When I had my first mystery published back in 2002 (Six Strokes Under, written as Roberta Isleib), cozies were doing fine, but certainly not threatening to clog the bestseller list. Now I’ve just published my tenth (DEATH IN FOUR COURSES) and it seems to me that cozies are experiencing a delightful resurgence. A bunch of my pals have hit the New York Times bestseller list (yay Denise Swanson! Julie Hyzy! Krista Davis! Sheila Connolly! Maggie Sefton!
Lorraine Bartlett! Kate Collins!
Leann Sweeney! Jenn McKinlay! Ellery Adams!)—and tons of new series are
announced every month. Why does it feel like now everything is all cozy, all
I have a theory. The world is a scary place lately—really scary. The news is almost always bad coming out of the
East. Even our less “foreign” neighbors, the Europeans, are
struggling. Closer to home than that in our own country, people find themselves
in danger in their hometown movie theatres or their places of worship or in college
classrooms. And so is it any wonder that readers want to get away to a simpler
place and time, where the bad guys get what’s coming? Period?
All that said, the next time your stomach turns when you’re partway through a newspaper or the evening news or whatever, pick up a cozy. In the Key West food critic mysteries, I promise you no uncertain outcomes. And the food is divine. And you might just fall in love with funky, foodie Key West and Hayley Snow, the way I have. Which oh, by the way, is another way to keep your mind off current events—sign on to write a series of cozies! I swear you’ll start to think that new world you’ve created is real….
"Anyone who's ever overpaid for a pretentious restaurant meal will relish this witty cozy." Publishers Weekly on Death in Four Courses
Lucy Burdette is the author of DEATH IN FOUR COURSES and AN APPETITE FOR MURDER published by NAL/Obsidian. You can read more about her food critic mysteries at her website (www.lucyburdette.com), or “like” her on facebook (www.facebook.com/lucyburdette), or follow her on Twitter (www.twitter.com/lucyburdette). She also blogs with the fine writers at Jungle Red Writers (www.jungleredwriters.com) and Mystery Lovers Kitchen (www.mysteryloverskitchen.com).