10 Cozy Mysteries to Bring Out Your Inner Sleuth

Sit back and narrow down the pool of suspects.

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We’ve all had that moment—when something feels suspicious and we think we might be about to embark on our very own investigation. But most of the time, our inner sleuth is about as stealthy as Inspector Jacques Clouseau.

The detectives in these 10 books are determined to crack the case—even if it means getting in some pretty sticky situations along the way. Dive into these cozy mysteries that are guaranteed to bring out your inner detective.

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Scheduled to Death

By Mary Feliz

When Maggie McDonald’s latest client’s fiancée is found dead, she puts aside her life as a professional organizer to crack the case. But when Maggie starts sleuthing, she realizes that she might be next. The second book in the Maggie McDonald mystery series is sure to intrigue amateur detectives and neatniks alike. 

Related: 16 Cozy Mysteries Starring Female Detectives 

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The Madoc and Janet Rhys Mysteries

By Charlotte Macleod

Cozy mystery queen Charlotte MacLeod has been captivating readers since the 1960s. The first three books in The Madoc and Janet Rhys Mysteries include A Pint of Murder, Murder Goes Mumming, and A Dismal Thing to Do, and follow a sleuthing couple as they solve a trio of murders in a small Canadian town.

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Malice in Maggody

By Joan Hess

Looking to start over, Arly Hanks flees Manhattan to become the chief of police in her hometown of Maggody, Arkansas. But when two manhunts ensue and a dead body is discovered, she soon realizes that this isn’t exactly the quiet life she thought it’d be.

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Swimsuit Body

By Eileen Goudge

The second book in the Cypress Bay series follows the gruesome discovery of Hollywood starlet Delilah Ward’s body—who was just about to start filming in the California seaside town. To the dismay of her former beau, homicide detective Spence Beedlove, Tish Ballard is on the case. But her sleuthing soon turns deadly when her own life is threatened.

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A Cadenza for Caruso

By Barbara Paul

Wracked with guilt after his former flame commits suicide, opera composer Giacomo Puccini heads to New York to see the premiere of his new opera on the Metropolitan stage with his friend Enrico Caruso. But when someone winds up dead, and all signs point to Puccini as the killer, Caruso must play detective to solve the mystery.

Related: 14 Books for Fans of Murder on the Orient Express 

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The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency

By Alexander McCall Smith

Though there are now 18 books in this mystery series, the first one introduces readers to the delightful Precious Ramotswe, who sets up shop in Botswana and solves mystery after mystery. Immediately after establishing her small business, she’s hired to track down a missing husband, uncover a con man, and follow someone’s daughter. It’s all in a day’s work for Ramotswe.

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The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie

By Alan Bradley

The first in the Flavia de Luce series introduces us to young aspiring chemist, Flavia, who finds herself thrown into investigating a murder when a dead bird with a postage stamp on its beak mysteriously show up on her doorstep—shortly followed by a dead man in her cucumber patch.

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Her Royal Spyness

By Rhys Bowen

Set in 1932, Lady Victoria Georgiana Charlotte Eugenie—34th in line for the English throne—has fled from Scotland and is, quite frankly, flat broke. Now in London, she hopes to experience a new kind of freedom; that is…until a dead Frenchman winds up in her tub. Now, she’ll have to find the real killer in order to clear her royal family name.

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Real Murders

By Charlaine Harris

Known for her Sookie Stackhouse books that inspired True Blood, Charlaine Harris is also the author of the delightful Aurora Teagarden cozy mysteries. Small town librarian Aurora Teagarden is eager for the monthly meeting of the Real Murders Society, in which they discuss historical murders. But when a group member is found dead—in a staged murder similar to the one they were planning on discussing—it’s up to Aurora to find the killer before they strike again.

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The Cat Who Could Read Backwards

By Lilian Jackson Braun

The first book in The Cat Who… series introduces readers to Jim Qwileran and his new partner, Koko the Siamese cat. When Jim is assigned to report on the art beat for The Daily Fluxion, he doesn’t expect to encounter murder and mayhem. But Jim and Koko are on the case—sniffing out clues to find out who’s responsible for these mysterious crimes.

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Feature photo: Courtesy of "The Hidden Staircase" by Carolyn Keene

Published on 9 Jun 2017