Wikipedia says, “Cozy mysteries, also referred to simply as “cozies,” are a subgenre of crime fiction in which sex and violence are downplayed or treated humorously, and the crime and detection take place in a small, socially intimate community. The term was first coined in the late 20th century when various writers produced work in an attempt to re-create the.Golden Age of Detective Fiction …emphasis on puzzle-solving over suspense, a small-town setting, and a focus on a hobby or occupation are all frequent elements of cozy mysteries.
I love a good mystery and I’ve always thought I’d like to write a cozy. I’ve imagined something like the Snoop Sisters (1970s television series), retired and snooping into some crime or another when no one suspects a couple of old broads to be any trouble. Their life experience helps solve the crime. As a matter-of-fact, I’m growing older, so soon I may have some of my own experiences to write down on pages.
What could be finer, I think, than writing about a crime where the murder happens quickly and I don’t have to worry too much about the forensics of it all? I wonder if the book would be much easier to write without romance in the story. Yet, I imagine it is just as difficult to write without these elements, to create good material that focuses on puzzle solving.
For inside information, the sleuth could be married to a police officer, or medical examiner. Or, a good friend, neighbor, niece or nephew could be on the inner circle. Who wouldn’t share a tough work situation with someone who listens and cares and is trustworthy?
The sleuth most likely has a college degree. She is usually a woman and might be occupied as a homemaker, cook, librarian, teacher, retired, own a bookstore or flower shop, involved in a hobby, when not fighting crime.
www.cozy-mystery.com says, “I think that people who read Cozy Mysteries probably have their own unique ideas about what they think Cozy Mysteries should be…”
My contemporary books have a weave of mystery through them, but they identify with romance. I love reading and writing romance into a story, so how can I weave romance into a cozy? Maybe by throwing in a couple that’s important in the sleuth’s life. Yet, cozy mysteries are supposed to have a quick plot, not labored down with a relationship. After all, the cozy is foremost about the mystery.
www.cozy-mystery.com adds, “I have to admit that lately, authors of what are considered to be Cozy Mysteries are adding more graphic language and “adult situations” >>> I am not sure if this is because their publishers/editors want this or if it is because the public wants (buys) more “adult situation” Cozy Mysteries.”
I guess I’m not alone in wanting romance. Will readers and writers change the definition of a cozy mystery? I find it sad that they might. I want the old definition to stay the same, as sometimes there’s nothing like reading a good cozy mystery.
Do you have any favorite cozy mystery authors?