Two Different Ends to Two Different Series

I just finished reading Curtain, Poirot's last case. (I promise I won't give away the end.) And recently I'd also read Sleeping Murder, which is Marple's last case. In both cases the books were written years (decades) before they were published.Also in both cases the sleuths are still sharp, still the same old human-observers, and... Continue Reading →

Can Series Characters Get in the Way?

In An Appointment With Death, Hercule Poirot is on vacation in Jordan. He is called into a case involving the death of a woman in the historic city of Petra. This sounds pretty straightforward, doesn’t it? Christie’s sleuth on the case. Unfortunately, in the actual narration of the story, Poirot shows up just in time... Continue Reading →

The Animal Angle

I dont' think anyone can talk about Rita Mae Brown's work fairly without discussing the "animal angle."I've never written a story or a novel from the POV of an animal. Mostly because I, personally, have never been inspired to do so. However, Rita Mae Brown has made quite a lucrative career from writing from the... Continue Reading →

The Seasonal Series Perk

Throughout the year there are these things called "Holidays." Let's see: the Fourth of July, Valentine's Day, St. Patrick's Day, Halloween, and on and on it goes. Yep, there are holidays all over the place.A perk to writing any series, not just a cozy mystery series, I would assume, would be the seasonality of stories.... Continue Reading →

The Bonus Tracks

Back to cozy-time!Finished reading Murder Most Frothy, and this is my favorite type of cozy to read, I've decided. Do you want to know why? Let me tell you why:The Bonus Tracks!At the back of the book is a list of coffee-making tips and recipes. Awesome. In the spirit of both the holiday season and... Continue Reading →

Jenny is a Sexist

I admit it.I just started reading Murder Most Frothy. Upon opening the book I was confronted with *gasp* a brief prologue in which the anonymous killer is shooting the hapless victim. I got through the first couple paragraphs (paragraphs about gun models, bullet calibers, etc.) and had the immediate thought: Cleo Coyle is a pen... Continue Reading →

The Hook Career; or, Why Hookers Don’t Star in Cozies

Sure, the titles for a hooker main character could be funny:The Trick to MurderDear Dead JohnHooked on DeathUnfortunately, cozy mysteries, while dealing with loss of life, are not about the dark underbelly of the world. A prostitute's life is inherently more dangerous than the life of a maid/barista/beloved pet. Contrary to what Pretty Woman would... Continue Reading →

Let’s Talk Titles (Cozy, Comfy Titles of Murder)

Look in the bookstore. Check out the mystery department. You'll see them: the cozies. Murder encased in pastel colors and punny titles.Since I don't know much about cozies and didn't want to spend money on something that I wasn't sure I'd like to keep, I hit the library and picked out three cozy mysteries that... Continue Reading →

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