Friday, August 15, 2008

Cozy Mysteries

Cozy Mysteries are light mysteries that usually take place in a small town setting with an amateur investigator who stumbles upon the mystery. The sleuth has a normal job ranging anywhere from caterer and decorator, to librarian or homemaker. Cozies tone down crime scenes and are less graphic in descriptions of blood, sex, etc. The crime is an intellectual puzzle that both the reader and the sleuth try to solve through the book with several red herrings thrown in to make it interesting. The sleuth usually has friends or relatives in official places and is not taken seriously by the police. The genre is fun, intellectual, and a study of human nature rather than a thrill ride.

Death Drop by Alina Adams
A Charmed Death by Madelyn Alt
Dolled Up for Murder by Deb Baker
Murder Passes the Buck by Deb Baker
Death and the Family Tree : A Trudy Roundtree Mystery by Linda Berry

Retirement Homes are Murder by Mike Befeler
The Case of the Roasted Onion by Claudia Bishop
Ground to a Halt by Claudia Bishop
Deadly Greetings : A Card-Making Mystery by Elizabeth Bright
Murder and Salutations : A Card-Making Mystery by Elizabeth Bright

Mrs. Jeffries Appeals the Verdict by Emily Brightwell
Gourdfellas by Maggie Bruce
Scrub-a-Dub Dead : A Charlotte LaRue Mystery by Barbara Colley
Murder Most Frothy by Cleo Coyle
A Catered Valentine's Day : A Mystery with Recipes by Isis Crawford

A Killing on Church Grounds by Barbara Cummings
Cold-Case Killer : A Keely Moreno Mystery by Dorothy Francis
Death Shoots a Birdie by Christine Goff
Wreath of Deception by Mary Ellen Hughes

G'day to Die : a Passport to Peril Mystery by Maddy Hunter
Deadly Advice by Roberta Isleib
Meow is for Murder by Linda O. Johnston
Remains to be Scene : a Polly Pepper Mystery by R.T. Jordan
The Ghost and the Dead Man's Library by Alice Kimberly

The Mournful Teddy by John J. Lamb
Fruit of the Poisoned Tree by Joyce and Jim Lavene
Dead and Berried : a Gray Whale Inn Mystery by Karen MacInerney
Murder on the Rocks : a Gray Whale Inn Mystery by Karen MacInerney
Wilder Rumors by Molly MacRae

The Best Laid Plans by Janet Majerus
Faux Finished by Peg Marberg
Murder by the Book by D.R. Meredith
A Flicker of Doubt by Tim Myers
A Pour Way to Dye by Tim Myers

Herr Schnoodle & McBee by P.K. Paranya
A Wrinkle in Crime by T. Dawn Richard
A Deadly Yarn by Maggie Sefton
Guess Who's Coming To Die? : A Thoroughly Southern Mystery by Patricia Houck Sprinkle
Carbs & Cadavers : A Supper Club Mystery by J. B. Stanley

A Fatal Appraisal by J. B. Stanley
The Princeton Impostor by Ann Waldron
A Peach of a Murder : A Fresh-Baked Mystery by Livia J. Washburn

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