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28 / 51 states. 55% done!

2021 Fall Into Reading Challenge

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2021 Children's Historical Fiction Reading Challenge

2021 Children's Historical Fiction Reading Challenge
(Hosted by Yours Truly!)

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2021 Popsugar Reading Challenge

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34 / 50 books. 68% done!

Booklist Queen's 2021 Reading Challenge

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2021 Historical Fiction Reading Challenge

2021 Craving for Cozies Reading Challenge

The 52 Club's 2021 Reading Challenge

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40 / 52 books. 77% done!
Tuesday, November 10, 2020

Top Ten Tuesday: Punny Cozy Mystery Titles to Make You Smile


One of the most fun Top Ten Tuesday topics that has come up this year was Book Titles That Would Make Awesome Band Names.  I blanked on that one and I'm having the same problem with today's prompt:  Book Titles That Would Make Great Song Titles.  I love music as much as the next person, but for some reason, song topics make my brain short out.  Thus, I'm going rogue today.  Not too rogue as I'm going to stick with book titles—I just decided to highlight some punny ones that make me laugh.  Cozy mystery titles are all about playing with words, so all the ones on my list come from that genre.  I haven't read any of them, but they all sound entertaining! 

Speaking of cozy mysteries, there was some discussion on my blog the other day (see this post) about what makes a mystery "cozy."  Generally, books in the genre adhere to these loose guidelines:
  • Content is clean—sex, violence, and untoward behavior occur off-screen.  There is little to no cursing.
  • Stories take place in close, intimate settings like small towns and tight-knit communities within larger cities.
  • The mystery solver is an amateur sleuth, not a professional detective, and is typically a woman.
  • Despite whatever murder and mayhem may be taking place within their pages, cozies maintain a positive, upbeat vibe.

To join in the TTT fun, click on over to That Artsy Reader Girl for all the deets.

My Top Ten Favorite Punny Cozy Mystery Book Titles  


A Tale of Two Biddies by Kylie Logan


To Brie or Not to Brie by Avery Aames


It's a Wonderful Knife by Christine Wenger


Foreign Eclairs by Julie Hyzy


Better Off Thread by Amanda Lee


Cheddar Off Dead by Julia Buckley


Freezer I'll Shoot by Victoria Hamilton


Roast Mortem by Cleo Coyle


A Sheetcake Named Desire by Jacklyn Brady


Flour in the Attic by Winnie Archer

Ahhh, there's nothing like a good pun, is there?  And these are nothing like good puns!  Just kidding, but even the terrible ones make me smile :) 

How about you?  Are you a cozy addict or do you avoid them like the plague?  I used to be a hater, but after inhaling all kinds of dark, gruesome mystery/thrillers, I have come to really appreciate the lightness I feel after reading books in this genre.  Sure, they're far-fetched, even silly, but sometimes I just crave an easy, entertaining mystery that's not going to give me nightmares.  I am picky about the series I read, though.  So far, my favorites are:  The Noodle Shop series by Vivien Chien, the Sloan Krause series by Ellie Alexander, the Cookie House series by Eve Calder, and the Amish Candy Shop series by Amanda Flower.  Which cozies are your favorites?  I'd truly love to know.  Leave me a comment on this post and I will gladly return the favor on your blog.

Happy TTT! 

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