Thursday, July 20, 2017

Reviewing Cozy Mysteries and Favorite Women Sleuths

Like cozy mysteries starring smart, female sleuths? You'll find ten series' starters in this compilation for just 99 cents!
This summer, I've found myself with a good bit of reading time on my hands. My favorite genre is mystery and right now I'm particularly attracted to easy-to-read cozy mystery stories (defined here by ReviewThisReviews' own BuckHawk) especially when the main character is a smart, likable, female.

Fortunately there are plenty of books in the Kindle store that meet the definition, so I never need to worry about running out of material to read.

Recently, I came across a package deal of 10 full-length novels called Sleuthing Women. Each book is a first-in-series cozy murder mystery featuring an amateur, female crime-solver, and written by a best-selling author. What a great way for cozy mystery-lovers to get to know a new author's style and try a series without spending a fortune on books they may or may not like.

Oh, did I fail to mention the price? You can buy the set of 10 cozy mystery Kindle books for a total of just 99 cents!

Last night I finished reading the third book in the Sleuthing Women set and, Bingo!, I found a winner! While the first two novels were okay, the third one was particularly appealing to me. I really enjoyed the story as well as the characters and can't wait to start the next book in the series.

The book that won me over is Skeleton in a Dead Space by Judy Alter, the first book in her Kelly O'Connell mystery series. The author has been writing for years, has multiple mystery series as well as historical novels and a few other gems in print, and is definitely worth checking out. I've already started book two in the series and I'm typing as fast as I can to finish this so I can get back to that.

While eventually I'll probably return to and read more of the 10 Sleuthing Women mysteries, for now my plan is to plow through Judy Alter's Kelly O'Connell series (I peeked ahead to some of the book descriptions and I like what I saw). You, on the other hand, might prefer to read all 10 Sleuthing Women books and then choose one of the authors (or several) to further explore. Because surely, if you like cozy mysteries starring smart, female, amateur sleuths, you'll find a few series' starters among these 10 that you'll want to read.

For less than a buck.

~Susan Deppner
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11 comments:

  1. Sounds like a real winner to me.....I will have to check these out Susan because I do like a good mystery. Thanks for a great review and pointing me in the right direction.

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  2. Susan, you know how much I love mysteries, and I have several favorite women 'sleuths' whose adventures I follow, namely Kinsey Milhone, the main character in Susan Grafton's books. So I definitely will check out the Kelly O'Connell mystery series. Thanks for the introduction. I'm always looking for new mystery series and love continuing characters.

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  3. What a fabulous find and for only a dollar! I promptly took advantage of the deal and bought the set for my Kindle before I even bothered to run down here and leave a comment. I always got excited about a bargain and this is quite a deal. I look forward to starting the series. As soon as I have finished reading the book I am currently reading, I'll be diving into these books. Thank you for sharing your wonderful find with us!

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  4. These sound great, I'm going to check them out myself. Thanks for the recommends.

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  5. Ordered! I love a good kindle find, you know! Thank you!

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  6. Now that is a bargain! Off to get my kindle so that I can order from there. Thanks for the review!

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  7. It's a great deal! I'd grab it if I weren't reevaluating my reading habits. It's also true that I prefer detective to cozy because the female amateurs have this nasty habit of walking into danger with no backup and I can't handle the suspense that many thrive on. That said, I do have a few female sleuths I have enjoyed reading and I did see one of the books in this set I think I'd enjoy for a starter. I may decide to get this yet.

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    1. LOL Barbara, I think you might have talked yourself into it!

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  8. This would make a great gift idea, I'm going to save it to my family pinboard gift idea list - I can think of two people these mystery books would be a good choice for

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    1. Barbara, what a great idea to give these books as a gift! Thanks for thinking of it and for pinning on your gift idea board.

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  9. Sounds perfect! I only discovered cozy mysteries when I first started browsing the kindle store and I love them. I will definitely try this set out.

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