In the first post of this type, we have decided to discuss underappreciated series. We determined that we would each choose five of our favorites and share them on each other's blogs. In order to see the entire list - and why would you not want to see the entire list? - you will have to visit each of the participating blogs.
Visiting Lesa's Book Critiques today is Dru Ann Love of dru's book musings, Dru Ann's blog is a 2015 Anthony Award nominee for Best Critical or Non-Fiction Work, so you'll want to pay attention to her selections. Included with each of Dru Ann's suggestions is a list of the books in the proper order. Here's what Dru Ann has to say about each series.
Main Street Mystery Series by Sandra Balzo
Sleuth: AnnaLise Griggs, returning to her hometown of Sutterton, North Carolina, to care for her aging mother.
I love the down-home feeling I get when I visit with AnnaLise and her friends in her small southern town. She returns to help her mother and we find a town full of eccentrically quirky residents that will envelope you with a warm hug where you want everyone to be safe from harm.
Running on Empty (2011)
Dead Ends (2012)
Hit and Run (2014)
Wishcraft Mystery Series by Heather Blake
Sleuth: Darcy Merriweather, from a long line of witches who can cast spells by making a wish, in the Enchanted Village section of Salem, Massachusetts.
This is a light paranormal mystery that has taken control of my heart with such tenderness that I'm always sad when the last sentence is read. It's both emotional and heartwarming and you care for all the characters as they take their place in their small little village. A series that should be read if you enjoy a little bit of magically delightful fun.
It Takes a Witch (2012)
A Witch Before Dying (2012)
The Good, the Bad and the Witchy (2013)
The Goodbye Witch (2014)
Some Like It Witchy (2015)
Southern Sewing Circle Mystery Series by Elizabeth Lynn Casey
Sleuth: Tori Sinclair, a Yankee librarian relocated to Sweet Briar, South Carolina
What I like about this series is that the residents of Sweet Briar took a stranger into their home and made her feel very welcome and as each story is told, we learn more and more about this eclectic band of friends who embody what true friends are who, no matter what, will have your back through sorrow and happiness. A series that should be read if you're looking for a diverse cast of characters that oozes southern hospitality.
Sew Deadly (2009)
Death Threads (2010)
Pinned for Murder (2010)
Deadly Notions (2011)
Dangerous Alterations (2011)
Reap What You Sew (2012)
Let It Sew (2012)
Remnants of Murder (2013)
Taken In (2014)
Wedding Duress (2015)
The Seaside Knitters Mystery Series by Sally Goldenbaum
Sleuth: Isabel "Izzy" Chambers, a lawyer who leaves Boston to open the Seaside Knitting Studio, in Sea Harbor, Massachusetts.
This is a series featuring friends that span several generations and in each book one of the ensemble cast is featured as we get to learn more and more about this terrific cast of characters. When I'm reading the latest book in the series, it takes me to a nice and friendly atmosphere where all I want to do is pull up a chair and dine at Nell's place. With the recent addition of Gabby, this series continues to delight and entertain me. A series that should be read if you like a varied group where friendliness is part of the pleasure of reading.
Death by Cashmere (2008)
Patterns in the Sand (2009)
Moon Spinners (2010)
A Holiday Yarn (2010)
The Wedding Shawl (2011)
A Fatal Fleece (2012)
Angora Alibi (2013)
Murder in Merino (2014)
A Finely Knit Murder (2015)
Trimmed With Murder (2015)
The Someday Quilts Mystery Series by Clare O'Donohue
Sleuth: Nell Fitzgerald, a former Manhattan publishing professional now helping her grandmother, Eleanor Cassidy, run a quilting store in the Hudson River town of Archer's Rest, New York.
I enjoy this series that has a diverse cast of characters where the commonality is their love of quilting and the friendship that has developed among them. When a situation calls for it, not one, not two, but all of them will pitch in and help solve the latest caper that occurs in Archer's Rest. A series that should be read if you enjoy character development with a strong voice among good friends.
The Lover's Knot (2008)
A Drunkard's Path (2009)
The Double Cross (2010)
The Devil's Puzzle (2011)
The Double Wedding Ring (2013)
Dru Ann Love is owner/writer at dru's book musings and at her daytime situation is a research analyst. A New Yorker, Dru Ann is an avid reader, writes poetry, quilts and loves attending reader/fan conventions.
Thank you for stopping by Lesa's Book Critiques today. Please check out dru's book musings and BOLO Books to see more of our suggestions.