Friday, June 6, 2014

On Why Cats Belong in Cozy Mysteries




 by Evinrude the handsome tiger cat from Lucy Burdette’s Key West food critic mysteries


Recently I read a post on Facebook in which readers were admiring the brand-new cover for Lucy's fifth Key West mystery, DEATH WITH ALL THE TRIMMINGS.

But one ignorant person asked: Is there a rule that a cat must appear on every cozy mystery cover? 


Well, duh...

At first I thought I wouldn't even bother to answer such an absurd question. I am very, very busy these days, with extra jobs like keeping the dumb schnauzer on the houseboat next door guessing. (Sparky and I like to tease him when we see him tied out there until he barks his fool head off and makes his owner crazy. Hee hee hee: it doesn't take much to get that silly dog going.)




Anyway, if cats aren’t important, then why in the world were there 6 or 8 emails going back and forth between Lucy and her editor trying to decide which expression should be on my face? 

If you think I’m joking, take a look at this version, the one with my fierce cat face. They decided they liked me smiling better--


Anyway, Lucy tells me I've said enough except that we're having a book giveaway today. All you have to do is leave a comment explaining why cats and cozies go together like...kibbles and milk...

And leave your email too, and tell us which book you want...(You can choose DEATH WITH ALL THE TRIMMINGS, but it won't be out until December.)


DEATH WITH ALL THE TRIMMINGS  will be in bookstores on December 2. But you can pre-order it now at your favorite independent bookstore or at Barnes and Noble or Amazon. Or really anywhere books are sold...

Summer is here and the bloggers at Killer Characters are ready to celebrate. During June and July, we're having a Cozy Days of Summer Giveaway. There will be a winner every day. Leave a comment before midnight to be entered in that day’s drawing. Hurry! Because at midnight, the next drawing starts.

79 comments:

  1. As someone with an allergy to cats, I'm don't know if I think they have to be in every cozy. Although I do like them because they make you feel all warm inside. I'd have one - if I weren't allergic.

    carstairs38 @ gmail.com

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  2. Out of loyalty to the Pug, I can't say only cats should be in cozies, but a pet sure helps. I kind of like the fierce cat face. I'm all caught up with Hayley and can't wait to read Death with All the Trimmings.
    sallycootie@gmail.com

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  3. I think a pet of some kind should be in every cozy just because I love furry friends, and the inquisitive, independent cat certainly mirrors the heroine sleuth in many ways, making it a perfect fit for a cozy. Oh, and I think the fierce face cover is terrific, but I can see why you went with the smiling one.

    Having read the entire series, I would love to win Death with all the Trimmings. Thanks for the giveaway!

    michstjame at gmail dot com

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  4. The smiling face cover is much better. I agree that all cozies should have some kind of pet. My dogs will argue that the pet should always be a dog.
    Love this series and looking forward to the next release.
    dty66@md.metrocast.net

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  5. LOVE this series!!!
    thank you for the giveaway!!

    cyn209 at juno dot com

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  6. I'm in love with a red tabby named Joey, so of course I think that all cozies should have at least one cat, and the more the merrier!

    skkorman AT bellsouth DOT net

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  7. Cats add warmth and personality to cozies. I love stories that include cats. It could be because we have two cats in our home and I cannot imagine a home without cats. I'm looking forward to reading this series which is new to me.

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  8. I would love to win the next book. I have all your others. suefoster109@netzero.net

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  9. I love cats, so of course I think they belong in every cozy. I absolutley love these covers with the cat! As I already have all the books in this series, I would have to choose Death with all the trimmings. Thank you for the chance to win! Dnrocker@yahoo.com

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  10. Cats and cozies are like peanut butter and jam, they just have to go together...they make the book more enjoyable to read. I would love to win DEATH WITH ALL THE TRIMMINGS. sweething99@hotmail.com

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  11. Cats and cozies entwine around each other for that warm, satisfied feeling, but cats also represent the ability to surprise with a clawed swipe, as do cozies with an unexpected murder.

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  12. I believe all good cozies have a pet. What about a hedegehog? My Harry would be a great sleuthing partner. As for cats and cozies, they go together so well, I think, because cats are so mysterious all on their own. I would love to win Death in Four Courses. bevarcher AT me DOT com

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  13. I've always been a dog person but I like books with animals in them.

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  14. Cats know so much so they make very good sleuths. So yes, cats are great cozy mystery partners. Good picture, Evinrude! I'm glad you didn't go with your fierce look! (I would like "Murder With Ganache" or "Death With All The Trimmings". Thank you for the chance to win!)

    ElaineE246(at)msn(dot)com

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  15. Cats are mysterious creatures and they just seem to fit with cozies. I love seeing them on covers. For this giveaway I'll take whatever book you want to send me, but preferably the first one in the series. Hey, beggars can't be choosers!!

    Lauigl[at]carolina[dot]rr[dot]com

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  16. Cats are smart and good problem solvers! I would love to win Death With All the Trimmings.

    lkleback@hotmail.com

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  17. Evinrude asked me to thank you for all your support for the cats of the cozy world! He is too busy to comment himself--watching the schnauzer on the next houseboat...

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  18. There is nothing better than petting an animal, whether it's a cat or another animal, to help think things through. Cats are inquisitive and that makes them good mystery partners.
    Looking forward to reading many more in this series!
    Terpsnmbr1@yahoo.com

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  19. Cats are great. They can be so friendly or so quiet and then deadly. Love my cat.

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  20. I would be lost without my cats. They all have different personalities and always pick you up when are down. They make me laugh. They are great stress relievers.

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  21. You need all the help you can get when solving a mystery and cats are great at mysteries.

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  22. Cats and cozies both require cunning and stealth. Both are hunters.
    Sandy Smith in Virignia

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  23. A cosy without a kitty is like shredded wheat without milk! Dry and boring!

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  24. I think I already won the new book, but any cozy is fine with me!

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  25. I do like cats in cozy mysteries, they bring that extra piece to it. I'd love Murder with Ganache, sounds wonderful. Thank you for the giveaway!

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  26. Cats are independent enough to fend for themselves while their Humans are out trying to solve the mystery. I just finished Murder with Ganache so I can't wait to see what happens in the next book.

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  27. I love cats always have
    and I love cozy mysteries with them in it
    Karen

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  28. Such an awesome giveaway! I am adding so many books and authors to my Need To Check Out list!
    misstree1963@gmail.com

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  29. A cozy with a cat is fine with me.

    Kit3247(at)aol(dot)com

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  30. Evinrude, when I first started reading your post I thought you were Lucy and I didn't understand what she was saying. Now, I get it. First of all, I don't think cats are on the covers of all cozy mysteries (as I look at my desk and see a cat on the cover of the last one I read.) I seriously think cats are pretty smart. I mean some even help to solve the crime. So glad they got you to smile on the cover.

    Would love to read Murder With Ganache. Thanks for the giveaway.

    kvmatlock (at) gmail (dot) com

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  31. We have a cat and a dog, so if books have one of each, or more, that's a draw for me. I'd love the new book in the series! Oh, I like the smiling expression on the cat.

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  32. We have two dogs and a cat - all rescues - so I can honestly say I love reading cozies with either a cat or a dog! If I win the giveaway, I would like to latest book in December (although it will be hard to wait). Thanks. kuzlin(at)aol(dot)com

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  33. What would the cover of your books be without a cat.....incomplete.

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  34. I have 3 cats, so as they say cats rule! And wonders why ALL books don't have cats in them? I would love the first book in the series, thank you!!

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  35. We have two dogs. One is a rescue. Love this cozy. so appealing and special. I would love to read Murder with Ganache. Thanks. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

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  36. My cats Eli and Toby are the house cats who enjoy their elevated status. The series would be lovely. Many thanks. Death with all the trimmings. elliotbencan(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  37. Becasue cats rule, is why! How many cats do you know who write their own blogs???????
    Cats should not only be IN them, they should WRITE them! And don't think for a minute theycan't.
    death with all the trimmings, tlotempio at aol dot com

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  38. cats and cozies go together because cats are smart and inquisitive and they add to a good story line.
    jslbrown2009(at)aol(dot)com

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  39. Cats and cozies, there is no more purrfect combination in that. Cats are intelligent and curious, that is why they are great cozy critters.

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  40. Because they're both curious

    bn100candg at hotmail dot com

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  41. There might as well be a cat in the book I am reading, as there is always one on my lap while doing so. If I win, I will be patient and wait for Death... In December. Bobbipad at gmail dot com

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  42. Cats are just awesome! So why wouldn't they (or other animals) be in stories that come up to the same level? I would eagerly wait for Death with All the Trimmings. Thanks for doing this giveaway. robbfan141729@yahoo.com

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  43. Cats and Key West bring back memories! geringlisa@gmail.com

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  44. I like the smiling kitty. If I win, would love this newest one! Ronnalord(at)msn (dot)com

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  45. I love animals, so I'm open to any pet. They add comic relief, they can calm down tense moments just by walking in the room. They can't add drama, by a cat's hair standing on end or a dog growling. They add that sense that they know what's going on but could care less. Actually, if I would be so lucky to win, I'm ashamed to say that I have some catching up to do and would love Topped Chef. momzillasteel@gmail.com

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  46. Evinrude, how can there be any question? EVERYTHING looks better with a cat!
    I think the pose they chose (hey! It rhymes!) is a good one--particularly flattering, showing off your winsome charm.
    I'm patient. I can wait to be surprised by the arrival of the newest book.

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      libbydodd at comcast dot com

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  47. Evinrude, you are the perfect kitty to be in a cozy mystery - you set the standard!!!! Cats and dogs add an extra element, and their antics throw in a little bit of fun, and even concern if something is happening with them…. Most of my favorite cozies have one or the other on a cover…. :-) I am looking forward to Death With all the Trimmings! lauracristene@yahoo.com

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  48. Cats or even dogs need to be in cozies so there is a true comforting feeling.

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  49. I like cats on cozy covers. I always enjoy seeing them. The smiling cat is nice. I am a cat owner. What's the origin of the name Evinrude? Unusual name.

    catbooks72(at)gmail(dot)com

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  50. Pets provide a comfortable feeling which is one of the things we love about cozies.

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  51. Of course cats belong in mysteries-they're smart, independent and curious! My Aleister, Calumet, and Licorice all agree (and say they love Evinrude and Sparky and feel they should have an even bigger role in future books!). I own all of the Key West Food Critic Mysteries and would happily, and patiently, wait til December for Death With All the Trimmings. What a great combo present-my birthday should I be notified I won and Christmas when it arrives! lol

    cozyupwithkathy at gmail dot com

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  52. I like cozy mystery with cats in them and also without them.

    xzjh04 gmail.com

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  53. What a ridiculous question!! I wonder when I see a cover with no cat. haha I am kidding. But why would someone ask such a silly question??
    I love hearing that you had such a time deciding on the expression. Love it!
    lisakhutson at (cox) [net]
    I would love to read An Appetite for murder!!! *woooo while wiggling fingers* I love a mystery.
    I also love food..;-)

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  54. My new CAT COZY mystery is all about a cat on the cover. COZY and cat go together. When the cat helps solve the crime, its even better. Check out Black Cat's Legacy on Amazon and see if you agree. Elaine Faber
    My recipe was chosen to be included in The Diva Wraps it Up. thanks Krista for the complimentary book.

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  55. Cats go with everything. I especially enjoy going to a book shop to find a cat prowling the shelves. I would LOVE to win Death With All the Trimmings as I already have all of your other books. I will happily wait until December. Please keep 'em coming!! My email is Carter@columbusacademy.org

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  56. Cats are in all the best cozies---and of course, they should be on the cover.
    suefarrell.farrell@gmail.com

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  57. Cats belong on cozies because they are the sweetest, most precious of God's creatures. I lost my kitty of 17 years and I miss her so much. I will buy any book with a cat on the cover. Any book you send will be appreciated.

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  58. I love this series

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  59. I really like this series. I got Murder with Ganache yesterday.

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  60. cats always make me buy the book--they just catch my eye!

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  61. I live in a house with 4 dogs and 5 cats. Cats always have that look on their faces that says they've got it handled.
    Kjohnson952@yahoo.com

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  62. Cats rule! I love this series. Hayley's a Jersey girl and a cat lover. What's not to love? :) Thank you for this wonderful series and great opportunity to win! areewekidding@yahoo.com

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  63. Let me tell you just a few. They warn the heroine when the bad criminal makes his/her move. They keep everyone trying to disturb
    your reading. They are very intelligent and have great powers of deduction. They are very attuned with the cosmos and that allows
    them to use their sixth sense to ferret out lies and danger. Not to mention they look so darn adorable on the cover and draw readers to the book.

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    1. Either book would be a privilege to win. InspirationalAngel@hotmail.com

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  64. "M" likes to cozy up to me while I read. So reading a cozy with a cat is a great idea. FYI "M" is my son's cat's name because he is m-azing.
    I would love MURDER WITH GANACHE. lkish77123 at gmail dot com

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  65. i laze aroundthe house while reading cozies just like my cat does on daily basis. Cozies are easy going and fun to read. My cat is too (when she chooses to be) ! Cozies come in a variety of types just like cats. And the both start with C. LOL

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  66. Cats are cozy! There's nothing better than curling up with a good cozy & a hot cup of tea & having your cat curl up with you!

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  67. Cats have personality--just like a character in a cozy! jeosmond@gmail.com

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  68. I love seeing any kind of animal in a cozy mystery but I suppose cats are quite intelligent and it does take a certain amount of smarts to solve a mystery so...this could explain why we find so many kitties helping us humans figure things out in our beloved cozies! I can't wait for 'Death with All the Trimmings' to come out! (My kitten Montaque Tiberius Kitten agrees!) ~
    londonandlisa@gmail.com

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  69. Don't enter me, but I love, love this series.

    ~Dru Ann

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  70. Evinrude asked me to thank everyone who left a comment in support of cats in cozies. He is touched by your interest. He selected Lisa Gering as yesterday's winner. xoxo to you all

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  71. A home without a pet is not a home. A home without a cat is sad indeed. I have had cats as part of my life for all my 56 years and would never consider life without a cat . Cats are Intuitive. Smart. Loving and humorous. They give joy to our lives. For me a cozy without a cat is not the same. A cozy with a cat assures me that a intelligent compassionate protagonist is one I can relate to and revisit as I know the cat will enrich and give humor as well as comfort to the series.We that understand and are blessed by our cats look forward to reading cozies with cats. After all Evinrude would agree .

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  72. I love cats, and enjoy seeing them on covers. I don't think anything Key West oriented would be without a cat; they are part of the local vibe there.

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  73. I love cats and they seem to see everything going on around them so they fit like that.They can even give you little signals about some things.If I win, I would like the first in this series.I haven't been able to read any of them.
    jluebke@frontier.com

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  74. Cats are mysterious creatures. So pairing them with cozy mysteries just makes sense. And add in that there is always a murder, cats fit in there too. Remember The Godfather had a cat. I've not read this series yet. But I'm still kinda new to cozies and am learning all of the different series. I would love to get the first one in the series, An Appetite For Murder.

    angiey1974@hotmail.com
    thelittlereadingcabin.blogspot.com

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  75. Cats and cozies--simple answer--author's prerogative, artistic liscence . You write them and we gobble them up like cat's with catnip !! Ronnalord(at)msn(dot)com

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