Friday, December 2, 2011

Cozy Mysteries-Books and Libraries

A list of cozy mystery series just wouldn't be complete without taking a look at all the authors writing about books, bookstores, libraries and librarians. I found eleven different series, but I think my favorite has to be Lawrence Block's Bernie Rhodenbarr, a bookseller who also happens to be a thief.

Clicking on the blue hyperlink will take you to the library catalog for the entire series. The bold title is the first book in the series, followed by a description, provided by NoveList.

Booktown mysteries (Most Recent: 2010)
By: Barrett, Lorna
Murder is Binding: When fellow bookstore owner Doris Gleason is murdered, Tricia Miles, deciding to investigate, discovers that someone wanted to get their hands on a rare cookbook in Doris's possession and that the locals believe that someone is her.

Bernie Rhodenbarr mysteries (Most Recent: 2004)
By: Block, Lawrence
Burglars Can't be Choosers: Hired to perform a seemingly simple break-in, Bernie Rhodenbarr is horrified when he takes the fall for a murder rap and is forced to flee, and stationed in an out-of-town apartment, he tries to discover why he was set up.

Ophelia and Abby mysteries (Most Recent: 2010)
By: Damsgaard, Shirley
Witch Way to Murder: Thirty-something librarian--and psychic--Ophelia Jensen and her grandmother Abby, a practicing witch, set out to uncover the truth about an enigmatic, handsome stranger whose recent arrival in their tranquil Iowa town has apparently triggered an onslaught of disaster, from the theft of bomb-making materials to murder.

Christy Castleman cozy mysteries (Most Recent: 2008)
By: Darty, Peggy
When the Sandpiper Calls: Christy Castleman, a pretty, young novelist, has made a name for herself writing books about mystery and intrigue. The Sassy Snowbirds, a group of lively ladies, spread fun, friendship, and good deeds around the seaside town of Summer Breeze. Everyone is content in their cozy world–until a message is found in a small Victorian glass bottle half buried in the sand.

Aurora Teagarden mysteries (Most Recent: 2003)
By: Harris, Charlaine
Real Murders: A society of crime buffs discovers a mutilated body in their clubhouse kitchen and the town librarian suspects a fellow member because the crime closely resembled the club's "murder of the month."

Death on Demand mysteries (Most Recent: 2011)
Alternate series name: Annie Laurance Darling mysteries
By: Hart, Carolyn G.
Death on Demand: Annie Laurance, the lovely, young owner of the "Death on Demand" bookstore, and her wealthy lover, Max Darling, search for a killer after author Elliot Morgan is murdered during a meeting of famous mystery writers.

Crochet mysteries
(Most Recent: 2010)
By: Hechtman, Betty
Hooked on Murder: When Molly Pink, a bookstore event coordinator, is accused of murdering the leader of the weekly crochet group at Shedd & Royal Books and More, she, while unraveling the clues, decides to take up crocheting to catch the real killer.

Cat in the stacks mysteries
(Most Recent: 2011)
Alternate series name: Charlie Harris mysteries
By: James, Miranda
Murder past Due: A famous author returns to his hometown and is murdered. It's up to Charlie Harris, the town's librarian, and his cat Diesel, to find the killer before the wrong person is arrested for the crime. The trouble is, every last one of Charlie's friends and coworkers had a score to settle with the novelist.

Haunted bookshop mysteries (Most Recent: 2009)
By: Kimberly, Alice
The Ghost and Mrs. McClure: When a guest author drops dead in the middle of a book signing after revealing a secret about a 1940s mystery that is linked to their bookstore, young widow Penelope Thorton-McClure and her aunt set out to find the truth - with a little otherworldly assistance.

Murder by month mysteries (Most Recent: 2011)
By: Lourey, Jess
May Day: Mira decides to begin a new life in rural Battle Lake. Right away she is offered jobs as an assistant librarian and part-time reporter, and falls into an unexpected romance with a guy who seems to be the perfect man until he turns up dead between the reference stacks her tenth day on the job.

Marjorie McClelland mysteries (Most Recent: 2010)
By: Meade, Amy Patricia
Million Dollar Baby: Successful young writer Marjorie McClelland leads a solitary, comfortable life in the quiet, post-prohibition town of Ridgebury, CT. Her tranquil life is disrupted when she meets Creighton Ashcroft and they stumble across a body while touring the ample grounds of Creighton's new estate.

Country house crime novels (Most Recent: 2011)
By: Raichev, R. T
The Hunt for Sonya Dufrette: Twenty years after a little girl disappears during the melee of Charles and Diana's royal wedding, Antonia Darcy, a divorced assistant librarian at the Military and Naval Club, puzzles over the ongoing bizarre behavior of the child's family and their absent former nanny.


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