Another Dark and Stormy Night: Ten Cozy Mysteries for the Last Half of 2021

It almost seems impossible, but we are on the cusp of finishing the first half of 2021. And while it’s had more ups and downs than the Elevador Lacerda, the onslaught of genuinely great book releases has remained constant. Perhaps no genre has had a better year than my beloved cozy mystery. Yes, the genre in which an idyllic community is plagued by a series of murders all while its denizens try to get on with their quirky annual shenanigans—like pickle festivals and knit-a-thon fundraisers—feels more popular than ever. So for this week’s Top Ten Tuesday, click on the reading lamp, cozy up on the couch, and enjoy these ten upcoming cozies that should bring your through to 2022.

Be My Ghost
A Haunted Haven Mystery #1
by Carol J. Perry

Goodreads


The Cider Shop Rules
A Cider Shop Mystery #3
by Julie Anne Lindsey

Goodreads


Digging Up Trouble
Sweet Fiction Bookshop #1
by Kitt Crowe

Goodreads


Killer Words
Mystery Bookshop #7
by V.M. Burns

Goodreads


Mango, Mambo, and Murder
A Caribbean Kitchen Mystery #1
by Raquel V. Reyes

Goodreads


The Moonshine Shack Murder
Southern Homebrew Mystery #1
by Diane Kelly

Goodreads


Murder by the Bookend
Antique Bookshop Mystery #2
by Laura Gail Black

Goodreads


Once Upon a Seaside Murder
Beach Reads Mystery #2
by Maggie Blackburn

Goodreads


A Perfect Bind
Beloved Bookroom Mystery #2
by Dorothy St. James

Goodreads


Slashing Through the Snow
Christmas Tree Farm Mystery #3
by Jacqueline Frost

Goodreads


Note: Top Ten Tuesday is a feature hosted by Jana at That Artsy Reader Girl. Be sure to check out her weekly post to find other participants.

40 Comments

  1. Wow, there are so many of these series now! I have enjoyed the Benni Harper quilting ones and really like the Southern Sisters because it’s set in (the other) Birmingham, plus there were some tea shop ones I liked. All US books that don’t travel far so a bit hard to get here, though!

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    1. That’s such a good (and difficult) question! Although I there’s a debate over whether it’s a cozy, the Stephanie Plum series really introduced me to the contemporary genre. I have a soft spot for the Agatha Raisin series. Abby Collette’s Ice Cream Parlor Mysteries are a ton of fun. Everything Laura Jensen Walker writes is great—same with Vivien Chien. But honestly, I like most of what I end up reading! It’s very rare for me to hate one.

      What about you?

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      1. I spent a lot of years avoiding cozies, so I feel like I’m still a noob to this genre. My favorites so far have been Vivien Chien’s Noodle Shop series, Amanda Flowers’ Amish Candy Shop series, and Ellie Alexander’s Sloan Krause series. I haven’t read many of the ones you suggested, so I’m going to get right on that! Thanks for answering my question 🙂

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  2. Okay… what is it about today’s cozy mysteries that publishers think a cartoonishly drawn cover – almost always with a cat or a dog – and a bad pun for the title is what they need? These turn me OFF to be honest.

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    1. There are a ton of great ones out there, so I understand that it’s difficult finding one to start with! My biggest recommendation: find a series that has a hook you really enjoy, whether it’s quilting or baking or whatever, and start with the first one. Even if you don’t love the mystery, you still might enjoy all of the references.

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