Cozy mysteries offer all the intrigue of any mystery book, but with fun and familiar themes and a light-hearted sensibility. The best cozy mysteries are often set in a small town or neighborhood where everybody knows one another, crimes are mostly bloodless, and any romantic relationships quickly fade to black.
With series themed to activities like knitting and baking, or businesses from ghost hunting to spice shops, there is a cozy mystery book for everybody. There are classics like Agatha Christies's The Mysterious Affair at Styles or Death and the Nile, or Alexander McCall Smith's The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency, and modern cozies that include paranormal titles like Juliet Blackwell's Witchcraft Mystery series. Some food and craft themed cozy mysteries even include recipes and patterns, like the Murder is Binding or any of the Knitting Mysteries from Maggie Sefton.
What are the best cozy mysteries? Vote up the most cheerful, soothing, and fun mystery books that keep you turning the pages.