I have several blogging friends and a couple ‘real life’ friends who adore ‘cozy‘ mysteries.
Definition of a ‘Cozy’ mystery (from Wikipedia)
Cozy mysteries, also referred to as “cozies”, are 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.
I consider myself an ardent mystery fan, yet I only very, very, seldom read cozies. Which got me wondering… do the covers on cozy mysteries do them a disservice? I enjoy the frequent use of literary puns in the titles of these type of mysteries, but the covers leave me feeling that I shouldn’t take them seriously. Is it just me? Or, is that the whole point – they maybe don’t WANT to be taken seriously.
I probably would skim over it – in other words it wouldn’t GRAB my attention. The artwork is well done, but it gives off a ‘cutsy’ vibe. However if I saw a cover for the same book with a cover that looked more like this (just a mockup cover that I created myself) I would more than likely take a second look.
Is it that I just prefer photos over artwork for book covers? Perhaps. Yet there have been many books that I loved that had artistically rendered covers.
Discussion: Are you a fan of cozy mysteries? Do you love their covers? Would any other kind of cover attract you more – or less? Does the first cover above seem more or less appealing than the one I created for comparison purposes?