Agatha Christie, cozy mysteries, Dr. Benjamin Bones, Emma Jameson, England, historical mysteries, Janet Evanovich, Kylie Logan, London, Lord & Lady Hetheridge, Miss Marple, Poirot, RS Downie, Shea MacLeod, Stephanie Bond, Viola Roberts
Let me start off by saying this top ten list is totally one of my own invention using my own set of random rules. Basically, I had to LOVE a book. I don’t care if the book won awards (though some did) or the author is famous (though some are). It had to be a book I couldn’t put down.
Without further ado, my list of the most unputdownable cozy mysteries I’ve read (recently and in no particular order):
- And Then There Were None – Possibly Agatha Christie’s best (and most devious) work. It’s also the first of her novels I ever read. “Ten people, each with something to hide and something to fear…” (P.S. It’s only $1.99 on Amazon for the ebook.)
- Marriage Can Be Murder – (Dr. Benjamin Bones Mysteries, Book 1, Emma Jameson) I’m totally obsessed with this story which takes place in a small town in Cornwall, England at the dawn of World War II. The second book is coming soon and I can’t wait!
- Mayhem at the Orient Express – (Kylie Logan) The first book in the League of Literary Ladies had me hooked from page one. For one thing, Agatha Christie’s delightful Murder on the Orient Express is not only inspiration, but a tool of the plot. For another, the characters are wonderful and quirky. I couldn’t put it down.
- Death on the Nile – (Agatha Christie) One of my all time favorites with a twisty turny plot that keeps you guessing and a setting so magical it’ll have you dreaming of pyramids.
- A Murder Is Announced – (Agathat Christie) A murder is announced in the charming village of Chipping Cleghorn (What a name!) and soon a killer is running amuk. Thank goodness Miss Marple is on the case! (I’m also particularly fond of the movie version with Geraldine McEwan as Miss Marple.)
- Ruso and the Disappearing Dancing Girls – (R.S. Downie) I discovered this amazing book while living in England (Also titled Medicus and the Disappearing Dancing Girls). Although listed as “genre fiction” and skirting what would be termed “cozy,” this is most definitely an historical mystery and well worth reading.
- Appointment With Death – (Agatha Christie) Another one of my favorite Poirot tales, set in exotic locales such as Jerusalem and Petra. I find it particularly interesting as it reflected Christie’s own travels in the Middle East with her archaeologist husband.
- Wicked Appetite – (Janet Evanovich) With all the fun and humor of her Stephanie Plum books, but with a touch of the paranormal (and set in a bakery!), the Lizzy and Diesel series is a cracking good mystery series. Every time I grab a new book in the series, I’m up until 3am (Okay, 5am).
- In Deep Voodoo – (Stephanie Bond) My deepest disappointment is that the author has only put out two books in this series set in small town Louisiana. However you won’t be disappointed in this fun, humorous mystery with a touch of romance.
- Black and Blue – (Emma Jameson) The latest offering in the Lord and Lady Hetheridge Mystery Series and the best so far, in my opinion. A dodgy art dealer, kooky relatives, and a perfect setting (London!), I couldn’t put it down.
So, if you’re looking for something to read next, there’s plenty to choose from. I’ll be adding to the list as I find more wonderful cozy mysteries.
I’m curious, what are you favorite cozy mysteries?