Nearing the end of the first half of the year, here is a list of the 15 most anticipated cozy mysteries coming out between July and December.
For cozy mystery fans, what should they anticipate for the remainder of 2022? From a retired woman who is member of a small town true crime club to a young woman who uses her Instagram following to solve a murder connected to her great-bakery, aunt’s amateur detectives come in all shapes and sizes. Here you may discover the beginnings of many different series, as well as the subsequent installments of established series (including an anthology retelling of perhaps the best-known amateur sleuth, Miss Marple, releasing this fall).
The environments might be very different from one another. You may satisfy your inner armchair detective with mysteries set in a variety of different locations, from a 20th-century hotel to an antique shop in Hollywood.
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DEATH BY BUBBLE TEA (LA NIGHT MARKET #1)
BY JENNIFER J. CHOW
With her father’s support, Yale Yee and her cousin Celine from Hong Kong hesitantly open a food stand together. When one of their customers is murdered, however, Yale and Celine’s bubble tea becomes a prime suspect and the two of them must work together to clear their names.
A KILLING IN COSTUMES (HOLLYWOOD TREASURES #1)
BY ZAC BISSONNETTE
In Palm Springs, California, Jay Allan and Cindy Cooper, who used to be on TV together, are now business partners who manage an antiques shop dedicated to the entertainment industry. Silver screen legend Yana Tosh, who is now 90 years old, has placed Jay and Cindy’s company in the running to sell her collection of historic costumes. When their main rival is found dead, however, they must establish their innocence to preserve their names and their company.
AN UNFORTUNATE CHRISTMAS MURDER (DINNER LADY DETECTIVES #2)
BY HANNAH HENDY
Margery, the kitchen manager, and her wife, Clementine, hope anxiously that their daughter’s impending Christmas concert at the secondary school would go off without a hitch. When a music teacher is killed and Mrs. Smith, the town’s resident theater instructor, is suspected of the crime, Margery and Clementine, better known as the Dinner Lady Detectives, must put on their detective caps to find the truth.
TWO PARTS SUGAR, ONE PART MURDER (BAKER STREET MYSTERIES #1)
BY VALERIE BURNS
In the wake of her fiancé’s live-streamed altar breakup and a shocking bequest, social media celebrity Maddy Montgomery relocates to her late aunt Octavia’s Michigan house to continue running the bakery she inherited from her. Maddy will get the remainder of her fortune as per the terms of the will if she is successful in running the bakery for at least a year.
But when the mayor is found stabbed with a weapon bearing her fingerprints, Maddy must look into the matter inside the little community in order to exonerate herself.
MURDER OUT OF CHARACTER (PEACH COAST LIBRARY #2)
BY OLIVIA MATTHEWS
Marvey Harris, a librarian, is terrified to see the name of her close friend and newspaper owner Spencer Holt on a mystery list of individuals, one of whom was just discovered dead under questionable circumstances. After warning Spencer of the risk, the two of them team together to apprehend the list’s originator before anybody else is hurt.
MARPLE: TWELVE NEW MYSTERIES
BY AGATHA CHRISTIE ET AL
The cozy mystery genre may trace its roots back to Agatha Christie’s Miss Marple novels. Featuring fresh cases involving the legendary detective, this forthcoming short story collection has contributions from 12 modern mystery writers.
Naomi Alderman, Leigh Bardugo, Alysa Cole, Lucy Foley, Elly Griffiths, Natalie Haynes, Jean Kwok, Val McDermid, Karen M. McManus, Dreda Say Mitchell, Kate Moss, and Ruth Ware are among the contributors.
GONE FOR GOUDA (CHEESE SHOP MYSTERIES #2)
BY KORINA MOSS
Willa Bauer, a cheesemonger in the Sonoma Valley area, has opened a new shop, and business is picking up just in time for the Yarrow Glen harvest festival. The food blogger Phoebe Winston is there, so they must be doing something well. When Phoebe is murdered, however, and Archie, who works at a cheese store, is falsely accused of the murder, it is up to Willa to vindicate his identity.
BLACKMAIL AND BIBINGKA (TITA ROSIE’S KITCHEN #3)
BY MIA P. MANANSALA
Lila Macapagal, proprietor of The Brew-ha Cafe and amateur sleuth, does not trust her cousin Ronnie when he returns home after 15 years of separation. And now that Ronnie’s been accused of murder, Lila believes that her fears about his being a troublemaker were well-founded. Still, Lila feels she must look into it for the sake of her loved ones, despite her reservations.
SOUL OF A KILLER (BOOKS & BISCUITS #2)
BY ABBY COLLETTE
Keaton and Koby, fraternal twins who were separated at birth but later reunited, own a bookshop and soul food café in the small hamlet of Timber Lake in the Pacific Northwest. When Mama Zola, Koby’s foster mother, arrives to town, she and Pete, Koby’s foster father’s friend and coworker at the bookshop, become prime suspects in the death of a person with whom they had previously clashed. Keaton and Koby must utilize their investigative abilities to identify the true murderer.
THE SOCIALITE’S GUIDE TO MURDER (PINNACLE HOTEL #1)
BY S.K. GOLDEN
Evelyn Elizabeth Grace Murphy suffers from agoraphobia, which is linked to her traumatic childhood experience of finding her mother’s body. Since her father owns The Pinnacle hotel, she spends much of her time there. Movie star Henry Fox is wrongly accused of stealing artwork from an artist who was giving a party at The Pinnacle; Evelyn must work with hotel employee Mac Cooper to clear Fox’s name.
CALYPSO, CORPSES, AND COOKING (CARIBBEAN KITCHEN MYSTERIES #2)
BY RAQUEL REYES
Miriam Quiones-Smith, a culinary anthropologist and TV celebrity, is shocked to find a dead corpse in her front yard in the sequel of this Lefty Award-winning series. A short time later, the head chef of a nearby country club is discovered dead, apparently as a result of an altercation with his sous cook. To prevent more harm, Miriam must find the perpetrator quickly.
A TRACE OF POISON (PHYLLIDA BRIGHT #2)
BY COLLEEN CAMBRIDGE
This is the second novel in a series about Agatha Christie’s housekeeper Phyllida Bright, who has a flair for detecting murders. Phyllida must solve the murder of a local resident who was poisoned just before a charity event hosted by famous mystery authors.
PHOTO FINISHED (SNAPSHOT OF NYC #1)
BY CHRISTEN BRECHER
Liv Spyers goes to New York City to pursue her passion for photography while also helping out at her grandparents’ key store. Liz’s career seems to be taking off when she is invited to shoot alongside events photographer Regina Montague at the glitzy Holiday Debutante Ball.
Charlie Archibald, a millionaire, is found dead at night. When Regina is falsely convicted of a crime, Liv must use her sleuthing skills and attention to detail to exonerate her.
DEATH COMES TO MARLOW (MARLOW MURDER CLUB #2)
BY ROBERT THOROGOOD
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The Marlow Murder Club is comprised of Judith, Suzie, and Becks, three amateur detectives in a sleepy English town. After the body of a local groom-to-be is discovered only days before the wedding, Judith is convinced that foul play is at play and calls a club meeting to discuss the matter.
VINYL RESTING PLACE (RECORD SHOP MYSTERIES #1)
BY OLIVIA BLACKE
Juni Jessop, together with her sisters Tansy and Maggie, own and operate a record store and coffee shop in Cedar Springs, Texas, under the name Sip & Spin Records. She and her sisters must band together to apprehend the true perpetrator after a murder occurs near their store and their uncle is wrongfully accused of the crime.
So, cozy mystery fans, mark your calendars for the rest of 2022 because it is going to be a great year for whodunits. From new authors and series to continuations of fan favorites, there is something for everyone. Will you check any of these out? Which ones? Let me know in the comments below. In the meantime, I’m going to go back to my TBR pile and see if I can’t find a few more books to add!