This is not a mystery, but an historical novel by the talented Juliet Blackwell, who has two cozy series to her credit as well as several novels. This novel is set in a now very familiar time period: WWII. Blackwell’s story takes place in occupied France, and she has a slightly different and original twist to her story. The main characters are Capucine, a fan maker, and her estranged daughter, Mathilde. The two live lives that haven’t intersected much, but this is not only the story of Mathilde’s growth from a callow, privileged young woman into something much more, but the story of Capucine, a true flapper in every way, who is now being held prisoner by the Nazis on the top floor of a Paris department store.
“Cozies certainly provide solace from many of the dark edges of the actual world.” — Edith Maxwell in Mystery Scene
I read a lot, and I read lots of cozies, partly thanks to my column in Mystery Scene. There I am restricted to reviewing mass market paperback originals, and I am generously showered with advance reading copies. I sort through them by reading the premise and a bit of the beginning. If the writing doesn’t hit me quite right, I skip that one, and check out another one. And while I certainly read many, many cozies, I am in no way claiming to have read even a comprehensive number of the books in this sub genre published this year. For that kind of scope, I highly recommend checking out Dru’s Book Musings, which is a comprehensive review blog of all things cozy. In addition, Dru has guest posts from authors and publishes a guide to what’s coming out, sometimes weekly.