Why I Like Cozies by Karen MacInerney

Brush with DeathDru kindly asked me to write a blog post entitled “A Day in the Life.”

Well, I was thinking about my life, and what I was going to write about my life, and I found myself coming up on the empty side. You see, although it is pleasant, my life is fairly uninspiring from a storytelling perspective, as it largely involves sitting at a computer and making things up, followed by driving and nagging children and making dinner. (This sequence is punctuated occasionally by gardening and karate class.) So, lest I spend 900 words detailing the quirks of my keyboard and the state of my living room, I decided to write about something I know you, Dru Ann, and I all love. And something I was thinking about the other day, anyway. So, in lieu of my grocery list for this week (which, while we’re on the subject, includes lemons, sugar, butter and flour, which will soon surprise none of you), I bring you…

Ten things I love about cozy mysteries!

    1. Instant vacation between the covers! (Of a book, that is.) I’m completely sucked in by beautiful settings, and there’s nothing better than being able to pick up a book and travel to a gorgeous locale where the characters are like old friends. If there are recipes to drool over, a potential romantic interest, and terrific scenery, all the better. (This also applies to writing cozy mysteries. I get to go to Maine all the time, even if it’s only in my head. And I have an excuse to bake pound cakes in several flavors! Unfortunately, the latter often leads to elastic waistbands, but one must make sacrifices for one’s art.)

 

  • The bad guys get caught. Unlike in real life, where criminals too often fade into the sunset, things are usually all tidied up by the end. I love that sense of justice. It’s satisfying, like a slice of lemon pound cake with a big cup of tea. Speaking of pound cake, excuse me while I visit the kitchen for a moment…

 

 

  • Useful, or at least interesting tidbits. You get to learn about poisons. And maritime history. And rum running. And quilting, or fishing, or baking, or any number of fascinating hobbies and activities. All from the comfort of your favorite armchair! With lemon pound cake on your plate and tea in your cup! (Excuse me again, please…)

 

 

  • No gore. Really, this is a big one for me. The less blood, the better. Which is why I think I’ll poison someone in my next book, now that I think of it.

 

 

  • No terrible things happen to children. Ever since I had my first child, I can’t abide when bad things happen to little people. No child will ever be murdered on Cranberry Island – at least not under my watch. Irritating developers, on the other hand…

 

 

  • The characters are like old friends. It is lovely to be able to visit with reliable friends, again and again. Catch up with their love lives, admire their new hairstyles, sample their baked goods… like lemon pound cake, for example. Which will hopefully be gone soon, so that I don’t have to keep eating it.

 

 

  • They’re terrific for book clubs. Because everyone can bring a recipe. And there’s nothing more fun than talking about relationships, clues, murders, interesting tidbits and recipes while eating baked goods and drinking tea. Or Irish coffee. Or eating lemon pound cake. Hmm. I’m sensing a theme here…

 

 

  • Cozies are a real pick-me-up when life gets tough. I don’t know about you, but I have a stash of favorite books I return to when things get challenging. Sometimes life can be unpredictable, troubling, and downright upsetting. When I’ve had a bad week, I like nothing better than to take one of my favorite cozy mysteries, run a bath, make a cup of tea, and spend a few hours visiting old friends in a comforting place I know and love. (Lemon pound cake is optional, but recommended.)

 

 

  • You can give them to family members and friends as gifts. No worries about offending Great-aunt Tilly with inappropriate orgy descriptions or Jack-the-Ripper-type crime scenes. And, last but not least…

 

 

  • They’re just plain fun! Both to read and to write. Let’s hear it for cozy mysteries! And lemon pound cake!

 


blueberry blues
I’m giving away one (1) digital copy of BLUEBERRY BLUES, a “Gray Whale Inn” short story, for Kindle only. Leave a comment to be included in the giveaway. Contest ends June 26.


BRUSH WITH DEATH is the fifth book in the “Gray Whale Inn” mystery series; the first book in the series is Murder on the Rocks.

Meet the author
Karen is the author of the bestselling “Gray Whale Inn” mystery series, set on Cranberry Island, Maine. When she’s not writing or chauffeuring children, she loves to read, drink coffee, attempt unusual recipes, and hit the local hike-and-bike trail. She lives in Austin, Texas, with her husband, two children, and a rabbit named Bunny, and escapes to Maine as often as possible.

Visit Karen at www.karenmacinerney.com

Books are available at retail and online booksellers.

34 responses to “Why I Like Cozies by Karen MacInerney

  1. I completely agree with all of your reasons for loving cozies. It’s a safe way to include mayhem in my life.

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  2. 11. If we’re lucky we go to conventions like Malice Domestic and get to meet our favourite authors, new (to us) authors and other fans.

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  3. Debbie Carney

    I love the cozies, for the same reasons. They are really an enjoyable read.

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  4. i agree with Karen with all the reasons for liking cozies!!!
    thank you for the giveaway!!!

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  5. I love the top 10 reasons why I like cozies!!! Oh yeah and Elaine’s #11 rocks also

    thanks

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  6. Couldn’t have said it better myself. Thanks for the great post!

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  7. These are all the reasons I love cozies! Especially learning little tidbits about all sorts of subjects.

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  8. Lisa Garrett

    I agree that copies are a great pick me up when life gets tough.

    lag110 at mchsi dot com

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  9. Nancy Bradford

    Love the reasons to love Cozies.

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  10. Kathy Gonzales

    I love your books, and own 2 of them on kindle already. Would love to win this one!

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  11. What a unique and enjoyable blog posting, Karen. What I find with cozies, is that even when you are waiting in a doctor or dentist’s office, etc. you have this nice compact stack of pages to pull out of your purse to read, and to fill the wasted time. Sometimes I wish that they wouldn’t call me in for my appointment as I was reading something that I wanted to finish!!!! Being from New England, I am drawn to all cozies set in New England so have truly enjoyed the Maine setting. Have read all of this series except your latest, Brush With Death and would very much like to be the recipient of the e-book. Thank you for the giveaway, Karen, and for the cute interview with Dru.
    Cynthia

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  12. Jan Mackinem

    I love this series and have to agree with all of the reasons to love cozies! There is just nothing like losing yourself in the world of a good book!

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  13. A great summary of all things cozy…. Hoping I win this one!

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  14. I totally agree with your summary on cozies. Thank you for the chance to win this book. Would you mind if I share your thoughts with others?

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  15. Cindy Hogue

    How very true…I agree with all your reasons (except I have never been part of a book club), I have never read any of this series but it is now definitely on my TBR list. Thanks for the blog and I am looking forward to reading the Gray Whale Inn mysteries!

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  16. Pam Mitchell

    I agree with your blog on cozy mysteries. Thanks for the opportunity to win a Gray Whale Inn mystery.

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  17. Nancy Roessner

    You have nailed the reasons for loving to read cozies. Also, you are in tune to how reading cozies can make you crave lemon pound cake…or blueberry pie.

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  18. I totally agree, Karen. Cozy authors and readers are on the same page here. There’s something comforting about starting a series and looking forward to the next installment.

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  19. Llk10retired

    Great series, Karen. You certainly have captured why we read cozies.

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  20. I’d love to win this one!

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  21. I like your list of ten. And I just ate a slice of homemade mango bunt cake! With tea.

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  22. Love to read cozies; looking at the picture of the lemon pound cake, make my mouth water. I going to try to make one. Going to make homemade chicken dumplings for supper, think the cake be a good dessert. Thanks, for the giveaway.

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  23. Barbara Tobey

    I was so thrilled to discover cozy mysteries. I still loved reading but was tired of the blood and gore, foul language, and sex.

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  24. Ronda Morhaime

    I think I loved Cozies before anyone called them Cozies…love the give-away…now if you will excuse me I need to go bake a cake!

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  25. Amen! Karen put all my thoughts I to words! Thanks for the chance to win a copy of her book.

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  26. Oh, I just love to read cozies! It’s like slipping into my most comfortable clothes, snuggling up on my couch with a quilt and forget everything around me (tea and cake just make it even better. I can relate to the elastic waistband…)

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  27. These are the same reasons I love cozies and I particularly like Elaine’s number 11…the reader/fan conventions.

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  28. Ah, so many kindred spirits. Kathy and Cynthia, I’m so glad you enjoy the series, and griperang, share away… and thanks! Dru, thank you again for the opportunity to post on your blog. What a great group of readers! It’s an honor to be here.

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  29. Hi Karen,
    I was introduced to cozies when I found your Gray Whale Inn series. I love your books and your list – especially numbers 4 and 5. Keep them coming!

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  30. Kay Pucciarelli

    I retired 4 years ago and just started reading cozies around that time! And I love yours!

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  31. Great List. I agree with them all. Now to find a piece of pound cake.

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  32. Thanks Karen for stopping by. It was a pleasure and I’m happy that we all feel the same way about cozies.

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  33. contest is closed.

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