Cozy mystery books, also referred to as “cozies,” are a sub-genre of crime fiction in which sex and violence are downplayed or treated humorously. In contrast, the mystery is usually played up. Cozies aim to please an audience that enjoys being scared every once in a while but doesn’t want gore, explicit content, or extreme violence.
Cozies can be conventional whodunit murders with red herrings and suspenseful sequences, or they can incorporate supernatural elements such as ghosts, zombies, and even vampires! At the center is an amateur sleuth who sometimes uses unconventional methods to solve crimes, quirky characters, several twists, and they usually feature small-town or village settings.
If you’re looking for some new cozy mystery books to read that are the first in a new series, here are some books to get started.
With its entrepreneurial, 20-something protagonist, focus on a hipster-run food truck pod in Portland, Oregon, and real-world issues involving homelessness and gentrification.
Paradise isn’t as perfect as it seems: the slow pace of island life, the language barrier, and a cutthroat office rival make Plum question leaving her old life behind. But when a client is found dead in the jacuzzi of Casa Mango–a property Plum manages–she knows she’s really in a jam.
The bubbly fun of a rom-com meets the irresistible quirkiness of a cozy mystery in this buoyant new series set off the coast of Southern California, where 30-something Whitney Dagner has moved home to help with her family’s boat tour business. Living in a Pacific paradise isn’t always smooth sailing, but things really get rocky when Whit’s brother is accused of murder and it falls on her – with the help of her ex-boyfriend Felix and police dispatcher roommate Mirabel – to clear his name…
A wonderfully comedic mystery full of sharp drama, sly wit–and a smidgeon of murder–in the vein P. G. Wodehouse, Julian Fellowes, and Agatha Christie.
Colleen Cambridge’s charming and inventive new historical series introduces an unforgettable heroine in Phyllida Bright, fictional housekeeper for none other than famed mystery novelist Agatha Christie. When a dead body is found during a house party at the home of Agatha Christie and her husband Max Mallowan, it’s up to the famous author’s head of household, Phyllida Bright, to investigate…
Are you looking forward to any of these books?
What cozy mysteries are you looking forward to reading? What books would you add to the list?