Heard at the Circulation Desk – I think I am coming down with a cold so I am going to stay in with a nice cozy mystery!

A cozy mystery is a genre of mystery novel that has likeable characters, no graphic violence or descriptive sex, and no foul language.  There’s a crime of course but often it has already occurred or it is not described in grisly detail.  The Library has a really excellent Detective and Mystery collection.  Here are a few mystery series that fit the ‘cozy’ category:


 No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency  by: Alexander McCall Smith.

Mma Precious Ramotswe of Gaborone, Botswana has many small cases to pursue with only a few involving crime and even fewer involving violence.  Fifteen in the series to date.


 Molly Murphy  Mysteries  by:  Rhys Bowen.

Irish born Molly Murphy solves mysteries in early 20th century New York.    Fifteen in the series .Winner of Agatha & Anthony Awards.


Maisie Dobbs Novels  by:  Jacqueline Winspear.

Former ladies maid Maisie Dobbs is a private investigator in post WWI England, solving crime amid the profound societal changes of the period. Eleven in the series.


Mary Russell Novels by:  Laurie R. King

History and adventure with Mary Russell and her husband Sherlock Holmes.  Thirteen in the series.



Bess Crawford Mysteries by:  Charles Todd

WWI nurse Bess Crawford solving crime while serving in France.  Seven in the series.



Hannah Swensen Mysteries with recipes by:  Joanne Fluke

Culinary cozy mystery with recipe included.  Five in our collection.



Please recommend your favorite cozy mystery series……



One thought on “Heard at the Circulation Desk – I think I am coming down with a cold so I am going to stay in with a nice cozy mystery!

  1. I enjoy the Agatha Raisin mysteries by M C Beaton when I feel like an escape into the British Cotswolds with a feisty, head-strong, explosive – yet good hearted – sleuth. Her antics can often be LOL funny.

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