My first reading love was mysteries. I cut my reading teeth on Nancy Drew so to speak. On any given library trip I made a bee line for the corner section where a multitude of the yellow-spined books waited. As I grew up and my reading tastes evolved, I turned to romance. I started reading romance in high school. The Harlequin American line was my genre of choice.
Now that I'm all grown up, I'll still pick up the occasional Nancy Drew to read. It brings such a sense of nostalgia. As an author, romance is a big part of my life. I still love to read romance, but I find that if I'm in the middle of writing a particular story, reading a different romance often confuses the issue. So I've turned back to my first love.
Lately I've been reading a lot of cozy mysteries. I don't like graphic blood and gore, but ordinary, everyday heroines caught up in life's happenings with a little bit of romance thrown in are perfect for me.
I actually started a couple of years ago with Joanna Carl's "Chocoholic" series. I also read Lois Greiman's series featuring Chrissy McMullen. Just this past spring I sat next to Denise Swanson at a book signing and grabbed a bookmark for her new series. After reading Little Shop of Homicide, which I loved!, I went and read-through her (so far) sixteen book Scumble River series this summer. These days I'm delving into The Flower Shop Mysteries by Kate Collins. I've also read the Charlaine Harris series about a small town librarian. Also on my radar for my Kindle is the Grace Marsden series by Luisa Buehler.
Any cozy series you've read that you can recommend? I'd love to add more to my list.
Until next time,