My Favourite Cosy Mystery Writers

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I share my very favourite Golden Age cosy mystery writers, as well as a few new-to-me-writers I’m looking forward to trying.
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BOOKS MENTIONED IN VIDEO –
Halloween Party by Agatha Christie: https://tinyurl.com/tdzt6ey
4.50 From Paddington by Agatha Christie: https://tinyurl.com/tsybdfd
Whose Body? by Dorothy L Sayers: https://tinyurl.com/tc38dyc
Artists in Crime by Ngaio Marsh: https://tinyurl.com/shwxgb6
Miss Pym Disposes by Josephine Tey: https://tinyurl.com/sf3de6v
The Daughter of Time by Josephine Tey: https://tinyurl.com/rax328s
Why Shoot a Butler by Georgette Heyer: https://tinyurl.com/s3gawj2
A Christmas Party by Georgette Heyer: https://tinyurl.com/wdstqb3
The Clock Strikes Twelve by Patricia Wentworth: https://tinyurl.com/sqwp82l
The Mitford Murders by Jessica Fellowes: https://tinyurl.com/yx3bdkbj
A Quiet Life in the Country by T. E. Kinsey: https://tinyurl.com/tgn3okr
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Comments

Teena Brown says:

Hi Maranda,
Love your cosy mystery chat. I love cosy mysteries! Agatha Christie is a goddess! I love Miss Marple too!
I too love Lord Peter & Miss Silver.
I highly recommend Phryne Fisher by Kerry Greenwood. Australia has some really fabulous authors. Hope will get time to read some of ours as well! 📚🇦🇺🇦🇺🇦🇺

Zeba Hasan says:

Why not P D James in your list🤔

angela spielbusch says:

I love cozy mysteries! Some of my Favorites are Laura Childs & Ellie Alexander! Thank you for your suggestions! I will definitely be trying them😊

Gina House says:

I love Agatha Christie so much! My grandmother (who is now 100 yrs old) gave me her collection (sad story with that), but I now own almost every single one of her books. I've read them at least 10 times each and I also listen to them over and over on Audible – I think I bought 50 of her books on Audible. I love the books that feature Miss Marple. Sleeping Murder, A Murder is Announced and also 4:50 from Paddington, The Carribean Murder, Nemesis, Peril at End House, The Moving Finger and Halloween Party are some of my favorites 😀 Can't wait to try reading some of your cozy mystery suggestions!

Rho Schofield says:

Thank you, great tips. I love these sorts of books, real escapism. I've listened to some of the T E Kinsey books, really good fun!

Marie-Michelle says:

I absolutely love the Cosy Mysteries section. They are perfect for a lazy Sunday or cold winter on the sofa with a hot cup of tea. I had recently added A Quiet Life in the Country to my Kindle as a sample, but as soon as I get a moment to myself I will give it a read and see how I feel about it. May I recommend Leighann Dobbs, whom I have just added to my Kindle as a sample to look into.

Jennifer Mielo-Shook says:

Hi Miranda! I love Tea and Tattle and I am really enjoying your reading recommendations. I heard Rian Johnson interviewed. He directed Knives Out and said he was influenced by Agatha Christie’s writing. Ronan Farrow named her, too, as one of the authors he studied while writing Catch and Kill. Her work really is timeless. I am a fan of Nancy Mitford and look forward to reading the Mitford Murder series. Thank you!

Mette B. says:

I love love love Agatha Christie!

Mikey F. says:

Miss Marple is MY FAVOURITE as well!

Really enjoying your videos.

Brit Rock says:

I'll give that other one by her a go but I hated Daughter of Time. Perhaps it's because I'm on the other side of the Atlantic and don't know much British history so it was extremely tiresome to follow, did not feel cosy at all. Don't get that same feeling you do with the characters in an Agatha Christie book with all its twists and turns.

olivewritesblog says:

This was so enjoyable! Such fun to hear a fellow Golden Age cosy mystery lover wax lyrical about the genre; I loved your infectious enthusiasm! I was also so pleased to hear someone mention "Miss Pym Disposes" – it's a little gem. Have you read "The Tiger in the Smoke" by Margery Allingham? I think it's excellent. Another good read is Martin Edwards' "The Golden Age of Murder"? It's a great portrait of the writers of Golden Age mysteries. Martin has written most of the introductions to the British Library Crime classics which, I'm afraid, I've also found rather hit and miss. I would love to know your "hits" as I've had mostly "misses"!

Sanni Minna says:

I'm enjoying your videos so much, Miranda! After watching this video this morning I went to the library after work and found The Daughter of Time. Then I went to a bookshop and bought Strong Poison. They will be my first books by Tey/Sayers and I'm so looking forward to reading them! I read a lot of Agatha Christie in my teens (LOVED them and just couldn't believe how she could come up with such ingenious stories) and am now planning to reread some of them soon. You've really inspired me, so thank you for that! 🙂
Have a nice evening xxx

0916rebecca says:

Hi Miranda,
I'm really enjoying your videos 😊
I love cozy mysteries and I think reading them got me back into reading as an adult after university and parenthood. I was wondering if you'd heard of the Mrs. Pollifax mysteries by Dorothy Gilman. I think they may have been written in the early 70s. I used to read them when my mom brought them home from the library when I was a little girl. Mrs. Pollifax is a widow in New Jersey Jersey travels the world as a CIA agent. I haven't read them yet as an adult but I do have one waiting.
Rebecca

Susan Walsh says:

Hi Miranda, thank you for another great video. I've just started reading the Maisie Dobbs series, only on book 3 so I have a long way to go but I'm absolutely loving it. It is my first time reading Mystery books (I confess I've never even read an Agatha Christie "terrible"). You've inspired me to read more.

Wilde for Classics says:

Miranda, my top cozy mystery authors are precisely the same as yours. Christie does indeed rule…but Sayers, Tey, Heyer, Wentworth, Marsh, etc. are wonderful as well. I have yet to find many contemporary mystery authors I enjoy. In the past few years I've read about 250 Golden Age mysteries and highly recommend Patricia Carlon's The Whispering Wall and The Wasp by Ursula Curtiss. Anna Katherine Green is an incredible, incredible Golden Age mystery writer, too.

Have you read Lady Audley's Secret? Anthony Gilbert, Anthony Berkeley and Anthony Boucher? Brilliant.

Then there's insurpasdsble Daphne du Maurier but I classify her books as Golden Age psychological thrillers.

Really like Mary Roberts Rinehart and some of Mary Stewart's books.

Cannot possibly express my gratitude for this channel…something special about finding people who are passionate about Golden Age books in general. 🙂

Pamela Poet says:

Oh, I just love Miss Marple! On screen and in print. How exciting to discover she has a doppelganger. I can't wait to cosy up with a Wentworth. This may be sacrilege, but I also enjoy the "British" mysteries of American writer Elizabeth George. Her style is reminiscent of that of P. D. James. Loved this survey, Miranda. Thank you.

Hannah says:

Andrew Wilson has written a series of books- A Talent for Murder, A Different Kind of Evil, Death in a Desert Land, I Saw Him Die, which feature Agatha Christie as the detective. I haven't read them so cannot specifically recommend them, however, like you, I have noticed quite a few authors (such as Nicola Upson that you mentioned) being cast as the sleuth which I think is a really interesting idea:)

Kristin Fields says:

I have never heard Agatha Christie referred to a cozy author. I don’t think they are principally because they have complex plots and only one or two reoccurring characters. I think of them more as detective novels, especially Hercule Poirot. Maybe Miss Marple has a few aspects of cozies but don’t think they fit the mode really either.

Tinahgirl83 says:

I love the Golden Age of mysteries!!!! I’m with you. I don’t like a lot of blood and gore and bad language with mine. Probably because, like you, I grew up reading the older stuff. I just reread Hallowe’en Party recently! It’s almost gothic in its style. I think A Pocketful of Rye and A Murder is Announced are my favorite Miss Marples! Gaudy Night is one of my favorite novels of all time. I just love the themes in it. I also love John Dickson Carr/Carter Dickson and Ellery Queen. Also yay for Patricia Wentworth and Georgette Heyer. I almost never hear them mentioned. This video is excellent.

Hannah's Books says:

What a wonderful list! I too am a huge fan of Agatha Christie (and have been since I was a little girl). The trick to knowing "who done it" is that it is the only person without an obvious motive–but that does not at all take away anything from the reading! I think her great power is shown by how wonderful it is to reread her novels, over and over. Seeing you talk about Sayers makes me wonder if you have read the new book about her, The Mutual Admiration Society?

Katrina Dessavre says:

I’ve been meaning to read more cozy mysteries and I prefer the older, golden age writers to contemporary ones, so these recommendations are much appreciated. I particularly loved your perspective on Dorothy Sayers.

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