If last month’s Historical Mystery spotlight has you itching for more sleuthing, perhaps Cozy Mysteries are the next step for you. Not sure what a Cozy Mystery is? Well, read on to find out more about the genre, as well as three series recommendations to help get you started.
Why Mysteries Are Better Cozy… by Julie Anne Lindsey
Nothing improves my day like a Cozy Mystery. Cozies have all my favorite things, like humor and adventure, fun and friends. These mysteries are fast-paced powerhouses that make me smile on page one and hold me captive to the very end. For me, reading a cozy mystery is like catching up with an old friend. The amateur female sleuths remind me of myself or a girlfriend on a mission. Hey, we aren’t licensed private investigators, but we are women and our determination should never be underestimated. Just ask Kate Spade how long the line is on the morning of her “Surprise Sale.” A motivated woman is an unstoppable force, and I’m invigorated by the anything-is-possible feel of a cozy.
If you need a little pick-me-up, want a big belly laugh or a clever puzzle to solve, grab a cozy mystery and join your new best friend on an adventure to remember.
Why not try these Cozy Mystery series?
The latest in the series: Murder Comes Ashore
Patience Price is just settling into her new life as resident counselor on Chincoteague Island when things take a sudden turn for the worse. A collection of body parts have washed up on shore and suddenly nothing feels safe on the quaint island.
Patience instinctively turns to current crush and FBI special agent Sebastian for help, but former flame Adrian is also on the case, hoping that solving the grisly crime will land him a win in the upcoming mayoral election.
When the body count rises and Patience’s parents are brought in as suspects, Patience is spurred to begin her own investigation. It’s not long before she starts receiving terrifying threats from the killer, and though she’s determined to clear her family’s name, it seems the closer Patience gets to finding answers, the closer she comes to being the killer’s next victim.
Where to start: Murder by the Seaside
The latest in the series: Rooms to Die For
An Eye for Detail, a Nose for Trouble
Interior designer Deva Dunne’s latest project comes to a screeching halt when blood on the carpet leads her to the body of her client, an exotic dancer with a mysterious past. But the murdered woman is not the only resident of the posh beachfront condominium with secrets, and investigating officer Lieutenant Victor Rossi considers them all suspects.
Though wary of working in the killer’s midst, Deva continues decorating the unit for the new owner. When she stumbles upon clues that might help crack the case, she can’t resist doing a little digging of her own, despite Rossi’s orders to quit meddling. Now, she’s juggling the investigation, her career and sexy neighbor Simon Yaeger, who seems interested in more than her etchings.
Deva can’t help but be flattered by all the male attention–that is, until she realizes the killer has designs on her, too…
Where to start: Designed for Death
3) A Chef Landry Mystery
The latest in the series: Getting Rich
Book two of A Chef Landry Mystery
Chef Nicky Landry is more than co-owner of Skinny’s; she’s the low-cal eatery’s #1 success story. (According to the billboards, anyway. She’s gained most of the weight back…shh!) Now Nicky and her business partner, Toni, will be on national TV. They’ll be rich. And famous! Which is great, though Nicky would really prefer if people didn’t recognize her when she hits the fast-food shack.
Then one night a deranged woman threatens to kill her. The next thing Nicky knows, a crazy driver mistakes her for a speed bump, her boyfriend is acting strangely, Toni acquires a long-lost sister, and a mysterious fire at Skinny’s leaves one dead.
Murder and mayhem weren’t supposed to be on the menu. So Nicky and Toni start following clues, only to discover that people can be as deceiving as calorie counts, and danger is often closer than you think.
Where to start: Getting Skinny
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