Top 10 Cozy Mysteries on Goodreads
As we celebrate Mystery Week here on Goodreads, we wanted to highlight the cheerier side of murder. If you're new to cozy mysteries, allow us explain: Cozy mysteries are a subgenre of mystery that keep things light. Usually, they feature an amateur detective in a small town and a whole cast of pleasant, quirky characters…who also happen to be murder suspects.
We rounded up the top cozy mysteries on Goodreads by taking a look at which books have been added the most to our members' shelves. Bursting with baked goods (some poisonous), clever pets, and puns, these are the most popular "happy" murder mysteries.
Chocolate Chip Cookie Murder
by Joanne Fluke
Hannah's sweet life goes sour when a dead body turns up behind her bakery. (Bonus: This ongoing series features a recipe with every book!)
Murder at the Vicarage
by Agatha Christie
You can't do cozy without Miss Marple. Christie's unforgettable amateur detective tackles her very first murder in the tiny English village of St. Mary Mead.
The Cat Who Could Read Backwards
by Lilian Jackson Braun
Never send a man to do a cat's job. Disgraced reporter Jim Qwilleran teams up with an all-knowing cat named Koko to solve an art critic's murder.
The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency
by Alexander McCall Smith
Travel to Africa with Precious Ramotswe, Botswana's premier detective, as she tracks down missing family members…without sacrificing time for tea.
Catering to Nobody
by Diane Mott Davidson
Accused of adding poison to her menu, professional caterer Goldy tries her hand at sleuthing, determined to prove she only makes yummy, non-lethal meals.
by Charlaine Harris
Leaving behind her own murky past, Lily moves to the sleepy town of Shakespeare, Arkansas, for a quiet, boring life. Then she witnesses a murder.
The Quiche of Death
by M.C. Beaton
Meet Agatha, a cheater—but only when it comes to baking contests. When her store-bought entry comes laced with poison, Agatha becomes suspect number one.
by Jana Deleon
A semi-retired CIA assassin (yes, really) lands in the middle of a bayou murder mystery when her dog digs up a human bone in her background.
Her Royal Spyness
by Rhys Bowen
Historical mysteries can be cozy, too! In 1932, Lady Victoria, 34th in line to the throne, rethinks her priority list when a Frenchman turns up dead in her bathtub.
On What Grounds
by Cleo Coyle
Love murder and coffee? Then follow along as coffeehouse manager Clare looks for barista Anabelle's killer. (Bonus: This book includes coffee-making tips!)
What's your favorite cozy mystery? Share it with us in the comments. And be sure to check out more of our Mystery & Thriller Week coverage here.
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