Gray Mare’s Top 30 Cozy Mystery Series

I like variety in my reading and one of my favorite genre’s is cozy mysteries.

There’s plenty of variety in cozies, but they have a few commonalities. They usually take place in small towns or city neighborhoods and the main character is an amateur sleuth.  With very few stand alones, they’re usually done as series.

Of the hundreds of series out there, the ones that catch my attention and make me eager for more have a few universal traits that draw me in: 

Good writing is a must!

A strong female protagonist (exceptions on this list are the Cat in the Stacks and Key West Capers series)

A good supporting cast of characters

I’m not really picky about era, place or whether there’s a romance involved.

Sub genres that pique my interest include:




Home Repair/renovation


In no particular order, here are 30 favorites (I’ve left off “Mysteries” after each name because it just seemed silly to add it every time, since you already know they’re mysteries…):

  1. Cupcake Bakery by Jenn McKinlay
  2. Witch City by Carol J. Perry
  3. Booktown  by Lorna Barrett
  4. Trash ‘n’ Treasures by Barbara Allan
  5. Her Royal Spyness by Rhys Bowen
  6. Lady Montfort by Tessa Arlen
  7. Cat in the Stacks by Miranda James
  8. Library Lovers by Jenn McKinlay
  9. Bookmobile Cat by Laurie Cass
  10. Molly Murphy by Rhys Bowen
  11. Museum by Sheila Connolly
  12. Magical Bakery by Bailey Cates
  13. Magical Cats by Sofie Kelly
  14. Haunted Home Renovations by Juliet Blackwell
  15. Enchanted Bay by Esme Addison
  16. Gethsemane Brown by Alexia Gordon
  17. Lighthouse Library by Eva Gates
  18. White House Chef by Julie Hyzy
  19. Manor House by Julie Hyzy
  20. Southern Ladies by Miranda James
  21. Weaving by Carol Ann Martin
  22. Black Cat Bookshop by Ali Brandon
  23. Crimes of Fashion by Ellen Byerrum
  24. Mall Cop by Laura DiSilverio
  25. Embroidery by Amanda Lee
  26. Do It Yourself by Jennie Bentley
  27. Tara Holloway by Diane Kelly
  28. Annie Kincaid by Hailey Lind
  29. Lillian Frost and Edith Head by Renee Patrick
  30. Key West Capers by Laurence Shames This one is an exception in that there’s only one constant character—and his dog.

I’m almost afraid to ask, since my TBR pile is threatening to fall over and squish me, but share your favorites in the comments!

2 thoughts on “Gray Mare’s Top 30 Cozy Mystery Series

  1. I’m into “thrillers” myself : ever read anything by Ruth Ware? I like a twist ending! But I am gonna explore this cozy mystery genre of which you speak – tanks for all these recommends!


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