K1P1quebec wrote:Any of the cozy mystery series mentioned already fit that bill. Ask any book store or library clerk for cozy mysteries - that's your keyword.
Great!!! Thanks so much, that will be really helpful. Are the cozy mysteries something that men would be interested in too? Cozy sounds very feminine.
It depends on how much gruesome detail you prefer. Cozy mysteries include a death (not necessarily described in great detail and usually happens either before the story starts or sometime during, but you are not privy to the details of it), lots of investigating and resolution. Usually the mystery solver is a main character of a series and not necessarily a member of the police force - sometimes just a nosy citizen. If you don't like to be scared and don't prefer the horror and gore of more hard core authors, this type of book may suit you perfectly. I had a very bad experience with a Stephen King novel when I was young and was put off of any kind of sci/fi, horror, mystery, etc. I am in a comfort zone with cozy mysteries though. If you have ever seen the series Monk on television, that would fall under the cozy category. He's brilliant, kind of quirky, usually funny, you never see the death happen - it's already been done when the episode starts, and it's mostly about how he figures it all out. That would be how a cozy mystery would go. Murder She Wrote would be along those lines. I loved the Mr. Monk books even more than the television series - they are written from the point of view of his assistant, and she is just a stitch.