Friday, May 22, 2015

Review: Writing the Cozy Mystery by Nancy J. Cohen


Nonfiction: 43 page

I am excited to have read this book.

It is always daunting to begin writing a book. Nancy has answered many questions about writing cozy mysteries.
She breaks down the overwhelming task of writing cozies and from page one with the introduction and moving on to defining what a cozy is, then from there we go to world building, creating the sleuth, A web of suspects, Heightening Suspense, Solving the Puzzle, The Grand Finale, Series Continuity, Organizational Tools, Final Words, then she movies on the Writer's Resources.

It is a very thin book but don't be fooled. Jammed packed with writing layouts, tips what to do after you have finished writing the book etc....

I think there should be a sequel to this book. I also think this book should have many more pages and examples. Plus Nancy J. Cohen writes with humor and conviction. If you do the layouts and assigned steps before you know it you will have a cozy written. This book is packed with common sense.

Right from the beginning I could see where I went wrong. I should have been writing Historical Cozies, if you are thinking about writing a mystery, if you are in the middle of writing one or ten then this book is for you. She leaves no page unturned.
I give this book *********** nine out of ten.



  1. Thank you for the wonderful review. Some day, if I ever have any spare time, I'd like to add additional chapters to this book. Meanwhile, I'm glad you found it to be helpful.

  2. I love it too! It's not even that it needs to be longer, you just want it to be because it's so good you don't want to be finished! ;)

  3. I like the fact you can slip it in your bag or purse while on the go and still pull from it no matter how busy you are or how many lines you need to wait in.


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