Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Crusin' Thru the Cozies 2017

Yvonne at Socrates’ Book Reviews is changing things up this year at the Cruisin’ Thru the Cozies Challenge. Instead of open cozy reading, she is asking us to meet 10 cozy sub-genres in order to fulfill the basic level. There are higher levels if cozy mysteries are really your thing and you want to go crazy. I’m going to give this a shot (I hope I have at least one of each kind of cozy sitting on my TBR piles….) and commit to the first level--Snoop. I'll fill in titles that I can and then add/change later.

To find out exactly what a cozy mystery is, check out Cozy-Mystery.com. This site is dedicated to cozy mysteries and does a great job of defining them as well as giving a list of cozy mysteries. This challenge is NOT restricted to what is on their list, it's just to be used as a guideline in case you need some hints on what to read.

Whatever you might like, I thought it might be fun to read a bit of everything. So here is this year's cozy mystery reading challenge:

Level one (Snoop) - Read one book in each of these cozy sub-genres (total of 10 books)

- One from culinary (anything dealing with food:  restaurants, baked goods, etc.)
Murder at the Masque by Amy Myers [Chef Auguste Didier as amateur sleuth] (1/16/17)
- One from animal related (cats, dogs, birds, etc.)
The Barker Street Regulars by Susan Conant (7/20/17)
- One from craft related (any kind of hobbies - knitting, crocheting, scrapbooking, etc.)
Lie of the Needle by Cate Price [sewing/antiques] (7/28/17)

- One from paranormal (witches, vampires, etc.)
The Ghost & the Dead Deb by Alice Kimberly [ghost as main character] (6/16/17)

- One from British cozy mysteries (example:  Belinda Lawrence series)
Death with Blue Ribbon by Leo Bruce [Carolus Deene, British history master as sleuth] (4/20/17)

- One career-based cozy mystery (housekeeping, wedding planner, etc.)
Grounds for Murder by Kate Kingsbury [hotel owner/innkeeper] (4/26/17)

- One holiday based (set during any holiday - Christmas, Thanksgiving, Valentines, etc.)
Murder at Teatime by Stefanie Matteson [Midsummer's Night (Summer Solstice) and July 4th] (5/9/17)

- One travel mystery (character could be on a cruise, touring another area, etc.)
Zadok's Treasure by Margot Arnold [murder at an archaeological dig in Israel] (2/22/17)

- One historical mystery (any mystery not set in the present) 
Publish & Perish by Sally Wright [set in 1960s; archival researcher as amateur sleuth] (6/22/17)

- One is your choice!  (freebie!)

Nun Plussed by Monica Quill (3/30/17)

1 comment:

Yvonne said...

Welcome to the challenge! You have a great list. Have fun and good luck with it.