I’m battling a Cozy cliché.
When amateur detectives go around solving murders the local constabulary is, by necessity, painted in a less than favorable light.
Either they are dunderheads, or they are so overworked that nothing less than a body of a porn star left on the mayor’s front stoop would get their undivided attention.
Even though the cops in my Cozy play a miniscule role, they deserve more than being cast in a cliché.
Bottom line: Honor the bit players, and you honor the legitimacy of your story.