Rainer Maria Rilke

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Thursday, December 1, 2011

A Cozy Mystery

Died in the Wool:  Massachusetts Mayhem Mysteries by Elizabeth Ludwig and Janell Mowry
(Cozy Mystery)
Sometimes it's nice to take a break from the stresses and realities of daily life and read a cozy murder mystery.  Strange sentence when you think about it, but that fits this book perfectly.

Monah is a small-town librarian and discovers the body of a local teacher in the bathroom.  Her boyfriend is a local policeman and is called in to solve the case.  The problem?  Monah is the number one suspect.  Can he put aside his romantic feelings and look at her objectively, as a potential murderer?

This is a charming Christian book that is a very low risk, low stress read.  No sex.  No violence.  No bad language.  The characters in the book are somewhat stereotypical:  librarian Monah is described as mousy and shy with glasses; the murder victim, a spinster teacher, is a schoolmarm, prudish and rude; the main suspect, besides Monah, is the richest guy in town.  For all that, though, they aren't flat characters at all.  

Reading this book is a bit like slipping on a comfortable pair of pajamas and settling in for a cozy chat.  Some days, that's a very welcome change.

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