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Cozy Mystery

The Immense Popularity of the Cozy Mysteries

Kristen Houghton | Posted 02.04.2016 | Books
Kristen Houghton

Call them thrillers, crime or detective fiction; all of these and the slang term, whodunits, have been used to describe the mystery or crime story. Readers, it seems, love a good mystery.

Building a Series With a Serious Dog: A Conversation with Jo Bannister

Brandi Megan Granett | Posted 12.09.2015 | Books
Brandi Megan Granett

In Desperate Measures, Jo Bannister returns to the life of police officer Hazel Best as she grapples with rescuing Gabriel Ash from himself and the dark forces that fractured his family. I spoke with Bannister about writing from a dog's point of view, stoking tension, and crafting a wonderfully intense book series.

Let's Talk Cozies

Julie Hyz | Posted 09.02.2013 | Books
Julie Hyz

Cooking mysteries, murders set in cheese shops, even bee-keeping mysteries are relentlessly devoured by rabid fans, and publishers keep them coming. What makes this genre so popular? Why are readers choosing amateur sleuths over cops? Humor over violence?

OMG You Were a Nun and You're Black?

Deborah Plummer | Posted 01.06.2012 | Black Voices
Deborah Plummer

I spent over four years researching friendship patterns of people from all ages in order to write Racing Across the Lines: Changing Race Relations th...