Tuesday, August 14, 2018

My Current Favorite Cozy Mystery Series

I love a good cozy mystery!  This year I've been lucky enough to try a lot of new to me series and have found so many that I really enjoy.  Here are a few I've been loving!

1.  Sophie Kimball Mysteries by J.C. Eaton - This series has a PI firm, crazy relatives, quick pacing, and just super fun mysteries!  The very first mystery involved a cursed book and things have only gotten better from there!

2.  Tourist Trap Mysteries by Lynn Cahoon - This is not a new favorite but it is a consistent favorite.  I like every book more than the last and I love checking up on the characters.

3.  Bakeshop Mysteries by Ellie Alexander - This is similar to the above series.  I've been reading it since the beginning and always enjoy it.  This is a series never ever to be read on an empty stomach.  The food descriptions are killer though they never get in the way of the actual killing.

4.  Cat in the Stacks Mysteries by Miranda James - This series has been around for ages but I'm a recent convert.  It has an almost gentle style to it.  I love having a librarian as the main character and a cat as a side kick.  And this Maine Coon cat is the side kick to end all side kicks.

5.  Auction Block Mysteries by Lorretta Ross - This series is definitely a cozy but it has a somewhat different feel than the rest I've mentioned.  Wren and Death (pronounced Deeth from Dorothy L. Sayers Wimsey mysteries) are such a great team.  I love Death's complicated back story and the mysteries that always have a touch of history.

6.   Kat Holloway Mysteries by Jennifer Ashley - This is historical mystery series all about a cook in a grand house.  There's some upstairs/downstairs back and forth and lots of mystery solving to be had.  I find the cooking in the 19th century talk almost as interesting as catching the killer!

7.  Blue Ridge Library Mysteries by Victoria Gilbert - This series is 2 books in and so far I'm loving it!  It has a librarian main character which I love and a professional ballet dancer/choreographer as a love interest which is fascinating.  This is another one where the mystery seems to have a little history mixed in and there is nothing I love better than a sleuth who is doing research!

8.  The Haunted Library Mysteries by Allison Brook - I mean how can this not be a favorite with the title of the series?  Library Mysteries and Haunted Mysteries are two of my favorite things and this has both!  Plus, a likable main character and a really solid mystery.

9.  The Country Club Murders by Julie Mulhern - This series has been a favorite for awhile and it really doesn't disappoint.  I love Ellison and her ability to tumble into mysteries.  Mulhern's clothing descriptions are glorious and the mystery keeps me guessing till the last page.

10. Liz Talbot Mysteries by Susan M. Boyer - This is another long time favorite and a series that I wish more people read.  I love a cozy that involves a PI and I love when the setting (Charleston in this case) is so vivid it almost becomes a character.  I'm always excited when I see a new book is coming out and I can only wish Boyer would write faster!

Do you read cozy mysteries?  Who are some of your favorites that I should try?

21 comments:

  1. Thank you for the recommendations, always looking for a new cozy :)

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  2. Cat in the Stacks sounds awesome. The Kat Holloway series I need to try, and Mulhern's series! Somehow I got behind on those!

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  3. I read virtually nothing in this genre but I love looking at the great cartoon covers with dogs! Booked 4 Murder looks gorgeous!

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  4. I don't read a lot of cozy mysteries but the Country Club Murders is one I own the first to and want to get to. Great list!

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  5. This is one of my favorite genres. It's what I think of as comfort reading because I like the feeling of returning to old friends and settings time after time. Some of these series are already on my radar screen or in my personal stacks. Happy reading!

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  6. You've got some really good ones here on the list and it's great that you put them together in a list for everyone. Several are already on my TBR. Especially the ones set in a library or a bookstore or author's I've met or....you get the picture. LOL

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  7. You know I love this genre. There are so many great series out there. I have a few of your favorites on my Kindle. I really need to catch up.

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  8. Well you know my history with cozy mysteries! But it is developing. I too am enjoying the Jennifer Ashley series and waiting for my turn at the library. Oh my and I am romping through the first book of the Rhys Bowen Her Spyness series after I read a review of a later one that you read. It is sooooo good on audio, the narrater is fabulous.

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  9. Thank you for a fabulous list of cosy mysteries, Katherine:))

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  10. Great list, some I have read and love and others I haven't read yet and need too!

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  11. I enjoy the cooking aspect of the Kat Holloway as well.

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  12. I love the Kate Holloway mysteries too and cannot wait for more!

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  13. I've read some books in 4 of the series you mentioned, and am always on the prowl for a new-to-me cozy protagonist to follow! As others mentioned, the historical mysteries in the Jennifer Ashley series is one to watch-- I only read the first one so far, but want to continue.

    I don't know if you've read this one, but the Constable Molly Smith series by Vicki Delany is lots of fun and has many titles to pick up, though I believe she's done with this particular set of books.

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  14. Well, I'm definitely with you on the Auction Block, Blue Ridge Library, Haunted Library, and Tourist Trap mysteries, so I'll check some of these others out. The Cat in the Stacks have been on my TBR shelves for a while (I own about 3 of them). And the Kat Holloway series sounds good, too.

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  15. I don't read a ton of cozy mysteries any more but there was a time I read almost nothing else. I remember loving this one series by Joanna (or Joanne) Pence and the main character was Angie Almafi. There was a strong romantic element, too, which was right up my alley. :)

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  16. I'm addicted to cozies and always happy to find a new author or series.

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  17. I have not read any of these! I really need to branch out a bit. I am slowly working my way through Jenn McKinlay's Cupcake Bakery series and then I will need to pick another series to start.

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  18. Ashley just rocks everything she writes. So many fun series :)

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  19. I was coming to mention Liz Talbot! Larissa Reinhardt and Ritter Ames both have good series, and Kendel Lynn has a good series, too.

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  20. Love the Blue Ridge Library Mysteries! Next up: The Haunted Library Mysteries. Can you tell I've worked in a library?

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