Do you want something suspenseful, but not too scary? A mystery that’s not murder-filled and gory? Something that you can read or listen to but not freak yourself out over? Then, let me welcome you into the world of cozy mystery books.
A place where all of these things are true. Where you can enjoy the simple pleasures of a mystery book without the nightmares and astray thoughts.
Elements of a cozy mystery
Upstanding citizen (potentially no formal investigation experience).
Jobs that entail frequent conversation with people in the town.
They are naturally curious.
The key role for them is why they are involved in the mystery.
Typically set in small towns or communities.
Small enough where everyone knows each other’s dirty laundry.
Cozy mysteries are meant to be “light”, meaning they do not typically involve gorey graphic details.
Poison is a popular form of bloodless death among these types of books.
Motive for the murder is typically from human emotion: greed, heartbreak, pride, humiliation etc.
Now that you have some of the staples that go into writing a cozy mystery, go ahead and can write one for yourself! Oh, and don’t forget to add some quirky characters! The protagonist would be nothing without a supporting character.
Here are some cozy mysteries we had the pleasure of turning into audiobooks! Browse for your favorite and enjoy! Happy Spooktober!
Detective Sergeant Chris Waters got the call at 05.29 that July morning. This is it, said DCI Reeve, you’ll be first there, it’s all yours, you’re the crime scene manager. Suddenly, after months of waiting and wondering, Waters finds himself in at the deep end, and alone at the scene of a puzzling murder.
As the investigation proceeds, the detectives at Kings Lake Central find themselves visiting familiar places and talking to some familiar faces, while old enmities reappear in the incident room. Before this is over, Chris Waters will need to make a career-changing decision, and another member of the CID team will find herself facing an unexpected challenge. And Smith? Gone but not forgotten? Surely, he would say, you cannot write me off with a worn out cliché like that…
“He saw a bare arm first, the hand palm up with fingers curled inwards. Then he stopped and took a few breaths. He could hear the two constables making arrangements before they separated, one saying he’d bring the other some tape from the car, and then it was just the summer morning quiet again.”
This week only get your copy of The Devil Drinks Coffee by Destiny Ford at a discounted price! The sale will run from March 2-8, so you have plenty of time to scoop up this deal. It is the first book in the cozy mystery series so don’t worry there will be more to read!
Here is a short blurb about the book.
When a local teenager is murdered, it’s the most shocking news to hit Branson Falls, UT, since 5% alcohol beer was legalized. Relax with a cup of coffee (or “hot chocolate”) and follow newspaper editor, Kate Saxee, as she investigates a murder, cow suicide, revolving door mishap, and tries to stop the rumors about her love-life.
Where can you find this deal? Links are attached for your easy shopping needs. A click away and you can immerse yourself into the adventures of Kate Saxee.
Destiny Ford is a pseudonym for Angela Corbett. Angela graduated from Westminster College and previously worked as a journalist, freelance writer, and director of communications and marketing. She lives in Utah with her extremely supportive husband, and loves classic cars, traveling, and chasing their pomeranian, Pippin–who is just as mischievous as his hobbit namesake, and his hyper pug-tzu cohort, S’more. She’s the author of Young Adult, New Adult, and Adult fiction–with lots of kissing. She writes under two names: Angela Corbett, and Destiny Ford.
A great way to spend quality time with friends and family this season is to play games! Winter vacation is coming up and who knows, there might be a snow day or two- so gather around and play a game based on literary fun!
It Was a Dark & Stormy Night – A Game of First Lines for People Who Love to Read
Test your knowledge of the first lines to popular novels. This board game is for the well-read, in which it asks players to name the author or title of a book based on the opening lines. Test your reading knowledge bases on six genres!
Pride and Prejudice Board Game
Step inside the world of Jane Austen’s novel. Race through the board game’s countryside while you fight to be the first couple to get married! And answer questions about the novel along the way.
A classic we all know and love with a fun literary twist! Have fun in this property trading game and see what fun spots you can land on.
221B Baker Street Master Detective Game
For the mystery book lovers out there who prefer Clue, this game is for you. Compete to see who is the fastest at solving cases in the best Sherlock Holmes manner.
Trivial Pursuit Book Lover’s Edition
Imagine the whole game being made up of the Arts & Literature category. If that’s all you need then just cut to the chase and get this version of Trivial Pursuit. Test your knowledge among family and friends, who doesn’t like a little friendly competition?
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Put on your comfiest pajamas, go to your favorite spot in the house, and grab a great book! The holidays can be especially relaxing and cozy, so we created a collection of our favorite holiday reads- ranging from romance to mystery. You will definitely be able to find a good book to fit the season!
Give one of these books a try and let us know what you think!
Here are a few of our favorite books at Hershman Rights Management for this special season!
Like most people, I like to pair what I am reading to my environment. For example, during Christmas time I can get comfy on the couch to a good Christmas theme book and hot cocoa. However, considering that it is Halloween season any one of these books paired with hot apple cider will do!
Most of these books focus on Halloween themed creatures, like ghosts or witches, or have a mystery thriller theme. Who doesn’t like a good spook this time of year?
Have Fun Reading!
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The genre of mystery has grown since its birth in the nineteenth century.
In 1841, Edgar Allen Poe used his gothic literature to create the mystery genre with the making of his detective, Auguste C. Dupin. Poe was and still is acknowledged as the “father of the mystery story.” The famous Sherlock Holmes and his apprentice, Dr. Watson, appeared on the fictional crime scene in 1887, with the help of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Years later in the 1920s, the Golden Age of Mystery, when murder mystery novels had similar patterns and styles, eventually traveled from Britain to the States. With the evolution of the mystery genre, authors such as Agatha Christie, Ellery Queen, Erle Stanley Gardner, and many more have produced works like no other. Even today, with audiobooks rising in popularity, mystery remains one of the top audiobook genres.
At HRM, we have the pleasure to represent many talented mystery, thriller, and crime authors and their audiobooks have certainly been keeping us on our toes. Here are just a few of our office’s favorites:
“Bad Deeds” by Robert Bidinotto
(Book 2: Dylan Hunter Thrillers) At a cabin the Allegheny National Forest, Dylan Hunter and Annie Woods seek to heal the wounds from their ordeal at the hands of a twisted psychopath. And to build a life together, Dylan promises Annie that he’ll abandon his violent ways. But ideological zealots and Washington’s political elites have conspired to terrorize and plunder the hard-working locals. These victims have no protector against the bad deeds of the powerful and privileged. Except for one man. A man as ruthless and violent as they. A man committed to absolute justice. Because Dylan Hunter cannot walk away – not even if it costs him the woman he loves.
“Glenmore Park Series” by Mike Omer
Twenty year old Kendele Byers is savagely killed and buried in a shallow grave. She had a violent past, a bizarre kinky line of work, and the suspect list grows longer every day. But when another woman is murdered, Detective Mitchell Lonnie realizes that there’s something much more sinister afoot, a connection between the two murders. Both victims had received a clue hinting their oncoming demise several minutes before they were attacked. There’s a serial killer in Glenmore Park. Even worse, he seems to be accelerating his murder pace. Not Mitchell and his partner need to locate the killer before more innocent women die. But when his sister gets involved, Mitchell’s focus begins to unravel. Soon his pursuit becomes personal, and the stakes rise very high…
“Michael Gresham Series” by John Ellsworth
Michael Gresham is a criminal attorney with a client accused of murdering a judge’s wife. As the story progresses, the judge whose wife was murdered suddenly tries to hire Michael Gresham for himself. New revelations have the judge backed into a corner in this legal and financial thriller. Can an attorney battle the system and win the notorious case other lawyers turned down? Can Michael Gresham turn the tables on those who would see him dead? And who is going to pay for the injury and disfigurement they left him with?
“DC Smith investigation Series” by Peter Grainger
The story opens with the apparently accidental drowning of a British sixth form student in the Norfolk countryside. As a matter of routine, or so it seems, the case passes across the desk of Detective Sergeant Smith, recently returned to work after an internal investigation into another case that has led to tensions between officers at Kings Lake police headquarters. As an ex-Detective Chief Inspector, Smith could have retired by now, and it is clear that some of his superiors wish that he would do so. The latest trainee detective to work with him is the son of a member of his former team, and together they begin to unravel the truth about what happened to Wayne Fletcher. As the investigation proceeds, it becomes clear that others are involved – some seem determined to prevent it, some seem to be taking too much interest. In the end Smith operated alone, having stepped too far outside standard procedures to ask for support. He knows that his own life might be at risk but he has not calculated on the life of his young assistant also being put in danger.
The mystery and suspense genre has always been historically popular, there was Edgar Allan Poe, Wilkie Collins, Arthur Conan Doyle, and even Charles Dickens. The genre has evolved over the years and I have noticed somewhat of a revival, if I dare call it that. It’s not that the mystery genre ever went “out of style.” It just seems like whoever I talk to, whether it’s a publisher, another literary agent, or a client/author, everyone is all about more mystery, more suspense, and more thrill. That’s why I was very happy to see an article on Bustle today about writing tips from Shirley Jackson, a true master of suspense. The article takes inspiration from Jackson’s newest book coming out August 4th, Let Me Tell You– in which the last section is a collection of essays and lectures on how and why she writes. I couldn’t possibly phrase Jackson’s advice any better myself, so here it is:
1. “The very nicest thing about being a writer is that you can afford to indulge yourself endlessly with oddness and nobody can really do anything about it, as long as you keep writing and kind of using it up, as it were.”
2. “All you have to do … is keep writing. As long as you write it away regularly, nothing can really hurt you.”
3. “I cannot find any patience for those people who believe that you start writing when you sit down at your desk and pick up your pen and finish writing when you put down your pen again…”
4. “I tell myself stories all day long, and I have managed to weave a fairy tale of infinite complexity around the inanimate objects in my house…”
5. “A writer who is serious and economical can store away small fragments of ideas and events and conversations, and even facial expressions and mannerisms, and use them all someday.”
6. “…with the small addition of the one element of fantasy, or unreality, or imagination, all the things that happen are fun to write about.”
7. “Now, no one can get into writing a novel about a haunted house without hitting the subject of reality head-on; either I have to believe in ghosts, which I do, or I have to write another kind of novel altogether.
8. “Using any device that might possibly work, the writer has to snare the reader’s attention and keep it.”