Friday, August 21, 2020

Z: EVERYTHING AUTHOR FROM A – Z


Francesca Zappia

Zappia doesn’t have a series going, but I did read Now Entering Addamsville.

It stars Zara Novak who is framed for a murder. Since she has a reputation in town for being a firestarter, everyone believes she’s guilty and she must find the real culprit.

The story has supernatural elements—Zara’s actually a firestarter hunter and she’s searching for her missing mother. But now she has to find a killer with the help of her cousin, Artemis.






Saturday, August 15, 2020

Y: EVERYTHING AUTHOR FROM A – Z


Rick Yancey

The Highly Effective Detective series.

Teddy Ruzak is a bumbling idiot. After the death of his mother, Teddy quits his night watchman job and becomes a private detective—his childhood dream.

He hangs up a shingle, hires a Girl Friday and opens the doors. Which brings me back to my earlier statement: he is a bumbling idiot and he cannot pass the private eye exam which means no license.

Teddy’s shy and na├»ve, yet he stumbles onto the solutions. These are funny, loveable novels.





Sunday, August 9, 2020

X: EVERYTHING AUTHOR FROM A – Z


Diana Xarissa Dunn


First off, I haven’t read any of these, but here’s my ‘X’ author and I plan to read two of her series to complete my Everything Author From A-Z. They sound like fun…



The Isle of Man Cozy Mystery series

and

The Isle of Man Ghostly Cozy series



One way I find books and series I don’t know about is by participating in challenges.

For instance—The Alphabet Challenge. You read a book whose title starts with each letter of the alphabet. Scanning bookstore shelves and library shelves to find some of the more obscure letters has caused me to pick books I would never choose simply because I was trying to complete the challenge. 

Reporter’s Challenge on Goodreads also causes me to choose different books in order to fill in the categories. And some of those become new favorites.

Yes, I do have my old favorites, but after all isn’t it fun to discover a new author?






Monday, August 3, 2020

W: EVERYTHING AUTHOR FROM A – Z


Betty Webb

The Gunn Zoo Mysteries.

This is a great series. The protagonist is Theodora Bentley and the premise is refreshing—Teddy works at a small, privately owned zoo in California and lives on a houseboat.

Everything about this series is exceptional, even the zoo inmates are murder suspects.

Fun, humorous and endearing.


Ashley Weaver
  Amory Ames Mysteries.

Set in England in the 1920s, a wealthy young woman, Amory is married to playboy Milo Ames.

Endearing, charming, engaging, romantic—all words that come to mind.

As the series progresses, so does Amory and Milo’s relationship. A definite favorite of mine.






Tuesday, July 28, 2020

V: EVERYTHING AUTHOR FROM A – Z


Elaine Viets

This author has two series I follow.

Dead End Job mysteries.

Helen Hawthorne is hiding out in Florida so she can only take jobs that pay under the table. Light-hearted and humorous, Helen goes from dead end job to dead end job finding murder victims along the way. She has to solve these crimes quickly so she can keep her own secret hidden from the investigators before they delve too deeply into her past.


Mystery Shopper series.

Josie Marcus is a mystery shopper in St. Louis who stumbles over dead bodies. Her mother and her daughter provide the humor. These are also light-hearted reads.


Viets has taken the Medicolegal Death Investigators Training Course and used her knowledge to write a new series—Angela Richman Death Investigator Books.

According to Viets, these novels are a bit on the darker side, but I love forensics, so I’m eager to read them.





Wednesday, July 22, 2020

U: EVERYTHING AUTHOR FROM A – Z


Waverly Underhill


Introducing a radio series starring:

Captain Waverly Underhill.



These Cape Cod Radio Mystery Theater shows are fun and entertaining and feature Captain Underhill, a retired policeman, and his sidekick, Dr. Alexander Scofield—kind of a Holmes/Watson feel.

I listen to these DVDs frequently.






Thursday, July 16, 2020

T: EVERYTHING AUTHOR FROM A – Z


Victoria Thompson


The Gaslight Mysteries is my absolute favorite series.

They’re set in New York City at the turn of the century. Estranged from her wealthy society family, Sarah Brandt lives and works as a midwife in the tenements of the city.

Discovering a murder, she assists Sergeant Frank Malloy’s investigation. This time period had a corrupt police force (the New York Police Commissioner Teddy Roosevelt era), but Frank is an honest cop trying to do his job. The historical details provide a vivid look at life in that era.

As each novel unfolds, the character development shows a nice progression in her life. I adore Brian—Malloy’s deaf son, Malloy’s mother, Gino and Maeve. Oh, and not to forget Sarah’s parents, Mr. & Mrs. Decker and Sarah’s neighbor, Mrs. Ellsworth.

Quite frankly, all the returning characters are well established and consistent and add to the stories.

Like I said—my favorite series.