posted on December 5, 2013 by Camille Minichino

A Cozy Life

Quotient of MurderIn our family room my husband is watching a Hallmark movie about a gorgeous judge-cum-shampoo-model in a small coastal town where no one locks his door and all the parked cars have keys in them. A thieves paradise, yet the crime rate is barely above 0 (and that’s because sweet old Mr. C is losing his mind and has taken to stealing packs of gum from the EZ mart. Tsk. Tsk.)

If it were a book, we’d call it a cozy.

In the next room, I’m sitting in front of another large flat screen (mine is bigger than his, but his has better resolution). My entire body is focused on Dexter, his knife-wielding arm raised above his latest victim. Well, not a victim since the guy on the table is also a serial killer. Now that Dexter is gone from TV, I’ll have to re-read the Jeff Lindsay Dexter books.

Definitely not cozy.

I usually watch and read only dark, unless a book club, class presentation, or the threat of a lost friendship requires me to read light. Give me a serial killer or a hit man and I’m in reading heaven.

So why am I now writing my 20th cozy mystery? And that’s just the contracted ones. Why it is that every time I sit down to write a “thriller,” or a slasher, or even dark, psychological suspense, my fingers pull away from the keyboard and I take a chocolate break. When I get back, I drag out an old, funny essay and polish it up for a blog.

Here’s my theory: It’s just too scary for me to hang out and even sleep with a really, really, sick guy. And in case you didn’t know it, writers do sleep with their characters. Why else have a pad of paper and pen by our beds? In case character says or does something noteworthy. How sleep-inducing is that? Not.

So until further notice, I’ll be getting my thrills second hand, from other writers, and living real life with the cozy guy.

Camille Minichino’s newest cozy mystery is The Quotient of Murder, from Berkley Prime Crime, November 2013

Camille Minichino

Camille Minichino

Camille Minichino has published eight novels in the Periodic Table Mysteries series, featuring retired physicist GLORIA LAMERINO. The series continues in short stories on Kindle and

As Margaret Grace, she’s published five novels in the Miniature Mysteries series, featuring miniaturist GERALDINE PORTER and her 10-year-old granddaughter, Maddie.

As Ada Madison, she’s poised to release a new series, the Professor Sophie Knowles Mysteries, featuring college professor SOPHIE KNOWLES.

Camille received her Ph.D. in physics from Fordham University, New York City. She is currently on the faculty of Golden Gate University, San Francisco and on the staff of Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. Camille is on the boards of the California Writers Club and NorCal Sisters in Crime. She’s a member of NorCal Mystery Writers of America and SF Romance Writers of America.

2 thoughts on “A Cozy Life”

  1. llk10retired says:

    As an avid reader of your books, I am thrilled you write cozy mysteries.

  2. cminichino says:

    Thanks for hosting me today!

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