Someone brought up the fact that I have Reginald Hill posted in my list of authors on this site. Reginald Hill is one of my favorite authors, but he writes police procedurals… not cozies. (If you look on Reginald Hill’s page, you will see that I have that annotated.)
So, the question is: If this is a cozy mystery site, why do I have authors listed who don’t necessarily write cozies? The answer is this: As I have stated several times on the site, I have listed my favorite authors. I try to tell you when one of them isn’t a cozy author, but I still include the author as a favorite of mine.
Also, I have several authors who I have never read. These authors come highly recommended, and in most cases, I have tried to add a line about not having read them yet. I know that eventually I will get around to reading them.
I have started adding authors who are known to write cozies and who readers of the site recommend. Of course, that means that I don’t personally know who is recommending some of the (new to me) authors, and that their editors or P.R. reps could actually be the people writing to tell me how wonderful the (new to me) authors are. I try to make it clear that I haven’t read the author, but I post him/her if I like what I find out in my research.
There are a few authors who I have posted who I actually do not like, but who my friends adore, and who (based on their bestseller status) seem to be wonderful cozy authors. I go ahead and list the authors with their lists of books but I choose not to put a negative comment about those authors.
Anyway, I thought that I had better write this blog after getting word that Reginald Hill is not a cozy author……… Yes, I know that, but he is still one of my favorite authors.
I am so excited to stumble on your site! I love cozy mysteries but had a hard time finding good reads…not anymore!
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Thanks, Kathy, I’m glad you stumbled on this site, also!
There are those of us who like some police procedurals and some cozies. I like Ruth Rendell’s Inspector Wexford so much. I don’t like a PP that plods with only facts and not much character development, and I don’t like cozies that are not intricately plotted.
Your website is fun–thanks!
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I know exactly what you mean! I have tried to limit the police procedurals that I have included on this “cozy” site, but there are some that I absolutely could not, in good conscience, exclude. Without looking through the site, I can think of several PPs that I love……. Reginald Hill’s Dalziel and Pascoe, Colin Dexter’s Morse, Edna Buchanan’s Britt Montero, R. D. Wingfield’s Inspector Frost, and Jeffery Deaver’s Lincoln Rhyme. Also, Elizabeth George’s Linley/Havers and …. Yikes! I could go on and on… (I was somewhat surprised to find that Elizabeth George won the Agatha Award for best first novel. I don’t consider her at all cozy, but I do love her books.)