What is a cozy mystery? It’s the perfect sub-genre of mystery that brings a wholesome feel to the world of crime fiction. Think small towns, cute pets, fun hobbies, and heartfelt romance. If you’re already a seasoned reader of “cozies” then you’ve probably devoured and loved Jesse Q. Sutanto’s Vera Wong’s Unsolicited Advice for Murderers, so we’ve rounded up some other favorites! Grab a fuzzy blanket and some hot tea, and get ready to join the best amateur sleuths in the book biz!
Dial A for Aunties by Jesse Q. Sutanto
When Meddelin Chan accidentally kills her blind date, her mother calls up her aunties to help get rid of the body. But they find out the hard way that a dead body isn’t so easy to dispose of, even more so when it’s accidentally sent in a cake cooler to the billionaire wedding that they are working for their family business. But Meddy, the aunties, and her ma will not let an unsavory corpse ruin their biggest job yet, or their buttercream! When Meddy’s ex, and biggest heartbreak, reenters the picture, things go from inconvenient to downright torturous.
Arsenic and Adobo by Mia P. Manansala
When Lila Macapagal moves back home after a breakup, she’s tasked with saving her Tita Rosie’s restaurant, and dealing with her matchmaking aunties who are equal parts loving and judgmental. When her ex, a food critic who is known to be nasty, drops dead after a confrontation with Lila, her life gets flipped upside down. With the cops on her case, and the landlord threatening to shut down their business, Lila is forced to start doing her own digging, nosy auntie network in tow.
Magic, Lies, and Deadly Pies by Misha Popp
Daisy Ellery is a baker, but not your average type. She and her dog Zoe bake and deliver pies to the men who have done wrong to the women in town. The secret ingredient: sweet vengeance. When Daisy parks her Pies Before Guys mobile baking van outside a local diner, Frank, the owner, tells her that he noticed someone suspicious lurking around her van. Then, she finds a letter on her door, threatening to expose her unsavory secret. Daisy will have to figure out who is blackmailing her, and why, in order to save her business, herself, and to continue getting payback.
Finlay Donovan is Killing It by Elle Cosimano
In Finlay Donovan is Killing It, we enter the chaotic world of Finlay, a single mother juggling the demands of raising two kids and struggling to make it as a novelist. During a lunch meeting with her agent, a misunderstanding leads her to be inadvertently mistaken for a hitwoman and reluctantly agreeing to handle a problematic husband in exchange for financial relief. As she gets embroiled in a real murder investigation, the story unfolds with fast-paced action, clever humor, and an authentic portrayal of the challenges and joys of motherhood.
Chocolate Chip Cookie Murder by Joanne Fluke
Indulge in a delectable cozy mystery featuring Hannah Swensen, the red-haired dessert-baking heroine known for her gingersnaps and crime-solving skills. When a murder occurs behind her bakery, Hannah’s hunt for the killer among her famous Chocolate Chip Crunchies will keep you on the edge of your seat, and her witty comebacks will leave you craving for more.
Death by Dumpling: A Noodle Shop Mystery by Vivien Chien
Join Lana Lee in this thrilling Cozy mystery as she returns to her family’s restaurant to rebuild her life after a tough breakup, only to find herself entangled in a murder investigation when the property manager dies after eating dumplings from the restaurant, and now she must solve the mystery to clear her name before it’s too late.
The Secret, Book & Scone Society by Ellery Adams
At Miracle Springs’ beloved bookstore, Nora Pennington offers more than just books – she prescribes novels to heal deep wounds. When a businessman seeks her guidance and then turns up dead, Nora forms the Secret, Book, and Scone Society, a group of damaged souls bound by redemption, courage, and the pursuit of truth, as they untangle corruption and find strength in sisterhood in this gripping cozy mystery.
The Thursday Murder Club by Richard Osman
Enter the tranquil retirement village where the Thursday Murder Club, an unusual group of four friends, convene weekly in the Jigsaw Room to discuss cold cases. However, when a local developer is discovered dead with an enigmatic photograph, the club is drawn into their first live investigation, and as more bodies surface, they must rely on their unconventional brilliance to apprehend the killer before it’s too late.
Against the Currant: A Spice Isle Bakery Mystery by Olivia Matthews
In the heart of Little Caribbean, Brooklyn, Lyndsay Murray fulfills her dream of opening Spice Isle Bakery with her family, a West Indian bakery celebrating her Grenadian heritage. But when a disgruntled rival, Claudio Fabrizi, meets a tragic end and Lyndsay becomes the prime suspect, she must navigate her overprotective family and the close-knit neighborhood to prove her innocence and keep her cherished bakery afloat.