Favorites From… Nicole Peeler

Nicole Peeler

Hi folks! Nicole Peeler here, sharing with you one of my favorite subgenres. It’s a little different, maybe, for some of you, but if you like para-rom or UF I really think you’ll like…

Paranormal cozy mysteries!

The mystery genre, for those of you who don’t read it much, are divided into two primary strains: thrillers and cozies. Thrillers are things like Girl with the Dragon Tattoo or The Snowman, which have lots of action, violence, and violent themes. As for cozies, you’re probably most familiar with them in the shape of Murder She Wrote or Miss Marple. Cozies usually feature an amateur sleuth, rather than a professional, and the sex and violence are toned way down. There are still murders, but they will often be offstage, using a method such as poisoning or a single stab-wound, rather than showing a big gory murder like a thriller would.

I love cozies and always have, but recently cozies have begun to stretch their wings a little, allowing things into the genre that would never have been considered before. One example of this is the paranormal cozy. You might remember stories like “The Hound of the Baskervilles,” in which there appears to be a paranormal element. But, just like in Scooby Doo, those elements were always “unmasked” to reveal a human villain.

Lately, however, some cozy authors have been playing with the supernatural in a “real” way. The murderers in these books are still going to be human, and that’s one of the things that makes the paranormal cozy different from urban fantasy. But nowadays we have amateur sleuths who are witches with real arcane power, or true psychics, or mediums who really can see the dead, et cetera.

So a cozy paranormal mystery will have all the elements of a cozy. There will be a murder to be solved by an amateur sleuth. There will be minimum sex and violence on stage, although there may be a love interest and some “closed door” intimacy. There will be a really developed world that’s small in feel, so an actual small village or a small community within a larger one. And there will be lots of great character development, as part of the joy of the cozy is watching someone who shouldn’t have to deal with murder and intrigue being forced to chase after baddies.

But a paranormal cozy will have some fun supernatural extras that will appeal to readers of both para-rom and UF.

If you like the sound of this genre, two writers I highly recommend are Juliet Blackwell and Victoria Laurie. Both have series with great supernatural elements, wonderful love interests, and very intriguing murders to solve by fun protagonists.

As someone who has always loved the cozy, I’m happy to see it opening up to new themes and premises, while still remaining true to its roots.

Thank you to Nicole Peeler for sharing her recommendations today.  I asked Nicole to be a part of this feature because her Jane True books add some much needed laughter to my life. The title character is a half-human half-selkie who is just learning about the supernatural world around her and her place in it. The series also features a sexy shapeshifter named Anyan who ratchets up the sexual tension between action and the humor. You can check out my review of the first book in the series, Tempest Rising, for more info.

In the meantime, I’ve got a cozy mystery for you to try. Fill out the Rafflecopter form below to enter to win a copy of Juliet Blackwell’s In a Witch’s Wardrobe. US Only.

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Comments

  1. I’ve never read a “cozy mystery” before but I liked Miss Marple and Murder She Wrote so I’m going to give them a try. Thanks for the suggestion.

    e.balinski(at)att(dot)net

  2. I have never tried a cozy mystery before but they sound like fun

    Jolene A

  3. Thanks for the great post and giveaway! I haven’t read any “cozy” mysteries either… they look fun :)

  4. Yes, I’ve read cozy mysteries before and I love them. I don’t read them super often, but whenever I do pick one up, I enjoy the heck out of them.

  5. I have and I’ve enjoyed them.

  6. After reading so many “cozies” it’s really nice to see the genre opening up! I can’t wait to get my hands on some paranormal cozies soon!

  7. Paranormal cozies were what opened me up to possibility of enjoying cozies. You couldn’t have picked 2 better examples. Of all the authors starting to do paranormal cozies, Juliet and Victoria are the best at it!

    I’d really, really love to see you write a paranormal cozy! The Jane books have a lot of those elements already!

  8. I have never read a cozy mystery before. I’m always up for a new type of book to read.

  9. I just read a paranormal cozie, “Opal Fire (A Stacy Justice Mystery #1)” by Barbara Annino. I really enjoyed it and I will definitely be looking for more paranormal cozies to read. Thanks for the contest!

  10. Anonymous says:

    Yes. I’ve read many cozy mysteries. I’m quite interested in the paranormal cozy mystery mentioned here. Thanks for the giveaway!

    strive4bst(At) yahoo(Dot) com

  11. Thank you for the suggestions. I am always excited to find a new author to enjoy.

  12. Juliet Blackwell’s series is wonderful! Thanks for the opportunity to win the latest book.

  13. I’ve ead a few, and they’ve all been enjoyable.

  14. No, I haven’t.

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  16. I’d love to win copy of this book. Juliet’s series is the one that has introduced me to cozy mysteries.

  17. Anonymous says:

    I haven’t tried a cozy mystery before, but it sounds like I need to expand my horizons. Thanks for the giveaway!
    Jean S.

  18. I have not tried a cozy mystery yet. I do like mysteries so I am willing to try them out!

  19. Somehow I missed this post.

    I have a copy of cozy mysteries sitting on my shelf to read. I’m hoping I like them. They seem like a light and fun read which will be great to lighten my mood when I get on a UF kick.

  20. I have read a few and really enjoyed them.

  21. Kristine M. says:

    I love cozy mysteries. They’re light-hearted with a lot of fun characters.

  22. I love both these series!

  23. Cozy mysteries are my favortie genre. Keep them coming.

  24. I like cozy mysteries, I enjoy the amateur sleuth who seems to stumble onto bodies and can’t resist snooping.

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