Death (or not) of the Cosy Mass Market by Wendy - The Missing Clue - December 2018

Recently, there has been a definite reduction in the amount of mass market titles, particularly cosies available. There are a variety of reasons for this. A number of long time writers have finished off their series, for example Margaret Maron. Some authors like Joyce and Jim Lavene have died. As many authors like the Lavene’s have more than one series and write under a number of different names this has left a large gap. A number of authors, e.g. Nancy Atherton and Emily Brightwell no longer have mass market editions, they only appear in hard cover and trade paper editions. From what we hear Kensington, one of the biggest publishers of the cosy mass markets is making a concerted effort to find and publish new cosy writers. We have seen some evidence of this, for example, murder by the Lauren Elliott’s Murder By the Book (MM $8.99). We will continue to look for and stock new cosy writers. We do have a new British series by Julie Wassmer, which is set in Whitstable in the South East of England. As the series has been out for some time in the UK we have the first four titles in stock. Pearl Nolan owns a café which specializes in oysters. In the first book, The Whitstable Pearl Mystery, the death of one of her friends brings Pearl into contact with Chief Inspector Mike McGuire and so it goes on in true cosy fashion. These books are published in the smaller trade paper size at $15.99.