So often I read reviews where the reviewer says they don’t want to give too much of the plot away. That it would be a detriment to the reading experience if you know too much going in. And usually I just sort of nod along while thinking, ‘Well, probably not, but sure.’
The cozy mystery is a continually evolving genre, but in author Kate Young’s series debut, she proves exactly why that’s so important. It seems lately whenever I’m writing about cozies, I’m always talking about the idea of “freshness”—and really, what I mean is whether a book feels like every other one on the shelf … not that there’s anything wrong with that. However, when an author offers up something different—fresh—I find myself sitting up a little straighter. Paying a little more attention. Falling in love with the genre all over again.
Isabel Puddles would like to tell you some things. She’d like to tell you about being a widow and retired and living in a small Michigan town. She’d like to tell you how she became an octogenarian who avoids cell phones and just how she makes her famous pot roast. She’d especially like to tell you about the nail she found jammed into the skull of Earl Johnson while filling in as a funeral home beautician. It’s kind of a long story.
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Laura Gail Black delivers a perfect first book in a new cozy series.
I struggle taking care of a couple of cats and Minna Howard has her heroine tackling an entire menagerie in this charming release.
At the tail end of 2019 longtime mystery and romance author M.C. Beaton passed away. The outpouring from fans was immense, and the realization that her two most famous detectives, Agatha Raisin and Hamish Macbeth, had nabbed their last murderers hit me particularly hard—I was actually holding one of her books when I heard theContinue reading “Hot to Trot by M.C. Beaton and R.W. Green”
There comes a point—usually during the couple of days following Thanksgiving—when, fueled by turkey and sweet potatoes. Strands of lights start illuminating all the cracks and crevices. There’s a constant smell of cookies drifting from the oven. Yes, it’s all a big fuss for Christmas, but I can’t help it. Since it only comes onceContinue reading “If Every Day Was Christmas by Donna Ashcroft”