I'm currently working on a cozy mystery that features an older detective in his 50's and I'm concerned about having to throw my detective in break neck action. For one thing, he's old, and, for another, he prefers non violent techniques like interviewing suspects rather than ending up in a fight with one of these suspects in a dark, gloomy alley reeking of rotting fish heads. Now-a-days, it seems like the general consensus for mystery stories (cozy mysteries included) is to include forward driving action to keep the reader gripped on the story. Contemporary readers demand more than just following the detective as he or she interviews suspects. They want action. Here is a post from Writer's Digest that explains this. Specifically, it is noted that "While detection is still at the heart of the story, that plot must move along with more driving action than the genre used to demand. Today’s readers aren’t content to simply follow along while a sleuth interviews suspects in hopes of solving a crime; they want to feel compelled to keep turning pages long after bedtime." https://www.writersdigest.com/online-editor/4-things-you-should-know-about-writing-a-cozy-mystery-novel First, I don't understand what type of action they're referring to. Do they mean break neck action often depicted in thrillers or the simple thrill of having the detective break into a heavily secured office building in the dead of night while almost being detected by the security guard? Second, is it really necessary to incorporate action as expected by readers (if this is really the case)? Thanks for your input in advance.