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!
These mysteries are a work of art.
Decode Daly's literary mysteries with amateur sleuth Henry Gamadge.
The perfect campfire-side mysteries!
By Jena Brown
This charming cozy mystery series spills the tea.
Solve cases in South Cove, California.
These reads are just as exciting as any New Orleans parade.
Sometimes two sleuths are better than one.
We've got the books that'll tide you over between episodes.
These riveting reading challenges add a dash of fun and interactivity to your reading life.
By Jena Brown
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.