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Cozy mysteries: “The sleuths do have families and friends, who often play a role in the story. In this type of story the community is often smaller or rural…The detective, instead of meeting a series of strangers in pursuit of answers, interacts with people known to him or her in the community. Often the sleuths have no official standing, being amateurs who just happen to be at the right (or perhaps the wrong) place at the right time. The murders often occur “offstage” or, if conducted in full view, are more genteely described…”
[Diane Tixier Herald, from Genreflecting:A Guide to Reading Interests in Genre Fiction (Fifth Edition)]


ELLERY ADAMS ~ Olivia Limoges (NC writer)

NANCY ATHERTON ~ Dimity Westwood (English ghost)

SUSAN WITTIG ALBERT ~ China Bayles (Texas herbalist)

LORNA BARRETT~ Tricia Miles (NH bookseller)

LORRAINE BARTLETT ~ Katie Bonner (Craft Fair manager)

STEPHANIE BARRON ~ Jane Austen (British author)

M.C. BEATON ~ Agatha Raisin (retired PR exec, England) /
Hamish MacBeth (Scot. police constable)

LAURIEN BERENSON ~ Melanie Travis (CT dog trainer)

CLAUDIA BISHOP ~ Sarah & Meg Quilliam (NY innkeepers)

RHYS BOWEN ~ Molly Murphy (Irish immigrant) /
Evan Evans (Welsh constable)

LAURA BRADFORD ~ Claire Weatherly (Amish Country shopkeeper)

ALAN BRADLEY ~ Flavia de Luce (13-year-old chemist, GB)

SIMON BRETT ~ Mrs. Melita Pargeter (English widow)

RITA MAY BROWN & SNEAKY PIE ~ Mrs. Murphy (tiger cat, Virginia)

LUCY BURDETTE ~ Haley Snow (Key West food critic)

ANNE CANADEO ~ Maggie Messina (Massachusetts knitter)

ELIZABETH LYNN CASEY ~ Tori Sinclair (librarian who sews, South Carolina)

JOANNA CARL ~ Lee McKinney (Michigan chocolatier)

G.K. CHESTERTON ~ Father Brown (English priest)

LAURA CHILDS ~ Carmela Bertrand (New Orleans scrapbooker) /
Theodosia Browning (SC tea shop owner) /
Cackleberry Club Café (restaurant)

AGATHA CHRISTIE ~ Hercule Poirot (Belgian P.I.) /
Miss Jane Marple (English spinster)

JILL CHURCHILL ~ Jane Jeffry (Chicago single mom)

NANCY COHEN ~ Marla Shore (Florida beautician)

KATE COLLINS ~ Abby Knight (Flower shop owner)

SUSAN CONANT ~ Holly Winter (Massachusetts dog trainer)

ISIS CRAWFORD Libby Simmons (NY caterer)

AMANDA CROSS ~ Kate Fansler (NY professor)

MARY DAHEIM ~ Judith Flynn (Seattle B&B owner) /
Emma Lord (WA newspaper publisher)

JEANNE DAMS ~ Dorothy Martin (American widow, GB)

DIANE MOTT DAVIDSON ~ Goldy Bear Schultz (Colorado caterer)

JO DERESKE ~ Helma Zukas (Librarian, Washington state)

JANET EVANOVICH ~ Stephanie Plum (NJ bounty hunter)

MONICA FERRIS ~ Betsy Devonshire (needlework shop, MN)

JOANNE FLUKE ~ Hannah Swenson (Minnesota baker)

EARLENE FOWLER ~ Benni Harper (California rancher & quilter)

DOROTHY GILMAN ~ Mrs. Pollifax (English widow)

SALLY GOLDENBAUM ~ Izzy Chambers (Massachusetts knitting shop)

SARAH GRAVES ~ Jacobia Tiptree (home refurbisher, Maine)

SUSANNAH HARDY ~ Georgie Nikolopatos (NY restrateur)

ROSEMARY HARRIS ~ Paula Holliday (CT master gardener)

CAROLYN G. HART ~ Henrie O. (SC Pulitzer Prize winner) /
Annie & Max Darling (SC book shop owner)

SADIE HARTWELL ~ Josie Blair (CT yarn shop owner)

HARRY KEMELMAN ~ Rabbi David Small (Boston area)

JANE LANGTON ~ Homer Kelly (Harvard prof. / detective)

LAURA LIPPMAN ~ Tess Monaghan (Maryland PI)

CHARLOTTE MACLEOD ~ Peter & Helen Shandy (Massachusetts) /
Sarah Kelling & Max Bittersohn (Boston)

NGAIO MARSH ~ Roderick Alleyn (English inspector, heir)

EDITH MAXWELL ~ Cameron Flaherty (MA organic farmer)

SHARON MCCRUMB ~ Elizabeth McPherson (forensic anthroplogist)

LESLIE MEIER ~ Lucy Stone (wife & mother of 4, Maine)

TAMAR MEYERS ~ Magdelena Yoder (Pennsylvania Dutch)

LIZ MUGAVERO ~ Kristan "Stan" O'Conner (organic pet treat baker)

SHIRLEY ROUSSEAU MURPHY ~ Joe Grey (feline sleuth)

LYNNE MURRAY ~ Josephine Fuller (California investigator)

KATHERINE HALL PAGE ~ Faith Fairchild (Massachusetts caterer)

ROBIN PAIGE ~ Kate & Charles Sheridan (Victorian)

LOUISE PENNY ~ CI Armand Gamache (Montreal policeman)

ELIZABETH PETERS ~ Amelia Peabody (Victorian Egyptologist)

HANNAH REED ~ Story Fisher (Wisconson beekeeper)

ANN RIPLEY ~ Louise Eldridge (TV garden show host)

VIRGINIA RICH ~ Eugenia Potter (Iowa widow, good cook)

BARBARA ROSS ~ Julia Snowden (Maine clambake business)

DOROTHY L. SAYERS ~ Lord Peter Wimsey (investigator, England)

MAGGIE SEFTON ~ Kelly Flynn (Colorado yarn shop owner)

PATRICIA SMILEY ~ Tucker Sinclair (Management consultant, Beverly Hills)

LESLIE MATTHEWS STANSFIELD ~ Terry & Karen Sutter (Maine teahouse owners)

ELAINE VIETS ~ Helen Hawthorne (various jobs & locales)/
Josie Marcus (mystery shopper, St. Louis)

Updated 6-30-2016

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