Best New Cozy Mystery Books, Series, and Authors to Read

You’ve found the home of the upcoming best cozy mystery books and the newest series written by the best cozy authors.

Ever since discovering Nancy Drew as a youngster, the cozy mystery genre has been my very favorite, and it’s a rare day that I don’t have a cozy mystery book in my hand.

Each month I pull together my own To Be Read list of new books that give me all the cozy feels and share them here.

I hope you find your new favorite read among the following books!

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A Few Housekeeping Notes

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A note about the “pre-order” option in Amazon:  I have purchased many books through the pre-order service and have always found it to be a fabulous way to order books ahead of time.  They have always immediately been delivered to my Kindle account (for ebooks) or, for paperback and hardback versions, have arrived on my doorstep on the date of release.

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Best Cozy Mystery Books for January 2024

Animal Cozy Mysteries

The animal cozy mystery sub-genre is the literal definition of cozy. Whether it’s a single cat sidekick in a series, a best dog friend, or even a group of animals who are the actual characters of the story, if you love animals, then you will enjoy these books.

Check out this month’s latest recommendations of new animal cozy mystery books!

The Dog Across the Lake (A Paws & Claws Mystery Book 9) by Krista Davis

If you’re a fan of pet-related cozy series, then you’ll want to read this book (and the rest of the  series!) because it’s really a great cozy series.

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From the Publisher

Holly and Trixie meet a strange new dog in Wagtail that leads them right into murder. . . .

Holly Miller is looking forward to finally taking a few days to relax. Enjoying an early morning on her terrace, she spots an unfamiliar reddish-gold pooch across the lake. She’s intrigued, but never expects to find the very same dog smiling at her in bed when she wakes up the next morning! Trixie and Twinkletoes appear to accept this cute stranger, but Holly doesn’t know to whom he belongs.

Oma thinks the dog looks familiar, and it turns out the wayward pooch belongs to Holly’s cousin Josh. Holly knew her cousin well as a child, but she hasn’t seen him in over a decade. He’s camping with his girlfriend across the lake. Holly returns the cute dog to Josh’s campsite twice, but the second time, Josh and his girlfriend are nowhere to be found. Instead, a guest of the Sugar Maple Inn is dead in their tent. Now it’s up to Holly and Trixie to suss out a sneaky killer.

Beach, Coastal & Island Cozy Mysteries

I’m not actually sure why I love a beach setting for a cozy mystery, or any book for that matter, but I do!  And I get very excited when I see a new beach setting book coming out.  It’s always added to my TBR immediately.

I hope you add at least one of these cozy mystery beach reads to your reading list!

Conched Out (A Key West Mystery Book 1) by Wendy Neugent

With a cat sidekick possibly named after either Agatha Christie or Agatha Raisin, plus a Key West setting, this book definitely made it to my To Be Read list.  And it’s the first book in this new series, which is always extra exciting!

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From the Publisher

From breathtaking sunsets to the sunny streets of Key West, this heart-pounding whodunit transports readers to the lush tropics of Key West.

The tropical tranquility of Beth’s Key West antique shop is shattered when a killer strikes and Beth is the police’s number one suspect.

Determined to get to the bottom of the mysterious death and clear her name, Beth teams up with a quirky cast of locals to unravel a complex web of lies and deception.

With her sassy cat Agatha by her side, can Beth uncover the truth before the killer strikes again?

Palm Trees and Protests (Dune House Cozy Mystery Series Book 28) by Cindy Bell

A long-running series by wonderful cozy author Cindy Bell featuring next door close friends sleuthing to find the real killer before time runs out.  Fun plot twists included!

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From the Publisher

The future of Dune House is on the line when a new development is approved in the small beachside town. The residents are up in arms and Suzie and Mary are right in the middle of the protests.

Then things become a whole lot more complicated when someone who supports the project is murdered. Suzie and Mary put on their sleuthing hats to get to the truth. But the stakes become even higher when an out-of-town detective is brought in to lead the case. Not only is he determined to nab the killer, but Suzie is a prime suspect.

It’s a race against time to dig through a mountain of clues and suspects and get to the truth before the detective puts the wrong person behind bars.

Bookish Cozy Mysteries

I doubt there is a cozy mystery reader who doesn’t adore the cozies with some sort of a book-related setting.  It’s possibly the very best cozy category of mysteries in existence.

Give me a library, bookshop, bookmobile, or any other storyline with the word “book” in it, and it’s automatically on my TBR.

I hope you find a new favorite bookish series in this month’s newest recommended new cozy mystery books!

The Sign of Four Spirits (A Sherlock Holmes Bookshop Mystery Book 9) by Vicki Delaney

This English mystery novel is the latest book in the fun Sherlock Holmes Bookshop setting.  The story centers around a locked-room mystery where the only possible suspects are those in attendance, or perhaps a spirit.

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From the Publisher

When a psychic fair arrives in West London, Gemma Doyle, owner of the Sherlock Holmes Bookshop and Emporium, wants nothing to do with it. But somehow, at the urging of Donald Morris, an enthusiastic Sherlockian, she finds herself talked into attending a séance, along with baker and best friend Jayne Wilson, store assistant, Ashleigh, and former pop star Bunny Leigh.

But to her surprise, Gemma finds herself banned from the séance and shown the door. Curious, she listens in from outside the room. The medium informs a disappointed Donald that Sir Arthur Conan Doyle will not be able to make it tonight. Then, Gemma hears a voice cut off, a cry for help, a scream. Gemma bursts into the library to see that someone has collapsed on the table–dead. The windows are all locked, and Gemma was guarding the only door. Someone in this room is a murderer. But who?

The game is once again afoot for Gemma Doyle, as she hunts a killer. But, this time, is the killer of flesh and blood or had the medium summoned doom from beyond the veil?

Murder at the Book Festival (A Violet Brewster Mystery Book 2) by Jane Bettany

The second book in this lovely series set in the English countryside, testing the theory that the best way to make new friends is to suspect them of murder.

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From the Publisher

The small and idyllic village of Merrywell is getting ready to host its first ever book festival, and Violet Brewster is delighted when she is asked to interview the star author.

Leonie Stanwick, now a bestselling romance author, is the featured guest of the festival. She was born in Merrywell, but abruptly left when she was 18 years old and never came back.

But the festival takes a dark turn when Leonie is found murdered; her return to the village had clearly shaken someone up. When a shocking secret about Leonie’s past is revealed, Violet’s suspicions must turn to her own neighbours. Who in the village was intent on making sure Leonie could never leave the village again?

A Cover for Murder (The Bookstore Mystery Series Book 1) by Sue Minix

A new mystery series featuring a main character from one of my favorite groups – mystery writers!

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From the Publisher

She loved writing the perfect murder mystery, but she never wanted to be written into one . . .

Just as Jen gets to work on her next book, the owner of the town’s rival bookstore is found murdered and suspicions turn to Jen. Time is ticking for Jen to both clear her name and write her new book before the store closes forever.

But what will strike Jen first? Inspiration…or the killer?

The Bookseller’s Final Fable (Silver Springs Mysteries Book 3) by Liz Lamar

Bed-and-breakfasts and inns are such nice settings for stories, and this one sounds like it will be a very cozy read indeed.

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From the Publisher

We’ve had some unusual guests at the Bluebell Inn, but this week took the cake.

A biker named Spider, a bookstore owner who looked like a 1950s professor, and a mysterious man who might be in town for a secret affair.

After the bookseller’s body was found in the woods, I can’t help but wonder: Do we have a murderer at the inn?

Booked Up (The Village Library Mysteries Book 10) by Elizabeth Spann Craig

This latest book is part of a series with a librarian as the main character, which is always a good feature of a cozy mystery.

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From the Publisher

Dr. Victor Wilson was one of the most popular physicians in the small town of Whitby, North Carolina. He wrote a prescription for trust with his attentive care and compassionate bedside manner. But when the doctor’s own story takes a deadly twist, librarian Ann Beckett finds herself in the center of a medical mystery that’s anything but routine.

As Ann steps into the investigation, she uncovers hidden chapters in Dr. Wilson’s life that cast a shadow of suspicion over those he once called friends. With each clue discovered, Ann becomes less startled by the doctor’s untimely demise.

Can Ann close the book on this mystery before someone else has a final chapter?

British Cozy Mysteries

I think I latched onto British cozy mysteries because I read so much historical fiction. However I discovered them, I still absolutely love a good mystery set in England! It’s such a “British” vibe and really does scream C-O-Z-Y, or c-o-S-y, as it were!  

Midsummer Madness (The Stratford Upon Avondale Mysteries Book 14) by Monica Knightley

A wedding, a new pet, and a crime to solve are always the perfect ingredients for a good book.

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From the Publisher

The timing couldn’t have been worse. While tearoom owner and amateur sleuth Maggie and her fiancé, Darius, are busy planning their upcoming wedding, Darius becomes a suspect in a local murder. Darius and several other Stratford Upon Avondale residents have been viciously slandered in a memoir written by a legendary Stratford Shakespeare Festival actress. When she’s found murdered, each person named in the book is suddenly a prime suspect. Maggie and Gina, her best friend and partner in crime-solving, aren’t ready to sit around and wait for the local police to solve the crime—there’s a groom-to-be and many of their good friends in danger of being locked up.

The one bright spot during all the chaos is Maggie and Darius’ decision to adopt a Golden Retriever named Desdemona, Desi for short. Not only is she a perfect companion, but she might also have some crime-solving skills of her own.

Craft & Hobby Cozy Mysteries

Crafters and hobbyists, this cozy mystery sub-genre is for you! Whether your fave hobby is needlework like cross stitch or knitting, or maybe you’re an avid quilter,. Whatever the craft or hobby, there’s a cozy mystery series for you.

Check out the latest recommendations for hobby cozy mystery books!

Murder All Sewn Up (A Carom Seed Cozy Book 1) by Sheri Richey

This book sounds like a good story and a great start to a new sewing-related series.

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From the Publisher

When murder is the thread holding together costumes for the community play, Peggy can’t avoid the gossip or the orphaned pup under her feet.

Running the Carom Seed Craft Corner on Fennel Street in Spicetown should be enough for one person, but Peggy Cochran spends her spare time volunteering to make costumes for the town play at the Spicetown Community Center. When a costume she made over twenty years ago resurfaces, so do the details of the prior drama teacher’s death and Police Chief Conrad Harris can’t ignore the questions.

Finding a puppy in the alley behind the store, gets under her feet, and into her heart even before the murder is all sewn up.

The Shelved Shocker (Secondhand Sleuth Mysteries Book 12) by Mel Morgan

Is it a true crime novel based on real life or a fictional tale?  What a unique perspective for this story line. 

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From the Publisher

What could be better than reading a one-of-a-kind mystery novel on a cold winter night? How about finding out it’s actually evidence of a murder?

The manuscript for Murder in Walnut Cove is even more entertaining than Jessica Braun expected it would be when she rescued it from storage. But it isn’t just a thrilling tale of intrigue and criminal behavior. Some of the characters bear an unlikely resemblance to real people, and the town in the book sounds awfully familiar…

Sharing news of the story stirs up a hornet’s nest of trouble with Jessica right in the middle, leaving her to wonder how much of the unpublished work is fact, and how much is fiction. Is there a chance the crime in the story was real?

Once Upon a Murder (Musical Murder Mystery Book 4) by K.L. Montgomery

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From the Publisher

One princess sure didn’t have the luck of the Irish…

Ruby and the Melody Street Players are headed to the Emerald Isle to debut their production of Once Upon a Mattress. But first, she and Nova are competing for grant money in a competition to see who makes the best princess. They even get to stay in an Irish castle!

No, the contestants don’t have to sleep on top of a stack of mattresses to prove their slumber is disturbed by a pea. But they have a huge manual to memorize and etiquette galore!

Until one potential princess is poisoned. And Ruby is afraid that poison was actually meant for her…

Culinary Cozy Mysteries

Culinary cozies are so plentiful and are really just so much fun! If you like to cook or bake, or maybe you just like to read about cooking and baking, then you likely already read at least one favorite culinary cozy series.

Just in case you need more possibilities, here are the latest recommended new culinary cozy mystery books!

Murder on the Ballot (Blue Lake Cozy Murder Mysteries Book 6) by Hadley K. Knox

I like the sound of this main character – a former New York PD forensics expert.  I bet this is a good series!

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From the Publisher

Polls are open – and murder gets a vote!

When everyone has a secret, who can you trust?

Summer is back in beautiful Blue Lake in the Adirondack Mountains, where former NYPD forensics expert Celia Strong and her daughter Katie have settled into a new life in Blue Lake Village, where Celia owns Ye Olde Ice Cream Shoppe.

Four candidates are running for town supervisor in a heated race. One received an anonymous note – It was you. And I have proof. When Celia and her friends from ‘the block’ agree to investigate, the trail leads to deception, intrigue, and finally – murder.

Can Celia and Co. untangle a web of lies to catch a killer before it’s too late?

Meanwhile, Celia confronts the man responsible for the murder of her NYPD-detective husband. A forged painting, a gangster’s wife, and a compromising photograph all come into play. Who is the mysterious Mr. White?

What will happen when they finally meet face to face?

He’s killed before – will he kill again?

Birds Of A Feather (A Bluebell Cafe Cozy Mystery Book 7) by Judith Jackson

A Vermont setting, a writer, a cafe, and a bookstore – all elements of a good story.

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From the Publisher

March is normally quiet in Sevenoaks, Vermont, but this year the town is aflutter. Olivia Williams, a popular romance writer, is returning home to celebrate the launch of her latest book, Birds of a Feather.

While her admirers are gathering and the local bookstore prepares for a book-signing, The Bluebell Café is abuzz with activity readying the celebratory dinner in Olivia’s honor.

What could go wrong?


Before she’s so much as scribbled a signature, Olivia is found murdered, and suspicion falls squarely on one of her oldest friends. Harriet and Claire know that Ruby is innocent, but can they get Isaac Strickland, the detective on the case, to see things their way?

Not likely. He thinks they’re nothing more than pesky troublemakers, and that’s before they get him riled up. It doesn’t help that Claire and Isaac went on a date a few years back, and he doesn’t remember her fondly.

Opposition to their sleuthing has never stopped them before, and this time is no exception. There’s no shortage of suspects, but who was angry enough to turn the page on Olivia’s life?

Death and Peaches (Sugar Creek Mystery Series Book 2) by Nova Walsh

Becoming the main suspect is not the best way to start a new job, but this catering character does just that.

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From the Publisher

A charming small town. A peach festival gone awry. A culinary entrepreneur caught in a juicy mystery.

Abby Hirsch has traded in her hectic life in L.A. for a shot at her dream—a catering business in her idyllic hometown of Sugar Creek, Texas. She’s ready to start over until her plans hit a sour note at the annual Sugar Creek Peach Festival.

When a city councilman dies from poisoning, Abby finds herself in the pits as a potential suspect. Not only is her fledgling business at stake, but the councilman had recently rejected her business license on a technicality, leaving her ripe for suspicion.

Armed with her culinary skills and a knack for gathering clues, Abby joins forces with her best friend, Cassie, and the attractive Sheriff Ryan Iverson. Together they peel back layers of mystery. But can Abby clear her name and serve up justice in time to clear her name and save her business? Or will her dreams of success crumble like a peach cobbler?

Historical Cozy Mysteries

This is probably my very favorite sub-genre of cozy mysteries. I loosely define a historical cozy mystery as one set pre-1950. 

I think reading historical books is a fun way to learn history, and the authors do such an amazing job with their research.  It’s easy to find common themes in the historical sub-genre, especially based on era or even decade.  So find your favorite time frame setting and enjoy.

I hope you find a new favorite in these recommended new historical mysteries!

A Body on the Doorstep (London Ladies’ Murder Club Book 1) by Marty Wingate

I love it when I find a new historical cozy series at the first book.  Although I also love it when I find a new-to-me series that already has several books so I can binge!

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From the Publisher

London, 1921: Mabel Canning is proud to be a modern woman working for the Useful Women’s Agency, carrying out tasks for gentlewomen from flower arranging to washing muddy dogs. But when she answers the door for wealthy widow Rosalind Despard, she almost chokes on her cucumber sandwich when she finds a soldier’s body on the doorstep.

As she offers tea to the policemen of Scotland Yard, Mabel can’t resist getting drawn into the investigation. Who was the mysterious dead man? And why was he holding a letter for Rosalind, written by her husband on the day he disappeared?

As Mabel hunts for clues, she joins forces with Rosalind’s handsome brother, former detective Park Winstone, and his adorable terrier, Gladys. But when Mabel suspects she is being followed, the detective duo know that time is running out before the killer strikes again.

As she investigates, Mabel discovers dusty old photographs that help her reveal the soldier’s true identity. But as she gets closer to uncovering the young man’s murderer, she knows she’s also one step closer to danger… Can she outsmart the killer and save Park and Rosalind before they also turn up dead as doornails?

A totally unputdownable and utterly charming Golden Age cozy mystery from USA Today bestselling author Marty Wingate. Perfect for fans of Agatha Christie, Richard Osman, Verity Bright and T.E. Kinsey.

Murder in the Alps (1920s High Society Lady Detective Mystery Book 8) by Sara Rosett

This sounds like a fun group of main characters including an actual Lady and a lady mountaineer, a bit unusual for this era.

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From the Publisher

A cold-blooded killer lurks in the luxurious winter wonderland of St. Moritz . . .

Switzerland, 1924. Lady sleuth Olive Belgrave is set to enjoy a holiday of ice-skating and snowshoeing in the glamorous alpine setting of St. Moritz, but her plans are rudely interrupted when an unfortunate accident takes place. It quickly becomes clear that the tragic event was a carefully concealed murder.

Olive isn’t one to shy away from a challenge, and with her sharp intuition and knowledge of the high society set, she uncovers motives among the elite guests. However, this case is one of the most challenging she’s faced.

Her suspects include a famous lady mountaineer, an up-and-coming fashion designer, a mousy lady’s maid, and several gentlemen sportsmen who seem to be only interested in tobogganing, ice-climbing, and the new sport of skiing down the mountain slopes. Can Olive find the cunning killer and solve the impossible crime before it’s too late?

A Killer at the Castle (Lady Ellen Investigates Book 2) by Kelly Mason

Ah, yes, a cozy featuring a castle.  Love!

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From the Publisher

Can Lady Ellen of Ashcombe Hall finally savour a relaxing break at Millars Hotel? Not quite. Her plans take an unexpected turn when a sightseeing tour of Branden Bay Castle turns deadly.

The picturesque castle in Branden Bay stands proudly above the town and beach. Lady Ellen finds herself thrust into the heart of a chilling mystery when a tragic incident unfolds, and a soul plummets from one of the castle’s turrets. On a blustery day, it seems like a dreadful accident, but the police suspect foul play.

As the victim’s will is unveiled, a shock revelation exposes drama, indiscretions, and disputes. Motives lay bare, and Lady Ellen is called upon to untangle the truth. Alongside her spirited companion, Lottie Penny, the charming Captain Hamilton, and her faithful Irish Setter, Prince, Ellen must unravel the sinister threads that tie the beneficiaries to the deceased’s estate.

The Roman Riddle (Dora and Rex 1920s Mysteries Book 5) by Lynn Morrison

This is a lovely series with a very fun detecting duo.

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From the Publisher

Rome, 1923. Rex and Dora’s holiday comes to an abrupt end when they receive an urgent message from Rome. The Carabinieri have accused the British ambassador of murder.

A witness puts the ambassador at the scene and the evidence points to his guilt. But he assures the couple he is innocent. If the Carabinieri are allowed to proceed with their accusations, this simple case will become an international incident.

Rex and Dora face their most difficult puzzle yet. First, they have to uncover the real identity of the victim. Only then can they determine who had the motive to kill.

But in the Eternal City, the past and present are intertwined. Old flames return, past grudges re-emerge, and regrets bring consequences. Before the case ends, they’ll have to answer a riddle. What is more important — solving the case or saving the life of a friend?

Murder on the Thames (Augusta Peel 1920s Mysteries Book 6) by Emily Organ

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From the Publisher

Amateur sleuth Augusta Peel is showing a friend the sights of London when their boat trip on the River Thames is cut short. A body has been found adrift in a rowing boat.

The circumstances are puzzling. Scotland Yard takes on the case and Augusta makes some enquiries of her own. But since Detective Inspector Philip Fisher’s resignation, she no longer has a contact at the Yard to help her.

Could the murder be linked to a series of accidents at a factory? And who was behind an attack on a young woman a few weeks previously? A breakthrough comes when the Yard asks for assistance, but Augusta has already made an enemy who’s determined to make life difficult for her.

Philip’s new detective agency is getting off the ground. And although he’s happy to help Augusta, a lady in distress is causing a distraction…

The Mystery of the Back Passage (A Lady Darriby-Jones Mystery Book 3) by CM Rawlins

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From the Publisher

Darriby Hall is famous for entertaining second-tier aristocrats, tales from distant lands and a dead body… every now and then.

On a frigid winter’s night, Lady Darriby-Jones is roused from her daydreaming by an unexpected late-night visitor, a familiar yet vexing presence known for annual visits to the Darriby estate. Hailing from her Welsh village, she grudgingly invites him in, leaving his care to her butler. Little does she know that this decision will lead to a grim discovery the next morning.

In the early light of day, a shrill cry pierces the serenity, unveiling a most unwelcome gift of the season: the uninvited guest from the previous night lies lifeless.

Amid the ensuing chaos, Lady Darriby-Jones is left to contemplate a series of confounding questions:

  1. Why did she grant this man an overnight refuge in her residence?
  2. What sinister connection lies behind a bottle of her beloved gin beside the deceased?
  3. How could someone have taken his life when he was confined within a room with no apparent escape?

It becomes evident that this enigma is one that Lady Darriby-Jones may not unravel. However, with an inept, ill-tempered law enforcement officer assigned to the case and a young family member implicated as the prime suspect, she must sift through the scant breadcrumbs of clues to disentangle this bewildering puzzle.

Will she succeed in unmasking a shrewd killer, or will this chilling incident forever taint the most cherished season of the year with haunting memories?

Holiday & Seasonal Cozy Mysteries

Reading cozy mysteries seasonally is one of my greatest joys in life.  I love re-reading past holiday cozies during the current holiday season, and I’m always so excited for the brand new holiday cozy mystery books.  

There are holiday cozies for Christmas, Valentine’s Day, Easter, Halloween, and every season or holiday in between!

A Caterer’s Guide to Valentines and Violence (Caterer’s Guide to Crime Book 1) by Jessica Thompson

Valentines Day will be here soon so get your holiday TBR list ready!  This first book in a new culinary series sounds like a good one to add.

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From the Publisher

Feel the love … with a caterer, a captain, and a criminal.

“Hey, gorgeous!”

As Violet waffles over whether to stick with her cheating fiancé, she and her friends must cater his formal military dinner. When an officer is found beaten, and not with a whisk, her fiancé is the prime suspect and temperatures rise in and out of the kitchen.

Can Violet and the handsome investigator crack the criminal before the tension boils over?

Brewed in Betrayal (The Second Chance Inn Cozy Mystery Book 3) by MJ O’Neill

And also add this one to your Valentines Day reading list!

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From the Publisher

Hearts, Hazards, and Hilarity

This Valentine’s season, the Second Chance Inn’s heart beats with a peculiar rhythm, as Harmony Holt whips up romance with a zany zombie twist. Continuing the revitalization of her beloved inn, Harmony welcomes the cult phenomenon TV show Walker, Zombie Ranger and its ApocaLove contest. Anticipation is rife for the live broadcast where love-struck fans vie for a date with the stars amidst a whimsical wave of the walking dead. But the festive frolic turns foul when the local health inspector is fatally pierced by a Cupid’s arrow, turning a symbol of love into a token of terror.

A Simmering Kettle of Suspects

The clock ticks menacingly for Harmony and her beau, Clinton’s esteemed Sheriff, Seth, to comb through a labyrinth of leads and dodge misleading trails. With the Steep-n-Brew’s reputation—and the liberty of Harmony’s best friend’s mother—at stake, they delve into a murky world of fanatic zombie lovers, feuding TV stars, and mysterious guests.

When the evidence points toward Seth’s brother, the investigation takes a personal turn, steaming up tensions and putting their sleuthing—and hearts—to the ultimate test.

Valentine’s Vendettas and Vile Villains

This season of love could spell disaster for Harmony’s dreams and the Second Chance Inn. Can she unmask the culprit before the heart of her community is torn out? Or will this deadly Valentine’s plot grind their hopes to dust? Snatch your copy of “Brewed in Betrayal” and join Harmony on her most perilous Valentine’s Day yet, where love is twisted, trust is tested, and the murderer might just be hiding behind a mask of romance—or one of a zombie. Unearth the secrets in this captivating cozy mystery—your date with suspense and surprises awaits!

Light Paranormal, Fantasy & Sci-Fi Cozy Mysteries

I’ll admit that I’m not the biggest fan of paranormal books in general.  However, I do find some technically paranormal cozy mysteries enjoyable, and I think this is because I consider them “light paranormal.”  Basically, my definition of light means it’s just not extremely paranormal.  A ghost, talking animals, or a character that has some good (not dark) special characteristics – these fall into my light paranormal cozy reading.

I hope you find a lovely light paranormal read in this month’s recommended new cozy mystery books!

Showdown at the Saloon (Ghost Town Mysteries Book 3) by Jamie L. Adams

Kind of a fun, modern day Old West vibe.  It sounds like a good read!

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From the Publisher

Lily Cranston couldn’t be happier with the way her life has turned out thus far. Managing the Calico Rock Mine and Ghost Town in her hometown of Grady, California is a dream come true. Employed by the city she and her sisters grew up in gives her a sense of belonging and stability. Like a well-oiled machine, the work of her faithful and dedicated staff allows her to spend more time with her hunky boyfriend, CSI Cody West. Life is finally looking up…until the night she finds the body of an apparent hitman on the side of the road! As if that weren’t bad enough, in his pocket is her sister’s name and address.

Has someone really put a hit out on sweet, lovable Ava? To keep her sister safe, Lily must once again use her sleuthing skills to unlock the mystery. Her search for answers takes her on a journey filled with family secrets, ghost seekers, organized crime, and more suspects than she can count. As the possibilities mount without any clear answers, time may be running out for more than just one of the Cranston sisters.

Old Bones and New Ghosts (The Marti Mickkleson Mysteries Book 2) by Kay Charles

This sounds like such a fun series!  Grandma is a ghost, so I guess that makes her a Silver Sleuth Spook?

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From the Publisher

Marti Mickkleson and her ghostly Grandma Bertie are back!

With only one month to go until Marti meets the conditions of her late father’s will and gains control of her trust fund, she’s determined to be on her best behavior. No admitting that she can see ghosts and certainly no talking to the dead.

But her mother’s roped her into a new family project, her new office has a mysterious haunt, Grandma Bertie’s digging up mysteries from the past, her friend Dmitri’s barely speaking to her, and her sister’s life is falling apart. It’s enough to make a girl miss her days of flipping sort-of-beef patties on a Burger Buster grill.

Then things get really bad.

With both a cold case and a new murder on her hands, her “best behavior” won’t cut it. Protecting her family may cost her more than a trust fund. It may cost Marti her life—or the life of someone she loves.

Ma Tutt’s Hawaiian Delight (A Mack the Magical Cat Mystery Book 4) by Lyn Perry

A cat sidekick and a Hawaiian cruise…enough said!

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From the Publisher

After her Christmas cookie disaster, Ma Tutt needs a break! Why not relax on a Hawaiian cruise? Added fun: a baking competition hosted by celebrity chefs. Fame and fortune await the winner, but contestants are dropping like flies. Luckily, Ma’s mysterious tabby Mack can help solve the mystery. Or is he to blame? Will Dolly Tutt’s special spices work their magic or lead to calamity?

Silver Sleuth Cozy Mysteries

I have a secret about watching Murder, She Wrote reruns – not only am I getting fashion advice from Jessica Fletcher, but I’m learning the skills I need to be an amazing Silver Sleuth in the second half of my lifetime! (C’mon, I know you secretly want that superpower, too!)

Just a note that you may define “silver sleuth” a bit differently than I do, which is ok. I roughly categorize by such things as being older than 55-ish, sleuths living in retirement communities, and such.  Think Jessica Fletcher, Miss Marple, Agatha Raisin…

I bet you’ll find a new read in this month’s latest silver sleuth recommended new cozy mystery books!

Wedding Blitz (Silver Hills Cozy Mysteries Book 11) by Sam Cheever

This is a new-to-me silver sleuth series so I’m excited to have found it!

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From the Publisher

Come to Silver Hills, where nothing is impervious to murder and chaos. Even a long-awaited wedding.

Agnes and Hertz are finally getting married. It would be nice to report that all was going to go as planned. Unfortunately, we’re dealing with Flo and Co. and their propensity for finding bodies everywhere they go.

These nuptials might be noxious. The wedding may be weird. The marriage could be murderous.

Will a little thing like a wedding dress and three hundred guests deter the fearsome foursome from launching an investigation into the “problem”?

If you believe that, you haven’t been paying attention.

Deliver Us From Evil…and the Six O’Clock News (Brentwood Women Mysteries Book 1) by W. H. Adair

Oh, a grandma-mother-daughter sleuthing team.  This sounds interesting!

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From the Publisher

Hildegard “Hildy” Brentwood, a 50-year-old University PR executive at Gulf State University, is faced with her toughest assignment–discover who killed her faculty friend Adrienne and student assistant, Bobby, before the university and the police shut down the investigation labeling Adrienne guilty of murder/suicide.

She enlists the help of her CEO mother Victoria and her investigative journalist daughter Grace to comb through the possible suspects–Adrienne’s misogynistic department chairman, her violent ex-husband, a smarmy journalist, or perhaps someone from her past involved in her 20-year-old rape. They uncover myriad secrets in both Adrienne’s and Bobby’s past, any of which could have been motive for murder.

Taking on the university leadership and the campus and Houston Police departments, Hildy is attacked and threatened before they uncover the truth behind the violent deaths.

Hildy and her family look into the highest and lowest realms of Houston to find answers, with a little help from their fur-buddies: Victoria’s greyhound, Minuit; Hildy’s white schnauzer, Shasta; and Adrienne’s Russian blue feline, Catrina, who is adopted by Grace.

Women Sleuth Cozy Mysteries

The women sleuths of the cozy mystery world are a varied and delightful group!  There are fun and quirky sleuths, tough and determined, and everything in between.  I know you will find a new female sleuth BFF in this latest batch of new books!

My Old Kentucky Homicide (Bourbon B&B Mysteries Book 1) by Gin Jones

Another new series, this one with a B&B setting so it made it to my reading list.

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From the Publisher

Kentucky native Jess Walker’s big-city career has kept her too busy to visit her sisters and hometown. However, she relents when she’s invited to celebrate her nephew’s third birthday at the newly established Three Sisters B&B in the heart of bourbon country. The nostalgic bubble is quickly popped however when Jess realizes her family hasn’t been entirely honest with her. She was invited not so much for a family reunion, but to help them impress some VIP guests for inclusion in a tourism co-op on the bourbon trail.

Old resentments arise, and the sisters are at loggerheads immediately. But when one of the VIP guests is found dead, things only get worse. The sheriff is intent on treating the death as an accident, blaming it on unsafe conditions at the B&B. But the sisters know this was murder. Jess has always been the fixer of the family, so she jumps in to protect her sisters and their B&B’s reputation.

With the remaining guests and the attractive—and single—owner of the nearby whiskey barrel factory all suspects, Jess has her work cut out for her. And it turns out, she can’t do it alone. All three sisters will need to work in perfect harmony in order to find the perpetrator of the Old Kentucky Homicide.

A Hopeless Rodeo (A Hope Walker Mystery Book 12) by Daniel Carson

I thought I’d mix it up a little so I added this cowgirl-rodeo vibe book to my list.

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From the Publisher

A funny cozy mystery series full of bold women, a quirky and lovable town, and one seriously hopeless romance.

Summer isn’t the only thing that’s come to Hopeless, Idaho. The Rodeo’s in town. And, as it turns out…

Sheriff Alex Kramer’s been keeping a secret from his girlfriend, Hope.

Alex spent a chunk of his twenties on the rodeo circuit wrestling steers and chasing fame.

And by the way some of these women look at Alex, Hope wonders if that’s not the only thing he was chasing.

So, while Alex is having a reunion with old ‘friends’ and Hope is getting jealous, that’s when something unthinkable happens and once again, Hope Walker is thrust into the middle of mystery that only she can untangle.

Murder in the Forest Lab (Carolina Cozy Mysteries Book 1) by Andrea Kress

Another new series, this one in a nice small town academic setting with a bit of romance.

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From the Publisher

She traded the rat race to work in an academic lab. Instead of peace and quiet, she discovers jealousy, treachery and murder. And she may be next.

COVID, a stressful job and the end of Gemma’s marriage signaled a need to change everything in her life. Finding a job in public information in a university affiliated lab near Raleigh run by a world-renowned researcher seemed like a dream come true. Lured by warmer weather, a pay raise, cheaper rent and a scenic commute, she wasn’t prepared for another cutthroat environment. Or the murder of a researcher found in a chimp’s cage.

Relieved by the arrival of the small-town detective, Steve Thibault, she realizes he’ll be frustrated by the uncooperative and tightlipped researchers.

As they become attracted to each other, he comes to rely on her as an ally. And as he surfaces each hidden truth and buried accusation, he discovers everybody seems to have a motive.

Can they peel back the lies before there is another body?

Cozy Mysteries Of Other Sub-Genres

Finally, we reach the catch-all group of cozies that I lump into “other sub-genres.” I will eventually come up with more category ideas to use!

Cozy Case Files, Volume 20: A Cozy Mystery Sampler

A fun and free way to sample a bunch of upcoming new cozy books! Including these authors:

  • Ellie Alexander
  • Rhys Bowen
  • Clare Broyles
  • Olivia Blacke 
  • Jennifer J. Chow
  • Anastasia Hastings
  • Olivia Matthews
  • Gigi Pandian
  • Mindy Quigley
  • Paige Shelton
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From the Publisher

Looking for a new cozy series? In the latest edition of Cozy Case Files, Minotaur Books compiles the beginnings of nine charming cozy mysteries publishing in Winter 2024 for free for easy sampling.

The twentieth edition of Cozy Case Files features cozies from the following authors: Ellie Alexander, Rhys Bowen and Clare Broyles, Olivia Blacke, Jennifer Chow, Anastasia Hastings, Olivia Matthews, Gigi Pandian, Mindy Quigley, and Paige Shelton.

Cook up some delicious treats with a variety of culinary cozies! On the menu, you’ll find killer West Indian pastries in Coconut Drop Dead, deadly deep dish pizzas in Public Anchovy #1, fatal fortune cookies in Ill-Fated Fortune, and suspicious spiced curry buns in A Smoking Bun.

Get with the groove and catch a killer while you’re at it with Rhythm and Clues. Solve your way out of a deadly booby trap while racing against time in A Midnight Puzzle. Discover the mystery behind an antique Crusader Sword in The Poison Pen. Getaway to the Catskills with In Sunshine or in Shadow. And infiltrate a scandalous cult in historical Britain as you read Of Hoaxes and Homicide.

I hope you’ve enjoyed my choices of the best books I’ve added to my To Be Read list!

I’d love your comments about any of these you’ve read or want to read or any recommendations you have for other readers.  Please post below!

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