Category Archives: Cozy Mysteries

March Cozy Mystery Discussion

Join Lludmila Mirrikh at the Pub in Awen for a discussion of A Small Death In the Great Glen by A D Scott scheduled for Monday, March 26 at 11am PST and Tues. March 27 at 5pm PST.

In the Highlands of 1950s Scotland, a boy is found dead in a canal lock. Two members of the local newspaper staff set out to investigate the crime. Together, these very different Scots harbor deep and troubling secrets underneath their polished and respectable veneers.

Put on your best tartan plaidy! We’re goin’ to bonny Scotland – och aye the noo!

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Posted by on February 28, 2012 in book discussion, Cozy Mysteries


Cozy Mystery Discussion: Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter

Join Lludmila Mirrikh Monday, February 20 at 11 am PST or Tuesday, February 21 at 5 pm PST for a discussion of the southern mystery novel, Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter by Tom Franklin.

There was never any proof that Scary Larry killed that young woman – her body was never found – but now another young woman has gone missing. The only person who seems to give Larry the benefit of the doubt is the town constable, but he won’t say why.

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Posted by on February 14, 2012 in book discussion, Cozy Mysteries


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L. C. Tyler Interview

LC Tyler’s great love of reading shows through in everything he writes. The author of the Herring Mystery series, he rapidly established himself in a crowded genre with these lugubrious comic novels.

We finally caught up with him to ask about his works so far and plans for the future.

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Show Notes

Author Website | Author Blog | Amazon UK Author Page
This show’s music: “Beneath the Iron Heel of Pagan Rome” by  Harlan Williams on the album The Glass Desert, available on
Additional plug: the new Amazon Kindles

LC Tyler not only writes crime fiction, he is also a fan of the genre. His books reflect his breadth of reading, as does the interview today. These show notes are packed with references for you to explore.

Upcoming cozy mystery discussions at Bookstacks

The Poll

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Posted by on October 16, 2011 in Bookstacks News, Cozy Mysteries, off the shelf


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Upcoming Cozy Mystery Discussion at Bookstacks

Lludmila Mirrikh has lined up some doozies of some cozies for next couple of book discussions.

The Suspicions of Mr. Whicher by Kate Summerscale

  • Monday, February 21 at 11 am PST
  • Tuesday, Februrary 22 at 6 pm PST

Read Lludmila’s Review

The Suspicions of Mr. Whicher is a provocative work of nonfiction that reads like a Victorian thriller, and in it Kate Summerscale has fashioned a brilliant, multilayered narrative that is as cleverly constructed as it is beautifully written.

The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins

  • Monday, March 28 at 11 am PST
  • Tuesday, March 29 at 6 pm PST

One of the first English detective novels, this mystery involves the disappearance of a valuable diamond, originally stolen from a Hindu idol, given to a young woman on her eighteenth birthday, and then stolen again. A classic of 19th-century literature.

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Posted by on February 15, 2011 in book discussion, Bookstacks News, Cozy Mysteries


Bookstacks in December

Simeon and I are in the midst of our usual December hiatus, but that doesn’t mean Bookstacks is an empty, snow-covered tundra. There are still plenty of activities for you book lovers.

  • Dec. 16, 6pm – BiblioMax Discussion: The City and the City by China Mieville
  • Dec. 17, 7-9pm – DJ Walton Vieria is doing his version of Christmas music. I’m willing to bet it won’t be your traditional Oh, Christmas Tree.
  • Dec. 18, 2pm – Science Fiction Saturday.
  • Dec. 19, 3pm – Poetry Libre Open Mic
  • Dec. 26, 3pm – Poetry Libre Open Mic
  • Dec. 27, 11am – Cozy Mystery Discussion: Zombies of the Gene Pool by Sharon McCrumb
  • Dec. 28, 6pm – Cozy Mystery Discussion: Zombies of the Gene Pool by Sharon McCrumb
  • Dec. 30, 6-8pm  – Midnight Moon Cafe Authors: Fortune Telling with paranormal authors Cora Zane and Cassandra Curtis
  • Jan. 2, , 3pm – Poetry Libre Open Mic
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Posted by on December 15, 2010 in book discussion, book groups, Bookstacks News, Cozy Mysteries


The Spellman Files

Spellmans display at Metaverse BooksKathy stands by the Spellman Files display at Metaverse Books.

The Cozy Mystery Discussion for June is The Spellman Files by Lisa Lutz.  The Spellmans are a family of private investigators who can’t break the habit of surveillance, even in the case of their own family members (many of whom deserve it).  While investigating a cold case of a disappearance, another family member disappears.  Are these connected?  Is there a tragedy in the midst of this comedy?  Find out!  Then come and discuss it with us – or any of the other Spellman stories – Monday, 28 June at 11 am PST at the Pub in Awen.  This promises to be great fun!

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Posted by on June 4, 2010 in Awen, book discussion, Cozy Mysteries, events


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