The cold, dark days of winter are the perfect time to dive into the wonderful world of “cozy” mysteries. Cozy mysteries, also referred to 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. If you’re new to this subgenre here are some authors to get you hooked.
Alan Bradley is the author of a series of mysteries with the wonderful 11 year old protagonist Flavia de Luce described by some as “a combination of Eloise and Sherlock Holmes.”
Louise Penny is the writer of 12 (and counting) Chief Inspector Gamache mysteries. The first in the series is Still Life, but feel free to jump around as each of these novels will stand on its own.
Alexander McCall Smith has several cozy mystery series to his name, but his first, and my favorite, is the No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency led by Botswana’s premier lady detective, Mma Precious Ramotswe and her loyal associate Grace Makutsi.