Just finished a delightful cozy; Quiet Anchorage by Ed Lynskey. http://www.amazon.com/Anchorage-Isabel-Trumbo-Mystery-Series-ebook/dp/B00MHLE984
Isabel and Alma Trumbo are sisters living in Quiet Anchorage together in their retirement. They try to keep busy but Quiet Anchorage is a small town, but are a bit bored.
There is a murder in this small town. The victim is their niece Megan's fiance and she is quickly accused by the sheriff of Quiet Anchorage. It appears to the sisters that Sheriff Fox has accused her only to be able to say he quickly solved the case, as he is running for re-election. And since they need a hobby and are avid mystery bood readers, they decide they will find the real murder themselves. They will be their own detective agency, and since they aren't being paid, they cannot get into trouble, right?
As they go about questioning people, go over the crime scene, sneaking into to places they don't belong, they pick up people help them with their detetive agency.
I liked the description of the colorful characters: the sisters, Sheriff Fox, his deputy who is running against him, the town's pharmacist who can't seem to get anyone's prescriptions filled and the sister's entourage.
When I read a book I often picture what I think the characters look like, from t.v. shows, movies or plays I have seen in my life. This book brought to mind any of Aunt Bea's friend's in Andy Griffith or the women in the "Tuna" plays - Greater Tuna and A Tuna Christmas. This book even has the men sitting outside nonchalantly daily who really have the scoop on the town, like the men Floyd's barber shop.
Quiet Anchorage is the first in series of three Isabel and Alma Trumbo series. Ed Lynskey also writes a crime fiction series with Private Investigator Frank Johnson. The first in that series is Pelham Fell Here.
If you are looking for a new cozy series I would recommend the Trumbo sisters. I hope to read the first PI Johnson book soon.