It’s election day in the UK tomorrow, and I’m gearing up for an all-nighter at work. So the natural way to prepare is to… read some nice relaxing cozy crime books that don’t feature any politics at all! Here are a few that I’ve enjoyed recently.
I think I’ve mentioned these before, but Donna Andrew’s Meg Langslow books are a lasting source of delight to me. They have some of the best punny titles in the genre (all based around birds) and are witty and fun. There was a slight mid series slump* (but hey where there are 20 books in a series that can happen) but they’re back on form now. Start at the beginning with Murder with Peacocks – I’ve recently read numbers 17 and 18 – the brilliantly titled The Good, the Bad and the Emus and The Nightingale before Christmas.
I’ve also got a serious soft spot for Cindy Brown’s Ivy Meadows series about a wannabe actress who is a trainee Private Investigator in her spare time. Each book is based around a different play or musical title – the fourth book has just come out, Ivy Get Your Gun, and I enjoyed it although I think the second book in the series The Sound of Murder is still my favourite.
I read my first book in Lyn Cahoon’s Tourist Trap series a few weeks ago and, although there were a few things that had me confused, I already have another one lined up on my Kindle so I must have liked it. This follows the trend for small business-owner detectives with a Bookshop-cum-coffee-shop proprietor in a small coastal town. I like a competent heroine and Jill is good at her day job – or at least she by the eighth book in the series Hospitality and Homicide and she at least has a credible reason for investigating the death. There’s an interesting supporting cast and a nice relationship to watch develop too. What more could you want?
I bought the Donna Andrews – and you can get them fairly easily (and for a sensible price) in the UK, but the other copies came to me via NetGalley, so it might be a case of adding them to your book wishlists and waiting for the price to drop, because I often find American cozies are too expensive for me soon after release, especially given how quickly I read them.
Happy Reading – and if you’re up watching the election result tomorrow night, think of me and my colleagues working probably the busiest nightshift of the year!
*SPOILER ALERT: The slump (for me at least) coincided with the period where Meg’s twins were very small. Once they got to toddling and the books had less feeding and naps, it all sorted itself out