Like a lot of ardent readers, I have a wishlist for books I wish I had. But my list isn’t new books, or even upcoming books. No, my list is for books and series that aren’t being published any more.
That Wishlist includes The Cat Who books by Lillian Jackson Braun. I miss Koko and Qwill and Yum Yum and the tiny speck on the map 400 miles north of everywhere. Lillian Jackson Braun died in 2011, the last book in the series was published in 2007 (although I refuse to acknowledge its existence. It was either written by a ghostwriter or, if it was written by Braun herself, she was apparently not fit to do so. It was a terrible end to the series and not at all fitting with the rest of the books. Ugh) Although it probably wouldn’t have gone for much longer had Braun lived a few more years, I wish there was a better ending to it than what was published.
I just started re-reading another cozy series I enjoyed a few years ago, the Do-It-Yourself Mystery series by Jennie Bentley. Set in a small town in Maine, the first book follows Avery, a textile designer in New York City, who receives a letter from a great aunt she never remembered meeting. She travels to Maine to find out what her great aunt Inga needs to tell her, only to find out that Inga passed away a few days prior and left her home and all her possessions to Avery! Upon returning to New York City, Avery catches her boyfriend cheating on her, quits her job and moves to Maine to fix up the Victorian home she inherited. She hires a local handyman, Derek Ellis, to help fix up the house so she can sell it. As Avery and Derek bring the old Victorian to life, they uncover a mysterious disappearance of a local history professor, several unsolved burglaries and even a new romance with the hunky handyman. A charming and light series that I enjoyed but was unfortunately discontinued after the 7th book. *sigh* I’d love to see the series revived, it was quirky, fun and enjoyable. Bring back Avery!
But top of the list is is the Bewitching Mystery series by Madelyn Alt. I loved this series with all my heart. The first book, The Trouble With Magic follows Maggie O’Neill who literally tumbles into a gift shop one morning during a rainstorm and and is hired by the shopkeeper, Felicity, to help out at the shop. As she settles into her new job, she learns that her new boss is an honest to goodness spell casting wand waving witch. When Felicity’s sister is murdered and Felicity is the prime suspect, Maggie can’t help but be drawn into the mystery and feels compelled to ferret out the truth and save her boss from being arrested for a crime she didn’t commit. This magical series wove a spell around me, and I consumed all 7 books in the matter of a week, then waited with baited breath for book 8…which never came. *sigh* The author seemingly dropped off the face of the earth. I’ve heard rumors of an illness or unfortunate life events, but unless she comes back, Maggie and her friends will forever be in limbo. *bigger sigh*
So those are a few of the untended series on my wishlist. Do you have your own wishlist? I’d love to hear about it!