I have always been a fan of cozies, but lately I’ve been reading cozy mystery series almost faster than I can check them out from the library. There’s something about this genre that I’m drawn to when I’m in need of comfort. The humor makes the danger characters face seem bearable, and the promise of the killer facing justice reminds me that even dire situations can turn out alright.
The cozy mystery genre began with Agatha Christie’s Miss Marple series, which follows a sharp elderly woman as she solves murder cases in her small English village. Here, I have compiled some of the best books that mirror Miss Marple’s use of an amateur detective with no violent or graphic descriptions.
These 26 cozy mystery series incorporate the wit, warmth, and ingenuity the genre is known for while also standing out on their own strengths. Whether you’re new to the genre or a seasoned reader, you’ll find plenty of book recommendations here.
The Best Cozy Mystery Series to Read Right Now
Noodle Shop Mysteries by Vivien Chien
Start with: Death by Dumpling
After breaking up with her boyfriend and leaving an unfulfilling job, Lana Lee returns to Cleveland to help run her family’s Chinese restaurant. But when murders occur in the Asian Village Plaza, Lana works hard to catch the killer and clear the names of any innocent friends.
Mrs. Murphy series by Rita Mae Brown
Start with: Wish You Were Here
When unusual deaths occur in Crozet, Virginia, citizens can count on mail carrier Mary Minor “Harry” Haristeen to find the killer. But not without the help of her two keen-eyed pets: Mrs. Murphy the tabby cat and Tucker the Welsh corgi.
Gethsemane Brown series by Alexa Gordon
Start with: Murder in G Major
Classical musician Gethsemane Brown never expected to be teaching at a school in the Irish countryside. But her biggest shock is yet to come. When the ghost haunting her cottage contacts her from beyond the grave, Gethsemane investigates a crime that could put her in serious danger.
Scottish Bookshop Mysteries by Paige Shelton
Start with: The Cracked Spine
When Delaney Nichols is hired by a book and rare manuscript shop in Scotland, the job offer almost seems too good to be true. But upon arriving, she discovers two things: 1) that the bookshop is real and absolutely wonderful, and 2) that some people are willing to kill for rare literary artifacts.
Cat Cafe Mysteries by Cate Conte
Start with: Cat About Town
Maddie James has high hopes of opening a cat cafe in her coastal Massachusetts hometown. But in between making business plans and setting up her shop, she solves crimes to protect other locals and keep innocent people from being falsely accused.
The Vampire Knitting Club by Nancy Warren
Start with: The Vampire Knitting Club
Following a break-up with her truly awful boyfriend, Lucy Swift travels to her grandmother’s knitting shop in Oxford to get back on her feet. But her grandmother has changed. She’s a vampire, a member of the undead, and what’s worse — she was murdered. With the help of the shop’s knitting club, Lucy solves a series of paranormal murders.
Sherlock Holmes Bookshop Mysteries by Vicki Delany
Start with: Elementary, She Read
While her Uncle Arthur is away, Gemma Doyle returns to Cape Cod so she can run his Sherlock Holmes–themed bookshop. But a rare and valuable artifact brings a murder case to her door, and she must investigate the crime with her friend and tea shop owner Jayne to clear her name.
Mystery Bookshop Series by V.M. Burns
Start with: The Plot is Murder
When former teacher and aspiring author Samantha Washington opened her mystery bookstore, it was a dream come true. But when murders occur in her small Michigan town, Samantha must put her sleuthing knowledge to the test and help catch the culprit.
Kebab Kitchen Mysteries by Tina Kashian
Start with: Hummus and Homicide
Fed up with her fast-paced law firm, Lucy Berberian returns to her Jersey Shore hometown and waitresses at her parents’ Mediterranean restaurant. But after she’s framed for the murder of her former high school nemesis, Lucy becomes an amateur sleuth.
Secret, Book, and Scone Society by Ellery Adams
Start with: The Secret, Book, and Scone Society
Miracle Springs is known for its remarkable healing qualities, and bookseller Nora Pennington always has a book to help her customers find catharsis. In this series, Nora and other members of the Secret, Book, and Scone Society solve crimes and protect each other from danger.
Magical Bookshop Mysteries by Amanda Flower
Start with: Crime and Poetry
After a tragic death changed her life forever as a teenager, Violet Waverly never wanted to move back her hometown. But when her Grandma Daisy convinces her to return, Violet discovers that her grandma’s bookshop is magical — and can help her solve local crimes.
Ice Cream Parlor Mysteries by Abby Collette
Start with: A Deadly Inside Scoop
After Bronwyn “Win” Crewse graduates with her MBA, she returns home to restore and run her family’s ice cream parlor. But when she finds a corpse on the day of the shop’s reopening, the only way she can clear her family’s name is by solving the crime herself.
Agatha Raisin Series by M.C. Beaton
Start with: Agatha Raisin and the Quiche of Death
After retiring early from her fast-paced PR career, Agatha Raisin settles down in the English countryside. But her new quiet life leaves her bored, and she soon finds herself investigating crimes around her village.
Sassy Cat Mysteries by Jennifer J. Chow
Start with: Mimi Lee Gets a Clue
Mimi Lee is delighted to open a pet grooming shop in Los Angeles, though solving California murders on the side does keep her busy. Luckily, she can rely on the help of Marshmallow: her talking cat who has a sharp sense of humor.
Beyond the Page Bookstore by Lauren Elliot
Start with: Murder by the Book
Addie Greyborne is a rare book specialist who returns to her New England hometown after inheriting her aunt’s estate. After her friend Selena is accused of a crime she didn’t commit, Addie must use the sleuthing skills she developed tracking antique books to solve murders.
Enchanted Bay Mysteries by Esme Addison
Start with: A Spell for Trouble
After her mother passed away, Alexandra “Alex” Daniels’s North Carolina hometown held too many sad memories for her to stay. Years later, however, Alex finds herself back to run her family’s magical apothecary business — and investigate crimes along the way.
Secrets and Scrabble by Josh Lanyon
Start with: Murder at Pirate’s Cove
When he’s not playing a game of Scrabble, Ellery Page runs a bookshop he inherited in a seaside Rhode Island village. Murderous intentions, however, lurk even in the most peaceful of places. It will take all of Ellery’s wits to catch the killers and stay out of danger.
Crossword Puzzle Mysteries by Becky Clark
Start with: Puzzling Ink
Coping with obsessive-compulsive disorder can be tough, but Quinn Carr takes comfort in her love of words and side gig at the local newspaper creating crossword puzzles. But when a customer at her day job is killed, Quinn discovers that she’s not only good at solving puzzles but crimes as well.
Hannah Swensen Mysteries by Joanne Fluke
Start with: Chocolate Chip Cookie Murder
Hannah Swensen is a baker with a sharp wit and even sharper culinary talent. In this series, Hannah is embroiled in dessert-themed mysteries that she must solve in each book (with a recipe for readers who want to practice their own baking skills).
Singaporean Mysteries by Ovidia Yi
Start with: Aunty Lee’s Delights
Following her husband’s death, Aunty Rosie Lee devotes her time to her Singaporean restaurant. But life is not as peaceful as she might have expected. When local murders occur, Aunty Lee is there with her wit and her keen eye for details to solve the crime.
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