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Recently I read a post on Addicted To Romance her blog about why Historical Romance was her favorite genre. I liked how her love for that genre showed through in that post. It was very well written. Somehow that post stayed in the back of my mind the rest of the day and later I suddenly came up with the idea to write about some of my favorite genres and general things I like about them, the first genre to come to mind was cozy mysteries so I decided to start with that.
How I started reading cozies
It’s hard to imagine that a little over a year and a few months ago I had never read a cozy mystery, until in 2015 I set out to broaden my reading genres and read more cozy mysteries. I only got around to reading them late in the year, but as soon as I read a few I quickly knew this was a genre I would enjoy. Since then it has quickly grown into one of my favorite genres. Last year I read a total of 26 cozy mysteries and this year I made reading cozies one of my goals as well. So yes I love cozy mysteries and I wanted to list what aspect of cozy mysteries I generally enjoy. These are often themes that many cozies have, although even with those elements present I don’t like every cozy I read. And not every book has all of these themes.
Why I like cozies
- The Mystery. When I started reading cozy mysteries I quickly found out that I love a good mystery. It’s so exciting to try and figure out who is the murderer alongside the main character. I really like the mystery element as there is so much guessing and figuring out to do. It makes for an engaging read. I especially like a mystery that keeps me guessing, but that when the murderer is revealed it does make sense looking back. And even better if you can figure out who the murder is and the author gives enough hints for the reader to figure it out.
- No Gore. I like that in cozies there is almost no gore. Yes it’s about death and murder, but the focus is on the mystery, not the gore or details of the death. I am not a fan of gore or too dark reads, so I like that cozies give me a good mystery without the gore or scary parts.
- Small town setting. I am a sucker for a good small town setting and a lot of cozies seem to take place in a small town. I like how close everyone seems to be in these town and that comforting atmosphere these towns have. The setting of a cozy mystery can really enhance the story in my opinion and it’s one of the things I like.
- Characters. In cozies you often have a big group of characters, everything from multiple suspects, to the victim, to friends of the main character, acquaintances of the main character and the main character themselves. I like how in most cozies these characters seem to come alive and you have this group of characters you come back to in each book. And all the characters often have some role to play. Often the characters are one of my favorite parts of a cozy mystery, especially when well done and they all have a clear personality.
- Series. I like how many cozy mysteries are series as I like reading series. And having more books to follow to same characters figure out yet another mystery is a good thing in my opinion. Now that I think about it, I am not sure if I even have read or seen a standalone cozy mystery.
- Standalone and Continuity. Cozy mystery series seem to have this unique mix of being able to be read as a standalone, but also a sense of continuity. Each book has it’s own mystery that gets wrapped up be the end of the book. But at the same time plot lines regarding the characters, romance or developments in the town can take multiple books to develop. Somehow this mix of a new adventure each book and continuity at the same time really works for me.
- Profession/ Hobbies. A lot of cozy mysteries seem to feature either an interesting profession or hobby. I like reading about different professions and hobbies in books and cozy mysteries seem to provide me with the opportunity to discover new professions and hobby. Often the theme of the cozy mystery is what catches my attention.
- Pets/ Food. Another thing I like is how a lot of cozies seem to either involve pets, food or both. Both are topics I like reading about and it’s nice to see these being a common theme in cozy mysteries.
- Romance as side plot. I absolutely love romance everything whether as a main plot or a side plot, so I like seeing romance in a cozy. But at the same time I like how the romance is often a sub plot that develops slowly and not overtakes the plot.