Cozy Mysteries are hugely popular for readers right now, and I personally (Carrie) love this genre known for quaint small towns, quirky characters, loyal pets, and amateur sleuths (usually women). Granted, there is a bit of a formula to these books but that’s part of what makes them so charming. (For a great tongue-in-cheek post about this, check out Top Ten Things I’ve Learned From Cozy Mysteries over at I Wish I Lived In a Library!)
When they are set in a bookstore or library, they become even more charming!
Since October is a great month for mysteries, I thought I’d give you the breakdown on some of the best ‘bookish’ cozy mystery series to start with (and some new ones we’re looking forward to).
Might as well go with the most obvious one first, right? ;) This is a brand new series from Kensington and debut cozy author Lauren Elliott. The main character - rare book expert Addison (Addie) Greyborne, has recently moved from Boston back to her quaint New England seaside village hometown where she lives in an inherited Victorian mansion and owns a rare & used bookstore called Beyond the Page. The first installment, Murder By the Book, releases October 30, 2018 with the second book coming up in April 2019 and the third next October. I can’t wait to read this one ASAP!
Tourist Trap Mysteries
Lynn Cahoon’s popular Tourist Trap series is set all around the charming coastal town of South Cove, California, but the heroine Jill Gardner owns a delightful bookstore/coffee shop so a lot of the scenes take place there. This is one of my go-to cozy mystery series, bookish or not, and I’m always eager to get my hands on the next book!
Library Lover’s Mysteries
One can’t talk about bookish cozy mysteries without mentioning Jenn McKinlay’s Library Lover’s Mystery series from the Penguin Group/Berkley. Heroine Lindsey Norris is settling in as library director in her cozy hometown of Briar Creek, Connecticut - which isn’t as sleepy as it first appears!
A cozy mystery list also isn’t complete without the Bibliophile Mysteries from Kate Carlisle, published first by Obsidian and now by Berkley. The latest book in the series - Buried in Books - has a 5 star rating on Amazon with 100 reviews. Brooklyn Wainwright is a skilled surgeon… of books, and her book restoration jobs keep leading to mysteries!
Pen and Ink Mysteries
This new series from Krista Davis & Kensington is so unique! Not only does the heroine manage the Color Me Read bookstore in DC and create coloring books for adults, the book comes with a front & back cover that you yourself can color. The first book released in February 2018 and the new installment will be out in November
Check these out too!
There are so many other great ‘bookish’ cozy mystery series that I should mention. Make sure you add these to your TBR lists as well!
Blue Ridge Library Mysteries by Victoria Gilbert (Crooked Lane Books)
Book Barn Mysteries by Kym Roberts (Lyrical Underground)
Aurora Teagarden Mysteries by Charlaine Harris (MacMillan)
Secrets of Mary’s Bookshop (Guideposts)
Secrets of the Blue Hill Library (Guideposts)
Lighthouse Library Mysteries by Eva Gates (NAL/Crooked Lane)
Sherlock Holmes Bookshop Mysteries by Vicki Delany (Crooked Lane Books)
Magical Bookshop Mysteries by Amanda Flower (Berkley)
Secret, Book, & Scone Society series by Ellery Adams (Kensington)
Do you love cozy mysteries too? What’s your fave series?