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Interesting look back. To me, the modern cozy began with such as Charlotte MacLeod (1978/79), Diane Mott Davison (1990), and Carolyn Hart (1987), and Laura Child's (2001). I had never gotten into Agatha Christie or Patricia Wentworth, although my mom loved them, and my dad. I grew up on Nancy Drew, and The Dana Girls. But to me, it's the combo of amateur sleuth, object centered (food, tea, books), and a long series, and what you say about violence and sex. I love Elizabeth Peters, but although I loved the Peabody books, cozy to me applied more to Jacqueline Kirby and her purse and Vicky Bliss. Not quite the very object centered cozy, but the forerunners, as were the others you mentioned. And there are more I read, and more I didn't for whatever reason (sometimes the center of the books doesn't attract me at all). So I have to say that while Charlotte MacLeod's Sarah Kelling/Max Bittersohn series was the first I read, I wouldn't have picked up the Peter Shandy series if it weren't for loving the previous series, although these two and two others, all started within a year or two. And I would have missed such greats as The Curse of the Giant Hogweed, and his wife's morning coffee and homemade fried donuts with her best friend. So many years later those donuts live in my mind and grumbled my stomach. I never knew you could. Despite cooking/baking all my life, and my mom's fabulous cooking and baking, we never made donuts. A crime in itself.
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Thanks for the reviews! All are new to me, but the settings I find to be intriguing. The Blitz, old Santa Fe and post WWII B.C. Now those I can't wait to read.
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I adored Nancy Drew, but no way can I recite all the titles. But I used to know all the lyrics to most of the major musicals prior to 1975, though. And many major poems. And all the English kings since Ethelred the Unready. No longer. I also love Heyer, and The Grand Sophy is one of my top five of hers (they are in no particular order). And I have most of EP's books, and as Barbara Michaels. Just missing the last couple of books I think. Need to fix that. Glad to know more about you!
What a fun and heartwarming look at kitten hood. Makes me long for it. I haven't had a kitten since 2006? At least ten years. I remember how small they were, how needy, and how much fun they were. When my Willow, a tuxedo and 14, was little he lived on my shoulder as I went about the tasks associated with being the mom of girls in or near teenagedom. He sat up there for at least a year if not two. I got used to holding his bum when I bent over. Glad they will help with the next book!
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I haven't read Marion Babson that I know, although I may have a couple. Will have to check out the ones you mentioned. I also love the Charlotte MacLeod/Alyssa (?) Craig mysteries, but don't recall the Christmas ones. Too bad they are in the back of Storage Land. They could be with all my other Christmas themed books, some mysteries (the Clark mom and daughter ones), I think a Sherlock Holmes centered one, many regencies, one Christian fiction set in San Antonio where I lived for four years and loved it, and of course Connie Willis' Miracles and Other Stories. Plus an assortment of others. I do like themed books. Others on your list are new, so will have to check them out! Merry Christmas!
Toggle Commented Dec 20, 2017 on Marian Babson and Holiday Homicides at My Weblog
Thanks fir the trip down memory lane. I've read some, but not all. The Last Kasmiri Rose, and the Ragtime in Simla caught my eye as something to look for, as I've been truly enjoying Indian Summers so much. I also loved Anne Perry's three series. I also enjoyed Lindsey Davis's Roman series - there are several authors using that period. I also grew up fascinated by British history. I could name all the kings and queens back to Ethelred the Unready. I finally settled in the Regency period, with its strict social structure and Georgette Heyer as my focus of my personal studies. I was going to do an archaeology major in college, and entered as a Classics Honors scholar but I did a dig in Israel, and realized that my body wasn't up to it. A shame, as I really loved all that stuff, and there were other periods that weren't so difficult as the Sinai and Beersheva. But I was young and naive.
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I am also a fan of cover art. I will own multiple copies of a favorite book if I like the different artists. I too loved Heyer's works in PB form, and Mary Stewart, Victoria Holt, Phyllis Whitney, Eliz. Peters/Barbara Michaels, Velda Johnston, May McKintosh, Elsie Lee, and so many others (forgive misspellings). And I loved the HC Art of MMKaye's six RS books set in exotic locales, like the houseboat in Lake Dal. While my boxes of HC Whitneys, and my boxes PBs of the Gothics (incl. RS) are buried deep in my storage unit by overly enthusiastic offspring, I haven't forgotten, and my one wish is to get all my books out, or at least accessible. I hope I can afford a 2br when I retire with the 2nd room as a library/guest room. Art draws me to a book, esp. new authors. An interesting cover in SF, YA, or cozies will get me to pick it up and read the blurb and reviews. I have never really thought about following an artist, although I know I did, for if it was Fawcett Crest, it had an entirely different look than the Signet Regency covers I loved. I hated the covers from the later period regencies, and other publishing houses. They seemed cheap and simplistic, and I never felt sure of the quality of the writing.
Lovely snippet from Browning. I hope your Thanksgiving is a happy one, with friends and/or family. And that it kicks off a great holiday season. 🍗🦃
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I did love her books when I discovered her in the library back in the 1970s. I read every one I could find, which was a fair amount. I then worked on collecting them, many ex-lib, and a few ones still in great shape. Reminded me of Rosamonde Pilcher's work, before The Shell Seeker. Glad to know a new batch of people can read them. They gave me much joy. Like watching an episode of Doc Martin, or Death in Paradise, or any of those village comedies/touch of mystery the BBC does so well.
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Reading your post here, your reading journey mirrors my own in so many ways, up to the British writers, except for Josephine Tey. By that time I was working full time and raising kids, and defaulted to regencies, some romantic suspense, and good historical romances like Laura Kinsale. But my early years, I was the same, down to Judy Bolton and Velda Johnston. And of course the inimitable Elizabeth Peters/Barbara Michaels, MM Kaye's "Death in..." and the early cozies like Charlotte MacLeod/Alissa Craig and the China Bayles series about the Texas Hill Country herb shop (we'd moved to San Antinio a few years before). So many wonderful nights and days reading those, supplemented by classics along the way. Although I don't write, I think you have to be a reader in order to be good. By reading broadly and deeply within your genre, you get to know what a reader wants, expects, and can take that journey with you.
Toggle Commented Sep 1, 2016 on A Reader's Life at My Weblog
This is so funny. My senior cat Willow is currently on liquid prednisolone for IBS. He is supposed to get two syringes a day. I have gotten fairly good at it, but doing it with one person, when you can't bend or stoop (need hip and knee replacements) while holding his scruff, tilting up his head, and opening his vise jaws, it's easy. And then to slowly shoot it in. He tends to gag as if I'm choking him to death, and the syringe tends to dribble a bit in, and then fire the rest like a rocket. I too have shredded skin, and because of other medical issues, I get infected every time, sometimes with horrendous, two month long huge "bimps" as Clouseau would call them. But it is better than finding poo smudges on your chest or bedding when you wake up. And this has no end in sight, like yours. I do think I will take the gag reflex of the syringe over the pill pusher routine, as I doubt I could find the ones he spit up. ;-)
Toggle Commented Jul 15, 2016 on The Pilling Field at My Weblog
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