Meeting: Thursday, Dec 8, 2011, 10am
An amateur detective is not a professional (policeman, forensic scientist, private detective, lawyer, etc.). They tend to stumble upon their mysteries, but have a tendency to be the one who finds the body. A cozy mystery is a more gentle mystery, where the murder usually takes place off-stage, and there is little or no sex or violence. Murder She Wrote with Jessica Fletcher is an example of a cozy mystery with an amateur detective. Novelist defines it as, “Cozy mysteries are the ‘gentle reads’ of the mystery genre, containing very little explicit sex or violence. Originally British, with a village setting, and featuring unlikely detectives, the genre has since expanded. They are now set just about anywhere and in any time period.”
Our benchmark book for this subgenre is Agatha Christie’s The Murder at the Vicarage, the first in the Miss Marple series. You will also need to read a second book in the amateur detective and/or cozy genre. Some resources to find a amateur detective/cozy mystery include:
Forbes Library Cozy Mysteries
Novelist – Getting Cozy
Cozy Mysteries-Crafts and Hobbies
Cozy Mysteries-Food and Drink
If You Like Amateur Sleuths – Female (Hennepin County Library, MN)
Amateur Detectives (Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh)
There are many more lists of amateur sleuths and cozies — let me know if you want help finding something to read.
If we all read different books for our 2nd titles, we will learn about more books. When you have chosen which book you would like to read, please name it in a comment on this post, so we can avoid overlap.