Good Minds Suggest: Charlaine Harris's Favorite Cozy Mysteries

Posted by Goodreads on October 3, 2016

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It's been 13 years since Charlaine Harris returned to the fictional town of Lawrenceton, Georgia, and to librarian-turned-occasional detective Aurora "Roe" Teagarden, her first series protagonist. The author, a native of the Mississippi Delta, has had her hands full with other projects, namely The Southern Vampire Mysteries—which HBO adapted into True Blood, an award-winning dark fantasy television show starring Anna Paquin—and, more recently, her paranormal mystery series Midnight, Texas. "I left Roe in what I thought was a good spot and went on to write other novels," Harris tells Goodreads, "but I really missed her." Readers did, too! The fan-favorite detective makes her long-awaited return in All the Little Liars, the ninth book in the Aurora Teagarden series. When a dead body appears the same day four kids vanish from a school soccer field, pregnant Roe is on the case. But this time around she has a partner in crime-solving—her new husband, true crime writer Robin Crusoe.

Harris shares her favorite cozy mysteries that feature a whole host of creative murderers, eccentric family members, and lovable amateur sleuths. She tells readers, "I hope you'll pick up books by all these authors and enjoy their works as much as I have."

Murder of a Small-Town Honey by Denise Swanson
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"Denise Swanson writes several mystery series, but her Scumble River books are my favorites. They feature Skye Denison, a plus-sized school psychologist, and in addition to delivering a solid murder mystery with every book, Skye has to deal with an iron-willed mother, an eccentric family, two suitors, a difficult principal, and parents who just don't get it. I enjoy the way Skye juggles work, sleuthing, and love. And there are 19 of these gems to read!"

A Skeleton in the Family by Leigh Perry
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"Leigh Perry is the pen name of a writer who's got a track record for writing excellent mysteries. With the Sid the Skeleton books, Perry has hit her mark. Sid, a talking, ambulatory skeleton, lives in the attic of the Thackery family. He's a great friend of Georgia Thackery, an adjunct professor and mom. Perry's description of life in academics is tart, and Sid himself is a delight. Once a skeleton learns how to use the Internet, you can't keep him down…. And in one book, he plays Yorick in Hamlet. You have to love it."

Wicked Autumn by G.M. Malliet
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"The Father Max Tudor books are just excellent. G.M. Malliet has crafted the English village of our dreams, with interesting small shops, a variety of inhabitants, and the local priest…who happens to be a former MI5 agent and also very handsome. Who wouldn't want to live in Nether Monkslip? Here's the fly in the ointment: People always die there—in the most unexpected and unpleasant ways. Though Max's personal life is a source of contention (Awena, his beloved, is a pagan), Max's ability to unravel a mystery is superb."

A Man of Some Repute by Elizabeth Edmondson
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"I've recently discovered the books of Elizabeth Edmondson. She called her series 'vintage mysteries,' and that's a neat term. Edmondson's books take place in previous decades, and that lends them a Golden Age patina. Her writing is up to the challenge. The first two books are set in the village of Selchester, and they are remarkably charming. I have learned that Edmondson has just passed away, but I had to include these books because I enjoyed them so much."

Her Royal Spyness by Rhys Bowen
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"I've known Rhys Bowen for a long time, and I've read many of her books. Bowen specializes in traditional mysteries, and they're all good, but my favorites feature the penniless Lady Georgiana Charlotte Eugenie, daughter of the Duke of Atholt and Rannoch. Georgie is 34th in line for the throne, but that doesn't pay the bills—or keep Georgie in silk stockings. Her aristocratic relatives throw well-born young men in her path, but Georgie, who is fonder of her commoner grandfather, naturally has a penchant for a man who seems to be a totally unsuitable rascal. She encounters him with suspicious regularity as she solves murders among the upper crust."

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message 1: by Karen (new)

Karen I also love Denise, Leigh and Rhys's series. I will be on the look out for G.M and Elizabeth's now too. Thanks Charlaine!

message 2: by Barbara (new)

Barbara I've just added the first three to my want to read list. Thank you Charlaine.

message 3: by Jody (new)

Jody Hamilton Karen wrote: "I also love Denise, Leigh and Rhys's series. I will be on the look out for G.M and Elizabeth's now too. Thanks Charlaine!"

If you like to listen to books, the G. M. Malliet audiobooks are particularly good.

message 4: by Leslie (new)

Leslie Seinfeld I have always been a fan of Aurora and of course watching the movies as well with Candace Cameron Bure, I am thrilled that you are heading back to these mysteries. Can this mean some more Sookie books may appear sometime down the road? I love her character and miss hearing about all the trouble she attracts.

message 5: by Susan (new)

Susan The first two are two of my favorite series I order hot off the press. I love the Roe books too. Of all your books they are my favorite. I don't handle vampires well. Thanks for bringing Roe back. It came today!

message 6: by Annette (new)

Annette I've read all of these series, except Wicked Autumn. Guess which series I will start reading, lol.

message 7: by Anna (new)

Anna Keeler I'd suggest also checking out the Agatha Raison books by M.C. Beaton. She is a delightful anti-heroine who resides in the Cotswolds region who bulldozes her way through murder investigations.

message 8: by Hadish (new)

Hadish i really,really like your is very nice and helpful.soi send my thanks from the deep of my heart.

message 9: by Spike (new)

Spike I also love the Raven McShane series by Stephanie Caffrey. Great stories and characters!

message 10: by Laurie (new)

Laurie I LOVED A Man of Some Repute too!!

message 11: by Ruthie (new)

Ruthie My favorite author for cozy mysteries has to be Louise Penny. Her books are full of wonderful characters and descriptions of food, homes, and the spectacular Eastern Township region of Quebec. They are best read sequentially! Start with Still Life, then book your travel to Montreal and the Townships!

message 12: by Rhys (new)

Rhys Bowen Charlaine, thank you for including Her Royal Spyness in this list!

message 13: by Diane (new)

Diane Love having more books to add to my "want to read" list. Would also include Miranda James' Charlie and Diesel series, as well as "Southern Ladies" books. Both series feature crossover characters from the town of Athena, and both have lots of great characters.

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