Playing at Murder by Gillian Larkin: great start to a series

This is short , lively cozy mystery, despite the fact that our two protagonists are retirees. Connie and Sable, who are sisters-in-law, join forces as private investigators to keep themselves busy. Sable is dragged rather unwillingly into it to start with, but she soon begins to enjoy herself and provides the tough edge and technological… Continue reading Playing at Murder by Gillian Larkin: great start to a series

Life Without Shoes by Emma Cyrus

This is a murder mystery that involves a busy but secluded religious commune, New Life, headed by Father Ambrose. A trash bag containing the mutilated remains of a young girl is thrown onto their property, thus forcing the community to be dragged into the real world it tries hard to avoid as the murder is… Continue reading Life Without Shoes by Emma Cyrus

To Catch A Bad Guy by Marie Astor: office-based cozy

This is an office-based cozy mystery, which, it has to be said, makes a welcome change from the plethora of bakery-based ones! It’s set in Bostoff Securities where Janet Maple, our heroine, has just been given a job by long-time but rather controlling friend Lisa. Having worked in the DA’s office, Janet has a nose… Continue reading To Catch A Bad Guy by Marie Astor: office-based cozy

Poison in Paddington by Samantha Silver: polished and full of personality

This is a very polished cozy with lots of personality. Our heroine Cassie, months away from becoming a fully qualified surgeon, is knocked down in a car park and the injuries she receives put paid to her career. She sinks into depression, so decides moving to London might be just the tonic she needs. In… Continue reading Poison in Paddington by Samantha Silver: polished and full of personality

The Cat Came Back by Louise Clark

You know, this book really works! I was a little worried to start with that it wouldn’t, since it quickly emerges that there’s a magical paranormal element, and yet the book has such down-to-earth characters and a plot that has financial concerns at its core. Can such prosaic realism and such imaginative make-believe act in… Continue reading The Cat Came Back by Louise Clark

A Scone to Die For: a cozy mystery with all the right ingredients

I am a great fan of cozy mysteries, as you’ve probably guessed by now. What you may not know is that I’m also equally addicted to scones. So how could I possibly resist a cozy involving scones and that’s also set in Oxford, where I spent three wonderful years as an undergraduate rather longer ago… Continue reading A Scone to Die For: a cozy mystery with all the right ingredients

Sweet Justice: A Bristol Bay Cozy Mystery by Lindsay E Smart

This is a really enjoyable, compact little cozy mystery. It has all the main ingredients we like to see. First up we have a smart, very likeable heroine, Alyssa Sanders, who has her own bakery business, a hunky cop boyfriend, a slightly ditzy assistant and a pair of Yorkies called Buttercream and Cinnamon. Then we… Continue reading Sweet Justice: A Bristol Bay Cozy Mystery by Lindsay E Smart

The Frenchman by Lise McClendon

  This is the fifth book in Lise McClendon’s series about the five Bennett sisters. Merle, our Elizabeth equivalent, is the main character, and out of the five impressive sisters she’s probably the strongest. But her strength is tested in this book. She works for a legal aid company and is about to take a… Continue reading The Frenchman by Lise McClendon

The Winemaker Detectives are back: Requiem in Yquem

Ironically, having to rush down to Bordeaux due to a family crisis has made me late taking part in the France Book Tours virtual tour for the latest in the Winemaker Detective series, in which Bordeaux has previously featured. Events were entirely beyond my control but here I am now, a little late and still… Continue reading The Winemaker Detectives are back: Requiem in Yquem