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New Cozy Mysteries to Read By the Fire

Tue, 11/17/2020 - 1:58pm -- SEgan

Do you ever want a book you can curl up with and enjoy a hot cup or coffee or tea (or wine, we aren't judging) and escape into a story filled with small town charm, quirky characters, and mysterious occurances? Look no further than these cozy mysteries! 

If you have never read a cozy mystery before, you are in for a treat! Cozy mysteries, or "cozies," are a crime fiction subgenre for the more faint of heart. You won't find any gory details or sordid affairs here! Instead you will be greeted with a close-knit small community and an amateur, often woman, detective who must solve a mystery. Cozies are quick, lighthearted reads that won't keep you up at night.

Below you will find a sampling of some new cozy mysteries that have hit the shelves in 2020. Click on the links to find a copy in the catalog or in eZone.

Want some more cozy mystery recommendations? Check out our Cozy Mystery Book List and be sure to check out the rest of our Staff Curated Book Lists.

The Gift of the Magpie by Donna Andrews

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The 28th book and the seventh Christmas mystery in the Meg Langslow series. Meg’s running Caerphilly’s Helping Hands for the Holidays project, in which neighbors help each other with things they can’t do and can’t afford to have done. Her hopes for a relatively peaceful (if busy) Christmas vanish when someone murders Harvey the Hoarder, whose house the Helping Hands were decluttering.

 

Proof of Murder by Lauren Elliot

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Bookshop owner Addie Greyborne must solve a locked-room murder in a supposedly haunted mansion to recover a priceless Sherlock Holmes original. It's up to Addie to find the key to the crime--before she's the next one cornered by a killer.

Lady Rights a Wrong by Eliza Casey

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As the suffragette movement sweeps England in 1912, Lady Cecilia Bates wants to march for her rights. But when the charasmatic leader of the suffragette group is found dead at the foot of the stairs of her home, her Votes for Women sash torn away, Cecilia knows she must attend to a more urgent matter: finding the killer. 

The Devil's Bones by Carolyn Haines

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As private investigator Sarah Booth sees it, Easter weekend is a time to celebrate life in all its many forms. So when the newly-pregnant Tinkie invites her on a girls’ trip to celebrate that spring has officially sprung, Sarah can’t resist. But the trip takes a sudden turn when the troop discovers a dead body.

The Killer in the Choir by Simon Brett

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At her husband’s funeral, Heather Mallet is publicly accused of his murder. But did she really kill her husband? To get to the heart of the matter, local amateur sleuths Carole and Jude join the community choir and discover that at least one chorister would appear to be hiding a deadly secret – and it’s up to Carole and Jude to unearth the truth.

Murder in the Margins by Margaret Loudon

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American gothic writer, Penelope Parish, has hit a streak of bad luck, including a severe case of writer's block and hopes that a writer in residence position at a quaint bookstore in Upper Chumley-on-Stoke, England, will shake the cobwebs loose. However, the plot thickens when a murder in the small town reveals a novel's worth of killer characters.

Little Bookshop of Murder by Maggie Blackburn

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Summer Merriweather inherits a beach bookshop when her mother dies of what she thinks are natural causes. But when Summer finds threatening notes addressed to her mother proclaiming "Sell the bookstore or die,” she begins to think something more devious is going on and enlists the help of her mother's old book club to investigate.

This list compiled by Reference Staff at Barrington Public Library. Please contact us at 401-247-1920 x2 with any questions or if you would like help placing a hold on one of these titles.

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