Cozy Mystery

Cozies very rarely focus on sex, profanity or violence. The murders take place off stage, and are often relatively bloodless (e.g. poisoning), while sexual activity (if any) between characters is only ever gently implied and never directly addressed.

The cozy mystery usually takes place in a small town or village. The small size of the setting makes it believable that all the suspects know each other. The amateur sleuth is usually a very likeable person who is able to get the community members to talk freely about each other. There is usually at least one very knowledgeable, nosy, yet reliable

Miss Julia Lays Down the Law (Miss Julia, #17)
Lowcountry Boneyard (Liz Talbot Mystery, #3)
Aunt Dimity and the Summer King (An Aunt Dimity Mystery, #20)
Dark Chocolate Demise (Cupcake Bakery Mystery, #7)
The Readaholics and the Falcon Fiasco (A Book Club Mystery, #1)
Bittersweet (China Bayles, #23)
Chef Maurice and a Spot of Truffle (Chef Maurice Culinary Mysteries, #1)
Musseled Out
With Vics You Get Eggroll (Mad for Mod #3)
A Fright to the Death
Threads of Deceit
Lemon Pies and Little White Lies
The Alpine Zen (Emma Lord Mystery, #26)
The Corpse With the Sapphire Eyes (Cait Morgan, #5)
Matrimony Meltdown


  • Uncertain Murder by James Litherland
    Uncertain Murder (Watchbearers, #3)
    Release date: May 30, 2015
    —A Sam and Bailey Mystery

    In the summer of 1992, tech billionaire Brandt Keener dies drinking a glass of wine while dining with his nearest if not dear…more View Details »
    Giveaway dates: Apr 17 - May 25, 2015
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  • Flambé in Armagnac by Jean-Pierre Alaux
    Flambé in Armagnac
    Release date: Aug 06, 2015
    Win an early ARC of the next Winemaker Detective mystery. Bloggers are calling the series "an obsession."

    In the heart of Gascony, a fire ravages the w…more View Details »
    Giveaway dates: May 04 - May 25, 2015
    2 copies available, 452 people requesting
    Countries available: US
  • Wedding Wipeout by Jacob M. Appel
    Wedding Wipeout
    Release date: Jan 03, 2015
    Two elderly spinster sisters––Florence and Lorraine––have lived together ever since the death of their wealthy father, living on generous stipends pro…more View Details »
    Giveaway dates: May 18 - May 26, 2015
    3 copies available, 590 people requesting
    Countries available: US
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  • As Chimney Sweepers Come to Dust (Flavia de Luce, #7)
    Midnight Crossroad (Midnight, Texas, #1)
    Top Secret Twenty-One (Stephanie Plum #21)
    The Job (Fox and O'Hare, #3)
    A Dangerous Place (Maisie Dobbs, #11)
    Any Witch Way You Can (Wicked Witches of the Midwest, #1)
    Twenty-Eight and a Half Wishes (Rose Gardner Mysteries, #1)
    The Weed That Strings the Hangman's Bag (Flavia de Luce, #2)
    Pineapple Lies (Pineapple Port Mysteries, #1)
    The Cinderella Murder (Under Suspicion #1)
    Murder on Amsterdam Avenue (Gaslight Mystery, #17)
    The Long Way Home (Chief Inspector Armand Gamache, #10)
    Double Fudge Brownie Murder (Hannah Swensen, #18)
    The Dead in Their Vaulted Arches (Flavia de Luce, #6)
    The Beautiful Mystery (Chief Inspector Armand Gamache, #8)
    Chocolate Chip Cookie Murder by Joanne FlukeCatering to Nobody by Diane Mott DavidsonA Dead Sister by Anna Celeste BurkeFudge Cupcake Murder by Joanne FlukeEvertaster by Adam Glendon Sidwell
    Mysteries in Good Taste!
    305 books — 257 voters
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    Best Books to Stay Up Late Reading
    363 books — 307 voters

    One for the Money by Janet EvanovichThe No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency by Alexander McCall SmithCrocodile on the Sandbank by Elizabeth PetersChocolate Chip Cookie Murder by Joanne FlukeThe Mysterious Affair at Styles by Agatha Christie
    Cozy Mystery Series
    537 books — 1,563 voters

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    Best Crossover Books
    95 books — 39 voters
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    Books that Change You
    61 books — 34 voters

    Popular Cozy Mystery Books

    On What Grounds (Coffeehouse Mystery, #1)
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    Chocolate Chip Cookie Murder (Hannah Swensen, #1)
    Strawberry Shortcake Murder (Hannah Swensen, #2)
    Death by Darjeeling (A Tea Shop Mystery, #1)
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    The Diva Runs Out of Thyme (A Domestic Diva Mystery, #1)
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    The Trouble With Magic (A Bewitching Mystery, #1)
    Crocodile on the Sandbank (Amelia Peabody #1)
    Catering to Nobody (A Goldy Bear Culinary Mystery, #1)

    Alan Bradley
    Alan Bradley As Chimney Sweepers Come to Dust (Flavia de Luce, #7)
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    Betty MacDonald
    There’s nothing as cozy as a piece of candy and a book.
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    Mike Bove
    The good characters in my book are loosely based on folks I know. All the bad stuff is made up.
    Mike Bove, Willowtree A Bruce DelReno Mystery

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