T for Tea #A to Z Challenge

courtesy of Timeless Photography and freedigitalphotos.net
courtesy of Timeless Photography and freedigitalphotos.net

T was intended to stand for time and timeline as cozy mysteries are often set in the period when they started to become popular–the twenties and thirties.

And timelines are indispensable when planning the events and clues that lead to solving the mystery.

But today’s cozies often verge on the cute, with tea shops, restaurants and cafes being a favorite career move for the amateur detective cum heroine.

And tea time always seems to feature large in cozies from whatever period. The tea may vary from Earl Grey or Darjeeling nowadays with modern cozy characters preferring herbal teas like chamomile.

And the lead photo was an irresistible match for the most popular cozies around at the minute–the ones that appeal to animal-lovers. The tiny tyke here is redressing the balance after my giving the kitty cats their own blog entry.

S for Sleuth #A to Z Challenge

Such a funny word sleuth. Makes me think of board games and long ago novels. It conjures up old busybodies and peering through magnifying glasses to find clues in the days before tech took over.

The word itself is very old and found in Old Norse, meaning a track or trail.  In Scotland, from the 14th century, a sleuthhound was a bloodhound. It hunted game or tracked down fugitives from justice.

Then in the nineteenth century, sleuthhound was used for a detective and  shortened to sleuth.  (etymology found through Merriam Webster)

 lady detective and sidekick
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But in the world of cozy mystery. the amateur detective is more often young, running her own business, and reliant on a female confidante.

The only thing she has in common with the detectives in past series is often the lack of ready cash.

And, of course, the threat she faces to her own way of life, if she does not investigate the crime and unmask the criminal.

R for Reviews #A to Z Challenge

girl with books
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Reviews are the lifeblood of all authors, not just Indie authors. With fifty plus reviews, Amazon increases its promotion of your book. So if you even just leave a one sentence review for a favorite author, you are helping make the book more visible to others.

The but is that Amazon can be suspicious of reviews left not only by family members but also by authors and editors and suspects a tie-in somewhere.

So R must also be for Reader. Always with every book you produce, ask yourself honestly Who will read this? Why do I write? 

If it’s just for your own satisfaction, that’s fine. But if you want to be read, you need to ask what the readers of your genre are looking for.

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