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Friday Finds #2: Cozy Mysteries


Hi guys~!

How are you today? I’m so happy it’s Friday today. It’s the day when I don’t have classes to teach, so I’m always a bit free at work. Came to the office a bit later than usual and we had a staff gathering when it was nearly lunchtime and now I’m just pottering around doing this and that to prepare for classes next week.

Anyway, it’s time for Friday Finds, which is a weekly meme/feature over at Books and a Beat where you showcased book(s) that you had discovered during the past week. It does not necessarily mean the books that you had bought, but something that you ‘found’ and added to your long list of growing TBR.

My Friday Finds this week is not actually a book, but a genre. I was perusing Goodreads when I had some free time the other day (cos what else were you supposed to do with your free time besides from going to GR and adding more and more books that you need/want to read *looks at TBR pile with shame*), and came across some books that were tagged as ‘Cozy Mysteries’. Needless to say, I’m curious about this certain genre, so I did a quick search on it.

Cozies very rarely focus on sex, profanity or violence. The murders take place off stage, and are often relatively bloodless (e.g. poisoning), while sexual activity (if any) between characters is only ever gently implied and never directly addressed. The cozy mystery usually takes place in a small town or village. The small size of the setting makes it believable that all the suspects know each other. The amateur sleuth is usually a very likeable person who is able to get the community members to talk freely about each other. There is usually at least one very knowledgeable, nosy, yet reliable character in the book who is able to fill in all of the blanks, thus enabling the amateur sleuth to solve the case.

(source: Goodreads Genre Page)

I thought that sounded interesting! I remembered commenting in Hayley‘s blog yesterday about wanting to try reading thriller but not feeling sure whether I would love it or not because I like reading lighter stuff rather than heavy, so I thought if I ever want to read anything mysterious but still something light, I could give this genre a try. And I like the fact that it’s usually set in a small town or village cos those kinds of books always make me happy, I don’t know why.

Another thing that I found cute and amusing when I was looking up for cozy mystery books was the fact that they almost always have very clever titles with a little wordplay, which I found awesome! Here are some examples:

22522071A Seamless Murder by Melissa Bourbon (A Magical Dressmaking Mystery #6)

With a needle and thread, Harlow Jane Cassidy is capable of magic. Her neighbors in Bliss, Texas, on the other hand, are capable of murder….

Any garment Harlow stitches together has the power to grant the deepest desire of whomever wears it. So when she’s asked to sew aprons for a local women’s group, Harlow must get to know each member. First up is Delta Lee Mobley, who doesn’t care much for Harlow’s family—or anyone else in Bliss, for that matter. Granting Delta’s greatest wish could only lead to trouble….

But trouble finds Delta all the same. The day after Harlow delivers her apron, Delta’s body is discovered in the cemetery. It seems one of the townsfolk harbored ill will toward one of their own. Harlow’s sleuthing skills are a cut above the rest, and with a few magical tricks up her sleeve, she is determined to cuff this killer once and for all.

played by the book

Played by the Book by Lucy Arlington (A Novel Idea Mystery #4)

The owner of the Novel Idea Literary Agency is thrilled when former local boy and popular television show host Damian York returns to Inspiration Valley, North Carolina, to launch his new gardening book. But Lila is less than excited about the hubbub when she sees her mounting to-do list. Between planning York’s gala and sprucing up her yard for another event, she’s spread too thin—especially after she finds a skull buried in her flowerbeds.

As Lila’s macabre discovery leads to other secrets hidden in Inspiration Valley’s past, a member of the local garden club is found slumped over her prize roses—murdered. Now it’s up to Lila to dig through old mysteries and new clues to unearth a murderer before someone else is found pushing up daisies…

tulleTulle Death Do Us Part by Annette Blair (A Vintage Magic Mystery #6)

Maddie’s love of classic fashion has made her Vintage Magic boutique a success—even if the visions she experiences when touching certain items often lead her into trouble. Decades ago, at a Mystic Country Club costume ball, a secret scavenger hunt ended in an unexplained death, hastily concealed.

Now, Maddie’s invited to participate in a similar anniversary event: but one touch of the vintage petticoat used to hide evidence of the original crime hurtles Maddie into a scavenger hunt of her own. She must find missing petticoat pieces and re-stitch the clues it reveals…to expose a killer!

dyeing wishesDyeing Wishes by Molly Macrae (A Haunted Yarn Shop #2)

Kath Rutledge’s grandmother left her a charming fiber and fabric shop, a close-knit group of needlework lovers, and a television-addicted ghost in the attic. She may also have inherited the special skills required to untangle a murder.
Always up for trying something new, Kath and her friends from the fiber and needlework group TGIF—Thank Goodness it’s Fiber—are visiting Cloud Hollow Farm for the day to learn the fine art of dyeing.  With spring in the air, the friends head out to greet the sheep.  But the sheep are more interested in something else—two bodies spread under a tall tree.  And one of those bodies is someone they know.
Kath’s friends nudge her to investigate, and no one is more adamant than Geneva, the ghost who loves to play assistant sleuth. But when Kath discovers another murder cut from the same cloth, she’s more determined than ever to hang a roving killer out to dry…

magic and macaroonMagic and Macaroons by Bailey Cates (Magical Bakery Mystery #5)

For magical baker Katie Lightfoot, the only way to beat the Savannah summer heat is to whip up some cool treats for the Honeybee Bakery’s patrons. But when a meeting of the spellbook club is interrupted by a stranger collapsing on the floor of her shop, mumbling something about a voodoo talisman, Katie drops everything to begin investigating.

Her search for answers quickly leads her into a dangerous blend of Savannah’s infamous voodoo queens, a powerful missing charm—and a deadly witch who seems to be targeting the city’s magical community. And with the case getting hotter by the second, Katie will have to work fast to track down the talisman and the killer before the timer runs out…

Have you guys read any of these? If you have, do you like it? Is there any that you could recommend to me? I’m not very sure if I would like this genre, but I would like to give it a try. When I do read any of these (or anything from the genre), I’ll try and review it on the blog ^-^


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