Thursday, December 20, 2012

12 Cozies of Christmas: Rosemary and Thyme

As part of Spyglass Lane Mysteries' "12 Cozies of Christmas" campaign, here is a special guest post from cozy mystery author Candice Speare Prentice. Take it away, Candice!

I love a good murder mystery, but I don’t like gushing blood, raunchy language, and random naked body parts—dead or alive. For instance, I’ve never watched Silence of the Lambs. When it first came out on VCR years ago, my family rented it. After the first ten minutes, I left the room. Please understand that this isn’t criticism of people who loved that movie; it’s about my sensitivity. Television shows and movies live second lives as reruns in my brain—especially the vivid, gory ones.

That’s why I enjoy a good cozy mystery. I like to write them, I like to read them, and I like to watch them. They give me the satisfaction of a good murder mystery without gory, in-your-face violence. They also provide a bit of psychological thrill without weirdness.

(If you like cozy mysteries, check out the 12 Cozy Mysteries of Christmas eBook Giveaway below.)

Recently I discovered a BBC cozy mystery series through Netflix titled Rosemary and Thyme. Yes, I’m behind the times. The show ran from 2003 to 2007. The main characters are middle-aged gardening sleuths Rosemary Boxer and Laura Thyme. Rosemary, who is single, lost her job as a plant pathologist and lecturer at a college. Laura was a former police constable whose cheating husband recently asked for a divorce. Their joint gardening business gives them exposure to plenty of opportunities for mayhem to occur. Their friendship is realistic. The scenery is amazing. And I’m even learning a few things about plants.

Unfortunately the series was short-running, only 22 episodes. But I’m savoring each show, usually during my afternoon break while I have a cup of coffee. It makes me feel...cozy.

There are two ways to enter the 12 Cozy Mysteries of Christmas eBook Giveaway
  1. Create a Pinterest Pinboard entitled "My 12 Cozies of Christmas." Fill it with 12 Spyglass Lane titles that either you want to read, or have already read and love! Be sure to use the #12CoziesofChristmas hashtag in the description of each pinned book cover. One pinboard will automatically enter you in each daily drawing! 
  2. Tweet about Spyglass Lane mysteries. Simply Tweet about the giveaway or one of your favorite Spyglass Lane Mysteries or authors and include the #12CoziesofChristmas hashtag along with the www.spyglasslanemysteries.com link. You may Tweet as many times as you want each day! Only Tweets sent out the day of the giveaway will be considered for that day’s drawing. Follow us on the Spyglass Lane blog, Twitter @SpyglassMystery or Facebook for the latest info on the 12 Cozies of Christmas giveaway! Each day, we’ll reveal which Spyglass Lane cozy mystery we’ll be giving away.

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