Cozy mystery or 'cozies' are a sub-genre of crime fiction. Classic examples include Agatha Christie's Poirot and Miss Marple, and television shows like 'Murder She Wrote' and 'Midsomer Murders'. Cozies are different to 'hard boiled' mysteries because they contain an amateur sleuth, there is little or no sex, violence, or bad language, and the murder always takes place off stage, without any blood and gore. Cozies are books that people read when they want to feel cozy, where the murderer is always caught, and a sense of justice prevails. They involve clues and red herrings (clues that lead you down the wrong path) and are the perfect books for readers who are smart and enjoy trying to work out 'who done it' and why. So when you pick up a cozy mystery book, you should always know what you are getting, even though the setting and characters are very different in every story.
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