|Cozy mystery author J.Q. Rose|
Dangerous Sanctuary available at the Books We Love bookstore
What's a Cozy Mystery? by J.Q. Rose
When my romantic suspense novel, Dangerous Sanctuary, was first released, I received this review from Susan B. "It was a delightful cozy, with some romance, some religion, and lots of mystery. This novel has an interesting cast of characters, humorous situations, and was filled with surprises."
As I read the review, I wondered how many readers had heard of a cozy mystery. How many writers? For sure, when I began writing Dangerous Sanctuary, formerly published as Coda to Murder, I wasn't thinking "cozy mystery." I just wanted to write what I like to read.
I like stories with
▶ a mystery and some humor,
▶ a strong female protagonist,
▶ not a lot of blood and gore,
▶ and some sweet romance.
|I had to research police procedures for my novel, Dangerous Sanctuary.|
Until I received Susan's review I never even considered I had written a cozy mystery! I definitely began looking into the elements needed to fit the qualifications for a cozy mystery and discovered my novel did fit into the cozy mystery genre. Most authors and readers agree on the following points:
2. The main character's vocation is different and interesting. I thought a female minister fit the vocation requirement very well
3. The crime is usually murder, but not a lot of gory description
4. Quite often the story takes place in a small town.or a place where the investigator has contact with many people e.g. the church members.
5. Romance, but no explicit sex.
|Abraham the pig has become quite a star in the cozy mystery, Dangerous Sanctuary.|
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