Wednesday, the 27th of October, and time for Shelf Control once again! Shelf Control is a weekly feature hosted by Lisa at Bookshelf Fantasies, and celebrates the books waiting to be read on your TBR piles/mountains. To participate, all you do is pick a book from your TBR pile, and write a post about it–what its about, why you want to read it, when you got it, and such. If you participate, don’t forget to link back to Lisa’s page, and do also leave your links in the comments below as I’d love to check out your picks as well!

For today’s pick, I dug into my bottomless pit of mystery titles on Kindle which are still waiting to be read, and found: Poison in Paddington (2016) by Samantha Silver. This is the first of a series of cosies, the Cassie Coburn mysteries, which so far has nine titles, and I think I downloaded this one when it was free on Kindle (currently it isn’t on Amazon India, at least). The author Samantha Silver is from British Columbia, Canada, and writes cosies with people, and with witches!

In Poison in Paddingon, we are introduced to San Francisco girl, Cassie Coburn, ‘whose medical career ended before it started’ because of an accident. Cassie decides to mode to London to ‘see the sights and live the typical tourist backpacker lifestyle’. But little does she know that this isn’t going to be the case. Instead, she finds herself accompanying Violet Despuis, a French private detective, attempting to solve the poisoning of four people in London. With them is an ancient landlady with a curious past and a mischievous orange cat who likes to be taken for walks on a leash.

From it’s description this sounds like it will be a light, fun read, with an interesting combination of characters–the French PI, ancient landlady and cat should make for a quirky cast–and a murder mystery of course. Some years ago, I had downloaded quite a bunch of cosies on offer free on Kindle, and some of the ones I did end up reading at the time, the Chef Maurice books by J.A Lang; The Case of the Hidden Flame; and The Fargenstopple Case turned out to be good fun, so I am hoping that this one will too, and will work out as a great palate cleanser between some heavier reads.

Have you read this one or any others by the author? Which ones and how did you like them? Which are some of your favourite cosies? Looking forward to your thoughts and recommendations!

Lisa’s pick this week is The Crocodile on the Sandbank by Elizabeth Peters, the first of the Amelia Peabody series. While I haven’t read this one, I have read another title in the series which I thought was good fun, and do want to pick up more.

Cover image and description as always from Goodreads.

2 thoughts on “Shelf Control #157: Poison in Paddington by Samantha Silver

    1. I ended up downloading quite a bunch when they were free a couple of years ago and some did turn out quite enjoyable. I prefer golden age mysteries in general but don’t mind picking up one of these once in a way.

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