Greetings! It’s Friday and this week has been cold and miserable all the way through. Time to have some fun and Friday Fives is the ideal opportunity. Connect Five
is hosted by The Book Date
and the idea is to connect 5 books in some or other fun way. Theme, covers, authors, genres – you name in.
For today, we will tweak the idea a bit and instead of linking five books, we are going to show you how you can build your very own Cozy Murder Mystery kit with 5 essentials. If you can combine these five elements and have a good murder in mind, you can write the next best seller!
1. A small town / Seaside Town / The Countryside
The ideal setting for a Cozy Murder Mystery, is key. Everybody has to know each other. Your amateur sleuth, who will of course be the crime solver extraordinaire and the main character for the rest of your series, is also not allowed to be a complete stranger. She has to be a long lost relative, or the beneficiary of a forgotten will at least.
2. An Inheritance
Your sleuth has to end up in Little Town for a reason. An inheritance is a sure win. Oh your options are endless! Your sleuth can inherit an old house (first prize winner all the time), a shop (bookshops are also good to guarantee a 5 star read), a bakery, an inn, or even the whole town! let your imagination run free. Just remember, there has to space to hide a body and a whole collection of Clue characters that are all rather suspicious. Note: It’s never, ever one of the suspicious characters. Rather kill them off if you don’t like them, but don’t let them be the killer.
3. A Cat
Your amateur sleuth is moving to the Little Town all by herself. She is either divorced, widowed or unluckily single. She will need company and a crime-solving partner who is non-human. Your ideal option is a cat. The occasional dog can work too, but only in very, very rare circumstances. You can decide if the kitty moves with, if it’s going to be a rescue kitty (always a sure heart-warmer), or if the kitty is part of the inheritance. You are of course welcome to use more than one feline character. Just never kill them off. Being kidnapped or very slightly hurt, is acceptable and brings a lovely twist in the tail tale.
4. A Gossip Club
You will need a communal area for gossip. A place where you can pick up all the “my uncle’s nephew’s first wife’s, second cousin once removed’s, daughter in law’s, cat with the seven kittens” stories. Both killer and/or murder victim are usually a member, or a loyal patron. Even if it’s only for a short while. Once again, the opportunities are endless. A coffeeshop, a library, a book club, a wine club, a knitting club, a crochet club, a quilting club, a tennis club, a murder club etc. They just have to meet at least once a month and there must be some juicy gossip. Usually regarding the stranger in town. Note: That stranger is 9/10 times the killer. Or the murder victim.
5. A Romantic Interest
One of the key difference between a Murder Mystery and a Cozy Murder Mystery, is that the Cozy Murder Mystery normally ends with a warm and cozy feeling. No better way to generate that than with a romantic interest. This love interest is normally someone on the side of the law. Your sleuth’s main purpose is to solve murders. But that is not her job, she and her feline partner are just so clever and witty to solve all the murders. She still needs someone with a badge or a degree or something relevant to do the final paperwork. Yes, a love triangle is allowed and you can stretch this out way into your series.
And there you have it. 5 Easy essentials to put you on the path to writing your own Cozy Murder Mystery. Now, go and find yourself a murder with an interested plot and use our ready made kit. We promise we will be the first to read it!
Have a wonderful weekend ahead!
Lots of Love,