I've come to dislike and distrust cozy mysteries very much; mostly because they involve incredibly nosy...moreAnother series that has caught me by surprise.
I've come to dislike and distrust cozy mysteries very much; mostly because they involve incredibly nosy, intrusive woman, who think they are much better at solving murders than the police. Usually, to my mind, they are really TSTL (too stupid to live). They are just rude, busy bodies that get incredibly lucky that they are not ultimately killed (but they should be, if this were real life), by the murderers they confront.
The heroine, Maggy Thorsen is a bit like that, but not exactly. She's not so sure she knows better than her boyfriend, the chief of police, that she can figure it out faster and better than him. However, she does seem to be unable to stop herself from asking her friends and acquaintances for details to learn more about the latest murder. She doesn't seem as intrusive as most cozy heroine, who seem to think its unusual at all to just call up or visit someone you don't really know to ask questions. She seems to have a bit more caution and reserve, which I respect and doesn't go off half-cocked (or full-cocked, usually) as most cozy heroines do.
These are turning out to be, what cozies used to be in the beginning; before they got so farcical and just incredibly stupid and very un-entertaining.
Old favorite; as such, it can be annoying at times - the characters more than the stories. Harry is getting stodgy and reactionary, yet she is only in...moreOld favorite; as such, it can be annoying at times - the characters more than the stories. Harry is getting stodgy and reactionary, yet she is only in her 40's. Oh well. I can live with her quirks; for now.
This started out so awful - trite writing; predictable and trite characters. I thought a formulaic and trite story line as well. I almost gave up on t...moreThis started out so awful - trite writing; predictable and trite characters. I thought a formulaic and trite story line as well. I almost gave up on this.
Glad I went back. Story took a turn from the disastrous start. It became interesting and compelling.
Probably rate it harsher than I should have, but I just couldn't get over the predictable, formulaic start. That left a very bad taste that even thought the story greew from there, I couldn't get over. (less)
Thought I’d try this series again. Not sure why, but I thought maybe things had changed and Theodosia wasn’t so full of herself as an investigator and...moreThought I’d try this series again. Not sure why, but I thought maybe things had changed and Theodosia wasn’t so full of herself as an investigator and so down on the police chief, whom she even acknowledges is very astute. Apparently, though, he doesn’t move fast enough for her, so she thinks she need to get involved and help him with his job.
Theodosia is just another meddling cozy heroine. I’m really getting tired of them. I like lighter mysteries, but I don’t like the current state of mysteries, where the heroines feel they need to get involved because the law enforcement professionals are either fools, small middle or in Theo’s case, she thinks they are slow and she can do better. (less)
Not as bad as the first one. Enjoyed this one much more. Charlotte wasn't quite as pushy and intrusive as she was in the first, yet she still feels th...moreNot as bad as the first one. Enjoyed this one much more. Charlotte wasn't quite as pushy and intrusive as she was in the first, yet she still feels this compulsion to investigate, even though her childhood friend (and disappointingly not her boyfriend) is now the chief of police in the small Ohio town. Since the town is small, and proportionately, the police force is small (the chief and one other officer), she seems to feel it's her civic duty to help investigations.
What a crock. Just a writing device to move this character along. However, she is less annoying in this book than than the first. I couldn't abide her in the first and almost hated her. She still exhibits very annoying tendencies in this book; such as leaving her cheese shop at the drop of a hat to investigate her whims and fantasies. SERIOUSLY? We're supposed to take a woman, now in charge of her family heritage (the cheese store) as a admirable character; yet, instead of tending to her family business, she leaves the business matters in the hands of her assistant (also a terrible snoop and budding detective) to drop every thing and investigate her latest theory.
Certainly not at all the best of series, but maybe there is growth here.
I really, really have no love or sympathy for most cozy heroines. They are just to nosy, too self-important, too confident in their abilities and too blind and self-deluding to think they are the only one capable and willing to investigate and follow up on the leads. To them, the police are bubbling idiots. This may have been a good plot device in the early years, but now its tired, trite and just plain stupid.
And this is what they really are - to stupid to live heroines; ready to go at the drop of a hat to investigate or better yet, confront suspected killers, only to embroil themselves, and worse, other in perilous situations.
I guess after this rant, I realize I've had it with cozies. They were fun and enjoyable in the beginning, but after all this time, I think they have diluted and damaged the mystery genre. I don't think they are something I want to perpetuate. I want the golden age of mysteries back. (less)