Usually a Cozy has, as its sleuth, a non-professional… an amateur, usually a woman. But more and more “professionals” are making their ways into the Cozy Mystery books. Private investigators and police detectives are found in many cozy mystery series.
A wonderful example of this “breaking the amateur sleuth” rule can be found by just looking at Agatha Christie’s work. While Miss Marple is a prime example of following all of the Cozy “requirements,” what about our favorite Belgian detective? He not only is a private investigator in England, but he was a police detective in his pre-Great Britain days. And, let’s not forget that Hercule Poirot is also >>> a he!
Can you think of any other examples of “professional sleuths” finding themselves in Cozy Mystery Books?