Blogging A to Z: Day 24 – X marks the spot: Cozy mysteries involving treasure hunts or hidden treasures

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Greetings, fellow mystery lovers! Today, we’re diving deep into the world of cozy mysteries – specifically, those that involve treasure hunts or hidden treasures. Because let’s be real, who doesn’t love the idea of stumbling upon a long-lost treasure map and embarking on a thrilling adventure full of clues and puzzles?

Now, if you’re not familiar with cozy mysteries, allow me to enlighten you. Cozy mysteries are a subgenre of crime fiction that typically feature an amateur sleuth (often a quirky, charming, and hilarious one) who solves a murder or other crime in a small, cozy setting – think quaint towns, charming bookshops, and eccentric characters aplenty.

But today, we’re focusing on the cozy mysteries that take it one step further and add a treasure hunt or hidden treasure into the mix. From secret codes to hidden rooms, these cozy mysteries are guaranteed to keep you on the edge of your seat.

Some examples include “The Antique Hunters Mystery” series by Vicki Vass,

and “The Goldy Schulz Culinary Mystery” series by Diane Mott Davidson.

And let me tell you, I’ve got affiliate links to all of them right here. When you buy through my links, I earn a small commission (and my cats get a little bit of extra kibble).

So sit back, grab a cup of tea, and get ready to uncover some hidden gems in the cozy mystery genre. And if you like what you read, be sure to like, comment, share, and subscribe to my blog. Oh, and did I mention that you can also listen to audio versions of my blog on my podcast on Spotify and Amazon Music? Yeah, I’m a big deal like that.

Oh, boy. Let’s talk about treasure hunts, shall we? There’s just something about a good treasure hunt that gets my blood pumping. Maybe it’s the idea of finding something valuable, or maybe it’s the thrill of the hunt. Either way, it’s no wonder that treasure hunts and hidden treasures are such popular elements in cozy mysteries.

I mean, think about it. You’ve got a bunch of lovable characters, a quaint little town, and a mystery to solve. But now, add in the possibility of buried treasure or a long-lost family heirloom, and you’ve got yourself a real adventure. Suddenly, every nook and cranny of the town becomes a potential hiding spot, every clue a potential key to unlocking the mystery.

And let’s not forget the excitement that comes with the hunt. It’s like being a kid again, playing pirates and searching for buried treasure. You never know what you might find around the next corner, or what twist the mystery might take. It keeps you on your toes, and makes you want to keep reading until the very end.

But the best part? Treasure hunts in cozy mysteries can provide a fun challenge for readers who like to solve puzzles and clues along with the characters. It’s like being a part of the mystery-solving team, trying to piece together the clues and solve the puzzle before the characters do. And let’s be real, who doesn’t love feeling like a super-sleuth?

So, if you’re looking for a cozy mystery that will keep you on your toes and get your heart racing, look no further than one with a good old-fashioned treasure hunt. Who knows, you might just find yourself on the hunt for buried treasure in your own town before you know it. Just remember to bring a shovel and a sense of adventure.

Alrighty, y’all. If you’re like me and you love a good cozy mystery, then you know that there’s nothing quite as thrilling as a treasure hunt. I mean, sure, solving a murder is great and all, but finding hidden treasure? That’s the real jackpot.

So, without further ado, here are a few cozy mystery series that feature treasure hunts or hidden treasures as a major plot element:

  1. The Book Retreat Mysteries by Ellery Adams
  • Set in Storyton Hall, a resort for book lovers in Virginia
  • Follows Jane Steward, the manager of the resort, and her guests as they search for a treasure hidden in the walls of the mansion
  • Clues include a mysterious diary, a map, and a key that unlocks a secret room
  1. The Cat in the Stacks Mysteries by Miranda James
  • Set in the small town of Athena, Mississippi
  • Follows Charlie Harris, a librarian, and his cat Diesel as they solve murders and search for treasure
  • The treasure hunt begins when Charlie discovers a map hidden in a rare book in the library, leading him and Diesel on a hunt for a lost Civil War treasure

So, there you have it, folks. A few cozy mystery series that are sure to scratch that treasure-hunting itch. Just be careful not to get too caught up in the hunt and forget to solve the murder, too. Priorities, people.

Oh, let’s talk about cozy mysteries and treasure hunts, y’all! I mean, who doesn’t love a good old-fashioned scavenger hunt? Add in a cozy mystery and we’ve got ourselves a recipe for an afternoon of pure delight.

Readers love cozy mysteries that feature treasure hunts because it gives us a chance to escape reality for a little while. We can follow along with the characters as they solve puzzles and decode clues, all while sitting on our couch with a cup of tea and our cat on our lap.

And let’s not forget the cozy mystery genre itself. There’s just something so charming about a quaint little town where everyone knows each other and the biggest scandal is who forgot to return their library book on time. But throw in a treasure hunt and suddenly that quaint little town becomes a hotbed of intrigue and adventure.

Treasure hunts also add an extra layer of engagement to a cozy mystery. We get to play along with the characters, trying to solve the same clues and piece together the mystery. It’s like we’re right there with them, uncovering hidden treasures and dodging booby traps (okay, maybe not that last part. I mean, I’m not trying to get myself killed here).

So, if you’re looking for a fun and engaging way to escape reality for a little while, cozy mysteries with treasure hunts are the way to go. Grab a cup of tea, settle in with your favorite cozy blanket, and get ready to solve some puzzles. Who knows, maybe you’ll even find some treasure along the way.

So, there you have it, folks! Cozy mysteries with treasure hunts or hidden treasures are the perfect combination of adventure and relaxation. Who doesn’t love a good puzzle to solve, especially when it involves a cozy setting and quirky characters?

If you’re looking for a new cozy mystery series to dive into, be sure to check out the list we provided.

And if you’re already a fan of cozy mysteries, then you know the drill. Like, comment, and share this post with your fellow cozy mystery lovers. And don’t forget to hit that subscribe button so you never miss a post from us.

Now, I’ll leave you with a little joke to put a smile on your face. Why did the detective break up with his girlfriend? She kept trying to solve his cases for him!

Happy reading and happy sleuthing, my friends!

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