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!
Take a peek behind the literary curtain, sleuth.
These fictional characters feel the urge to start fresh.
This cozy mystery roundup has sleuths that love to knit, quilt, scrapbook—when they're not solving crime.
From gay detectives to nonbinary investigators, these amateurs are on the case.
20 writers of color come together in this extraordinary anthology of crime fiction stories set at midnight.
These supernatural cozy mysteries feature feline familiars and a whole mess of magic!
Nothing like a little fright on Halloween night.
Spend your autumn nights with these cozy British mysteries.
By Grace Felder
It's curtains down for these killers.
What happens when murder mystery enthusiasts are faced with a real murder?
These genres are a match made in heaven.
Thrilling mysteries and lively sleuths bring the heat.
These books are perfect if you’re in the mood for a good mystery and a good laugh.
From classically cozy to the criminal underbelly to mysteries that are perfectly in-between—there’s something every mystery lover on this list.
A summer full of sand, suspense, and scandal.
Culinary and cozy go hand-in-hand.
By Orrin Grey
Settle in for must-watch mysteries that are big on heart.
A classic genre shifting to appeal to a fresh audience.
Words from the author on her cozy debut.
For those who love a tasty meal with a small side of murder and mystery.