Cozy Fiction

I love cozy mysteries. They tend to be quick, light reading. There’s a series for every imaginable topic and hobby. The thing I love the most about a cozy is the title. Cozy titles are usually funny. Sometimes it’s hard to figure out where the title came from but they are always entertaining.

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Here is a list of the best cozy titles I’ve seen this week:

  • Tapas, Carrot Cake, and a Corpse by Sherri Bryan
  • Barbecue, Bourbon, and Bullets by M. E. Harmon
  • Raining Men and Corpses by Anne R. Tan
  • Up the Creek Without a Poodle by Madison Johns
  • Motherhood is Murder by Diana Orgain
  • A Ghost in Time by J. D. Winters
  • Sliced and Toasted with Murder by J. R. Pearson
  • Drape Expectations by Karen Rose Smith
  • Crazy as a Quilt by Arlene Sachitano
  • Spies and Spells by Tonya Kappes

Book titles are just as important as good book covers. When I scan the shelves for a new book to read, a witty title and snazzy cover will get my attention. The more original the better.

Recently I was reading over the list of books written by Mary Higgins Clark. I don’t know if she qualifies for cozies, but she’s one of my favorite mystery writers. Several of her Christmas mysteries are titled from Christmas carols. The song lyrics don’t stop there-

Lyrics for titles by M.H. Clark

  • I’ll Be Seeing You
  • Remember Me
  • Let Me Call You Sweetheart
  • Moonlight Becomes You
  • You Belong to Me

Donna Andrews has a series with birds in the title:

  • Some Like it Hawk
  • Duck the Halls
  • The Good, the Bad, and the Emus
  • Stork Raving Mad

Then there’s the Bones Series:

(Sarah Booth Delaney) by Carolyn Haines

  • Rock-a-Bye Bones
  • Bone to Be Wild
  • Jingle Bones
  • Booty Bones

You get the idea. A good title goes a long way.

What one of your favorite titles?

-CK

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