If you’ve read my 2019 writing goals post, you will know that I plan to write the first novel in my supernatural mystery series this year. And, to prepare myself for this writing challenge, I have created a new reading list.
This book (and series) will be different from the types of books and short stories I have written before — I want to merge my love for the supernatural with the cozy mystery genre.
Now, we all know that each genre and subgenre has its own rules. Well, to know what these rules are, you have to read the books in that genre. So, I have decided to create two new reading lists of books in those genres that I haven’t read yet. One list will be of paranormal or supernatural cozy mystery book series and the other list will be of cozy mystery book series.
The purpose of the first reading list is to see how the paranormal (or supernatural) and cozy mystery genres can work together. The second reading list is to help improve my crime and mystery writing. While I do write crime stories, it’s not my number one genre (that’ll be horror, baby), so I’ve not written a lot of mystery or crime stories. Neither have I read many cozy mystery novels.
I have five books on each reading list. And, I plan to start with the paranormal/supernatural cozy mystery series reading list. Here are the books on the reading list:
- Grave Sight (from the Harper Connelly Mysteries series) by Charlaine Harris or Midnight Crossroad (from the Midnight, Texas series) by Charlaine Harris — this depends on which book I can find in the library.
- Eleventh Grave in Moonlight (from the Charley Davidson series) by Darynda Jones
- Graveyard Shift (from the Pepper Martin Mystery series) by Casey Daniels
- Murder on the Rocks (from the Mack’s Bar Mysteries series) by Allyson K. Abbott
- Brenda and Effie Forever! (from the Brenda and Effie Mystery series) by Paul Magrs
I’m looking forward to reading these books, and I will let you know how I get on with this reading list.
Have you read any paranormal/supernatural cozy mystery books? Do you have any recommendations? If yes to any, feel free to comment below. I’m always on the lookout for new books to add to my list. You can never have too many books to read.
Keep writing, folks!
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