Cozy mysteries, also referred to simply as “cozies”, are a subgenre of crime fiction in which sex and violence are downplayed or treated humorously, and the crime and detection take place in a small, socially intimate community. Cozies don’t usually involve a lot of gory details or explicit “adult situations,” either.
Think Agatha Christie’s Miss Marple, Nancy Atherton’s Aunt Dimity, M.C. Beaton’s Hamish McBeth, Laurie B. King’s Mary Holmes, and Alexander McCall Smith’s No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency. Also try authors Jacqueline Winspear, Laura Childs, Susan Wittig Albert, Sarah Addison Allen. Check if you want more cozy mystery suggestions or stop by the library and ask!
I just finished Alan Bradley’s latest in the Flavia de Luce series titled As chimney sweepers come to dust. Flavia’s been banished to Toronto Canada only to discover, once again, a dead body, wrapped in a Union Jack and stuffed up a chimney!