I love reading series, I love cozy mysteries, and I love reading about things I seldom eat but wish I could eat more of. I mean, I’d weigh a ton if I ate cupcakes every day, but reading about people baking cupcakes costs me no calories, right? This series has everything… food, romance, plus an inn. Inns are excuses to have all kinds of unsavory guests and serve lots of fattening food, with endless possibilities for plot variations, and endless cupcake flavors.
This series has 32 books! Yes, now you can binge-read big time. For a long, long time. In these books, Missy Gladstone and Detective Chas Beckett team up to solve a murder in the tiny town of Calgon. The first book in the series is Murder Moist Fowl.
I love the antiquarian-historical-mystery genre! I first got hooked by watching Indiana Jones movies and reading Dan Brown. Berry’s Cotton Malone series starts with “The Templar Legacy.” You can guess what it’s about, right? The latest book in the series is “The Lost Order.” Cotton’s fascinating and full-of-action adventures have so far filled up 12 books, and they have all been fun reads – except the last one, which I have on hold in Kindle format at my local library. I have no doubt I’ll like it, too, as Steve Berry has never disappointed me, not once.
A few months ago, I struck gold. Not literally, but literarily. I like that word I just made up, because it applies to a series of western novels I started reading about a shopkeeper transplanted from New York City to the wild, wild west. This particular shopkeeper seems to run into the most wicked villains and make the best friends. He also falls in love with the wrong woman in this first book of the series. Not an ordinary shopkeeper!
One of my favorite genres is historical fiction, and the best one I’ve read recently is In Farleigh Field, by Rhys Bowen. It has a war, murder, romance, mystery and suspense, and Nazis! The setting is Farleigh Place in Kent, England, during World War II. The main characters are Lady Pamela “Pamma” Sutton, who works for a mysterious “government department;” Jeremy Prescott, RAF flying ace; and Ben Cresswell, who also works for a “government department.” Pamma is in love with Jeremy, and both Jeremy and Ben are in love with Pamma.
Sandra Boynton is, to put it simply, totally awesome! She has to be a genius, or at least a savant. She’s a great illustrator and writer, but she can write music too. It’s beautiful, funny music, and it’s written for children. Since I feel like I need an excuse to buy it, I use my grandchildren. I’m the one who listens the most, though. Sandra has written and illustrated lots and lots of board books, but I love her music books and CDs the best. The latest one is “Frog Trouble.”