When I’m under a lot of stress and finding it hard to focus on regular novels, I tend to turn to cozy mysteries. I let the predictability of the action soothe me while the various characters and plot twists distract me.
What can I say, I love knowing that, about 50 pages before the end, the heroine is going to get into some trouble and the hero is going to come to her rescue. In a world that’s filled with uncertainties, it’s lovely knowing that somethings are going to work out exactly how I anticipate them to.
Tonight, as he lies in the hospital, again, fighting for his life, again, it seems fitting that I’d share with you my father’s cozy mysteries.
Back in December I had the pleasure of copy editing his fourth book, simply because he was out of commission and unable to do so himself. It was odd having to edit someone else’s words, and at the same time, not odd at all. My father writes in the exact same voice he speaks in, so reading his words felt like hearing him speak them to me.
His heroine is a spunky french female cop, married to an older debonair food critic. She solves crimes in Paris all while thoroughly enjoying the french culinary experience. If you read these books, not only will you be able to hear my father speak to you, you’ll get to “see” the Paris I grew up in.
Trippy, I know.
Read this book series if: You love food. You enjoy a good mystery. You’re looking to increase your vocabulary. (My dad likes to use big words.) You’ll put down each book and feel like you just got off the plane after a great week in Paris.
Would these make good book club books? Actually, it might. Most cozy mysteries wouldn’t, but these books will take your group on a fun trip around Paris and might spark conversation about relationships and travel.
Want to read the other books on this list? Here they are!
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