Today’s Top Ten Tuesday topic (say that 3 times fast) over at The Broke and the Bookish is “Books I’d Give to Readers Who Have Never Read X”. I chose one of my favorite feel-good genres: the Cozy Mystery.
“Cozy mysteries, also referred to simply as “cozies”, are a subgenre of crime fiction in which sex and violence are downplayed or treated humorously, and the crime and detection take place in a small, socially intimate community.” Thank you Wikipedia. 😉
Cozies always seem to be series, so I’ve listed the first book in 10 of my favorite cozy series:
One For the Money by Janet Evanovich – This first novel in the Stephanie Plum series is darker in tone than most cozies, but the scrappy heroine and hilarious hijinks make it a must read for me.
Chocolate Chip Cookie Murder by Joanne Fluke – There are a plethora of culinary sleuths and Hannah Swensen is one of my favorite.
The Quiche of Death by M. C. Beaton – Agatha Raisin is an anti-heroine that I can’t help but love.
Death at Wentwater Court by Carola Dunn – The Daisy Dalrymple series is perfect for Downton Abbey fans!
The Tale of Hill Top Farm by Susan Wittig Albert – This series features Beatrix Potter as the amateur sleuth, weaving real events from her life with animal stories to create a unique cozy experience.
Anything Goes by Jill Churchill – The Grace and Favor series is well researched, combining a history lesson on 1930s Americana with a fun cozy mystery.
The Unexpected Mrs. Pollifax by Dorothy Gilman – This series successfully combines a traditional cozy heroine, Emily Pollifax, with the fast paced world of espionage.
The Murder at the Vicarage by Agatha Christie – Miss Marple is the consummate female amateur sleuth. A must read!
The Mysterious Affair at Styles by Agatha Christie – Hercule Poirot is the only professional detective on the list and one of my favorite literary characters!