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I'm nervously double-thinking the wisdom of having written "help the turkey go down. Thanks, Elise. I have a lot of fun in that series as I mostly spend it making fun of writing, publishing, and the mystery genre as a whole. I really enjoy cozies, Miss Marple was my step after Nancy Drew! All the points you raise are very true. They are safe, sometimes I don't want the grizzly details, either of the murder or of the sex. Georgette Heyer wrote some excellent who dunnits without the sex or the violence. That said there is definitely a place for the whoazies too.
They are different places for different moods. Number 20 is spot on!
Great Blog Josh, thanks. Fab post, Josh!! I love cozies because I always know exactly what I'm getting at that moment. Not to say I don't enjoy a wide array of other genres, but sometimes I'm just in the mood for a cozy. Just got a Kindle for X-Mas and plan on loading up some of yours!!
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Absolutely, Jan. I enjoy all kinds of mysteries from classic noir to traditional. In fact, I think my next post here might be how Agatha Christie and TV ruined mystery writing for the rest of us.
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I love the cozy, although I also write the grittier mysteries. For me, the cozy is all about character, character, character.
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Great post, Josh, and a lot of fun. An excellent list, Josh. My mainstream 'women's fiction' and if I could come up with a better genre-name for a book that's mostly about throwing a bunch of women together on a voyage of self-discovery, I'd use it novel has distinct cozy elements, even if my protagonist is a detective on a stress-induced sabbatical.
I love cozy mysteries I've always been fond of the cozy, Marcelle. Actually, if you examine the traditional mysteries of Agatha Christie, she deals with many a gritty -- even horrific topic but it's done so subtlely that it's easy to take in stride. Stevie, I think the stress-induced sabatical is one of the very best reasons to put a potential sleuth in the path of potential mystery. Sounds like fun! Josh, thanks for sharing these writing tips with us. BTW This is a really nice blog.
I love the design and the pretty covers. Hi Joanna! Yes, I love the layout of this blog. Kudos to my blogmates for that. Excellent post, Josh. And "whoazy" I love that! I think I'll consult your post before I sit down to write my next book :. Great post, Josh. I love reading a good cozy but it's just as well I don't write them because I've killed a cat.
That sucker had to go. Thanks, Shirley. It's always interesting to read the things that readers say they will and will not accept. I think I must have some pretty flexible readers given how tolerant they are of my genre jumping. I love this post! Thanks for that. And thanks, too, for making me think my "terrible" attempt at one of these might not be so terrible after all. LOL :. Great post, Josh! Particularly the point about never killing the cat LOL.
Seriously, I think you sum it up when you say it's all about the fun and the characters. Which you write so well! Do you ever get response from readers chastising you about some element in the book? When I've received feedback like that it's always something that hadn't really registered with me - but it's obviously very important to the reader, so I need to take that into account in future :. I think these tips cover mnost of the expectations, and really well.
I love the name "cozy. Missy, the traditional or "cozy" mystery is actually one of the most respected of literary genres except by those who despise all genre fiction. Granted, when you add sex to the mixture we lose all credibility.
What IS it about sex that scares people so? Clare, I've come to the conclusion that you can't please all the people all the time. You just have to look at it as They can comment on your driving, but basically if they don't like the journey, they need to get out of the car.
And too bad if it's a place with no signal and no taxi service.