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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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Why We Still Love Nancy Drew 

On our favorite girl-sleuth's enduring legacy.

Cozy Mysteries with Crafty Components

This cozy mystery roundup has sleuths that love to knit, quilt, scrapbook—when they're not solving crime. 

8 Christmas Cozy Mysteries To Read by the Fireside

What a bright time, it’s the right time to read the night away…

8 Jewish Cozy Mysteries to Read During Hanukkah

Celebrate tradition with these Jewish mysteries. 

8 Delightfully Cozy Hannah Swensen Mystery Movies

Whether it's on the page or the screen, this baker is as good at cracking murder cases as she is at cracking eggs. 

The Legacy of Charlotte MacLeod, the Mistress of the Cozy Mystery

Your guide to the international bestselling mystery author’s greatest novels.  

15 Funny Murder Mystery Books That Will Have You Cracking Up

These books are perfect if you’re in the mood for a good mystery and a good laugh. 

TikTok is RAVING About These Mystery and Thriller Books

It's all the rage—don't be the last to know about these pulse-pounding reads.

These Bake-Off Mystery Books Take the Cake

The stakes are piled high—and so is the icing.