I’m often asked if the books in my Mountain Mystery Series can be considered “cozy” mysteries. My short answer is yes. I refer to them as “Cozy Mysteries with a Bite.” The bite includes intense imagery, suspenseful plots, and descriptive murder scenes, none of which is out of the norm for murder mysteries.
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If you define cozy mystery as a sub-genre of crime fiction in which sex and violence occur off stage, the detective(s) are amateur sleuths, and the crime and detection take place in a small, socially intimate community, then Mountain Mysteries stack up well to this definition. The variances are few. As an example, the sleuths in BUTCHER ROAD are young detectives on their first murder case. In all other novels in the series, amateur sleuths work in parallel to professional investigations.
Intended for mature readers, each novel in the Mountain Mystery Series stands on its own and includes the following elements:
- The mystery (usually a murder) makes an early appearance.
- Male and female protagonists work together in solving the mysteries.
- The stories are set in North Carolina communities, often with the Blue Ridge Mountains as a backdrop.
- Clues are sprinkled throughout, but twists keep readers off balance.
- Crisp, short, fast-moving chapters provide a suspenseful pace.
- Great for weekend reads. Novels range 250 to 300 pages in length.
- They keep coming! Another Mountain Mystery is just around the corner!