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G B Ralph, Author

Cosy up with a cosy mystery

They’re just what I’ve felt like recently. We’ve all had a bit too much real life lately, so why not?

A bit of lighthearted murder, set in a quaint town with an eclectic and entertaining cast of characters. A quirky main character acting as amateur sleuth, and with a slow-burn love interest. A trail of clues leading us to solve the crime and lock up the baddie, everyone lives happily ever after.

For cosy mysteries, those are kind of the rules. No sex, violence, or even swearing on the page. And justice always prevails!

Some examples of cosies you might be familiar with:

  • Richard Osman’s Thursday Murder Club series
  • Agatha Christie’s Miss Marple series
  • Murder, She Wrote (TV series)
  • Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries (TV series)
  • The Brokenwood Mysteries (TV series)
  • Midsomer Murders (TV series)
  • Monk (TV series)
  • Psych (TV series)

Are you a fan of cosy (i.e. cozy for the Americans) mysteries? If you are, I’d love to hear what books and TV shows are your faves! Drop me a message via social media or through my website.

I recently binged the Secrets and Scrabble series by Josh Lanyon. These books hit all those buttons I mention above and were such great fun. I read the first book, Murder at Pirate’s Cove, last year, then tore through books 2, 3 and 4 last month. And just in time for the fifth book, Body at Buccaneer’s Bay, which comes out in only a couple of weeks!

They’re marketed as an “M/M Cozy Mystery” series, highlighting the male/male romance which simmers along during the investigation.

Here’s the description for the first book:

Ellery Page, aspiring screenwriter, Scrabble champion and guy-with-worst-luck-in-the-world-when-it-comes-to-dating, is ready to make a change. So when he learns he’s inherited both a failing bookstore and a falling-down mansion in the quaint seaside village of Pirate’s Cove on Buck Island, Rhode Island, it’s full steam ahead!

Sure enough, the village is charming, its residents amusingly eccentric, and widowed police chief Jack Carson is decidedly yummy (though probably as straight as he is stern). However, the bookstore is failing, the mansion is falling down, and there’s that little drawback of finding rival bookseller–and head of the unwelcoming-committee–Trevor Maples dead during the annual Buccaneer Days celebration.

Still, it could be worse. And once Police Chief Carson learns Trevor was killed with the cutlass hanging over the door of Ellery’s bookstore, it is.

Please let me know if you give the books a shot – I’d love to hear what you thought!

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