If you’re looking for a mystery with little to no violence, a relatable female protagonist you can be an amateur sleuth with, and a little comedic plot, a cozy mystery may be just what you need. Think if your favorite Hallmark or Lifetime feel-good movies teamed up with a mystery and a small town, and you’ll be cuddled up under your favorite blanket with a hot cup of cocoa in no time. Looking for some recommendations? Here are some of the most immersive cozy mysteries.
Playing Dead by Peggy Rothschild
When Molly Madison, former private investigator, and her loyal dogs visit Playtime Academy and a trainer’s body is found on-site, she can’t help but to put her skills to use. Or resist taking in the deceased woman’s dog. Molly’s personal life is doggone messy, and so are the relationships at the training facility, making it hard for her to pinpoint potential suspects. When her friend gets arrested for the murder, Molly questions if everything is as straightforward as the police make it seem.
A Deadly Inside Scoop by Abby Collette
Bronwyn Crewse just received her MBA and is back home taking over the family business, an ice cream shop called Crewse Creamery. Bronwyn has fantastic ideas including using her grandmother’s original recipes and bringing the shop back to what it used to be. When construction delays cause the shop’s opening to be moved from summer to the day the town receives it’s first snow, that’s the least of Bronwyn’s concerns when she finds a dead body outside—and her father is implicated in the crime.
Mimi Lee Gets a Clue by Jennifer J. Chow
Mimi Lee never expected the first cat she said hello to at her pet grooming shop, Hollywoof, would have said hello back. But, Marshmallow did and has shown a sassy personality can even reside in a cat. When Marshmallow tells Mimi about a local breeder abusing dogs, Mimi lets Russ Nolan have a piece of her mind and she doesn’t hold back. But then, Russ is found dead and Mimi is the prime suspect. Now, in order to prove her innocence, Mimi must enlist the help of her hot lawyer neighbor, Josh.
Arsenic and Adobo by Mia P. Manansala
Lila Macapagal just moved home after a bad breakup and is helping to try and turn things around for her Tita Rosie’s restaurant. When Lila’s ex-boyfriend, a mean food critic, drops dead after a confrontation with Lila, she becomes the prime suspect. With her innocence and the family business on the line, Lila is forced to conduct her own investigation enlisting the help from her best friend, a Dachshund, and of course, her aunties.
Dial A for Aunties by Jesse Q. Sutanto
Meddelin Chan just accidentally killed her blind date. She also accidentally told her mother about it and now her mother and aunties are coming to help Meddelin get rid of the body. But, the family owns a wedding business and before they know it, the body is being shipped to a huge billionaire wedding in a cake cooler. Then, Meddelin’s ex shows up at the wedding and now she has to hide a body, win back her ex, and pull off the perfect wedding.
The Maid by Nita Prose
Molly Gray has felt lost since her grandmother died. Now working as a hotel maid, she channels all of her grief into her work. When Molly enters the room of Charles Black, she finds him dead and her reaction puts her at the top of the police’s suspect list after Molly tells one small lie that spins out of control. Now, Molly and some unexpected friends have to find out who the real killer was.
Farm to Trouble by Amanda Flower
Shiloh Bellamy gave up her city job to return to her Michigan hometown to save her family’s farm. Shiloh has plans to turn the farm into an organic operation with a farm-to-table cafe and knows this plan will include a lot of hard work. What Shiloh didn’t plan on was her new investor dropping dead before the ink can dry on the contract and the whole town gossiping about her family. Now, Shiloh must search for a killer and clear her family’s name before everyone in the small town turns against them.
Chocolate Chip Cookie Murder by Joanne Fluke
Hannah Swensen owns and operates the most popular bakery in Lake Eden, Minnesota. The most stressful thing in her life used to be her mother always trying to set her up—but when the popular Ron LaSalle, a dairy delivery man, is found killed behind Hannah’s bakery, her mother is the least of her problems. Ron was found with Hannah’s famous chocolate chip cookies around him at the crime scene, and now she has to get to the bottom of who killed him.
Hollywood Homicide by Kelley Garrett
Dayna Anderson is an actress who is just trying to keep working to save her parents house. But, while a little famous, Dayna is still broke. When Dayna witnesses a hit-and-run, she sees the answer to helping her parents with the fifteen-thousand dollar reward. As Dayna begins an investigation of her own, she finds herself not only fueled by the reward, but for justice for the victim. Then, someone tries to kill Dayna and she realizes that her new role as a detective could cost her everything.
Killer Content by Olivia Blacke
Odessa Dean has arrived in Brooklyn from the south, and so far, it’s really working out for her. Through cat-sitting, she’s scored a rent free apartment and her new job selling books and craft beers is easy. But making friends? Not so much. When the death of a fellow waitress goes viral, the case seems really odd to Odessa. Bethany was an up-and-coming YouTube sensation, so could one of her viewers be responsible for her death? Odessa will stop at nothing to find out.