It's December and our book club always picks a holiday-themed group read. A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens. A Christmas Memory by Truman Capote. The Gift of the Magi by O. Henry. Skipping Christmas by John Grisham. One Man's Christmas by Leon Hale. Any Christmas mystery by Anne Perry. The Best Christmas Pageant Ever by Barbara Robinson.
These were pretty straightforward, and we were all pretty much able to find these and read these and discuss them along with Christmas cookies and cocoa.
We celebrated ten years of our book club this year, and now the holiday-themed books have grown thin. But one member, Rae Longest of Powerful Women Readers-fame, suggested we each read a holiday-themed cozy mystery.
And there was silence in the group. What in the world, one brave soul asked, is a cozy mystery?
And...well, I know a cozy mystery when I see one, I think...But I honestly couldn't explain.
So, I turn to you, my cozy mystery experts out there. Can you help us? What is a cozy mystery? Could you suggest some holiday-themed cozy mystery titles or authors who write cozies with a holiday theme?
And, just for me, could you tell me if either of the books pictured above would be considered cozies?
And, if you have never heard of a cozy mystery would you just chime in, in the comments, so some of my book club friends don't feel so alone...
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