December 23, 2012

The Reading Files - Let's get cozy!

About time to grab a mug of hot tea and delve into the world of cozy mysteries! Perfect book fare for the season if you ask me!

Murder with All the Trimmings (Elaine Viets)

Thoughts. Not all that much of mystery shopping in this one, but a whole lot of family business which was reminiscent of a slapstick comedy (not in a good way though) with Josie constantly lying and (perhaps consequently?) her usually smart daughter being utterly annoying. Not my fav in the series that's for sure!

First words spoken. Mom, can I see your wedding pictures?

Verdict. No prezzies for Josie from Santa this year!

Holiday Grind (Cleo Coyle)

Thoughts. Dead Santa. Dead Santa? Oh yes. Once again this series does not disappoint with a solid mystery and new insights into the characters (hint: Mike Quinn's Ex is making an appearance!), but most of all ... falalalalaaaaa ... there's holiday recipes galore to be found at the end of the book!

Last line. Then the mistletoe was above my head and the gift of love, at last, was right in front of me.

Verdict. Ho-ho-ho a Christmas coffee to go!

The Teaberry Strangler (Laura Childs)

Thoughts. Oh the scent of tea-berries (which will eventually reveal the murderer, of course). I found this to be one of the better books in the series, nice and cozy and thankfully lacking Theodosia's habit of lying through her teeth all the time. Funny though that I initially thought this would be a Christmas themed book (well, it isn't).

Random quote. "I don't speculate," Tidwell said in an icy tone. "I postulate."
"There's a difference?" Theodosia asked.
(p. 97)

Verdict. Like a nice cuppa tea, minus some cookies!

Books Can Be Deceiving (Jenn McKinlay)

Thoughts. First in the new Library Lover's Mysteries this one neither impressed nor disappointed. We're talking library and plagiarism and murder, obviously. Not many ups and downs, yet it's a promising introduction into the series and I will definitely check out the following books.

Cheesiest line. The bike ride into work woke her up, as the brisk October air pinched her cheeks like an affectionate auntie.
(p. 184)

Verdict. Very bookish, very cozy!

Murder of a Bookstore Babe (Denise Swanson)

Thoughts. Hard to believe this is already book 13 in the series and you know what they say about series that go on too long ... great plot with a truckload of suspects plus (mostly) highly likable characters. I initially bought it solely because of the "book theme", but I guess this won't be my last trip to Scumble River.

Book read in the book. If I Have a Wicked Stepmother, Where's My Prince?

Verdict. Great mystery that makes me long for more!


  1. Nice list! I started the one Viets book you sent me and that is definitely going to be a DNF, I am sorry to say. Don't like the heroine and I HATE pets in books. So a grooming studio is no good setting for me. :)

    1. Don't you worry, Rikki! I haven't been too thrilled with Viets' books myself. Good thing I got them all used and one cannot always hope to hit the jackpot as happened with the Coffeehouse mysteries!