Saturday, 12 March 2011

Cosy mystery challenge

I've found another challenge Id like to try. It's the Cosy Mystery Challenge, and it should get me reading a genre I've not read much of before. Cosy mysteries are gentle detective stories, often set in picturesque villages, where the crime is solved by extraordinary cleverness and attention to miniscule clues, and everyone's home in time for tea and cake.

The challenge runs from April 1st until the end of September, and I'm going to go in at the beginner level of 6 books. So, with one cosy mystery a month I should complete the challenge and might even improve my brain a little. All that puzzle solving is bound to do me some good (I can hope, anyway).

I have a few thoughts for some books I'd like to read for this challenge. Cosy mysteries are intrinsically British things to me, so there will definitely be a spot of Agatha Christie in there and I also fancy ready one of the Lord Peter Wimsey books by Dorothy L Sayers (I read and enjoyed the Unpleasantness at the Bellona Club many years ago and it would be nice to read another from the series). A friend of mine is often enthusing about the No 1 Ladies' Detective Agency books by Alexander McCall Smith, so maybe I'll try one of those too and see if I agree with her.


  1. No1 Ladies Detective Agency is one of my very favorite series. When I think of a Cozy mystery I think of hown home people written with a little humor thrown in at times, so I would suggest:
    Crouching Buzzard, Leaping Loon by Donna Andrews
    Elvis Boogies with Death by Anne George-
    Elvis and the Dearly Departed by Peggy Webb

  2. Some great suggestions there, thanks. I'm definitely going to try the Ladies' Detective Agency book too, as now I've had two glowing recommendations it can't be ignored!