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Best Cozy Mystery Books  

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List Rules Vote up the best cozies to read and relax with

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.

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One for the Money is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Best Cozy Mystery Books
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Chocolate Chip Cookie Murder is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Best Cozy Mystery Books
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Abby Cooper, Psychic Eye (Psyc... is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Best Cozy Mystery Books
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Grave Sight (Harper Connelly, ... is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Best Cozy Mystery Books
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Secondhand Spirits (A Witchcra... is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Best Cozy Mystery Books
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Hard Eight is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Best Cozy Mystery Books
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The Cat Who Could Read Backwar... is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Best Cozy Mystery Books
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A Fatal Chapter (Booktown Myst... is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Best Cozy Mystery Books
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Murder is Binding (Booktown My... is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Best Cozy Mystery Books
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It Takes a Witch (A Wishcraft ... is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Best Cozy Mystery Books
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At the Drop of a Hat (A Hat Sh... is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Best Cozy Mystery Books
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Agatha Raisin and the Quiche o... is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Best Cozy Mystery Books
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The Sweetness at the Bottom of... is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Best Cozy Mystery Books
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Feta Attraction (Greek to Me M... is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Best Cozy Mystery Books
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Night of the Living Deed (A Ha... is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Best Cozy Mystery Books
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This Old Homicide (A Fixer-Upp... is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Best Cozy Mystery Books
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Malice at the Palace (Her Roya... is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Best Cozy Mystery Books
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The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Ag... is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Best Cozy Mystery Books
Alexander McCall Smith
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If Walls Could Talk (Haunted H... is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Best Cozy Mystery Books
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Real Murders (Aurora Teagarden... is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Best Cozy Mystery Books
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Aunt Dimity and the Summer Kin... is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Best Cozy Mystery Books
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Demons are a Ghoul's Best Frie... is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Best Cozy Mystery Books
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Double Fudge Brownie Murder (H... is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Best Cozy Mystery Books
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Dead Until Dark is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Best Cozy Mystery Books
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Crocodile on the Sandbank (Ame... is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Best Cozy Mystery Books