What makes a book a “light read”?

“Books that makes you smile.” That’s the tag line for the Bony Blythe Award and it seems quite clear…until you begin to think about the wide range of traditional mysteries which the award was created for. Even some of the publishers seem to be stymied, submitting books that are classified as thrillers, suspense and even gothic horror. Good reading they may be, but cosy?

Another question; what makes you guffaw may not make me even crack a smile! So once again  the judges have their work cut out for them. Can you hear the arguments? Does it come down to a definition of  humour? Why is something funny? What makes a cooment amusing? And another pooint; some traditional mysteries are not a barrel of laughs, but they meet all the other criteria.

Bloody Words Conference is on June 1-3. We will find out who laughed at what, or maybe just how cosy they felt when reading the books, at the awards banquet. So come to Bloody Words! Find out who wins the first award for light mysteries in Canada! Be there! Maybe you’ll laugh! Too. Or win a light mystery!

About Caro Soles

Writer in several genres, lover of dachshunds and opera, with some ballet thrown in for good measure. I founded the Bloody Words Mystery Conference, which ran for 14 years as well as the Bony Blithe Award for Canadian Light Mysteries, but that, too, has come to an end. My latest novel is The River District, a look at the seamy side of Merculian.
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