Many readers more than likely assume that all mysteries are the same. That’s not true mysteries are as unique as their fiction counterparts. There’s the classic detective story, the traditional suspense, as well as the murder mystery, the police drama just to name a few.
Another way to look at cozy mysteries is basically that they are Nancy Drew and The Hardy Boys for grownups. So if you loved those series as a kid and want to continue reading similar books but know that you don’t want to read kids’ books as an adult then cozy mysteries are the perfect alternative to getting caught reading adult books.
The main character in a cozy mystery – the mystery solver – just happens to be an average citizen with no police, or detective experience. Many times they work to so solve the mystery because the local law enforcement is incompetent or they are a family member or friend have been accused of the crime, and they want to clear themselves or some else as quickly as possible.
There is a cozy mystery out there for just about any reading taste. Cozy mysteries have a cast of characters though on average it tends to be heroines. They can have any type of career, the following of which are but to name a few:
- Hat makers – Hat Shop Mystery series by Jenn McKinlay
- Stained glass makers – Webb’s Glass Shop Mystery series by Cheryl Hollon or the Stained Glass series by Jennifer McAndrews
- Tattoo artist – Tattoo Shop Mystery series by Karen Olson
- Resort owner – Book Retreat Mystery series by Ellery Adams
- Contractor – Fixer Upper Mystery series by Katie Carlisle
- Brewer – Brewing Trouble Mystery series by Joyce Tremel
There are quite a few cozies that feature librarians as the hero or heroine, such as the Library Lover’s Mystery series by Jenn McKinlay. There’s even a series or two that have a cat helping to solve a mystery, the Cat in the Stacks series by Miranda James and the Lighthouse Library Mystery series by Eva Gates.
There’s a cozy mysteries for every reading type, and there’s one for you. If you’re not sure where to start just stop in at any library and the reference staff will help find the right cozy for you.
Article by Carissa, Main Library