I’m super obsessed with cozy mysteries lately. Especially historical cozies. (I’ve been reading a LOT of them for research.) But I’m super picky about my cozies. Even though they’re historically set, I still want them to be fast-paced, funny, and from the viewpoint of a somewhat modern-thinking woman. And naturally, I like a fun setting, interesting and quirky secondary characters, and just that…feel. That feel that your there, in that time and place, having the time of your life.
One of my ABSOLUTE FAVORITE series now is the Discrete Retrieval Agency Series by Maia Chance. I stumbled across the first book, Come Hell or Highball, quite by accident andI couldn’t put it down. It’s 1922 and 31-year-old, highball drinking New York society matron (and new widow) Lola, along with her Swedish cook, Berta, is hot on the trail of a killer. If the killer doesn’t get her first.
A little time travel brings me to the early 1890s and person secretary, Hattie Davish. She arrives in a small (and uber charming) Ozark town only to find her new employer has disappeared. Cryptic threats, a handsome doctor, and hatchet-wielding woman lead Hattie on the adventure of a lifetime. You can grab A Lack of Temperance HERE.
Finally, Her Royal Spyness has been on my To Be Read list for ages. I finally took the time to sit down with a copy and I’m in love! It’s London, 1932, and Lady Georgiana is 34th in line to the throne. Except she’s also stone-cold broke and her interfering relatives insist on trying to marry her off to a Romanian prince with fish lips. So, Georgie heads to London to make her own way in the world, where she promptly finds a dead Frenchman in her bathtub, gets a request from the Queen to spy on the Prince of Wales, and gets shoved off a boat and nearly drowned.