Friday, November 12, 2010

Cozy Mystery?

Just a couple quick questions here.
- Who has heard the term "cozy mystery"?
- Do you read them?

You can answer in the comment section, or email me. Just curious this Friday morning...

Thanks!
Julie

24 comments:

~ Babs ~ said...

Hi Julie yes, I read cozy mysteries some of my favorites ones are Cleo Coyle/Alice Kimberly , Kate Collins, yours of course as I am just starting your books thanks to MKL.

Chantelle said...

Hi, Julie! Over at Sirens of Suspense we recently discussed this subject with "cozy" author Juliet Blackwell. We pretty much came to the conclusion that the cozy lines are blurring. It no longer just means crafting mysteries or animal sleuths. There's an increase in violence and language in cozies too. The common thread seems to be that in the end they are feel-good books, which is why I love to read them!

Chantelle Osman
www.SirensofSuspense.com

yabooknerd said...

I think cozy mystery refers to mysterious outside the realm of PI/police/lawyer mysteries where there is a focus on the mystery, but also another aspect of life: crafts, cooking, museums, books, decorating, running flower shops, or something similar. As a reader you read almost as much about the other focus as you do the mystery. I love these books and devour them :)

Marie said...

I love cozy mysteries. I agree that the lines are a bit blurry and it's sometimes hard to tell if a book should be classified as such.

dollycas aka Lori said...

LOVE LOVE LOVE COZIES!!!!! They seem to be evolving into a little more violence and more loving (sex) but have kept the humor too, they are so much fun to read.

I love reading series books one after the other because then you really see the growth in both the characters and the authors. Since starting my blog I have found so many new authors and love catching up on their entire series so I can review the newest mystery.

Thank you cozy authors, you keep me up late a night and then I can't wait to tell everyone about your stories the next day!!!

Julie Hyzy said...

I love you guys! Thank you!! This is wonderful. We've been suspecting for a while now that cozies were growing in popularity, and it seems as though they really are!

Kuzlin said...

I love Cozy Mysteries! The characters get to experience a dash of excitement in what otherwise would be ordinary lives...lives that we can easily relate to. And I can't wait for the next White House Chef mystery!

Maris said...

I not only read them, I write them. I like the humor and the idea that a non-professional can solve a mystery.

Bookwoman said...

I love mysteries of a kinds, but I especially enjoy cozies!

Julie Hyzy said...

Thanks so much, Kuzlin! I'm excited -- January is just around the corner!

Thanks for all these great comments, everyone! Wow!

Jaymie said...

I read "cozy" mysteries almost exclusively when I choose a mystery (and mysteries are my favorite genre). I have several authors I like and I read every new book in the series.

booklover said...

Julie,
I became a cozy fan almost 2 years ago when a dear friend gave me several to keep me busy while recovering from neck surgery. I was hooked immediately! I'm a huge and very vocal fan of yours, Cleo Coyle/Alice Kimberly, Lorna Bartlett and the list goes on...one of the nicest thing about this genre is how approachable you authors are to fans like us!!
Keep up the good work!

Julie Hyzy said...

I know I can speak for Cleo/Alice and Lorna/Lorraine when I say we cozy writers love our vocal readers! Thank you!!

Dru said...

I love cozies. In any given month, 75% of the books I read are cozies.

Marlyn said...

Although I think "cozy" is a misnomer, I do read a lot of mysteries that would fit into that category.

Patty said...

Love cozies. I read you (of course) plus about 20 others! Laura Childs, Monica Ferris, Lorna Barrett (or is is Lorraine Bartlet, can't keep her two names straight), Margaret Grace, Kate Collins, Sheila Connolly, just to name a few. Keep 'em coming authors, I'll keep buying!

Laineshots said...

When I hear the term "cozy mystery," I think, "Lift that tea cozy, pour another cup, and grab that book!" I'm addicted to them, I confess, and I keep finding new authors--and new books from favorite authors, which is even better.

SO many favorites: you, Cleo Coyle, Emilie Richards, Susan Wittig Albert, Heather Webber, Kate Collins, Rhys Bowen, Mary Jane Maffini--more names are pouring into my brain than you could fill a blog with. And I'm unendingly grateful to all of you.

Brian Kavanagh said...

Cozies are probably really the old 'who dunnit', which I prefer and read, as well as write my Belinda Lawrence mystery series.I enjoy M.C.Beaton, Hazel Holt, Simon Brett.

KarenLana said...

I'll add my name to the list of "cozy" lovers! I love mysteries but I am not into the CSI, gruesome, gory or disturbing kind. I read to escape real-life worries.

People have mentioned many of my favorite authors: you, Rhys Bowen, Cleo Coyle, Susan Wittig Albert, Krista Davis, MC Beaton, Emily Brightwell, Cricket McRae, Joanna Carl, Jessica Conant-Park, Carrie Bebris, Livia Washburn, Ron & Janet Benrey, Hailey Lind, Elaine Viets, Kate Kingsbury, Maggie Sefton, Hannah Swensen, Elizabeth Peters, Laura Childs, Kate Collins & Alice Kimberly.

Looking forward to your next book!
=D

Julie Hyzy said...

I love the support for cozies. You people *rock* - thank you all!!

Danielle said...

Aren't your books cozies? Is this a trick question? :) Yes, I read them, and I love them. I'm writing one, too.

Julie Hyzy said...

Not a trick question, Danielle. Just checking! Thanks!

Heather said...

Yes, I have heard the term "Cozy Mystery". But not until after I had already started reading a series. The first series I read was the ice skating mysteries by Alina Adams. Then I started with the Tea Shop books by Laura Childs and the Coffee Shop books by Cleo Coyle. Now I read all sorts of series. If it involves cats I probably read that series too. HA!

Julie Hyzy said...

Those cozies you've read are excellent choices! Love the cats, too. I'm finally able to put a cat in one of mine starting with Grace Interrupted. Ollie's life is too busy and it wouldn't be fair for her to have a pet.

Thanks!