- Do you find that using a single theme in a series, like a craft shop or a food producer or seller, is too confining? Do you find it believable that a woman like Meg would go from a bank job crunching numbers to managing an orchard?
- Do you enjoy learning about something new in books, or are you impatient and wish the author would just get on with the story? Meg keeps getting distracted by murders in Granford, even while she's trying to expand her orchard and harvest her crop. Do you ever wonder how she manages to juggle it all?
- Do you prefer to read about crafts or trades that you might actually practice in your life, or do you just enjoy imagining them? Do you harbor a secret desire to return to a simpler life on a farm? (Warning: it's hard work!)
- Most cozies are set in small towns, and Granford is a typical New England town. Does it bother you that bodies keep turning up there? Or that the local police seem unable to solve murders without help from an amateur?
- Do you like reading about new places you've never been, or do you prefer places you recognize or even know? How much description of the place can the author include before you're distracted from the story?
- Do you as a reader find yourself as identifying with the protagonist when she decides to get involved in solving a crime? At the beginning of the series, Meg is a newcomer in town, so why is she qualified to investigate crimes there? Because she's smart, or because she has something to lose if the crime isn't solved or if the wrong person is accused?
- Many cozies include romantic elements, and sometimes there may be two men vying for the attention of the protagonist as she tries to solve crimes. Do you think that romance has a place in cozy mysteries? How much attention should it be given?
|From my ever-growing vintage cookware collection|
|Ready to bake|