Cozy mysteries typically feature amateur sleuths solving crimes in small towns and close-knit communities. Readers enjoy a light and humorous story, and the chance to crack the case along with the main character.
Why they go together:
Cozy mysteries are wonderful for their ability to make you feel just that—cozy! With their general sense of whimsy and their ability to add a dash of surprise and danger, a mug of hot chocolate adds to the delicious comfort and rich suspense.
Where to start:
Gemma Doyle, a transplanted Englishwoman, has returned to the quaint town of West London on Cape Cod to manage her great uncle's Sherlock Holmes Bookshop and Emporium. The shop—located at 222 Baker Street—specializes in the Holmes canon and pastiche, and is also the home of Moriarty the cat. When Gemma finds a rare and potentially valuable magazine containing the first Sherlock Homes story hidden in the bookshop, she and her friend Jayne set off to find the owner, only to stumble upon a dead body.
Carrie Singleton is just about done with Clover Ridge, Connecticut. But then she's offered a job as the head of programs and events at the spooky local library, complete with its own librarian ghost. Her first major event is a program presented by a retired homicide detective, Al Buckley, who claims he knows who murdered Laura Foster, a much-loved part-time library aide who was bludgeoned to death fifteen years earlier. As he invites members of the audience to share stories about Laura, he suddenly keels over and dies.
Melanie Cooper and Angie DeLaura are finally living out their dream as the proud owners of the Fairy Tale Cupcakes bakery. But their first big client is a nightmare. She's a bridezilla who wants 500 custom cupcakes for her wedding. When Mel stumbles upon the bride-to-be dead-by-cupcake, she becomes the prime suspect. To save themselves and their business, the women need to find the real murderer, before the cupcake killer ices someone else.
In the small Irish village of Kilbane, Naomi’s Bistro has always been a warm and welcoming spot to visit with neighbors, enjoy some brown bread and tea, and get the local gossip. Siobhán O’Sullivan and her five siblings run the family bistro after the death of their parents in a car crash almost a year ago. It’s been a rough year for the O’Sullivans, but it’s about to get rougher. One morning as they’re opening the bistro, the family discovers a man seated at a table, dressed in a suit as if for his own funeral, with a pair of hot pink barber scissors protruding from his chest.