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Last year I started reading cozy mysteries and by now I have read quite some cozy mysteries and it quickly became one of my favourite genre. So I wanted to share my favorite cozy mysteries so far. I picked all first books in the series. Thanks for Nellie and Co her post about different ways to review, where she mentioned the idea of writing a collective recommendations post, which gave me the idea for this post. I also know some of you might be new to cozies as well or might be planning to pick up the genre, but not sure where to start. So hopefully this post will help you as well. All cover images links go to my review of the book. I wanted to make a top ten list out of it, but ended up with only 8 ones I would really recommend (which means they got a 4 star or higher), so I decided to keep it with 8.
My Favorite Cozy Mysteries
- The Daydreamer Detective (Miso Cozy Mysteries #1) by S.J. Pajonas. An awesome cozy mystery set in japan. This book has an awesome setting, you really feel like you’re in japan, with mentions of how the law system works there and all the delicious food the characters eat. Then there is the great main character Mei who returns home to help work on the farm after losing her job, her awesome mother and the love interests who own his own restaurant. And I recently read book 2 and it’s even better. Definitely a series worth picking up if you’re looking for a fun cozy mystery series!
- A Disguise to Die For (Costume Shop Mystery #1) by Diane Vallere. I really enjoyed this cozy mystery set in a costume shop. One of the best cozy mysteries I’ve read so far and I enjoyed every second of it. The mystery kept me guessing and I love how the romance was handled. And the costume shop really gave this book something unique, I loved all the mentions of costumes and learning more about the shop. I already have book 2 pre-ordered.
- Flipped for Murder (Country Store Mysteries #1) by Maddie Day. While the murder mystery itself might be a bit predictable, the great main character who loved to cook made more than up for it. If you’re looking for a fun cozy mystery where the main character runs her own country store where she works as cook, this is a great one. I already have read book 2 as well and it’s just as good as the first one.
- Murder at Redwood Cove (Redwood Cove #1) by Janet Finsilver. I loved how the murder mystery was handled, so well done and with hints that I didn’t realize where hint until the plot twist at the end. The great setting at a bed and breakfast close to the sea and a main character who is likeable and isn’t afraid to ask for help makes this one a fun read. I’ll have to dive into book 2 soon!
- A Scone to Die For (Oxford Tearoom Mysteries #1) by H.Y. Hanna. This adorable cozy mystery set in the UK where the main character starts her own tearoom was a lot of fun. From the fun set-up to the character that came alive, the setting in the UK to the side characters like her mother who always forgets her password this was a great read. And the author really knows how to write an intriguing mystery that keeps you guessing! I have read the first 3 books in this series and it really is a great series so far!
- Pane and Suffering (A Webb’s Glass Shop Mystery #1) by Cheryl Hollon. While the first book in the series is a bit off to a slow start, it got even better in the second book. This cozy mystery set in a glass shop and it’s a lot of fun to learn more about glass, making glass and the shop. And have a fun mystery to go with it. The second book was even better when I already knew all the characters and the setting and the mystery was interesting too. I have book 3 for review and hope to read it soon.
- The Perfectly Proper Paranormal Museum (A Perfectly Proper Paranormal Museum Mystery #1) by Kirsten Weiss. If you like a bit of paranormal with your mystery, this is a good one. While the paranormal element was subtle, it worked really well. There’s a fun mystery and a bit of a mystery about a past event as well that’s tied into the storyline, the side plot really worked for the story. And I had a lot of fun with this paranormal tinted cozy.
- Amanda Lester and the Pink Sugar Conspiracy (Amanda Lester, Detective #1) by Paula Berinstein. While not marketed as a cozy mystery, but as a mystery, it does fit the definition of a cozy mystery as well as there are no gory details. The Amanda Lester series follows main character Amanda, a middle grader who has to attend Legatum, a school for detectives. There are some intriguing mysteries and a great cast of characters. The series has a lot of continuity with each book building upon the previous ones. I’ve read the first 4 books now and can recommend this series if you’re looking for a good boarding school, mystery Middle Grade/ Young Adult series.