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:
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…):
- Cupcake Bakery by Jenn McKinlay
- Witch City by Carol J. Perry
- Booktown by Lorna Barrett
- Trash ‘n’ Treasures by Barbara Allan
- Her Royal Spyness by Rhys Bowen
- Lady Montfort by Tessa Arlen
- Cat in the Stacks by Miranda James
- Library Lovers by Jenn McKinlay
- Bookmobile Cat by Laurie Cass
- Molly Murphy by Rhys Bowen
- Museum by Sheila Connolly
- Magical Bakery by Bailey Cates
- Magical Cats by Sofie Kelly
- Haunted Home Renovations by Juliet Blackwell
- Enchanted Bay by Esme Addison
- Gethsemane Brown by Alexia Gordon
- Lighthouse Library by Eva Gates
- White House Chef by Julie Hyzy
- Manor House by Julie Hyzy
- Southern Ladies by Miranda James
- Weaving by Carol Ann Martin
- Black Cat Bookshop by Ali Brandon
- Crimes of Fashion by Ellen Byerrum
- Mall Cop by Laura DiSilverio
- Embroidery by Amanda Lee
- Do It Yourself by Jennie Bentley
- Tara Holloway by Diane Kelly
- Annie Kincaid by Hailey Lind
- Lillian Frost and Edith Head by Renee Patrick
- 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!