Stumbled across a book that is part journal and part tips about what a Cozy Mystery is and how to outline a book. While it’s really for beginners, it is also a nice tool for an experienced writer that enjoys a new way to think through their plot. Check out the free preview below and see if it’s something you need. You can find it on Amazon.
One of my favorite things is a Kindle Short Read.
Just put ‘short cozy mystery’ into Amazon’s search engine and a list pops up. I’m a fan of short reads, because I can read a book in a single sitting. Many are even short enough to be read in an hour, as was the case with The Art & Craft of Murder (Whistler Cove Cozy Mystery Series Book 1) by Cozy Cat Parker.
Cozy Book Covers Have a Look All Their Own
Have you noticed the unique style of Cozy Mystery books? They favor illustrations that depict the book’s locale and the main character’s hobby or job. If our amateur sleuth runs a bakery, there will be cupcakes! And if she has a pet… look for an adorable dog or cat on the cover.
As a writer who’s taken over where only publishing companies dared to tread, I struggle with book covers. And I’m offering up my first cozy mystery book cover for feedback.
While visiting Indiana, I found a fantastic used book store — White Rabbit Books — and stumbled upon a hardbound copy of Agatha Christie’s And Then There Were None, which is also known as Ten Little Indians. For $8, I had to buy it, especially since I’m ashamed to say that I’ve never read this classic.
Kicking off a new blog is a whole new kind of mystery, but I feel at home. I’ve been a student of thrilling reads, television shows and movies since forever. Okay, that’s an exaggeration, because I don’t feel that old… most days. When it comes to content, however, I’ve logged some serious hours. I see this as my chance to share some of the cool books I get my hands on, as well as anything else in the Mystery World that could be of interest to you!
And I’m open for suggestions. If you’ve read something you think I should read, please let me know. (BTW, this is a NO SPOILER zone. My reviews are just an overview to help you decide to read or not to read the book.)