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Some people, myself included, think that there’s nothing better than snuggling up with a book and a beverage. Pull up a chair, grab a cuppa, and come join us in our exploration of the (cozy) mysteries!
Cozy mysteries typically have an untrained or non-professional investigator as the protagonist who, as an amateur detective, finds themselves in the middle of an investigation, typically, but not always, to try and find a murderer. Inquiries often come with a side of romance, a cast of kooky characters, a charming small-town community, and sometimes a dash of magic. These elements are not set in stone, but are the usual fare you will find in the modern version of the genre.
The cozy genre has a lot going for it and the books themselves are fun to read, though they are at times mindbogglingly complicated with red herrings and multiple suspects. The casual gumshoe will appear in a variety of settings as well as a variety of occupations with an assorted range of sidekicks - including potential love interests, family, irritating neighbors, cats, a dog or two, or even a ghost. In the modern version of the genre, there is also a tendency to center on themes such as recipes, crafts, libraries, book stores, and even book clubs.
To qualify for inclusion in the genre, our heroic sleuths will have a keen understanding of human nature and are astute in observation and deduction; the crime itself usually takes place behind the scenes; there is no graphic violence or use of strong language; and any serious romantic interludes will happen off stage.
This group was created to explore the cozy mystery genre, both the classical and the modern incarnations, and to bring people that enjoy the genre together for discussion and camaraderie. There will be a focus on either stand-alone books or the beginning book of a series, unless the books in a series can be read separately without feeling as if you are constantly missing character clues that were discovered earlier in a series.
Welcome and well met, Sleuths!