cosiness for winter days

So what are the elements that make a mystery novel 'cosy'? I usually describe my mystery novels in this way but I am never quite sure they fit into the sub-genre, except that not much blood or violence is visible and the characters occasionally abandon crime in favour of scrapbooking or knitting. In the latest …

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More about the place

Because I'm writing about a fictitious town, Pitkirtly, I have had to invent its geography and town plan from nothing - or almost nothing. It has similarities to Culross, which I know slightly, but I don't want it to be the same as Culross. So for instance I don't want it to have a railway line …

Strange characters

The central characters in my mystery novels are Christopher, a redundant archivist and Amaryllis, a semi-retired spy. They are both in their forties and, while Christopher has to work in various part-time jobs for a living, Amaryllis is still drawn back into her former life from time to time, as if reluctant to let go …