As most of you know I write 4 mystery series. The Zoe Donovan Series, Paradise Lake Series, and Whales and Tails Series, are traditional cozies where the mystery is always a murder. My Seacliff High series features mysteries that don’t always include a murder. To be honest I find this refreshing.
When I first started writing I found it limiting to base every book on a murder. I asked a friend in the publishing industry if he thought it would fly to write a cozy mystery that didn’t necessarily build from a murder and he said no, you pretty much gotta have a body.
So here I am after almost 2 years as an author with over 30 books under my belt and I am still asking myself the same question. It seems unnatural to me that as cozy mystery writers we build this quaint and cozy town with zero crime other than all the homicides. I get that cozy mysteries are murder mysteries but I’m playing with the idea of mixing it up a bit.
While I have not definitely decided on my plot for Santa Sleuth (Zoe Donovan #18) I am seriously considering creating a mystery that does not begin with a body. I realize that my story within a story idea has already thrown some of my readers for a loop, and I hate to mess with success too much, but I can’t help but wonder if a body free story wouldn’t be refreshing.
Comment below and let me know if you think you gotta have a body or if a body can be optional. I will choose one winner which I will announce on my Kathi Daley Books Author page on Saturday morning. Here is the link if you haven’t already found me.
This weeks giveaway is for a Hopscotch Homicide Tote.