We’re celebrating women, and it’s a good time of year to cuddle up with a cozy mystery. Did you know some of the greatest authors of Britain’s Golden Age of Mystery were women? Everyone’s heard of Agatha Christie, of course, but she’s well worth reading, or rereading, for all us fans of cozy mysteries.
“Anyone who murdered Colonel Protheroe,”declared the parson, brandishing a carving knife above a joint of roast beef, “would be doing the world at large a favor!”
It was a careless remark for a man of the cloth. And one which was to come back and haunt the clergyman just a few hours later—when the Colonel is found shot dead in the clergyman’s study. But as Miss Marple soon discovers, the whole village seems to have had a motive to kill Colonel Protheroe. (from amazon.com). This is Miss Marple’s first case, and the world’s introduction to a most unusual detective.
New Zealand-born Marsh herself directed the infamous “Scottish Play” twice, and her description here of a production haunted by nastiness–and finally by murder–is gripping. And a murderer’s son is in the cast–
A clever and beautifully-written mystery that’s also the beginning of a love story. Lord Peter Wimsey, detective-about-town in 1930s London, is attending the trial of a young woman accused of poisoning her lover. It seems an open-and-shut case, but Lord Peter becomes convinced Harriet is innocent. When there is a mistrial, he has only one month to find the real murderer and save Harriet’s life. We have the DVD, too, and it’s great!
In a small town in 1950’s England, soliciter Robert Blair receives a plea for help. Marion Sharpe, who lives alone with her mother in a house called the Franchise, has been accused of kidnapping and abusing a teenage girl. Marion insists the girl has never even entered the house, and Blair believes her. But things look very black when the teenager, Betty Kane, gives an exact description of their house and the room she was held in, down to the luggage in their boxroom. Can Marion and her mother really be innocent?
These are just a few of the classic mysteries you can find in the library! Do you have any favorite cozy mysteries or golden age classics you’d like to recommend?