The words “cozy” and “mystery” may not seem to go together at first glance, but with the growing popularity of the mystery novel subgenre, they somehow do. What makes a mystery “cozy”? They are usually set in small towns, with amateur or atypical sleuths solving the crimes, and there isn’t a lot of swearing, gore, or sex. Think “Murder, She Wrote” with a hundred different themes.
The theme of the series is usually evident in the series name and the often-punny book titles. There seems to be a theme for every interest: Knitting (Dyeing Wishes : A Haunted Yarn Shop Mystery), Gardening (Harvest of Murder : A Gardening Mystery), Books & Reading (If Books Could Kill: A Bibliophile Mystery), and of course, Cats (Paws and Effect : A Magical Cats Mystery). But one of the biggest themes is Food.
We’ve assembled some mysteries sure to appeal to the Foodie and Amateur Detective in you!
Goldy Bear Mysteries by Diane Mott Davidson. This series follows caterer Goldy as she solves murders and tries to keep her fledgling business afloat. Catering is a risky business indeed!
Hannah Swensen Mysteries by Joanne Fluke. Hannah Swensen is a cookie baker whose gingersnaps are almost as tart as her mouth and whose penchant for solving crime definitely stirs things up.
Bakeshop Mysteries by Ellie Alexander. Welcome to Torte – a small-town family bakeshop where the coffee is hot, the muffins are fresh, and the cakes are definitely to die for.
Comfort Food Mysteries by Christine Wenger. Trixie Matkowski agrees to take over her aunt’s diner in upstate New York, and is looking forward to the small town atmosphere she knew as a child…. until murder is on the menu.
Tea Shop Mysteries by Laura Childs. Theodosia Browning is the owner of Charleston, South Carolina’s Indigo Tea Shop, where a mystery is always brewing…
Cheese Shop Mysteries by Avery Aames. Charlotte Bessette runs Fromagerie Bessette, or as it’s more commonly known by the residents of small-town Providence, Ohio – the Cheese Shop. Another small town with a large number recipes to make and murders to solve.