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Monday, August 3, 2015

Punday Afternoon at the Bookshelves by Alison Bruce

The best thing about cozies isn't the lack of graphic sex and violence... although I appreciate that sometimes. It isn't the clever cats, intrepid dogs, tasty recipes or craft instructions. For me, the best thing is the freedom to employ terrible puns.

I love Donna Andrews. Her books "owl" have great titles. The stories are a "hoot" too.

In Murder with Peacocks, Donna Andrews introduces a cast of quirky characters who pull her heroine, Meg Langslow, in different directions as she plans three successive summer weddings. The bird theme is carried throughout the series giving us brilliant titles like:
  • We'll Always Have Parrots
  • Owls Well That Ends Well
  • No Nest for the Wicket
  • Swan for the Money
  • Stork Raving Mad
  • The Real Macaw
For the complete list, visit Donna's website.

Janet Bolin spins a good yarn with her Threadville mysteries and her titles are great.

The first book Dire Threads, opens with the winner of a national sewing competition, coming to Willow Vanderling’s embroidery shop, In Stitches, to be presented with a top-of-the-line Chandler Champion sewing and embroidery machine as her prize.

The town is a mecca for yarn crafts which are featured in the series.
  • Dire Threads
  • Night of the Living Threads
  • Thread and Buried
  • Seven Threadly Sins

Of course, MY favourite series is about coffee. Author Cleo Coyle had me at On What Grounds

Clare Cosi left her philandering husband and a job she loved: managing the Greenwich Village coffeehouse owned by her mother-in-law. Ten years later, Madame persuades Clare to return to her old job. On her first morning back, she finds her beautiful, young assistant manager unconscious in the back of the store, coffee grounds strewn everywhere.

Now add an attractive NYPD detective, enough caffeine to keep the City of New York awake and a series of wonderfully terrible pun titles.
  • Latte Trouble
  • Roast Mortem
  • Once Upon a Grind
  • Dead to the Last Drop 
For the complete list, visit the Coffee House Mystery site.

Then there are the books I haven't got round to reading, but I love their titles.

What are YOUR favourite punny covers?

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