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

Blazing Summer (Darling Investigations, #2)
A Lady's Guide to Etiquette and Murder (A Countess of Harleigh Mystery, #1)
Buried in Books (A Bibliophile Mystery, #12)
The Spook in the Stacks (Lighthouse Library Mystery #4)
Murder at the Mansion (Victorian Village Mysteries, #1)
Till Death Do Us Tart (A Bakeshop Mystery #8)
As the Christmas Cookie Crumbles (A Food Lovers' Village Mystery, #5)
Ruff Justice (Melanie Travis Canine Mystery)
Better Haunts and Garden Gnomes ([Un]Lucky Valley, #1)
Airships, Crypts & Chocolate Chips (Spells & Caramels #6)
Kappy King and the Pickle Kaper (An Amish Mystery #2)
A Brush with Death
Lowcountry Bookshop (Liz Talbot Mystery #7)
Murder on Union Square (Gaslight Mystery, #21)
Probable Claws (Mrs. Murphy #27)
I've Got My Eyes on You
Death in the English Countryside (Murder on Location #1)
Witch Slapped (Witchless In Seattle, #1)
Dying for Dinner Rolls (Chubby Chicks Club, #1)
Witch Is When It All Began (A Witch P.I. Mystery, #1)
Blazing Summer (Darling Investigations, #2)
To Die but Once (Maisie Dobbs, #14)
Deadly Summer (Darling Investigations #1)
Murder, Curlers, and Cream (Valentine Beaumont Mysteries #1)
The Lanvin Murders (Vintage Clothing, #1)
All By Myself, Alone
Out on a Limb: A Smoky Mountain Mystery
The House of Unexpected Sisters (No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency, #18)
Poisoned Pages (A Booktown Mystery, #12)
Buried in Books (A Bibliophile Mystery, #12)
Abby Cooper, Psychic Eye by Victoria LaurieSecondhand Spirits by Juliet BlackwellThe Trouble With Magic by Madelyn AltWhat's a Ghoul to Do? by Victoria LaurieBrownies and Broomsticks by Bailey Cates
Paranormal Cozy Mysteries
304 books — 389 voters
Night Shift by Charlaine HarrisThe Murder of Mary Russell by Laurie R. KingJourney to Munich by Jacqueline WinspearWhen Falcons Fall by C.S. HarrisPushing up Daisies by M.C. Beaton
2016 Mysteries
72 books — 59 voters

And Then There Were None by Agatha ChristieMurder on the Orient Express by Agatha ChristieThe Murder of Roger Ackroyd by Agatha ChristieDeath on the Nile by Agatha ChristieThe A.B.C. Murders by Agatha Christie
Best Agatha Christie Book
87 books — 1,056 voters
Sworn to Silence by Linda CastilloPray for Silence by Linda CastilloBreaking Silence by Linda CastilloFalling to Pieces by Vannetta ChapmanA Plain Death by Amanda Flower
Amish Mysteries
82 books — 57 voters

Behind Closed Doors by B.A. ParisOne of Us Is Lying by Karen M. McManusEverything You Want Me to Be by Mindy MejiaInto the Water by Paula HawkinsAll the Missing Girls by Megan Miranda
2017 Suspense & Thrillers
94 books — 110 voters

Popular Cozy Mystery Books

Chocolate Chip Cookie Murder (Hannah Swensen, #1)
On What Grounds (Coffeehouse Mystery, #1)
Books Can Be Deceiving (Library Lover's Mystery, #1)
Her Royal Spyness (Her Royal Spyness Mysteries, #1)
Strawberry Shortcake Murder (Hannah Swensen, #2)
Brownies and Broomsticks (A Magical Bakery Mystery, #1)
Sprinkle with Murder (Cupcake Bakery Mystery, #1)
Blueberry Muffin Murder (Hannah Swensen, #3)
Death by Darjeeling (A Tea Shop Mystery, #1)
Secondhand Spirits (A Witchcraft Mystery, #1)
Lemon Meringue Pie Murder (Hannah Swensen, #4)
The Diva Runs Out of Thyme (A Domestic Diva Mystery, #1)
Real Murders (Aurora Teagarden, #1)
Fudge Cupcake Murder (Hannah Swensen, #5)

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Quote is taken from Chapter 1: A decade ago when Isabel’s husband Max had died, they’d moved in together and merged their possessions. Neither sister brought any fussy teapots, canaries, sachets, or doilies, but lots of other stuff had to either stay or go. Looking at the lime green armchair gave Alma the willies. Her suggestion to slipcover it in a more subdued color had garnered Isabel’s frosty stare, and Alma had dropped the matter.
Ed Lynskey, Quiet Anchorage

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