Recently a reader made comment the covers for my Belinda Lawrence mysteries suggest dark happenings and are not indicative of a cozy read.
Well, a long story but the short version is when my old publisher closed three of the books were taken up by an eBook publisher, and they designed those three covers in the current style. Subsequently, I placed all six paperbacks and remaining three eBooks with another publisher and, so as to not create confusion, I stayed with the 'dark' style. So there you have it.
But I should explain that Belinda and Hazel Whitby, her associate in the adventures are not 'tea and cakes' characters. The books follow the cozy requirement of no violence no excessive blood, and no explicit sexual content, so are valid cozies.
I call them Cozy - with an edge.
The difference with my Belinda books is they are daring. English village mysteries with international
excursions. No cozy bakeries, bookshops, or doughnut recipes. Instead, each mystery revolves around an historical item or location which is at the crux of the story. There is humour as well as the tight situations both Belinda and Hazel find themselves in, as they are both spirited ladies and prefer a G and T to Earl Grey, and a Steak & Kidney Pie to a quiche. They take risks and are not afraid to step in where angels would fear to tread.
So with my tongue in cheek I suggest all this in the covers; each one reflecting the mood of the melodrama and a hint of what lies between covers. It is up to the reader to decide if they wish to read my books; but may I suggest going beyond the cover, read the blurb, the extracts, and positive reviews Belinda and Hazel have received, take the plunge and join them in their fun. I think you'll enjoy the experience.
Happy reading to All. 😈
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