In the video, you will learn:
- What is a cozy mystery? It focuses on an amateur sleuth and on the puzzle. There are no forensics and no gory crime scene, no overt violence. The focus is often a small town, and the setting makes a difference.
- Why mysteries specifically? Elizabeth loves the interactivity of the mystery where you can follow with the sleuth in solving it. Seeing the loose ends tied up.
- On how clues are set up within a mystery, and how red herrings fit in. Elizabeth comes up with a lot of clues and makes the story up as she goes along. All of the suspects must have very good reasons to do it, so the clues vs red herrings are confusing. The clues should be there but not too obvious. It’s got to be a puzzle worth solving.
- How forensic TV shows have changed the readership for mysteries. Readers are more savvy and can know more about forensics etc than the author. But it’s still the same skill-set.
- Tips for writing mystery. Have a good sleuth who just jumps off the page. They need to be gifted amateurs for a cozy mystery and should have depth. A sidekick is brilliant as they enable the sleuth to talk about the crime. Dialogue between the 2 can be excellent for the “I wonder who did it” discussions. The red herrings need to be in the plot but don’t take them so far that it is frustrating for the reader. The clues should be there from the beginning. You can’t introduce the murderer at the end. Be fair with the reader. On setting and number of suspects. You can’t have too few or too many.
You can find Elizabeth’s latest book ‘Delicious & Suspicious’ (under the pen-name Riley Adams) on Amazon.com here.