Cozy mysteries, often referred to as “cozies,” are a gentle subgenre of crime fiction or more hardened mysteries. The stories are often set in small communities and feature unlikely amateur detectives like letter carriers, inn keepers, teachers or librarians. Explicit sexuality and graphic violence take place offstage and any profanity is mild. If you like cozy mysteries you can browse a wide variety of titles in our catalog, or take a look at these tips and tricks to make your next selection!
1. Borrow e-books or downloadable audiobooks.
Use a mystery list from OverDrive to find e-books and downloadable audiobooks. If you have never borrowed from OverDrive before, both app directions and browser directions are available as well as a video tutorial and Overdrive Support.
Need more help? Ask a Library staff member at any of our locations or call, text or email Ask-a-Librarian. The Tinker Station helpline at (317) 275-4500 is also available. It is staffed by device experts who can answer questions about how to read, watch and listen on a PC, tablet or phone.
2. Get reading recommendations from IndyPL staff.
Click on a featured booklist to get cozy mystery reading recommendations. See also our If You Like Mysteries recommendations. You might also try Cozymyster.com for a one stop shop for all matters cozy. It provides recommendations, booklists, and announcements of upcoming entries in all your favorite series.
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- Are You an Anglophile Who Likes Mysteries?
- Cooking Up a Good Mystery Read
- Dig Up a Mystery (Gardening)
- Diverse Cozy Mysteries
- Hallmark Mystery Channel Shows and the Books That Inspired Them
- Libraries Hold Mysteries
- Mysteries and Bookstores
- Mysteries Are the Cat’s Meow
- Mysteries Featuring Home Renovation, Repair, and Interior Design
- Mysteries Featuring Members of the Clergy
- Mysteries for Antique Lovers
- Mysteries for Dog Lovers
- Needlework and Mysteries
- Quilt a Mystery
- That Cozy Mystery Tastes Good
3. Use your IndyPL Library card to login to Novelist Plus to find more cozy mysteries.
On Novelist Plus you’ll find cozy mystery reading recommendations, read-alikes, series lists, and reviews. Once you login, choose the “Mystery” category from the list on the left and then choose “Getting Cozy.” Click on a book to read a brief description, see a star rating, or click “Check Availability” to see if the book is available to borrow from IndyPL.
4. Subscribe to the cozy mystery newsletter from NextReads.
Subscribe to NextReads to receive cozy mystery reading recommendation in your inbox monthly. Book suggestions are linked to our catalog for easy requesting. It’s FREE! See a sample issue. Subscribe to NextReads here!
5. Make a Selection from these cozy mystery authors.
Susan Wittig Albert
Lilian Jackson Braun
Rita Mae Brown
V.M. (Valerie) Burns
Jennifer J. Chow
Diane Mott Davidson
Carole Nelson Douglas
Carolyn G. Hart
Find a book discussion near you!
You are invited to join in one of our many in-person or online book discussions that take place several times each month. In our book discussion groups we read and talk about both fiction and non-fiction books. We express our opinions (both likes and dislikes!) with other avid readers in the city.
- Event: Adult Book Discussion at Wayne – First Monday Book Club
- Date & Time: Monday, March 04, 6:30pm
- Location: Wayne Branch
- Description: The book to be discussed is “Maybe You Should Talk to Someone: A Therapist, Her Therapist, and Our Lives Revealed” by Lori Gottlieb. Adults are invited to this monthly book discussion program, which is free and open to everyone!
- No Registration Required.