Writing the Cozy Mystery

Expanded Second Edition

Non-Fiction - Writing/Publishing
130 Pages
Reviewed on 12/01/2018
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Author Biography

Nancy J. Cohen writes the Bad Hair Day Mysteries featuring South Florida hairstylist Marla Vail. Titles in this series have made the IMBA bestseller list, been selected by Suspense Magazine as best cozy mystery, won a Readers' Favorite gold medal, and earned third place in the Arizona Literary Awards. Nancy has also written the instructional guide, Writing the Cozy Mystery. A featured speaker at libraries, conferences, and community events, she is listed in Contemporary Authors, Poets & Writers, and Who's Who in U.S. Writers, Editors, & Poets. When not busy writing, Nancy enjoys fine dining, cruising, visiting Disney World, and shopping. Visit her at NancyJCohen.com.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Alyssa Elmore for Readers' Favorite

Discover how to write and sell your cozy mystery in the excellent how-to book, Writing the Cozy Mystery: Expanded Second Edition by Nancy J. Cohen. Interpersonal relationships define a cozy, as do happy endings wherein the sleuth comes out on top, and the villain is brought to instant justice. Like the sweet romance, readers of the cozy mystery genre expect specific qualities to be present in all of their stories, while other aspects must be censored. Writing a whodunit requires the perfect blend of characters, settings, conflicts, and world building. Learn how to navigate the mystery writing world, plot your story, create suspense, build engaging characters, and sustain your series. This expanded second edition includes additional writing exercises, expanded sections, and seven new chapters, plus extra tips and resources. With content-rich chapters and many excellent examples to draw from, this book is a brilliant tool for the mystery writer's kit.

Explore the mystery writing scene in the spellbinding how-to book, Writing the Cozy Mystery by Nancy J. Cohen. With practical writing examples, valuable writing advice, and a winning arsenal of tools and resources, this book is a must-have on the mystery writer's shelf. I appreciated the author's fresh voice. I enjoyed this book. It contained so much practical advice. This edition is chock-full of writing knowledge from which any author would benefit, especially the mystery writer. I recommend this book to those that wish to write a mystery, or are feeling overwhelmed and clueless about the next steps in their draft. Complete with chapters on writing a synopsis and information on pitching your novel to agents and publishers, this book is an excellent resource for the mystery writer.