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A Look at the Cozy Mystery

Amateur Sleuth
- Cozies almost always feature an amateur sleuth, although this isn’t a rule. Occasionally you’ll find a private eye or a small-town cop as the sleuth. In most cozies though, the sleuth will be a small business owner, a nosy retiree, a local priest, or even an animal. They find themselves curiously drawn into solving crimes that somehow impact their work.

Distinctive Setting
- There is no rule about where a cozy mystery is set, but often times it takes place in a fictional town or city. Small towns and villages where everyone knows their neighbors and all the town gossip allows the author to build a better connection between the characters.

Limited Suspect List
- One very important aspect of the cozy mystery is the limited list of suspects. . Cozies revolve around the relationships of the characters instead of large, unseen groups of people like terrorists, drug cartels, or mafia.

Absolutely No Sex, Profanity, or Violence
- One rule that is absolute in the cozy mystery genre is that there is no sex, no hard-core profanity, and no on-screen violence. In most cases, a dead body is discovered or happened upon. There will never be any gun violence or explosions where dozens of people are murdered in a cozy mystery.

We have compiled a list of excellent cozy mysteries for you to start reading. Take a chance and read a cozy mystery today, you will not be disappointed.

American Cozies

To Have and To Kill by Mary Jane Clark Wish You Were Here by Rita Mae Brown Sprinkle With Murder by Jenn McKinlay
Knit One, Kill Two by Maggie Sefton Death, Taxes, and a French Manicure by Diane Kelly Pies and Prejudice by Ellery Adams

British Cozies

Her Royal Spyness by Rhys Bowen The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie by Alan Bradley Agatha Raisin and the Quiche of Death by MC Beaton
Aunt Dimity's Death by Nancy Atherton Murder at the Vicarage by Agatha Christie The Inspector and Mrs Jeffries by Emily Brightwell