In my earlier days, I thought the traditional mysteries my husband enjoyed much too deep and dark for my taste. For the most part, I strived to focus upon the positive side of life, remaining in denial about the realities of violent death. Tending to empathize with everyone, even fictional characters, graphic murder mysteries gave me nightmares.
But then I discovered cozies and the lessons for life they offer us. History is, sadly, filled with tragedy, but as we age we learn that it’s our attitude that matters. Cozy characters continue their routines with a cheerful demeanor even as they investigate dark deeds inflicted upon friends and acquaintances. What’s done is done, and we all might as well make the best of things, the typical amateur sleuths, the cozie’s main characters seem to tell us. No sense in suffering unduly as it won’t bring the murder victim back.
My favorite cozies are set in New England, or on a coast. And there’s no better setting than the British Isles. I love stories that feature animals, even some that successfully anthropomorphize four footed characters. Some favorite authors are: Leslie Meier, Katlyn Dunnett, Jane K. Cleland, M.C. Beaton, Elaine Viets, Blaize Clement, . . . just to name a few.
I review mostly cozy mysteries, but there may be a more serious one included occasionally, along with some not so mysterious fiction that fits my favorite topics.
As a small independent publisher, I’m also open to the possibility of reviewing the creations of other Indie authors. For consideration, you many contact me for details.
I hope you enjoy this site and that it helps you select your next read. I’ll be sharing my feelings on related topics of interest to readers too under the General Blog Post category.
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