ENGLEWOOD — Want to get away? With weather warming up and summer right around the corner many folks are thinking about a vacation destination. It’s also outdoor reading season and you might want to take along some cozy mysteries which have their own destinations as well as some suspenseful reading. The following books would be great additions to your travel itinerary.
Nantucket, MA: Francine Mathews has written a bestselling series featuring police officer Meredith ‘Merry” Folger, the latest in a long line of police officers in her family. Her latest in the five book series is “Death on Nantucket.” In the book, Spencer Murphy is a national treasure and a famous correspondent during the Vietnam era. He made a fortune with his books and TV appearances. Unfortunately, he is growing forgetful with age and even fails to come home at night. When a body is discovered at Murphy’s mansion, police detective Folger is called to investigate. Publisher’s Weekly wrote, “Mathews takes readers on a holiday tour with an ocean view, complete with a murder mystery as twisted as the emotions a family can evoke.”
North Carolina Coast: Ellery Adams, author of the Books By the Bay Series, grew up on a beach near Long Island Sound. With her book, “Writing All Wrongs,” she takes you to the North Carolina Coast, where aspiring novelist and amateur sleuth Olivia Limoges discovers crime does not take a vacation. The NY Times praised her Book By the Bay Series and said, “Not only a great read but a visceral experience.” The eighth book in the series, “Killer Characters,” was released in May.
Northwoods of Wisconsin: Victoria Houston is the author of the Loon Lake Mystery Series which is set in the Northwoods of Wisconsin against a background of fishing. The seventeenth book in the series, “Dead Spider,” hit the shelves in May. The book begins with the annual Loon Lake fishing tournament coming to a close. But when the crowd starts to thin out a young wife makes a grisly discovery — a single shot to the brain has killed her much older husband, the richest man in Wisconsin. Police Chief Lewellyn Ferris is charged with getting the murder investigation underway with the help of her old friend deputy coroner, “Doc” Osborne. “Victoria’s love for the Wisconsin setting and her wonderful characters is evident on every page of her fine series. Loon Lake is a great getaway even if it keeps me up a night.” says NY Times Laura Lippman. By the way her fans are called, “Loonies.”
Venice, Italy: Let’s take a trip to Italy where Donna Leon’s bestselling mystery novels have won a multitude of fans for her insider’s portrayal of Venice. Donna lived in Venice for 25 years and all her books featured the cultured, shrewd and honest Commissario Brunetti. Her latest book, “Earthly Remains,” begins with her hero detective faking a heart attack. Donna points out, “Brunetti is still the same guy. He reads, has a sense of humor and irony, happily married with nice kids and a decent wife. I knew when I first wrote about him I wanted him to be someone I liked.” And write about him she did — 26 books in all! One reviewer said it is “one of the most exquisite, subtle detective series ever.” High praise, indeed.
I think you will enjoy these cozy mysteries also referred to as “cozies.” Wikipedia says cozy mysteries are a subgenre of crime fiction in which sex and violence are downplayed and treated humorously and the crime detection usually takes place in small, socially intimate communities. If you’re looking for mystery and suspense while on your trip these authors and their cozy books will fill the bill. Happy traveling and happy reading, everyone!
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