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Murder with Recipes: 12 Cozy Mystery Series to Sample

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A good cozy murder mystery is like comfort food for your mind and soul.  Yes, the plot will involve a murder, but it will happen off-stage, with no gory details.  These are not mysteries that will have you checking the locks and jumping at every sound. Cozy mysteries feature normal, everyday heroines who just happen to stumble across mysteries while they are running their bed-and-breakfast inns, learning to knit, or rescuing lost pets.   

Some of the most popular cozy mysteries center around cooking in one way or another—the main character might be a caterer, a bakery-owner, or just someone who likes to cook.  While you are reading and trying to figure out who-done-it, you will also be reading about whatever the main character happens to be cooking or baking while solving the mystery.  With titles like The Raspberry Danish Murder and Dying For Chocolate, what else would you expect?  The very best of these culinary cozy mysteries include recipes, so you can whip up the featured foods in your kitchen when you’re done reading. 

If it sounds tempting, you can follow the links below to some delicious cozy mystery series, available in print and in digital format through either the Libby app or the Hoopla app.  You can also look for these and other cozy mysteries in our library catalog, place a hold, and then pick them up in our branches or using our Curbside Pickup Service For more information about placing holds, call 330-744-8636.

Available with the Libby app: 

Tea Shop Mystery Series  by Laura Childs 

Magical Bakery Mystery Series  by Bailey Cates 

Goldy Bear Culinary Mysteries  by Diane Mott Davidson 

Hannah Swensen Mystery Series  by Joanne Fluke 

Maine Clambake Mystery Series  by Barbara Ross 

Domestic Diva Mystery Series  by Krista Davis 

Available with the Hoopla app: 

Amish Candy Shop Mysteries  by Amanda Flower 

Daisy’s Tea Garden Mysteries by Karen Rose Smith 

Candy-Coated Mysteries  by Nancy Coco  

Mystery with Recipes Series  by Isis Crawford 

Pie Town Mystery Series by Kirsten Weiss