If we were having coffee today I might just mention cozy mysteries. Up until yesterday, I didn’t even really know what the term cozy mysteries meant. A reader asked me why I didn’t market my books as cozy mysteries. They were, she said, a pretty close match to the genre.
I’ve struggled with genre ever since I considered publishing. These ideas came to me and I worked them through a believable story arc. I polished them. Worked out the kinks. A publisher got interested. Nobody ever mentioned cozy mysteries.
I did a little research. I’ll admit, The Fever is a stretch, but still, it’s almost there. I’d call it a quirky take-off on the genre. Nobody dies after the initial hook. But the hero is an amateur sleuth of sorts and he has to work through solving his mystery, with whatever help he can find. Like I said, I guess it’s a stretch but as a lead-in to the series, it does set the stage.
Ah, but A Curse That Bites Deep fits right into the genre. I think. And the third book does too … but you’ll have to take my word on that. So, I have to wonder, have I suddenly stumbled upon something here? Sure, they might be sitting in the far left-field corner of the genre, but I think they are still in the ballpark.
If you like cozy mysteries, I honestly think you might like these books. They’re probably not quite like any other cozy mysteries you’ve read but you don’t seriously want them ALL exactly like one another, do you? The stories are comfortable and quirky and the characters and situations are down to earth and believable. Give them a try and let me know.
Thomas Fenske is quite possibly a cozy mystery writer. http://thefensk.com
5 thoughts on “WeekendCoffee Genre Rebrand?”
I was telling my step-mom about Cozy’s last time I was up visiting them, because that’s the kind of mystery she seems to like – there definitely seem to be those who are into the more light-weight mysteries, where there’s a bit less grime and gore. Certainly something to look into! I always find figuring out genre for my writing to be one of the most difficult things… it would be awesome if you’ve gotten a little more of a push in identity direction!
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So I confess that I had to look up what the cozy mystery genre was. It sounds like an interesting subgenre. Great coffee post.
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This is a new genre to me. Sounds interesting.
Hey Thomas, I too had never heard of this genre. If I can dig myself out from beneath the back log of other reading already in the queue, I’ll have to check this out. thanks for the insight.
That would be a unique way to market yourself, as a cozy-mystery writer. I think you might be on to something here.