A cosy mystery. Ugh, what a meaningless term, but it’s used everywhere these days to describe certain mystery novels, but without ever being defined itself. Well, as I’ve been endeavouring to return the phrase “locked room mystery” to it’s original meaning, I thought, as the self-appointed taxonomer of mystery novel genres, I thought I’d have a stab at defining this one too.
But first of all, a little research, which is where you come in, dear reader. Below are a selection of titles, both classic and modern, which hopefully you’ll have read some of. All you have to do is first, consider what aspects of a mystery make it “cosy” – once you’ve done that, take a look at the list and decide if you would consider the book a cosy mystery or not a cosy mystery?
Note, I’ve included a couple of authors more than once, as the books in question are, I think, quite different in styles.
These will close on Monday 20th June at 4:00 pm. Be back then for my thoughts on the responses.