Cozy Mysteries by Theme

Cozy mysteries are fun! They concentrate on the mystery rather than gore or suspense, and are often light-hearted or funny. Many modern ones have some sort of theme, often a hobby or interest, which add a little non-mysterious subject matter of interest to the reader. Below are cozy mystery writers organized by theme.

 

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ACTOR SLEUTH
Stefanie Matteson: Charlotte Graham Mysteries. Find books!

 

ALASKA
Sue Henry: Maxie McNabb Mysteries. Find books!

 

ANCIENT ROME
Lindsey Davis. Find books!

 

ANGELS
Mignon Franklin Ballard: Augusta Goodnight Mysteries (yup, she’s an angel.). Find books!

 

ANIMALS OTHER THAN EXCLUSIVELY CATS OR DOGS
Lydia Adamson: Dierdre Quinn Nightingale Mysteries (vet). Find books!
Donna Andrews: Meg Langslow Mysteries (birds). Find books!
Deb Baker: Beekeeper Mysteries. Find books!
Cynthia Baxter: Reigning Cats & Dogs Mysteries. Find books!
Christine Goff: Birdwatcher’s Mysteries. Find books!
Jessica Speart: Rachel Porter Mysteries. Find books!
Karen Ann Wilson: Samantha Holt Mysteries (vet). Find books!

 

ANTIQUES
Ann Campbell: Annie O’Hara & Claudius Mysteries. Find books!
Tamar Myers: Den of Antiquity Mysteries. Find books!
Lea Wait: Antique Print Mysteries. Find books!

 

ARCHAEOLOGY
Elizabeth Peters: Amelia Peabody Mysteries. Find books!

 

ART
Heron Carvic & Hamilton Crane: Miss Seeton Mysteries (retired art teacher). Find books!
Aaron Elkins: Chris Norgren Mysteries. Find books!
Sharon Pape: Portrait of Crime mysteries.Find books!
Elizabeth Peters: Vicky Bliss Mysteries (art historian). Find books!

 

B & B’s
Jill Churchill: Grace & Favor Mysteries. Find books!
Mary Daheim: Bed-and-Breakfast Mysteries. Find books!
Jean Hager: Iris House B&B Mysteries. Find books!
Tamar Myers: Pennsylvania Dutch Mysteries. Find books!
Tim Myers: Lighthouse Inn Mysteries. Find books!

 

BEADING
Barbara Burnett Smith: Kitzi Camden Mysteries. Find books!

 

BEAUTY
Sarah Strohmeyer: Bubbles Yablonsky Mysteries (although she’s actually a reporter). Find books!

 

BOOKS (SEE ALSO: LITERATURE)
Lorna Barrett: Booktown Mysteries. Find books!
Ali Brandon: Black Cat Bookshop Mysteries. Find books!
Kate Carlisle: Bibliophile Mysteries. Find books!
Erika Chase: Ashton Corners Book Club Mysteries. Find books!
Carolyn Hart: Annie Laurance & Max Darling Mysteries (bookstore owners). Find books!
Joan Hess: Claire Malloy Mysteries (bookstore owner). Find books!
Miranda James: Cat in the Stacks Mysteries. Find books!
Kathryn Lasky Knight: Calista Jacobs Mysteries (children’s book illustrator). Find books!
Frances & Richard Lockridge: Mr. & Mrs. North Mysteries (publisher). Find books!
D.R. Meredith: Book Club Mysteries Find books!
Elizabeth Peters: Jacqueline Kirby Mysteries (librarian & romance author) Find books!
Livia J. Washburn: [Literary Travel Agency] Mysteries. Find books!

 

BOUNTY HUNTER
Janet Evanovich: Stephanie Plum Mysteries. Find books!

 

BURGLAR DETECTIVE
Lawrence Block: The Burglar Who Mysteries. Find books!

 

CANDLEMAKING
Tim Myers: Candlemaking Mysteries. Find books!

 

CATS
Lydia Adamson: Alice Nestleton Mysteries. Find books!
Marian Babson: Perkins & Tate Mysteries. Find books!
Cynthia Baxter: Reigning Cats & Dogs Mysteries. Find books!
Lilian Jackson Braun: Cat Who Mysteries. Find books!
Carole Nelson Douglas: Midnight Louie Mysteries. Find books!
Rebecca M. Hale: Cats and Curios Mysteries. Find books!
Leann Sweeney: Cats in Trouble Mysteries. Find books!

 

CHEMISTRY
Camille Minichino: Periodic Table/Gloria Lamerino Mysteries. Find books!

 

COMPUTERS
Donna Andrews: Turing Hopper Mysteries. Find books!
Sally Chapman: Silicon Valley Mysteries. Find books!

 

COOKING/FOOD
Avery Aames: Cheese Shop Mysteries. Find books!
Riley Adams: Memphis Barbecue Mysteries. Find books!
Susan Wittig Albert: China Bayles Mysteries (Herbs). Find books!
Connie Archer: Soup Lover’s Mysteries. Find books!
Claudia Bishop: Hemlock Falls Mysteries. Find books!
Lucy Burdette: Key West Food Critic Mysteries. Find books!
Joanna Carl: Chocoholic Mystery Series & Hannah Swensen Mysteries. Find books!
Laura Childs: Tea Shop Mysteries. Find books!
Peg Cochran: Gourmet De-Lite Mysteries. Find books!
Cleo Coyle: Coffeehouse Mysteries. Find books!
Isis Crawford. Bernie and Libby Culinary Mysteries. Find books!
Diane Mott Davidson: The Goldy Bear Culinary Mysteries. Find books!
Krista Davis: Domestic Diva Mysteries. Find books!
Jerrilyn Farmer: Madeline Bean Catering Mysteries. Find books!
Lee Hollis: Hayley Powell Food and Cocktails Mysteries. Find books!
Julie Hyzy: White House Chef Mysteries. Find books!
Cathie John: Journals of Kate Cavanaugh. Find books!
Tamar Myers: Pennsylvania Dutch Mysteries. Find books!
Joanne Pence: Angie Amalfi Mysteries. Find books!
Nancy Pickard: Eugenia Potter Mysteries. Find books!
Phyllis Richman: Chas Wheatley Mysteries. Find books!
Paige Shelton: Farmers’ Market Mysteries. Also: Country Cooking School Mysteries (with recipes). Find books!
Lou Jane Temple: Heaven Lee Culinary Mysteries. Find books!
Livia J. Washburn: Fresh Baked Mysteries. Find books!
Wendy Watson: Ice Cream Mysteries. Find books!
Melinda Wells: Della Cooks Mysteries. Find books!

 

CRAFTS, OTHER
Elizabeth Bright: Card-Making Mysteries. Find books!

 

CROSSWORDS
Nero Blanc: Crossword Mysteries. Find books!

 

DANCE
Natalie M. Roberts: Jenny T. Partridge Dance Mysteries. Find books!

 

DEAF SLEUTH
Penny Warner: Connor Westphal Mysteries. Find books!

 

DECORATING
Dorothy Cannell: Ellie Haskell Mysteries. Find books!
Paula Carter: Mysteries by Design. Find books!
Jill Churchill: Jane Jeffry Mysteries. Find books!
Denise Osborne: Feng Shui Mysteries. Find books!

 

DOGS
Cynthia Baxter: Reigning Cats & Dogs Mysteries. Find books!
Laurien Berenson: Melanie Travis Mysteries. Find books!
Ann Campbell: Annie O’Hare & Claudius Mysteries. Find books!
Melissa Cleary: Jackie Walsh Mysteries. Find books!
Susan Conant: Rowdy and Kimi Mysteries. Find books!
Sue Henry: Maxie and Stretch Mysteries. Find books!
Leslie O’Kane: Allie Babcock Mysteries. Find books!

 

FASHION
Laura Bradley: Hair-Raising Mysteries. Find books!
Ellen Byerrum: Crime of Fashion Mysteries. Find books!
Nancy J. Cohen: Bad Hair Day Mysteries. Find books!
Meg London: Sweet Nothings Lingerie Mysteries. Find books!

 

FISHING
Victoria Houston: Loon Lake Fishing Mysteries. Find books!
David Leitz: Max Addams Fly-Fishing Mysteries. Find books!

 

FLORISTS & FLOWERS
Kate Collins: Flower Shop Mysteries. Find books!

 

GARDENING
Mary Freeman: Gardening Mysteries. Find books!
Janis Harrison: Bretta Solomon Mysteries. Find books!
Ann Ripley: Gardening Mysteries. Find books!

 

GENEALOGY
Rett MacPherson: Torie O’Shea Mysteries. Find books!

 

GOLF
Charlotte & Aaron Elkins: Lee Ofsted Mysteries. Find books!
Roberta Isleib: Golf Lover’s Mysteries. Find books!
Lee Tyler: Golf Mysteries. Find books!

 

GUNS
Gerald Hammond: Keith Calder Mysteries (gunsmith). Find books!

 

HISTORICAL NOT OTHERWISE CATALOGUED
Sandra Scoppettone: Faye Quick Mysteris: (1940s NYC). Find books!
Victoria Thompson: Sarah Brandt Mysteries (1890s NYC: midwife). Find books!
Jacquelin Winspear: Maisie Dobbs (1920s London: psychologist). Find books!

 

HOME REPAIR
Jill Churchill: Jane Jeffry Mysteries. Find books!
Sarah Graves: Home Repair Is Homicide Mysteries. Find books!

 

HOUSE CLEANING
Suzanne Price: Grime Solvers Mysteries. Find books!

 

JOURNALISM
Hannah Dennison: Vicky Hill Mysteries (obituary writer). Find books!
Carola Dunn: Daisy Dalrymple Mysteries. Find books!
Sarah Strohmeyer: Bubbles Yablonsky Mysteries. Find books!
Roberta Isleib: Advice Column Mysteries. Find books!
Karen E. Olson: Annie Seymour Mysteries. Find books!

 

KARMA
Claire Daniels: Karma Crime Mysteries. Find books!

 

KNITTING & CROCHET
Betty Hechtman: Crochet Mysteries. Find books!
Maggie Sefton: Knitting Mysteries. Find books!

 

LICENSE PLATES
April Henry: Claire Montrose Mysteries. (Northwest)Find books!

 

LITERARY CHARACTERS
Stephanie Barron: Jane Austen Mysteries. Find books!
Carrie Bebris: Mr. & Mrs. Darcy Mysteries. Find books!

 

LITERATURE
Carolyn Hart: Death on Demand Mysteries (bookstore owners). Find books!
Evan Marshall: Marshall, Evan, Jane Stuart and Winky Mysteries. Find books!
Marlys Millhiser: Charlie Green, Literary Agent Mysteries. Find books!
Noreen Wald: Ghostwriter Mysteries. Find books!

 

LITTLE OLD LADIES
Hernon Carvic: Miss Seeton Mysteries. Find books!
Agatha Christie: Miss Marple Mysteries. Find books!

 

LIVESTOCKHannah Reed: Queen Bee Mysteries (Beekeeping)

 

MAID SLEUTH
Jeanne M. Dams: Hilda Johansson Mysteries. Find books!
Charlaine Harris: Lily Bard Mysteries. Find books!
Susan S. James: Flip Paxton Mysteries. Find books!

 

MATH
Ada Madison: Professor Sophie Knowles mysteries.Find books!

 

MECHANIC
Barbara Seranella: Munch Mancini Mysteries.Find books!

 

MEDIEVAL
Alys Clare: Hawkenlye Medieval Mysteries. Find books!
Sara Conway: Lord Godwin Medieval Mysteries. Find books!
P. C. Doherty: Hugh Corbett Medieval Mysteries. Find books!
Margaret Frazer: Dame Frevisse Medieval Mysteries. Find books!
Michael Jecks. Find books!
Viviane Moore: Chevalier Galeran Medieval Mysteries. Find books!
Ian Morson: William Falconer Medieval Mysteries. Find books!
Sharan Newman: Catherine LeVendeur Mysteries. Find books!
Sharon Kay Penman. Find books!
Ellis Peters: Brother Cadfael Mysteries. Find books!
Candace Robb. Find books!
Kate Sedley. Find books!
Joan Wolf: Medieval Mysteries. Find books!

 

MOTHERS
Leslie Meier: Lucy Stone Mysteries. Find books!
Ayelet Waldman: Mommy-Track Mysteries. Find books!
James Yaffe: Mom Mysteries. [One of my old college professors, believe it or not!] Find books!

 

MUSEUMS
Sheila Connolly: Museum Mysteries. Find books!
Earlene Fowler: Benni Harper Mysteries. Find books!

 

MUSIC
Sara Hoskinson Frommer: Joan Spencer Mysteries. Find books!

 

NEEDLEWORK
Monica Ferris: Needlecraft Mysteries. Find books!

 

ORGANIZER, PROFESSIONAL
Mary Jane Maffini: Charlotte Adams Mysteries. Find books!
Sara Rosett: Ellie Avery Mysteries (she’s also a mom). Find books!

 

PARANORMAL
Nancy Atherton: Aunt Dimity Mysteries (ghost detective). Find books!
Lorraine Bartlett: Paranormal Mysteries. Find books!
E. J. Copperman: Haunted Guesthouse Mysteries. Find books!
Charlaine Harris: Southern Vampire Mysteries. Find books!

 

PARTY PLANNING
Penny Warner: Presley Parker Party-Planning Mystery with Tips. Find books!

 

PLANTS
Nathan Walpow: Joe Portugal Mysteries. Find books!

 

PSYCHICS
Victoria Laurie: Psychic Eye Mysteries. Find books!

 

PUZZLES
Parnell Hall: Puzzle Lady Mysteries. Find books!

 

QUILTING
Elizabeth Craig: Southern Quilting Mysteries. Find books!
Earlene Fowler: Benni Harper Mysteries. Find books!

 

RECOVERY/ADDICTION
Elizabeth Zelvin: Bruce Kohler Mysteries (recovering alcoholic). Find books!

 

REGENCY
Ashley Gardner: Mysteries of Regency England. Find books!
Dawn Aldridge Poore: Miss Sydney Regency Mysteries. Find books!
Joan Smith: Regency Romantic Mysteries. Find books!

 

RELIGION
Terence Faherty: Owen Keane Mysteries. Find books!
Margaret Frazer: Sister Frevisse Mysteries. Find books!
Ralph McInery: Father Dowling Mysteries. Find books!
Sister Carol Anne O’Marie: Sister Mary Helen Mysteries. Find books!
Ellis Peters: Brother Cadfael Mysteries. Find books!
Emilie Richards: Ministry is Murder Mysteries. Find books!
Winona Sullivan: Sister Cecile Mysteries. Find books!
Peter Tremayne: Sister Fidelma Mysteries. Find books!

 

SCRAPBOOKING
Laura Childs: Scrapbooking Mysteries. Find books!
Terri Thayer: Stamping Sisters Mysteries. Find books!

 

SENIORS
Although old sleuths are not a new thing, these series deal with the theme of aging (usually humorously).
Sherry Lewis: Featuring Senior Sleuth Fred Vickery. Find books!

 

SEWING
See also: Quilting, Knitting, Needlework
Elizabeth Lynn Casey: Southern Sewing Circle Mysteries. Find books!
Melissa Bourbon: Magical Dressmaking Mysteries. Find books!

 

SHOPPPING
Elaine Viets: Josie Marcus Mystery Shopper Mysteries. Find books!

 

SKATING
Alina Adams: Figure Skating Mysteries. Find books!

 

SMALL TOWN
Denise Swanson: Scrumble River Mysteries. Find books!

 

THE SOUTH
Anne George: Southern Sisters Mysteries. Find books!
Mary Saums: Thistle and Twigg Mysteries. Find books!
Patricia Sprinkle: Thoroughly Southern Mysteries. Find books!

 

TATTOO
Karen E. Olson. Tattoo Shop Mysteries. Find books!

 

TEACHING
Linda French: Professor Teodora Morelli Mysteries. Find books!

 

TELEVISION
Al Roker & Dick Lochte: [TV host] Mysteries. Find books!
Louise Shaffer: Daytime Crime Mysteries. Find books!

 

TRAVEL
Gar Anthony Haywood: Joe and Dottie Loudermilk Mysteries (retired & travelling). Find books!
Maddy Hunter: Passport to Murder Mysteries (tour guide). Find books!

 

VICTORIAN
Emily Brightwell: Victorian Mysteries. Find books!
Robin Paige: Victorian Mysteries. Find books!
Sally Spencer & Alan Rustage: Victorian Mysteries. Find books!

 

WEDDINGS
Deborah Donnelly. Find books!