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1 One for the Money (Stephani...
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3 Abby Cooper, Psychic Eye (P...
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4 The No. 1 Ladies' Detective...
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5 Murder at the Vicarage (Mis...
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6 Murder is Binding
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7 Catering to Nobody (A Goldy...
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8 The Sweetness at the Bottom...
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9 The Mysterious Affair at St...
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10 The Quiche of Death (Agatha...
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11 Her Royal Spyness (Her Roya...
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12 The Cat Who Could Read Back...
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13 What's a Ghoul to Do? (Ghos...
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14 On What Grounds (Coffeehous...
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15 The Trouble With Magic (A B...
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16 Death by Darjeeling (A Tea ...
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17 Real Murders (Aurora Teagar...
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18 Hot Six (Stephanie Plum, #6)
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19 Size 12 Is Not Fat (Heather...
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20 Three to Get Deadly (Stepha...
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21 Still Life (Chief Inspector...
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22 Grave Sight (Harper Connell...
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23 Secondhand Spirits (A Witch...
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24 Dead Until Dark (Sookie Sta...
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25 High Five (Stephanie Plum, #5)
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26 Murder With Peacocks (Meg L...
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27 Death On Demand (Death On D...
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28 Aunt Dimity's Death (Aunt D...
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29 Murder on a Girls' Night Ou...
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30 Death Of A Gossip (Hamish M...
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31 Thyme of Death (China Bayle...
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32 Four to Score (Stephanie Pl...
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33 Seven Up (Stephanie Plum, #7)
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34 Two for the Dough (Stephani...
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35 Back on the Market
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36 Lemon Meringue Pie Murder (...
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37 To the Nines (Stephanie Plu...
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38 A Dead Husband (Jessica Hun...
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39 I Scream, You Scream (A Mys...
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40 Truly, Madly (A Lucy Valent...
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41 Mum's the Word (A Flower Sh...
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42 Ten Big Ones (Stephanie Plu...
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43 Lean Mean Thirteen (Stephan...
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44 Twelve Sharp (Stephanie Plu...
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45 The Murder of Roger Ackroyd...
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46 A Dead Sister (Jessica Hunt...
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47 Bookplate Special (A Bookto...
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48 Blueberry Muffin Murder (Ha...
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49 The Cat, the Quilt and the ...
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50 Why Didn't They Ask Evans?
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51 Sprinkle with Murder (Cupca...
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52 Crocodile on the Sandbank (...
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53 Body Movers (Body Movers, #1)
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54 This Pen For Hire (A Jaine ...
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55 Shakespeare's Landlord (Lil...
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56 Partners in Crime
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57 Homicide in Hardcover (A Bi...
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58 Strawberry Shortcake Murder...
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59 Explosive Eighteen (Stephan...
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60 The Ghost and Mrs. McClure ...
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61 Hard Eight (Stephanie Plum,...
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62 Fatal Fixer-Upper (A Do-It-...
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63 Fearless Fourteen (Stephani...
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64 Wicked Appetite (Lizzy & Di...
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65 Knit One, Kill Two (A Knitt...
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66 Eggs in Purgatory (Cacklebe...
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67 Peach Cobbler Murder (Hanna...
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68 Fudge Cupcake Murder (Hanna...
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69 Eleven on Top (Stephanie Pl...
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70 Demons are a Ghoul's Best F...
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71 Three Bedrooms, One Corpse ...
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72 Tracing the Contours
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73 One Bad Apple (Orchard, #1)
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74 The Unexpected Mrs. Pollifa...
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75 Finger Lickin' Fifteen (Ste...
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76 Sizzling Sixteen (Stephanie...
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77 How to Murder a Millionaire...
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78 Bookmarked For Death (Bookt...
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79 The Julius House (Aurora Te...
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80 Sugar Cookie Murder (Hannah...
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81 Death of a Cad (Hamish Macb...
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82 Pick Your Poison (A Yellow ...
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83 The Diva Runs Out of Thyme ...
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84 Maisie Dobbs (Maisie Dobbs,...
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85 A Bone to Pick (Aurora Teag...
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86 Carrot Cake Murder (Hannah ...
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87 The Spellman Files (The Spe...
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88 Size 14 Is Not Fat Either (...
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89 Key Lime Pie Murder (Hannah...
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90 A Killer Plot (A Books by t...
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91 Plum Pudding Murder (Hannah...
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92 Big Boned (Heather Wells, #3)
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93 Books Can Be Deceiving (Lib...
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94 The Missing Ink (Tattoo Sho...
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95 Apple Turnover Murder (Hann...
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96 Into the Killer Sphere (Cha...
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97 Shakespeare's Trollop (Lily...
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98 Corpse Pose (Mantra for Mur...
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99 Death at Wentwater Court (D...
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message 1: by Jamese (new)

Jamese there have been a lot of votes on here


message 2: by Andréa (new)

Andréa I love so many of the books on this list, but a lot of them don't fit my idea of cozy mysteries.

For me, cozies are separate from what I think of as rom.com. mysteries, in which the humor and romance are as important, if not more so, than the mystery element (such as Janet Evanovich's books, much as I love them). I also view cozies as separate from the more suspenseful mysteries in which a happy ending isn't a sure thing. And, in general, while I love YA books there aren't many YA mysteries that I would consider cozies.


message 3: by Sherilyn (new)

Sherilyn But what about the Louise Penney and CS Harris novels --They absolutely should be included.


message 4: by Deborah (new)

Deborah Benjamin The Death of Perry Many Paws is the first in a series of cozy humorous mysteries featuring 'women of a certain age' and a small town filled with people you want to visit again and again. It has a five star rating on Amazon. It's available on Kindle also. It's a definitive cozy mystery.


message 5: by Sandy (new)

Sandy Bose I'd add Larissa Reinhart too. Love her Cherry Tucker series.


message 6: by Rebecca (new)

Rebecca gaah it annoys me that a Janet Evanovich book is number one on this list. I get that they're popular BUT people so often vote for books because they like them, and not because they actually are the best fit for the list description! The thing is people who are looking at the list want to read books that fit the description.

Anyways - if the definition of cozy mystery is the same as the one on the website referenced (http://www.cozy-mystery.com/Definitio...), then "no graphic violence, no profanity, and no explicit sex." There definitely is graphic violence in the Stephanie Plum books, and the romance is pretty explicit. I would say her books are more about thrill, humor, and sex than about a cozy mystery! (It's maybe more of a humorous mystery...)

Basically, I hadn't quite found a description for the books that I really like to read until just now, and Cozy Mystery is definitely it! So I was excited to find this list...and then disappointed to see Stephanie Plum right at the top because that is definitely NOT what I'm looking for, personally!


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