Blogoween Post 1, What the Heck is a “Cozy Mystery”?

Welcome to our little corner of Blogoween 2018! ::Waves from the brightly lit, happy pumpkin, silly scarecrow house::

I’m starting the month off with a question. What the heck is a cozy mystery? I mean, I get cozy and I get mystery, but I needed more info!

According to Wikipedia:

Cozy mysteries, also referred to 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. Cozies thus stand in contrast to hardboiled fiction, which feature violence and sexuality more explicitly and centrally to the plot. The term “cozy” 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

Okay…. let’s dig a bit deeper. According to a guest post by author Patrick Kendrick (here) there’s usually a formula to writing cozies:

Quirky Character(s) + A Non-Graphic Murder + Puzzle to be Solved = Cozy.

He also talks about pacing, point of views and style – really great article.

This author up in Maine has some unsolicited advice for those that write cozies. She advises against over-using or forgetting about pets, getting law enforcement details accurate and making sure your amateur detective actually detects. Hmm 🤔

A quick search of Pinterest turned up some awesome Halloween themed cozy mysteries. I’m loving the food references and play on words. Since I’m a big baby when it comes to scary things, this might be right up my alley! Have you read any of these?

Conclusion: So far I’m intrigued. Seems like the genre could be a refreshing change of pace, but I wonder if it would hold my interest? Does it feel repetitive? What say you? Cozy Mystery lovers, please share your favorite authors or series in the comments!


For the month of October, I’ve joined book bloggers Sam and Clo to celebrate BLOGOWEEN! 🎃👻. I’ll be following some of the hosted prompts and encourage you to visit the hosts and show some love!