PW Tackles ‘New Traditionalism’ in Mystery

One of Publishers Weekly’s big features this week is Jordan Foster’s look at the mystery genre, focusing in specifically on cozies – or, as I’m calling them these days, “New Traditionalist” mysteries. There’s lots yet to be written on why this term appeals to me but Foster’s closing paragraph kind of summarizes things: “Traditional mysteries have come a long way since the Golden Age
of Agatha Christie and Dorothy L. Sayers. But even as our world becomes
increasingly modernized, there is always room for another puzzle,
another caper to test the deductive skills of Holmes’s descendants and
stimulate the little gray cells prized by Poirot.”