Top 10 Cozy Mysteries to Read in Fall

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Now that autumn has arrived here (yes, I know it’s only September 4th and Labor Day is coming up but I’ve been ready for Fall since last winter. Anyway, it’s the perfect time to put away those beach books and cozy up with a few cozies, a nice warm blanket, a purring cat or canine companion, and all the hot drinks you could possibly desire. After all, the season, with its early nights and a little nip of cold air in the air, calls for a good deal of serious reading. So, let the to-read list begin!

Peggy Jean Turner Mysteries by Kate Borden

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If you love a good cozy mystery, then the Peggy Jean Turner series is a perfect choice. First, it starts with “Death of a Tart” and then takes a turn, taking place between Thanksgiving and Halloween. This takes place at the beginning of fall. The very unpleasant occurrences of vile crimes, such as homicide and criminal investigation, occurred in the little quaint Connecticut town of Cobb’s Landing, which in book one is giving consideration to revitalizing its colonial beginnings.

The management of the revitalization is under the control of a single mother, who is also a recovering widow and an ex-mayor. The main character is a likable investigator who enjoys solving thought-out, tough riddles. Additionally, the books have life and texture, and provide a feeling of time and location. There are references to seasons, to the many hues and sounds of fall, and to the mundane day-to-day events that comprise a fulfilling existence. After finishing Death of a Tart, you’ll want to immediately start the next book in the series, and after that, the next, and before you know it, you’ll be wishing the series was longer.

From the Amazon description – As mayor of the broke New England town of Cobb’s Landing, Peggy Jean Turner is thrilled with the idea of creating “Colonial Williamsburg in Cobb’s Landing.” All goes swimmingly, until the town tart turns up dead–and Peggy must risk everything to solve the crime.

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Chocolate Chip Cookie Murder by Joanne Fluke

Even before Hallmark (the well-known greeting card company) began the Hannah Swenson series, a young, anonymous author had authored a single, little-known but soon-recognized novella. The Cookie Jar in Minnesota is the only bakery/coffee shop for miles. They provide a steady stream of baked goods and a vibrant environment in a quiet area. In this shop, you will meet Hannah, a frizzy red-headed baker who will have us all in love with her and inspiring us to bake even if we don’t consider ourselves bakers. Hannah didn’t expect her nice social circle of friends and family to become larger, due to some romance and a murder that took place early in the morning. After an evening of lively dinner conversation and succulent steaks, Hannah is in over her head when she starts feeling strange and begins questioning everything she thought she knew about herself. Can she simply get over her need for justice within a short time period? Why don’t you make some cookies and have tea on the porch with a good book?

From the Amazon description –

Discover The Delicious Mystery That Started It All!

No one cooks up a delectable, suspense-filled mystery quite like Hannah Swensen, Joanne Fluke’s dessert-baking, red-haired heroine whose gingersnaps are as tart as her comebacks, and whose penchant for solving crimes–one delicious clue at a time–has made her a bestselling favorite. And it all began on these pages, with a bakery, a murder, and some suddenly scandalous chocolate-chip crunchies. Featuring a bonus short story and brand new, mouthwatering recipes, this new edition of the very first Hannah Swensen mystery is sure to have readers coming back for seconds. . .

Hannah already has her hands full trying to dodge her mother’s attempts to marry her off while running The Cookie Jar, Lake Eden’s most popular bakery. But once Ron LaSalle, the beloved delivery man from the Cozy Cow Dairy, is found murdered behind her bakery with Hannah’s famous Chocolate Chip Crunchies scattered around him, her life just can’t get any worse. Determined not to let her cookies get a bad reputation, she sets out to track down a killer. But if she doesn’t watch her back, Hannah’s sweet life may get burned to a crisp.

“A cleverly plotted cozy full of appealing characters and delicious cookie recipes.” —Publishers Weekly

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Death of a Neighborhood Witch by Laura Levine

Jaine Austen is delightful, hilarious, and self-deprecating, and you’re certain to laugh whenever you talk to her. One casual meeting with Jaine, her psychotic cat named Prozac, her eccentric neighbor Lance, and her erratic mother, who is hooked on QVC, and you’ll chuckle your way through several chapters before you can fall asleep at night. Jaine’s first Halloween also shows this trend. A few scandalous love affairs and some skeletons in the closet will keep you engaged. Jaine is now busy, with a strange old house, a monster mom (Cryptessa) in a Hollywood movie, Jaine at the top of the police department’s most wanted list, and a task force hunting her down all competing for her attention (until she goes back to making up more jingles for her main client, Tolietmasters).

From the Amazon description –

“I’m crazy about Laura Levine’s mystery series. Her books are so outrageously funny.” –Joanne Fluke

When Jaine Austen’s beloved cat Prozac unwittingly scares to death a parakeet belonging to the neighborhood’s resident curmudgeon, Jaine finds herself knee-deep in toil and trouble. The cantankerous Hollywood has-been once played Cryptessa Muldoon, television’s fourth most famous monster mom. Now she spends her days making enemies with everyone on the block. So when the ornery D-lister is murdered with her own Do Not Trespass sign on Halloween night, the neighborhood fills with relief–and possible culprits.

With a killer on the loose, Jaine hardly has time to fall under the spell of her yummy new neighbor, Peter. As the prime suspect, she summons her sleuthing skills to clear her name and soon discovers that everyone has a few skeletons in their closets. . .

“Levine’s latest finds her at her witty and wacky best.” —Kirkus Reviews

“Cozy fans will enjoy seeing how Jaine wiggles out of this one.” —Publishers Weekly

Dead in the Pumpkin Patch by Connie Feddersen

So, this is the end of the series and it’s OK. Believe me, you want to read it out of order. I started the series here too, this past fall. It’s very likely that pumpkins are to blame. Amanda Hazard has worked as a pseudo-detective for a long time. Her husband is the local sheriff, and she’s worked with him since they met. She found another corpse in the pumpkin field. She has an intention to find out who did it. Despite her pregnancy and being under the careful watch of her husband, Thorn, she thinks that the neighborhood Halloween party will be the perfect place to investigate some of the suspects involved in the death of the victim. She’ll have to brave more danger and troubles.

Though it may occasionally harm believability, this comedic, romantic, and self-aware sitcom remains enjoyable. What better time than autumn to join in the pumpkin patch chaos? After you’ve finished, go back to the start of the series to follow Thorn and Hazard’s romance.

From the Amazon description – Getting ready for Halloween, a very pregnant Amanda Hazard draws on her sleuthing skills when she stumbles upon the corpse of Nettie Jarvis, the elderly owner of a local pumpkin farm and the most renowned gossip in town.

Still Life by Louise Penny

Miss out on reading Louise Penny’s mysteries? That would be a tragedy! Her mysteries are essential to all lovers of mystery books. Consider the following: In the quaint town of Three Pines, a tranquil setting in Quebec, the aroma of gourmet meals wafts through the air while a colorful cast of characters becomes intertwined in each other’s lives, along with new snowfall and seasonal transformations. There’s also the mysterious dark abyss of the human psyche. Chief Inspector Armand Gamache and his group of investigators help bring the case to a conclusion by uncovering the facts. This series, which features a dead body in the woods either by accident or revenge, will entertain you every step of the way. The investigation in the little town yields results when Gamache and his team question people in the woods and find the village quiet and tranquil. Penny uses her gift of characterization to make stories captivating and entertaining. When you start with one Penny book and like it, you’ll start with one and soon finish the whole series.

From the Amazon description – Winner of the New Blood Dagger, Arthur Ellis, Barry, Anthony, and Dilys awards.

Chief Inspector Armand Gamache of the Surêté du Québec and his team of investigators are called in to the scene of a suspicious death in a rural village south of Montreal. Jane Neal, a local fixture in the tiny hamlet of Three Pines, just north of the U.S. border, has been found dead in the woods. The locals are certain it’s a tragic hunting accident and nothing more, but Gamache smells something foul in these remote woods, and is soon certain that Jane Neal died at the hands of someone much more sinister than a careless bowhunter.
Still Life introduces not only an engaging series hero in Inspector Gamache, who commands his forces—and this series—with integrity and quiet courage, but also a winning and talented new writer of traditional mysteries in the person of Louise Penny.

Learn more about the author and her other books here –

The Quiche of Death by M.C. Beaton

For those who like their cozy mysteries with a heavy injection of comedy, Agatha Raisin’s novels will do the trick.  While Agatha has moved to a serene Cotswold hamlet, she has regrettably chosen to retire due to moving from the active London public relations industry. But when sharp-tagged Agatha is around, life rarely stays quiet. And her involvement in the local baking contest—in which her entry almost kills the girl who refuses to let her participate—is only one example of how Agatha’s antagonistic, outspoken nature comes into play. To clear her name and arrest a serial killer, Agatha has to go further into her charming little town to form new friendships and bring a killer to justice. We want readers to be interested by a heroine that is strong and somewhat self-aware, and even if Agatha does not initially like her town, we will still grow to like it!

From the Amazon description –

The first book in M. C. Beaton’s New York Times bestselling Agatha Raisin series―now a hit show on Acorn TV and public television.

Putting all her eggs in one basket, Agatha Raisin gives up her successful PR firm, sells her London flat, and settles in for an early retirement in the quiet village of Carsely. But she soon finds her life of leisure isn’t all it’s cracked up to be.

Bored, lonely, and used to getting her way, she enters a local baking contest: Surely a blue ribbon for the best quiche will make her the toast of the town. But her recipe for social advancement sours when the judge, Mr. Cummings-Browne, not only snubs her entry but also falls over dead! After her quiche’s secret ingredient turns out to be poison, she must reveal the unsavory truth. . . .

That is, Agatha has never baked a thing in her life! In fact, she bought her entry ready-made from an upper-crust London quicherie. Grating on the nerves of several Carsely residents, she is soon receiving sinister notes. Has her cheating and meddling landed her in hot water, or are the threats related to the suspicious death? It may mean the difference between egg on her face and a coroner’s tag on her toe. . . .

The Quiche of Death, the first book in this beloved series, is now a Minotaur Signature Edition, complete with a discussion guide and essay by the author.

To learn more about the author and the other books in this series, check out this link –

On What Grounds by Cleo Coyle

Coffeehouse Mysteries, which is one of my favorite series of cozy mysteries to read, continues to thrive. The series follows Clare Cosi and her ex-husband, both of whom work at a coffee shop owned by Clare’s ex-mother-in-law, who has not died (and very active). In spite of their odd connections, everything was going well for Clare in her first novel, coming from her suburban life. The one problem in the operation has always shown up in the past, and it took place this time just after Clare took on her new job. Clare’s suspicions are raised when she meets Mike Quinn, the alluring NYPD detective who’s certain that the murder is nothing out of the ordinary. A gripping tale unfolds in which everything a reader could possibly want can be found: engaging romance, exciting mystery, riveting mischief, delicious cuisine, and a nice hot murder on the side.

From the Amazon description –

The first charming mystery in the New York Times bestselling Coffeehouse Mystery series—where caffeine and crime are always brewing…

Clare Cosi used to manage New York City’s historic Village Blend coffeehouse, until she opted for quieter pastures and a more suburban life. But after ten years away she’s back in action and back to the grind, serving up steaming hot caffeine one cup at a time.

With a sprawling rent-free apartment directly above the coffeehouse, her cat Java by her side, and plenty of redecorating ideas, Clare is thrilled to return to work—until she discovers the assistant manager dead in the back of the store, coffee grounds strewn everywhere.

NYPD Detective Mike Quinn finds no sign of forced entry or foul play and deems the whole thing an accident. But despite the attractive investigator’s certainty, Clare isn’t convinced. Now, if she wants to get to the bottom of things she’ll have to do some sleuthing of her own—before anyone else ends up in hot water…

Includes recipes and coffee-making tips!

To learn more about the author and the other books in this series, check out this link –

The Body in the Library by Agatha Christie

Miss Marple is on every cozy mystery lover’s top-ten list, along with Agatha Christie. Despite her own strange quirkiness, Miss Marple’s years of dealing with the nastiness of humanity (not to mention her experience with what people are willing to do and the foulness that resides within each of us) has equipped her with a great ability to tell the truth from the lies. When her good friends Colonel and Mrs. Bantry come to her with a freshly discovered corpse in their lovely library, t seems like everyone is a suspect. And it’s possible that someone’s involved just for the sake of the pleasure of killing a famous person. Discovering a missing car that contained a second burnt body increases the likelihood of a psychopath wandering the area. Miss Marple thinks the murders started lately, despite the fact that there are many other suspects and motives that don’t match the evidence. Miss Marple is a clever investigator, and she is always in control of the situation, even if she is caught off guard. Library books are off the shelves, doors are closed, and you can start to work.

From the Amazon description –

In this exclusive authorized edition from the Queen of Mystery, the iconic Miss Marple must investigate the case of a girl found dead.

It’s seven in the morning. The Bantrys wake to find the body of a young woman in their library. She is wearing an evening dress and heavy makeup, which is now smeared across her cheeks. But who is she? How did she get there? And what is the connection with another dead girl, whose charred remains are later discovered in an abandoned quarry?

The respectable Bantrys invite Miss Marple into their home to investigate. Amid rumors of scandal, she baits a clever trap to catch a ruthless killer.

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Chef Maurice and a Spot of Truffle by J.A. Lang

I’m heading back to the Cotswolds, where you can enjoy a charming village story full of suspense, a Poirot-esque chef, and a little evil murder. Chef Maurice’s story in the first novel in a planned three-part series starts suitably enough in autumn, with the protagonist having to search for mushrooms due to his trusty supplier (the much hated Ollie Meadows) has gone missing. Chef Maurice, a plump chef and restaurateur, makes the decision to personally deliver the meals himself to prevent future deliveries being missed. In the kitchen, he moves smoothly, despite his culinary desires being just seconds away from fulfillment. After finding a few spectacular truffles at his friend Ollie’s home, Maurice finds he and his long-time friend Arthur have time to search for more truffles in the woods as the other guys at the dinner party enjoy themselves. In general, before you acquire a truffle hound, you will want to get a micro-pig, in some circumstances. Unfortunately, a setback is expected for the truffle business, since the pig is known to uncover more than simply truffles. It’s obvious that the stakes have been increased since there’s a dead body in the woods. Is Maurice going to be able to find the assassin and the missing truffles, saving the gourmet business from its expected crash?

From the Amazon description –

“They say one should never trust a thin chef. By this measure, Chef Maurice was very trustworthy indeed.”

Take one sleepy Cotswold village, mix in one Poirot-esque murder mystery, add a larger-than-life French chef with an appetite for solving crime, and season with clues and red herrings galore . . .

It’s autumn in the Cotswolds, and Chef Maurice is facing a problem of mushrooming proportion.

Not only has his wild herb and mushroom supplier, Ollie Meadows, missed his weekly delivery—he’s missing vital signs too, when he turns up dead in the woods near Beakley village.

Soon, Chef Maurice is up to his nose in some seriously rotten business—complete with threatening notes, a pignapping, and an extremely well-catered stake-out.

Can he solve Ollie’s murder before his home-made investigation brings the killer out for second helpings?

To learn more about the author and the other books in this series, click this link –

Grandma Bertha Solving Murders: The Convenient Cadaver by Matt Ferraz

After reading a cozy mystery, take a moment to enjoy some cuddles with your kitty as the season of comfort sets in. The first book in the Grandma Bertha Solving Mysteries series introduces a unique elderly lady who drinks beer at any time of day and loves horror flicks. This quirky woman must also deal with a very clever killer. Readers in the end get a free-spirited adventure that will make them feel comfy as well as offer them a little pleasure that comes from some daring maneuvers pulled off by a smart protagonist. It all starts with a conversation that’s quickly interrupted by a murder in an alley. It’s just beer, horror movies, and old lace.

From the Amazon description – When Grandma Bertha moved to her son’s place, she brought along three dogs, several cases of beer and many, many horror film DVDs. While her daughter-in-law insists on the idea of sending Grandma Bertha to a retirement home, a dead girl appears near the house, shot three times in the back. Many years ago, Grandma Bertha let a murderer escape for not trusting in her own detective abilities. Now, armed with her wit and wisdom, she decides to solve that crime before the police. Could this crazy dog lady be a threat to a cold-blooded killer? And for how long can the family stand that situation?

To learn more about the author and the rest of the books in this series, click this link –

Well, I hope you added some books to your fall TBR. If you did and you actually read them, I would love to hear what you thought of it. If you have a book to add to this list, let me know.

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