I’ve posted two book reviews recently and wanted to give a quick ranking of the cozy mystery series I read.
Four series are my favorites. The stories have a decent plot that is well-paced, there are no glaring inconsistencies, and they have well developed animal characters that feature prominently in the story. The authors have a writing style I find enjoyable and they don’t commit two of my pet peeves: constantly using short sentences or trying to prove they own a thesaurus.
- Cat in the Stacks Mystery by Miranda James (I’ve read 6 books),
- Magical Cats Mystery by Sofie Kelly (8 books),
- A Black Cat Bookshop Mystery by Ali Brandon (5 books),
- A Bookmobile Cat Mystery by Laurie Cass (4 books).
I just read over at Melissa’s Mocha’s Mystery, and Meows that Twice Told Tail (book #6) will be the final book in the Black Cat Bookshop Mystery series. 🙁
The next two series are ok, but not my favorites. I like the writing style of both authors, but there are things I dislike about the books and probably won’t continue with them.
- A Southern Ladies Mystery by Miranda James is a spin-off from the Cat in the Stacks Mystery, but I didn’t enjoy it as much I hoped and stopped after the second book (there are three now). Unlike her Cat in the Stacks Mystery series where the cat Diesel is interesting and well integrated into the story, I don’t think the cat and dog in this series are developed or integrated as well as they could be.
- Bad Luck Cat Mystery by Kay Finch (2 books). I like Hitchcock the cat, but I get annoyed with the main character’s rudeness. I read cozy mysteries to escape the incivility of everyday life and don’t want to follow a character who is unbelievably rude. Also, the stories have some inconsistencies in the characters or their motivations. This might improve as the series continues, but it may be a flaw in the writing & editing process.
The next one was a dud for me.
- A Nick and Nora Mystery by T.C. LoTempio. I read the first book and thought there were a lot of missed opportunities for the author to show that her main character actually liked her cat. I haven’t read any other books in this series.
Finally, a good book, but the cat wasn’t a prominent character, despite the cover image.
- A Brewing Trouble Mystery by Joyce Tremel. I read Tangled Up in Brew after winning it in a giveaway. I entered the giveaway because the book features a cat prominently on the cover, but the cat doesn’t have much of a presence in the book. I enjoyed the mystery and the writing style but I read other series where the animal is an interesting character that is more prominently featured that I probably won’t continue with this one. The second book also features the cat on the cover, but I don’t know if kitty is prominent in the story.
p.s. Raven said she’s ready for her close-up photos, so the next post will show her newly grown furs. Besides, I have nothing else to share and stall for time while her fur grows!