This came up briefly in my book club a couple of months ago, so I thought I would write a bit about the little known genre called “Cozy Mysteries” or “Cozies”.
Let me say that my education on cozy mysteries came from http://www.cozy-mystery.com. I found it when I googled ‘cozy books’, a phrase I thought I’d made up myself to mean good to read hen you want to curl up under a blanket and be cozy. Get it? Well someone beat me to it!
A cozy mystery is:
A “fun” mystery where the crime-solver is an educated, but amateur sleuth. They take place in a small town where someone important in that town and in working to solve the crime is usually the crime-solver’s friend (medical examiner, sheriff, lead detective). They are typically not very graphic or stomach-turning and adult situations are handled ‘off stage’.
The mystery has twists and turns keeping the reader guessing until the end but even more so the plot focuses on characters definition and their relationships. The amateur sleuth is likeable, and usually a recurring character (like in a series).
Two characters/books that fit this definition jump immediately to mind: Miss Marple and Jessica Fletcher. If you were a TV watcher in the 1990s, you’ll know Jessica Fletcher was the main character from Murder, She Wrote. Both Agatha Christie’s Miss Marple mysteries and Murder, She Wrote (named from an Agatha Christie book) are great definitions of cozies.
Other good cozy authors and books can be found here: http://www.cozy-mystery.com
Thanks to Danna, the blogmaster of the Cozy Mystery site. She has a new devotee!