Thursday, June 24, 2010

Summer Reading List

Lazy summer days are perfect for ready a drop dead excellent mystery. Cozies are my favorites. I definitely go through phases, and I’m in one now, devouring as many books as I can, using my time to enjoy new authors and reacquaint myself with old favorites.

Here’s a list of some great cozy mystery authors to dive into when you have a lazy summer day.

Agatha Christie = Mystery

Agatha’s the goddess of the the murder mysteries. Miss Marple and Hercule Poirot are two of the most recognizable sleuths in fiction and live on even today. Of course I have fond memories of Tommy and Tuppence, too, as my mom named two of our cats Tommy and Tuppence.

Cat Among the Pigeons was one of my favorites (I spent my entire high school career holed up in a math classroom during lunch reading Grand Dame Agatha’s books... no dances, no dates, no prom, just mysteries!).

All of her books may not be traditionally cozy, but she’ll always be my favorite.

Other authors I’m loving at the moment are:

Wendy Lyn Watson and her mystery ala mode books (book 2 will be out in September!). Ice cream and mystery, what’s not to love?

Heather Webber and Truly, Madly, not to mention Deeply, Desperately. Matchmaker mysteries? LOVE them.

Juliet Blackwell and her Witchcraft Mysteries. Now, I am in the middle of this book and I am really enjoying it. It has la Llorona in it! I wrote a romantic suspense that centered on la Llorona, so I was destined to love this.

Annette Blair and her Vintage Magic Mysteries. Vintage clothing store, ghosts, and small New England living. Just my cup of tea.

Charlaine Harris and her Aurora Teagarden and Lily Bard Mysteries. I haven’t tried Harper Connelly... any thoughts?

These are just a few of the many, many books on my tall, tall stack.

I’d love other suggestions, though, so I know what to move to the top (stiletto books excepted, as the high-heeled lady’s books already some of my faves!!).

Go ahead, help me craft my summer reading list!


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  1. Misa, how did you get hold of my list?
    One you are missing
    Alan Orloff's Diamonds for the Dead
    I reviewed it today.
    Giggles and Guns

  2. The Harper Connelly books are fabulous. I've read all of Charlaine's books. I don't think she knows how to write a bad one =). Hey, you forgot Misa Ramirez! Do you ever reread your own books?

  3. I have the same list as yours including the following:

    A Glimpse of Evil by Victoria Laurie
    Diva Las Vegas by Eileen Davidson
    The Long Quiche Goodbye by Avery Aames
    Closet Confidential by Mary Jane Maffini
    How to Crash a Killer Bash by Penny Warner
    False Impressions by Terri Thayer
    Chapter & Hearse by Lorna Barrett

  4. Muchas Gracias, ladies. My list is growing!!! The Long Quiche Goodbye is a great title! So is Closet Confidential. So many great books, still so little time despite the fact that it's summer.

    Zita, you're too sweet! I LOVE Lola, of course. ;)

  5. I'm in the midst of reading ONE GOOD DOG by Susan Wilson, and next up for me is an ARC of FRIDAY MORNINGS AT NINE by Marilyn Brant (her second women's fic novel to follow ACCORDING TO JANE, out this October!). Then I've got a stack of books I'm also eager to dip into, like A FIELD GUIDE TO THE BIRDS OF SOUTH AFRICA, Mary Kay Andrews' DEEP DISH, several Kris Radish and Karen White novels, and, of course, a few Stiletto Gang mysteries, too! Lots of good reads out there, eh?