There is a common theme among the tastes of many cozy mystery readers. We like cats. And dogs. We are often crafty and collect stuff. We read. In fact we read a lot!
And we like tea. We drink a lot of tea. Gallons and gallons of white and green and black, chai and iced, hibiscus and jasmine, often while reading a cozy mystery and petting a cat. Many of my cozy reading friends post photos on Facebook of their cats lolling in sunshine, often on top of a book or two.
Now I’m not saying you can’t pet a dog while reading a mystery. Or drink coffee. I’m just saying there is something especially comforting about drinking tea and petting a cat while reading a cozy. What I find fascinating as I canvass cozy readers is how many books they read! Some admit to only (!!) reading five to ten a month, but many read twenty or even thirty… a book a day in some cases!
So as I consider all of this information, I realize that all of these things have something in common. Collecting and crafts, dogs and cats, tea and cozy mysteries… it’s all about comfort. Those of us who read cozy mysteries like to wrap ourselves in a blanket (on a cold day) or sit out in the garden (on a lovely day) and enjoy a comforting cup of tea while we read a comforting cozy mystery. In a cozy no one is going to gross us out with a detailed description of an autopsy, nor are they going to clamber inside a deranged serial killer’s mind. No cozy author is going to drag the reader into the bedroom and record every ooh and ahh. Most lovemaking is tastefully left to the reader’s imagination. And while we may edge toward terror (after all, it is a murder mystery!) we are not going to suffer nightmares afterwards or have to sleep with the lights on. And the murderer will be caught and brought to justice.
And that is just how we roll. Life is stressful; comfort is rare. It’s lovely to find it in a cup of tea or between the covers of a cozy mystery.
Avid teapot collector Rose Freemont takes a break from her Victorian tea house only to find a new mystery brewing elsewhere…
Leaving her home in Gracious Grove behind her, Rose is off to the annual convention of the International Teapot Collector’s Society. Her granddaughter Sophie is minding the tea house while she’s away. Rose is eager for tough cookie Zunia Pettigrew to appraise a prized antique teapot she believes may be a holy water vessel from China.
But when Zunia declares the pot a fake, Rose is really steamed. After Zunia’s found dead beside Rose’s dinged-in teapot, Sophie must rush to her grandmother’s aid and find the real killer—before Rose is steeped in any more trouble…
Thanks to the publisher, I have one (1) copy of Shadow of a Spout to give away.
Giveaway open to residents of the US only.
Giveaway ends on April 19th
Winner will have 48 hours, from the time of notification to confirm their win or another winner will be chosen.
Amanda Cooper is the pseudonym for bestselling mystery author Victoria Hamilton. She writes the Vintage Kitchen Mysteries and the Merry Muffin Mysteries as Hamilton, in addition to the Teapot Collector Mysteries as Amanda Cooper.
Cooper’s long time love of mystery novels started at age twelve when her mom handed her an Agatha Christie book and said ‘Read!’. Thousands of novels later Cooper is still reading. And writing.
But besides those two favorite pastimes, Cooper also enjoys collecting vintage kitchenalia, old books, teacups, teapots and other ephemera. Perfume is her secret addiction. She likes to cook, hates to clean, and enjoys time spent with friends chatting over wine or tea. She loves crafts, loathes boredom, and her guilty pleasure is ‘reality’ TV, which she knows is largely fake but enjoys anyway.
Cooper thinks that people are the most interesting study of all, and more than anything, she loves to hear from readers, not just about her books but about anything and everything.
Teapot Collector Mystery
Vintage Kitchen Mysteries
as Victoria Hamilton
Merry Muffin Mystery
as Victoria Hamilton
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