Friday’s Question


It seems that the vast majority of authors that write the cozy genre are female.  Today’s questions is do you think that a male author can write a great cozy?  Have you read any cozy books that were written by a male?  If you have any examples, please share them.


18 thoughts on “Friday’s Question

  1. I absolutely think men can, and do, write good cozies. One of the best — The Red House Mystery by A.A. Milne — is free today from Mysterious Press. It is one of my all-time favorites, so I wrote a quick review on my site to alert my subscribers to the deal. But, your question seems to be directed more toward living writers, so what about Robert Barnard? Not all of his are strictly cosy (we’ll give him the British spelling, since he’s an English writer), but they are more cosy than not. Jonathan Gash, also British and a pseudonym for a physician, wrote some very funny cosies featuring an antiques dealer. One or two of the books are not so good, but the rest are delightful. What about Peter King’s Gourmet Detective series?

    • Thanks, Sis, for your answer and your suggestions. I must admit, I have never heard of any of the authors that you mentioned. I will have to check them out.

  2. I wish someone better with names than me would chime in, because I’m pretty sure that there is at least one guy currently writing under a female pseudonym . . . but I am so bad at recalling names!

  3. One male author that I can think of that writes a cozy series is Jeff Shelby. He writes the Moose River Mystery series (among other series) and I really like that series. I have read a few of tem and I think they are really good.

  4. I can think of three men who are currently writing cozies. Dean James writes 2 series’ as Miranda James — the Cat In the Stacks series, which also features a male protag and his MC cat Diesel, and the Southern Sisters series, which is a spinoff of Cat In the Stack. He also wrote a series as Dean James featuring a vampire, but it’s not at all paranormal, and is very, very funny. There’s Tim Myers, who writes a couple of series as Jessica Beck and another as Chris Cavender. He’s also written a number of series under his own name and a plethora under other female pseudonyms. Then there’s Michael Bond, who writes the Monsieur Pamplemousse series. MIddleSis — I never thought of Robert Barnard’s books as cozy, but now that I think of it, some of them are. Peter King’s Gourmet Detective books are definitely cozy.

    • I know Robert Barnard uses two police detectives, Perry Trethowan (sp?) and Charlie Peace, but those aren’t exactly police procedurals, and some are downright cozy — like “The Cherry Blossom Murder” even with Perry.

      I knew you would know at least some of the men publishing under women’s pen names. I should have remembered the Miranda James, but I couldn’t quite recall it. Thanks, dragons3.

    • Wow, thanks for all the names and series. I will definitely have to check them out. I never knew Jessica Beck was actually a male writer. I read lot of the earlier Donut Shop Mystery series and really enjoyed them. That’s another series I have to catch up on because I am very far behind on it. And of course I’ve heard of Miranda James and never knew that that was actually Dean James. This information amazes me. Thanks for enlightening me.

  5. Alexander McCall Smith writes the Isabel Dalhousie mysteries. You would never guess it is a man writing the mysteries. He also writes The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency novels.

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