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Three Things About Elsie

by Joanna Cannon

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    Aug 2018, 384 pages
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Cozy Mysteries

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Angela Lansbury in the cozy mystery show Murder She WroteThe mystery is one of the most popular genres of literature, and the "cozy mystery," a term coined in the late 20th century, holds steady as a favorite subset of crime fiction.

Cozy mysteries are marked by compelling, yet relatable characters. The "detective" is an amateur, thrown into an unexpected, undesired situation. Most often these stories feature an educated, pleasant, and mature woman as the star of the story. Importantly, this main character is someone the reader could imagine befriending. She may have a special interest or skill, but overall she is more ordinary than extraordinary.

An insular community, like a small town, confined resort area, or a retirement community, as in the case of Three Things About Elsie and The Last Stop series by Kirt J. Boyd, makes the ideal setting for a cozy mystery. This type of location keeps the suspect list to a minimum and allows for a brief and intimate portrayal of all related parties. The amateur detective generally has a chorus of ...

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