Monday, July 14, 2008

Cozy Mysteries

The term “mystery” when it comes to books can mean different things to different people. There seems to be so many sub-genres! Thrillers. Noir. Cozy. Suspense. Police procedural And more.

But today let’s talk about the cozy. What is it?

It usually involves an amateur. Most likely, there’s a body, but the murder takes place off camera or off scene. The amateur sleuth gets involved in finding the killer. There does not necessarily have to be a cat involved.

For a more in-depth examination of the cozy, take a look at the Cozy Mystery List. According to this list, some of the parameters of the cozy are:
“a fun read that engages the mind”

“the crime-solver in a cozy mystery is usually a woman who is an amateur sleuth”

“the cozy mystery sleuth is usually not a medical examiner, detective, or police officer”

the sleuth will “casually overhear things at the scene of a crime”

“characters are likeable”

“fast-paced, with several twists and turns”

“emphasis on plots and character development”
Do you have any more “rules” of the cozy to add?


  1. Must have lots of food descriptions. At least for me to consider it a cozy! And a sense of humor.

  2. You may be right there. Most cozies do seem to have food involved. I'm thinking of Karen MacInerney's Gray Whale Inn series. The protag is the owner of a bed & breakfast. Reading those books makes you hungry.

  3. the Gray Whale INn series set on an island? And does she bake all the time? If so, I think I read the first one and yeah, it made me blow my 'no wheat' diet... I'm vaguely allergic, but it didn't stop me...

  4. Yes it is. And she puts recipes in the back of the book. The diet devil!


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