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!
Care for a tasty read with a side of sleuthing?
By Orrin Grey
Pets are a detective's best friend.
Welcome to the sunnier side of crime fiction.
Sisters are doin’ it for themselves.
In Dead Calm, investigator Mattie Winston partners with her new husband to discover what really happened in a seedy motel.
In The Coloring Crook, an immeasurably valuable coloring book leads to death.
Consider your post-Agatha Christie slump solved.
By & Olivia Mason