Tag Archives: mystery novels

My “First Person” P.O.V. Post

This “It happened to me” viewpoint is common in cozies. To a new writer, it can seem to be the easiest choice. You and your main character tell the story into the computer keyboard. “I, Jane Doe, trip over a … Continue reading

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Review: The Weekend Novelist Writes a Mystery

by Robert J. Ray and Jack Remick; Dell Publishing; Bantam Doubleday Dell Publishing Group, Inc.; New York; 1998.  I approach my copy of this book with a sigh of boredom. When I open it, however, I’m surprised to see how … Continue reading

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Back to Cozies

It’s been a very busy time. Despite my vow to avoid cozies, I was drawn back into reading the remainder of the 40 books. Reading all the Dickens biographies that I found and several of his novels enlarged my point of … Continue reading

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Now Going Wider than my Cz-Mys Goal

This blog is hereby opened up to include all my writing efforts. Continue reading

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The Forty Books

I have something to confess. Cozy mysteries are not my natural choice to read. I like vintage pulp novels with hard-boiled types who live in Los Angeles in the 1940s. There has to be “frails” and “gats” and plenty more … Continue reading

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Writing the Cozy Mystery: Writing What You Don’t Know: 2 Bad Choices

When I make a mistake in planning a story, it is as if the project has been sucked into a black hole: no more inspiration, no “ah-ha!” moments. Only dead silence from my muse. Big problems have arisen from my … Continue reading

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Writing the Cozy Mystery: Writing What You Don’t Know: My Good Choice

Write what you know. I write to get away from the boredom of my life. There’s no incentive for me to write about a woman with three cats who spends her time writing mystery novels, knitting afghans for charity, and … Continue reading

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