Friday, July 6, 2012

Three Great Cozy Mystery Reads!

My daughter recently introduced me to Cozy Mysteries, and I have become a great fan. Cozy Mysteries usually have a female sleuth who is not a  professional. They take place in a small, picturesque town, and they do not have graphic descriptions of the crime. Usually they come in a series.
 
I just finished three cozy myseteries that I loved and would recommend for good summer reading: 
 
Don't Die Under the Apple Tree, by Amy Patricia Reed - Rose Doyle Keefe begins work on a crew of riveters at a ship yard during World War II and finds herself working with men who find her presence threatening to their jobs. Shortly after she is hired, her difficult supervisor is murdered, and Rosie finds that she must find the killer to keep her from being arrested for the crime. Ms. Reed really pulls you into life during the early 1940's and keeps you in suspense. 
 
Hearse and Buggy by Laura BradfordThe first book in a new Amish Mystery series, this story takes place in the fictional village of Heavenly, Pennsylvania in our own Lancaster County. Claire Weatherly escapes an unhappy marriage in New York City and comes to Heavenly to heal. She opens an Amish specialty shop, Heavenly Treasures, and begins to make friends with her Amish neighbors. She is pulled into the murder of the former owner of her shop to help keep her Amish friends from being arrested. Ms. Bradford gives a wonderful description of living in the peace and tranquility of this samll town. She shows a great respect for the Amish traditions and lifestyle while keeping the reader questioning how this story will end.
You can meet the author of Hearse and Buggy, Laura Bradford here at Aaron's Books on Friday, July 13th  from 6:00 - 8:00 PM for our Lovin Lititz Every 2nd event.
 
Her Royal Spyness - by Rhys Bowen - Lady Victoria Georgianna Charlotte Eugenie is thirty-fourth in line for the English Throne, which means she has the title but not the fortunes.  Penniless and with few professional skills, she moves to London. When the man who is trying to take her family estate is found dead in the bathtub, she must clear her family name. As an Anglophile, I loved being immersed in the lives of the minor English royalty. 
 
Also, join our "Crazy for Cozies" book group on Tuesday, August 6th at 6:30 PM to discuss Her Royal Spyness. 

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