My library has a cozy mystery challenge going on and Aunt Dimity & the Heart of Gold (Viking, 2019) by Nancy Atherton caught my attention.
What's a cozy mystery, you ask? Author Debbie Young describes it this way: "Cozy mystery (or cosy mystery, in British English) is the gentlest subset of the broad genre of crime writing. As its name suggests, it’s a comfort read that leaves you satisfied and at one with the world, rather than scared to sleep alone with the lights out." Read her interesting article here where she mentions these books may or may not include a murder.
The story I read does not have death--except maybe of some people's reputations. ;-) It is narrated by Lori, a transplanted American. Here's a brief summary:
Friends get iced in during the annual Christmas bash in the village of Finch, then an unexpected visitor arrives, and she has helpful information about the house's mystery room, and further mysteries that are soon discovered. While solving the questions, several characters are involved in romances in this lighthearted Christmas story.
Turns out this is book 28 in a series, but it was a good stand-alone read. Probably if I'd started with book one, I'd have had background information for many of the characters in the story. There's a light supernatural element which some may find offensive.
You can find out more about Aunt Dimity's world and about all the books on the website.
SM Ford writes inspirational fiction for adults, although teens may find the stories of interest, too. She also loves assisting other writers on their journeys.