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Cozy Mysteries Are Hot!

By ellent | April 2, 2011





Once in a while, I enjoy picking up a book that’s a light read.  Being a huge fan of mysteries, I often grab a “Cozy Mystery”.  Those great stories that are not Serial Killers and other extremely intense undercurrents.

Cozy mysteries are a huge and extremely popular mystery genre.  The titles and backgrounds are everything from tea shops, cooking, haunted houses, cats, dogs, Antique shops and quilting – just to name a few.

The main character is usually a woman who is an amateur sleuth that local police refer to as a busy body or just down right nosy! In many cases, they know just about everyone and are dogged at solving the crimes.  They are intelligent and usually draw their conclusions from life experiences.  They always know someone on the police force to draw valuable clues and other information.

One of the greatest cozy mystery detectives is Miss Marple, created by the legendary Agatha Christie.  Appearing as a nosy little old lady, but gifted with a keen eye and enormous ability to small overlooked details.  This character has also graced numerous television and film productions.

Cozies rarely focus on sex, profanity or violence.  The murders, in general, take place quickly and are bloodless – meaning usually a form of poisoning.  Sex is implied and only in a passing.

Another great author of cozies is Lilian Jackson Braun.  She began her writing career in a hard boiled mystery format.  20 years later she transformed to cozy mysteries with the ever popular “Cat Who” Series.

Mary Daheim has a wonderful line of mysteries “A Bed and Breakfast Mystery”, as well as other series of mysteries.

More woman read cozies than men.  This is not to say because they are light reads or that women  don’t read heavier works.  To the contrary, most women who read cozies are highly intelligent and read a variety of material. In many instances, they have successful careers and are looking for a little escapism from the “real world”.

These mysteries are well constructed Who Done Its, sprinkled with humor and donned in the value of family and friends.

I love a Good Cozie!




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4 Responses to “Cozy Mysteries Are Hot!”

  1. Karen Conley Says:
    April 2nd, 2011 at 10:56 pm

    Ellen you have a way of me wanting to curl up with a good book right now. I love mysteries as well and at times I prefer the lighter reads, nothing too deep as life is deep enough.

    Keep up the good work

    Keep it pawsitive,

    Karen and Trixie

  2. ellent Says:
    April 4th, 2011 at 9:29 pm

    Hi Karen! It’s so nice to see you! Thanks so much, yea – love those cozies!

    July 10th, 2011 at 7:38 pm

    This is great information, I have written a book but it’s not published yet. Financially, I wasn’t ready so many people have been ripped off trying to publish their book and paid hundreds to $1,000. already.

    Please stop by and share with us; http://facebook.com/pages/bloggersunite/227139297315313

  4. ellent Says:
    July 12th, 2011 at 11:57 pm

    Thanks so much Marie, and will love to stop by! Thanks for the link