So many cozies – so little time! Reading cozies for my Mystery Scene column has been a real joy, and an extra joy was that the column focused on my favorite of formats, the mass market paperback. A long ago customer, a pilot during WWII, told me he learned to love Agatha Christie during the war as he was able to stick a paperback in his back pocket. This format is slowly being squeezed out, but to me it’s the best way to have a little rectangle of affordable, portable happiness always on tap. Hopefully this list will give you a place to start (not ALL on this list are mass markets, but most of them are). Dive in!
This charming, frothy concoction is as charming and frothy as it’s heroine, Evelyn Elizabeth Grace Murphy, daughter of the owner of New York City’s Pinnacle Hotel. She lives in the penthouse, and she never leaves the building – there’s no need! She has a social life, friends, food delivery, even a dog walker. It’s 1958 and she loves to dress like her favorite movie star, Marilyn Monroe. Her fluffy white dog – she carries him around in her purse – is named Presley. As the story opens there’s a big art exhibition opening, and Evelyn is on the arm of movie star(let) Henry Fox. She’s dressed to the nines, in a replica of Marilyn’s pink dress in Gentlemen Prefer Blondes.