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Curl up with a Cozy Mystery!

We love Cozy Mysteries. Most cozy mysteries take place in small, picturesque towns or villages, with characters who you could envision having as neighbors or friends. Mystery Cozies are great to curl up with by the fireplace on a cold winter’s day.

We have compiled a great list of Cozies for you to explore.

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indexiy5oxzrvFamiliar Motives / Delia James. After learning that she comes from a family of witches – and adopting a familiar named Alistair – artist Anabelle Britton has made beautiful Portsmouth, New Hampshire her home. Togther with her coven, this good witch is trying to put a stop to magic and murder most foul. When Anna takes Alistair to see local veterinarian Ramona Forsythe, they meet the most famous cat in town: Ruby the Attitude Cat, spokes-feline for a pet food brand. But then Ramona turns up dead and Ruby goes missing. It seems like the murderer used magical means, so it’s up to Anna and Alistair to catch the killer and cat-napper as only a canny cat can.

indexj7kkk5mlAnother One Bites the Crust (A Bakeshop Mystery) by Ellie Alexander.  Torte–the beloved small-town bakeshop run by Jules Capshaw–is set to hit the stage. But who would have guessed that murder would makes a surprise appearance? It’s the role of a lifetime for Jules. The Shakespeare Festival has returned to Ashland, Oregon, for the season and Torte has been cast as the supplier of Elizabethan-era treats for the main event. But on the eve of opening night, a brawl between Jules’s friend Lance, the artistic director, and a strapping young thespian named Anthony almost brings down the house. . .and the next morning, Anthony is dead.

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indexzow1pu6pClass Reunions are Murder / Libby Klein.  For fortysomething Poppy McAllister, taking a stroll down memory lane in Cape May, New Jersey, isn’t just awkward–it’s deadly. Newly widowed and stuck in a middle-aged funk, Poppy has been running on cookies, infomercials, and one-sided chats with her cat for months. There’s no way on earth she’s attending her twenty-five-year class reunion–especially after receiving a very bizarre letter from Barbie, the popular cheerleader who taunted her all through high school. At least, not until Poppy’s best friend practically drags her to the event . . . Using the dreaded homecoming as an excuse to visit her eccentric Aunt Ginny, Poppy vows to leave Cape May with pride and Spanx intact.-Provided by publisher.

index8xhdkbc9Death in the Stacks : a Library Lovers Mystery by Jenn McKinlay. Lindsey Norris and her staff are gearing up for the Briar Creek Library’s annual Dinner in the Stacks fund-raiser. The night of dinner and dancing is not only a booklover’s dream–it’s the library’s biggest moneymaker of the year. But instead of raising funds, the new library board president is busy raising a stink and making the staff miserable. Although Olive Boyle acts like a storybook villain, Lindsey is determined to work with her and make the event a success. But when Olive publicly threatens the library’s newest hire, Paula, Lindsey cracks like an old book spine and throws Olive out of the library. The night of the fund-raiser, Lindsey dreads another altercation with Olive–but instead finds Paula crouched over Olive’s dead body. Paula may have secrets, but Lindsey and the rest of the crafternooners know she’s not the one who took Olive out of circulation. As the plot thickens, Lindsey must catch the real killer before the book closes on Paula’s future.–Provided by publisher.

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index83b268pyPotions and Pastries : a Magical Bakeshop Mystery by Bailey Cates. In this New York Times bestselling mystery series, witch Katie Lightfoot bakes enchanted treats–and faces more than her fair share of toil and trouble…. It’s been exactly two years since Katie and her aunt and uncle opened the Honeybee Bakery, where they serve delicious–and bespelled–treats to the good people of Savannah. After a dinner celebrating the bakery’s anniversary, they all take a stroll along the waterfront and meet Aunt Lucy’s friend Orla, a colorful character who has been telling the fortunes of locals and tourists alike for years. The next day, Orla meets with what seems like a terrible accident, but Katie’s witchy intuition tells her it was something more sinister. Together with her trustworthy coven and her firefighter boyfriend, she’ll race to find out what happened to the unfortunate fortune-teller before the piping hot trail goes cold….Provided by publisher.

index37vt36saHoney baked homicide by Gayle Leeson. The owner of a delightful Southern caf#65533; tastes the sharp sting of suspicion in this delectable comfort food mystery . . . It’s fall in Winter Garden, Virginia, and business at Amy Flowers’ Down South Cafe has never been better. So when struggling beekeeper Stuart Landon asks Amy to sell some of his honey, she’s happy to help. The jars of honey are a sweet success, but their partnership is cut short when Amy discovers Landon’s body outside the caf#65533; early one morning. As Amy tries to figure out who could possibly have wanted to harm the unassuming beekeeper, she discovers an ever-expanding list of suspects–and they’re all buzzing mad. She’ll have to use all of her skills–and her Southern charm–to find her way out of this sticky situation…Provided by publisher.

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indextulp449lThe Ghost of Christmas Past : a Molly Murphy Mystery by Rhys Bowen. “Semi-retired private detective Molly Murphy Sullivan is suffering from depression after a miscarriage following her adventure in San Francisco during the earthquake of 1906. She and her husband, Daniel, are invited for Christmas at a mansion on the Hudson, and they gratefully accept, expecting a peaceful and relaxing holiday season. Not long after they arrive, however, they start to feel the tension in the house’s atmosphere. Then they learn that the host couple’s young daughter wandered out into the snow ten years ago and was never seen again.  No ransom note. No body ever found. Molly slowly begins to suspect that the occupants of the house know more than they are letting on. Then, on Christmas Eve, there is a knock at the door and a young girl stands there. ‘I’m Charlotte,’ she says. ‘I’ve come home'”– Provided by publisher.

index5dazelryOf Books and Bagpipes : a scottish bookshop mystery / Paige Shelton. “Delaney Nichols has settled into her new life in Edinburgh that she truly feels it’s become more home than her once beloved Kansas. While taking in the sights of the distant Highlands from the castle’s ramparts, Delaney is startled when she spots a sandal-clad foot at the other end of the roof. Unfortunately, the foot’s owner is very much dead.  As Delaney rushes to call off some approaching tourists and find the police, she comes across the book Oor Wullie, its pages torn and fluttering around a side wall of the castle. Instinct tells her to take the pages and hide them under her jacket. It’s not until she returns to the Cracked Spine that she realizes just how complicated this story is and endeavors to untangle the tricky plot of why someone wanted this man dead, all before getting herself booked for murder”– Provided by publisher.

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bookcoverdeqem2mxIced under / Barbara Ross. The snow is deep in Maine’s Busman’s Harbor and the mighty rivers are covered in ice. Julia Snowden and her mother, Jacqueline, are hunkered down for the winter when a mysterious package arrives. Inside the mystery package is an enormous black diamond necklace that once belonged to Julia’s great-grandmother and disappeared in the 1920s.  Julia’s search for clues takes her on a perilous journey through her mother’s troubled family history.  Praise for Musseled Out “This cozy series continues to stand out with its exceptional plotting, intriguing storylines, and authentic detailing of the lobstering life.” — RT Book Reviews

index83dosw4eHark the Herald Angels Slay / Vicki Delaney  Santa’s summer vacation plans turn deadly in this festive mystery from the author of Rest Ye Murdered Gentlemen and We Wish You a Murderous Christmas . The town of Rudolph, New York, has the Christmas spirit all year long–but when homicide heats up a summer holiday, it’s up to shop owner Merry Wilkinson to wrap up the case.

 

indexheeshauiDeadly Desires at Honeychurch Hall : A Mystery / Dennison, Hannah When a body is discovered in the grounds on Honeychurch Hall suspicion falls on the folks in the village. And, as the body count begins to build our heroine Kat Stanford becomes inextricably embroiled in the ensuing scandal. Are the deaths the result of a local vendetta, or could they be connected to her mother’s unusual (to say the least) past?

 

indexcsu81u10Due or die / Jenn McKinlay Answering tricky reference questions is excitement enough for library director Lindsey Norris, until a murder is committed in her cozy hometown of Briar Creek, Connecticut. The question of who did it must be answered before someone else is checked out–for good.

 

index7m4zwhupThe cat sitter’s nine lives / Blaize and John Clement. “Dixie Hemingway is back in this ninth installment of Blaize Clement’s beloved cozy mystery series, now written by her son John using Blaize’s extensive notes and outlines for future books. This book starts off with a bang — literally. Dixie is driving alongside the beachside road that runs through the center of her hometown when she’s witness to a terrible head-on collision. Ever the hero, she springs into action and pulls one of the drivers from his car just before it explodes in flames. A little shaken but none the worse for wear, Dixie proceeds to her local bookstore where she meets Cosmo, a fluffy, orange tomcat, and Mr. Hoskins, the store’s kind but strangely befuddled owner. The next day, the driver whose life she saved claims that he is Dixie’s husband, both Cosmo and Mr. Hoskins disappear without a trace, and a mysterious phone call from a new client lures her to a crumbling, abandoned mansion on the outskirts of town. Soon Dixie finds herself locked in a riddle of deception, revenge, murder, and mystery”– Provided by publisher.


Cozy Television

  • Hetty Wainthropp Investigates is an English drama starring Patricia Routledge as the eponymous old busybody, who solves mysteries around her Lancashire neighbourhood.
  • Murder, She Wrote is an American series starring Angela Lansbury as mystery novelist Jessica Fletcher, who finds that her work often has parallels with her own life.
  • Pie in the Sky is a British mystery television series that combines sleuthing and cooking. A police detective and gourmet runs his own restaurant in between solving crimes.
  • Psych is an American series starring James Roday as a talented amateur detective who, for complicated (and humorous) reasons, operates as a fraudulent “psychic” detective, often assisting the police on official investigations as well as private clients. While he solves mysteries based on his observational and deductive skills, he falsely attributes his insights to his non-existent psychic ability.
  • Rosemary & Thyme is a British mystery television series that combines accidental amateur sleuthing and gardening. A few episodes have been adapted and expanded as full-length novels.

 

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