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Welcome to the sunnier side of crime fiction.

While many incredible mystery reads stray into a dark and gritty territory, some readers prefer a gentler touch. Cozy mysteries offer a more lighthearted approach to mystery novels, even if most of them still center around murder. The protagonists of these books are usually women, and their sleuthing is usually a hobby or side gig. Personal interest and drama is more heavily featured in these books, as they tend to try to make the story as accessible and relatable as possible.

The crimes in these novels all tie in to the investigator’s personal experience, whether they have a job as a librarian, chef, dog groomer, etc. The stories almost always take place in a small town, and a cast of quirky characters is guaranteed.

Whether you're new to the cozy scene or you'd just like to dive a bit deeper, here are some great places to start: 

Be sure to browse the stories below for our eclectic collection of charming cozy mystery books!

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9 More Spooky Halloween Cozy Mystery Books

Trick or treat? With these books, you can have both.

These Knitting Cozy Mysteries Spin a Good Yarn

Nestle up by the fire and knit something warm.

How Did Murder Become Cozy? 

The fascinating history of this paradoxical genre.

[CLOSED] GIVEAWAY: Win Four Summery Cozy Mysteries Plus a Cute Beach Tote!

Enter for a chance to win these four charming cozies and a delightful book tote!

12 Charmingly Cozy Irish Mysteries

These sleuths will need the luck of the Irish.

Discover the World of Amateur Sleuth Henry Gamadge in Unexpected Night

The first in a series from Agatha Christie’s favorite American author.

The Best Mystery Books to Read for Mystery Month—and Beyond!

 A curated guide to the best books in the most beloved mystery subgenres.