Genre Guide – Cozy Mysteries: The Ones That Won’t Keep You Up at Night

If they were a food, cozy mysteries (also known as cozies) would be the grilled cheese and tomato soup of the mystery genre. For the most part you know what to expect but they can be dressed up or dressed down depending on who and what shows up inside.  They’re meant to leave you feeling cozy and comforted. 

Cozies are a gentle form of crime fiction where violence occurs off the page, and sex, if it happens at all, is no more than implied.  They’re fairly easy to read, they have a fast-paced plot, and the crime is typically investigated by an astute amateur sleuth.  In the vein of classic detectives such as Agatha Christie’s Miss Marple and G.K. Chesterton’s Father Brown, the protagonist is generally an unassuming but well-liked member of a quaint, tight-knit community who is employed in a capacity that allows them lots of room for snooping. Regardless of what’s going on inside its pages, the overall feel of a cozy mystery is generally comforting, and it typically leaves you with a nicely wrapped up ending. 

So, if your perfect cold weather lunch is a steamy cup of tomato soup with an ooey gooey grilled cheese on the side, check out this list of cozy mysteries. They’re sure to satisfy! 

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Chocolate Chip Cookie Murder

Murder, mystery, and delicious home-baked’s all here. Hannah Swensen is the best baker in town and has detective skills that rival the local police. When the dairy delivery man is murdered behind her bakery, Hannah must solve the murder to protect the reputation of her bakery, The Cookie Jar. Plus, each of the books in this series comes packed with mouthwatering recipes straight from Hannah herself. You can also check out this title as eBook or eAudio on Overdrive/Libby or as eBook or eAudio on Hoopla.

Arsenic and Adobo

Lila Macapagal’s life is like a romantic comedy, until she becomes the prime suspect in her restaurant critic ex-boyfriend‘s murder.  Can she clear her name while simultaneously saving her aunt’s failing Filipino restaurant and dodging the matchmaking efforts of her nosy aunties? You can also check out this title as eBook or eAudio on Libby.

Renovated to Death

Peter and JP, life and work partners, have just started work on the second season of their hit home renovation show Domestic Partners. Before filming can begin, one of the owners of their current fixer upper is found dead and the police rule it a homicide. Peter and JP will have to channel their experience as a mystery writer and the star of a cop show respectively to find out whodunit and save their show. You can also check out this title as eBook or eAudio on Hoopla.

Murder in G Major

Dr. Gethsemane Brown, a classical musician, has moved to Ireland to pursue a new career opportunity. She finds herself living in the former home of Eamon McCarthy, one of her favorite composers…with the ghost of Eamon himself still hanging around! When he enlists her help in clearing his name after being falsely accused of murdering his wife and then killing himself, Gethsemane finds herself in serious danger. Can she solve this crime before becoming a victim herself? You can also check out this title as eBook on Overdrive/Libby.

Mistletoe Murder

Mistletoe Murder is the debut of Lucy Stone, a busy mail-order salesperson turned reporter, mother, and wife with a knack for catching killers. Just before Christmas, the founder of the company she works for is found dead, apparently from suicideLucy doesn’t believe his death is as obvious as it seems. Can she catch the killer before becoming their next target? You can also check out this title as eBook on Overdrive/Libby or as eAudio on Hoopla.

Lending a Paw

A librarian and her cat team up to catch killers in their Michigan resort townIn Lending a Paw, Minnie and Eddie discover that the benefactor of their bookmobile has been murdered. Unconvinced the police are on the right track, Minnie and Eddie begin an investigation of their own to make sure justice is served. You can also check out this title as eBook on Overdrive/Libby or as eAudio on Hoopla.

The Widows of Malabar Hill

Perveen Mistry is one of the only female lawyers in 1920s India, and she’s uncovered something suspicious while working on the execution of Mr. Omar Farid’s will…his three widows seem to have signed away all their assets. Unconvinced they are fully aware of what happened, Perveen decides to speak to them herself. When her investigation leads to the murder of Mr. Farid’s executor, Perveen must find out what happened to ensure no one else will come to any harmYou can also check out this title as eBook on Overdrive/Libby or as eAudio on Hoopla.

Death by Dumpling

After Lana Lee’s recent breakup, she moves back home to Cleveland to work at her parents’ restaurant in the Asia Village shopping plaza, the Ho-Lee Noodle House.  When Mr. Feng, the property manager of Asia Village, dies after eating food from their restaurant, everyone connected to Ho-Lee becomes a person of interest, especially the head chef Peter Huang. Lana must prove to the handsome Detective Trudeau that Peter is innocent and find who really murdered Mr. Feng before it’s too late. You can also check out this title as eBook on Overdrive/Libby or as eAudio on Hoopla.