A Look at the Cozy Mystery
- Cozies almost always feature an amateur sleuth, although this isn’t a rule. Occasionally you’ll find a private eye or a small-town cop as the sleuth. In most cozies though, the sleuth will be a small business owner, a nosy retiree, a local priest, or even an animal. They find themselves curiously drawn into solving crimes that somehow impact their work.
- There is no rule about where a cozy mystery is set, but often times it takes place in a fictional town or city. Small towns and villages where everyone knows their neighbors and all the town gossip allows the author to build a better connection between the characters.
Limited Suspect List
- One very important aspect of the cozy mystery is the limited list of suspects. . Cozies revolve around the relationships of the characters instead of large, unseen groups of people like terrorists, drug cartels, or mafia.
Absolutely No Sex, Profanity, or Violence
- One rule that is absolute in the cozy mystery genre is that there is no sex, no hard-core profanity, and no on-screen violence. In most cases, a dead body is discovered or happened upon. There will never be any gun violence or explosions where dozens of people are murdered in a cozy mystery.
We have compiled a list of excellent cozy mysteries for you to start reading. Take a chance and read a cozy mystery today, you will not be disappointed.