5/1/16 — Bucking Convention – A Cozy Mystery on the South Side of Chicago
There’s something comforting about a world where truth and justice always prevail. In a modern society adrift in a sea of senseless violence, the cozy mystery format provides a welcome sense of moral certainty. By using time-honored conventions and well-worn tropes, the format affirms our deepest core values. It might seem predictable, perhaps even boring to some readers. But for me, a well-written cozy never fails to satisfy.
In a cozy mystery there is always an intrepid hero and there is always a murderous villain. Although crimes are committed, the messy details of the murder are kept in the background, and the story is told without gratuitous sex or violence.