For this post, I’m going to completely defer to author Sarah Weldon whose post on the Alliance of Independent Authors is better than anything I’d write about September 15th, also known as National Cozy Mystery Day!
Excerpt below but the link to the full post is here: https://selfpublishingadvice.org/national-cozy-mystery-day/
What is a Cozy Mystery?
“Cozy mysteries, also referred to 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 thus stand in contrast to hardboiled fiction, which features violence and sexuality more explicitly and centrally to the plot. The term “cozy” was first coined in the late 20th century when various writers produced work in an attempt to re-create the Golden Age of Detective Fiction.” (Wikipedia)
Examples of Cozy Mysteries
Miss Marple, Poirot, Jeeves and Wooster, Death in Paradise, Rosemary and Thyme, Murder She Wrote, Shakespeare and Hathaway, Miss Fisher Mysteries, Pie in the Sky, Hetty Wainthrop Investigates, Father Brown, Cadfael, Jonathan Creek, Midsomer Murders, Lovejoy, Aunt Dimity, Hamish McBeth, The Number 1 Ladies Detective Agency, Inspector Montalbano.
What is Cozy Mystery Day and When is it Celebrated?
Observed annually on the 15th September (Agatha Christie’s birthday), Cozy Mystery Day is about sharing and celebrating cozy mystery books, movies, and television series with the world. The official hashtag is #cozymysteryday
Ways to Mark #cozymysteryday
Blogging and Social Media: There are loads of ways to celebrate the day, starting with writing a blog post on your website, or posting a tweet to wish everyone a happy #cozymysteryday.
Except from author Sarah Weldon. https://selfpublishingadvice.org/national-cozy-mystery-day/
So why am I jumping into the celebration?
My own latest Liquid Cool novel, Book 9 — Write Me a Murder on Jules Verne’s Island — qualifies as a bonafide cozy mystery in its own cool sci-fi way. Grab it HERE.
Austin Dragon is the author of over 30 books in science fiction, fantasy, and classic horror. His works include the sci-fi detective LIQUID COOL series, the epic fantasy FABLED QUEST CHRONICLES, the international futuristic epic AFTER EDEN Series, the classic SLEEPY HOLLOW HORRORS, and new military sci-fi PLANET TAMERS series. He is a native New Yorker but has called Los Angeles, California home for more than twenty years. Words to describe him, in no particular order: U.S. Army, English teacher, one-time resident of Paris, ex-political junkie, movie buff, Fortune 500 corporate recruiter, renaissance man, futurist, and dreamer.