Despite writing historical mystery, I do love a great modern cozy. What’s better is finding an author or two who can serve up a solid plot and twist some humor in – and not just as “Plum” knock-offs. Joelle Charbonneau and Ann Charles both have that great combination of in-depth genuinely funny heroines who fight their villains and come out on top.
SKATING AROUND THE LAW: Rollicking Good Fun!
Rebecca Robbins finds herself back home in Indian Falls with plans to sell her belated mother’s skating rink. When she finds a dead man in the restroom, her hopes of a quick sale are flushed. Since the local cops aren’t moving quick, Rebecca starts snooping–with unexpected “help” of a frisky grandfather, a retired circus camel named Elvis and its owner, a handsome vet. Once the victim’s secret past surfaces, Rebecca skates a slippery ‘brink’ to solve the mystery and survive. If you love romantic cozies with lots of humor, get ready to ‘roll’ with this great new series.
NEARLY DEPARTED IN DEADWOOD: Dead On!
This new series starts out strong with Nearly Departed in Deadwood, chock full of quirky characters and a great comedic voice. The amateur sleuth, new real estate agent Violet Parker, is in triple trouble – she must sell a house or lose her job, young girls who resemble her daughter have gone missing, and a co-worker is making her life hell. In between showing houses to several clients, Violet has to figure out who’s behind these mysterious disappearances and why. With romance and humor, NDD kept my interest with every chapter, and given its satisfying ending, I’m looking forward to the next “showing.”