Monday, February 10, 2014

What Is A Cozy Anyway?

Welcome. Put the kettle on, take out your favorite tea cup and saucer and make a cup of tea, grab a cozy and join me...
I have been thinking about blogging about another passion of mine Cozy Mysteries and at the request of many of my Cozy Mystery Loving Friends I thought I would give it a try. But What is a Cozy anyway?
Wikipedia explains a cozy as this
"Cozy mysteries, also referred to simply as "cozies," are a subgenre of crime fiction in which sex and violence are downplayed or treated humorously, and the crime and detection take place in a small, socially intimate community. The term was first coined in the late 20th century when various writers produced work in an attempt to re-create the Golden Age of Detective Fiction.[1]"

 What Cozy's are for me....
I discovered cozy mysteries a few years back, in a chance carousel spin on a trip with my boys to the library, not sure what I was looking for but knowing I liked Mysteries I spun and decided that where it stopped I would CHOOSE BOOKS by their covers.....Best reading decision I ever made. 
 About the same time I discovered cozy's I discovered Tea...yes how I went my entire life with out drinking tea until my very late 30's is beyond me, perhaps you find what you need when you are ready...
So back to the picking books by their covers, I did this time and time again and found that I really loved these mysteries, strong female characters, small towns and great friendships...Sometimes I would be three chapters in and realize I had to read the entire series, so I would order them from The Book where the shipping is always free!
I began pre ordering the books, following the Authors blogs and website and writing to let them know when I really enjoyed their work. 
I was recently invited to admin this wonderful Facebook group, where I share my photos daily. Click here to join me on Facebook  on The Story Sister's Page....
So with each cozy I always have a cup of tea, its part obsession, part habit, part sanity break. I love loose leaf tea and drink loose tea from Steeped Tea and Davids. Earl Grey de la Creme, Fuzzy Peaches and After Eight some of my current favorites from Steeped.
Long Life Oolong, I love tea #7 and Coffee Cake are my current favorites from Davids tea.

I just finished Beewitched by Hannah Reed and I loved it, I will post my review shortly but I should make this blog live, then share it on Facebook and get some dishes done. I invite you to join me for tea and a cozy mystery. 
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  1. Hi Karen, congrats on your new blog, it looks welcoming. I love tea and a cozy mystery, and if you haven't read these yet, try out Laura Childs Tea Shop Mysteries. You will learn a lot more about tea from Drayton as well.

    1. I love Laura Child's as well! Can you believe I have only read the first one! I need to order the next thank you for reminding me!

  2. Karen, your blog looks fantastic! I can't wait to read your reviews!

  3. Your blog is looking great Karen, keep it up! :)

  4. Great new blog, Karen! Looking forward to reading your posts. Toodles!

  5. Thank you! Wonderful to be among such great company!

  6. Great cozy blog, just starting Hannah's Bee series this week to. Looking forward to your every day post. beautiful pictures. Tea and cozies go hand in hand.

  7. Just discovered your blog, thanks to it being posted on Melanie O'Hara-Salyer's "The Traveling Tea Ladies facebook page. Love your photos. I was just thinking this morning that I need to update my FB cover pic. New to the tea cup mystery reading all started with Laura Childs to, & besides Melanie's I see I have more authors to explore now. Looked forward to reading your blog :-)

  8. Thank you Cynthia! Enjoy your books and stop by for tea anytime!