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June 2, 2016

Cozy Mysteries with Female PIs

by Elisa Hordon

Private Eye cozy mysteries: We're reading you, reading your every move.

I love a good cozy mystery with a female private investigator as the lead character. Some of my favourite series include Lexi Graves by Camilla Chafer, Addison Holmes by Liliana Hart, Barb Jackson by Anna Snow, Jamie Bond by Gemma Halliday and Jennifer Fischetto, Maggie P.I by Rose Pressey.

What I love most about all of these books is the positive message that woman can do anything they want, even be a Private Investigator which, let's face it, can be extra tough at times especially for a woman but these woman have strength, sass and never say die attitudes.

Lexi Graves Mysteries by Camilla Chafer

Armed and Fabulous
Camilla published her first Lexi Graves Mystery on Amazon in 2013, today she has 8 books in the series so far. I have enjoyed every book in this series and I am eagerly awaiting more. Lexi Graves starts out wowing us in Armed and Fabulous. Lexi is stuck in a boring temp job but that soon changes when millions of dollars goes missing from work and the chief suspect is dead, plus Lexi's new boss is not what he seems. This first book was so good I couldn't wait to read more. Lexi grounds herself as a strong investigator in this story with a unique way of getting the job done and even though Lexi is not yet a P.I she has the right killer instincts for the job. This is a great series with strong characters who can also laugh and cry with the best of them. Lexi comes from a tight knit family who just love to stick their noses into each other's lives in a lovable sometimes hilarious way.

Buy Armed and Fabulous at Amazon

Addison Holmes Mysteries by Liliana Hart

Whiskey Rebellion
Liliana Hart is one of my all-time favourite authors. I have read everything she has written and I seriously hang out for new releases from her.

Addison Holmes is sassy, sweet when she wants to be, sarcastic and a southern gal, through and through. Her mother drives a replica of the 'General Lee' from the Dukes of Hazard and her sister loves recreational drugs. So to say she is from a colourful family would really sum it up and just wait until you meet her Aunt Scarlet.

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Barb Jackson Mysteries by Anna Snow

Bubblegum Blonde
Barb is a new girl on the block with one awesome story ready to read titled Bubblegum Blonde plus a great Christmas short titled 'A Blonde Before Christmas'  and another short in Killer Beach Reads compilation titled 'Blonde's Night Out'. Short book #2 is on its way and I just know it will be worth the wait.

Bubblegum Blonde is our first real look at Barb Jackson in her first full length story. Barb is a Private Investigator, her motto is 'expect the unexpected' and this should be every reader's motto while reading this great cozy mystery.

Anna Snow is a brilliant writer. She knows how to add just enough suspense to keep me guessing, just enough romance to wet my appetite, just enough humour to keep me laughing and wanting more.

I am really looking forward to more from Barb Jackson and Anna Snow.

Buy Bubblegum Blonde at Amazon

Maggie PI series by Rose Pressey
Crime Wave (book 1), Murder is a Beach (book 2)

Crime Wave
Maggie Thomas is a PI, well sort of. Maggie's uncle left her his PI business in his will but the thing is Maggie has no idea how to be a PI and the app on her phone is not much help. Yes you read that right Maggie uses a 'how to' app on her phone to learn the PI I know just reading that tidbit has you curious doesn’t it?

It gets even better when Maggie crosses paths with police detective Jake Jackson. Jake is smitten from their first meeting but he thinks Maggie should leave the police work to the professionals!!!! Wrong move Jake, you just waved a red flag in Maggie's face with your chauvinistic attitude.

Maggie stumbled across the body so really she has a vested interest in seeing it through to the end right? Well of course she does no matter what Jake says. Maggie teams up with Dorothy Raye her geriatric assistant to solve the murder with some hilarious results.

I am a big Rose Pressey fan I love all of her books she has a unique way of writing that keeps me coming back for more.

Buy Crime Wave at Amazon

Jamie Bond Series by Gemma Halliday and Jennifer Fischetto

Unbreakable Bond
I love it when authors team up and bring us double the awesomeness.

Her Name is BOND Jamie Bond and trouble, danger and murder have a way of finding her no matter how careful she is.

Jamie Bond was a runway supermodel and a very successful one. Now she runs a Private Investigator firm that she took over for her father Derek Bond. He is retired now or at least he is meant to, Derek didn't want to retire but he did for health reasons. It never stops him sticking his nose into Jamie's cases though, but hey what are meddling fathers for :-)

Jamie and her friends Caleigh Presley, Samantha Cross and Maya Alexander make up the Bond Agency in Los Angeles. These girls get the job done any way necessary.

Jamie's best friend Danny Price is a famous photographer who Jamie met a long, long time ago. Also, he helps out with surveillance work when Jamie and the girls needs him. Danny is the big brother Jamie never had but Danny has never wanted to be Jamie's big brother: he wants so much more.

Unbreakable Bond - murder, lies and scandal shake Jamie's world in book 1. Can she figure it all out before it's too late?

Secret Bond - book 2 is more secrets, lies and a cold case that could tear apart multiple marriages. Jamie and the girls are back on the case and ready to get their man once and for all.

"Bond Bombshell" (short story) - When your past comes back to bite you. Maya Alexander is the Bond Agencies Admin girl. Maya gets it all done and keeps everyone organised, but now they need her to step out into the field on a new case that involves her ex-fiancée. Can Maya keep her work and personal feelings separated for the good of the case or will her worlds collide into one big mess?

Lethal Bond - Corruption, intrigue and romance, they all go together right? Another puzzle for the Bond Agency that involves the DA's office. Is Jamie's on again off again boyfriend ADA Aiden Prince involved? Can Jamie keep her personal and professional lives separate and stay out of trouble when multiple cases have her chasing her tail?

Dangerous Bond - Jamie is used to chasing cheating husbands but normally they are cheating on their wives not their diets. Can this case get any Of course it can. This is Jamie and all I can say is what happens on a girls trip to Vegas stays in Vegas but you will love every page of this story.

Buy Unbreakable Bond at Amazon

Elisa Hordon, reviewerElisa lives on the Southern Highlands of NSW, Australia were she spends her days reading, journaling, painting, cooking and home schooling her daughter. She has always been an avid reader, Elisa loves reading many genres of books except horror; her favourite genres would be mystery, romance and paranormal. Elisa also loves pursuing many creative outlets if she is not relaxing with a book she can be found writing, sketching, painting or cooking. Elisa loves to share her obsession with books especially with her family and friends. Reading and reviewing books is a favourite pastime of Elisa’s.

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  1. I love cozy mysteries and women sleuths! I don't read them as often as I used to because there are just too many books out there. I posted last year a list of cozy mysteries I liked and some I wanted to read. I think I need a cozy-women-sleuths week type of readathon. That would be fun.

  2. Thanks for some great new series. Several of these authors are new to me and i look forward to reading them

  3. I love sharing my favourites and I know there are so many out there I'm always looking for more while waiting for my favourite authors to whip up new editions 😀

  4. I too love these gals. I've also enjoyed some cozies with the female leads as police chiefs and fire chiefs.

    1. I love finding great books with inspiring female lead characters, I'd love to know your favourites Laura 😊