Romance is my go-to. Always. I love picture books, middle grade, young adult, contemporary adult, and suspense. My book choices have always been from one of these areas, the first two applying more to my real life job of being a teacher. However, about six months ago, my agent said to me, “Why don’t you try and write a cozy mystery?” I thought about it, but couldn’t really wrap my head around what she meant. She didn’t mean a James Patterson, Karen Robards, or Sandra Brown style book—which would have been a lofty goal for me since, as I mention, my preference (in reading and writing) is romance.
I needed to do some research. Or reading, in this case. I asked a friend for recommendations and looked through books on Amazon that sounded interesting and I was shocked at the amount of choice. Cozy mysteries are a seriously popular genre!
I think it was a combination of liking the cover and blurb and just a little bit of luck, but I stumbled upon an author who quickly became one of my favorites: Sarah Fox. And here’s the secret…did you know that cozy mysteries have romantic elements? Some have more than others and my preference is the ones that give us more of a close up into the female sleuth’s heart and with it, the man she comes to love.
For those of you who don’t know Sarah, she was one of our guests on the Romance Chicks birthday week. First, she’s an excellent writer. The storylines pull me in and keep me there until I get to the end. I need to find out how it’s going to go and how things will play out. And I know, the idea is to put yourself in the shoes of the female lead and solve the crime along with her, but I have to say, what I really want is to put myself in Marley’s shoes and hug the heck out of Brett. These two are adorable and sweet and their scenes within the Pancake House series are my favorites.
I’ve probably read over a hundred cozy mysteries in the last six months. Sarah’s remain my favorite. They have all of the key elements that make a cozy great and there’s enough of a romantic arc that I don’t feel like I’m missing my romance reading time. Sarah’s third book in the Pancake House Series comes out on Tuesday and though I think you should start with the first, you can read them out of order. If you’re looking to expand your to be read list, you won’t be disappointed.
Sarah Fox was born and raised in Vancouver, British Columbia, where she developed a love for mysteries at a young age. When not writing novels or working as a legal writer, she is often reading her way through a stack of books or spending time outdoors with her English Springer Spaniel. www.authorsarahfox.com
Lights. Camera. Murder? Wildwood Cove’s star turn is soured by a sneaky killer in this delicious cozy mystery from the USA Today bestselling author of The Crêpes of Wrath.
Bonus content: includes original recipes inspired by the Flip Side Pancake House menu!
With a Hollywood film crew in town to shoot a remake of the horror classic The Perishing, the residents of Wildwood Cove are all abuzz. Even Marley McKinney, owner of The Flip Side Pancake House, can overlook the fact that the lead actress, Alyssa Jayde, happens to be an old flame of her boyfriend. After all, the crew loves Marley’s crêpes—so much so that Christine, the head makeup artist, invites her onset for a behind-the-scenes tour. But when Marley arrives, the special-effects trailer is on fire . . . with Christine inside.
The cops quickly rule Christine’s death a murder, and Alyssa a suspect. Marley’s boyfriend insists that the actress is innocent, but when Marley sticks her nose into the complicated lives of The Perishing’s cast and crew, she discovers more questions than answers. It seems that everyone has a hidden agenda—and a plausible motive. And as the horror spills over from the silver screen, Marley gets a funny feeling that she may be the killer’s next victim.