I’ve been on such book bend lately. I’m currently on book #4 in the tea shop mysteries. They’re very “cozy” little novels; I finished #3 almost in one sitting Sunday evening. I won’t keep reviewing each and every book in the series, but I really do enjoy all the tea lore and Charleston society/history tossed in there!
I also finished up Died in the Wool by Mary Kruger, the first in her Knitting Mystery series. It does qualify as a cozy mystery per Wiki’s definition: Cozy mysteries are a subgenre of crime fiction in which sex and violence are downplayed or treated humourously. (There are several sites devoted to this genre; here’s one.) While I get that a cozy mystery is void of sex and gore – which suits me just fine – this book isn’t as “fluffy” as the other cozies I’ve read.
It’s longer, and while the plot in all cozies is about the same, this one had a little more meat to it. There are more than a few sentences of insight into ulterior motives (read: potential motive to kill), and the characters have more depth to them. Heck, I was beginning to suspect dear Aunt Laura, just because anyone who uses “dear” as much as she does has to annoy people enough to have enemies!
That completes my tear through the first of series I had on hand. Several of you have kindly suggested other knitting fiction and/or other cozies you think I might enjoy, and I’ve added them to my e-list. I’ve already read over 25 books this year, which is way low for the pre-knitting days, but probably is about a two-year total for any of my knitting years.
I can’t quite seem to finish my sweater in progress. I should have finished the body last night, but I’m about three rows short. Then come the sleeves. I’ll have a ball left for each one, so I’m on the fence about how long to make them. At any rate, I hope to have it finished this week, finally!
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