Although many people are familiar with series such as "Father Dowling" or "Daisy Dalrymple" or "The cat who mysteries" few people recognize they have a genre class all their own. NoveList describes cozy mysteries as "generally containing a minimum of violence and graphic unpleasantness (blunt instruments and poisons are popular weapons), and they often take place in a house, village, small town, academic setting, or other benign, familiar and conventional social setting, with characters who are usually civilized and mannerly. The mystery is usually solved by an amateur detective who understands human nature and is gifted in observation and deduction. Cozy is pretty much the opposite of hard-boiled."
I really like this definition of cozy mysteries, as it seems to encompass many facets of cozies. Working on this post, I discovered lots of series that I have read and enjoyed-apparently I like cozies! I also found plenty of new authors and series.
While there are stand alone cozies, most authors seem to prefer to write series. In fact, many writers have multiple cozy series, as well as writing other types of mysteries. I found well over 200 different authors who write cozy mysteries. I've divided them by type and will do several more posts which include lists of mysteries featuring animals, food and drink, crafts and hobbies, gardening, and of course, there are many mystery series about books and libraries.
The list below is just a sample of the many cozy mystery series at the library.