Escape into Cozy Mysteries: A Guide to the Best Series for March Reading

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Cozy mysteries are a popular genre among readers who enjoy puzzles, charming settings, and relatable characters. If you’re a fan of cozy mysteries, you’re likely already familiar with the Murder, She Wrote series by Jessica Fletcher. In March, I’m planning to read Brandy & Bullets, Martinis & Mayhem, A Deadly Judgement, and A Palette for Murder, all from this beloved series.

But if you’re looking for some other cozy mystery series to add to your reading list, here are some recommendations:

  1. The Cat Who… series by Lilian Jackson Braun: This long-running series features journalist Jim Qwilleran and his feline companions, Koko and Yum Yum, as they solve crimes in the fictional town of Pickax, located in Moose County, 400 miles north of everywhere.
  2. The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency series by Alexander McCall Smith: This delightful series is set in Botswana and follows the adventures of Precious Ramotswe, the first female private detective in the country.
  3. The Mrs. Murphy series by Rita Mae Brown and Sneaky Pie Brown: This series features Mary “Harry” Haristeen and her talking cats, Mrs. Murphy and Pewter, as they solve crimes in the small town of Crozet, Virginia.
  4. The Gaslight Mysteries series by Victoria Thompson: This series is set in turn-of-the-century New York City and follows midwife Sarah Brandt and police detective Frank Malloy as they investigate murders in the city’s high society.
  5. The Agatha Raisin series by M.C. Beaton: This series features the eponymous Agatha Raisin, a retired PR agent who moves to the Cotswolds and becomes an amateur detective.

So, why are cozy mysteries so popular among readers? For one, they feature likable and relatable protagonists who are easy to root for. They also have a cozy and comforting atmosphere, with charming settings and strong senses of community. Additionally, the clever and intriguing mysteries keep readers guessing until the very end, while the light and humorous tone makes them fun and entertaining to read.

In conclusion, if you’re a fan of cozy mysteries, there are plenty of series out there for you to enjoy. Whether you’re following Jessica Fletcher’s adventures or exploring new worlds with other amateur sleuths, cozy mysteries offer a delightful escape into charming and entertaining stories.


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