Do you need a light and easy read for the beach? – for the bus? – for the back yard? A bit belatedly (as we celebrate midsummer and Sankt Hans, St John the Baptist, on June the 23rd) I´d like to recommend a couple of modern cosy mystery series.
First Elizabeth Spann Craig, the American writer of the great series about Myrtle Clover, the smart but far from perfect octogenarian.
Elizabeth also writes under the name Riley Adams; the Memphis BBQ series. Here is my review of the first volume, and the second, Finger Lickin´ Dead, hit the shops a few weeks ago.
Len Tyler, British writer and creator of the Elsie and Ethelred series. Lots of humour, and you may see this series as a parody of the traditional cosy.
Rebecca Tope, British writer of the Thea Osborne series set in various Cotswold villages where Thea is a cottage-sitter while the owners are away. Nine volumes so far.
M.C. Beaton was born in Scotland; she writes the delicious Hamish Macbeth series (nearly thirty volumes) and also the Agatha Raisin series (loved by some readers, loathed by others because of the rather self-centered protagonist) consisting of twenty-two stories so far.
And finally a series which is a bit older, but still going strong. Martha Grimes, the Richard Jury series. More than twenty cosy mysteries, written by an American, but set in small, British villages. Realistic environments? Not really, but if you liked Lord Peter Wimsey, you may also love this one.
Happy reading summer!