Category: Cozy Mysteries

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… Continue Reading “Two Different Ends to Two Different Series”

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… Continue Reading “Can Series Characters Get in the Way?”

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… Continue Reading “The Animal Angle”

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… Continue Reading “The Seasonal Series Perk”

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… Continue Reading “The Bonus Tracks”

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… Continue Reading “Jenny is a Sexist”

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 Death Unfortunately, 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… Continue Reading “The Hook Career; or, Why Hookers Don’t Star in Cozies”

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… Continue Reading “Let’s Talk Titles (Cozy, Comfy Titles of Murder)”

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