I do indeed like Denise Mina Clea (as well as Danuta Reah) - I did think that the Garnetthill Trilogy was magnificent. We're looking down the barrel of our 7th year of drought and a stinky hot summer into the bargain. I'm seriously planning on moving to the Antarctic at this rate :)
Hi. I'm still out in Nelson, just back from a visit to Vancouver Island - loved it! SHenzi is at my daughter Julia's now, where she seems to be doing fine. Next month I'm off to Alaska, really looking foward to that.
Wow you guys have been chatty while I was sleeping.
Thanks Clea, for pointing out that cozies can be literature too. I have read some that are wonderful (and of course some that are not so great, but ditto with most other areas of the mystery genre).
My husband would likely agree with you about cats and women. He thinks both are totally not to be understood in this, or any other, lifetime. He still likes them though so maybe he just likes being confused?
Jerry Orbach, too. I miss him! It's hard to pick from the others. I like them all. My daughter is Olivia's biggest fan. She loves SVU. In fact, it was watching SVU that brought on The Talk for us. She asked what "rape" meant and it snowballed from there. I was soooo dreading that!
Hope so! I'm not going to make it to Bouchercon next month (too expensive to fly to Alaska), and because CRIES AND WHISKERS pubs in December, I thought it would be a great opportunity to try some other conferences.
More summer? Obviously, you don't live where it's been 100+ degrees the past three weeks. Bring on the fall!
As for the other stuff... "cozy" always sounded like it started as a derogatory term, but it wouldn't be the first time a group has taken what started as a derogatory term and used it defiantly. But as a definition, it really doesn't contain a whole lot of useful meaning. I like the term "traditional mystery" because it says more. And yes, many of them are quite well written.
Thanks, Mary, and sorry if I jumped down your throat, Jack (and I'm sorry about your bird). A few years ago, I wrote a nonfiction book called "The Feline Mystique: On the Mysterious Connection Between Women and Cats." If I were to revise it today, I'd probably call it "Cat is a Feminist Issue." And, yeah, I feel that way about "cozy," too.
Meanwhile, the Sox have just given up the first in the series and there's yet another "Law and Order" repeat on (a Jerry Orbach one!), so I think I'm going to run (bum-bum!)
Amen, Sistergirl, preach on! :) When people start making apologetic noises about cozies and that everyone should say 'traditional mysteries' now, it really gripes me. So I say Cozy. Everybody else will just have to come around to my way of thinking rather than vice versa. :)
Thanks for the movie titles. They both sound great to me.
You know your cats. Yes, they want me to be their doorman. :)