What is a Cozy Mystery? --by Eddie Jones, CEO, Lighthouse Publishers of the Carolinas (LPC):
A cozy mystery features an amateur sleuth solving a murder within the confines of a controlled setting (think train, mansion, small town). Most of the suspects know each other and thus know each other's secrets. This leads to lots of accusations as to whom the killer might be.
Another definition I like is: A cozy mystery is a sub genre of crime fiction that gives readers a chance to delight in vicariously solving a murder--without graphic violence or sex. As a Christian writer this is what makes a cozy mystery my favorite kind of mystery and the kind I will want to write.
Others have said: "Cozies offer readers the kind of escapism that harder-boiled detective stories simply can't deliver."
"The abiding appeal of the cozy owes a lot to our collective memory, true or false, of simpler, sweeter times."
Agatha Christie and Dorothy Sayers are two cozy authors who have inspired several generations of cozy writers.
According to Brian Klems, Writers' Digest editor, there are four things a writer should know if considering venturing into cozy-mystery writing today:
1) Cozies have evolved since Christie and Sayers in faster pacing and more driving action with a broader range of subject matter.
3) Sales are steady, but moderate.
4) Genre-specific support is available - like Sisters in Crime writing group
(sistersincrime.org) one of the leading networks for mystery authors. It offers
a Guppies program that provides help for new mystery writers.
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Elva Cobb Martin
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