Wednesday, the 21st of September, 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!
Shelf Control seems to the only posts I’m being able to keep up with regularly these days, it’s time for another one. This week’s pick is a cosy mystery, Tea With Milk and Murder (2016) by H. Y. Hanna, from my kindle stack of unread books. This is the second in the ‘Oxford Tearoom Mysteries’, set around twenty-nine-year old Gemma Rose who returns home to Oxford giving up a corporate career in Sydney, and opens a tearoom in the village of Meadowford-on-Smythe where she grew up. And of course, as is customary in cosies, she has a cat, Museli. In book 1, A Scone of Die For, she is faced with and solves the murder of an obnoxious American tourist who happens to be found dead in the outdoor sitting area of her tearoom. I read this quite a few years ago, and what I liked was that the mystery element had a fair bit of substance to it, more than I expected from a cosy, and also it had some enjoyable descriptions of Oxford and university life.
So when I found the second title being offered for free (it isn’t at the moment), I downloaded it. Tea With Milk and Murder sees Gemma overhear a sinister conversation at a Oxford cocktail party just minutes before a student is poisoned. But there’s plenty to deal with, from the police detective being her ex-boyfriend (again, typical of a cosy), to her mother causing havoc in the tearoom, to her friend Cassie’s boyfriend being among the suspects.
I like picking up cosies once in a way as light reading or even palate cleansers between heavier reads, and while this one, in terms of its structure and elements is much like the typical cosy (including a recipe), the fact that the previous book had a fair number of twists in the mystery plus the Oxford setting do make me want to read it.
Have you come across this series before or any others by the author? Any cosies that you’ve read that are typical yet different? Looking forward to your thoughts!
Lisa’s pick this week is Little Brother by Cory Doctorow, a book that I read (for a course) and enjoyed quite a bit, the story of a teen who manages to outwit his school’s surveillance system only to be caught in a terrorism plot and hounded by the authorities. Themes I recall were freedom and privacy.