Tuesday, May 20, 2014

LAST DAY of the Cozy Chicks Contest


Heads up, Everyone!  Today is your last chance to enter the Cozy Chicks Contest celebrating our release of the 2nd edition of our cookbook, THE COZY CHICKS KITCHEN.   It's easy to enter for a chance to win a prize from our Cozy Chicks swag site----a CC mug, tote bag, apron, or mousepad.   Just email us at  cozychicks@gmail.com  today.  That's it.  That's all you have to do.  Each of the Chicks is drawing a name from all of the ones submitted on each day as the prize recipient.  You can see here the great selection of Cozy Chicks swag you have to choose from.   :)

Meanwhile, I thought you all would enjoy learning which fictional sleuths influenced the Cozy Chicks in our youth or as adults:

Jennifer Stanley/Ellery Adams----Encyclopedia Brown was her favorite as a child until high school when Ellery Queen took top spot.

Deb Baker/Hannah Reed----loved Trixie Belden as a youngster.

Lorraine Bartlett/Lorna Barrett----swears she had no favorite childhood sleuths because she always read  biographies.

Mary Kennedy----loved Nancy Drew as a child and Miss Marple as she grew up.

Mary Jane Maffini/Victoria Abbott----preferred the Nero Wolfe mysteries from the "Golden Age of Detection."

Leann Sweeney----loved Agatha Christie's Miss Marple and Carolyn Hart's Annie Darling.  Then the Perry Mason mysteries captured her.

Kate Collins----I think Kate mentioned Sherlock Holmes.

As for me----I read Nancy Drew mysteries when I was in elementary then switched for a couple of years to the Greek myths (go figure).  Then in high school, like Leann, I discovered Perry Mason and I was hooked.  I read them all.

Now, your turn.  Who were your favorite sleuths?  Tell us----AND----don't forget to send us an email sometime before today is over.

20 comments:

Helen Kotowske said...

I read Nancy Drew books. Later I enjoyed "The Cat Who" series. I will admit I have watched a lot of Sherlock Holmes, Miss Marple, Poirot, Murder She Wrote, and Colombo. But, I haven't read these mysteries. I now read cozy mysteries almost exclusively, as far as my fiction reading interest now.

Grandma Cootie said...

I read what my mom read, so no Nancy Drew or Trixie Beldon. Instead, for mysteries it was Perry Mason and all those books Erle StanleyGardner wrote as A. A. Fair, and Ellery Queen Magazine, a Reader's Digest condensed book series which introduced me to a lot of writers like Ross Macdonald, John D. MacDonald, Donald Westlake, Ed McBain. Nothing cozy about what she read.

Dru said...

Encyclopedia Brown was my first mystery.

Charlie said...

I enjoyed The Happy Hollisters. My parents let me join my first book club and one book would come a month. Later I read many of my mother's books - Victoria Holt, Phyllis Whitney,Mary Stewart. Then, discovered Agatha Christie & Ngaio Marsh.Now, I try to bounce around between memoirs, historical fiction, fiction but cozy mysteries make up most of my reading selection.

lavendersbluegreen said...

So far I think I have read some of everything listed! A a child I adored mysteries and read anything I could get my hands on. Famous 5, and Enid's other books, the 3 Investigators, Trixie Beldon, Boxcar Children, Madeleine L'Engle's books were a bit of a mystery story thrown in, Nancy Drew, The Hardy Boys, Encyclopedia Brown, Sherlock (of course), John Bellairs had some great mysteries, gosh there were SO many!

Linda Reilly said...

I loved Nancy Drew, too, but then a neighbor gave me an Agatha Christie mystery and . . . wow. I was hooked. Thanks for mentioning the Boxcar Children--I haven't thought about that wonderful series since I was a kid!

katherine is love said...

My favorite childhood sleuth was Nancy Drew. I loved her and I was jealous of all the adventures she and her friends went on. I also loved The Babysitter's Club mysteries as a kid, I also was envious of those girls and the amazing friendships they had, and how they always worked together to solve mysteries.

Diane LaBrie Leverson said...

First I loved Nancy Drew, then Miss Marple and Hercule Poirot, Nero Wolfe, Perry Mason, and so many more. Now it is all the people all of you have in your series. Then there are the TV programs. I'm not fond of the blood and guts crime shows. They make it too graphic for me. I read anything by Mary Stewart, Victoria Holt and all Mary Higgins Clark's books. So glad MHC is still writing a good book.

Anne L said...

I also loved Nancy Drew, she got me hooked on mysteries. And I haven't stopped, mysteries are my favorite genre.

Meg Wolfe said...

Nancy Drew, then on to Christie, Victoria Holt, Mary Stewart, etc., until I stumbled upon 007. Then on to Sherlock Holmes. Had to set mystery reading aside during college in order to read (ahem) Great Books, but fell right back into them when school was finished, reading everything from hardboiled to cozy. Can't imagine life without a good mystery to read!

christy keen said...

Loved Nancy Drew of course but Encyclopedia Brown was a close second-quick to read and stumped me a few times!!

Aurian said...

Hmm yes, I did read Nancy Drew, but I think that was in my later teen years. I loved reading the Perry Mason books, but my favourite sleuth: Mrs. Pollifax by Dorothy Gilmann and Miss Seeton by various authors. And I read everything Indiana Jones, also much more books then movies. I still have them all.

Michelle F. said...

When I was a kid I read Nancy Drew, the Hardy Boys, The Three Investigators, Trixie Belden, and Encyclopedia Brown. When I was about thirteen I discovered British mysteries such as Agatha Christie and Sherlock Holmes through an Alfred Hitchcock book of mysteries for kids. Also I read Ngaio Marsh, Dorothy L. Sayers, and Mary Roberts Rinehart. Later on I discovered Patricia Wentworth (some stand-alone mysteries and then Miss Silver later). I started reading Elizabeth Peters when I was a teen. I also read the Cat Who books. My mother got me interested in Mrs. Pollifax and Father Brown, but the others I found out about on my own.

Rachelle21 said...

I read Nancy Drew but loved Judy Bolton books, more. As an adult, it is hard to choose one sleuth to love. I do like Temple from Midnight Louis books as I went to Temple Univ. and love Goldy Schultz. But, I also love all the cozy sleuths I come across.

Lynn in Texas said...

My favorites were the usual suspects, progressing from Trixie Belden to Nancy Drew, then Ellery Queen, Sherlock Holmes, Agatha Christie's sleuths, Nero Wolfe, Ngaio Marsh, etc. I've always loved the art of detecting, especially ones with not only interesting characters but settings too!

Mary Jane Maffini said...

Fun post, Maggie! Thanks for getting that rolling.

Hugs,

MJ

Susan L. @ Full Happy Muffin and Mama said...

Poirot (Murder on the Orient Express), Marple, Detective Mole (by children's author Robert Quackenbush...a lot like Poirot or Sherlock Holmes but a mole), Miss Mallard (a lot like Miss Marple, but a mallard duck), Jessica Fletcher (both on screen and in print). I've recently discovered Albert Campion and Inspector Alleyn and I'm hooked.

Maggie Sefton said...

What wonderful comments! Thank you, Everyone! I loved seeingall those sleuths---so many favorites----that we all share. :) I love it! Keep reading!

Laurie Fancy said...

Most definitely NANCY DREW and her friends while I was growing up, then came NERO WOLFE and his sidekick, Archie Goodwin in my late teens and early twenties. After that I had little ones and very little time to read....... And for the past 20 years it's been COZIES all the way!!

Maggie Sefton said...

good for you, Laurie. :)