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L.H. Thomson (LHThomson) | 16 comments OK, without naming books, can people read this description and tell me if this qualifies as a cozy?

* The main crime isn't a murder, it's a theft.
* BUT it's during an armed robbery.
* HOWEVER the reader isn't there when it happens.
* AND the main character doesn't carry a gun
* BUT he does punch out bad guys on occasion
* AND there are a pair of bodies that wash up -- still bloodlessly -- in a river
* The main character isn't a chef or into knitting
* BUT he is a former art forger and ex-con.

I'm trying to get an idea of what Cozy really means. There is some action in the book, but it's mostly a character interaction whodunnit. Does that disqualify it as cozy?


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Heather L (WordTrix) | 7758 comments Mod
LH: You may find this discussion of interest:

What do you consider a cozy mystery?


message 3: by Melodie (new)

Melodie (MelodieCO) | 5075 comments LH wrote: "OK, without naming books, can people read this description and tell me if this qualifies as a cozy?

* The main crime isn't a murder, it's a theft.
* BUT it's during an armed robbery.
* HOWEVER the..."


Just my opinion, but I would classify this as maybe "soft-boiled".


message 4: by L.H. (new)

L.H. Thomson (LHThomson) | 16 comments Thanks Heather! I find book classifications increasingly confusing!

Soft-boiled is new on me, too. Would Travis McGee and Lou archer be soft-boiled?


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L.H. Thomson (LHThomson) | 16 comments Ok, definitely not "cozy" . Soft-boiled sounds dissuading though. I guess it's just "detective."


message 6: by Melodie (last edited May 18, 2012 02:21PM) (new)

Melodie (MelodieCO) | 5075 comments LH wrote: "Ok, definitely not "cozy" . Soft-boiled sounds dissuading though. I guess it's just "detective.""

Soft-boiled really is a genre! It's something that doesn't fall in the Spenser, Elvis Cole, Reacher vein, but is rougher, so to speak, than a cozy would be.


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L.H. Thomson (LHThomson) | 16 comments Melodie wrote: "LH wrote: "Ok, definitely not "cozy" . Soft-boiled sounds dissuading though. I guess it's just "detective.""

Soft-boiled really is a genre! It's something that doesn't fall in the Spenser, Elvis ..."


LOL, oh, I believe you. I just feel sorry for the poor schlub detective who gets labelled "Soft-boiled."


message 8: by ஐ Briansgirl (Book Sale Queen)ஐ, Cozy Mysteries Group Owner (last edited May 18, 2012 07:43PM) (new)

ஐ Briansgirl (Book Sale Queen)ஐ (BriansGirlKate) | 1540 comments Mod
Thank you Heather.

I'm closing this thread as it's a duplicate of a previous thread we've already had going below:

What do you consider a cozy mystery?
http://www.goodreads.com/topic/show/5...

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