It’s time to unveil the mystery… of the Cozy Mystery flag!
Once a writer chooses a genre on the map, it becomes a home. Cozy mystery writers, we want to give you a home… and a friend you can cozy up to while writing.
Cozies are a subset of the mystery genre often populated by crime-solving cats. You may also see knitting needles, baking sheets, and chopping boards—the accoutrements of hobbies of all kinds.
In a cozy novel, a small-town’s utopia is disrupted when one of the residents drops dead. The protagonist, an amateur sleuth, is swept into the crime investigation—because she’s implicated or because she fears for her own life. The sleuth is not alone on her quest for justice. A male counterpart—often a police investigator or a reporter—comes along for the ride and lends his professional expertise. Of course, there are sparks flying, but the romance isn’t the primary reason the cozy mystery reader is turning the pages.
It’s the successful resolution of the Mystery with a capital “M.” Along with our sleuth, the reader tries to piece together the clues and solve the puzzle, while enjoying a cozy setting where characters make coffee, bake, cook, sew, knit, embroider, scrapbook, or make flower arrangements.
As the writer, it’s your job to confuse and misdirect the reader-sleuth while also delighting her with delicious recipes or breezy hobby how-tos! You’ve got a lot of work to do, yes. That’s why we wanted to give you this feline sidekick to accompany you on the writing journey.
Cozy mystery writers, enjoy your new flag. You can fly it now by adding your cozy mystery to Book Country today.