Scotland's Secret Literary Sensation Marion Chesney
I had no idea Chesney was that popular, at least in terms of library borrowings.
I'm currently reading a Caroline Graham mystery novel for a blog piece (though at 400+ pages it's been taking me longer to finish than I thought!) and I see that Graham's books often are referred to as cosies.
|Sit down and make yourself comfy! Or cosy.|
"Reviewers call what I do cosy crime, a description I dislike. I prefer comfy crime."
"I pack in plenty of murders, I just don’t do blood and gore."
What do you think of this distinction between comfy and cosy?
I must confess that I never heard of this one before! Is comfy less cosy than cosy?
And is Caroline Graham cosy (or comfy)? The book by her that I'm reading has a blurb from Publisher's Weekly comparing her to P. D. James and Ruth Rendell and no one calls them cosy (or do they?)!
Personally, I'm rather reminded by the wickedly sardonic Graham of those Class of '36 boys, Peter Lovesey and (especially) Robert Barnard (also early Reginald Hill, who was Class of '36 too).
|P. D. James: Fifty Shades of Cosy?|
"I don’t do explicit sex scenes. I was horrified when I purchased EL James’s Fifty Shades of Grey, mistaking it for a PD James novel because I was wearing the wrong glasses."
Whoops! Don't you hate it when that happens?
I must admit I only ever started one Beaton, Death of a Witch I think it was called. I got rather bored with it and laid it aside and never got back to it. But I have a number of Beaton books, they have such lovely, um, cosy covers. This article reminds me I need to actually read one someday! Any recommendations?