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”Do you have any more “rules” of the cozy to add?
“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”