I’m a huge fan of Cosy Crime (so long as it’s not too cosy) I love reading it and I love writing it.
Everything about the genre, from the main character, to the setting is cosy. Life happens at an easier pace here, in a place where the reader might actually like to live.
There’s no blood and no gore, and no explicit sex. Readers won’t find a serial killer amongst these pages. And secondary characters may be eccentric, exasperating, nosey – but always entertaining.
The cosy crime novel might not be as graphically violent as a Val McDermid, or as psychologically thrilling as a Ruth Rendell, but the sales are not to be ignored.
I’ve even dipped my own toe in the water.
Captured in Cornwall is my first eBook ‘cosy’. There’s another longer novel currently with Maggie Seed over at My Weekly Pocket Novels (I’ve got everything crossed.) And I’ve almost finished the first draft of my third cosy crime, which will be another eBook.
If you love the ‘cosies’ then here’s a little treat. It’s an interview with MC Beaton, author of the Agatha Raisin and Hamish Macbeth novels.
Like me, Marion Chesney began her writing career as a crime reporter on one of the Glasgow tabloids.
She was a bit before time my time, but I know from my own experience how hard it was in those days for a young female reporter to be accepted in the tough newspaper world, let alone to be taken seriously as a crime reporter. But Marion was always destined for great things.
According to this article in the Scottish Sunday Mail, only the US crime writer, James Patterson and the amazingly prolific Nora Roberts, top MC Beaton in the latest stats from the Public Lending Rights organisation.
But enough of me waffling on.
Read it for yourselves here.
Have a great week, everyone.