Writing the Cozy Mystery

Writing the Cozy Mystery


Non-Fiction - Writing/Publishing
48 Pages
Reviewed on 06/01/2015
Buy on Amazon

This author participates in the Readers' Favorite Book Review Exchange Program, which is open to all authors and is completely free. Simply put, you agree to provide an honest review an author's book in exchange for the author doing the same for you. What sites your reviews are posted on (Goodreads, B&N, Amazon, etc.) and whether you send digital (eBook, PDF, Word, etc.) or hard copies of your books to each other for review is up to you. To begin, click the purple email icon to send this author a private email, and be sure to describe your book or include a link to your Readers' Favorite review page or Amazon page.

This author participates in the Readers' Favorite Book Donation Program, which was created to help nonprofit and charitable organizations (schools, libraries, convalescent homes, soldier donation programs, etc.) by providing them with free books and to help authors garner more exposure for their work. This author is willing to donate free copies of their book in exchange for reviews (if circumstances allow) and the knowledge that their book is being read and enjoyed. To begin, click the purple email icon to send this author a private email. Be sure to tell the author who you are, what organization you are with, how many books you need, how they will be used, and the number of reviews, if any, you would be able to provide.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Roy T. James for Readers' Favorite

Writing the Cozy Mystery by Nancy J. Cohen is about writing a whodunit which, as the author says, is a complex task. Mulling over the bits and pieces one has gathered, the puzzle should be made to fit together in the end. This guide begins with the definition of a cozy mystery, its nature, characters, and components, followed by a fairly detailed discussion on how these are all to be organized. Many helpful suggestions are contained in this book, like adding a romantic interlude to control the pace of action, leaving an open thread for readers to pursue in case of a series, making sure that this mystery is completely solved by the end, or introducing a hook to compel the reader to turn the page make this worthy as a ready reference.

Writing the Cozy Mystery by Nancy J. Cohen clearly shows the tough side of a cozy mystery, while amply demonstrating easy and dependable ways to crack it. Many nuances of such a popular form of literature, like when to use a female lead, what pitfalls to watch out for, (“the pacing must be quick, but you should not cheat the reader out of emotional reactions”) are covered in this book. The language is friendly and engaging, and the topic is presented with suitable lists to make comprehension easy. Addresses of websites are also given where one can obtain further data and resources necessary in this connection. A useful guide and ready reference, this book offers a good set of tools to demystify the making of a mystery. The absence of a table of contents slightly diminishes its value as a reference.

Nancy J. Cohen

Thank you for the wonderful review!