young children, is shocked when Millie Foster, the daughter of her deceased best friend, shows up at her house.
It’s always risky for readers to enter a series late in its development—in this instance, book 24 in the Andy Carpenter mystery series.
“If you’re looking for distinctive international bouquet in your ‘Scandi noir,’ this isn’t going to fit your collection.
This third installment of the Fog Ladies series has the group embroiled yet in another adventure.
Millions of dollars’ worth of stolen diamonds, mixed up with murder . . .
There are many, many cozy mysteries out there, more than any fan can read in a decade. This new entry into the genre doesn’t rank among the best, though it will satisfy undemanding readers.
“keeps the reader guessing who the real culprit is, and the reader will be satisfied with the outcome. The required dramatic climax is harrowing and well written.”
“The way Mattie handles her service dog, the logistics of his training, his canine personality, the important evidence he believably uncovers, and their warm yet disciplined interaction rem
“the required tension-filled dénouement is well done and keeps the final pages turning.”
“High emotion is balanced by high intellect and a high level of craft, revealing an author at the top of her game.”
"‘The surreal, nightmare quality of the scene dissolved, and I saw only Joanna, impossibly still and silent.’"
“If the story followed the traditional journey of a cozy, the premise would be a good one.
“Similar in pace and tenderness to the Ladies’ Detective Agency mysteries of Alexander McCall Smith, this mystery fits neatly into the traditional mold, providing an enjoyable read that’s i
“Hirahara’s careful plotting and easy style help to create vibrant characters and a vivid picture of life for Japanese-Americans at a particularly difficult time.”
Once again Donna Andrews takes readers to Caerphilly, Virginia, in this cozy mystery series that’s loaded with quirky characters and weird yet credible crimes.
“A powerful story encased in an even more powerful narration in which love and cruelty rise, intermingle, and become the same.”
“Deadly Delights moves along at warp speed, and just when the reader thinks s/he knows who the killer is, Walker throws a speed bump on the highway.”
“Gilbert presents a good story, a fast read, and enough clues, red herrings, foreshadowings, and questions to keep the pages turning.”
“As cozies go, this one is on top of the list. A quick read, a strong protagonist, good characters, and strong writing.”
“a fascinating novel, filled with facts about life in the fin-de-siècle of the Victorian Era, of the niche of women during that time, social comme
“a captivating story that leads to an emotional but satisfying bittersweet ending.”
“In They’re Gone, the ‘weaker sex’ is by no means weak. At all.”
“The two women provide a welcome humorous touch as they guide us through their world.”