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Why Agatha Christie Isn't a Cozy Mystery Author (And That's Okay!)

Agatha Christie, the queen of mystery, may be an icon in the genre, but let's face it - she's not exactly cozy. While her novels may be beloved by many, they don't quite fit the mold of a typical cozy mystery. Let's take a closer look and see why.

For starters, cozy mysteries are all about small towns and quaint settings, like the local tea shop or bookstore. But where does Christie take us? To Egypt, the Middle East, and the Caribbean. That's right; she's more of a globetrotter than a cozy homebody.


And let's not forget about her detectives, Hercule Poirot and Miss Marple. Cozy sleuths are often amateurs, but Poirot is a seasoned pro who works for the police or other law enforcement agencies. Miss. Marple might be the only part of Christie's writing that could be considered cozy. However, they're not your average, everyday detectives.


Now, we all know cozy mysteries are all about the puzzle-solving, not the gore. But that's not quite Christie's style. Her murders can be pretty gruesome and violent, and she's not afraid to describe them in detail. She's not one to shy away from the dark and gruesome side of human nature.


And finally, let's talk about the complexity of her stories. Cozy mysteries are all about the casual, relaxed pace, with a focus on character and setting. Christie, on the other hand, will have you scratching your head trying to keep up with all the twists and turns. She's not one to take it easy on her readers.


But hey, just because she's not exactly cozy doesn't mean we can't still love her. After all, she's an incredible writer and a master of the mystery genre. Cozy mystery fans, don't be afraid to branch out and give her novels a chance. Who knows? Maybe you'll find a new appreciation for globetrotting, professional sleuthing, and gritty violence.


Do you think Agatha Christie is The Cozy Mystery Queen?

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