Trying Something New • Lynne Garner

I was recently having a conversation with a writing friend and I mentioned I'd like to try something new. The response I received was "write about something you know." So I asked myself, "what do I know?"

After a while I realised I may know a little about cozy crime, I've watch enough of them, including:

  • Jonathan Creek
  • Rosemary and Thyme
  • Agatha Raisin
  • Miss Marple
  • Poirot
  • Father Brown

I know typically the lead is supposed to be an amateur sleuth but I think it's fair to say the following are also fairly 'cosy.'  

  • Midsomer Murders
  • Death in Paradise
  • Granchester
  • Murdoch Mysteries 
  • Lewis

And I think with most of the above I may have watched every episode.
I've also found myself reading a fair few cosy mysteries including the Sophie Sayers Village Mysteries by Debbie Young and a couple of the original Midsummer Murders stories written by Caroline Graham. I also just started to read my first Agatha Raisin book.     

So over the last few months rather than ignoring an idea I had, because it wasn't what I normally write. I started to expand on it  and as I worked on the idea and I was surprised to discover I had a cast, many of whom may have a motive to kill my poor victim. I had an amateur sleuth who has some close friends who'll put up with her personality quirks and allow her to bounce ideas off them.

I now have several pages of scribbled notes which include:

  • Snippets of conversations
  • entire scenes
  • Red herrings
  • Vital clues

All of which I can use to help my sleuth solve a murder. 

Now I have these notes I've decided I'm going to try to write my first cozy crime and see where it leads me. You never know sometime in the future I may be able to tell you my first cosy crime novel is being proofed and edited and the cover is being designed.


Blatant plug time

Check out my various collections of short stories (available as ebooks and paperback):

Fox of Moon Meadow Farm (ebook 99p/99¢ - 10 stories)

Hedgehog of Moon Meadow Farm (ebook 99p/99¢ - 10 stories)

Ten Tales of Brer Rabbit (ebook 99p/99¢ - 10 stories)

Ten Tales of Coyote  (ebook 99p/99¢ - 10 stories)

Anansi The Trickster Spider (ebook £1.49/$1.49 - 16 stories)



Umberto Tosi said…
Good start! Being fans of "cosy crime", my inammorata and I look forward to your offering, with which I wish you best of luck!

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