Monday, June 20, 2011

A Paperback Pass-Along!

Yes, that is another term for a Give-Away, but I want everyone to know that these are not new books, but very gently used ones.  I don't intentionally bend corners of the pages, nor write in them.  Admittedly, you might find a cookie crumb in the seam of a page once in a great while, but indulge me, please. I am often in situations where I can't leave to go get something to eat!

When one spends lots of time in the waiting rooms of medical facilities, such as I've done in the past 13+ years, you go through a lot of books. I've always been an avid reader anyway, but long hours between appointments lends itself to more devout attention to the printed word.  I always take some needlework or puzzle book along too, but oftentimes, the lighting is too poor, so again, I return to my book, and pay for the eye strain later.

My addiction is happily fed by the Barnes & Noble that is a mere sky walk away from the main clinic.  It is actually an old movie theater. They kept the marque, the architectural features, and the awesome domed ceiling that is painted a deep blue, with tiny tiny lights sparkled all over it, like stars. An escalator takes you between floors, and yes, they have the coffee corner too. Suffice to say that I have spent many delightful hours browsing the aisles. And then lugging a too heavy book bag with me afterward, to prove it! (my friend Dennis, who now lives in California, used to work there. I like to think that we crossed paths at some point.)

For years now, I've been captured by, among others, the cozy mystery genre. What is a cozy mystery you ask?  For lack of a better term, it is a "gentle mystery".  

The heroine (and yes, it is usually, but not always, a woman) is usually self-sufficient, or headed that way, and accomplished in some other line of work than being a detective. The crime or murder always seems to land in her lap, either making her a suspect, or someone close to her is in danger, and she takes it upon herself to prove who has done the dastardly deed.

The setting is always an important element in these stories, making the town, the area, her shop, etc. a place that you would love to visit, or live. .provided you are either her very best friend, or a treasured employee. . .the fringe characters have a way of turning up as a victim.

If you are her best friend, be prepared to dress in artsy, adventurous clothing, with a flare for color, and just a tad on the wacky side. You are clever and smart, but not quite as level headed as our heroine.

Our heroine also seems to have an inside scoop to the goings-on of the local police department. It can be a boyfriend, a husband, a best friend, or sometimes it even takes on an adversarial role, when the police don't appreciate her nosiness, but grudgingly admit that she has a talent for ferreting out clues, suspects, and of course, the murderer.

There is very little actual descriptive violence, sex scenes, or objectionable language, although I've been reading that some of the newer books coming out are getting a little racier due to publishers desires to draw in a larger following.  I truly hope not.  These books are easy reading. .relaxing without having to think too much, but with enough twists and turns to keep you coming back to find out what happens.  Oftentimes, the storyline is injected with humor, and lots of side story interaction between characters, that fleshes them out.  And, a lot of the stories include recipes, needlework patterns, antiquing hints, etc. that fit in with the theme of the story.  Hence, the name, "cozy mystery".

So now back to my problem. .I've got SO many volumes now, I've run out of shelf space. Sometimes, if I finish a book right at the clinic, I'll leave if for someone else to enjoy, but most often I bring it home with me. Hence, my towers of books!  It is time to start sorting through them, and sharing them with others.

Some books are so popular, the author turns them into a series, with some of the long running ones now up into the 20's. .but for my first Pass-along, I've chosen 5 books that are first of a series, either being introduced last year, or this, so that if you like them, it won't take any time at all, to catch up with the books that are published.

In one, a woman is opening an embroidery shop, another, the main character is a glass blower. In the third, the heroine is left with a deteriorating building that houses an Artisan's Alley, the 4th, our intrepid girl is left her uncle's antique shop, plus she has two cats with some special talents (a touch of the magical in this one!) And the last one finds our plucky heroine inheriting a Victorian home, complete with a gruff, but helpful ghost from the 1870's. (a touch of the paranormal). 

If you would like these books (all 5!), please leave a comment on this post.  I've been having problems leaving comments on other people's blogs, so if you can't get through, then send me an e-mail, and I'll add your name to my list.

I will draw the name on June 30th, so that you will have some neat Summer reading available!

And if you would like to read more about Cozy Mysteries, here is one of many blogs on the topic. .The Cozy Mystery List Blog.  They also have a website that is linked, where you can find lists of books and authors, plus other treats.

Wishing you good luck! 

7 comments:

  1. What a generous giveaway! This is a neat way to share the books you've read. I should do this some time, although I'm probably too attached to my book collection. :) I'll be sure to send out a tweet about your giveaway!

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  2. What a great and thoughtful (all being 1st's in a series) giveaway:) I love a good mystery and books 4 &5 sound great...throw in a few cats and a little magic and I'm a happy girl! please enter me :)

    mk26174 at gmail dot com

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  3. I'm not throwing my hat in the ring, Suzie, simply because I'm trying to downsize all my books. But these books do sound good and it's a very generous giveaway!

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  4. OOh. I love these style of books! When I was growing up my entire life plan was to grow up to be Jessica Fletcher. Sign me up right away! Thank you so much for being generous enough to pass these along.

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  5. Oh Suzie count me in. And you don't think that you should be pampered? I wouldn't want to be on the other side of this as the care giver. I am so thankful for George everyday I give thanks for him being in my life and I am more than sure your hubby gives thanks for you everyday.
    Love you! Keep an eye out I would say Wednesday.
    (((HUGS)))

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  6. Like I don't have enough to do already.... But I am always up for more books!! And these sound very enticing! So please throw my name into the hat for the drawing!
    Solstice Blessings! :0)

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  7. I'm going to play too. I don't think I've read any of these.

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