GUEST BLOG: Cozy Mysteries by Abby Collette Plus Giveaway!


When I tell people I write cozy mysteries, I often get asked what is that?

Readers of mystery are used to the darker side of it, the suspense, the violence, and the grittiness of it all. But cozies, although they are still crime novels, are a different side of the mystery genre. They are light, fun, and often humorous reads. The first cozy emerged with Agatha Christie’s stories about Miss Marple, portrayed as frail she has shrewd intelligence. Like Christie’s story, cozies always have an amateur sleuth, usually a woman—older and steeped in the gossip of her small town—who solves the crime. Without any help from the police as she is usually at odds with them (law enforcement don’t like nosey, old women doing their work) she is able to solve the whodunit.

Cozies entertain not only with clues set out in the books to solve the murders that are sure to abound in the community where the amateur sleuth lives but a lot of them are based around food, pets or craft. And to add to the fun, there are recipes or crafts ideas at the end of the book to help you become more fully immersed in the story you’ve read and the characters you’ve visited with.

And cozies are evolving. There are some that claim to be more edgier, dealing with social issues and issues that are a bit more darker than is usually seen. And then there are the cozies of late that have exchanged the elderly spinster amateur sleuth for the millennial. Although one thing hasn’t changed—the gender of the main character. Perhaps one day someone will think to write a book like that.

As for me, my An Ice Cream Parlor Mystery series does raise some issues and has a twenty-something as the main character, it still follows the standard format—fun, funny, and a quick, light read. The series follows Bronwyn “Win” Crewse who is running her family’s ice cream shop, a more than half-century-old family business that serves up artisanal frozen concoctions. It’s big on family, friendship and of course murder!

About The Book

An Ice Cream Parlor Mystery: Book 2
Publication Date: March 2, 2021

A Game of ConesIn this charming mystery series set in an ice cream shop, no case is too cold to crack!

Bronwyn Crewse is delighted that Crewse Creamery, the ice cream shop her family has owned for decades, is restored to its former glory and serving sweet frozen treats to happy customers in the picturesque small town of Chagrin Falls, Ohio. But when a big-city developer comes to town intent on building a mall, a killer with a frozen heart takes him out.

After literally stumbling across the body, one of Win’s closest friends becomes the prime suspect, and to make things worse, Win’s aunt has come to town with the intention of taking command of Crewse Creamery. Even though Win has a rocky road ahead to help her friend and keep her ice cream shop, it’ll take more than a sprinkle of murder to stop her from solving the crime and saving the day.

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About The Author

Abby ColletteAbby L. Vandiver, also writing as Abby Collette, is a hybrid author who has penned more than twenty-five books and short stories. She has hit both the Wall Street Journal and USA Today bestseller list. Books one and two, A Deadly Inside Scoop and A Game of Cones, from her latest cozy series, An Ice Cream Parlor Mystery, published by Penguin Berkley, is out now.


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Dayna Linton
Dayna Linton
Dayna is the owner of not only Novels Alive but of Day Agency, a full-service self-publishing agency for independent authors. She has been assisting independent authors to achieve their dreams of becoming published authors for over 15 years. From New York Times and USA Today Bestselling authors to the first-time author to every author in between. Dayna is a self-professed bibliophile. While dancing has always been her first love, reading came as a very, very close second, with gardening coming in as a close third. Dayna is also the divorced mom of four adult children and a very proud grandma. She is also a web designer, social media specialist, book blogger, and reviewer. She's a long-time Disney lover and a Utah Jazz, Utah Utes, and Dallas Cowboys fan. See Dayna's reviews here: Dayna's Reviews


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