Thursday, April 11, 2024

Review of Cozy Mystery Genre

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Bar Harbor Maine 
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 The "Cozy Mystery" Genre for stories has become very popular.  I thought this was a newer genre until I did a bit of research.  Actually, it has been around for a while.  Think about the TV program "Murder She Wrote" with Angela Lansbury and you find the perfect ingredients for a cozy mystery.  Like so many cozy mysteries this program features a woman who finds herself falling into the role of amateur sleuth.  She is an intelligent woman who also has main career.  The program takes place in a small, coastal town, where everyone knows each other.  She also has a good friend in law enforcement.  As I read more cozy mysteries, I find that these features are common to many of the books.

Why I Like Cozy Mysteries

I like cozy mysteries because they are fairly short, they feature a mystery that keeps my interest throughout the entire book, and many times there is a romantic interest in the story.  Often, they take place in places I have visited and really enjoyed.  In the past year I have read cozy mysteries that took place on the coast of South Carolina, in a small Irish village, small Colorado town, and along the coast of Maine.  I find this genre of books to be a wonderful way to relax and I often pick one up after I've been doing heavier reading.  They are great reads for a day at the beach or to bring along on a vacation.  Many cozy mysteries are part of a series of books with the same characters.

Cozy Mystery I am Currently Reading

Currently I am reading a book by Carlene O'Connor.  It is called "Murder in an Irish Churchyard".  It has an amateur sleuth named, Siobh'an who also runs a bistro.   It takes place in a small Irish village where everyone seems to know everyone and is willing to talk about it.  The book begins with a body being found in the local churchyard among the gravestones.  Siobh'an finds the body and the mystery begins.   All of these are common traits of the cozy mystery. Oh, and yes, there is a love interest with one of the local garda's (police).

As the story progresses, we meet a group of American's who are in Ireland researching their ancestors.  Do they have anything to do with the dead body? I will leave you to read the book and solve the mystery.  You can purchase the book on Amazon at the following link.

Review This Writers Review Cozy Mystery Books

Many of the writers for Review This have reviewed cozy mystery  books.  Here are a few that are in the RT archives.

Review This Writers Review Cozy Mystery Movies

Cozy mysteries are also very big in movies.  Here are several that Cynthia reviewed for Review This.
Enjoy a Cozy Mystery!!

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  1. As you know, I am a big fan of the mystery genre and it comprises probably 80% of the books I read. My favorite themes are FBI/Police Procedurals. A few years ago I was introduced to Cozy Mysteries and now those have definitely captured my attention ~ for all the reasons you give above. I especially enjoy exploring the locale or settings featured in cozy mysteries. Small town life and amateur detectives make for fascinating plots. I agree with all you have to say in your review of cozy mysteries, Mary Beth.

    1. Oh - and thank you for featuring one of my cozy mystery reviews.

  2. I have been amazed by how much I have enjoyed some of the wonderful cozy mysteries I have read thanks to the reviews and recommendations here on Review This Reviews! I have not started the Irish Mystery series by Carlene O'Connor, but my mother has and she loves it. It awaits me on my Kindle. Thank you so much for the reminders of previous reviews and for including the links to the cozy mystery movies I have reviewed. I prefer reading books, but movies are often needed as brief respites from my daily work.

  3. I, too, am a fan of the cozy mystery genre and have read most of Carlene O’Connor’s Irish Village Mystery series. Thank you so much for including my review of Murder in an Irish Village, the first book in the series that also includes Murder in an Irish Churchyard.

  4. Cozy mysteries are a great way to enjoy two things in life, reading and some down time too! I love the definition of cozy mysteries that you posted. Keeps your interest and let's you enjoy the surroundings and everything happening within the pages. I'm a fan and I will add this one to my list along with many others from all the reviewers here. Thanks for including me in there as well. P.s. your pictures are just breathtaking Mary Beth!

  5. I must get around to reading some of these cozy mysteries and watching the films as I think I would enjoy them. I appreciate your helpful list which is an excellent reference point for anyone wanting to start enjoying this genre.

  6. I didn't realize cozy mysteries were generally short (that would appeal to me as well) - this one sounds intriguing!


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