Day: November 5, 2017

365 Challenge: Day 238 – Cozy Mystery (LIST: Fiction Genres )

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Cozy Mystery: lighthearted mystery that is a sub-genre of crime fiction in which sex and violence are downplayed or treated humorously, and the crime and detection take place in a small, socially intimate community



Sundays are LIST days and today is no different. For this group of 5 Sundays, I will pick a favorite book genre and discuss all the reasons why I love it. In our second week, it’s all about cozies — cozy mysteries — which are ultimately my favorite of all things to read because it’s such a fine balance of everything [when done properly]. Let’s chat about why I adore this genre:

  • People wielding secrets, need I say more?
  • A small town feels so comforting.
  • I fancy myself a detective, so I try to solve everything.
  • I love surprises (for other people, not me!).
  • I grew up watching Murder, She Wrote.
  • Serial fiction is my absolute favorite thing in the world; the cozy often has the same core set of characters within each book.
  • I can read through one in about 3 hours, which is the perfect amount of time for a lazy weekend afternoon, beach read (I melt after more time than that), or when curled up next to a fire (I can only take so much heat!).
  • I basically am a combination of Miss Marple, Jessica Fletcher and Hercule Poirot.
  • There’s a bit of suspense, romance, mystery, inspiration, hope… it has everything.
  • I’ve written 4 chapters of two separate cozy mysteries and intend to publish one in 2019. It takes place on a college campus with a 30-year old male protagonist, not something very common in this genre.
  • They make me happy, which is something we all want, right?


Although the cozy can be a stand-alone novel, it’s most often a full book series. I’ve read a few that take place outside the US or UK, but those two countries are usually the setting. It’s almost always a female lead(s), ages around 30 to 35, or 60 to 65. I’m definitely exaggerating a bit, but that’s the majority I’ve read. There are lots of good ones I’ve also read with a very different protagonist, so don’t think they are always the same. Each has a common thread, e.g. the true profession of the lead, the location where the murders all take place, a pet who helps solve the crime. It’s humor. It’s lofty. It’s cozy!

What are my favorite reads?



What’s next on my list in this genre?


  • I need some serious help here: I have 466 cozy mysteries on my Goodreads TBR. I can’t decide what to read next. I have started many series and enjoy them all. I am also open to any suggestions on what to read next???


How about you? Any favorites or recommendations? Do you not like this genre? Time to share!


Sunday posts, the end of each week, have become a theme on This-Is-My-Truth-Now, often organized by groups of five (5) focused on interesting things about my life. I’m continuing the trend of the seventh day, ending the week on Sunday, as a list (we know I love them) that provides more in depth knowledge about me. Past weeks included:

  • Weeks 1 – 5: Primary ethnicity groups and nationalities
  • Weeks 6 – 10: A to Z Favorites
  • Weeks 11 – 15: Colors with an important meaning
  • Weeks 16 – 20: Cities I’ve lived
  • Weeks 21 – 25: Jobs I’ve held
  • Weeks 26 – 30: Top 10 entertainment options
  • Week 31: How to follow or contact me across all social media platforms
  • Week 32: How to help an artist with promotion


About Me & the “365 Daily Challenge”

I’m Jay and I live in NYC. By profession, I work in technology. By passion, I work in writing. I’ve always been a reader. And now I’m a daily blogger. I decided to start my own version of the “365 Daily Challenge” where since March 13, 2017, I’ve posted a characteristic either I currently embody or one I’d like to embody in the future. 365 days of reflection to discover who I am and what I want out of life.

The goal: Knowledge. Acceptance. Understanding. Optimization. Happiness. Help. For myself. For others. And if all else fails, humor. When I’m finished in one year, I hope to have more answers about the future and what I will do with the remainder of my life. All aspects to be considered. It’s not just about a career, hobbies, residence, activities, efforts, et al. It’s meant to be a comprehensive study and reflection from an ordinary man. Not a doctor. Not a therapist. Not a friend. Not an encyclopedia full of prior research. Just pure thought, a blogged journal with true honesty.

Join the fun and read a new post each day, or check out my book reviews, TV/Film reviews or favorite vacation spots. And feel free to like, rate, comment or take the poll for each post. Note: All written content is my original creation and copyrighted to me, but the graphics and images were linked from other sites and belong to them. Many thanks.


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Watching Glass Shatter: Blog Tour Day 1 – A Book Review, A Conversation and Breaking News (Sequel!)

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It’s DAY 1 of the WatchingGlassShatter Book Blog Tour. Invisible No More has kicked off this fantastic event with
a Book Review, a Conversation and Breaking News about the GLASS family. Read her post below to see more! Thank you so much to her for all efforts.



Welcome, to the Watching Glass Shatter Blog Tour!!

Today we celebrate the debut novel by James J. Cudney


Book Review

Watching Glass Shatter

James J. Cudney

4.5/5 stars

Most first time novelists will keep their story simple and the number of characters to a minimum, in order to manage the task of development and continuity within the narrative. This strategy makes perfect sense and has been successfully employed, many times, by young writers looking to produce a strong, first effort.  Numerous moving parts can be difficult to pull off even for seasoned writers, so many debut novels will be lacking a particular depth, or breadth, within the story itself.  James J. Cudney boldly ignored that safe path and crafted a story full of colorful, flawed and relatable people who have, not only their own demons to wrestle, but issues to resolve that affect the future of their entire family.


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