Mystery Challenge: Cozy Mysteries

~by Lori T.

Are you reading along with the Mystery Challenge? Grab your choice of a hot beverage, a warm throw, a good snack, and a cozy mystery. Cozy Mysteries are for people that prefer a mystery without graphic descriptions of  blood and violence. These type of mysteries are books where the main character or someone close to them discovers the victim and proceeds to solve the crime before the police.

English Cottage Mysteries:

What do a retired English woman, an American transplant, and a missing cousin have in common? They are a few of characters found in the English Cottage Cozy subgenre.

Agatha Raisin, recently retired to the Cotswolds, makes her sleuthing debut in Agatha Raisin and the Quiche of Death by M.C. Beaton. Aunt Dimity’s Death by Nancy Atherton, on the other hand, stars a recently bereaved transplant from Boston, who inherits a haunted cottage in Cornwall. And Jenn McKinlay moves the mystery to London, with a missing cousin, in Cloche and Dagger.

Click here to find Agatha Raisin and The Quiche of Death in the SPL catalogClick here to find Aunt Dimity’s Death in the SPL catalogClick here to find Cloche and Dagger in the SPL catalogClick here to find Chocolate Chip Cookie Murder in the SPL catalogClick here to find A Spoonful of Murder in the SPL catalog Continue reading “Mystery Challenge: Cozy Mysteries”

Five children’s mysteries you must read!

Someone just told me the most popular posts about books start with a number of books you must read, hence the title and I hope it’s true!

We recently updated a number of children’s booklists and I had the pleasure of updating the mysteries list. This meant I read some titles I have been dying to read andalso that I learned of others from my well-read colleagues; as with most things library booklists are a collaborative effort. Keeping the list to five will be practically impossible. But starting with a series helps. Continue reading “Five children’s mysteries you must read!”

Science Fiction Fridays: Science fiction mystery blends

Science Fiction and Mystery may be starkly separated genres for some, but recently I love the way they blend together in three great series. The examples below range from the lighter, funny end of things to the traditional and even the darker genre mixtures. Check them out if you’d like to see for yourself.

KOP, Ex-KOP, and KOP Killer by Warren Hammond
photo by cc attribution license by Josh Hallett on flickrThis is a contemporary blend of science fiction and mystery from an up-and-coming and gritty author. The unusual setting had me from the first page. Lagarto was supposed to be an economic paradise among Earth’s distant colonies. The brandy unique to this world was prized among space travelers, but now Lagarto is just a rainy jungle city filled with mud, criminals and lizards. Most Lagartans are poor descendants of immigrants whose hopes of a better life have failed. Continue reading “Science Fiction Fridays: Science fiction mystery blends”

Crime: Inappropriate morality tales – Mysteries for teens

“Do you have something inappropriate?” asked a teen patron at the Beacon Hill library.

“Lots,” I countered and pulled out Killing Mr. Griffin by Lois Duncan. What can be more horrific than plotting to kill your teacher? “No,” he whispered violently, “I mean like sex.”

Oh, that kind of inappropriate, I chortled inside. Continue reading “Crime: Inappropriate morality tales – Mysteries for teens”