This series, Navajo Nation Mysteries, by R. Allen Chappell, is a favorite of mine. I love these stories that combine Navajo culture with how the modern world intrudes – sometimes making things better, sometimes not. Charlie Yazzie symbolizes the modern world, as he’s a college graduate and a lawyer, who is skeptical of the ancient superstitions but suspects there’s some truth to them. Charlie has two friends, Thomas Begay and Harley Ponyboy, who are either in trouble or helping him solve mysteries (or both) in the books.
I started reading this series by Agatha Frost some time ago, and have been reading each installment as they’ve become available. I read a lot of books, and I especially like cozies. This cozy mystery series is a favorite of mine, and I keep hoping it will never end. The first book of the series is Pancakes and Corpses. The heroine is Julia South, who owns the Peridale Café, finds the dead bodies, and solves the crimes.
Gloria Larsen knows that her birth mother was over 40, that she lived in a small town called Rosewood in Nebraska, and that she was accused of murder in 1974. That’s it. When she’s offered a job as a newspaper editor in Rosewood, how can she say no? She has to take it, and she has to find out who her birth mother is.
This series by G. M. Barlean consists of three books, and asks the question, “How much damage can one evil/crazy person do?” Gloria finds four old ladies at a assisted-living facility who might be able to tell her what she wants to know.
When I binge-read an entire series and find myself impatiently waiting for the next installment, that’s when I need to tell others about the books. Now, we may or may not have the same taste in reading material, but good writing is still something to talk about. This series is well-written and has characters I’ve come to care about. The main mystery-solver is Felicity, who wanted to be an investigative journalist but finds herself planning parties instead. Actually, she likes it so much and is so good at it that she’s a great success.
And yet… that investigator part of her can’t be denied, so when the police arrest her friend for a murder, she doesn’t buy it, and she feels compelled to solve the case herself.