An amusingly titled article at Book Riot: I CAN’T BELIEVE NO ONE’S DUNIT: A COZY MYSTERY SETTING WISHLIST
I’m having a hard time thinking of a quirky setting or occupation that hasn’t been used in a cozy mystery. Dog trainers and dog walkers abound. Bloggers, writers, coffee shop owners, pickle shop owners, every kind of craft store. Math teachers. Hair stylists. As for settings, there are cozies set in Alaska (this one’s historical), Tahiti, Australia, and basically zillions of small towns everywhere, you name it.
I would be very cautious before I declared there was a setting or occupation that had never been used by the author of some cozy mystery somewhere. But sure, let’s take a look at this Book Riot post:
Mortuaries! Nope, the author of the post points to some mysteries set in funeral parlors.
Community theaters. Nope, she seems to be mistaken, here’s one.
IT Centers. “But CJ,” I can already hear you saying, “that doesn’t sound cozy at all. That sounds boring.” I laughed, because that was indeed my reaction.
Maybe, but picture this: you’re a disgruntled IT support person trying to nudge someone on the phone to at least give turning their computer off and on again a try. Suddenly, you hear on the other line, “I really don’t think that will fix — AH! AH, HE’S GOT ME! HE HAS A KNIFE! IT’S SO POINTY!”
Well, fine, but I must say, it would be funnier if the mystery involved a disgruntled IT support person tracking down and executing people who kept calling in because they didn’t think to turn their computer off and on again.
Art museums. Nope, here’s a cozy with murder in an art gallery (close enough!) with bonus pets.
Best part of the post:
I’ve been thinking about this tweet at least daily for the past six months:
Plenty of cozy mysteries have magical elements. I’m begging for someone to go all in and create something akin to Miss Marple written by Terry Pratchett. Someone convince the Tolkien Estate to approve the Shire one, at least, because I’m tired of emailing them.
I have to admit, that sounds like a lot of fun! I’d almost certainly read that!