My new series, which starts with the book Sir Kay, are Paranormal Cozy Mysteries, and I’ve been asked, what does that mean? What on Earth is a Paranormal Cozy Mystery? Agatha Christie was the Queen of Cozy Mysteries. She basically invented the genre.
Any good Cozy will have a handful of elements: a strong “detective” lead, often they will have no formal detective or police training but will instead be invested in the outcome of the mystery in some way; a central mystery, it might be as simple as who is stealing, cheating or lying, but most often involves murder; and the solution can be something that the reader can follow along and discover if they can pay attention to the dropped clues and ignore the red herrings along the way.
What makes the Sir Kay Cozy Mysteries Paranormal? Kay St. Vincent can see the dead. Not in a horror kind of way, but in an “I see dead people!” kind of way. She sees the ghosts of the departed on this plane where others can’t. Most especially, she is constantly visited by her dead father, Dennis, who loves to startle her by popping in unannounced in her day to day life. There are mysteries about Dennis and the dead Kay sees that will be revealed as the series commences. So Kay is left to figure out whodunnit, help the dead and to hold down a challenging new day job.
In one of the posts on my Facebook page, I reference Jack. Jack is Kay’s neighbor. Her hot, single neighbor. Wait, does this mean these are romance books like Tessa Bonny’s Battle Ridge series? Not exactly. Is Jack a romantic interest for Kay? Yes, but…. The books won’t revolve around their, will they – won’t they, relationship. Instead it will only be a part of the background story of the series. After all, if Kay is off being romanced by Jack, who will figure out whodunnit?
Look for Sir Kay to hit all your favorite retailers April 23rd (that’s tentative! I’ll confirm later in the month) and in the meantime, follow me at Tara Brume, Author on Facebook for snippets and teases of the action to come.