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Subject: Cozy Book?
Date Posted: 3/21/2011 8:40 PM ET
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What is a cozy? cozie book?

Date Posted: 3/21/2011 8:41 PM ET
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I've only heard of cozy mysteries.

 

http://www.cozy-mystery.com/Definition-of-a-Cozy-Mystery.html 

 

Date Posted: 3/21/2011 9:19 PM ET
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My personal definition for a cozy mystery is one where there's a murder without a lot of gore or scary stuff.  I had a grandmotherly friend when I was a little girl who used to say, "Nothing wrong with a good clean murder once in a while.'  I know there is someone who publishes what they call "cozy books" because I googled it, but I didn't read the details.

Date Posted: 3/21/2011 11:19 PM ET
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Cozy mysteries involve a murder without a lot of details, blood and gore. The focus isn't usually on the actual crime, but on the crime solvers. They include a main, likeable character surrounded by sidekicks and friends, usually with one or two oddball or unlikeable characters thrown into the mix. 

They seem to be very individualized these days.  There are cozies for chocolate and tea lovers, knitters, crocheters and needlepointers, animal peeps, gardeners, cooks and bakers, NASCAR fans, crossworders and sudoku peeps, etc.

I love a nice cozy in between the history, zombie and 'heavier' books.



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Date Posted: 3/21/2011 11:37 PM ET
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I first discovered cozies with "The Cat Who ........" series, loved them, and I'm definitely NOT a cat person. Now looking for a new cozy series that fits my personality----maybe the "chocolate lovers"????

Date Posted: 3/21/2011 11:42 PM ET
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Have you tried this site for finding an author you'd like?

Literature Map

You plug in the name of an author you like, and watch it find others that might interest you.  I find it fascinating.  Simple minds and all...



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Date Posted: 3/22/2011 1:15 AM ET
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I'm thinking of trying cozies for DD.  She likes books long on plot, romance is optional.  She would prefer graphic violence over graphic sex.  She likes typical 'girl' stuff...horses, dance, friends,music, sometimes baking.  Not into knitting or crafting (other than making cards once in awhile). 

Any really good author suggestions to see if she would like the genre?

Date Posted: 3/22/2011 10:37 AM ET
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Cool link, Patty!  Thanks for sharing!

Date Posted: 3/22/2011 10:39 AM ET
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I've wondered what a cozies was too! So it's a 'g' rated book?  

Date Posted: 3/22/2011 1:51 PM ET
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"...So it's a 'g' rated book?"   That's my impression S, of the 'mystery' or 'who done it' variety.



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Date Posted: 3/22/2011 2:29 PM ET
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some are PG, meaning some do have cursing and sex...but it's usually light.

Date Posted: 3/22/2011 7:31 PM ET
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Denise, I don't know how old your daughter is, but the Anne of Green Gables books come to mind.  If you look down in my signature at the bottom of this post and click on the link for "children's literature -- the real stuff" you'll find a list I started that has been expanded on mightily by other members here.  There are some great books there.

Date Posted: 3/22/2011 7:49 PM ET
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Thanks for the Literature Map ,,, too cool. I wanted to know what a "cozy" was because I have seen them referenced in the games. Have members added tags so that I can search them?  In general I prefer non-fiction, but I have read and added some fiction to have books for the game swaps. The trouble is I like old fiction,, Ellen Glasgow, L.M.Montgomery, L.I. Wilder(LOL)  Steinbeck ,, old classics.

 

Date Posted: 3/22/2011 8:05 PM ET
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I always thought they were books people thought I'd like!!  cool

There are a lot of tags for cozy's.   Cozy Mystery

Date Posted: 3/23/2011 2:23 AM ET
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Patty, DD is 22    http://www.reviewsbyjessewave.com/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/Green_Smilies/icons/smiley_emoticons_exclaim2.gif

Date Posted: 3/23/2011 9:55 AM ET
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Denise,  My dd & I both love Nancy Bartholomew, Toni McGee Causey, and of course Janet Evanovich.

Date Posted: 3/24/2011 9:59 AM ET
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I like this series by Nancy Atherton---Aunt Dimity

Here is a blurb from one of the reviews:

If you're not familiar with the name of "Aunt Dimity," she's a character you might want to meet - even though she's dead.

She is, in fact, a character in a series of VERY cozy mysteries written by Nancy Atherton, and she never really appears physically. She communicates with us - or, really, with the central character and narrator - by writing in an old journal, or diary.

The series centers around the adventures of the narrator, Lori Shepard. When we first meet her, at the beginning of the series, she is destitute, living in the US. She learns that she has been left a legacy by a woman she thought was a made-up character - her mother's old friend Dimity, whose name she knew as "Aunt Dimity" from the stories her mother used to make up for her. Dimity lived and died in England. When Lori goes there to learn more, she discovers the old blue journal - and learns that Dimity, though dead, still had plenty to say to her through the journal. In that book, and in every book since the first one, we follow Lori's life, as she marries, becomes a mother and continues to find herself solving mysteries, usually in and around the small English village of Finch, where Lori now lives in Dimity's old house. 

Date Posted: 3/24/2011 2:27 PM ET
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Patty

That is genius!