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So, you claim to be a cat lover. And, even more so, you like your cozy mysteries with felines, and it’s not simply a cat purring next you as you read your cozies.
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You should include a cat (or two or three!) in your cozy mysteries. Here is a collection of novels that could be of interest to you, the cozy-cat enthusiast.
Cheese Shop Mystery (7 book series)
by Avery Aames
Winner of the Agatha Award for Best First Novel.
A Cheese Shop Mystery is the first book in the series.
Welcome to Fromagerie Bessette’s grand opening. Or, as the locals of small-town Providence, Ohio refer to it, “the Cheese Shop.” Charlotte Bessette, the proprietor, has prepared a delectable tasting of robust Cabot Clothbound Cheddar, delectable Stilton and Mascarpone tortes, and a sip of Sauvignon Blanc—but someone else has chosen to make a little crime of passion the pièce de résistance. Charlotte discovers a corpse outside her business, the victim having been stabbed to death with one of her beloved olive-wood handled knives.
Alice Nestleton Mystery (7 book series)
This Christmas, Alice will find that cat-sitting may be murderous in the newest Alice Nestleton Mystery…
Off-Off Actress-turned-sleuth on Broadway Alice Nestleton adores cats, especially her Maine coon cat Bushy and her wacky alleycat Pancho. She’s now looking forward to a tranquil Christmas cat-sitting at a huge Long Island home, where she’ll be welcomed by eight roaring Himalayans.
Instead, she finds herself face to face with a mutilated body. Alice has unintentionally been embroiled in a dangerous plot involving high-stakes horse racing, diabolical seduction, and missing funds. She knows she’ll have to rely on her cat’s sharp senses and nine lives, for her own curiosity has brought her dangerously close to death.
A Booktown Mystery (16 book series)
Stoneham, New Hampshire’s streets are lined with bookstores…and with murder.
Tricia Miles, a city slicker, found nothing but warm smiles when she went to Stoneham. And she ran across friendly competition when she started her mystery bookshop. However, the mood appears more cutthroat than amicable when she discovers Doris Gleason dead in her own cookbook business, slain with a carving knife. Someone coveted Doris’s rare cookbook, which she had just acquired, and the townspeople believe that someone is Tricia. Tricia will have to take a leaf from one of her own mysteries and track down someone who isn’t murdering by the book in order to clear her identity.
Lucky Paws Petsitting Mystery (6 book series)
In “a doggone entertaining read,” a pet sitter attempts to figure out who whacked a womanizer with the assistance of a basset hound and a Chihuahua (Cleo Coyle, New York Times-bestselling author of the Coffeehouse Mysteries).
Daphne Templeton, a pet sitter in the Pocono Mountains, has a soft place for every stray and misfit that stumbles into the beautiful lakeside community of Sylvan Creek. Even Daphne despises Steve Beamus, the controversial proprietor of Blue Ribbon K-9 Academy, who is egotistical and womanizing. When Steve is found dead at a dog agility competition, Daphne, like the police, can come up with a huge range of suspects. Unfortunately, Daphne’s sister, Piper—newest Steve’s mistreated girlfriend—is at the top of the list.
Despite accumulating evidence to the contrary, Daphne is determined to clear Piper’s name—and to locate Axis, Steve’s prize-winning chocolate Labrador, who went missing the night of Steve’s murder. Daphne, aided by Socrates, her quiet basset hound, and Artie, a hyperactive one-eared Chihuahua, rapidly falls afoul of Detective Jonathan Black, a gorgeous and mysterious newcomer to town who has no patience for Daphne’s unconventional investigation.
Will a free-spirited pet caretaker, armed only with a Ph.D. in philosophy and her two incompatible dogs, be able to track out the true murderer before becoming the next victim?
Recipes for handmade dog treats are included!
A Black Cat Bookshop Mystery (6 book series)
by Ali Brandon
Darla Pettistone suddenly inherited her Great-Aunt Dee’s Brooklyn bookshop and relocated to New York. She had no idea that the store’s mascot, Hamlet, an enormous black cat with a personality to match, was also included in the package. And he could be more trouble than Darla anticipated…
Darla Pettistone is eager to show herself a suitable successor to her late great-aunt Dee as the new owner of Pettistone’s Fine Books…
Hamlet, the smarter-than-thou cat she acquired with the business, was similarly keen to outsmart her.
Darla’s first shop event is a huge success: the hottest bestselling author of the time is conducting a signing there, drawing thousands of admirers and a few dissenters. But when the author dies unexpectedly at the event, even if it’s deemed an accident, it’s not good for business…until Hamlet unearths a clue that suggests otherwise. Darla is now worried that a murderer is lurking nearby… Can Hamlet, who is intervening, point the paw at the perpetrator without losing one of his nine lives?
Cat Who. (29 book series)
THE BELOVED NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLING CAT WHO SERIES BEGINS HERE!
Many people are unfamiliar with the realm of contemporary art. When Jim Qwilleran’s job for The Daily Fluxion takes him down the road to murder, it becomes a mystery of a different type.
When Qwilleran turns his reporting skills to art, he does not anticipate a stabbing in an art museum, destroyed artworks, or a tragic fall from a scaffolding. But Qwilleran and his new companion, Koko the smart Siamese cat, are in their element, sniffing out clues and perplexing crooks bent on mayhem and death.
This gripping first installment in the Cat Who series is the ideal cozy mystery for cat lovers to get their sleuthing on!
Mrs. Murphy (30 book series)
Mrs. Murphy’s human companion, Mary Minor “Harry” Haristeen, may perish as a result of her curiosity. Small communities are like family in that everyone lives near by…and everyone has secrets. Crozet, Virginia, seems to be a normal tiny town—until its secrets erupt in murder. Mary Minor “Harry” Haristeen, Crozet’s thirty-something postmistress, owns a tiger cat (Mrs. Murphy) and a Welsh Corgi (Tucker), is divorcing, and has a horrible habit of reading postcards that aren’t intended to her. When the residents of Crozet begin to be slaughtered, Harry recalls that each of them was given a card with a gravestone on the front and the inscription “Wish you were here” on the reverse. Mrs. Murphy and Tucker begin sniffing out clues to defend their human acquaintance. Meanwhile, Harry is doing her own inquiry, completely oblivious to the fact that her dogs are a step ahead of her. If only Mrs. Murphy could inform her in some way, Harry may be able to discover the murderer before the murder—and before she ends up on the killer’s mailing list.
Key West Food Critic (11 book series)
Hayley Snow’s life has always been centered on food. However, when she applies to work as a food critic for a Key West fashion magazine, she learns that her new employer will be Kristen Faulkner, the woman Hayley found in bed with her boyfriend! Hayley feels things can’t get much worse—until she’s arrested as a suspect in Kristen’s murder. Kristen was slain by a key lime pie that had been poisoned. Hayley now has to find out who used meringue to kill before she bears full responsibility.
A Fat Cat Mystery (3 book series)
Charity “Chase” Oliver is chasing after her cat, Quincy, a tubby tabby with a knack for sniffing out delicacies, when she’s not conjuring up delectable dessert bars for her Minneapolis treatery, Bar None. But what happens when this feline burglar takes Chase to a genuine crime scene?
Quincy, Chase’s lovely plus-size cat, is available for adoption. His new veterinarian has advised him to “go on a diet,” which means no more cherry cheesecake bars. He’ll only eat low-calorie kibble from now on. But all it takes is one taste of the substance to send him on a quest for greater things. After her terrible run-in with underhanded business competitor Gabe Naughtly, Chase doesn’t need Quincy’s retreat.
Chase finds Quincy in a neighbor’s kitchen, where he’s eating a meatloaf while oblivious to the far more severe crime he’s discovered. Gabe’s body is found on the kitchen floor, and Chase is named the first suspect after being located at the crime scene. She’ll have to find the true murderer with a little assistance from her friends—both human and feline—or she’ll end up behind bars that aren’t so sweet.
There are recipes for both humans and cats!
A Bookmobile Cat Mystery (10 book series)
by Laurie Cass
Minnie Hamilton, a librarian in the resort town of Chilson, Michigan, is operating a bookmobile with the aid of her rescue cat, Eddie. But she’d best maintain both hands on the steering wheel since the road ahead is likely to be rocky…
Minnie’s fuzzy little shadow followed her home one day, and she can’t seem to get rid of it. Despite her best attempts to keep her new friend contained, the tabby escapes and follows her all the way to the bookmobile’s first trip. Her slinky stowaway transforms into her cat co-pilot before she realizes it!
Minnie and Eddie’s first day of visiting readers throughout the county seems to be uneventful until Eddie dashes outside at the last destination and takes her to the corpse of a local man who has reached the end of his story.
Minnie is willing to give up the case to the cops at first, but Eddie smells a rat. They’ll work together to locate the murderer, since a good librarian can always tell when justice is long overdue.
There you have them. 10 cozy mystery series for cat lovers. Don’t despair, dog fans. I’ll be posting another list featuring dogs. Maybe, I’ll even do a series devoted to my favorite dog.
Have you read any of the series listed? What is your favorite feline companion? Let me know.
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