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

Look Alive Twenty-Five (Stephanie Plum, #25)
The Colors of All the Cattle (No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency #19)
The Whispered Word (Secret, Book, & Scone Society, #2)
The Coloring Crook (Pen & Ink Mysteries, #2)
City of Secrets (Counterfeit Lady, #2)
A Midwinter's Tail
How to Knit a Murder (Seaside Knitters Society, #13)
Slay in Character (Cat Latimer Mystery, #4)
Santa Puppy (A Tourist Trap Mystery #9.75)
Homeward Hound ("Sister" Jane, #11)
A Wrench in the Works (Fixer-Upper Mystery, #6)
The Body in the Attic (A Jazzi Zanders Mystery #1)
A Case of Bier (Bed-and-Breakfast Mysteries, #31)
Miss Frost Chills The Cheater (Jayne Frost, #6)
A Scandal in Scarlet (A Sherlock Holmes Bookshop Mystery, #4)
Kingdom of the Blind (Chief Inspector Armand Gamache, #14)
Look Alive Twenty-Five (Stephanie Plum, #25)
Wedding Cake and Woes (Peridale Cafe Mystery, #15)
Christmas at The Grange (Lady Hardcastle Mysteries #3.5)
The Colors of All the Cattle (No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency #19)
Mystic Falls (A Coyote Wells Mystery Book 1)
The Third Girl (Molly Sutton Mysteries #1)
A Picture of Murder (Lady Hardcastle Mysteries #4)
Swamp Spook (Miss Fortune Mystery, #13)
Pasta Pinot & Murder (Willa Friday Food & Wine Mystery #1)
Dark, Witch & Creamy (Bewitched by Chocolate #1)
Death of a Dapper Snowman (Stormy Day Mystery #1)
In the Market for Murder (Lady Hardcastle Mysteries #2)
A Willing Murder (A Medlar Mystery #1)
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 — 1,088 voters
The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann ShafferAnne of Green Gables by L.M. MontgomeryThe Help by Kathryn StockettAll Creatures Great and Small by James HerriotThe Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett
Most Charming Novels
222 books — 146 voters

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone by J.K. RowlingThe Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S. LewisOutlander by Diana GabaldonA Game of Thrones by George R.R. MartinMurder at the Vicarage by Agatha Christie
Best Series With At Least 7 Books
534 books — 351 voters
Abby Cooper, Psychic Eye by Victoria LaurieSecondhand Spirits by Juliet BlackwellThe Trouble With Magic by Madelyn AltWhat's a Ghoul to Do? by Victoria LaurieIt Takes a Witch by Heather Blake
Paranormal Cozy Mysteries
309 books — 398 voters

Murphy's Law by Rhys BowenHer Royal Spyness by Rhys BowenMurder on a Bad Hair Day by Anne GeorgeDeath On Demand by Carolyn G. HartMaisie Dobbs by Jacqueline Winspear
Mystery Books to Share with Anyone
228 books — 123 voters
The Hunger Games by Suzanne CollinsHarry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K. RowlingA Game of Thrones by George R.R. MartinCatching Fire by Suzanne CollinsMockingjay by Suzanne Collins
Kept Me Up All Night
492 books — 447 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)
The Quiche of Death (Agatha Raisin, #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)

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Chase rushed after her in pursuit. The woman lost one of her high-heeled shoes and Chase took advantage of her lack of balance to tackle her. They crashed to the ground. “Why are you running from the ball, Cinderella?” he asked.
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