Saturday, January 26, 2013

Are Cozy Mysteries Seasonal?

By Ellery Adams

When Lucy Arlington (also known as the writing team of yours truly and Sylvia May), discovered that the second installment in the Novel Idea mystery series wouldn't be released in November as we originally thought, but in February, she got a little worried.

Okay, I got a little worried. I mean, look at the title. It's Every Trick in the Book. That was supposed to be a clever word play calling to mind trick-or-treating. Why? Because the novel is set between Halloween and Thanksgiving. The cover was supposed to depict fall foliage and a charming, but slightly spooky atmosphere.

But things change in the world of publishing and authors need to learn to be flexible. Sylvia and I liked the title too much to change it. Besides, it really fit with the novel's plot. We asked the art department to tone down the autumnal details and make the cover less season specific. I think they did a wonderful job.

So here's my question to you. Are you a seasonal reader? Is the book on your nightstand set in winter? Do you actually prefer reading books set in an opposite season (for example, you want to pretend you're at the beach right now, so you might be plowing through a Books By the Bay mystery instead - LOL!)


Or does the time of year matter not at all? Will you read a Christmas book in July, for example? Or a fall book like Every Trick in the Book in say, February? Here's the blurb:


The national bestselling Novel Idea Mysteries return with Lila Wilkins, who has just been promoted to full-time literary agent. But great new writers aren’t the only people she’s trying to catch…
Lila Wilkins has it all: the home of her dreams in the charming town of Inspiration Valley, North Carolina; a perfect police officer boyfriend; and a new job she absolutely loves. At the Book and Author Festival, which is sponsored by the Novel Idea Literary Agency, Lila expects to discover some talented new authors, but what she finds instead is the body of an editor to whom she bears an eerie resemblance.

Trouble is, the editor’s death isn’t the only literary murder taking place. Soon a blossoming author is also killed, and Lila has a gut feeling that the two murders are linked. Now she must hunt down the dark figure who killed these women—and to her surprise, she just might find the clues hidden in a manuscript…


Lucy Arlington hopes you'll love her latest Novel Idea mystery! To preorder, click on one of these links:
Barnes and Noble ~ Nook
Amazon ~ Kindle

Indiebound


22 comments:

  1. First of all, the cover is gorgeous! Not too seasonal at all.

    Second, yes, I am a seasonal reader to some extent. I think it's a lot of fun to read books during the same season as the book is set. Would I refuse to read a book out of season? No, absolutely not (the book I just finished a couple days ago was set in July). I do think it enhances my enjoyment at least a little bit to read it in the coinciding season, however, and have been known to wait to read a book until the proper season hits.

    Congrats on the upcoming release! I enjoyed Buried in a Book very much.

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  2. Congrats on the upcoming release. It sounds like yet another fun read! Can't wait.

    And no, I am not a seasonal reader. I'll read books that take place in any season at any time of the year. Makes no difference to me. Then again, I live in San Diego, and we don't have drastic seasons, so that could be part of it. I will clarify, that I do love settings in books, including seasonal elements (like snow, or fall, etc), but I can read them anytime of the year.

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  3. I also read books all year round, and to sort those into seasonal piles, would be horrible. I am happy with reading Christmas books in high summer, or Halloween books in spring.

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  4. I have never given this any thought. As a rule, I read about a book a day when I can so it would be impracticle to old my reading to seasons!

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  5. I am a seasonal reader when it comes to Christmas books, I start reading them in October and love them. I love reading beach books in the summer. However, I'm happy to read any good book when it comes out :)

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  6. I am seasonal to an extent. I tend to buy too many Christmas books and am unable to read them all before the holiday. Those I don't get to will usually lay unread until the next holiday season. If the book isn't holiday specific, all the action taking place around holiday parties, gift shopping/wrapping/giving, play practice . . . all the things we link specifically to the holiday, I might read them anyway.

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  7. Not an intentional seasonal reader, though it's fun to pick up a book/audiobook and realize that it's seasonal.
    BTW - Reading Buried in a Book now and look forward to this release, regardless of the season!

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  8. I think it's really fun to read a seasonal cozy mystery during the season in which it takes place. BUT, if it's published 'off-season', I can rarely wait that long to get my hands on a book I've been waiting for!

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  9. I am not an intentional seasonal reader, maybe by accident. I have been browsing for a read before and a seasonal one has caught my eye because of the season. It is fun to read one. I do know I don't really like reading Christmas themed books, even at that season. any other time of the year. I tend to not read them at all. But in all,I read to much to wait for a season to come around.

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  10. I think Christmas time is the only time I will intentionally look for a seasonal book. Though I've been known to read a Christmas story in July. Cozy mysteries are my go to read - I read at least one a month if not more and I don't really take into account the season.

    Love the cover of the new book, can't wait to read it.

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  11. I am a seasonal reader although I do read books about diff time of year too. You cannot really tell from the cover that it is based on a specific month.(lovely cover)
    Looking forward to reading it!

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  12. Not a seasonal reader, although I love Holiday themed books and often they are available more at a particular time of year, so I tend to BUY them seasonally. The time of year (fall, summer...) makes no difference to me when I'm reading. However, when a new Christmas book comes out and I finish it, I am more likely to grab another Christmas book as my next read because I will be more in the mood for that theme. However, I also read Christmas in summer, etc.

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  13. I do enjoy reading books in the season in which they are set, but I don't always stick to that and have been known to read out of season. If a particular holiday (or observance) is an important part of the story, I usually do try to read the book around that time. But, again, I will sometimes read it at a different time (especially if I am way behind in a series and really want to get caught up in it without waiting for Christmas, when the next one is set)!

    I do, however, like knowing the season in which the story is told, although I know that it doesn't always really matter to the plot. So it's a nice touch to have it there, but not always necessary. (Just don't have a character running around outside in shorts and barefoot in one chapter and then suddenly in overcoat and snow boots in the next without giving some explanations!)


    I also like to know in what state, or if not in the United States, country the action takes place. Otherwise, I feel lost and keep wondering where I am!

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  14. I'll read any cozy anytime. Just finished Laura Child's "Skeleton Letters" and started on Leann's "Cat - Professor - Poison."

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  15. Seasons, holidays, or location don't matter other than to add details to the cozy mystery story. To me they can be read any time, any where. I can not plan. I see a book that begs to be read and I do so at the earliest opportunity.

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  16. Thanks so much for your feedback, everyone. It's so fascinating to learn how people pick the books they're going to read. I never get tired of hearing about everyone's process.

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  18. Seasonal reading is good, but not super important, I do like Christmas themes at Christmas, but I do find that when the temperature is soaring like it is here at the moment, I am looking for something set in deepest darkest winter. And vice versa, when we are are
    frosting our toes off, I like to find one set in warmer climates.

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  19. To some extent, I'm like Bernie. Usually, I don't care, I mostly eenie-meenie-minie-mo the books on the shelves (or the piles), or close my eyes and blindly scroll down the Kindle list, clicking at random on the next book I'll read. However, I must admit I was just mentally composing a letter to the SyFy channel, playing in the background as I type this: "Dear SyFy: When your viewers are wrapped up in a double layer of comforters and still shivering, must every horror flick you show today be set in wintry or polar scenes????" So, yeah, there are times ... --Mario R.

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  20. I do like Christmas books at Christmas time, but usually read a cozy by what grabs my attention at the time, and it might be seasonal ..and it might not. I like them all!

    The cover of your new book is so pretty!

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  21. Not really a "seasonal" reader, but living in northern Indiana, it is nice to read books set on a warm sunny beach. Also I do look forward to the holiday season for the latest adventures of Pennyfoot Hotel.

    Beautiful cover for Every Trick and a great read, too.

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  22. I am not but currently reading a book about civil rights around Martin Luther King day wasn't planned. I read books as they are written though I love reading Christmas books around that time
    If possible.

    Great cover!

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