Sunday, July 24, 2011

Cozies - What's with lady sleuths?

I have a mystery releasing on 7/29 (next Friday). I wonder if it's a cozy or not. My MC isn't a cop, DA, or PI, so does that throw me into the cozy world or not.

I'm going with "not" because my experience with cozies are Agatha Christie (Miss Marple), Carola Dunn (Daisy Dalrymple), and a few other British purveyors of of mystery solved by a non-professional.

So my upcoming (7/29) mystery has a non-pro main character driven to solve a mystery by circumstances outside their control. Is it cozy? Not hardly. My character, Kam McBride, has real bullets heading her way. She's related to the mystery. Her unknown to date relative has disappeared. She's in danger in that the bad guys really want her dead. She's not an amateur sleuth since she has no interest in the problem until she's grabbed up into the mystery.

You tell me. When does a mystery with change from "cozy" to something else? What is that something else? Maybe I'm not well-versed enough to give "Missing, Assumed Dead" a neat little slot in the mystery genre.

Hitting the e-stores July 29th. "Missing, Assumed Dead" from MuseItUp Publishing:

Prejudice, murder, insanity, suicide: Every small town has its secrets.

When Kameron McBride receives notice she’s the only living relative of a missing man she’s never even heard of, the last thing she wants to do is head to some half-baked Oregon town to settle his affairs. Her suspicions rise when the probate Judge isn't really a judge and tries too hard to buy the dead man’s worthless property. Kam probes deeper into the town’s secrets and finds almost no one she can trust. Kam must find out what really happened to her dead relative before someone in this backward little town sends her to join him.

And she thought Oregon was going to be boring.

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