Here is a hilarious discussion about Cozy Mysteries
“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” (Wikipedia)
I love the discussion in the You Tube Clip above. As Craig Ferguson says a cozy mystery, “… sounds quite sexy.”
I confess I am pulled by the genre, because:
1. You know you know who did it, but you don’t know who did it. This intrigues me from the opening to the end.
2. All the characters are regular folk (Think: Murder She Wrote). They’re like your neighbors, except one of them is dead and another one is a murderer. When you place the most heinous of crimes – murder – in the middle of an ordinary group of people it exaggerates it in wonderfully dark ways, making the murder more despicable, more abhorrent… more evil. And above all more scary.
3. I always think I have a chance of figuring out who-done-it. The stories don’t just entertain me, they challenge me. I become a detective.
My favorite old-time cozy mystery writer is Agatha Christie. I have fond memories of reading her stories as the wind howled outside in the wilderness of the Haida Gwaii. Her stories made me want to write mysteries. Heck, I’ll be honest, her plots make me drool.
My current cozy mystery fave is Cleo Coyle (Coffeehouse mysteries). The books are written by a husband and wife team. They’re funny, devious and full of coffee trivia. What more could I ask for? When I’m tired they comfort me like a well-worn quilt.
Over all, I consider myself to be an eclectic reader, but I like to slide into the world of a cozy at least once a month.