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By the end of the story, the criminal is punished and order is restored to the community. The character solving the crime is often an amateur sleuth who becomes involved because of personal reasons but it is also possible for the character to be a professional: Many cozies invite the reader to solve the crime first.
In those instances, clues should be evident and fair. Red herrings apparent clues which distract the reader may be included and all the suspects might appear guilty along the way but these falsehoods should be explained by the end. The missing candlestick was taken by a child for a school project; the averted glance which suggested guilt actually represented guilt for snacking at midnight.
The novels of Agatha Christie and the mystery stories in Woman's World are examples of cozies. Cozy Characters The main character in a cozy is the good guy or gal. This person uncovers the criminal through an emotional or intellectual examination of the scene, suspects, and clues.
The main character may tell the story in first person or the story can be told in third person. The reader will want to be able to identify with the main character who should be likeable and whose faults are present but socially acceptable. For example, she may "always be late" but she shouldn't be a heroin addict.
Cozies often emphasize the positive. If your main character is always late, that fault may in fact prove to an important factor in solving the case. The victim in a cozy should not be someone who is terribly missed.
Cozies are, for the most part, feel good stories. Murder is wrong, but someone had to die for the plot to get underway, so at least the victim was the rich uncle that nobody really knew.
The criminal in a cozy is usually motivated by human traits of greed, jealously, or revenge.
You won't find many serial or thrill killers in cozies. The criminal may commit a second crime during the story but again any violence should take place between the lines and not on the page.
Supporting characters in a cozy can be eccentric, exasperating, or entertaining. They don't have to be likeable but none should be so outrageously evil that they might cause the reader to stop reading. These people include the suspects of whom the criminal is actually oneinnocent bystanders, and those who may help the main character.
Then there are the cops. In real life, the police would seal off the murder scene and run the investigation.
Cozy readers will accept that not happening so long as you give them the slightest reason for suspending their disbelief. Perhaps bad weather is keeping the police at bay or the entire department is off on a team-building exercise. Cozy Settings While Agatha Christie popularized the small English village as a setting, cozies can take place anywhere.
Typically, a cozy has a small setting so that the pool of suspects is limited and relationships can be developed.
Since the main character does not usually have access to forensic laboratories, the solution of the crime depends on talking to characters who all know each other. For the sake of simplicity, you may decide to set your cozy wherever you live.
If that happens to be a bustling city, shrink the scope to focus on a single apartment building or workplace.Writing the Cozy Mystery is a valuable guide on how to write a traditional whodunit.
This concise tool will show you step-by-step how to develop your characters, establish the setting, plot the story, add suspense, plant clues and sustain your series. Jan 21, · The Publishers Weekly review: "The amusing first in a new cozy series from Craig Myrtle's wacky personality is a delight." Mystery Scene magazine: "Craig’s skill at evoking a small town and its idiosyncratic inhabitants renders this mystery a pleasure to read.
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Our Blog On Writing is located here on our website. How to Write a Cozy Mystery Novel — Brenda Wood. So you want to write a mystery novel?
There is a really simple formula making the rounds now. Betsy, the heroine (yes it is always a she) just moved to a small town from the big city, leaving her jilted lover behind.
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