I went to my book club meeting today and we discussed The Case of the Missing Servant by Tarquin Hall. I had already read it a few months ago (my review) and overall it was a crowd pleaser. I actually have the second book in the series waiting for me so one day.
Next up we’ll be reading Fieldwork, which I know some of you have really enjoyed, and Cop Hater, which I’m excited to find out it’s actually the first book in the long running series. We picked up few others but I am not sure which order they are in so I’ll post about those later.
As far as my own personal mystery reading goes, I started The Lies That Bind by Kate Carlisle. I’ve mentioned before that my real interest in this series is due to the fact that the sleuth is a bookbinder. I mean, how can I not like this girl right? So I love all the talk about tools, paper, techniques but the mystery itself is much more on the cozy side.
I used to read a lot more cozy mysteries and I still enjoy one here and there but I really think over the past years my taste in mysteries leans more towards a bit more gritty. I don’t mean that I particular like to read about the violence but I like the serious tone. Cozies can get on my nerves really quickly when people find the dead bodies and next paragraph they’ve quickly moved on to something light and funny. I just find that jarring.
What about you, do you like cozies? Am I missing some good ones that manage to bridge the gap between cozy and gritty? For example, I do think Louise Penny’s books offer a nice mix of a light and serious tone.
Finally, I’m sorry I fallen behind on responding to comments, answering emails and visiting blogs but my job has gone full time and let me tell you, it’s been quite an adjustment. Don’t even get me started on the state of my studio and house in general. So I’m trying to settle into a new routine and I promise to get back on track soon.