Monday, August 15, 2011

Cozy Mystery Knitting Series by Maggie Sefton.

I found this series online and then found the first 3 books at Half Price Books a couple of weeks ago.  I don't know if you are familiar with Cozy Mysteries but below is a brief description.  You can find many different themes, Golfing, Home Repair, Haunted Home Repair, Scrapbooking, Cooking, etc., there is a Series out there for just about everyone!!  Most have something extra to offer, in this case 2 knitting patterns and a recipe.  The culinary ones all have recipes!!!

Cozy mysteries are a subgenre of crime fiction in which sex and violence are downplayed or treated humorously. The term was first coined in the late 20th century when various writers produced work in an attempt to re-creating the Golden Age of Detective Fiction.

The crime-solver of such stories is usually an amateur female detective who often has a college degree and uses her life experiences as a tool for solving crimes. She is usually, a very intuitive, bright woman. Often she has a spouse, lover, friend or family member working for the police force, who can therefore provide her with important information about a case to which she would otherwise not have access.

The occupations of the amateur sleuths are very diverse: caterer, bed and breakfast owner, quilter, cat fancier/owner, nun, gardener, librarian, book store owner, herbalist, florist, dog trainer, homemaker, teacher, needlepoint store owner, etc
The authorities usually dismiss the detective as little more than a nosy gossip and barely register their presence. However, this makes it easy for the detective to eavesdrop on their conversations at the scene of the crime and thus gather clues.

There is usually an array of eccentric supporting characters, who provide light relief and are generally very likeable.

Cozies very rarely focus on sex, profanity or violence. The murders take place off stage, and are often relatively bloodless (e.g. poisoning), while sexual activity (if any) between characters is only ever gently implied and never directly addressed.
The cozy mystery usually takes place in a small town or village. The small size of the setting makes it believable that all the suspects know each other. The amateur sleuth is usually a very likeable person who is able to get the community members to talk freely about each other. There is usually at least one very knowledgeable, nosy, yet reliable character in the book who is able to fill in all of the blanks, thus enabling the amateur sleuth to solve the case.

I'm about half way through my first one, Knit One, Kill Two and so far it is an easy, enjoyable read.  I still haven't a clue as to the murderer but we are starting to reveal a mystery character, dum, dum, dum....  These are fun!  Another fun series is the Hannah Swenson Murder Mystery series by Joanne Fluke.  These are culinary mysteries and start out with just cookie recipes.  Lots of YUMMY cookies.  The first in this series is The Chocolate Chip Cookie Murder.  Check it out!

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