22 killer gifts for the crime and mystery lovers in your life

If you’re reading this, you either love the crime or mystery genres or know someone who does. Maybe even both. And who wouldn’t? It’s full of intrigue, hidden clues, and justice for the victims (most of the time). Whether you or someone you know loves the settings in cozy mysteries,Continue Reading

So you want to write a cozy mystery series? A complete guide for new cozy mystery authors.

A great cozy mystery series is all about humanity’s insatiable curiosity, my dear Watson! Nearly everyone you meet has been curious about something at one point or another. When a person doesn’t know something but is taunted with just enough details, something in the brain triggers, and they HAVE to learn more. ThatContinue Reading

Cozy Mystery: The Most Marketable Fiction Genre

Let’s face it. Finding creative angles to market fiction is a challenge because most books are built on characters, emotions, and something potentially awful that happens to the protagonist. Here and there, you might run across an author who has figured out a distantly related way to market their novels,Continue Reading

Where's the blood in a cozy mystery? How to write a compelling death scene without alienating readers.

Murder. It’s scary, right? We could also say it’s also frightening, terrifying, traumatizing, and just plain messy and disgusting. Blood and guts everywhere, nasty smells, and emotionally paralyzing. For those of us who have never seen a dead body, it’s beyond imaginable what it’s like to walk into a roomContinue Reading