Review: COZY MYSTERY 7 BOOK SET: 7 BOOKS, 3 SERIES, 2 AUTHORS

COZY MYSTERY 7 BOOK SET: 7 BOOKS, 3 SERIES, 2 AUTHORS
COZY MYSTERY 7 BOOK SET: 7 BOOKS, 3 SERIES, 2 AUTHORS by Sylvia Selfman
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

Reading a cozy mystery omnibus is normally an enjoyable and often interesting thing. I’ve read a lot of them over the years, and they grow on you, with either quirky characters or quirky mysteries. You need at least one, and preferably both to have a good series. They’re both missing in the books in this omnibus.

The authors appear to have put EVERY book they’ve ever written into this one. One might expect to see the variety of prose and story that they’ve come up with, and myriad character studies, and some interesting mysteries that make you think a bit. But you’d be wrong.

With one exception, the authors started every book the same way, with a scene right before the climax, like a bad Quinn Martin TV show, or a more involved teaser after the commercials of an episode of NCIS. She has a penchant for using numbered lists (in dialogue and exposition), and the word “breautufl” (sic). All the characters are cardboard and could be switched around like Colorforms and have no effect on any aspect of any of the stories. Which is sad, because adding my G.I. Joe Colorforms to my Peanuts set always made for some interesting adventures.

The formatting on the book was extremely mediocre; indents and centering are sporadic; one book wasn’t even listed in the Table of Contents, nor had a link to which it could be reached. If you bought it on a chance like I did when it was free, you wouldn’t even know the book was there. All the books in the collection could’ve used at least one more pass through a proofreader, as there were a bunch of errors.

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