Today’s guest post is by cozy mystery writer Gayle Trent. Her novel Murder Takes the Cake is a delicious confection of characters, humor, cake decorating, and of course murder. Trent’s novel is the first in her planned Daphne Martin mystery series. We were pleased when Gayle agreed to guest blog with us because it allows us to turn the spotlight on one of our neglected genres — classic mysteries.
Murder Takes the Cake was a semi-finalist in Amazon’s Breakthrough Novel Award contest, out of an initial submission pool of nearly 5000 novels in January of 2008, an amazing achievement.
What a character!
Characters are what take cozy mysteries “out of the box.” Cozy writers use hobbies, professions and even obsessions to make their characters unique. I have an interest in cake decorating, so I infuse my hobby into a profession for my character. Even though I’m a novice cake decorator, I have the knowledge to make my character an expert.
Judith Skillings and her husband own and operate a Rolls-Royce and Bentley restoration shop. Not surprisingly, her cozy mystery heroine works in a classic automobile restoration shop. Ellen Crosby introduces readers to Virginia’s wine country in her mysteries. Camille Minichino has a Ph.D. in Physics. She writes the periodic table mysteries. Sheila Lowe, a graphology expert, pens cozy mysteries wherein the heroine is an expert handwriting analyst.