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Tuesday, December 17, 2019

Writing the Cozy Mystery by Nancy J. Cohen

Writing the Cozy Mystery

Kindle Edition, Expanded Second Edition, 145 pages
Published November 12th 2018 by Orange Grove Press

Goodreads synopsis:
Do you want to write a cozy mystery but don’t have a clue where to start? Or maybe you’ve begun a story but are stuck on the plot? Perhaps you’re already writing a series, and you need tips on keeping your material fresh? Writing the Cozy Mystery will help you develop your characters, establish the setting, plot the story, add suspense, plant clues and sustain your series.

This Agatha Award- nominated Second Edition contains more examples; additional writing exercises; expanded sections; and seven new chapters including The Muddle in the Middle, Romance and Murder, Special Considerations for Cozy Writers, Keeping a Series Fresh, Writing the Smart Synopsis, Mystery Movies, and Marketing Tips. You’ll find everything you need to know in an easy-to-read, clear manner to write your own mystery and maintain a long-running series. Recommended for cozy writers, mystery fans, and fiction writing classes.


4 Stars

If you want to write a cozy mystery, this sure does give you a place to start. I almost wish this was more of a workbook so we could read alone and follow the exercises as we go… jotting down all the insights we get right on the spot.

You can expand the use of this book to any type of fiction writing. There are a lot of good cozy tips but this book is for the writer and any tips and insights we receive are like gold. I wish this book had been longer going more into the process in detail. But this is a great overview book. I particularly liked the suggestions about heroes and villains.

If you are a plotter or a pantser, you can get some use out of a small book like this. Pair it with your favorite “how to write a darn good mystery” book and you are definitely set.

If you are a writer and want to know a little more about the cozy process, defintely check this book out.

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