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February 20, 2009


Rachel Green

I have to recommend my own - "An Ungodly Child" -- It's an urban fantasy that has a lot of good reviews, even from people I don't know.
reviews collected here: http://tinyurl.com/ctbdkv

Mysterious Reviews

Here are my 4 best mysteries of 2008 (in alphabetical order): Curse of the Pogo Stick by Colin Cotterill (5th in series, sort of a police procedural but unique in its own way, Soho Press), Blackman's Coffin by Mark de Castrique (1st in series, PI, Poisoned Pen Press), Head Wounds by Chris Knopf (3rd in series, PI, Permanent Press), A Grave in Gaza by Matt Beynon Rees (2nd in series, a police procedural but not exactly, Soho Press). My summaries can be found here: http://tinyurl.com/b77n7l.

Pepper Smith

I've really been enjoying Margaret Frazier's two series set in Medieval times. I don't know if they would be called cozies because sometimes the deaths occur 'on screen' rather than out of sight, but they're not super dark, either.

I'd recommend my own, but they're not going to be in print until next year. They will definitely be in the small press or independent category, though.

Anna Claire

Right now I'm reading Donna Tartt's "The Little Friend." It's a more literary-type mystery that came out a few years ago, but it's spectacular. Great characterization, insightful description, etc. It's set in deep-South Mississippi in the 1970s, and a spunk y 12-year-old girl is trying to solve the murder of her brother, who was mysteriously hanged in his yard about 11 years previously. I'm not finished but love it so far.

Lorelei Armstrong

I'll recommend both mysteries by Tana French, _In the Woods_ and _The Likeness_. She has a wonderful way of crafting very complex relationships. They are also beautifully written.

I'd recommend my own, but I think my mother bought them all.

Jersey Jack

QUEENPIN by Megan Abbot. Her third book. Edgar winner for best original paperback. Both hardboiled and noir. Fascinating as she is, the first-person narrator is not a girl you take home to meet Mom.


Recommending Louise Penny -- any of the four published so far. I know that's over your limit, but she's worth a visit. More than "cosy," Penny's books will appeal to Christie fans for the plotting and to readers who like some psychological depth. "Rule Against Murder" is book number four -- and just made the New York Times Bestseller List. Well-deserved.


People who are comfortable with very hard-boiled will enjoy the new Andrew Vachss book--the final chapter in the Burke series--but it would not be a good choice for people who believe everything false they read in reviews.

Carole Shmurak

I'll mention my own: Deadmistress (2004) and Death by Committee (2006), both academic mysteries. I don't like the word "cozy" but describe them as "traditional" mysteries, complete with a list of characters and, in the case of Deadmistress, a map.

Carole Shmurak

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