Cozy Mysteries

Cozy mysteries present a lighthearted crime solving experience. They are often set in small towns and villages where the sleuth is usually an amateur and female.  Here are some cozies owned by Skokie Public Library. If the mystery is part of a series, the first series title owned by the Library is listed. All of these titles are located in the Adult Mystery section of the Library.

Cozy mysteries around the world
English village mysteries

Cozy Mysteries Around the World

Albert, Susan Wittig. Thyme of Death: A Mystery Introducing China Bayles. 1992.

Anderson, James. The Affair of the Mutilated Mink. 1981.

Arsenault, Emily. The Broken Teaglass. 2009.

Ballard, Mignon F. Angel at Troublesome Creek. 1999.

Barbieri, Maggie. Murder 101. 2006.

Bell, Nancy. Restored to Death. 2003.

Bishop, Claudia. The Case of the Roasted Onion. 2006.

Block, Lawrence. Burglars Can't Be Choosers. 1977. Also available: Cassette, eBook

Braun, Lilian Jackson. The Cat Who Could Read Backwards. 1966.
Also available: Large Type, CD, Cassette

Cannon, Taffy. Guns and Roses: An Irish Eyes Travel Mystery Set in Colonial Williamsburg. 2000.

Carl, JoAnna. The Chocolate Cat Caper: A Chocoholic Mystery. 2002.

Childs, Laura. Death by Darjeeling. 2001.

Chittenden, Margaret. Dying to Sing. 1996.

Churchill, Jill. Grime and Punishment. 1989. Also available: Large Type

Cleland. Jane. Consigned to Death. 2006.

Collins, Kate. Mum’s the Word. 2004.

Cummings, Barbara. A Killing on Church Grounds. 2006.

Daheim, Mary. Just Desserts. 1991. Also available: eBook

Darty, Peggy. When Bobbie Sang the Blues: A Cozy Mystery. 2007.

Davidson, Diane Mott. Sticks & Scones. 2001. Also available: Large Type, CD

Emerson, Kathy Lynn. Deadlier than the Pen. 2004.

Fluke, Joanne. Chocolate Chip Cookie Murder. 2000. Also available: CD

Francis, Dorothy. Pier Pressure: A Keely Moreno Mystery. 2005.

Gilman, Dorothy. The Unexpected Mrs. Pollifax. 1966. Also available: CD

Goldenbaum, Sally. Death by Cashmere: A Seaside Knitters Mystery. 2008.

Grimes, Martha. Biting the Moon. 1999. Also available: Cassette

Hall, Tarquin. The Case of the Missing Servant. 2009. Also available: Large Type, CD

Harris, Rosemary. Pushing Up Daisies: A Dirty Business Mystery. 2008.

Hart, Carolyn G. Death on Demand. 1996. Also available: Large Type, CD, Cassette

Henry, Sue. The Serpent’s Trail: A Maxie and Stretch Mystery. 2004.
Also available: CD

Kemelman, Harry. Friday the Rabbi Slept Late. 1964. Also available: Cassette

MacInerney, Karen. Murder on the Rocks: A Gray Whale Inn Mystery. 2006.

MacLeod, Charlotte. Rest You Merry. 1978.

MacPherson, Rett. Family Skeletons. 1997.

Malmont, Valerie S. Death Pays the Rose Rent: A Tori Miracle Mystery. 1994.

McCall Smith, Alexander. The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency. 1998.
Also available: Large Type, CD, eBook

McKevett, G. A. Just Desserts. 1995.

McRae, Cricket. Lye in Wait: A Home Crafting Mystery. 2007.

O’Donohue, Clare. The Lover’s Knot: A Someday Quilts Mystery. 2008.

Page, Katherine Hall. The Body in the Big Apple. 1999.

Peters, Elizabeth. Crocodile on the Sandbank. 1975. Also available: Cassette

Pickens, Cathy. Southern Fried. 2004.

Roberts, Gillian. Caught Dead in Philadelphia. 1987.

Rowlands, Betty. Over the Edge. 1992.

Sefton, Maggie. Knit One, Kill Two. 2005. Also available: Large Type

Shaber, Sarah R. Simon Said. 1997.

Swann, Leonie. Three Bags Full: A Sheep Detective Agency. 2005. Also available: CD

Taylor, Phoebe Atwood. The Cape Cod Mystery. 1931.

Yancey, Richard. The Highly Effective Detective: A Teddy Ruzak Novel. 2006.

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English Village Mysteries

Aird, Catherine. The Religious Body. 1966.

Allingham, Margery. Sweet Danger. 1933. Also available: Cassette

Anderson, James. The Affair of the Mutilated Mink. 1981.

Andrews, Donna. Murder, with Peacocks. 1999.

Atherton, Nancy. Aunt Dimity and the Duke. 1994.

Babson, Marian. Cover-up Story. 1971.

Barnard, Robert. Death and the Chaste Apprentice. 1989.

Barron, Stephanie. Jane and the Unpleasantness at Scargrave Manor: Being the First Jane Austen Mystery. 1996. Also available: Large Type, Cassette

Beaton, M.C. Agatha Raisin and the Quiche of Death. 1992.
Also available: Large Type, CD

Beaton, M.C. Death of a Gossip. 1985. Also available: Cassette

Bebris, Carrie. Pride and Prescience, or, A Truth Universally Acknowledged: A Mr. & Mrs. Darcy Mystery. 2004.

Bentley, E.C. Trent’s Last Case. 1936.

Black, Veronica. Vow of Silence. 1990.

Bowen, Rhys. Evans Above. 1997.

Bradley, C. Alan. The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie. 2009.
Also available: Large Type, CD

Brand, Christianna. Cat and Mouse. 1950.

Brett, Simon. The Body on the Beach: A Fethering Mystery. 2000.

Bruce, Leo. The Case for Three Detectives. 1936.

Cannell, Dorothy. The Thin Woman: An Epicurean Mystery. 1984.

Challinor, C.S. Christmas is Murder: A Rex Graves Mystery. 2008.

Christie, Agatha. The Murder at the Vicarage (Miss Marple). 1930.
Also available: Large Type, eBook

Christie, Agatha. The Mysterious Affair at Styles (Poirot). 1920. 
Also available: Large Type, Cassette, eBook, eAudiobook

Clayton, Mary. Pearls Before Swine. 1995.

Coggin, Joan. The Mystery at Orchard House: A Lady Lupin Mystery. 2003.

Crane, Hamilton. Miss Seeton Undercover. 1994.

Crombie, Deborah. A Share in Death. 1993.

Dams, Jeanne M. The Victim in Victoria Station: A Dorothy Martin Mystery. 1999.
Also available: Cassette

Dewhurst, Eileen. Double Act. 2000.

Duncan, Elizabeth. The Cold Light of Mourning. 2009.

Dunn, Carola. Death at Wentwater Court: A Daisy Dalrymple Mystery. 1994.

Eccles, Marjorie. Killing a Unicorn. 2002.

Eglin, Anthony. The Blue Rose. 2004.

Emerson, Kathy Lynn. Deadlier than the Pen: A Diana Spaulding Mystery. 2004.

Ferrars, E.X. Seeing is Believing. 1996.

Fraser, Anthea. Brought to Book. 2003.

Frasier, Antonia. A Splash of Red. 1981.

Graham, Caroline. Faithful Unto Death. 1996.

Granger, Ann. Say It with Poison. 1991. Also available: Cassette

Greenwood, John. Mosley by Moonlight. 1984.

Harwin, Patricia. Arson & Old Lace. 2004.

Heley, Veronica. Murder at the Altar: The Ellie Quicke Mysteries. 2000.

Holland, David. The Devil’s Game: An Unlikely Mystery. 2005.

Holt, Hazel. The Cruellest Month. 1991.

Keating, H.R.F. The Hard Detective. 2000.

Kelly, Susan B. Hope Against Hope: A Mystery Introducing Alison Hope and Nick Trevellyan. 1991.

Kent, Rebecca. High Marks for Murder. 2008.

King, Laurie R. The Beekeeper’s Apprentice, or, On the Segregation of the Queen.
1994. Also available: Large Type, Cassette

Kingsbury, Kate. A Bicycle Built for Murder. 2001.

Knox, Bill. A Killing in Antiques. 1981.

Laurence, Janet. Death at the Table. 1997. Also available: Large Type

Lorrimer, Claire. Over My Dead Body. 2003.

Malliet, G.M. Death of a Cozy Writer: A St. Just Mystery. 2008.

Marsh, Ngaio. A Man Lay Dead. 1972. Also available: Cassette

McInerny, Ralph M. Her Death of Cold: A Father Dowling Mystery. 1977.

Milne, A.A. The Red House Mystery. 1936.

Moody, Susan. Death Takes a Hand. 1994.

Paige, Robin. Death at Bishop’s Keep. 1994.

Paton Walsh, Jill. The Wyndham Case. 1993.

Purser, Ann. Murder on Monday. 2002.

Raichev, R.T. The Hunt for Sonya Dufrette. 2006.

Rowlands, Betty. A Little Gentle Sleuthing. 1991.

Sansom, Ian. The Case of the Missing Books. 2005.

Sayers, Dorothy L. Strong Poison. 1930. Also available: Cassette, eAudiobook

Sherwood, John. A Botanist at Bay: A Celia Grant Mystery. 1985.

Simpson, Dorothy. The Night She Died. 1981.

Stacey, Susannah. Goodbye, Nanny Gray: A Mystery. 1987.

Stevens, Rosemary. Death on a Silver Tray. 2000.

Tey, Josephine. The Daughter of Time. 1951. Also available: CD

Tope, Rebecca. A Dirty Death. 1999.

Wentworth, Patricia. The Case is Closed. 1937.

Winspear, Jacqueline. Maisie Dobbs: A Novel. 2003. Also available: CD

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