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Friday Coffee and Bookish Speaks – What’s Cozy about a Cozy Mystery?

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Hi Everybody!

I apologize for the sporadic discussions. There are lots of reasons but no really good ones! I’ll try to get better. I think one reason could be that I did a year of discussions and am a little burnt out. I will work on it. Today I am drinking a dark chocolate hot chocolate. It’s cold here in the NorthWest and I need something to keep me warm!

Today I am drinking a dark chocolate hot chocolate. It’s cold here in the NorthWest and I need something to keep me warm!

What are you drinking?

I’ve read enough cozy mysteries in the last couple of years I now consider myself a connoisseur of cozy mysteries. What makes a cozy mystery a cozy mystery? An even more ironic question how is murder cozy! So the first component of a cozy is that they usually involve murders.

The next thing you can expect from a cozy is cheesy titles like Meet your Baker by Ellie Alexandar. I’m not making fun of the title I love it! It’s part of the fun in a cozy. For me the more clever the title the better!

The cozy mystery usually has an amateur sleuth who has ties to the local law enforcement and has an uncanny ability to somehow get involved in various murders. There is usually a romantic factor. A romantic triangle makes it even juicier. The triangle is not necessary in the cozy but it adds a fun factor.

Cozies are usually clean but not always. I like the more family friendly cozies I get a little put off with edgier main characters. I feel like authors that add edge to their characters like crass talk and cussing are going against the unspoken cozy code of clean fun. I feel like they are rebellious and need a good spanking or a time out in a corner for bad behavior. That is more personal preference.

In the end, Cozies are just fun mysteries that tend to be tongue in cheek. They are easy fun reads and finding a good series of cozy is even better!

What are your thoughts on Cozy Mysteries?

 

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