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Monday, July 29, 2013

What is a Cozy Mystery?

Although I loved Agatha Christie's books I never considered them a genre of their own. They were simply mysteries in a cozy setting. Writing World describes cozy mysteries as a bloodless crime, Cozy-Mystery.Com notes that the protagonist is usually a woman amateur sleuth, Nathan Bransford describes a cozy as a book you would want to curl up with on a cold rainy afternoon, others compare them to the Murder She Wrote series.

But cozies, in my opinion, are described by what is missing from a mystery/thriller:
There are no gruesome details
An animal or pet never, never, never gets hurt or killed
The protagonist/sleuth is rarely in danger
The profession of the sleuth is not in law enforcement
The setting is not a large city (those are hard boiled mysteries) but in an enclosed area - a village, or house

If you love cozies, hop on over to CozyMystery.Com where there is a wealth of information


K9friend said...

I've always wondered about that. Thanks for clearing it up for me.

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Joanne said...

and you need to say (modestly) that this is your specialty.

Judy Croome | @judy_croome said...

As I read this I realised I never actually knew what a "cosy mystery" was. I just learned something new! :)

Darlene said...

I agree. I love cozies but never seem to get to read a lot of them.