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!
Your wallet will thank you.
By Sara Kapheim
No forbidden fruit in these clean mysteries.
The stakes are piled high—and so is the icing.
These books are perfect if you’re in the mood for a good mystery and a good laugh.
These suspects will crack quicker than a pastel egg.
Sink your claws into these feline mysteries.
One lucky reader will win nine cozy Irish mysteries and a festive candle set!
Not all crimes have an earthly explanation.
You'll need the luck of the Irish to solve these mysteries.
These books will strike a chord.
Mystery? Check. Supernatural beings? Also check.
Put a little mystery into it.
What's really underneath the stigma?
Great reads that'll keep you flipping pages all year long.
Hungry for a mystery?
By Grace Felder
These books cook up some mystery.
These books are a little cheesy...
Trick or treat? With these books, you can have both.