January 6, 2021
As winter sets and days get shorter, I start focusing on making my surroundings at home more cozy (are there ever too many candles?). As it turns out, my reading choices tend to follow that pattern as well, and I turn to cozy mysteries.
Cozy mysteries are also great to grab in between other genres you’re reading, such as psychological thrillers. They're my favorite type of novel, but I usually need a nice cozy mystery to sandwich in between them.
Below are a list of some of my favorite cozy mystery series, all of which are available to request through MCPL's library catalog. Because there are so many great ones available, I’m writing a separate post on any that have a book or library theme, which will be posted soon!
The Aunt Dimity series series is probably the best example of a cozy mystery for me. I was immediately hooked when the main character, Lori, inherits a cottage in England (I can’t think of a better surprise!) that she soon finds out used to belong to Aunt Dimity, a character in her mother’s bedtime stories that Lori always assumed wasn’t real. Lori, struggling to make ends meet, is set to gain a large inheritance if she can find hidden letters between her mother and Aunt Dimity. This series follows Lori through 24 books so far, each one a cozy gem.
The Magic Garden Mystery series begins with Fiona Knox losing both her flower shop and her fiancee, only to inherit a cottage in Scotland. Needing the escape, she hops on a plane only to discover that her cottage is falling apart and that there's a dead body in the garden. She is soon questioned by the police, and sees that there may be more to the garden than she originally thought.
I love the setting of this series (who wouldn’t want to inherit a Scottish cottage?!), and I enjoy the mystery and supernatural elements as well.
A Magical Bakery Mystery series begins with Brownies and Broomsticks. Unhappy with the assistant manager position in a small Ohio bakery, Katie jumps at the chance to work with her aunt and uncle in their Savannah bakery. But when she gets there, she notices her aunt adding odd herbs to her recipes, and Katie soon finds out her aunt is a witch. Laced with supernatural elements, tantalizing baked goods, and plenty of mystery, this is a unique mystery series for those who like a supernatural twist.
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Ten books complete the Ghost Hunter Mysteries series, which begins with What's a Ghoul to Do? The series centers on M.J. and her business partner, Gilly and, as the title of the series suggests, they are ghost hunters and always seem to find themselves in the midst of a mystery when they’re on the job for a client. I enjoyed the supernatural and mystery elements of this series and would recommend it for anyone who enjoys ghost hunting TV shows or series.
Jenn McKinlay is one of my all-time favorite cozy mystery writers, and she has three series I really enjoy. Sprinkle with Murder is the first in the Cupcake Bakery Mystery Series, and follows bakers Melanie and Angie, proud new owners of their own bakery. When one of their clients ends up murdered by a cupcake, they’re thrown in the spotlight as suspects, and need to clear their name before they can save their business.
McKinlay's next series to check out is the Hat Shop Mysteries. This series starts with Cloche and Dagger, which follows Scarlett as she joins her cousin in London to help run a millinery business. But when she shows up at the airport, her cousin is missing and a body of her client is soon discovered.
Books Can Be Deceiving is the first in the Library Lover’s Mystery Series, and as the name suggests, is a perfect series for any library lover. This series follows library director Lindsey, in the picturesque town of Briar Creek. Readers will get to know the characters that make this town unique, and follow Lindsey along as she helps solve crimes that seem to suddenly pop up around town.
If you’re just looking for a cozy series with no murder involved, I’d recommend author Jenny Colgan. I love the international settings for her novels, and how well the reader really gets to know the characters in these character-driven plots set abroad. One of my favorite series by her is the Scottish Bookshop series, which begins with The Bookshop on the Corner. In that novel, we meet Nina, a woman who escapes the chaos of a city to open a bookmobile in a sleepy nearby town. The series introduces us to characters from the whole village, and I love that reading them makes you feel like you’re spending time with old friends. There is a bit of romance to them, but as someone who generally greatly dislikes any romance-centered novels, I can say that these focus mainly on the main character’s development and her interactions with the whole town, and there’s always a happy ending!
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