The Wickeds are thrilled to have Lucy Burdette, author of the Key West Food Critic Mysteries, as our guest today. In advance of her latest book, Murder With Ganache, Lucy’s talking about the world inside a cozy mystery and why it’s so appealing to readers.
When I had my first mystery published back in 2002 (Six Strokes Under, written as Roberta Isleib), cozies were doing fine, but certainly not threatening to clog the bestseller list. In fact, they were considered a little passe–and I often told folks who asked that my books should be considered “soft-boiled” rather than cozy. But now times have changed–cozies hit the New York Times list more weeks than not, and tons of new series are getting launched. Why the change?
I have a theory. The world is a scary place lately—really scary. The Middle East countries are a terrifying morass of unrest. We are even at odds with our less “foreign” neighbors, the Europeans. In our own country, people find themselves in danger in movie theaters, schools, churches, and sporting events. Is it any wonder that readers want to get away to a simpler place and time, where the bad guys get what’s coming? Period?
Of course, there are murders in cozy mysteries. But the damage is contained and the bad guys are punished and order is restored by intrepid amateur sleuths who help the law enforcement guys see what was right in front of them. And while all that is happening, readers are introduced to life in a small town and they get to meet the sleuth’s friends and neighbors along the way.
Try it for yourself: the next time your stomach turns when you’re partway through a newspaper or the evening news, pick up a cozy. In the Key West food critic mysteries, I promise you no uncertain outcomes. And the food is divine. And you might just fall in love with funky, foodie Key West and Hayley Snow, the way I have. Which oh, by the way, is another way to keep your mind off current events—sign on to write a series of cozies! I swear you’ll start to think that new kinder world you’ve created is real….
Lucy Burdette’s fourth food critic mystery, MURDER WITH GANACHE, will be published by NAL/Obsidian in February.You can preorder it here: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/murder-with-ganache-lucy-burdette/1116096227?ean=9780451465894
Read more about her food critic mysteries at her website (www.lucyburdette.com), or “like” her on facebook (www.facebook.com/lucyburdette), or follow her on Twitter (www.twitter.com/lucyburdette) and Pinterest (www.pinterest.com/lucyburdette.) She also blogs with the fine writers at Jungle Red Writers (www.jungleredwriters.com) and Mystery Lovers Kitchen (www.mysteryloverskitchen.com).