Cozy Mystery

 

 

What makes a mystery a cozy mystery?

  • An amateur sleuth. A protagonist who could be me or you, just a regular person.
  • A small-town setting. Community is key here. A local area where we can get to know the village or town citizens and take a visit to an interesting location. And inhale the aroma of freshly baked cinnamon scones from the main character’s kitchen… yum.
  • No graphic sex or violence. Sure, there’s a dead body somewhere, but the focus is on the clues and suspects, not the gore. And romance? The protagonist can have a partner or romantic interest, but it’s just not the main focus or plot of the story. Give us red herrings, misdirection, twists and turns, and more puzzles to solve!
  • A cozy mystery is typically part of a series. We love to get to know the characters and follow them from one book to the next. I’m fond of themed cozies. Tea shop settings, coffee shop settings, British villages, and protagonists with interesting day jobs.
  • Examples: I love these cozy authors! Cleo Coyle, Laura Childs, Molly MacRae, C.A. Larmer, Deborah Garner, Julie Seedorf, M.C. Beaton, Kate Kingsbury, Sandra Balzo, Cindy Brown

Who are your favorite cozy mystery writers?

Tea and Murder with Terrie Moran

Author Terrie Moran dropped by ePen for a lovely visit. I baked cookies, brewed tea, and settled in. Hello Terrie! Before we settle down to tea and conversation, I love to ask authors what odd item is on their desk. What would we spy if we were peeking in on you?...

Murder, She Wrote: Killing in a Koi Pond

Murder, She Wrote: Killing in a Koi Pond by Jessica Fletcher & Terrie Farley Moran Murder, She Wrote: Killing in a Koi Pond Cozy Mystery 53rd in Series Publisher: Berkley (June 8, 2021) When a friend’s husband dies while Jessica Fletcher is in town visiting,...

The Haunted Bookshop Mysteries by Cleo Coyle

Cleo Coyle and the Haunted Bookshop Mysteries.  The Ghost and the Bogus Bestseller Penelope Thornton-McClure and her bookshop's ghost-in-residence Jack Shepard are back on a new case in this delightful paranormal mystery from New York Times bestselling author Cleo...

Tea Shop Mysteries by Laura Childs

  Haunted Hibiscus (A Tea Shop Mystery)Cozy Mystery22nd in SeriesPublisher: Berkley  Reviewby Julie S., staff reviewer I love these Tea Shop Mysteries. Settling in to read Haunted Hibiscus felt as if I were coming home. The Indigo Teahouse, a comfortable place filled...

Gluten-Free Murder by P. D. Workman

Gluten-Free Murder by P. D. Workman https://dl.bookfunnel.com/4p94d2ap0k Julie S., Staff Reviewer Reading the title, Gluten-Free Murder, I thought it was going to be another fluffy murder mystery. I was wrong. Erin Price moves to Bald River Falls after inheriting her...

Open for Murder, A Happy Camper Mystery by Mary Angela

Open For Murder (A Happy Camper Mystery) By Mary Angela Cozy Mystery, 1st in Series Publisher: Lyrical Press (November 24, 2020) Paperback: 207 pages ISBN-13: 978-1516110728 Deep in the heart of touristy small-town Spirit Canyon, South Dakota, former journalist Zo...

Coffeehouse Mysteries by Cleo Coyle

Take a look at these delicious Coffeehouse Mysteries by Cleo Coyle!   COMING SOON!             Brewed Awakening, by Cleo Coyle, latest in the Coffeehouse Mysteries This eighteenth in the coffeehouse mysteries series will give you all...

The Thrill of the Cozy: the Seaside Cove Mysteries

Murder, Schmurder, and the Seaside Cove Mysteries by Terry Ambrose It was thirty years ago when I decided to write a book. Not just any book but a mystery. With an antagonist who died on the first page. Yes, I know. Getting rid of the bad guy immediately might have...

Southern Fried with Sheriff Kenni Lowry and Tonya Kappas

I feel so loved when authors drop by with a special gift. Tonya Kappas, author of Southern Fried, brought me a jar of moonshine. I'm okay with that. It's been a long week. We settled in with coffee and a drop of the special "shine," and the chatting began. Great to...

Red Herrings and Pekoe Most Poison by Laura Childs

Enjoy my visit with Laura Childs, tea, and red herrings! Then click HERE for a review of Pekoe Most Poison. I’m so thrilled you stopped by. I know how you love tea, so I prepared these seventeen flavors for you to choose from and brought out my best teapots. Which one...